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2008 Fantasy Football Rankings

BtB presents position-by-position cheat sheets
By Paul Bessire, WhatIfSports.com
June 23rd, 2008

With the work already finished on our end for the 2008 NFL Preview, we present our comprehensive, full-season fantasy football projections as well. This thorough analysis and statistical evaluation of every player and team in the NFL is part of a broader endeavor with FOXSports.com's Fantasy Football. Each regular season game is simulated 1,000 times, with the sum of the averages of those games being our final predicted outcome. This allows us to account for every player and statistical interaction in an NFL game. Rosters and depth charts are up-to-date and as accurate as possible as of June 8th. Information on scoring and injury analysis appears at the very bottom of this article.

To view a pop-up with positional rankings, please click on one of the links below. Good luck this season!

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Overall rankings

 NamePosTeamGPPoints
1.Tom BradyQBPatriots16400.2
2.Peyton ManningQBColts16340.3
3.Tony RomoQBCowboys16326.9
4.LaDainian TomlinsonRBChargers15318.7
5.Brian WestbrookRBEagles15303.5
6.Drew BreesQBSaints16298.7
7.Derek AndersonQBBrowns15294.9
8.Carson PalmerQBBengals16289.7
9.Adrian PetersonRBVikings15279.5
10.Eli ManningQBGiants16274.6
11.Steven JacksonRBRams15271.2
12.Joseph AddaiRBColts15269.4
13.Ben RoethlisbergerQBSteelers16268.8
14.Matt HasselbeckQBSeahawks16266.6
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
15.David GarrardQBJaguars15254.4
16.Jason CampbellQBRedskins13245.7
17.Marion BarberRBCowboys14242.6
18.Marshawn LynchRBBills15238.1
19.Clinton PortisRBRedskins15237.9
20.Brandon JacobsRBGiants14237.0
21.Philip RiversQBChargers15236.7
22.Vince YoungQBTitans16234.7
23.Larry JohnsonRBChiefs16234.0
24.Jay CutlerQBBroncos14233.0
25.Ryan GrantRBPackers13231.5
26.Jamal LewisRBBrowns16230.9
27.Randy MossWRPatriots16230.0
28.Alex SmithQB49ers12227.1
29.Jake DelhommeQBPanthers13224.7
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
30.Willie ParkerRBSteelers16223.6
31.Donovan McNabbQBEagles13220.7
32.Reggie BushRBSaints13220.5
33.Edgerrin JamesRBCardinals16218.1
34.Maurice Jones-DrewRBJaguars16217.1
35.Frank GoreRB49ers12216.0
36.Marc BulgerQBRams14215.4
37.Ronnie BrownRBDolphins12214.7
38.Laurence MaroneyRBPatriots12214.2
39.Trent EdwardsQBBills13213.4
40.Willis McGaheeRBRavens14209.1
41.Jeff GarciaQBBuccaneers11204.8
42.Matt SchaubQBTexans13203.7
43.Jonathan StewartRBPanthers14201.4
44.Tarvaris JacksonQBVikings13200.9
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
45.Aaron RodgersQBPackers12200.3
46.Earnest GrahamRBBuccaneers14200.1
47.Michael TurnerRBFalcons15198.9
48.Justin FargasRBRaiders14198.8
49.Matt LeinartQBCardinals12192.4
50.Braylon EdwardsWRBrowns16192.2
51.Thomas JonesRBJets16191.6
52.JaMarcus RussellQBRaiders14190.2
53.Terrell OwensWRCowboys16188.8
54.Reggie WayneWRColts15185.6
55.Fred TaylorRBJaguars13177.3
56.Larry FitzgeraldWRCardinals16175.7
57.Jon KitnaQBLions12175.6
58.Darren McFaddenRBRaiders16173.5
59.Wes WelkerWRPatriots16172.1
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
60.Brodie CroyleQBChiefs12171.7
61.PatriotsDEF16167.2
62.ChargersDEF16167.1
63.LenDale WhiteRBTitans13166.4
64.DeAngelo WilliamsRBPanthers14166.2
65.Selvin YoungRBBroncos13165.8
66.Andre JohnsonWRTexans15165.5
67.T.J. HoushmandzadehWRBengals16165.2
68.Bernard BerrianWRVikings16165.0
69.Kevin SmithRBLions14163.9
70.Julius JonesRBSeahawks14163.4
71.Nick FolkKCowboys16162.9
72.Nate KaedingKChargers16162.7
73.Torry HoltWRRams16160.9
74.Lee EvansWRBills14159.5
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
75.Steve SmithWRPanthers15158.9
76.Rashard MendenhallRBSteelers16158.8
77.Santonio HolmesWRSteelers16155.9
78.Calvin JohnsonWRLions16154.9
79.Adam VinatieriKColts16153.7
80.Andre HallRBBroncos15153.6
81.Mason CrosbyKPackers16151.0
82.Robbie GouldKBears16151.0
83.Plaxico BurressWRGiants13150.9
84.Dwayne BoweWRChiefs16149.8
85.Joe FlaccoQBRavens9149.2
86.CowboysDEF16148.9
87.Jerious NorwoodRBFalcons15148.5
88.Jason WittenTECowboys16147.7
89.John KasayKPanthers16146.5
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
90.Rian LindellKBills16145.0
91.Ahmad BradshawRBGiants16144.8
92.BearsDEF16144.8
93.Brandon MarshallWRBroncos12144.7
94.Roddy WhiteWRFalcons16144.2
