2008 Week 15 Fantasy Rankings

BtB presents position-by-position cheat sheets
By Paul Bessire, WhatIfSports.com
December 9th, 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


 NamePosTeamOppPoints
1.Peyton ManningQBColtsLions21.5
2.Brian WestbrookRBEaglesBrowns21.4
3.Philip RiversQBChargersChiefs20.8
4.Kurt WarnerQBCardinalsVikings19.9
5.Jeff GarciaQBBuccaneersFalcons19.8
6.Aaron RodgersQBPackersJaguars19.4
7.Drew BreesQBSaintsBears19.1
8.Chris JohnsonRBTitansTexans19.0
9.Matt CasselQBPatriotsRaiders18.3
10.DeAngelo WilliamsRBPanthersBroncos18.0
11.Warrick DunnRBBuccaneersFalcons17.5
12.Shaun HillQB49ersDolphins17.5
13.Seneca WallaceQBSeahawksRams17.4
14.Jake DelhommeQBPanthersBroncos17.2
 NamePosTeamOppPoints
15.Chad PenningtonQBDolphins49ers17.0
16.Matt ForteRBBearsSaints17.0
17.LaDainian TomlinsonRBChargersChiefs16.9
18.Steve SlatonRBTexansTitans16.3
19.Donovan McNabbQBEaglesBrowns16.2
20.Marc BulgerQBRamsSeahawks15.6
21.Brett FavreQBJetsBills15.5
22.Roddy WhiteWRFalconsBuccaneers15.3
23.Thomas JonesRBJetsBills15.2
24.Jason CampbellQBRedskinsBengals15.1
25.Kerry CollinsQBTitansTexans14.8
26.Steve SmithWRPanthersBroncos14.8
27.Frank GoreRB49ersDolphins14.7
28.Tony RomoQBCowboysGiants14.7
29.Trent EdwardsQBBillsJets14.6
 NamePosTeamOppPoints
30.Steven JacksonRBRamsSeahawks14.6
31.Jay CutlerQBBroncosPanthers14.4
32.Adrian PetersonRBVikingsCardinals14.4
33.Tyler ThigpenQBChiefsChargers14.3
34.Jonathan StewartRBPanthersBroncos14.3
35.Wes WelkerWRPatriotsRaiders14.2
36.Clinton PortisRBRedskinsBengals14.0
37.Matt RyanQBFalconsBuccaneers13.8
38.Brandon JacobsRBGiantsCowboys13.4
39.Ryan GrantRBPackersJaguars13.4
40.Marshawn LynchRBBillsJets13.4
41.David GarrardQBJaguarsPackers13.3
42.Ronnie BrownRBDolphins49ers13.2
43.JaMarcus RussellQBRaidersPatriots13.1
44.Antonio BryantWRBuccaneersFalcons13.0
 NamePosTeamOppPoints
45.Matt SchaubQBTexansTitans12.8
46.Tarvaris JacksonQBVikingsCardinals12.5
47.Kyle OrtonQBBearsSaints12.4
48.Greg JenningsWRPackersJaguars12.3
49.Dominic RhodesRBColtsLions12.3
50.Larry FitzgeraldWRCardinalsVikings12.1
51.Adam VinatieriKColtsLions12.1
52.Eli ManningQBGiantsCowboys12.1
53.Marion BarberRBCowboysGiants11.9
54.Michael TurnerRBFalconsBuccaneers11.6
55.Vincent JacksonWRChargersChiefs11.4
56.Reggie BushRBSaintsBears11.4
57.Calvin JohnsonWRLionsColts11.4
58.Derrick WardRBGiantsCowboys11.4
59.Kevin SmithRBLionsColts11.3
 NamePosTeamOppPoints
60.Maurice MorrisRBSeahawksRams11.3
61.Pierre ThomasRBSaintsBears11.3
62.Justin FargasRBRaidersPatriots11.2
63.Ben RoethlisbergerQBSteelersRavens11.2
