2008 Week 2 Fantasy Rankings

BtB presents position-by-position cheat sheets
By Paul Bessire, WhatIfSports.com
September 9th, 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.Kurt WarnerQBCardinalsDolphins20.4
2.LaDainian TomlinsonRBChargersBroncos20.3
3.Drew BreesQBSaintsRedskins19.6
4.Matt SchaubQBTexansRavens19.5
5.Brandon JacobsRBGiantsRams19.1
6.Peyton ManningQBColtsVikings18.3
7.Chris JohnsonRBTitansBengals18.3
8.Adrian PetersonRBVikingsColts18.2
9.Earnest GrahamRBBuccaneersFalcons17.5
10.Eli ManningQBGiantsRams17.4
11.Brian WestbrookRBEaglesCowboys17.4
12.Ryan GrantRBPackersLions17.2
13.Frank GoreRB49ersSeahawks16.8
14.Marion BarberRBCowboysEagles16.5
 NamePosTeamOppPoints
15.Larry JohnsonRBChiefsRaiders16.5
16.Jason CampbellQBRedskinsSaints16.4
17.Damon HuardQBChiefsRaiders16.3
18.Ben RoethlisbergerQBSteelersBrowns16.3
19.Kerry CollinsQBTitansBengals16.2
20.Matt HasselbeckQBSeahawks49ers16.1
21.Michael TurnerRBFalconsBuccaneers15.9
22.Joe FlaccoQBRavensTexans15.6
23.Reggie BushRBSaintsRedskins15.6
24.Aaron RodgersQBPackersLions15.3
25.Philip RiversQBChargersBroncos15.0
26.Tony RomoQBCowboysEagles15.0
27.Chad PenningtonQBDolphinsCardinals14.9
28.DeAngelo WilliamsRBPanthersBears14.9
29.Willie ParkerRBSteelersBrowns14.8
 NamePosTeamOppPoints
30.Steven JacksonRBRamsGiants14.5
31.Brian GrieseQBBuccaneersFalcons14.2
32.David GarrardQBJaguarsBills14.2
33.Brett FavreQBJetsPatriots14.1
34.Ricky WilliamsRBDolphinsCardinals14.1
35.Marshawn LynchRBBillsJaguars14.0
36.Donovan McNabbQBEaglesCowboys13.8
37.Jay CutlerQBBroncosChargers13.7
38.Andre JohnsonWRTexansRavens13.2
39.Plaxico BurressWRGiantsRams13.2
40.Thomas JonesRBJetsPatriots13.1
41.Julius JonesRBSeahawks49ers13.0
42.JaMarcus RussellQBRaidersChiefs12.9
43.Jon KitnaQBLionsPackers12.9
44.Matt CasselQBPatriotsJets12.9
 NamePosTeamOppPoints
45.Darren McFaddenRBRaidersChiefs12.9
46.Edgerrin JamesRBCardinalsDolphins12.8
47.Willis McGaheeRBRavensTexans12.8
48.Jonathan StewartRBPanthersBears12.5
49.Jake DelhommeQBPanthersBears12.4
50.Kevin SmithRBLionsPackers12.2
51.Derek AndersonQBBrownsSteelers12.2
52.Joseph AddaiRBColtsVikings12.2
53.Larry FitzgeraldWRCardinalsDolphins12.1
54.Trent EdwardsQBBillsJaguars11.9
55.Andre HallRBBroncosChargers11.8
56.Matt ForteRBBearsPanthers11.7
57.Clinton PortisRBRedskinsSaints11.6
58.Reggie WayneWRColtsVikings11.6
59.Laurence MaroneyRBPatriotsJets11.5
 NamePosTeamOppPoints
60.Justin FargasRBRaidersChiefs11.5
61.Dwayne BoweWRChiefsRaiders11.4
62.Kyle OrtonQBBearsPanthers11.1