95.Kellen WinslowTEBrowns16144.0
96.Rob BironasKTitans16141.9
97.Marques ColstonWRSaints12138.1
98.Stephen GostkowskiKPatriots16137.9
99.Bryant JohnsonWR49ers16137.7
100.Chad JohnsonWRBengals14137.2
101.Greg JenningsWRPackers14136.2
102.Jerricho CotcheryWRJets16135.5
103.Lawrence TynesKGiants16135.5
104.Roy WilliamsWRLions15133.8
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
105.Jeff ReedKSteelers16133.1
106.Jason HansonKLions16133.0
107.Rudi JohnsonRBBengals12132.9
108.Josh ScobeeKJaguars16131.6
109.Ryan LongwellKVikings16131.5
110.Joey GallowayWRBuccaneers14131.0
111.Kevin CurtisWREagles15130.5
112.Anquan BoldinWRCardinals15130.3
113.David AkersKEagles16130.2
114.Neil RackersKCardinals16129.8
115.RedskinsDEF16129.3
116.Matt PraterKBroncos16128.9
117.Shayne GrahamKBengals16128.6
118.Bobby EngramWRSeahawks13128.1
119.Phil DawsonKBrowns16127.3
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
120.Chester TaylorRBVikings12127.1
121.Anthony GonzalezWRColts15126.7
122.Taylor MehlhaffKSaints16125.4
123.Matt ForteRBBears16125.4
124.Chris ChambersWRChargers16124.3
125.Felix JonesRBCowboys16123.0
126.Mike NugentKJets16122.7
127.Matt StoverKRavens16121.9
128.Donald DriverWRPackers16120.9
129.Sammy MorrisRBPatriots13120.5
130.Derrick MasonWRRavens16120.2
131.Chris JohnsonRBTitans16119.9
132.Josh BrownKRams16119.2
133.Antonio GatesTEChargers16119.1
134.Shaun SuishamKRedskins16118.8
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
135.Jerry PorterWRJaguars14118.8
136.Isaac BruceWR49ers16118.7
137.Kris BrownKTexans16118.4
138.Joe NedneyK49ers16117.8
139.Sebastian JanikowskiKRaiders16117.3
140.VikingsDEF16117.2
141.JaguarsDEF16116.9
142.SeahawksDEF16116.3
143.Jay FeelyKDolphins16115.7
144.Tony GonzalezTEChiefs16114.7
145.James HardyWRBills16113.6
146.Sidney RiceWRVikings15113.0
147.Brandon CoutuKSeahawks16112.9
148.Javon WalkerWRRaiders12112.6
149.EaglesDEF16111.6
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
150.GiantsDEF16111.6
151.Malcolm KellyWRRedskins14110.3
152.Mark ClaytonWRRavens16110.1
153.Chad PenningtonQBJets7109.8
154.John BeckQBDolphins8108.7
155.BuccaneersDEF16108.5
156.Jason ElamKFalcons16108.4
157.Patrick CraytonWRCowboys16107.6
158.Matt RyanQBFalcons9107.6
159.Santana MossWRRedskins13107.2
160.Chris BrownRBTexans14106.2
161.Chris CooleyTERedskins15105.9
162.Cedric BensonRBBears13105.9
163.Marvin HarrisonWRColts14105.3
164.Laurent RobinsonWRFalcons16105.2
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
165.PackersDEF16105.1
166.Rex GrossmanQBBears9104.4
167.ColtsDEF16104.2
168.D.J. HackettWRPanthers14103.7
169.Kenny WatsonRBBengals14103.3
170.Ahman GreenRBTexans11103.2
171.Matt BryantKBuccaneers16103.0
172.Jesse ChatmanRBJets16102.8
173.Kyle OrtonQBBears8102.4
174.Hines WardWRSteelers15101.5
175.Todd HeapTERavens14101.1
176.Tatum BellRBLions13100.3
177.Billy CundiffKChiefs16100.1
178.Ted Ginn Jr.WRDolphins15100.1
179.PanthersDEF1699.8
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
180.BrownsDEF1699.6
181.Ernest WilfordWRDolphins1699.5
182.Drew BennettWRRams1697.3
183.SteelersDEF1696.2
184.Laveranues ColesWRJets1495.9
185.Donte' StallworthWRBrowns1694.0
186.Zach MillerTERaiders1693.4
187.Steve SlatonRBTexans1692.6
188.Arnaz BattleWR49ers1492.6
189.Kellen ClemensQBJets1292.5
190.Jason HillWR49ers1692.4
191.JetsDEF1691.7
192.TitansDEF1691.4
193.Kyle BollerQBRavens1391.3
194.Nate BurlesonWRSeahawks1491.1
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
195.Reggie BrownWREagles1689.9
196.Amani ToomerWRGiants1589.7
197.Darren SprolesRBChargers1489.0
198.Maurice MorrisRBSeahawks1488.6
199.Dallas ClarkTEColts1587.8
200.DeShaun FosterRB49ers1487.8
201.Jalen ParmeleRBDolphins1687.3
202.BillsDEF1687.1
203.Marty BookerWRBears1384.6
204.RavensDEF1684.3
205.Heath MillerTESteelers1684.1
206.Devery HendersonWRSaints1683.6
207.Ryan TorainRBBroncos1683.1
208.Kevin WalterWRTexans1683.0
209.Jerome SimpsonWRBengals1682.7
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
210.Fred JacksonRBBills1682.4
211.Troy WilliamsonWRJaguars1682.2
212.Vincent JacksonWRChargers1482.1
213.Randy McMichaelTERams1681.4
214.Chris RedmanQBFalcons981.0
215.SaintsDEF1679.2
216.Owen DanielsTETexans1678.5
217.Steve SmithWRGiants1678.3
218.Chad HenneQBDolphins678.3
219.FalconsDEF1677.2
220.Justin McCareinsWRTitans1676.2
221.Warrick DunnRBBuccaneers1676.0
222.Devin ThomasWRRedskins1675.7
223.Devard DarlingWRChiefs1374.5
224.Donald LeeTEPackers1674.2