64.Dwayne BoweWRChiefsChargers11.2
65.Reggie WayneWRColtsLions11.2
66.Santana MossWRRedskinsBengals11.0
67.RavensDEFSteelers10.7
68.Torry HoltWRRamsSeahawks10.7
69.ColtsDEFLions10.6
70.John KasayKPanthersBroncos10.6
71.Anquan BoldinWRCardinalsVikings10.5
72.Rob BironasKTitansTexans10.5
73.Brandon MarshallWRBroncosPanthers10.5
74.Terrell OwensWRCowboysGiants10.4
 NamePosTeamOppPoints
75.David AkersKEaglesBrowns10.4
76.Isaac BruceWR49ersDolphins10.3
77.Joseph AddaiRBColtsLions10.3
78.Lee EvansWRBillsJets10.3
79.Donald DriverWRPackersJaguars10.3
80.EaglesDEFBrowns10.1
81.Maurice Jones-DrewRBJaguarsPackers10.1
82.Mason CrosbyKPackersJaguars10.0
83.Steve BreastonWRCardinalsVikings10.0
84.Nate KaedingKChargersChiefs9.8
85.Muhsin MuhammadWRPanthersBroncos9.8
86.Sammy MorrisRBPatriotsRaiders9.8
87.Leon WashingtonRBJetsBills9.7
88.Robbie GouldKBearsSaints9.7
89.LenDale WhiteRBTitansTexans9.6
 NamePosTeamOppPoints
90.Neil RackersKCardinalsVikings9.5
91.Deion BranchWRSeahawksRams9.5
92.Darren SprolesRBChargersChiefs9.4
93.DeSean JacksonWREaglesBrowns9.4
94.Andre JohnsonWRTexansTitans9.3
95.Larry JohnsonRBChiefsChargers9.3
96.Le'Ron McClainRBRavensSteelers9.1
97.Davone BessWRDolphins49ers9.0
98.John CarlsonTESeahawksRams8.9
99.Jerramy StevensTEBuccaneersFalcons8.9
100.Stephen GostkowskiKPatriotsRaiders8.9
101.Marvin HarrisonWRColtsLions8.8
102.Kevin WalterWRTexansTitans8.8
103.RedskinsDEFBengals8.8
104.Julius JonesRBSeahawksRams8.7
 NamePosTeamOppPoints
105.T.J. HoushmandzadehWRBengalsRedskins8.7
106.Matt StoverKRavensSteelers8.7
107.Ryan FitzpatrickQBBengalsRedskins8.6
108.Garrett HartleyKSaintsBears8.6
109.Ted Ginn Jr.WRDolphins49ers8.6
110.Jason WittenTECowboysGiants8.5
111.Fred TaylorRBJaguarsPackers8.5
112.Olindo MareKSeahawksRams8.5
113.Marques ColstonWRSaintsBears8.5
114.Nick FolkKCowboysGiants8.3
115.Selvin YoungRBBroncosPanthers8.3
116.Tatum BellRBBroncosPanthers8.3
117.Darren McFaddenRBRaidersPatriots8.3
118.Jerricho CotcheryWRJetsBills8.3
119.Kris BrownKTexansTitans8.2
 NamePosTeamOppPoints
120.Bryant JohnsonWR49ersDolphins8.2
121.Randy MossWRPatriotsRaiders8.2
122.Devin HesterWRBearsSaints8.2
123.J.J. ArringtonRBCardinalsVikings8.0
124.Eddie RoyalWRBroncosPanthers8.0
125.Fred JacksonRBBillsJets7.9
126.Matt BryantKBuccaneersFalcons7.9
127.Daunte CulpepperQBLionsColts7.9
128.Josh ScobeeKJaguarsPackers7.9
129.LaMont JordanRBPatriotsRaiders7.9
130.Jay FeelyKJetsBills7.9
131.Zach MillerTERaidersPatriots7.8
132.Ricky WilliamsRBDolphins49ers7.6
133.Joe FlaccoQBRavensSteelers7.5
