2008 Week 8 Fantasy Rankings

BtB presents position-by-position cheat sheets
By Paul Bessire, WhatIfSports.com
October 21st, 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 10,001 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

1.Thomas JonesRBJetsChiefs23.9
2.Clinton PortisRBRedskinsLions23.0
3.Jason CampbellQBRedskinsLions21.7
4.Drew BreesQBSaintsChargers21.2
5.Steven JacksonRBRamsPatriots21.0
6.Kurt WarnerQBCardinalsPanthers21.0
7.Donovan McNabbQBEaglesFalcons20.5
8.Trent EdwardsQBBillsDolphins20.3
9.Jeff GarciaQBBuccaneersCowboys19.5
10.Mewelde MooreRBSteelersGiants19.4
11.Ben RoethlisbergerQBSteelersGiants18.9
12.Philip RiversQBChargersSaints18.8
13.Chris JohnsonRBTitansColts18.7
14.Frank GoreRB49ersSeahawks18.7
15.Marc BulgerQBRamsPatriots18.5
16.Earnest GrahamRBBuccaneersCowboys18.1
17.Chad PenningtonQBDolphinsBills17.8
18.Larry JohnsonRBChiefsJets17.6
19.Steve SlatonRBTexansBengals17.5
20.Brett FavreQBJetsChiefs17.5
21.LaDainian TomlinsonRBChargersSaints17.4
22.Deuce McAllisterRBSaintsChargers17.3
23.J.T. O'SullivanQB49ersSeahawks17.3
24.Marion BarberRBCowboysBuccaneers17.1
25.Brian WestbrookRBEaglesFalcons17.0
26.Matt CasselQBPatriotsRams17.0
27.Marshawn LynchRBBillsDolphins16.4
28.Jake DelhommeQBPanthersCardinals16.4
29.Ryan FitzpatrickQBBengalsTexans16.1
30.Julius JonesRBSeahawks49ers16.0
31.Ronnie BrownRBDolphinsBills16.0
32.Matt SchaubQBTexansBengals15.1
33.Sammy MorrisRBPatriotsRams15.1
34.Edgerrin JamesRBCardinalsPanthers15.0
35.Fred TaylorRBJaguarsBrowns14.9
36.Willis McGaheeRBRavensRaiders14.8
37.Jamal LewisRBBrownsJaguars14.7
38.Peyton ManningQBColtsTitans14.7
39.Michael TurnerRBFalconsEagles14.6
40.Santana MossWRRedskinsLions14.4
41.David GarrardQBJaguarsBrowns14.2
42.Derek AndersonQBBrownsJaguars14.1
43.Damon HuardQBChiefsJets14.0
44.Brandon JacobsRBGiantsSteelers13.9
45.Joe FlaccoQBRavensRaiders13.8
46.Matt RyanQBFalconsEagles13.7
47.Larry FitzgeraldWRCardinalsPanthers13.7
48.Antonio BryantWRBuccaneersCowboys13.6
49.Dominic RhodesRBColtsTitans13.3
50.Roddy WhiteWRFalconsEagles13.2
51.Kevin SmithRBLionsRedskins13.1
52.Calvin JohnsonWRLionsRedskins13.0
53.Kerry CollinsQBTitansColts12.9
54.Lee EvansWRBillsDolphins12.9
55.Brad JohnsonQBCowboysBuccaneers12.9
56.Randy MossWRPatriotsRams12.8
57.Steve SmithWRPanthersCardinals12.5
58.Reggie WayneWRColtsTitans12.5
59.DeAngelo WilliamsRBPanthersCardinals12.5
60.Donnie AveryWRRamsPatriots12.1
61.Eli ManningQBGiantsSteelers11.9
62.Vincent JacksonWRChargersSaints11.7
63.Andre JohnsonWRTexansBengals11.7
64.Seneca WallaceQBSeahawks49ers11.5
65.DeSean JacksonWREaglesFalcons11.1
66.Torry HoltWRRamsPatriots11.1
67.Hines WardWRSteelersGiants11.0
68.Derrick MasonWRRavensRaiders11.0
69.Cedric BensonRBBengalsTexans10.8
70.Santonio HolmesWRSteelersGiants10.8
71.Laveranues ColesWRJetsChiefs10.6
72.Dan OrlovskyQBLionsRedskins10.6
73.Rob BironasKTitansColts10.5
74.Anquan BoldinWRCardinalsPanthers10.3
75.Lance MooreWRSaintsChargers9.9
76.Nate KaedingKChargersSaints9.8
77.Justin FargasRBRaidersRavens9.8
78.David AkersKEaglesFalcons9.6
79.Antwaan Randle ElWRRedskinsLions9.5
80.Chris CooleyTERedskinsLions9.4
81.Ahman GreenRBTexansBengals9.2
82.JaMarcus RussellQBRaidersRavens9.2
83.Adam VinatieriKColtsTitans9.2
84.Maurice Jones-DrewRBJaguarsBrowns9.1
85.Steve BreastonWRCardinalsPanthers9.1
86.Braylon EdwardsWRBrownsJaguars9.1
87.Jay FeelyKJetsChiefs9.0
88.Maurice MorrisRBSeahawks49ers9.0
89.Shaun SuishamKRedskinsLions9.0
90.Rian LindellKBillsDolphins9.0
