2008 Week 3 Fantasy Rankings

BtB presents position-by-position cheat sheets
By Paul Bessire, WhatIfSports.com
September 17th, 2008

We present our updated, weekly 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 201 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 Tuesday morning for each week. 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!

Quarterback Running Back Wide Receiver Tight End
Kicker Team Defense Individual Defense


Overall rankings

 NamePosTeamOppPoints
1.Brandon JacobsRBGiantsBengals22.4
2.Jay CutlerQBBroncosSaints21.3
3.Drew BreesQBSaintsBroncos21.1
4.Frank GoreRB49ersLions21.1
5.Tony RomoQBCowboysPackers19.4
6.Brian WestbrookRBEaglesSteelers19.2
7.Philip RiversQBChargersJets19.1
8.Earnest GrahamRBBuccaneersBears18.7
9.Adrian PetersonRBVikingsPanthers18.4
10.Matt HasselbeckQBSeahawksRams18.2
11.Kurt WarnerQBCardinalsRedskins18.1
12.J.T. O'SullivanQB49ersLions17.9
13.Brett FavreQBJetsChargers17.9
14.Jon KitnaQBLions49ers17.9
 NamePosTeamOppPoints
15.Eli ManningQBGiantsBengals17.4
16.Peyton ManningQBColtsJaguars17.3
17.Michael TurnerRBFalconsChiefs17.0
18.Chris JohnsonRBTitansTexans16.8
19.Reggie BushRBSaintsBroncos16.4
20.Derek AndersonQBBrownsRavens16.3
21.Thomas JonesRBJetsChargers16.2
22.Jason CampbellQBRedskinsCardinals16.2
23.Willie ParkerRBSteelersEagles15.8
24.Trent EdwardsQBBillsRaiders15.5
25.Calvin JohnsonWRLions49ers15.3
26.Donovan McNabbQBEaglesSteelers15.1
27.Marshawn LynchRBBillsRaiders15.1
28.Brandon MarshallWRBroncosSaints14.9
29.Marion BarberRBCowboysPackers14.9
 NamePosTeamOppPoints
30.Ben RoethlisbergerQBSteelersEagles14.8
31.Larry FitzgeraldWRCardinalsRedskins14.7
32.Aaron RodgersQBPackersCowboys14.6
33.LaDainian TomlinsonRBChargersJets14.4
34.Tyler ThigpenQBChiefsFalcons14.4
35.Plaxico BurressWRGiantsBengals14.3
36.Julius JonesRBSeahawksRams14.0
37.Jake DelhommeQBPanthersVikings13.9
38.Joe FlaccoQBRavensBrowns13.7
39.Matt CasselQBPatriotsDolphins13.6
40.Clinton PortisRBRedskinsCardinals13.1
41.Kevin SmithRBLions49ers12.9
42.Joseph AddaiRBColtsJaguars12.8
43.Matt ForteRBBearsBuccaneers12.8
44.Larry JohnsonRBChiefsFalcons12.7
 NamePosTeamOppPoints
45.Darren McFaddenRBRaidersBills12.7
46.Steven JacksonRBRamsSeahawks12.6
47.Eddie RoyalWRBroncosSaints12.5
48.Greg JenningsWRPackersCowboys12.4
49.Kerry CollinsQBTitansTexans12.4
50.Santana MossWRRedskinsCardinals12.2
51.SeahawksDEFRams12.2
52.Terrell OwensWRCowboysPackers12.2
53.Willis McGaheeRBRavensBrowns12.1
54.Matt RyanQBFalconsChiefs12.0
55.Brian GrieseQBBuccaneersBears12.0
56.Matt SchaubQBTexansTitans11.6
57.Ryan GrantRBPackersCowboys11.4
58.Randy MossWRPatriotsDolphins11.3
59.Anthony GonzalezWRColtsJaguars11.3
 NamePosTeamOppPoints
