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Shuffle Up and Deal: NFL ranks, rest-of-season

Scott Pianowski
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Things change fast in the NFL and one of the objectives to fantasy players is to figure out the new landscape quicker than the opposition. With that in mind, I'll be presenting to you weekly position ranks based on "rest of the season" value. What's already happened matters only as an audition; this list would be my cheatsheet if I had a new draft tonight. Your intelligent disagreement is most welcome in the comments, and will help all of us going forward; offer critiques all you want, but attach some logical reasoning with it. Dig in. Rules and specs on the ranks are tagged at the bottom of the post.

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Quarterbacks

  1. Drew Brees
  2. Peyton Manning
  3. Jay Cutler
  4. Kurt Warner
  5. Donovan McNabb
  6. Aaron Rodgers
  7. Philip Rivers
  8. Ben Roethlisberger
  9. Matt Schaub
  10. Eli Manning
  11. Tony Romo
  12. Brett Favre
  13. Jake Delhomme
  14. Kyle Orton
  15. David Garrard
  16. Trent Edwards
  17. Matt Ryan
  18. Jason Campbell
  19. J.T. O'Sullivan
  20. Chad Pennington
  21. Jeff Garcia
  22. Gus Frerotte
  23. Marc Bulger
  24. Matt Hasselbeck
  25. Matt Cassel
  26. Derek Anderson
  27. JaMarcus Russell
  28. Joe Flacco
  29. Kerry Collins
  30. Brady Quinn
  31. Dan Orlovsky
  32. Brad Johnson
  33. Ryan Fitzpatrick
  34. Tyler Thigpen
  35. Matt Leinart
  36. Sage Rosenfels
  37. Kevin Kolb
  38. Brian Griese
  39. Seneca Wallace
  40. Carson Palmer
  41. Drew Stanton
  42. Vince Young
  43. Byron Leftwich

Comments: Enjoy the set-up, Cutler owners: The Broncos defense can't stop anyone (and things get worse with the Champ Bailey injury), and Cutler is tied to a strong receiving group and one of the best offensive minds in the NFL . . . I'll be surprised if Palmer plays again this year . . . I'm totally sold on Ryan long-term, but he might hit a little bit of a rookie wall as teams get more pro film on him . . . You have to figure Quinn will start sooner or later in 2008, but that doesn't mean he'll be a smash right out of the box. Cleveland also has one of the harder schedules in the league.

Running Backs

  1. Clinton Portis
  2. Adrian Peterson
  3. Marion Barber
  4. Frank Gore
  5. Brian Westbrook
  6. Michael Turner
  7. Steven Jackson
  8. Brandon Jacobs
  9. Marshawn Lynch
  10. Matt Forte
  11. Chris Johnson
  12. Maurice Jones-Drew
  13. Ronnie Brown
  14. LaDainian Tomlinson
  15. Steve Slaton
  16. Willie Parker
  17. Thomas Jones
  18. Jamal Lewis
  19. Ryan Grant
  20. Reggie Bush
  21. Joseph Addai
  22. Edgerrin James
  23. Jonathan Stewart
  24. Earnest Graham
  25. Willis McGahee
  26. LenDale White
  27. DeAngelo Williams
  28. Julius Jones
  29. Darren McFadden
  30. Larry Johnson
  31. Derrick Ward
  32. Sammy Morris
  33. Warrick Dunn
  34. Kevin Smith
  35. Tim Hightower
  36. Michael Pittman
  37. Deuce McAllister
  38. Justin Fargas
  39. Le'Ron McClain
  40. Ricky Williams
  41. Dominic Rhodes
  42. Correll Buckhalter
  43. Felix Jones
  44. Jerious Norwood
  45. Chester Taylor
  46. Mewelde Moore
  47. Ahman Green
  48. Fred Taylor
  49. Ryan Torain
  50. Fred Jackson
  51. Jamaal Charles
  52. Cedric Benson
  53. Brandon Jackson
  54. Maurice Morris
  55. Selvin Young
  56. Kenny Watson
  57. Darren Sproles
  58. Kevin Faulk
  59. Rudi Johnson
  60. Leon Washington
  61. Pierre Thomas
  62. Ray Rice
  63. Ahmad Bradshaw
  64. Jerome Harrison
  65. Kevin Jones
  66. Shaun Alexander
  67. Michael Bush
  68. BenJarvus Green-Ellis
  69. DeShaun Foster
  70. Ladell Betts
  71. Chris Perry
  72. Lorenzo Booker
  73. Aaron Stecker
  74. LaMont Jordan
  75. Andre Hall
  76. Cadillac Williams
  77. Jason Wright
Comments: As much as I'm enjoying the Portis 2008 run, I'm a bit concerned at where he might be by the end of the year. He led the league in carries last season (albeit 325 isn't a monster total), and he's headed for a gigantic count this time around . . . Jones-Drew would jump 5-7 spots if the Jags would commit to him being their featured guy. Still, watch out for this guy and this team, especially off the bye and with the line coming around . . . Grant's been getting stats from the volume of his work, but the 2007 version has yet to show up.

