2008 Week 16 Fantasy Rankings

BtB presents position-by-position cheat sheets
By Paul Bessire, WhatIfSports.com
December 16th, 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.Drew BreesQBSaintsLions24.6
2.Shaun HillQB49ersRams22.9
3.Steve SlatonRBTexansRaiders22.6
4.Pierre ThomasRBSaintsLions20.8
5.Kurt WarnerQBCardinalsPatriots20.1
6.Matt SchaubQBTexansRaiders19.6
7.Dan OrlovskyQBLionsSaints18.7
8.Adrian PetersonRBVikingsFalcons18.6
9.Jay CutlerQBBroncosBills18.3
10.Chad PenningtonQBDolphinsChiefs18.2
11.Matt ForteRBBearsPackers17.8
12.Peyton ManningQBColtsJaguars17.5
13.Matt CasselQBPatriotsCardinals17.1
14.Philip RiversQBChargersBuccaneers17.0
15.Aaron RodgersQBPackersBears16.9
16.Brian GrieseQBBuccaneersChargers16.9
17.Thomas JonesRBJetsSeahawks16.6
18.DeShaun FosterRB49ersRams16.5
19.Kevin SmithRBLionsSaints16.2
20.Marc BulgerQBRams49ers16.1
21.Andre JohnsonWRTexansRaiders15.8
22.Calvin JohnsonWRLionsSaints15.4
23.Matt RyanQBFalconsVikings15.3
24.Marshawn LynchRBBillsBroncos15.3
25.Brett FavreQBJetsSeahawks15.2
26.Donovan McNabbQBEaglesRedskins15.1
27.J.P. LosmanQBBillsBroncos15.0
28.Tyler ThigpenQBChiefsDolphins14.9
29.Steve SmithWRPanthersGiants14.6
30.Tarvaris JacksonQBVikingsFalcons14.4
31.Steven JacksonRBRams49ers14.3
32.Antonio BryantWRBuccaneersChargers13.9
33.Roddy WhiteWRFalconsVikings13.9
34.Seneca WallaceQBSeahawksJets13.8
35.Isaac BruceWR49ersRams13.6
36.DeAngelo WilliamsRBPanthersGiants13.4
37.Wes WelkerWRPatriotsCardinals13.3
38.Jake DelhommeQBPanthersGiants13.3
39.Ben RoethlisbergerQBSteelersTitans13.2
40.Tony RomoQBCowboysRavens13.1
41.Brian WestbrookRBEaglesRedskins13.1
42.Kyle OrtonQBBearsPackers13.0
43.Warrick DunnRBBuccaneersChargers13.0
44.JaMarcus RussellQBRaidersTexans12.9
45.LaDainian TomlinsonRBChargersBuccaneers12.9
46.Ronnie BrownRBDolphinsChiefs12.6
47.Marques ColstonWRSaintsLions12.2
48.Eli ManningQBGiantsPanthers12.1
49.Derrick WardRBGiantsPanthers12.1
50.Joe FlaccoQBRavensCowboys12.0
51.Clinton PortisRBRedskinsEagles11.8
52.Michael TurnerRBFalconsVikings11.7
53.Ryan FitzpatrickQBBengalsBrowns11.6
54.Leon WashingtonRBJetsSeahawks11.4
55.Greg JenningsWRPackersBears11.4
56.Anquan BoldinWRCardinalsPatriots11.1
57.Ryan GrantRBPackersBears11.0
58.Jason CampbellQBRedskinsEagles11.0
59.Maurice MorrisRBSeahawksJets10.9
60.Eddie RoyalWRBroncosBills10.9
61.John KasayKPanthersGiants10.8
62.Brandon MarshallWRBroncosBills10.8
63.Larry FitzgeraldWRCardinalsPatriots10.6
64.Larry JohnsonRBChiefsDolphins10.6
65.Reggie WayneWRColtsJaguars10.6
66.Bernard BerrianWRVikingsFalcons10.5
67.Nate KaedingKChargersBuccaneers10.5
68.Darren McFaddenRBRaidersTexans10.5
69.Donnie AveryWRRams49ers10.5
70.David GarrardQBJaguarsColts10.4
71.Robbie GouldKBearsPackers10.4
72.Dominic RhodesRBColtsJaguars10.4
73.Nick FolkKCowboysRavens10.4
74.Lee EvansWRBillsBroncos10.3
75.Fred JacksonRBBillsBroncos10.3
76.Le'Ron McClainRBRavensCowboys10.3
77.Sammy MorrisRBPatriotsCardinals10.2
78.Dwayne BoweWRChiefsDolphins10.0
79.Cedric BensonRBBengalsBrowns10.0
80.Hines WardWRSteelersTitans9.9
81.Randy MossWRPatriotsCardinals9.8
82.Ricky WilliamsRBDolphinsChiefs9.7
83.Vincent JacksonWRChargersBuccaneers9.7
84.Garrett HartleyKSaintsLions9.5
85.J.J. ArringtonRBCardinalsPatriots9.5
86.Jeff ReedKSteelersTitans9.4
87.Adam VinatieriKColtsJaguars9.4
88.Reggie BushRBSaintsLions9.4
89.Derrick MasonWRRavensCowboys9.3
90.Jamal LewisRBBrownsBengals9.3
91.Braylon EdwardsWRBrownsBengals9.2
92.Torry HoltWRRams49ers9.2