60.Fred JacksonRBBillsRaiders11.2
61.Reggie WayneWRColtsJaguars11.2
62.David GarrardQBJaguarsColts11.2
63.Derrick WardRBGiantsBengals11.2
64.Lee EvansWRBillsRaiders11.1
65.Andre JohnsonWRTexansTitans11.0
66.Jason WittenTECowboysPackers10.9
67.Anquan BoldinWRCardinalsRedskins10.9
68.John KasayKPanthersVikings10.8
69.Roddy WhiteWRFalconsChiefs10.8
70.Santonio HolmesWRSteelersEagles10.8
71.Braylon EdwardsWRBrownsRavens10.7
72.GiantsDEFBengals10.6
73.Laurence MaroneyRBPatriotsDolphins10.6
74.Kellen WinslowTEBrownsRavens10.6
 NamePosTeamOppPoints
75.PatriotsDEFDolphins10.5
76.Steve SmithWRPanthersVikings10.5
77.DeSean JacksonWREaglesSteelers10.4
78.Jamal LewisRBBrownsRavens10.3
79.Chris ChambersWRChargersJets10.3
80.Jerious NorwoodRBFalconsChiefs10.3
81.Marc BulgerQBRamsSeahawks10.1
82.Nick FolkKCowboysPackers10.0
83.Robbie GouldKBearsBuccaneers10.0
84.Leon WashingtonRBJetsChargers9.9
85.Kyle OrtonQBBearsBuccaneers9.9
86.Selvin YoungRBBroncosSaints9.7
87.Edgerrin JamesRBCardinalsRedskins9.7
88.John CarneyKGiantsBengals9.7
89.Adam VinatieriKColtsJaguars9.6
 NamePosTeamOppPoints
90.Dwayne BoweWRChiefsFalcons9.6
91.Jeremy ShockeyTESaintsBroncos9.5
92.Isaac BruceWR49ersLions9.5
93.Billy McMullenWRSeahawksRams9.5
94.LenDale WhiteRBTitansTexans9.5
95.Bryant JohnsonWR49ersLions9.4
96.Antonio BryantWRBuccaneersBears9.2
97.Jonathan StewartRBPanthersVikings9.2
98.Steve SlatonRBTexansTitans9.1
99.Nate KaedingKChargersJets9.1
100.Fred TaylorRBJaguarsColts9.1
101.Matt PraterKBroncosSaints8.9
102.Rian LindellKBillsRaiders8.9
103.Neil RackersKCardinalsRedskins8.9
104.Rob BironasKTitansTexans8.9
 NamePosTeamOppPoints
105.Carson PalmerQBBengalsGiants8.8
106.Roy WilliamsWRLions49ers8.7
107.Sammy MorrisRBPatriotsDolphins8.7
108.Torry HoltWRRamsSeahawks8.7
109.Tarvaris JacksonQBVikingsPanthers8.6
110.Darren SprolesRBChargersJets8.5
111.Andre HallRBBroncosSaints8.4
112.Michael BushRBRaidersBills8.4
113.David AkersKEaglesSteelers8.4
114.Pierre ThomasRBSaintsBroncos8.3
115.Jay FeelyKJetsChargers8.1
116.Joe NedneyK49ersLions8.1
117.DeAngelo WilliamsRBPanthersVikings8.1
118.49ersDEFLions8.1
119.Ricky WilliamsRBDolphinsPatriots8.0
 NamePosTeamOppPoints
120.Chris PerryRBBengalsGiants8.0
121.Vincent JacksonWRChargersJets8.0
122.Mason CrosbyKPackersCowboys7.9
123.Warrick DunnRBBuccaneersBears7.9
124.Jeff ReedKSteelersEagles7.8
125.JaMarcus RussellQBRaidersBills7.8
126.David PattenWRSaintsBroncos7.8
127.Courtney TaylorWRSeahawksRams7.7
128.Amani ToomerWRGiantsBengals7.7
129.Jason HansonKLions49ers7.6
130.BrownsDEFRavens7.6
131.Chad PenningtonQBDolphinsPatriots7.6
132.Tony GonzalezTEChiefsFalcons7.5
133.Jerricho CotcheryWRJetsChargers7.5
134.Martin GramaticaKSaintsBroncos7.4