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Wide Receiver

  1. Larry Fitzgerald
  2. Andre Johnson
  3. Brandon Marshall
  4. Reggie Wayne
  5. Greg Jennings
  6. Steve Smith
  7. Roddy White
  8. Terrell Owens
  9. Plaxico Burress
  10. Lee Evans
  11. Randy Moss
  12. Calvin Johnson
  13. Anquan Boldin
  14. Marques Colston
  15. Hines Ward
  16. Santonio Holmes
  17. Santana Moss
  18. Braylon Edwards
  19. Bernard Berrian
  20. Laveranues Coles
  21. Jerricho Cotchery
  22. Donald Driver
  23. DeSean Jackson
  24. Dwayne Bowe
  25. Wes Welker
  26. Vincent Jackson
  27. Chris Chambers
  28. T.J. Houshmandzadeh
  29. Eddie Royal
  30. Torry Holt
  31. Marvin Harrison
  32. Chad Johnson
  33. Kevin Curtis
  34. Isaac Bruce
  35. Roy Williams
  36. Steve Breaston
  37. Greg Camarillo
  38. Kevin Walter
  39. Derrick Mason
  40. Devin Hester
  41. Anthony Gonzalez
  42. Muhsin Muhammad
  43. Antonio Bryant
  44. Reggie Brown
  45. Josh Morgan
  46. Jerry Porter
  47. Lance Moore
  48. Donnie Avery
  49. Joey Galloway
  50. Bobby Engram
  51. Steve Smith
  52. Antwaan Randle El
  53. Rashied Davis
  54. Justin Gage
  55. Brandon Lloyd
  56. Patrick Crayton
  57. Donte Stallworth
  58. Matt Jones
  59. Devery Henderson
  60. Amani Toomer
  61. Ted Ginn Jr.
  62. Bobby Wade
  63. Brandon Stokley
  64. Bryant Johnson
  65. Ike Hilliard
  66. Josh Reed
  67. Mike Furrey
  68. Mike Walker
  69. Javon Walker
  70. Domenik Hixon
  71. Reggie Williams
  72. Michael Jenkins
  73. Shaun McDonald
  74. Nate Washington
  75. James Hardy
  76. Mark Clayton
  77. Johnnie Lee Higgins
  78. Chansi Stuckey
  79. Sidney Rice
  80. Robert Meachem
  81. Jordy Nelson
  82. Chris Henry
  83. Antonio Chatman
  84. D.J. Hackett
  85. Deion Branch
  86. Arnaz Battle
  87. Ronald Curry
  88. Harry Douglas
  89. Miles Austin
  90. Koren Robinson
  91. Jabar Gaffney
  92. David Patten
  93. Sinorice Moss
  94. James Thrash
  95. Chaz Schilens

Comments: I want to rank Bowe higher, I really do, but the Thigpen story curbs my enthusiasm . . . Ward and Coles are excellent cautionary tales about 1 and 1A receivers - when teammates are very close at the WR spot, take the second guy at the cheaper price. . . When you make a list that includes Schilens on it, okay, maybe it's going too far . . . Galloway is giving off that "Waiting For Guffman" vibe - I'm not convinced the payoff is going to come. Don't forget that Jon Gruden plans to keep Bryant in the split end role.

