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2008 Fantasy Football Rankings

BtB presents position-by-position cheat sheets
By Paul Bessire, WhatIfSports.com
August 19th, 2008

We present our updated, full-season fantasy football projections. 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 August 18th. 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 BradyQBPatriots16367.0
2.Drew BreesQBSaints16330.5
3.Tony RomoQBCowboys16328.6
4.Peyton ManningQBColts15323.6
5.LaDainian TomlinsonRBChargers15316.5
6.Brian WestbrookRBEagles15302.1
7.Carson PalmerQBBengals16298.7
8.Brett FavreQBJets16291.5
9.Adrian PetersonRBVikings15289.2
10.Derek AndersonQBBrowns15287.2
11.Ben RoethlisbergerQBSteelers16272.4
12.Steven JacksonRBRams15268.2
13.Eli ManningQBGiants16263.1
14.Matt HasselbeckQBSeahawks16261.0
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
15.Philip RiversQBChargers16260.1
16.Joseph AddaiRBColts15258.8
17.David GarrardQBJaguars15257.4
18.Jay CutlerQBBroncos14254.8
19.Jason CampbellQBRedskins13251.7
20.Marion BarberRBCowboys14250.3
21.Trent EdwardsQBBills15246.1
22.Aaron RodgersQBPackers14245.6
23.Brandon JacobsRBGiants14245.2
24.Marshawn LynchRBBills15234.9
25.Larry JohnsonRBChiefs16234.6
26.Ryan GrantRBPackers13231.3
27.Clinton PortisRBRedskins15229.9
28.Thomas JonesRBJets16227.5
29.Willie ParkerRBSteelers16227.5
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
30.Jamal LewisRBBrowns16224.4
31.Earnest GrahamRBBuccaneers14221.6
32.Laurence MaroneyRBPatriots12218.9
33.Donovan McNabbQBEagles13218.9
34.Vince YoungQBTitans16218.6
35.Reggie BushRBSaints13217.4
36.Marc BulgerQBRams14217.3
37.Jake DelhommeQBPanthers13215.4
38.Ronnie BrownRBDolphins12214.6
39.Randy MossWRPatriots16214.4
40.Matt SchaubQBTexans13209.8
41.Michael TurnerRBFalcons15207.4
42.Maurice Jones-DrewRBJaguars16207.0
43.Frank GoreRB49ers12206.2
44.Edgerrin JamesRBCardinals16200.8
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
45.Tarvaris JacksonQBVikings13199.6
46.Justin FargasRBRaiders14195.0
47.Matt LeinartQBCardinals12194.3
48.Jon KitnaQBLions14193.3
49.Braylon EdwardsWRBrowns16193.1
50.DeAngelo WilliamsRBPanthers14192.7
51.Kevin SmithRBLions15189.1
52.Willis McGaheeRBRavens12187.7
53.JaMarcus RussellQBRaiders14187.2
54.Terrell OwensWRCowboys16186.4
55.Julius JonesRBSeahawks15184.6
56.Fred TaylorRBJaguars13184.5
57.Darren McFaddenRBRaiders16181.5
58.Reggie WayneWRColts15181.2
59.Larry FitzgeraldWRCardinals16180.9
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
60.Jeff GarciaQBBuccaneers11180.7
61.PatriotsDEF16179.8
62.Matt ForteRBBears16177.7
63.Jonathan StewartRBPanthers13174.1
64.Brodie CroyleQBChiefs12171.3
65.Calvin JohnsonWRLions16170.9
66.Wes WelkerWRPatriots16169.7
67.Brandon MarshallWRBroncos13167.0
68.Jerious NorwoodRBFalcons15166.7
69.T.J. HoushmandzadehWRBengals16164.0
70.Andre JohnsonWRTexans15163.5
71.Torry HoltWRRams16162.8
72.Bernard BerrianWRVikings16161.5
73.Dwayne BoweWRChiefs16160.8
74.LenDale WhiteRBTitans13159.7
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
75.Rashard MendenhallRBSteelers16159.7
76.Nate KaedingKChargers16158.6
77.Selvin YoungRBBroncos13156.7
