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Week 3 Fantasy Football Rankings

Fantasy football projections, predictions and cheat sheets
By Paul Bessire, WhatIfSports.com
September 22, 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

1.Drew BreesQBSaintsBills27.6
2.Matt SchaubQBTexansJaguars21.3
3.Joe FlaccoQBRavensBrowns20.7
4.Kurt WarnerQBCardinalsColts20.4
5.Philip RiversQBChargersDolphins20.3
6.Peyton ManningQBColtsCardinals20.3
7.Aaron RodgersQBPackersRams20.3
8.Adrian PetersonRBVikings49ers17.1
9.Frank GoreRB49ersVikings16.6
10.Jay CutlerQBBearsSeahawks16.4
11.Tom BradyQBPatriotsFalcons16.3
12.Ryan GrantRBPackersRams16.2
13.Trent EdwardsQBBillsSaints16.2
14.Fred JacksonRBBillsSaints16.0
15.Steven JacksonRBRamsPackers15.6
16.Eli ManningQBGiantsBuccaneers15.5
17.Andre JohnsonWRTexansJaguars15.4
18.Ahmad BradshawRBGiantsBuccaneers15.4
19.Michael TurnerRBFalconsPatriots15.3
20.Kevin KolbQBEaglesChiefs15.3
21.Willis McGaheeRBRavensBrowns15.3
22.Chad PenningtonQBDolphinsChargers15.1
23.Brandon JacobsRBGiantsBuccaneers14.7
24.David GarrardQBJaguarsTexans14.6
25.Jason CampbellQBRedskinsLions14.6
26.Kyle OrtonQBBroncosRaiders14.4
27.Ben RoethlisbergerQBSteelersBengals14.4
28.Matt RyanQBFalconsPatriots14.4
29.Correll BuckhalterRBBroncosRaiders14.3
30.Ronnie BrownRBDolphinsChargers14.1
31.Marques ColstonWRSaintsBills14.0
32.Shaun HillQB49ersVikings13.8
33.Tony RomoQBCowboysPanthers13.7
34.Clinton PortisRBRedskinsLions13.6
35.Matt ForteRBBearsSeahawks13.5
36.Chris JohnsonRBTitansJets13.5
37.Darren SprolesRBChargersDolphins13.2
38.Brett FavreQBVikings49ers13.1
39.Pierre ThomasRBSaintsBills13.1
40.Maurice Jones-DrewRBJaguarsTexans13.0
41.Randy MossWRPatriotsFalcons12.4
42.Steve SlatonRBTexansJaguars12.4
43.Matt CasselQBChiefsEagles12.2
44.DeSean JacksonWREaglesChiefs12.1
45.Larry FitzgeraldWRCardinalsColts12.1
46.Mark SanchezQBJetsTitans12.0
47.Leon WashingtonRBJetsTitans11.5
48.Carson PalmerQBBengalsSteelers11.4
49.Cedric BensonRBBengalsSteelers11.4
50.DeAngelo WilliamsRBPanthersCowboys11.3
51.Reggie WayneWRColtsCardinals11.3
52.Felix JonesRBCowboysPanthers11.2
53.JaMarcus RussellQBRaidersBroncos11.0
54.Reggie BushRBSaintsBills10.9
55.Vincent JacksonWRChargersDolphins10.8
56.Mario ManninghamWRGiantsBuccaneers10.5
57.Ted Ginn Jr.WRDolphinsChargers10.5
58.Brady QuinnQBBrownsRavens10.3
59.Steve SmithWRPanthersCowboys10.2
60.Jake DelhommeQBPanthersCowboys10.2
61.Steve SmithWRGiantsBuccaneers10.2
62.Larry JohnsonRBChiefsEagles10.2
63.Marion BarberRBCowboysPanthers10.1
64.Seneca WallaceQBSeahawksBears10.0
65.Chad OchocincoWRBengalsSteelers10.0
66.Marc BulgerQBRamsPackers10.0
67.Santonio HolmesWRSteelersBengals10.0
68.Jonathan StewartRBPanthersCowboys9.8
69.Dallas ClarkTEColtsCardinals9.8
70.Kerry CollinsQBTitansJets9.8
71.Derrick MasonWRRavensBrowns9.7
72.Greg JenningsWRPackersRams9.7
73.Owen DanielsTETexansJaguars9.7
74.Brian WestbrookRBEaglesChiefs9.7
75.Kevin SmithRBLionsRedskins9.7
76.Percy HarvinWRVikings49ers9.6
77.Antonio GatesTEChargersDolphins9.6
78.Donald DriverWRPackersRams9.5
79.Terrell OwensWRBillsSaints9.5
80.Darren McFaddenRBRaidersBroncos9.4
81.LeSean McCoyRBEaglesChiefs9.4
82.Thomas JonesRBJetsTitans9.3
83.Jeremy ShockeyTESaintsBills9.2
84.Mark ClaytonWRRavensBrowns9.2
85.Donald BrownRBColtsCardinals9.2
86.Anquan BoldinWRCardinalsColts9.2
87.Steve BreastonWRCardinalsColts9.2
88.John CarneyKSaintsBills9.1
89.Joseph AddaiRBColtsCardinals8.9
90.Calvin JohnsonWRLionsRedskins8.9
91.Mason CrosbyKPackersRams8.9
92.Braylon EdwardsWRBrownsRavens8.8
93.Nate KaedingKChargersDolphins8.7
94.Neil RackersKCardinalsColts8.7
95.Sebastian JanikowskiKRaidersBroncos8.6
