Fantasy Football Rankings

Ranking Fantasy Football

This is the 4th year in our series of articles listing the final yearly rankings for the fantasy football positions. For every year since 2005, we’ve posted numbers for the players, so you can see a several year arc of numbers and see how much turnover there is in the Top 25 at each position. Most fantasy football magazines show numbers for the last three years. You can go back four years with our lists.

Note the differences between 2005 and 2008, and remember that four years ago won’t have much of an effect on 2009. When looking over several seasons of numbers, try to pick out trends and realize that the best fantasy football owners aren’t slaves to last year’s numbers. Football players get old quick, which looking at the fantasy rankings from 2005 and 2006 should show you.

Fantasy Football Rankings for 2008

The rankings for 2008 are based on weekly performances during the 2008 NFL regular season, ranging from Week 1 all the way through Week 17. Here is the scoring system used to compile these numbers:

  • 1 point per 25 yards passing
  • 1 point per 10 yards rushing or receiving
  • 6 points for rushing, receiving or passing touchdowns
  • 2 points for rushing, receiving or passing 2-point conversions
  • 1 point per reception
  • 1 point per fumble recovery
  • 1 point per interception
  • 1 point per sack
  • 2 points per safety
  • 6 points for a kick return TD or punt return TD
  • 6 points for a defensive touchdown
  • Defensive score based on points allowed to opposing team
    0-2 point = 21, 3-6 = 17, 7-9 = 14, 10-13 = 10, 14-17 = 7, 18-20 = 3

2008 Top Fantasy Football Quarterbacks

1. Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – 412
2. Kurt Warner – Arizona Cardinals – 372
3. Philip Rivers – San Diego Chargers – 370
4. Jay Cutler – Chicago Bears – 366
5. Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – 366
6. Peyton Manning – Indianapolis Colts – 326
7. Donovan McNabb – Philadelphia Eagles – 313
8. Matt Cassel – New England Patriots – 309
9. Tony Romo – Dallas Cowboys – 290
10. Brett Favre – New York Jets – 272
11. David Garrard – Jacksonville Jaguars – 269
12. Tyler Thigpen – Kansas City Chiefs – 268
13. Chad Pennington – Miami Dolphins – 263
14. Eli Manning – New York Giants – 255
15. Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers – 246
16. Kyle Orton – Chicago Bears – 243
17. Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – 242
18. Matt Schaub – Houston Texans – 233
19. Jason Campbell – Washington Redskins – 227
20. Joe Flacco – Baltimore Ravens – 227
21. Jake Delhomme – Carolina Panthers – 225
22. Trent Edwards – Buffalo Bills – 193
23. Jeff Garcia – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – 193
24. Jamarcus Russell – Oakland Raiders – 185
25. Kerry Collins – Tennessee Titans – 178

Fantasy Football Running Backs – 2008 Rankings

1. DeAngelo Williams – Carolina Panthers – 300
2. Matt Forte – Chicago Bears – 292
3. Michael Turner – Atlanta Falcons – 284
4. Adrian Peterson – Minnesota Vikings – 271
5. Maurice Jones-Drew – Jacksonville Jaguars – 269
6. Brian Westbrook – Philadelphia Eagles – 268
7. Steve Slaton – Houston Texans – 267
8. Thomas Jones – New York Jets – 268
9. Ladainian Tomlinson – San Diego Chargers – 264
10. Clinton Portis – Washington Redskins – 242
11. Chris Johnson – Tennessee Titans – 240
12. Steven Jackson – St. Louis Rams – 227
13. Marion Barber – Dallas Cowboys – 226
14. Marshawn Lynch – Buffalo Bills – 223
15. Frank Gore – San Francisco 49ers – 222
16. Kevin Smith – Detroit Lions – 202
17. Ronnie Brown – Miami Dolphins – 201
18. Brandon Jacobs – New York Giants – 198
19. Derrick Ward – New York Giants – 185
20. Reggie Bush – New Orleans Saints – 183
21. Pierre Thomas – New Orleans Saints – 181
22. Kevin Faulk – New England Patriots – 178
23. Le’Ron McClain – Baltimore Ravens – 178
24. Dominic Rhodes – Indianapolis Colts – 175
25. Ryan Grant – Green Bay Packers – 171

