2008 Week 4 Fantasy Rankings

BtB presents position-by-position cheat sheets
By Paul Bessire, WhatIfSports.com
September 23rd, 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.Philip RiversQBChargersRaiders23.8
2.Frank GoreRB49ersSaints23.8
3.Kurt WarnerQBCardinalsJets23.4
4.J.T. O'SullivanQB49ersSaints22.3
5.Trent EdwardsQBBillsRams22.3
6.Drew BreesQBSaints49ers21.9
7.Reggie BushRBSaints49ers21.9
8.Jay CutlerQBBroncosChiefs21.1
9.Brett FavreQBJetsCardinals20.0
10.Aaron RodgersQBPackersBuccaneers19.9
11.Donovan McNabbQBEaglesBears19.2
12.Tony RomoQBCowboysRedskins18.9
13.Greg JenningsWRPackersBuccaneers18.6
14.Marion BarberRBCowboysRedskins18.4
15.Adrian PetersonRBVikingsTitans17.5
16.Darren McFaddenRBRaidersChargers17.1
17.Selvin YoungRBBroncosChiefs16.5
18.Jason CampbellQBRedskinsCowboys16.4
19.Marshawn LynchRBBillsRams16.4
20.Correll BuckhalterRBEaglesBears16.3
21.Thomas JonesRBJetsCardinals16.3
22.Kerry CollinsQBTitansVikings16.1
23.Steven JacksonRBRamsBills15.6
24.Carson PalmerQBBengalsBrowns15.5
25.David GarrardQBJaguarsTexans15.5
26.Larry FitzgeraldWRCardinalsJets15.5
27.Jake DelhommeQBPanthersFalcons15.2
28.LaDainian TomlinsonRBChargersRaiders15.1
29.Jamal LewisRBBrownsBengals14.8
30.Chris JohnsonRBTitansVikings14.7
31.Andre HallRBBroncosChiefs14.2
32.Brandon MarshallWRBroncosChiefs13.9
33.Earnest GrahamRBBuccaneersPackers13.7
34.Tyler ThigpenQBChiefsBroncos13.6
35.Anquan BoldinWRCardinalsJets13.5
36.Edgerrin JamesRBCardinalsJets13.4
37.Jason WittenTECowboysRedskins13.4
38.Derek AndersonQBBrownsBengals13.3
39.Santana MossWRRedskinsCowboys13.3
40.Marc BulgerQBRamsBills13.2
41.Ben RoethlisbergerQBSteelersRavens13.2
42.Lee EvansWRBillsRams13.0
43.Steve SlatonRBTexansJaguars12.9
44.Brian GrieseQBBuccaneersPackers12.6
45.T.J. HoushmandzadehWRBengalsBrowns12.5
46.Jonathan StewartRBPanthersFalcons12.5
47.Larry JohnsonRBChiefsBroncos12.0
48.Gus FrerotteQBVikingsTitans11.7
49.Clinton PortisRBRedskinsCowboys11.7
50.Matt ForteRBBearsEagles11.6
51.Michael BushRBRaidersChargers11.6
52.Fred TaylorRBJaguarsTexans11.4
53.Mason CrosbyKPackersBuccaneers11.2
54.Michael TurnerRBFalconsPanthers11.1
55.Rian LindellKBillsRams11.0
56.Nate KaedingKChargersRaiders10.9
57.Maurice Jones-DrewRBJaguarsTexans10.9
58.DeAngelo WilliamsRBPanthersFalcons10.8
59.John KasayKPanthersFalcons10.6
60.Rob BironasKTitansVikings10.5
61.DeSean JacksonWREaglesBears10.5
62.Matt RyanQBFalconsPanthers10.2
63.Joe FlaccoQBRavensSteelers10.1
65.Ryan GrantRBPackersBuccaneers10.1
67.Kyle OrtonQBBearsEagles9.9
68.Roddy WhiteWRFalconsPanthers9.9
69.Dwayne BoweWRChiefsBroncos9.8
70.Santonio HolmesWRSteelersRavens9.8
71.Chris PerryRBBengalsBrowns9.7
72.Josh ReedWRBillsRams9.7
73.Jerricho CotcheryWRJetsCardinals9.7
74.Jerry PorterWRJaguarsTexans9.6
75.Willis McGaheeRBRavensSteelers9.6
76.David AkersKEaglesBears9.6
77.Vincent JacksonWRChargersRaiders9.5
78.Chris ChambersWRChargersRaiders9.5
79.Josh ScobeeKJaguarsTexans9.3
80.Antonio GatesTEChargersRaiders9.1
81.Rashard MendenhallRBSteelersRavens9.1
82.Nick FolkKCowboysRedskins9.0
83.Steve SmithWRPanthersFalcons8.8
84.JaMarcus RussellQBRaidersChargers8.8
85.Jeff ReedKSteelersRavens8.8
86.Hank BaskettWREaglesBears8.7
87.Warrick DunnRBBuccaneersPackers8.7
88.Bryant JohnsonWR49ersSaints8.6
89.Laveranues ColesWRJetsCardinals8.6
90.Kellen WinslowTEBrownsBengals8.5
