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Week 4 Fantasy Football Rankings

Fantasy football projections, predictions and cheat sheets
By Paul Bessire, WhatIfSports.com
September 29, 2009

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 10,001 times. 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 each week. Information on scoring appears at the 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


 NamePosTeamOppPoints
1.Peyton ManningQBColtsSeahawks23.2
2.Matt SchaubQBTexansRaiders20.9
3.Joe FlaccoQBRavensPatriots20.3
4.Jay CutlerQBBearsLions19.7
5.Adrian PetersonRBVikingsPackers19.2
6.Shaun HillQB49ersRams18.7
7.Eli ManningQBGiantsChiefs18.0
8.Cedric BensonRBBengalsBrowns17.9
9.Aaron RodgersQBPackersVikings17.8
10.Trent EdwardsQBBillsDolphins17.7
11.Chris JohnsonRBTitansJaguars16.7
12.Drew BreesQBSaintsJets16.6
13.Fred JacksonRBBillsDolphins16.6
14.Jason CampbellQBRedskinsBuccaneers16.5
 NamePosTeamOppPoints
15.Tom BradyQBPatriotsRavens16.4
16.Philip RiversQBChargersSteelers16.3
17.Carson PalmerQBBengalsBrowns15.9
18.Maurice Jones-DrewRBJaguarsTitans15.7
19.Darren McFaddenRBRaidersTexans15.7
20.Steven JacksonRBRams49ers15.5
21.Reggie WayneWRColtsSeahawks15.2
22.Ben RoethlisbergerQBSteelersChargers14.9
23.Matt ForteRBBearsLions14.8
24.Joseph AddaiRBColtsSeahawks14.8
25.Clinton PortisRBRedskinsBuccaneers14.6
26.Steve SlatonRBTexansRaiders14.6
27.David GarrardQBJaguarsTitans14.3
28.Tashard ChoiceRBCowboysBroncos14.2
29.Mark SanchezQBJetsSaints14.1
 NamePosTeamOppPoints
30.Glen CoffeeRB49ersRams14.1
31.Ronnie BrownRBDolphinsBills14.1
32.Ahmad BradshawRBGiantsChiefs14.0
33.Brett FavreQBVikingsPackers13.9
34.Kerry CollinsQBTitansJaguars13.7
35.Randy MossWRPatriotsRavens13.4
36.Michael BushRBRaidersTexans13.2
37.Felix JonesRBCowboysBroncos13.1
38.Kyle OrtonQBBroncosCowboys13.1
39.Pierre ThomasRBSaintsJets13.1
40.Ryan GrantRBPackersVikings13.0
41.Josh JohnsonQBBuccaneersRedskins12.9
42.Matt HasselbeckQBSeahawksColts12.9
43.Donald BrownRBColtsSeahawks12.8
44.Chad OchocincoWRBengalsBrowns12.7
 NamePosTeamOppPoints
45.Jerricho CotcheryWRJetsSaints12.4
46.Tony RomoQBCowboysBroncos12.2
47.JaMarcus RussellQBRaidersTexans11.7
48.Matthew StaffordQBLionsBears11.6
49.Matt CasselQBChiefsGiants11.6
50.Brandon JacobsRBGiantsChiefs11.5
51.Larry JohnsonRBChiefsGiants11.2
52.Vernon DavisTE49ersRams11.2
53.Isaac BruceWR49ersRams11.2
54.Vincent JacksonWRChargersSteelers11.0
55.Julius JonesRBSeahawksColts10.9
56.Jerome HarrisonRBBrownsBengals10.8
57.Derek AndersonQBBrownsBengals10.8
58.Darren SprolesRBChargersSteelers10.8
59.Santana MossWRRedskinsBuccaneers10.7
 NamePosTeamOppPoints
60.Willis McGaheeRBRavensPatriots10.7
61.Kevin WalterWRTexansRaiders10.6