78.Lee EvansWRBills14156.5
79.Santonio HolmesWRSteelers16155.8
80.ChargersDEF16154.6
81.Chris JohnsonRBTitans16153.7
82.Robbie GouldKBears16152.6
83.Mason CrosbyKPackers16151.3
84.Adam VinatieriKColts16151.3
85.Nick FolkKCowboys16150.4
86.Rian LindellKBills16149.1
87.John KasayKPanthers16148.8
88.Marques ColstonWRSaints12147.9
89.Plaxico BurressWRGiants13146.3
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
90.Kellen WinslowTEBrowns16145.6
91.Troy SmithQBRavens8145.2
92.Jerricho CotcheryWRJets16143.9
93.Steve SmithWRPanthers13143.6
94.Greg JenningsWRPackers14143.5
95.Rob BironasKTitans16142.4
96.Jason WittenTECowboys16142.2
97.Ahmad BradshawRBGiants14142.0
98.BearsDEF16140.3
99.Roddy WhiteWRFalcons16140.1
100.Stephen GostkowskiKPatriots16139.7
101.Andre HallRBBroncos15136.5
102.RedskinsDEF16136.4
103.Mike NugentKJets16135.1
104.Josh ScobeeKJaguars16134.8
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
105.Jason HansonKLions16133.9
106.CowboysDEF16133.9
107.Roy WilliamsWRLions15133.6
108.Taylor MehlhaffKSaints16132.3
109.SeahawksDEF16131.5
110.Chris PerryRBBengals13131.3
111.Anquan BoldinWRCardinals15131.1
112.Ryan LongwellKVikings16129.3
113.Lawrence TynesKGiants16129.3
114.Jeff ReedKSteelers16128.6
115.Kevin CurtisWREagles15128.4
116.Shayne GrahamKBengals16128.3
117.Chester TaylorRBVikings12128.1
118.Chris ChambersWRChargers16127.8
119.Kyle OrtonQBBears10127.6
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
120.David AkersKEagles16127.3
121.JaguarsDEF16127.2
122.Donald DriverWRPackers16127.0
123.Jesse ChatmanRBJets16126.5
124.Neil RackersKCardinals16125.7
125.Phil DawsonKBrowns16123.6
126.Matt PraterKBroncos16123.5
127.Joey GallowayWRBuccaneers14122.8
128.Warrick DunnRBBuccaneers16122.2
129.Josh BrownKRams16122.2
130.Matt StoverKRavens16121.5
131.Sebastian JanikowskiKRaiders16121.4
132.Chad JohnsonWRBengals13120.2
133.Matt RyanQBFalcons10119.6
134.Kris BrownKTexans16119.3
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
135.VikingsDEF16118.1
136.Isaac BruceWR49ers16117.8
137.Laveranues ColesWRJets14117.6
138.Felix JonesRBCowboys16117.3
139.Anthony GonzalezWRColts15116.5
140.Jay FeelyKDolphins16116.3
141.Antonio GatesTEChargers16116.0
142.Joe FlaccoQBRavens12115.1
143.Shaun SuishamKRedskins16114.7
144.Alex SmithQB49ers7114.1
145.Sidney RiceWRVikings15113.9
146.Derrick MasonWRRavens16113.9
147.EaglesDEF16113.7
148.Tony GonzalezTEChiefs16112.5
149.BuccaneersDEF16112.1
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
150.Joe NedneyK49ers16111.9
151.James HardyWRBills16111.7
152.Santana MossWRRedskins13111.7
153.Sammy MorrisRBPatriots13111.2
154.Mark ClaytonWRRavens16111.1
155.Bryant JohnsonWR49ers13110.6
156.Brandon CoutuKSeahawks16110.0
157.Billy CundiffKChiefs16108.4
158.Ted Ginn Jr.WRDolphins15106.8
159.PackersDEF16106.6
160.Fred JacksonRBBills16106.2
161.Marvin HarrisonWRColts13106.1
162.J.T. O'SullivanQB49ers7105.5
163.Jacob HesterRBChargers16105.4
164.Ahman GreenRBTexans11105.1
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
165.Jason ElamKFalcons16104.6
166.Eddie RoyalWRBroncos16104.4
167.Chris CooleyTERedskins15104.3
168.Matt BryantKBuccaneers16104.0
169.Kevin JonesRBBears15103.9