91.Eddie RoyalWRBroncosChiefs8.4
92.Matt PraterKBroncosChiefs8.3
93.Isaac BruceWR49ersSaints8.3
94.Hines WardWRSteelersRavens8.3
95.Terrell OwensWRCowboysRedskins8.2
96.Torry HoltWRRamsBills8.1
97.Joe NedneyK49ersSaints8.1
99.Matt SchaubQBTexansJaguars7.9
100.Neil RackersKCardinalsJets7.9
101.Bo ScaifeTETitansVikings7.9
102.Tony GonzalezTEChiefsBroncos7.8
103.Antonio BryantWRBuccaneersPackers7.8
104.Fred JacksonRBBillsRams7.7
105.Jay FeelyKJetsCardinals7.6
106.Justin McCareinsWRTitansVikings7.6
107.Shayne GrahamKBengalsBrowns7.6
108.Brandon LloydWRBearsEagles7.5
109.Sebastian JanikowskiKRaidersChargers7.4
110.Andre JohnsonWRTexansJaguars7.4
111.Ryan LongwellKVikingsTitans7.4
112.Phil DawsonKBrownsBengals7.3
113.Robbie GouldKBearsEagles7.2
114.Matt StoverKRavensSteelers7.1
115.Robert MeachemWRSaints49ers7.1
116.Donald DriverWRPackersBuccaneers7.1
117.Bernard BerrianWRVikingsTitans7.0
118.Devery HendersonWRSaints49ers7.0
119.Billy MillerTESaints49ers7.0
120.Matt BryantKBuccaneersPackers7.0
121.Ike HilliardWRBuccaneersPackers6.7
122.Martin GramaticaKSaints49ers6.7
126.Chris CooleyTERedskinsCowboys6.4
129.Randy McMichaelTERamsBills6.2
130.Mewelde MooreRBSteelersRavens6.2
131.Donald LeeTEPackersBuccaneers6.1
132.Chansi StuckeyWRJetsCardinals6.1
133.Jerious NorwoodRBFalconsPanthers6.1
135.Braylon EdwardsWRBrownsBengals6.1
136.Josh BrownKRamsBills6.0
137.Chad JohnsonWRBengalsBrowns6.0
138.Kris BrownKTexansJaguars5.9
139.Brandon JacksonRBPackersBuccaneers5.9
140.Muhsin MuhammadWRPanthersFalcons5.9
141.Chester TaylorRBVikingsTitans5.9
142.Jason ElamKFalconsPanthers5.8
144.Shaun SuishamKRedskinsCowboys5.7
145.Derrick MasonWRRavensSteelers5.6
146.Mike TolbertRBChargersRaiders5.6
147.Devard DarlingWRChiefsBroncos5.6
148.Robert RoyalTEBillsRams5.5
151.Steve BreastonWRCardinalsJets5.4
152.Arnaz BattleWR49ersSaints5.4
153.LenDale WhiteRBTitansVikings5.2
155.Nick NovakKChiefsBroncos5.0
156.Mark ClaytonWRRavensSteelers5.0
158.Pierre ThomasRBSaints49ers4.6
159.Dane LookerWRRamsBills4.6
160.Tony SchefflerTEBroncosChiefs4.4
161.Ashley LelieWRRaidersChargers4.4
162.Antonio ChatmanWRBengalsBrowns4.4
163.Matt JonesWRJaguarsTexans4.2
165.Jamaal CharlesRBChiefsBroncos4.1
166.Chris BakerTEJetsCardinals4.1
167.Antwaan Randle ElWRRedskinsCowboys4.1
168.Reggie WilliamsWRJaguarsTexans4.1
169.Todd HeapTERavensSteelers4.0
170.Brandon JonesWRTitansVikings4.0
171.Leon WashingtonRBJetsCardinals4.0
172.Felix JonesRBCowboysRedskins4.0
173.Brandon StokleyWRBroncosChiefs3.9
174.Dexter JacksonWRBuccaneersPackers3.9
176.Darren SprolesRBChargersRaiders3.8
178.Donte' StallworthWRBrownsBengals3.8
180.Bobby WadeWRVikingsTitans3.7
181.Patrick CraytonWRCowboysRedskins3.7
182.Le'Ron McClainRBRavensSteelers3.7
184.Greg LewisWREaglesBears3.6
188.Heath MillerTESteelersRavens3.4
189.Visanthe ShiancoeTEVikingsTitans3.4
190.Brandon ManumaleunaTEChargersRaiders3.4
191.Roscoe ParrishWRBillsRams3.4
192.Aundrae AllisonWRVikingsTitans3.3
193.Kevin WalterWRTexansJaguars3.3
195.Tim HightowerRBCardinalsJets3.3
196.Chris DavisWRTitansVikings3.2
197.Lorenzo NealRBRavensSteelers3.2
198.Owen DanielsTETexansJaguars3.1
199.Michael JenkinsWRFalconsPanthers3.1
200.Reggie BrownWREaglesBears3.1

* 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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