96.Jeff ReedKSteelersBengals8.6
97.Jerricho CotcheryWRJetsTitans8.6
98.Michael BushRBRaidersBroncos8.6
99.Devery HendersonWRSaintsBills8.6
100.Wes WelkerWRPatriotsFalcons8.5
101.Nick FolkKCowboysPanthers8.5
102.Roddy WhiteWRFalconsPatriots8.4
103.Byron LeftwichQBBuccaneersGiants8.4
104.Rashard MendenhallRBSteelersBengals8.4
105.Ray RiceRBRavensBrowns8.4
106.Kris BrownKTexansJaguars8.3
107.Steven HauschkaKRavensBrowns8.3
108.Tashard ChoiceRBCowboysPanthers8.3
109.Devin HesterWRBearsSeahawks8.3
110.Ricky WilliamsRBDolphinsChargers8.2
111.Adam VinatieriKColtsCardinals8.1
112.LaDainian TomlinsonRBChargersDolphins8.1
113.Matthew StaffordQBLionsRedskins8.0
114.Shayne GrahamKBengalsSteelers8.0
115.Brent CelekTEEaglesChiefs7.9
116.Jay FeelyKJetsTitans7.9
117.Jerome HarrisonRBBrownsRavens7.8
118.Shaun SuishamKRedskinsLions7.8
119.Beanie WellsRBCardinalsColts7.8
120.Lawrence TynesKGiantsBuccaneers7.8
121.Hines WardWRSteelersBengals7.7
122.Earl BennettWRBearsSeahawks7.7
123.Dan CarpenterKDolphinsChargers7.7
124.Torry HoltWRJaguarsTexans7.6
125.Matt PraterKBroncosRaiders7.6
126.Fred TaylorRBPatriotsFalcons7.5
127.Chris CooleyTERedskinsLions7.4
128.Tim HightowerRBCardinalsColts7.4
129.Jermichael FinleyTEPackersRams7.4
130.Jason AvantWREaglesChiefs7.4
131.Justin ForsettRBSeahawksBears7.4
132.Ryan LongwellKVikings49ers7.3
133.Jason WittenTECowboysPanthers7.3
134.Bernard BerrianWRVikings49ers7.3
135.Jason HansonKLionsRedskins7.3
137.Tony GonzalezTEFalconsPatriots7.2
138.David AkersKEaglesChiefs7.2
139.Derrick WardRBBuccaneersGiants7.2
140.Le'Ron McClainRBRavensBrowns7.1
142.Josh BrownKRamsPackers7.1
143.Rob BironasKTitansJets7.0
144.Stephen GostkowskiKPatriotsFalcons7.0
146.Joe NedneyK49ersVikings6.9
147.Santana MossWRRedskinsLions6.9
148.Laurent RobinsonWRRamsPackers6.8
150.Knowshon MorenoRBBroncosRaiders6.8
152.Mike Sims-WalkerWRJaguarsTexans6.7
153.Bobby WadeWRChiefsEagles6.7
154.Dwayne BoweWRChiefsEagles6.7
155.Eddie RoyalWRBroncosRaiders6.7
156.Rian LindellKBillsSaints6.7
157.John KasayKPanthersCowboys6.6
158.Laurence MaroneyRBPatriotsFalcons6.5
159.Davone BessWRDolphinsChargers6.5
160.Dustin KellerTEJetsTitans6.5
161.Josh ScobeeKJaguarsTexans6.5
163.Phil DawsonKBrownsRavens6.5
164.Jason ElamKFalconsPatriots6.4
165.Roy WilliamsWRCowboysPanthers6.4
166.Robbie GouldKBearsSeahawks6.4
167.Todd HeapTERavensBrowns6.4
169.Pierre GarconWRColtsCardinals6.3
171.Michael JenkinsWRFalconsPatriots6.2
172.Ladell BettsRBRedskinsLions6.2
173.Lee EvansWRBillsSaints6.1
174.Tony SchefflerTEBroncosRaiders6.1
175.Carnell WilliamsRBBuccaneersGiants6.1
176.Jamal LewisRBBrownsRavens6.1
177.Patrick CraytonWRCowboysPanthers6.1
178.Nate WashingtonWRTitansJets6.1
179.Olindo MareKSeahawksBears6.1
182.Chansi StuckeyWRJetsTitans6.0
183.T.J. HoushmandzadehWRSeahawksBears6.0
185.Ryan SuccopKChiefsEagles5.9
187.Nate BurlesonWRSeahawksBears5.8
188.Mewelde MooreRBSteelersBengals5.7
189.John CarlsonTESeahawksBears5.7
191.Isaac BruceWR49ersVikings5.7
192.Muhsin MuhammadWRPanthersCowboys5.6
193.Justin GageWRTitansJets5.6
194.Louis MurphyWRRaidersBroncos5.5
195.Brandon MarshallWRBroncosRaiders5.5
196.Antwaan Randle ElWRRedskinsLions5.4
197.DeShawn WynnRBPackersRams5.3
198.Peyton HillisRBBroncosRaiders5.3
199.Greg CamarilloWRDolphinsChargers5.3

* 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.

Want to know how the best players of today would do against the greats of all-time? Find out using SimMatchup or build a team of the best ever and compete gainst others in the SimLeagues.

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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