63.Jamal LewisRBBrownsSteelers11.1
64.Anquan BoldinWRCardinalsDolphins11.0
65.Randy MossWRPatriotsJets11.0
66.J.T. O'SullivanQB49ersSeahawks11.0
67.LenDale WhiteRBTitansBengals10.8
68.Marc BulgerQBRamsGiants10.8
69.Carson PalmerQBBengalsTitans10.7
70.Tarvaris JacksonQBVikingsColts10.7
71.Mason CrosbyKPackersLions10.6
72.Chris PerryRBBengalsTitans10.6
73.Ronnie BrownRBDolphinsCardinals10.6
74.Jerious NorwoodRBFalconsBuccaneers10.5
 NamePosTeamOppPoints
75.Nate KaedingKChargersBroncos10.3
76.Pierre ThomasRBSaintsRedskins10.3
77.Brandon JacksonRBPackersLions10.2
78.Warrick DunnRBBuccaneersFalcons10.2
79.Jeremy ShockeyTESaintsRedskins10.0
80.Matt RyanQBFalconsBuccaneers10.0
81.Rian LindellKBillsJaguars9.8
82.Marques ColstonWRSaintsRedskins9.8
83.Adam VinatieriKColtsVikings9.7
84.Robbie GouldKBearsPanthers9.7
85.John CarneyKGiantsRams9.7
86.Derrick WardRBGiantsRams9.7
87.John KasayKPanthersBears9.6
88.Terrell OwensWRCowboysEagles9.6
89.Rob BironasKTitansBengals9.5
 NamePosTeamOppPoints
90.Selvin YoungRBBroncosChargers9.5
91.Santonio HolmesWRSteelersBrowns9.5
92.Greg JenningsWRPackersLions9.5
93.Steve SlatonRBTexansRavens9.3
94.Santana MossWRRedskinsSaints9.1
95.Jeff ReedKSteelersBrowns9.1
96.Calvin JohnsonWRLionsPackers9.0
97.GiantsDEFRams8.9
98.Lee EvansWRBillsJaguars8.9
99.Brandon MarshallWRBroncosChargers8.9
100.Jay FeelyKJetsPatriots8.8
101.Braylon EdwardsWRBrownsSteelers8.8
102.Fred TaylorRBJaguarsBills8.7
103.Neil RackersKCardinalsDolphins8.5
104.Nick FolkKCowboysEagles8.3
 NamePosTeamOppPoints
105.Roddy WhiteWRFalconsBuccaneers8.3
106.Jason WittenTECowboysEagles8.1
107.Tony GonzalezTEChiefsRaiders8.1
108.Matt StoverKRavensTexans8.1
109.Anthony GonzalezWRColtsVikings8.1
110.Antwaan Randle ElWRRedskinsSaints8.1
111.Javon WalkerWRRaidersChiefs8.0
112.Roy WilliamsWRLionsPackers8.0
113.Maurice Jones-DrewRBJaguarsBills8.0
114.Bo ScaifeTETitansBengals7.9
115.Kris BrownKTexansRavens7.9
116.Kellen WinslowTEBrownsSteelers7.9
117.Rashard MendenhallRBSteelersBrowns7.8
118.Chester TaylorRBVikingsColts7.8
119.Jason HansonKLionsPackers7.8
 NamePosTeamOppPoints
120.Dan CarpenterKDolphinsCardinals7.8
121.Sebastian JanikowskiKRaidersChiefs7.7
122.Logan PayneWRSeahawks49ers7.6
123.Joey GallowayWRBuccaneersFalcons7.6
124.Josh ScobeeKJaguarsBills7.6
125.T.J. HoushmandzadehWRBengalsTitans7.6
126.Torry HoltWRRamsGiants7.5
127.Stephen GostkowskiKPatriotsJets7.5
128.Jerricho CotcheryWRJetsPatriots7.5
129.Marvin HarrisonWRColtsVikings7.4
130.TitansDEFBengals7.4
131.Nick NovakKChiefsRaiders7.4