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
225.Desmond ClarkTEBears1574.0
226.Pierre ThomasRBSaints1674.0
227.James JonesWRPackers1674.0
228.Chad JacksonWRPatriots973.5
229.Josh ReedWRBills1373.2
230.Roydell WilliamsWRTitans1271.9
231.Deuce McAllisterRBSaints1171.9
232.Brian BrohmQBPackers771.6
233.Vernon DavisTE49ers1671.4
234.Brandon JacksonRBPackers1271.3
235.Ike HilliardWRBuccaneers1671.1
236.David PattenWRSaints1270.6
237.Ronald CurryWRRaiders1469.8
238.BroncosDEF1669.5
239.Drew CarterWRRaiders1269.3
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
240.Todd CollinsQBRedskins1668.8
241.Marcedes LewisTEJaguars1468.6
242.Jabar GaffneyWRPatriots1668.3
243.Tony SchefflerTEBroncos1568.1
244.Drew StantonQBLions868.0
245.Leon WashingtonRBJets1567.7
246.Craig DavisWRChargers1667.6
247.Kevin FaulkRBPatriots1666.6
248.Anthony FasanoTEDolphins1666.5
249.DolphinsDEF1666.4
250.Luke McCownQBBuccaneers865.9
251.CardinalsDEF1665.3
252.Shaun McDonaldWRLions1664.6
253.49ersDEF1664.5
254.BengalsDEF1664.3
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
255.Jeremy ShockeyTEGiants1464.3
256.Brian LeonardRBRams1664.2
257.Muhsin MuhammadWRPanthers1663.9
258.TexansDEF1663.9
259.Limas SweedWRSteelers1363.7
260.Benjamin WatsonTEPatriots1563.3
261.Deion BranchWRSeahawks1362.7
262.Donnie AveryWRRams1662.4
263.Ray RiceRBRavens1662.2
264.Demetrius WilliamsWRRavens1661.4
265.Leonard WeaverRBSeahawks1661.4
266.Antwaan Randle ElWRRedskins1560.0
267.Antonio ChatmanWRBengals1359.8
268.Darrell JacksonWRBroncos1259.0
269.Early DoucetWRCardinals1658.7
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
270.L.J. SmithTEEagles1658.2
271.Mike HartRBColts1657.8
272.Marcel ShippRBCardinals1057.7
273.Mark BradleyWRBears1457.4
274.LionsDEF1657.4
275.J.P. LosmanQBBills957.1
276.Dennis NorthcuttWRJaguars1456.7
277.Michael ClaytonWRBuccaneers1156.5
278.Tyler ThigpenQBChiefs1456.5
279.Lorenzo BookerRBEagles1656.4
280.Jason WrightRBBrowns1456.3
281.J.T. O'SullivanQB49ers556.3
282.Keary ColbertWRBroncos1256.0
283.Eddie RoyalWRBroncos1655.8
284.ChiefsDEF1655.5
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
285.Josh McCownQBDolphins855.2
286.Shaun HillQB49ers455.1
287.Michael JenkinsWRFalcons1654.9
288.Bobby WadeWRVikings1454.2
289.Ben UtechtTEBengals1653.4
290.Dominic RhodesRBColts851.0
291.RaidersDEF1651.0
292.Kolby SmithRBChiefs1250.7
293.Steve HeidenTEBrowns1350.7
294.Derek HaganWRDolphins1650.5
295.Greg OlsenTEBears1550.4
296.Kevin KolbQBEagles1149.2
297.Michael PittmanRBBroncos1148.7
298.Ben TroupeTEBuccaneers1348.4
299.Ladell BettsRBRedskins1648.0
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
300.Leonard PopeTECardinals1348.0
301.Gary BarnidgeTEPanthers1547.7
302.Chris HenryRBTitans1447.4
303.Dustin KellerTEJets1646.2
304.Sage RosenfelsQBTexans445.6
305.Bubba FranksTEJets1645.2
306.Matt MooreQBPanthers745.1
307.Eric JohnsonTESaints1044.7
308.Alex SmithTEBuccaneers1344.5
309.Visanthe ShiancoeTEVikings1644.4
310.Maurice StovallWRBuccaneers1644.0
311.Vernand MorencyRBPackers1643.9
312.Jacob HesterRBChargers1642.4
313.Earl BennettWRBears1642.0
314.Reggie WilliamsWRJaguars1541.7
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
315.Billy MillerTESaints1641.6
316.Brandon JonesWRTitans1441.1
317.Logan PayneWRSeahawks1640.0
318.Martellus BennettTECowboys1639.8
319.Robert RoyalTEBills1339.6
320.John CarlsonTESeahawks1439.3
321.Michael GainesTELions1639.2
322.Kurt WarnerQBCardinals439.2
323.Jeff KingTEPanthers1639.0
324.Brian CalhounRBLions1338.9
325.Jeb PutzierTESeahawks1438.8
326.Alge CrumplerTETitans1238.6
327.Trent GreenQBRams1438.6
328.Bryan FletcherTEColts1638.5
329.Chris BakerTEJets1238.5
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
330.Fred DavisTERedskins1638.1
331.Andre DavisWRTexans1638.0
332.Billy VolekQBChargers1537.9
333.Jeff WebbWRChiefs1637.3
334.Andre CaldwellWRBengals1437.2
335.Jacoby JonesWRTexans1237.0
336.Gus FrerotteQBVikings635.5
337.Daniel WilcoxTERavens1135.1
338.Ryne RobinsonWRPanthers1634.8
339.RamsDEF1634.3
340.Patrick RamseyQBBroncos334.1
341.David MartinTEDolphins1634.0
342.Mario ManninghamWRGiants1433.9
343.Jason SnellingRBFalcons1633.7
344.Erik AingeQBJets733.4
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
345.Tony HuntRBEagles1133.3
346.Andrew WalterQBRaiders532.4
347.Bo ScaifeTETitans1632.1
348.Ben HartsockTEFalcons1631.9
349.Kevin BossTEGiants1531.3
350.Brad SmithWRJets1631.2