 NamePosTeamOppPoints
135.Josh ScobeeKJaguarsColts7.4
136.Todd HeapTERavensBrowns7.4
137.Chris CooleyTERedskinsCardinals7.3
138.Jason ElamKFalconsChiefs7.3
139.T.J. HoushmandzadehWRBengalsGiants7.3
140.Nick NovakKChiefsFalcons7.3
141.Phil DawsonKBrownsRavens7.2
142.Hines WardWRSteelersEagles7.2
143.Maurice Jones-DrewRBJaguarsColts7.2
144.Derrick MasonWRRavensBrowns7.2
145.Donald DriverWRPackersCowboys7.2
146.Wes WelkerWRPatriotsDolphins7.2
147.Matt BryantKBuccaneersBears7.0
148.Ryan LongwellKVikingsPanthers7.0
149.Olindo MareKSeahawksRams7.0
 NamePosTeamOppPoints
150.Chansi StuckeyWRJetsChargers6.9
151.Laveranues ColesWRJetsChargers6.8
152.Chad JohnsonWRBengalsGiants6.8
153.Antonio GatesTEChargersJets6.8
154.Stephen GostkowskiKPatriotsDolphins6.7
155.Devery HendersonWRSaintsBroncos6.7
156.Kris BrownKTexansTitans6.7
157.Shaun SuishamKRedskinsCardinals6.6
158.CowboysDEFPackers6.6
159.John CarlsonTESeahawksRams6.6
160.BillsDEFRaiders6.6
161.Matt StoverKRavensBrowns6.5
162.RedskinsDEFCardinals6.5
163.Marvin HarrisonWRColtsJaguars6.5
164.RavensDEFBrowns6.4
 NamePosTeamOppPoints
165.DeShaun FosterRB49ersLions6.4
166.Muhsin MuhammadWRPanthersVikings6.3
167.BuccaneersDEFBears6.2
168.Shayne GrahamKBengalsGiants6.2
169.Mewelde MooreRBSteelersEagles6.1
170.Brandon JacksonRBPackersCowboys6.1
171.Mark ClaytonWRRavensBrowns6.0
172.JaguarsDEFColts5.9
173.Chris TaylorRBTexansTitans5.9
174.TitansDEFTexans5.9
175.Michael JenkinsWRFalconsChiefs5.9
176.Antwaan Randle ElWRRedskinsCardinals5.9
177.Ahmad BradshawRBGiantsBengals5.9
178.Josh BrownKRamsSeahawks5.9
179.Chester TaylorRBVikingsPanthers5.9
 NamePosTeamOppPoints
180.Ronnie BrownRBDolphinsPatriots5.8
181.ColtsDEFJaguars5.8
182.BearsDEFBuccaneers5.8
183.Greg CamarilloWRDolphinsPatriots5.8
184.Javon WalkerWRRaidersBills5.7
185.Josh ReedWRBillsRaiders5.7
186.PanthersDEFVikings5.7
187.Matt JonesWRJaguarsColts5.7
188.RamsDEFSeahawks5.7
189.EaglesDEFSteelers5.6
190.Patrick CraytonWRCowboysPackers5.6
191.Reggie WilliamsWRJaguarsColts5.4
192.PackersDEFCowboys5.3
193.BroncosDEFSaints5.2
194.FalconsDEFChiefs5.2
 NamePosTeamOppPoints
195.CardinalsDEFRedskins5.1
196.Randy McMichaelTERamsSeahawks5.1
197.Bernard BerrianWRVikingsPanthers5.1
198.Justin GageWRTitansTexans5.0
199.JetsDEFChargers5.0
200.Sebastian JanikowskiKRaidersBills5.0

* 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.

Paul Bessire is the Senior Quantitative Analyst and Content Manager for WhatIfSports.com and a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. With any comments, questions or topic suggestions, Paul can be reached at BtB@whatifsports.com. Thanks!

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