132.SeahawksDEF49ers7.3
133.Matt BryantKBuccaneersFalcons7.3
134.Derrick MasonWRRavensTexans7.3
 NamePosTeamOppPoints
135.Hines WardWRSteelersBrowns7.2
136.Matt PraterKBroncosChargers7.2
137.Chad JohnsonWRBengalsTitans7.1
138.Ryan LongwellKVikingsColts7.1
139.PackersDEFLions7.0
140.JetsDEFPatriots7.0
141.Courtney TaylorWRSeahawks49ers7.0
142.Antonio GatesTEChargersBroncos6.9
143.Sammy MorrisRBPatriotsJets6.9
144.Leon WashingtonRBJetsPatriots6.9
145.Jamaal CharlesRBChiefsRaiders6.9
146.Jerry PorterWRJaguarsBills6.9
147.Shayne GrahamKBengalsTitans6.9
148.Joe NedneyK49ersSeahawks6.9
149.Muhsin MuhammadWRPanthersBears6.9
 NamePosTeamOppPoints
150.TexansDEFRavens6.8
151.Phil DawsonKBrownsSteelers6.8
152.Jason ElamKFalconsBuccaneers6.8
153.Tim HightowerRBCardinalsDolphins6.8
154.Martin GramaticaKSaintsRedskins6.7
155.CowboysDEFEagles6.7
156.Mark ClaytonWRRavensTexans6.7
157.Chris ChambersWRChargersBroncos6.7
158.Eddie RoyalWRBroncosChargers6.7
159.Wes WelkerWRPatriotsJets6.7
160.Ted Ginn Jr.WRDolphinsCardinals6.6
161.Olindo MareKSeahawks49ers6.6
162.SaintsDEFRedskins6.5
163.Bernard BerrianWRVikingsColts6.5
164.David AkersKEaglesCowboys6.4
 NamePosTeamOppPoints
165.Greg CamarilloWRDolphinsCardinals6.4
166.Fred JacksonRBBillsJaguars6.4
167.Darren SprolesRBChargersBroncos6.3
168.Josh BrownKRamsGiants6.3
169.Antonio BryantWRBuccaneersFalcons6.3
170.Bryant JohnsonWR49ersSeahawks6.2
171.Felix JonesRBCowboysEagles6.2
172.BuccaneersDEFFalcons6.2
173.Anthony FasanoTEDolphinsCardinals6.2
174.Owen DanielsTETexansRavens6.2
175.Todd HeapTERavensTexans6.2
176.Laveranues ColesWRJetsPatriots6.1
177.D.J. HackettWRPanthersBears6.1
178.PanthersDEFBears6.1
179.Kenny WatsonRBBengalsTitans6.1
 NamePosTeamOppPoints
180.Justin GageWRTitansBengals6.0
181.Vincent JacksonWRChargersBroncos6.0
182.SteelersDEFBrowns6.0
183.DeSean JacksonWREaglesCowboys5.9
184.Donald DriverWRPackersLions5.9
185.Chris CooleyTERedskinsSaints5.8
186.Steve BreastonWRCardinalsDolphins5.8
187.EaglesDEFCowboys5.8
188.Amani ToomerWRGiantsRams5.7
189.JaguarsDEFBills5.6
190.RaidersDEFChiefs5.6
191.Kevin WalterWRTexansRavens5.6
192.Shaun SuishamKRedskinsSaints5.5
193.VikingsDEFColts5.5
194.Devard DarlingWRChiefsRaiders5.5
 NamePosTeamOppPoints
195.Devin HesterWRBearsPanthers5.4
196.PatriotsDEFJets5.4
197.John CarlsonTESeahawks49ers5.4
198.Andre' DavisWRTexansRavens5.4
199.Randy McMichaelTERamsGiants5.4
200.RavensDEFTexans5.4

* 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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