All defensive rankings by position through Week 8

October 29, 2008

OK, the link to the PDF for rankings through Week 8 is below. I’ve included the explanation of scoring again below, but one note on that: I eliminated the negative points for missed field goals because when you look at misses as opposed to blocks, plus weather elements involved, it seems to me to be too fluky to be meaningful for these rankings — much like the random QB rushing touchdowns that I don’t count in the points allowed to QB’s, because there really aren’t any “rushing” quarterbacks a la Mike Vick out there and really for lineup purposes fantasy owners need to know how defenses do defending the pass.


 Here’s another breakdown of the scoring: 4 pts per passing TD, 6 pts per rushing and receiving TDs, 1 point per reception, .02 pts per passing yard, .05 pts per rushing/receiving yard, -1 for INTs.

The quarterback scoring is based on ALL QBs that play in a game. So if Damon Huard, Tyler Thigpen and Brodie Croyle all play, their yards, TDs and INTs are all added together.

No. 1 and No. 2 WRs are based on the depth chart and their scoring tallied as such. In-game injuries are not taken into account, but if a usual No. 2 or No. 1 receiver misses a game, everyone is bumped up accordingly.

No. 3 WRs includes ALL WRs who are not No. 1 or No. 2 receivers. So if five other receivers tally stats in a game, all five of them are added together to get the final numbers.

Primary running back is whichever running back tallies the most carries in that particular game. So for teams that go with two-back systems, the No. 1 back could change on a weekly basis. The secondary backs stats tally all the rest of the runners who put up statistics in that particular game.

Tight ends are like quarterbacks in that ALL tight end statistics accumulated in any game are considered in the scoring.

Kickers are simply three points per field goal and one point per extra point.

Note: I do not factor in lost fumbles in these numbers, so there is some slight deviation as a result. However, the difference is not enough to make any significant impact on the rankings.


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