2008 Week 1 Fantasy Rankings

BtB presents position-by-position cheat sheets
By Paul Bessire, WhatIfSports.com
September 2nd, 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

1.Tom BradyQBPatriotsChiefs23.7
2.Kurt WarnerQBCardinals49ers23.4
3.Peyton ManningQBColtsBears23.4
4.Brian WestbrookRBEaglesRams22.1
5.Tony RomoQBCowboysBrowns22.0
6.Laurence MaroneyRBPatriotsChiefs21.1
7.Carson PalmerQBBengalsRavens20.9
8.Drew BreesQBSaintsBuccaneers20.4
9.Derek AndersonQBBrownsCowboys20.3
10.Brett FavreQBJetsDolphins20.1
11.Joe FlaccoQBRavensBengals19.7
12.Joseph AddaiRBColtsBears19.1
13.Jason CampbellQBRedskinsGiants18.8
14.Steven JacksonRBRamsEagles18.7
15.Frank GoreRB49ersCardinals18.7
16.Marion BarberRBCowboysBrowns18.6
17.Adrian PetersonRBVikingsPackers18.6
18.Donovan McNabbQBEaglesRams18.4
19.Chad PenningtonQBDolphinsJets17.6
20.LaDainian TomlinsonRBChargersPanthers17.5
21.Jeff GarciaQBBuccaneersSaints17.5
22.Reggie BushRBSaintsBuccaneers17.4
23.Ben RoethlisbergerQBSteelersTexans16.9
24.JaMarcus RussellQBRaidersBroncos16.7
25.Jon KitnaQBLionsFalcons16.7
26.J.T. O'SullivanQB49ersCardinals16.6
27.Philip RiversQBChargersPanthers16.5
28.Clinton PortisRBRedskinsGiants16.3
29.Eli ManningQBGiantsRedskins16.0
30.Michael TurnerRBFalconsLions15.9
31.Jay CutlerQBBroncosRaiders15.4
32.Earnest GrahamRBBuccaneersSaints15.4
33.Matt SchaubQBTexansSteelers15.4
34.Selvin YoungRBBroncosRaiders15.2
35.Maurice MorrisRBSeahawksBills15.2
36.Jerious NorwoodRBFalconsLions15.1
37.Justin FargasRBRaidersBroncos15.0
38.Aaron RodgersQBPackersVikings14.7
39.Matt HasselbeckQBSeahawksBills14.7
40.Kevin SmithRBLionsFalcons14.5
41.Willie ParkerRBSteelersTexans14.4
42.Marc BulgerQBRamsEagles14.3
43.Jamal LewisRBBrownsCowboys14.3
44.Willis McGaheeRBRavensBengals14.3
45.DeAngelo WilliamsRBPanthersChargers14.0
46.Ricky WilliamsRBDolphinsJets14.0
47.Thomas JonesRBJetsDolphins13.9
48.Brandon JacobsRBGiantsRedskins13.8
49.Andre HallRBBroncosRaiders13.3
50.Vince YoungQBTitansJaguars13.2
51.Larry FitzgeraldWRCardinals49ers13.2
52.Tarvaris JacksonQBVikingsPackers13.1
53.Jonathan StewartRBPanthersChargers13.1
54.Randy MossWRPatriotsChiefs13.1
55.Edgerrin JamesRBCardinals49ers13.1
56.Braylon EdwardsWRBrownsCowboys13.0
57.Fred TaylorRBJaguarsTitans12.9
58.Jake DelhommeQBPanthersChargers12.8
59.Kyle OrtonQBBearsColts12.6
60.Marshawn LynchRBBillsSeahawks12.5
61.Ryan GrantRBPackersVikings12.2
62.Terrell OwensWRCowboysBrowns12.1
63.Darren McFaddenRBRaidersBroncos12.1
64.David GarrardQBJaguarsTitans12.1
65.Reggie WayneWRColtsBears12.0
66.Leon WashingtonRBJetsDolphins11.9
67.Marques ColstonWRSaintsBuccaneers11.7
68.LenDale WhiteRBTitansJaguars11.6
69.Larry JohnsonRBChiefsPatriots11.6
70.Trent EdwardsQBBillsSeahawks11.5
71.Chris PerryRBBengalsRavens11.5
72.Anquan BoldinWRCardinals49ers11.5
73.Plaxico BurressWRGiantsRedskins11.4
74.Sammy MorrisRBPatriotsChiefs11.2
75.T.J. HoushmandzadehWRBengalsRavens10.8
76.Wes WelkerWRPatriotsChiefs10.7
77.Andre JohnsonWRTexansSteelers10.6
78.Chester TaylorRBVikingsPackers10.5
79.Chris JohnsonRBTitansJaguars10.5
80.Adam VinatieriKColtsBears10.4
81.Brodie CroyleQBChiefsPatriots10.2
82.Calvin JohnsonWRLionsFalcons10.1
83.Ahmad BradshawRBGiantsRedskins10.1
84.Rashard MendenhallRBSteelersTexans10.1
85.Torry HoltWRRamsEagles10.0
86.Santonio HolmesWRSteelersTexans10.0
87.Matt ForteRBBearsColts10.0
88.Jason WittenTECowboysBrowns9.9
90.Mason CrosbyKPackersVikings9.8
91.Kenny WatsonRBBengalsRavens9.8
92.Greg JenningsWRPackersVikings9.7
93.Ronnie BrownRBDolphinsJets9.5
