2008 Week 17 Fantasy Rankings

BtB presents position-by-position cheat sheets
By Paul Bessire, WhatIfSports.com
December 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.Aaron RodgersQBPackersLions22.3
2.Drew BreesQBSaintsPanthers20.6
3.Jeff GarciaQBBuccaneersRaiders19.2
4.Philip RiversQBChargersBroncos19.2
5.Matt CasselQBPatriotsBills18.1
6.Kevin SmithRBLionsPackers17.4
7.Maurice MorrisRBSeahawksCardinals17.0
8.Matt RyanQBFalconsRams16.9
9.LaDainian TomlinsonRBChargersBroncos16.8
10.Seneca WallaceQBSeahawksCardinals16.4
11.Dan OrlovskyQBLionsPackers16.0
12.Jake DelhommeQBPanthersSaints15.8
13.Ryan GrantRBPackersLions15.6
14.Sammy MorrisRBPatriotsBills15.6
15.Adrian PetersonRBVikingsGiants15.5
16.Calvin JohnsonWRLionsPackers15.5
17.Chad PenningtonQBDolphinsJets15.1
18.Joe FlaccoQBRavensJaguars15.1
19.Jay CutlerQBBroncosChargers15.0
20.Greg JenningsWRPackersLions14.9
21.Thomas JonesRBJetsDolphins14.8
22.Pierre ThomasRBSaintsPanthers14.8
23.Jason CampbellQBRedskins49ers14.7
24.Tashard ChoiceRBCowboysEagles14.5
25.Trent EdwardsQBBillsPatriots14.5
26.Matt SchaubQBTexansBears14.3
27.Antonio BryantWRBuccaneersRaiders14.3
28.Fred JacksonRBBillsPatriots14.3
29.Eli ManningQBGiantsVikings13.9
30.Michael TurnerRBFalconsRams13.9
31.LaMont JordanRBPatriotsBills13.9
32.Matt ForteRBBearsTexans13.8
33.Cedric BensonRBBengalsChiefs13.8
34.Tony RomoQBCowboysEagles13.8
35.Steve SlatonRBTexansBears13.7
36.Jonathan StewartRBPanthersSaints13.5
37.Tarvaris JacksonQBVikingsGiants13.3
38.Kurt WarnerQBCardinalsSeahawks13.2
39.Donovan McNabbQBEaglesCowboys13.1
40.Brett FavreQBJetsDolphins12.8
41.Le'Ron McClainRBRavensJaguars12.8
42.Tyler ThigpenQBChiefsBengals12.7
43.DeAngelo WilliamsRBPanthersSaints12.5
44.Brian WestbrookRBEaglesCowboys12.4
45.Derrick WardRBGiantsVikings12.4
46.Byron LeftwichQBSteelersBrowns12.4
47.Larry FitzgeraldWRCardinalsSeahawks12.4
48.Warrick DunnRBBuccaneersRaiders12.3
49.Kyle OrtonQBBearsTexans11.8
50.Ryan FitzpatrickQBBengalsChiefs11.8
51.Wes WelkerWRPatriotsBills11.6
52.Rob BironasKTitansColts11.5
53.Steve BreastonWRCardinalsSeahawks11.5
54.JaMarcus RussellQBRaidersBuccaneers11.5
55.Vincent JacksonWRChargersBroncos11.4
56.Steve SmithWRPanthersSaints11.3
57.Frank GoreRB49ersRedskins11.3
58.Mason CrosbyKPackersLions11.3
59.Roddy WhiteWRFalconsRams11.1
60.Derrick MasonWRRavensJaguars11.1
61.Nate KaedingKChargersBroncos11.0
62.Donald DriverWRPackersLions10.9
63.Santana MossWRRedskins49ers10.8
64.Brandon MarshallWRBroncosChargers10.6
65.Clinton PortisRBRedskins49ers10.6
66.Larry JohnsonRBChiefsBengals10.6
67.Ronnie BrownRBDolphinsJets10.5
68.Marques ColstonWRSaintsPanthers10.4
69.Steven JacksonRBRamsFalcons10.4
70.Marc BulgerQBRamsFalcons10.3
72.Mewelde MooreRBSteelersBrowns10.3
73.Hines WardWRSteelersBrowns10.3
74.Justin FargasRBRaidersBuccaneers10.0
75.Nick FolkKCowboysEagles9.8
76.Darren McFaddenRBRaidersBuccaneers9.7
77.Shaun HillQB49ersRedskins9.6
78.Matt StoverKRavensJaguars9.5
79.John KasayKPanthersSaints9.5
80.Muhsin MuhammadWRPanthersSaints9.4
81.Jeff ReedKSteelersBrowns9.4
82.Jason ElamKFalconsRams9.3
83.John CarneyKGiantsVikings9.2
84.Lee EvansWRBillsPatriots9.2
85.Randy MossWRPatriotsBills9.2
86.Michael JenkinsWRFalconsRams9.1
87.Kenneth DarbyRBRamsFalcons9.1
88.Terrell OwensWRCowboysEagles9.1
89.Torry HoltWRRamsFalcons9.1
90.Chris JohnsonRBTitansColts9.0
91.Ahmad BradshawRBGiantsVikings9.0
92.Ricky WilliamsRBDolphinsJets9.0
93.Devery HendersonWRSaintsPanthers9.0