170.Devin ThomasWRRedskins14103.6
171.Hines WardWRSteelers15103.4
172.Todd HeapTERavens14103.2
173.PanthersDEF16102.9
174.Patrick CraytonWRCowboys16102.9
175.Chris BrownRBTexans14102.8
176.GiantsDEF16102.7
177.JetsDEF16101.7
178.Ray RiceRBRavens16101.7
179.Laurent RobinsonWRFalcons16101.4
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
180.ColtsDEF16100.8
181.Jeremy ShockeyTESaints15100.1
182.Drew BennettWRRams1699.3
183.SteelersDEF1698.1
184.Kenny WatsonRBBengals1498.0
185.Muhsin MuhammadWRPanthers1696.8
186.Donte' StallworthWRBrowns1695.9
187.Jerry PorterWRJaguars1195.7
188.TitansDEF1695.1
189.Nate BurlesonWRSeahawks1495.1
190.Pierre ThomasRBSaints1694.6
191.Jason HillWR49ers1694.4
192.Tatum BellRBLions1693.1
193.RavensDEF1691.7
194.Arnaz BattleWR49ers1491.0
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
195.Amani ToomerWRGiants1590.1
196.DeShaun FosterRB49ers1489.5
197.Shaun HillQB49ers489.4
198.Zach MillerTERaiders1689.1
199.Steve SlatonRBTexans1689.1
200.Bobby EngramWRSeahawks987.9
201.James JonesWRPackers1686.5
202.BillsDEF1685.6
203.Heath MillerTESteelers1685.4
204.Ronald CurryWRRaiders1485.1
205.BrownsDEF1684.7
206.Dallas ClarkTEColts1584.6
207.Kevin WalterWRTexans1683.6
208.Owen DanielsTETexans1682.8
209.Javon WalkerWRRaiders1082.6
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
210.SaintsDEF1682.2
211.Randy McMichaelTERams1681.9
212.Steve SmithWRGiants1681.7
213.Donald LeeTEPackers1681.7
214.Kevin BossTEGiants1681.4
215.Derek HaganWRDolphins1681.1
216.Jerome SimpsonWRBengals1680.3
217.Devin HesterWRBears1578.3
218.Courtney TaylorWRSeahawks1678.1
219.Leonard WeaverRBSeahawks1678.1
220.Chad JacksonWRPatriots977.6
221.Chad PenningtonQBDolphins577.0
222.Ricky WilliamsRBDolphins1177.0
223.Reggie BrownWREagles1476.8
224.John BeckQBDolphins575.8
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
225.Brandon JacksonRBPackers1275.5
226.Leon WashingtonRBJets1575.5
227.Antwaan Randle ElWRRedskins1575.4
228.Reggie WilliamsWRJaguars1175.2
229.Vernon DavisTE49ers1674.4
230.Ernest WilfordWRDolphins1674.3
231.Rudi JohnsonRBBengals773.9
232.Marty BookerWRBears1273.8
233.Anthony FasanoTEDolphins1673.6
234.FalconsDEF1672.9
235.D.J. HackettWRPanthers1272.9
236.Tim HightowerRBCardinals1672.6
237.Marcus MaxwellWRBengals1671.8
238.Jamaal CharlesRBChiefs1671.7
239.Jabar GaffneyWRPatriots1671.5
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
240.Vincent JacksonWRChargers1271.0
241.Maurice MorrisRBSeahawks1269.9
242.Justin McCareinsWRTitans1669.8
243.Rex GrossmanQBBears668.8
244.Chris RedmanQBFalcons768.4
245.Marcedes LewisTEJaguars1468.3
246.Buster DavisWRChargers1667.6
247.CardinalsDEF1667.6
248.Brian LeonardRBRams1667.4
249.Josh ReedWRBills1167.4
250.Desmond ClarkTEBears1566.8
251.Robert MeachemWRSaints1266.7
252.Limas SweedWRSteelers1366.7
253.Brian BrohmQBPackers566.4
254.DolphinsDEF1666.4
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
255.Todd CollinsQBRedskins1365.5
256.Ben UtechtTEBengals1665.2
257.Drew CarterWRRaiders1265.0
258.David PattenWRSaints1264.2
259.Dennis NorthcuttWRJaguars1463.8
260.Roy HallWRColts1663.6
261.Lorenzo BookerRBEagles1662.9
262.TexansDEF1662.8