94.Kellen WinslowTEBrownsCowboys9.5
95.Chad JohnsonWRBengalsRavens9.4
96.Rob BironasKTitansJaguars9.3
97.Robbie GouldKBearsColts9.2
98.Mike NugentKJetsDolphins9.1
99.Ahman GreenRBTexansSteelers9.1
100.Nick FolkKCowboysBrowns9.1
101.John KasayKPanthersChargers9.1
102.Roy WilliamsWRLionsFalcons9.1
103.Steve SlatonRBTexansSteelers9.1
104.Laveranues ColesWRJetsDolphins8.9
105.Maurice Jones-DrewRBJaguarsTitans8.8
106.Javon WalkerWRRaidersBroncos8.8
107.David AkersKEaglesRams8.8
108.Josh ScobeeKJaguarsTitans8.8
109.Nate KaedingKChargersPanthers8.7
110.Jerricho CotcheryWRJetsDolphins8.6
111.Lee EvansWRBillsSeahawks8.5
112.Phil DawsonKBrownsCowboys8.5
113.Jason HansonKLionsFalcons8.5
114.Marvin HarrisonWRColtsBears8.5
115.Joey GallowayWRBuccaneersSaints8.4
116.Darren SprolesRBChargersPanthers8.4
117.Matt RyanQBFalconsLions8.3
118.Stephen GostkowskiKPatriotsChiefs8.3
119.Ted Ginn Jr.WRDolphinsJets8.2
120.Reggie BrownWREaglesRams8.2
121.Derrick MasonWRRavensBengals8.2
122.John CarneyKGiantsRedskins8.2
123.Matt PraterKBroncosRaiders8.2
124.Martin GramaticaKSaintsBuccaneers8.1
125.Dwayne BoweWRChiefsPatriots8.1
126.Shayne GrahamKBengalsRavens8.0
127.Bernard BerrianWRVikingsPackers8.0
129.Eddie RoyalWRBroncosRaiders7.7
130.Neil RackersKCardinals49ers7.7
131.Antonio GatesTEChargersPanthers7.7
132.Tim HightowerRBCardinals49ers7.6
133.Ryan LongwellKVikingsPackers7.6
134.Josh BrownKRamsEagles7.6
135.Matt StoverKRavensBengals7.5
136.Rian LindellKBillsSeahawks7.5
137.Mark ClaytonWRRavensBengals7.5
138.Sebastian JanikowskiKRaidersBroncos7.5
139.Kris BrownKTexansSteelers7.4
140.Chris ChambersWRChargersPanthers7.4
141.Donald DriverWRPackersVikings7.4
142.Santana MossWRRedskinsGiants7.4
143.Anthony GonzalezWRColtsBears7.3
144.Patrick CraytonWRCowboysBrowns7.3
145.Chris CooleyTERedskinsGiants7.3
146.Todd HeapTERavensBengals7.2
147.Dan CarpenterKDolphinsJets7.1
148.Nate BurlesonWRSeahawksBills7.1
149.Jason ElamKFalconsLions7.0
150.Muhsin MuhammadWRPanthersChargers6.9
151.Shaun SuishamKRedskinsGiants6.9
152.Isaac BruceWR49ersCardinals6.9
153.Warrick DunnRBBuccaneersSaints6.8
154.Roddy WhiteWRFalconsLions6.7
155.Kevin JonesRBBearsColts6.7
156.Matt BryantKBuccaneersSaints6.6
157.Sidney RiceWRVikingsPackers6.5
158.Joe NedneyK49ersCardinals6.5
159.D.J. HackettWRPanthersChargers6.5
160.Brandon CoutuKSeahawksBills6.5
161.Jeff ReedKSteelersTexans6.4
162.Courtney TaylorWRSeahawksBills6.4
163.Dominic RhodesRBColtsBears6.4
164.Julius JonesRBSeahawksBills6.4
165.Drew BennettWRRamsEagles6.3
166.Reggie WilliamsWRJaguarsTitans6.3
167.Donte' StallworthWRBrownsCowboys6.2
170.Hines WardWRSteelersTexans6.1
171.Jeremy ShockeyTESaintsBuccaneers6.1
173.Derek HaganWRDolphinsJets6.0
175.Devin HesterWRBearsColts5.9
176.Rudi JohnsonRBLionsFalcons5.9
177.Zach MillerTERaidersBroncos5.9
178.Steve BreastonWRCardinals49ers5.9
179.Felix JonesRBCowboysBrowns5.8
180.Jerome SimpsonWRBengalsRavens5.8
181.Deuce McAllisterRBSaintsBuccaneers5.8
182.Michael PittmanRBBroncosRaiders5.7
183.Josh MorganWR49ersCardinals5.7
184.Amani ToomerWRGiantsRedskins5.7
186.Tony GonzalezTEChiefsPatriots5.6
187.Vincent JacksonWRChargersPanthers5.5
188.Fred JacksonRBBillsSeahawks5.5
189.Dallas ClarkTEColtsBears5.5
191.David PattenWRSaintsBuccaneers5.3
193.L.J. SmithTEEaglesRams5.3
194.Kevin WalterWRTexansSteelers5.2
195.Bryant JohnsonWR49ersCardinals5.2
198.Dustin KellerTEJetsDolphins5.2
199.Antwaan Randle ElWRRedskinsGiants5.2

* 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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