94.Willis McGaheeRBRavensJaguars8.9
95.Donnie AveryWRRamsFalcons8.9
96.Bobby EngramWRSeahawksCardinals8.8
98.Jason HansonKLionsPackers8.8
99.Adam VinatieriKColtsTitans8.8
100.Jerious NorwoodRBFalconsRams8.8
101.Ladell BettsRBRedskins49ers8.7
102.Leon WashingtonRBJetsDolphins8.7
103.Andre JohnsonWRTexansBears8.6
104.Eddie RoyalWRBroncosChargers8.6
105.Mark ClaytonWRRavensJaguars8.6
106.Devin HesterWRBearsTexans8.5
107.David AkersKEaglesCowboys8.5
108.T.J. HoushmandzadehWRBengalsChiefs8.5
109.Josh ReedWRBillsPatriots8.4
110.Jerricho CotcheryWRJetsDolphins8.3
111.Garrett HartleyKSaintsPanthers8.2
112.Deuce McAllisterRBSaintsPanthers8.1
113.Darren SprolesRBChargersBroncos8.0
114.Laveranues ColesWRJetsDolphins8.0
115.Robbie GouldKBearsTexans8.0
116.Olindo MareKSeahawksCardinals8.0
117.Davone BessWRDolphinsJets8.0
118.John StandefordWRLionsPackers7.9
119.Maurice Jones-DrewRBJaguarsRavens7.9
120.David GarrardQBJaguarsRavens7.8
121.Stephen GostkowskiKPatriotsBills7.8
122.Adrian PetersonRBBearsTexans7.7
123.Shayne GrahamKBengalsChiefs7.6
124.Ryan LongwellKVikingsGiants7.6
125.Jamaal CharlesRBChiefsBengals7.6
126.Lance MooreWRSaintsPanthers7.5
127.Julius JonesRBSeahawksCardinals7.5
128.DeSean JacksonWREaglesCowboys7.4
129.Ted Ginn Jr.WRDolphinsJets7.4
130.Jay FeelyKJetsDolphins7.4
131.Sebastian JanikowskiKRaidersBuccaneers7.3
132.Josh BrownKRamsFalcons7.3
133.Santonio HolmesWRSteelersBrowns7.3
134.Dwayne BoweWRChiefsBengals7.3
135.Isaac BruceWR49ersRedskins7.3
136.Neil RackersKCardinalsSeahawks7.3
137.James JohnsonRBBengalsChiefs7.2
138.Bernard BerrianWRVikingsGiants7.2
139.Carnell WilliamsRBBuccaneersRaiders7.2
140.Jamal LewisRBBrownsSteelers7.2
141.Chris CooleyTERedskins49ers7.1
142.Matt BryantKBuccaneersRaiders7.1
143.Matt PraterKBroncosChargers7.1
144.Reggie WayneWRColtsTitans7.1
145.Dan CarpenterKDolphinsJets7.1
146.Zach MillerTERaidersBuccaneers7.1
147.Harry DouglasWRFalconsRams7.1
148.Willie ParkerRBSteelersBrowns7.1
149.Jason SnellingRBFalconsRams7.0
150.Connor BarthKChiefsBengals7.0
151.Kris BrownKTexansBears7.0
152.Antonio GatesTEChargersBroncos6.9
153.Amani ToomerWRGiantsVikings6.9
154.Shaun SuishamKRedskins49ers6.9
155.Rian LindellKBillsPatriots6.9
157.Johnnie Lee HigginsWRRaidersBuccaneers6.8
158.Jabar GaffneyWRPatriotsBills6.7
159.Dennis NorthcuttWRJaguarsRavens6.7
160.Correll BuckhalterRBEaglesCowboys6.7
161.Dominic RhodesRBColtsTitans6.7
162.Domenik HixonWRGiantsVikings6.6
163.Tatum BellRBBroncosChargers6.6
167.John CarlsonTESeahawksCardinals6.4
168.Tim HightowerRBCardinalsSeahawks6.4
169.Kevin WalterWRTexansBears6.3
170.Vince YoungQBTitansColts6.3
171.Braylon EdwardsWRBrownsSteelers6.2
172.Brandon JacksonRBPackersLions6.2
173.Edgerrin JamesRBCardinalsSeahawks6.2
174.Deion BranchWRSeahawksCardinals6.2
175.Xavier OmonRBBillsPatriots6.1
176.Owen DanielsTETexansBears6.1
177.Justin GageWRTitansColts6.0
179.Bryant JohnsonWR49ersRedskins5.8
180.Josh ScobeeKJaguarsRavens5.7
181.Michael ClaytonWRBuccaneersRaiders5.7
183.Rashied DavisWRBearsTexans5.7
184.Jim SorgiQBColtsTitans5.6
185.LenDale WhiteRBTitansColts5.6
186.Jason AvantWREaglesCowboys5.6
187.Anthony GonzalezWRColtsTitans5.6
189.Phil DawsonKBrownsSteelers5.5
190.Reggie BrownWREaglesCowboys5.5
193.Visanthe ShiancoeTEVikingsGiants5.3
197.Chris HenryWRBengalsChiefs5.3
199.Chester TaylorRBVikingsGiants5.1

* 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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