62.Andre JohnsonWRTexansRaiders10.6
63.Chad HenneQBDolphinsBills10.4
64.Steve SmithWRGiantsChiefs10.4
65.Dallas ClarkTEColtsSeahawks10.3
66.Greg JenningsWRPackersVikings10.3
67.Derrick WardRBBuccaneersRedskins10.1
68.Kyle BollerQBRams49ers10.1
69.Correll BuckhalterRBBroncosCowboys9.9
70.Jason WittenTECowboysBroncos9.9
71.Terrell OwensWRBillsDolphins9.9
72.Fred TaylorRBPatriotsRavens9.8
73.Nate BurlesonWRSeahawksColts9.8
74.Brandon MarshallWRBroncosCowboys9.7
 NamePosTeamOppPoints
75.Devin HesterWRBearsLions9.7
76.Mario ManninghamWRGiantsChiefs9.6
77.Willie ParkerRBSteelersChargers9.6
78.Adam VinatieriKColtsSeahawks9.5
79.Donald DriverWRPackersVikings9.5
80.Carnell WilliamsRBBuccaneersRedskins9.5
81.Shayne GrahamKBengalsBrowns9.4
82.Earl BennettWRBearsLions9.4
83.Nick FolkKCowboysBroncos9.2
84.Owen DanielsTETexansRaiders9.2
85.Calvin JohnsonWRLionsBears9.1
86.Hines WardWRSteelersChargers9.0
87.Wes WelkerWRPatriotsRavens8.9
88.Robbie GouldKBearsLions8.8
89.Antonio GatesTEChargersSteelers8.8
 NamePosTeamOppPoints
90.Rob BironasKTitansJaguars8.8
91.Ryan LongwellKVikingsPackers8.7
92.John CarneyKSaintsJets8.7
93.Kenny BrittWRTitansJaguars8.6
94.Aaron BrownRBLionsBears8.6
95.Joe NedneyK49ersRams8.6
96.Kris BrownKTexansRaiders8.6
97.James DavisRBBrownsBengals8.5
98.Sebastian JanikowskiKRaidersTexans8.5
99.Derrick MasonWRRavensPatriots8.5
100.Mike Sims-WalkerWRJaguarsTitans8.5
101.Ray RiceRBRavensPatriots8.5
102.Maurice MorrisRBLionsBears8.4
103.Rian LindellKBillsDolphins8.4
104.Lawrence TynesKGiantsChiefs8.3
 NamePosTeamOppPoints
105.Jason HansonKLionsBears8.3
106.Reggie BushRBSaintsJets8.3
107.Steven HauschkaKRavensPatriots8.1
108.Marques ColstonWRSaintsJets8.1
109.Jay FeelyKJetsSaints8.0
110.Mason CrosbyKPackersVikings7.9
111.Leon WashingtonRBJetsSaints7.9
112.Stephen GostkowskiKPatriotsRavens7.8
113.Ricky WilliamsRBDolphinsBills7.6
114.Mark ClaytonWRRavensPatriots7.5
115.Olindo MareKSeahawksColts7.5
116.Santonio HolmesWRSteelersChargers7.5
117.Davone BessWRDolphinsBills7.5
118.Justin GageWRTitansJaguars7.5
119.Percy HarvinWRVikingsPackers7.4
 NamePosTeamOppPoints
120.Chris CooleyTERedskinsBuccaneers7.3
121.Josh ScobeeKJaguarsTitans7.3
122.Mark BradleyWRChiefsGiants7.2
123.Torry HoltWRJaguarsTitans7.2
124.Bernard BerrianWRVikingsPackers7.2
125.Jabar GaffneyWRBroncosCowboys7.1
126.Todd HeapTERavensPatriots7.1
127.Antwaan Randle ElWRRedskinsBuccaneers7.1
128.Thomas JonesRBJetsSaints7.1
129.Ted Ginn Jr.WRDolphinsBills7.0
130.Nate KaedingKChargersSteelers6.9
131.T.J. HoushmandzadehWRSeahawksColts6.8
132.Jamaal CharlesRBChiefsGiants6.8
133.Jeremy ShockeyTESaintsJets6.8
134.Donnie AveryWRRams49ers6.8
 NamePosTeamOppPoints
135.LaDainian TomlinsonRBChargersSteelers6.7
136.GiantsDEFChiefs6.7