263.Donnie AveryWRRams1461.2
264.Dustin KellerTEJets1660.4
265.William FranklinWRChiefs1660.1
266.Ike HilliardWRBuccaneers1660.1
267.BroncosDEF1659.8
268.49ersDEF1659.5
269.BengalsDEF1659.0
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
270.Darrell JacksonWRBroncos1258.6
271.Benjamin WatsonTEPatriots1358.2
272.Tony SchefflerTEBroncos1557.8
273.Mike HartRBColts1656.8
274.Malcolm KellyWRRedskins956.8
275.L.J. SmithTEEagles1656.6
276.Deuce McAllisterRBSaints856.3
277.Greg OlsenTEBears1656.0
278.ChiefsDEF1655.7
279.Devery HendersonWRSaints1655.5
280.Troy WilliamsonWRJaguars1655.0
281.Tyler ThigpenQBChiefs654.9
282.Early DoucetWRCardinals1654.9
283.Michael PittmanRBBroncos1254.8
284.Luke McCownQBBuccaneers654.3
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
285.Jason WrightRBBrowns1454.3
286.Dominic RhodesRBColts852.7
287.Michael ClaytonWRBuccaneers1152.6
288.Devard DarlingWRChiefs1352.4
289.Patrick RamseyQBBroncos951.8
290.LionsDEF1651.3
291.Leonard PopeTECardinals1350.8
292.Steve HeidenTEBrowns1350.3
293.Bobby WadeWRVikings1450.2
294.Michael JenkinsWRFalcons1650.1
295.Roydell WilliamsWRTitans949.9
296.Kurt WarnerQBCardinals449.7
297.Chris BakerTEJets1249.4
298.Ladell BettsRBRedskins1649.2
299.Josh McCownQBDolphins549.1
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
300.Kevin KolbQBEagles748.7
301.Ryne RobinsonWRPanthers1648.5
302.Demetrius WilliamsWRRavens1648.4
303.Brandon LloydWRBears1447.6
304.Justin GageWRTitans1647.5
305.Jeff KingTEPanthers1647.3
306.Chad HenneQBDolphins447.2
307.Kevin FaulkRBPatriots1646.7
308.Matt MooreQBPanthers745.3
309.Visanthe ShiancoeTEVikings1644.2
310.RaidersDEF1643.6
311.Jalen ParmeleRBDolphins1643.5
312.Correll BuckhalterRBEagles1643.2
313.Mike FurreyWRLions1643.1
314.Alge CrumplerTETitans1242.8
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
315.Sage RosenfelsQBTexans442.3
316.Jeb PutzierTESeahawks1441.3
317.Trent GreenQBRams1441.3
318.Andre' DavisWRTexans1641.1
319.Fred DavisTERedskins1641.0
320.John CarlsonTESeahawks1439.7
321.Alex SmithTEBuccaneers1339.5
322.David MartinTEDolphins1638.6
323.Maurice StovallWRBuccaneers1638.3
324.Brandon StokleyWRBroncos938.0
325.Chansi StuckeyWRJets1637.7
326.Ben TroupeTEBuccaneers1337.4
327.Martellus BennettTECowboys1637.2
328.Cecil SappRBBroncos1637.1
329.Billy MillerTESaints1635.5
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
330.Jacoby JonesWRTexans1235.3
331.Greg JonesRBJaguars1234.3
332.Jordy NelsonWRPackers1633.6
333.Steve BreastonWRCardinals1633.4
334.Dan OrlovskyQBLions533.1
335.Daniel WilcoxTERavens1132.9
336.RamsDEF1632.8
337.Robert RoyalTEBills1332.3
338.Jason SnellingRBFalcons1632.0
339.David TyreeWRGiants1331.7
340.Chris HenryRBTitans1431.4
341.Logan PayneWRSeahawks1431.3
342.Bubba FranksTEJets1631.1
343.Darius WalkerRBTexans1630.5
344.Davone BessWRDolphins1630.5
 NamePosTeamGPPoints
345.Antonio PittmanRBRams1630.4
346.Ben PatrickTECardinals1630.4
347.Nate WashingtonWRSteelers1629.9
348.Michael GainesTELions1629.9
349.Ben HartsockTEFalcons1629.0
350.Andrew WalterQBRaiders628.8

* 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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