91.T.J. HoushmandzadehWRBengalsTexans8.9
92.Neil RackersKCardinalsPanthers8.9
93.Dwayne BoweWRChiefsJets8.8
94.Kris BrownKTexansBengals8.7
95.John KasayKPanthersCardinals8.7
96.Nick FolkKCowboysBuccaneers8.6
97.Wes WelkerWRPatriotsRams8.6
98.Greg CamarilloWRDolphinsBills8.5
99.Arnaz BattleWR49ersSeahawks8.5
100.Jerricho CotcheryWRJetsChiefs8.5
101.Isaac BruceWR49ersSeahawks8.4
102.Jonathan StewartRBPanthersCardinals8.3
104.Marques ColstonWRSaintsChargers8.1
105.Muhsin MuhammadWRPanthersCardinals8.1
106.Josh ReedWRBillsDolphins8.0
107.LenDale WhiteRBTitansColts7.8
108.Jeff ReedKSteelersGiants7.8
109.Chad JohnsonWRBengalsTexans7.7
110.Plaxico BurressWRGiantsSteelers7.7
111.Josh ScobeeKJaguarsBrowns7.7
112.Antonio GatesTEChargersSaints7.7
113.Josh MorganWR49ersSeahawks7.6
114.Shayne GrahamKBengalsTexans7.6
115.Jason WittenTECowboysBuccaneers7.5
116.Taylor MehlhaffKSaintsChargers7.5
117.Joe NedneyK49ersSeahawks7.4
118.Matt BryantKBuccaneersCowboys7.4
119.Matt StoverKRavensRaiders7.4
120.Warrick DunnRBBuccaneersCowboys7.4
121.Kellen WinslowTEBrownsJaguars7.3
122.Bobby EngramWRSeahawks49ers7.2
123.Anthony GonzalezWRColtsTitans7.1
124.Dan CarpenterKDolphinsBills7.1
125.Stephen GostkowskiKPatriotsRams7.1
126.Kevin CurtisWREaglesFalcons7.0
127.BenJarvus Green-EllisRBPatriotsRams7.0
128.Jason HansonKLionsRedskins6.9
129.Josh BrownKRamsPatriots6.8
130.Tony GonzalezTEChiefsJets6.8
131.Jason ElamKFalconsEagles6.8
132.Malcom FloydWRChargersSaints6.8
133.Leon WashingtonRBJetsChiefs6.8
134.Dennis NorthcuttWRJaguarsBrowns6.7
135.Olindo MareKSeahawks49ers6.6
136.Terrell OwensWRCowboysBuccaneers6.5
137.Phil DawsonKBrownsJaguars6.5
138.Chris HenryWRBengalsTexans6.5
139.Anthony FasanoTEDolphinsBills6.5
140.Michael ClaytonWRBuccaneersCowboys6.4
141.Nick NovakKChiefsJets6.4
142.Reggie WilliamsWRJaguarsBrowns6.2
144.Lawrence TynesKGiantsSteelers6.1
146.Correll BuckhalterRBEaglesFalcons6.1
148.Fred JacksonRBBillsDolphins6.0
149.Sebastian JanikowskiKRaidersRavens5.9
150.Kevin FaulkRBPatriotsRams5.9
153.Justin GageWRTitansColts5.7
155.Billy MillerTESaintsChargers5.7
156.Hank BaskettWREaglesFalcons5.7
157.Amani ToomerWRGiantsSteelers5.6
158.Javon WalkerWRRaidersRavens5.5
159.Jerious NorwoodRBFalconsEagles5.5
160.Devery HendersonWRSaintsChargers5.4
161.Ted Ginn Jr.WRDolphinsBills5.4
162.Darren SprolesRBChargersSaints5.4
164.Rudi JohnsonRBLionsRedskins5.3
166.Michael JenkinsWRFalconsEagles5.3
167.Robert RoyalTEBillsDolphins5.3
168.Kenny WatsonRBBengalsTexans5.1
171.Zach MillerTERaidersRavens5.0
173.Roy WilliamsWRCowboysBuccaneers4.9
174.Ricky WilliamsRBDolphinsBills4.9
175.Nate WashingtonWRSteelersGiants4.9
176.Marvin HarrisonWRColtsTitans4.9
177.Darren McFaddenRBRaidersRavens4.8
178.Kevin WalterWRTexansBengals4.8
179.Justin McCareinsWRTitansColts4.8
181.Ahmad BradshawRBGiantsSteelers4.7
183.Mark BradleyWRChiefsJets4.6
184.Ray RiceRBRavensRaiders4.6
185.Jamaal CharlesRBChiefsJets4.6
186.Heath MillerTESteelersGiants4.6
187.Le'Ron McClainRBRavensRaiders4.6
188.Owen DanielsTETexansBengals4.6
191.John CarlsonTESeahawks49ers4.5
192.Bo ScaifeTETitansColts4.5
193.Steve SmithWRGiantsSteelers4.5
195.Derrick WardRBGiantsSteelers4.4
197.Greg LewisWREaglesFalcons4.3
198.Mark ClaytonWRRavensRaiders4.2
199.Patrick CobbsRBDolphinsBills4.2
200.Joey GallowayWRBuccaneersCowboys4.2

* 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.

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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