2008 Week 9 Fantasy Rankings

BtB presents position-by-position cheat sheets
By Paul Bessire, WhatIfSports.com
October 28th, 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.Chad PenningtonQBDolphinsBroncos26.3
2.Kurt WarnerQBCardinalsRams24.4
3.Jay CutlerQBBroncosDolphins23.6
4.Ronnie BrownRBDolphinsBroncos22.2
5.Steven JacksonRBRamsCardinals21.8
6.Brian WestbrookRBEaglesSeahawks21.2
7.Jeff GarciaQBBuccaneersChiefs21.1
8.Matt ForteRBBearsLions20.4
9.Chris JohnsonRBTitansPackers20.2
10.Kyle OrtonQBBearsLions20.2
11.Donovan McNabbQBEaglesSeahawks19.9
12.Adrian PetersonRBVikingsTexans19.9
13.Peyton ManningQBColtsPatriots19.8
14.Marc BulgerQBRamsCardinals19.7
15.Marion BarberRBCowboysGiants19.6
16.Trent EdwardsQBBillsJets19.3
17.Michael TurnerRBFalconsRaiders18.8
18.Thomas JonesRBJetsBills18.5
19.Matt RyanQBFalconsRaiders18.3
20.Clinton PortisRBRedskinsSteelers18.3
21.Earnest GrahamRBBuccaneersChiefs18.2
22.Michael PittmanRBBroncosDolphins18.0
23.Aaron RodgersQBPackersTitans17.7
24.Kevin FaulkRBPatriotsColts17.5
25.Gus FrerotteQBVikingsTexans17.2
26.Roddy WhiteWRFalconsRaiders17.0
27.Marshawn LynchRBBillsJets17.0
28.Matt SchaubQBTexansVikings16.6
29.Dan OrlovskyQBLionsBears16.4
30.Larry FitzgeraldWRCardinalsRams16.1
31.Mewelde MooreRBSteelersRedskins16.1
32.JaMarcus RussellQBRaidersFalcons15.5
33.Andre JohnsonWRTexansVikings15.3
34.Edgerrin JamesRBCardinalsRams15.2
35.Matt CasselQBPatriotsColts15.1
36.Brett FavreQBJetsBills15.1
37.Steve SlatonRBTexansVikings15.0
38.Brandon MarshallWRBroncosDolphins14.9
39.Tyler ThigpenQBChiefsBuccaneers14.7
40.Jason CampbellQBRedskinsSteelers14.5
41.Joseph AddaiRBColtsPatriots14.5
42.Kerry CollinsQBTitansPackers14.5
43.Greg JenningsWRPackersTitans14.2
44.Donnie AveryWRRamsCardinals14.2
45.Calvin JohnsonWRLionsBears14.1
46.Eli ManningQBGiantsCowboys14.0
47.David GarrardQBJaguarsBengals14.0
48.Ben RoethlisbergerQBSteelersRedskins13.9
49.Kevin SmithRBLionsBears13.9
50.Kolby SmithRBChiefsBuccaneers13.8
51.Julius JonesRBSeahawksEagles13.7
52.Lee EvansWRBillsJets13.7
53.Brad JohnsonQBCowboysGiants13.4
54.Willis McGaheeRBRavensBrowns13.3
55.Justin FargasRBRaidersFalcons13.2
56.Brandon JacobsRBGiantsCowboys13.1
57.Derek AndersonQBBrownsRavens12.9
58.Darren McFaddenRBRaidersFalcons12.3
59.Reggie WayneWRColtsPatriots12.2
60.Jamal LewisRBBrownsRavens11.9
61.Santana MossWRRedskinsSteelers11.7
62.Derrick WardRBGiantsCowboys11.6
63.Warrick DunnRBBuccaneersChiefs11.5
64.Robbie GouldKBearsLions11.3
65.Maurice Jones-DrewRBJaguarsBengals11.2
66.Antonio BryantWRBuccaneersChiefs11.2
67.Dwayne BoweWRChiefsBuccaneers11.1
68.Ryan GrantRBPackersTitans11.1
69.Steve BreastonWRCardinalsRams11.1
70.Greg CamarilloWRDolphinsBroncos10.9
71.Joe FlaccoQBRavensBrowns10.9
72.Bernard BerrianWRVikingsTexans10.9
73.DeSean JacksonWREaglesSeahawks10.8
74.Fred TaylorRBJaguarsBengals10.6
75.Ted Ginn Jr.WRDolphinsBroncos10.5
76.Ryan FitzpatrickQBBengalsJaguars10.2
77.Nick FolkKCowboysGiants10.2
78.Randy MossWRPatriotsColts10.1
79.Rob BironasKTitansPackers10.0
80.Torry HoltWRRamsCardinals10.0
81.Laveranues ColesWRJetsBills10.0
82.Anquan BoldinWRCardinalsRams10.0
83.Braylon EdwardsWRBrownsRavens9.9
84.Jerricho CotcheryWRJetsBills9.5
85.Matt HasselbeckQBSeahawksEagles9.4
87.Hines WardWRSteelersRedskins9.2
88.Neil RackersKCardinalsRams9.1
89.Adam VinatieriKColtsPatriots8.9
90.Sebastian JanikowskiKRaidersFalcons8.9
91.David AkersKEaglesSeahawks8.9
92.Cedric BensonRBBengalsJaguars8.8