137.Lee EvansWRBillsDolphins6.7
138.Dan CarpenterKDolphinsBills6.7
139.BengalsDEFBrowns6.7
140.Jeff ReedKSteelersChargers6.6
141.Ryan SuccopKChiefsGiants6.6
142.Bryant JohnsonWRLionsBears6.6
143.Matt PraterKBroncosCowboys6.6
144.Josh BrownKRams49ers6.6
145.Dwayne BoweWRChiefsGiants6.6
146.VikingsDEFPackers6.4
147.Devery HendersonWRSaintsJets6.2
148.SteelersDEFChargers6.2
149.BillsDEFDolphins6.2
 NamePosTeamOppPoints
150.John CarlsonTESeahawksColts6.2
151.Shaun SuishamKRedskinsBuccaneers6.2
152.Andre CaldwellWRBengalsBrowns6.2
153.ChargersDEFSteelers6.2
154.CowboysDEFBroncos6.1
155.BearsDEFLions6.0
156.Donald LeeTEPackersVikings5.9
157.Mike WallaceWRSteelersChargers5.9
158.LionsDEFBears5.9
159.Braylon EdwardsWRBrownsBengals5.9
160.Josh MorganWR49ersRams5.8
161.Greg OlsenTEBearsLions5.7
162.Chansi StuckeyWRJetsSaints5.7
163.Keenan BurtonWRRams49ers5.7
164.49ersDEFRams5.6
 NamePosTeamOppPoints
165.Patrick CraytonWRCowboysBroncos5.6
166.Dustin KellerTEJetsSaints5.6
167.ColtsDEFSeahawks5.6
168.SaintsDEFJets5.6
169.Zach MillerTERaidersTexans5.6
170.Heath MillerTESteelersChargers5.5
171.Billy CundiffKBrownsBengals5.5
172.JetsDEFSaints5.4
173.Mike NugentKBuccaneersRedskins5.4
174.Knowshon MorenoRBBroncosCowboys5.4
175.Pierre GarconWRColtsSeahawks5.3
176.Justin ForsettRBSeahawksColts5.3
177.Roy WilliamsWRCowboysBroncos5.2
178.Le'Ron McClainRBRavensPatriots5.1
179.BroncosDEFCowboys5.0
 NamePosTeamOppPoints
180.Chester TaylorRBVikingsPackers5.0
181.Brian LeonardRBBengalsBrowns5.0
182.Antonio BryantWRBuccaneersRedskins5.0
183.TexansDEFRaiders4.9
184.Laveranues ColesWRBengalsBrowns4.9
185.Louis MurphyWRRaidersTexans4.8
186.RaidersDEFTexans4.8
187.Michael ClaytonWRBuccaneersRedskins4.8
188.LenDale WhiteRBTitansJaguars4.7
189.RavensDEFPatriots4.7
190.PackersDEFVikings4.7
191.Marshawn LynchRBBillsDolphins4.7
192.Alge CrumplerTETitansJaguars4.7
193.Mike FurreyWRBrownsBengals4.6
194.Daniel GrahamTEBroncosCowboys4.5
 NamePosTeamOppPoints
195.Ladell BettsRBRedskinsBuccaneers4.5
196.BuccaneersDEFRedskins4.4
197.PatriotsDEFRavens4.4
198.DolphinsDEFBills4.4
199.Sammy MorrisRBPatriotsRavens4.4
200.Derek FineTEBillsDolphins4.4

* The individual players and defensive teams 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 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.

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Paul Bessire is the Product Manager of Content and Quantitative Analysis for WhatIfSports.com, a division of FOX Sports Interactive specializing in fantasy football simulation analysis and football sim games. With any comments, questions or topic suggestions, Paul can be reached at BtB@whatifsports.com. Thanks!

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