2008 Week 5 Fantasy Rankings

BtB presents position-by-position cheat sheets
By Paul Bessire, WhatIfSports.com
September 30th, 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 RiversQBChargersDolphins22.8
2.Drew BreesQBSaintsVikings22.7
3.Tony RomoQBCowboysBengals22.3
4.Peyton ManningQBColtsTexans21.2
5.Jason CampbellQBRedskinsEagles20.8
6.Matt CasselQBPatriots49ers20.7
7.Ben RoethlisbergerQBSteelersJaguars20.2
8.Donovan McNabbQBEaglesRedskins20.1
9.Trent EdwardsQBBillsCardinals20.0
10.Frank GoreRB49ersPatriots19.6
11.Adrian PetersonRBVikingsSaints19.4
12.Marion BarberRBCowboysBengals19.2
13.Jay CutlerQBBroncosBuccaneers19.1
14.Matt ForteRBBearsLions18.4
15.Matt SchaubQBTexansColts18.3
16.Aaron RodgersQBPackersFalcons18.2
17.Jake DelhommeQBPanthersChiefs18.1
18.Eli ManningQBGiantsSeahawks17.9
19.Reggie BushRBSaintsVikings17.8
20.LaDainian TomlinsonRBChargersDolphins17.7
21.Kurt WarnerQBCardinalsBills17.5
22.Brian GrieseQBBuccaneersBroncos17.1
23.Marshawn LynchRBBillsCardinals16.9
24.Steve SlatonRBTexansColts16.9
25.Larry JohnsonRBChiefsPanthers16.8
26.Santana MossWRRedskinsEagles16.8
27.Roddy WhiteWRFalconsPackers16.7
28.Matt RyanQBFalconsPackers16.7
29.Chad PenningtonQBDolphinsChargers16.6
30.Larry FitzgeraldWRCardinalsBills16.6
31.Kyle OrtonQBBearsLions16.6
32.Gus FrerotteQBVikingsSaints15.9
33.Brandon JacobsRBGiantsSeahawks15.8
34.Greg JenningsWRPackersFalcons15.8
35.Earnest GrahamRBBuccaneersBroncos15.6
36.Joseph AddaiRBColtsTexans15.4
37.Ronnie BrownRBDolphinsChargers15.3
38.J.T. O'SullivanQB49ersPatriots15.2
39.Clinton PortisRBRedskinsEagles15.0
40.Michael TurnerRBFalconsPackers14.8
41.Randy MossWRPatriots49ers14.7
42.Ryan GrantRBPackersFalcons14.7
43.Damon HuardQBChiefsPanthers14.4
44.Reggie WayneWRColtsTexans14.3
45.Jason WittenTECowboysBengals14.2
46.David GarrardQBJaguarsSteelers14.1
47.Wes WelkerWRPatriots49ers13.4
48.DeAngelo WilliamsRBPanthersChiefs13.3
49.Hines WardWRSteelersJaguars13.0
50.Jon KitnaQBLionsBears12.9
51.Calvin JohnsonWRLionsBears12.8
52.Chris JohnsonRBTitansRavens12.8
53.Santonio HolmesWRSteelersJaguars12.7
54.Edgerrin JamesRBCardinalsBills12.5
55.Robbie GouldKBearsLions12.3
56.Brandon MarshallWRBroncosBuccaneers12.3
57.Antonio BryantWRBuccaneersBroncos12.3
58.Julius JonesRBSeahawksGiants12.3
59.DeSean JacksonWREaglesRedskins12.2
60.Correll BuckhalterRBEaglesRedskins12.0
61.Kerry CollinsQBTitansRavens11.8
63.Steve SmithWRPanthersChiefs11.4
64.Rudi JohnsonRBLionsBears11.3
65.Anthony GonzalezWRColtsTexans11.3
66.Mewelde MooreRBSteelersJaguars10.9
67.Ryan FitzpatrickQBBengalsCowboys10.9
68.Steve BreastonWRCardinalsBills10.9
69.Terrell OwensWRCowboysBengals10.9
70.Le'Ron McClainRBRavensTitans10.8
71.Dwayne BoweWRChiefsPanthers10.5
72.Mason CrosbyKPackersFalcons10.5
73.Nick FolkKCowboysBengals10.4
74.Derrick WardRBGiantsSeahawks10.4
75.Fred TaylorRBJaguarsSteelers10.4
76.Lee EvansWRBillsCardinals10.3
77.Antonio GatesTEChargersDolphins10.3
78.Joe FlaccoQBRavensTitans10.3
79.Vincent JacksonWRChargersDolphins10.2
80.Warrick DunnRBBuccaneersBroncos10.2
81.Eddie RoyalWRBroncosBuccaneers9.9
82.Rian LindellKBillsCardinals9.9
83.Chris PerryRBBengalsCowboys9.9
84.T.J. HoushmandzadehWRBengalsCowboys9.6
85.Amani ToomerWRGiantsSeahawks9.6
86.Matt HasselbeckQBSeahawksGiants9.6
87.Andre JohnsonWRTexansColts9.5
88.Matt JonesWRJaguarsSteelers9.4
89.John KasayKPanthersChiefs9.4
90.Bernard BerrianWRVikingsSaints9.2