93.Matt BryantKBuccaneersChiefs8.6
94.Dan CarpenterKDolphinsBroncos8.6
95.Kevin CurtisWREaglesSeahawks8.6
96.Donald DriverWRPackersTitans8.6
97.Mason CrosbyKPackersTitans8.6
98.Wes WelkerWRPatriotsColts8.5
99.Shaun SuishamKRedskinsSteelers8.4
100.Nate WashingtonWRSteelersRedskins8.4
101.Anthony GonzalezWRColtsPatriots8.3
102.LenDale WhiteRBTitansPackers8.3
103.Jerious NorwoodRBFalconsRaiders8.3
104.Plaxico BurressWRGiantsCowboys8.2
105.Rashied DavisWRBearsLions8.2
106.Kris BrownKTexansVikings8.2
107.John CarneyKGiantsCowboys8.1
108.Matt StoverKRavensBrowns8.1
109.Josh BrownKRamsCardinals8.0
110.Eddie RoyalWRBroncosDolphins8.0
111.Dominic RhodesRBColtsPatriots8.0
112.Brandon LloydWRBearsLions8.0
113.Jeff ReedKSteelersRedskins7.9
114.Jason HansonKLionsBears7.9
115.Bo ScaifeTETitansPackers7.9
116.Matt PraterKBroncosDolphins7.9
117.Bobby WadeWRVikingsTexans7.6
118.Stephen GostkowskiKPatriotsColts7.6
119.Jason ElamKFalconsRaiders7.5
120.Chaz SchilensWRRaidersFalcons7.5
121.Leon WashingtonRBJetsBills7.5
122.T.J. HoushmandzadehWRBengalsJaguars7.4
123.Willie ParkerRBSteelersRedskins7.4
124.Rian LindellKBillsJets7.4
125.Josh ScobeeKJaguarsBengals7.4
126.Tony SchefflerTEBroncosDolphins7.3
127.Terrell OwensWRCowboysGiants7.3
128.Ryan LongwellKVikingsTexans7.3
129.Kellen WinslowTEBrownsRavens7.0
130.Ahman GreenRBTexansVikings7.0
131.Derrick MasonWRRavensBrowns7.0
132.Michael ClaytonWRBuccaneersChiefs7.0
133.Phil DawsonKBrownsRavens6.9
134.Jay FeelyKJetsBills6.9
135.Fred JacksonRBBillsJets6.9
137.Javon WalkerWRRaidersFalcons6.8
138.Michael JenkinsWRFalconsRaiders6.7
139.Ricky WilliamsRBDolphinsBroncos6.6
141.Tony GonzalezTEChiefsBuccaneers6.5
143.Anthony FasanoTEDolphinsBroncos6.4
144.Chris CooleyTERedskinsSteelers6.3
145.Justin GageWRTitansPackers6.3
146.Maurice MorrisRBSeahawksEagles6.3
147.Connor BarthKChiefsBuccaneers6.3
148.Amani ToomerWRGiantsCowboys6.2
149.Marvin HarrisonWRColtsPatriots6.2
151.Antwaan Randle ElWRRedskinsSteelers6.1
152.BenJarvus Green-EllisRBPatriotsColts6.1
155.Ray RiceRBRavensBrowns5.8
156.Alex SmithTEBuccaneersChiefs5.8
157.Chester TaylorRBVikingsTexans5.8
158.Zach MillerTERaidersFalcons5.7
159.Devin HesterWRBearsLions5.7
161.Justin McCareinsWRTitansPackers5.6
162.Rudi JohnsonRBLionsBears5.5
163.Kevin WalterWRTexansVikings5.5
164.Reggie WilliamsWRJaguarsBengals5.5
165.Correll BuckhalterRBEaglesSeahawks5.5
166.Roscoe ParrishWRBillsJets5.5
167.David MartinTEDolphinsBroncos5.4
168.Kevin JonesRBBearsLions5.4
169.Patrick CobbsRBDolphinsBroncos5.3
170.Chris HenryWRBengalsJaguars5.3
171.Roy WilliamsWRCowboysGiants5.2
172.Robert RoyalTEBillsJets5.2
174.Marcedes LewisTEJaguarsBengals5.1
175.Desmond ClarkTEBearsLions5.1
177.Bobby EngramWRSeahawksEagles5.0
178.Chad JohnsonWRBengalsJaguars5.0
180.Steve SmithWRGiantsCowboys5.0
181.Shayne GrahamKBengalsJaguars5.0
182.Dallas ClarkTEColtsPatriots4.9
183.Mark BradleyWRChiefsBuccaneers4.9
184.Patrick CraytonWRCowboysGiants4.8
185.Dennis NorthcuttWRJaguarsBengals4.8
186.Shaun McDonaldWRLionsBears4.7
187.Heath MillerTESteelersRedskins4.6
188.Leonard WeaverRBSeahawksEagles4.3
189.Olindo MareKSeahawksEagles4.3
191.Owen DanielsTETexansVikings4.2
192.Mike WalkerWRJaguarsBengals4.2
193.Demetrius WilliamsWRRavensBrowns4.2
195.Kenny WatsonRBBengalsJaguars4.2
197.Hank BaskettWREaglesSeahawks4.0
199.Donald LeeTEPackersTitans4.0

* 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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