* The individual players and defensive teams below are ranked based entirely on projected full-season fantasy points using the FOX Fantasy Football Default Scoring where for QBs, RBs, WRs and TE, all TDs are 6 points, each 25 yards passing are 1 point, interceptions are -2 points, fumbles lost are -2 points, each ten yards receiving are 1 point and two-point conversions are 2 points. For kickers, all extra points are 1 point and all field goals are at least 3 points with an extra bonus point for field goals made over 40 yards and another bonus point for field goals made over 50 yards. Individual defensive players (linked to below, but not inlcuded in overall rankings) earn 1 point for each solo tackle, 1 point for each sack, 2 points for each interception and six points for each touchdown. Team defenses include special teams and are treated similarly for sacks, interceptions and touchdown returns, while a more complex system, based on the outcome of each individual game, is utilized for points allowed per game.

Please note: These overall fantasy rankings are strictly based on total points earned for the season. They do not account for position scarcity, number of owners drafting and their drafting styles, roster restrictions, custom league scoring rules or other items that should be considered while drafting. Injuries are accounted for based on a player's past history and the likelihood of missing games due to injury. This is reflected in his games played (GP) value. However, unless the injury is already known and takes place at the beginning of the season, the players are arbitrarily injured throughout the season (as opposed to just at the end or beginning of the year). Players with less than 16 GP will likely vary the most from their projected numbers because they are injury-prone or have depth chart and playing time concerns.

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