Wide Receivers Rankings – 2008 NFL Regular Season

1. Andre Johnson – Houston Texans – 320
2. Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona Cardinals – 312
3. Calvin Johnson – Detroit Lions – 281
4. Roddy White – Atlanta Falcons – 265
5. Brandon Marshall – Denver Broncos – 262
6. Anquan Boldin – Arizona Cardinals – 261
7. Greg Jennings – Green Bay Packers – 261
8. Steve Smith – Carolina Panthers – 257
9. Antonio Bryant – Tampa Bay Bucs – 245
10. Wes Welker – New England Patriots – 242
11. Terrell Owens – Dallas Cowboys – 230
12. Randy Moss – New England Patriots – 228
13. Reggie Wayne – Indianapolis Colts – 226
14. Lance Moore – New Orleans Saints – 225
15. Eddie Royal – Denver Broncos – 225
16. Santana Moss – Washington Redskins – 223
17. Dwayne Bowe – Kansas City Chiefs – 222
18. Hines Ward – Pittsburgh Steelers – 221
19. Vincent Jackson – San Diego Chargers – 210
20. Derrick Mason – Baltimore Ravens – 210
21. T.J. Houshmandzadeh – Seattle Seahawks – 199
22. Donald Driver – Green Bay Packers – 198
23. Laveranues Coles – New York Jets – 191
24. Kevin Walter – Houston Texans – 190
25. Steve Breaston – Arizona Cardinals – 189

2008 Tight End Rankings – Fantasy Football

1. Tony Gonzales – Kansas City Chiefs – 254
2. Jason Witten – Dallas Cowboys – 195
3. Dallas Clark – Indianapolis Colts – 191
4. Antonio Gates – San Diego Chargers – 171
5. Chris Cooley – Washington Redskins – 166
6. Owen Daniels – Houston Texans – 162
7. John Carlson – Seattle Seahawks – 141
8. Visanthe Shiancoe – Minnesota Vikings – 137
9. Greg Olsen – Chicago Bears – 135
10. Zach Miller – Oakland Raiders – 133
11. Tony Scheffler – Denver Broncos – 119
12. bo Scaife – Tennessee Titans – 117
13. Anthony Fasano – Miami Dolphins – 114
14. Dustin Keller – New York Jets – 112
15. Heath Miller – Pittsburgh Steelers – 112
16. Billy Miller – New Orleans Saints – 104
17. Kevin Boss – New York Giants – 102
18. Kellen Winslow – Cleveland Browns – 100
19. Marcedes Lewis – Jacksonville Jaguars – 95
20. Jeremy Shockey – New Orleans Saints – 93
21. Donald Lee – Green Bay Packers – 92
22. Daniel Graham – Denver Broncos – 89
23. David Martin – Miami Dolphins – 89
24. Todd Heap – Baltimore Ravens – 86
25. Jerramy Stevens – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – 83

Top Ranked Team Defenses – 2008 Fantasy Football Season

1. Baltimore Ravens Defense – 260
2. Philadelphia Eagles Defense – 251
3. Pittburgh Steelers Defense – 249
4. Tennessee Titans Defense – 223
5. Minnesota Vikings Defense – 204
6. Miami Dolphins Defense – 200
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Defense – 199
8. New York Jets Defense – 199
9. New York Giants Defense – 197
10. Indianapolis Colts Defense – 186
11. Dallas Cowboys Defense – 184
12. Carolina Panthers Defense – 174
13. Chicago Bears Defense – 167
14. Arizona Cardinals Defense – 155
15. Oakland Raiders Defense – 155
16. Green Bay Packers Defense – 153
17. Cleveland Browns Defense- 151
18. New England Patriots Defense – 151
19. Washington Redskins Defense – 147
20. San Diego Chargers Defense – 145
21. Cincinnati Bengals Defense – 144
22. Buffalo Bills Defense – 142
23. Atlanta Falcons Defense – 134
24. San Francisco 49ers Defense – 129
25. Seattle Seahawks Defense – 126

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