91.Josh ReedWRBillsCardinals9.2
93.Chris CooleyTERedskinsEagles8.9
94.Stephen GostkowskiKPatriots49ers8.9
95.Devery HendersonWRSaintsVikings8.9
96.Sammy MorrisRBPatriots49ers8.9
97.Jonathan StewartRBPanthersChiefs8.9
98.Laurence MaroneyRBPatriots49ers8.9
99.Muhsin MuhammadWRPanthersChiefs8.7
100.Adam VinatieriKColtsTexans8.7
101.Derrick MasonWRRavensTitans8.7
102.Lance MooreWRSaintsVikings8.6
103.Rob BironasKTitansRavens8.6
104.Lawrence TynesKGiantsSeahawks8.6
105.Nate KaedingKChargersDolphins8.6
106.Jeff ReedKSteelersJaguars8.5
107.Tony GonzalezTEChiefsPanthers8.4
108.Kevin WalterWRTexansColts8.2
109.Domenik HixonWRGiantsSeahawks8.1
110.Greg CamarilloWRDolphinsChargers8.0
111.Martin GramaticaKSaintsVikings8.0
112.Owen DanielsTETexansColts8.0
113.Selvin YoungRBBroncosBuccaneers7.9
114.Matt PraterKBroncosBuccaneers7.9
115.Josh ScobeeKJaguarsSteelers7.8
116.Donald DriverWRPackersFalcons7.8
117.David AkersKEaglesRedskins7.7
118.Neil RackersKCardinalsBills7.7
119.Jason ElamKFalconsPackers7.7
120.Ryan LongwellKVikingsSaints7.7
121.Jason HansonKLionsBears7.6
122.Anthony FasanoTEDolphinsChargers7.5
123.Hank BaskettWREaglesRedskins7.5
124.Justin GageWRTitansRavens7.5
125.Jerious NorwoodRBFalconsPackers7.4
126.Antwaan Randle ElWRRedskinsEagles7.4
127.Fred JacksonRBBillsCardinals7.3
128.Matt BryantKBuccaneersBroncos7.3
129.Michael ClaytonWRBuccaneersBroncos7.2
130.Arnaz BattleWR49ersPatriots7.2
131.Marvin HarrisonWRColtsTexans7.1
132.Maurice Jones-DrewRBJaguarsSteelers7.0
133.Joe NedneyK49ersPatriots6.9
134.Dan CarpenterKDolphinsChargers6.8
136.Shaun SuishamKRedskinsEagles6.8
138.Isaac BruceWR49ersPatriots6.7
139.Ricky WilliamsRBDolphinsChargers6.6
140.Rashied DavisWRBearsLions6.5
142.Chris ChambersWRChargersDolphins6.5
143.John CarlsonTESeahawksGiants6.5
144.Matt StoverKRavensTitans6.5
146.Kris BrownKTexansColts6.3
147.Bobby EngramWRSeahawksGiants6.2
148.Michael JenkinsWRFalconsPackers6.2
149.Robert MeachemWRSaintsVikings6.2
150.Nick NovakKChiefsPanthers6.1
151.Carey DavisRBSteelersJaguars6.0
152.Antonio ChatmanWRBengalsCowboys6.0
153.Patrick CraytonWRCowboysBengals5.9
154.Brandon JacksonRBPackersFalcons5.8
157.Olindo MareKSeahawksGiants5.7
159.Bobby WadeWRVikingsSaints5.7
160.Bryant JohnsonWR49ersPatriots5.7
161.Brandon StokleyWRBroncosBuccaneers5.7
162.Donald LeeTEPackersFalcons5.6
163.Mike TolbertRBChargersDolphins5.6
166.Roy WilliamsWRLionsBears5.5
167.Desmond ClarkTEBearsLions5.5
168.Reggie WilliamsWRJaguarsSteelers5.4
169.Ike HilliardWRBuccaneersBroncos5.4
170.Kevin JonesRBBearsLions5.4
172.Andre HallRBBroncosBuccaneers5.2
173.Shayne GrahamKBengalsCowboys5.1
175.Robert RoyalTEBillsCardinals5.0
176.Justin McCareinsWRTitansRavens5.0
177.Marty BookerWRBearsLions5.0
179.Kevin SmithRBLionsBears4.9
180.Felix JonesRBCowboysBengals4.9
181.Steve SmithWRGiantsSeahawks4.8
182.Reggie BrownWREaglesRedskins4.8
183.Maurice MorrisRBSeahawksGiants4.7
186.Dominic RhodesRBColtsTexans4.7
187.Devard DarlingWRChiefsPanthers4.6
188.Greg LewisWREaglesRedskins4.6
189.Bo ScaifeTETitansRavens4.6
193.Chester TaylorRBVikingsSaints4.5
195.Deuce McAllisterRBSaintsVikings4.4
196.Tony SchefflerTEBroncosBuccaneers4.4
197.LenDale WhiteRBTitansRavens4.4
198.Jabar GaffneyWRPatriots49ers4.4
199.Chad JohnsonWRBengalsCowboys4.3
200.Mark ClaytonWRRavensTitans4.3

* 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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