134.Sebastian JanikowskiKRaidersPatriots7.5
 NamePosTeamOppPoints
135.Devery HendersonWRSaintsBears7.5
136.Hines WardWRSteelersRavens7.5
137.John CarneyKGiantsCowboys7.5
138.Mewelde MooreRBSteelersRavens7.4
139.Justin GageWRTitansTexans7.3
140.Dan CarpenterKDolphins49ers7.3
141.Antwaan Randle ElWRRedskinsBengals7.2
142.Ryan LongwellKVikingsCardinals7.2
143.Antonio GatesTEChargersChiefs7.2
144.Santonio HolmesWRSteelersRavens7.2
145.Jason ElamKFalconsBuccaneers7.2
146.Shaun SuishamKRedskinsBengals7.2
147.Ladell BettsRBRedskinsBengals7.0
148.Josh BrownKRamsSeahawks7.0
149.Jason HansonKLionsColts7.0
 NamePosTeamOppPoints
150.Bernard BerrianWRVikingsCardinals7.0
151.Joe NedneyK49ersDolphins7.0
152.Lance MooreWRSaintsBears6.9
153.Matt PraterKBroncosPanthers6.9
154.Jeff ReedKSteelersRavens6.8
155.Rian LindellKBillsJets6.7
156.Chester TaylorRBVikingsCardinals6.6
157.Jamal LewisRBBrownsEagles6.6
158.Derrick MasonWRRavensSteelers6.6
159.Matt JonesWRJaguarsPackers6.6
160.Dallas ClarkTEColtsLions6.6
161.Malcom FloydWRChargersChiefs6.4
162.Domenik HixonWRGiantsCowboys6.4
163.Hank BaskettWREaglesBrowns6.3
164.Koren RobinsonWRSeahawksRams6.2
 NamePosTeamOppPoints
165.GiantsDEFCowboys6.2
166.Tim HightowerRBCardinalsVikings6.2
167.Marcedes LewisTEJaguarsPackers6.2
168.Josh ReedWRBillsJets6.1
169.Amani ToomerWRGiantsCowboys6.1
170.Mark ClaytonWRRavensSteelers6.1
171.Jamaal CharlesRBChiefsChargers6.1
172.Connor BarthKChiefsChargers6.0
173.Laveranues ColesWRJetsBills6.0
174.SteelersDEFRavens6.0
175.DeShaun FosterRB49ersDolphins6.0
176.Cedric BensonRBBengalsRedskins5.9
177.Carnell WilliamsRBBuccaneersFalcons5.9
178.Donnie AveryWRRamsSeahawks5.9
179.Ken DorseyQBBrownsEagles5.8
 NamePosTeamOppPoints
180.Tony GonzalezTEChiefsChargers5.8
181.Tashard ChoiceRBCowboysGiants5.8
182.Jabar GaffneyWRPatriotsRaiders5.8
183.ChargersDEFChiefs5.7
184.Donald LeeTEPackersJaguars5.7
185.Bobby WadeWRVikingsCardinals5.6
186.Anthony FasanoTEDolphins49ers5.6
187.Brandon JacksonRBPackersJaguars5.6
188.Reggie WilliamsWRJaguarsPackers5.6
189.PanthersDEFBroncos5.6
190.Braylon EdwardsWRBrownsEagles5.6
191.Owen DanielsTETexansTitans5.5
192.Jerious NorwoodRBFalconsBuccaneers5.3
193.Chris ChambersWRChargersChiefs5.3
194.Tony RichardsonRBJetsBills5.3
 NamePosTeamOppPoints
195.Anthony GonzalezWRColtsLions5.3
196.CardinalsDEFVikings5.2
197.JetsDEFBills5.2
198.Rashied DavisWRBearsSaints5.1
199.Chris CooleyTERedskinsBengals5.1
200.Bo ScaifeTETitansTexans5.1

* 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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