Tight End

  1. Jason Witten
  2. Antonio Gates
  3. Owen Daniels
  4. Chris Cooley
  5. Dallas Clark
  6. Greg Olsen
  7. Kellen Winslow
  8. Tony Gonzalez
  9. Jeremy Shockey
  10. Zach Miller
  11. Tony Scheffler
  12. Bo Scaife
  13. Heath Miller
  14. Anthony Fasano
  15. John Carlson
  16. Donald Lee
  17. Dustin Keller
  18. L.J. Smith
  19. Steve Heiden
  20. Marcedes Lewis
  21. Visanthe Shiancoe
  22. Vernon Davis
  23. Alex Smith
  24. Todd Heap
  25. Kevin Boss
  26. Alge Crumpler
  27. Chris Baker
  28. David Martin
  29. Jerramy Stevens
  30. Benjamin Watson
  31. Robert Royal
  32. Reggie Kelly
  33. Dante Rosario
  34. Leonard Pope
  35. Joe Klopfenstein
  36. Nate Jackson

Comments: I'm far from a player apologist and I think the Smith, Burress and Johnson suspensions were all merited, but I don't understand why the Browns are hitting Winslow in this case. I'm on K2's side all the way . . . Lewis has some sleeper value for the second half, a third-year tight end who's finally getting the hang of the pro game. The mediocre Jacksonville receivers also tie into the story.

Kicker

  1. John Kasay
  2. Nate Kaeding
  3. Josh Scobee
  4. Matt Prater
  5. Rob Bironas
  6. Robbie Gould
  7. Ryan Longwell
  8. Matt Bryant
  9. Rian Lindell
  10. *Carney/Tynes
  11. Mason Crosby
  12. Jeff Reed
  13. Nick Folk
  14. Kris Brown
  15. Adam Vinatieri
  16. Jason Elam
  17. Stephen Gostkowski
  18. Shaun Suisham
  19. David Akers
  20. Josh Brown
  21. Taylor Mehlhaff
  22. *Nugent/Feely
  23. Neil Rackers
  24. Joe Nedney
  25. Matt Stover
  26. Sebastian Janikowski
  27. Phil Dawson
  28. Olindo Mare
  29. Shayne Graham
  30. Dan Carpenter
  31. Jason Hanson
  32. Connor Barth

Comments: A context position all the way, make sure you're getting a four-quarter kicker tied to a winning club . . . You get the idea Tynes cost himself a Week 8 start by leaking news to the media. That said, it doesn't look like the Giants are long-term committed to Carney . . . The two Browns get bumped up as their offenses show improvement.

Defense

  1. Tennessee Titans
  2. Philadelphia Eagles
  3. New York Giants
  4. Chicago Bears
  5. Pittsburgh Steelers
  6. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  7. Baltimore Ravens
  8. Minnesota Vikings
  9. Buffalo Bills
  10. San Diego Chargers
  11. Carolina Panthers
  12. Arizona Cardinals
  13. New Orleans Saints
  14. Green Bay Packers
  15. New York Jets
  16. Indianapolis Colts
  17. Miami Dolphins
  18. Washington Redskins
  19. Dallas Cowboys
  20. Jacksonville Jaguars
  21. Seattle Seahawks
  22. Oakland Raiders
  23. San Francisco 49ers
  24. Atlanta Falcons
  25. New England Patriots
  26. Houston Texans
  27. Cleveland Browns
  28. Denver Broncos
  29. St. Louis Rams
  30. Cincinnati Bengals
  31. Detroit Lions
  32. Kansas City Chiefs

Comments: It's all about getting after the quarterback at this position, and a big part of that is having a fourth-quarter lead where the pass rushers can tee off and attack the pocket. Get your defense from a winning club if you can . . . Have the Chiefs been playing 7-on-11 at times this year? It sure looks like that on my set.

Ranking Rules and Disclaimers: Assume a yardage/touchdown format, no points per reception. Defensive ranks do not consider special-teams scoring. Player values will fluctuate from league-to-league based on league rules and size, owner personalities and biases, and 1,001 other small factors that you'll know better in your group than I will, removed from it. Weekly ranks are a totally different animal from season-long ranks; the Yahoo! staff releases week-specific ranks on Friday. For another take on season-long value (with a deeper look at player stats and trends), check out Brandon Funston's Big Board.

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