93.Jason WittenTECowboysRavens9.1
95.Kris BrownKTexansRaiders9.1
96.Bryant JohnsonWR49ersRams9.1
97.David AkersKEaglesRedskins9.1
98.Carnell WilliamsRBBuccaneersChargers9.1
99.Steve BreastonWRCardinalsPatriots9.0
100.Rian LindellKBillsBroncos9.0
101.Justin FargasRBRaidersTexans9.0
102.DeSean JacksonWREaglesRedskins8.9
103.Mason CrosbyKPackersBears8.9
104.Devin HesterWRBearsPackers8.8
105.Lance MooreWRSaintsLions8.8
106.Dan CarpenterKDolphinsChiefs8.7
107.Maurice Jones-DrewRBJaguarsColts8.7
108.P.J. PopeRBBroncosBills8.7
109.Joe NedneyK49ersRams8.7
110.Santana MossWRRedskinsEagles8.6
111.Ted Ginn Jr.WRDolphinsChiefs8.6
112.Jonathan StewartRBPanthersGiants8.6
113.Ryan LongwellKVikingsFalcons8.6
114.Shayne GrahamKBengalsBrowns8.6
115.Donald DriverWRPackersBears8.5
116.Davone BessWRDolphinsChiefs8.4
117.T.J. HoushmandzadehWRBengalsBrowns8.4
118.Chris JohnsonRBTitansSteelers8.4
119.John CarneyKGiantsPanthers8.3
120.Selvin YoungRBBroncosBills8.3
121.Michael JenkinsWRFalconsVikings8.2
122.Dallas ClarkTEColtsJaguars8.2
123.LaMont JordanRBPatriotsCardinals8.2
124.Matt StoverKRavensCowboys8.1
125.Matt PraterKBroncosBills8.1
126.Jerricho CotcheryWRJetsSeahawks8.1
127.Ken DorseyQBBrownsBengals8.0
128.Jason HansonKLionsSaints8.0
129.Deion BranchWRSeahawksJets8.0
130.Mark ClaytonWRRavensCowboys7.9
131.Tatum BellRBBroncosBills7.8
132.Kevin WalterWRTexansRaiders7.8
133.Terrell OwensWRCowboysRavens7.8
134.Rob BironasKTitansSteelers7.8
135.Marion BarberRBCowboysRavens7.7
136.Willie ParkerRBSteelersTitans7.6
137.Muhsin MuhammadWRPanthersGiants7.6
138.John CarlsonTESeahawksJets7.6
139.Domenik HixonWRGiantsPanthers7.6
140.John StandefordWRLionsSaints7.4
141.Jason ElamKFalconsVikings7.4
142.Laveranues ColesWRJetsSeahawks7.3
143.Jay FeelyKJetsSeahawks7.3
144.Marvin HarrisonWRColtsJaguars7.2
145.Tim HightowerRBCardinalsPatriots7.2
146.Hank BaskettWREaglesRedskins7.1
147.Malcom FloydWRChargersBuccaneers7.1
148.Devery HendersonWRSaintsLions7.1
149.Adrian PetersonRBBearsPackers7.1
150.Chester TaylorRBVikingsFalcons7.1
151.Josh ScobeeKJaguarsColts7.0
152.Ahmad BradshawRBGiantsPanthers6.9
153.Josh BrownKRams49ers6.9
154.Jamaal CharlesRBChiefsDolphins6.9
155.Mewelde MooreRBSteelersTitans6.8
156.Thomas ClaytonRB49ersRams6.8
157.Owen DanielsTETexansRaiders6.7
158.Shaun SuishamKRedskinsEagles6.6
161.Neil RackersKCardinalsPatriots6.6
162.Matt BryantKBuccaneersChargers6.5
163.Zach MillerTERaidersTexans6.5
164.Phil DawsonKBrownsBengals6.5
165.Connor BarthKChiefsDolphins6.5
166.Antonio GatesTEChargersBuccaneers6.5
168.Sebastian JanikowskiKRaidersTexans6.5
169.Stephen GostkowskiKPatriotsCardinals6.4
170.Chris CooleyTERedskinsEagles6.4
171.Joseph AddaiRBColtsJaguars6.3
172.Amani ToomerWRGiantsPanthers6.3
173.Santonio HolmesWRSteelersTitans6.2
174.Josh ReedWRBillsBroncos6.1
175.Tashard ChoiceRBCowboysRavens6.1
177.David MartinTEDolphinsChiefs5.9
178.Montell OwensRBJaguarsColts5.9
182.Correll BuckhalterRBEaglesRedskins5.8
183.Jerramy StevensTEBuccaneersChargers5.7
184.Dennis NorthcuttWRJaguarsColts5.7
185.Darren SprolesRBChargersBuccaneers5.6
186.Bobby WadeWRVikingsFalcons5.6
187.Johnnie Lee HigginsWRRaidersTexans5.6
189.Rashied DavisWRBearsPackers5.5
190.Antonio PittmanRBRams49ers5.5
191.Bobby EngramWRSeahawksJets5.5
192.Dustin KellerTEJetsSeahawks5.4
198.Kerry CollinsQBTitansSteelers5.2
200.Julius JonesRBSeahawksJets5.2

* 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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