2008 in Review: Preseason QB and RB Rankings

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With the fantasy football season winding down, we decided to take a look back at our preseason rankings and see how we did.

Naturally you'll see quite a few where we messed up terribly, but others where we seemed to be clairvoyant.

We'll start with quarterbacks and running backs today, and finish up with wide receivers and tight ends on Monday.

Have a great weekend.

QUARTERBACKS


Tom Brady- New England Patriots

Don't think I even need to explain this one, but could you have imagined your number one pick going down before he even played a half?

This was the Titanic of first overall picks. Did he sink your ship?


Tony Romo- Dallas Cowboys - Had some great games, but too inconsistent.

Peyton Manning- Indianapolis Colts - Could be the MVP, came on strong late.

Drew Brees- New Orleans Saints - Stud on a bad team.

Ben Roethlisberger- Pittsburgh Steelers - Too vanilla for fantasy purposes.

Carson Palmer- Cincinnati Bengals - The Bengals = Bust.

Derek Anderson- Cleveland Browns - Ugh, not even playing.

Matt Hasselbeck- Seattle Seahawks - Hurt all season long, another bust.

Donavon McNabb- Philadelphia Eagles - He does what he does, up and down all year.

Brett Favre- New York Jets - The ol' gunslinger was reduced to a water gun.

Phillip Rivers- San Diego Chargers - Wow, should have been at or near the top.

Jay Cutler- Denver Broncos - Big play potential, but too often a big bust.

David Garrard- Jacksonville Jaguars - Consistent, but consistently average.

Aaron Rodgers- Green Bay Packers - Who knew? Should have been right after Rivers.

Marc Bulger- St. Louis Rams - They suck and so too does Bulger.

Kurt Warner- Arizona Cardinals - The old man delivered, but disappointed late.

Eli Manning- New York Giants - Um, higher on the list for sure.

Jason Campbell- Washington Redskins - Hot garbage.

Jon Kitna- Detroit Lions - Wouldn't even be on this list.

Matt Schaub- Houston Texans - If only he could stay healthy.

Jake Delhomme- Carolina Panthers - Definitely higher, average at best.

Jeff Garcia- Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Same as above.

Vince Young- Tennessee Titans - Benched and bust.

JaMarcus Russell- Oakland Raiders - Long way to go, will be here in 2009.



Matt Ryan- Atlanta Falcons

Biggest miss of 2008, but can you really blame us?

This kid was nothing short of a fantasy miracle in 2008 and will certainly be in the top tier in 2009. His abilities combined with a powerful running game and a corps receivers led by Roddy White is just too good to pass up.

Expect big things from Ryan in the years to come.


Chad Pennington- Miami Dolphins - Another surprise, moving on up.

Kyle Orton- Chicago Bears - Blah, the future is unknown for the K.O. Kid.

JT O'Sullivan- San Francisco 49ers -Benched.

Trent Edwards- Buffalo Bills - Benched.

Brodie Croyle- Kansas City Chiefs - Benched.

Troy Smith- Baltimore Ravens - Never saw the field.

Tarvaris Jackson- Minnesota Vikings - Garbage.




RUNNING BACKS

LaDanian Tomlinson - San Diego Chargers

Will the real L.T. please stand up?

Devolved into a RB2 at best by season's end, L.T. just never got it in gear this season. The Chargers have morphed into a pass happy team and L.T. never had a chance. He'll be much, much lower on the draft boards in 2009.


Adrian Peterson - Minnesota Vikings - The undisputed number one pick in 2009.

Joseph Addai - Indianapolis Colts - Unbelievable bust, lost job to Dominic Rhodes.

Stephen Jackson - St. Louis Rams - Bad team = Bad Fantasy back.

Brian Westbrook - Philadelphia Eagles - Still one of the best, same spot next year.

Marion Barber - Dallas Cowboys - Is that physical running style catching up to him?

Frank Gore - San Francisco 49ers - More injuries, more of the same.

Larry Johnson - Kansas City Chiefs - Much lower in 2009.

Marshawn Lynch - Buffalo Bills - Stayed consistent, need more TD's in 2009.

Clinton Portis - Washington Redskins - Absolute stud, when they give him the ball.

Earnest Graham - Tampa Bay Bucs - Monumental bust.

Ryan Grant - Green Bay Packers - Not much better, not much worse. Steady as she goes.

Brandon Jacobs - New York Giants - Much higher on the list, he's a monster.

Maurice Jones-Drew - Jacksonville Jaguars - No Fred Taylor = Big things in 2009.

Laurence Maroney - New England Patriots - Never again.

Jamal Lewis - Cleveland Browns - Much lower, third stringer on 2009 fantasy squads.


Michael Turner - Atlanta Falcons

You could argue Turner should be in consideration for the number one overall pick in 2009. He's been a touchdown machine (16) this season and has the ability to go off against even the best defenses in the NFL.

The Falcons will only get better from here and that all starts with 'The Burner'. We may have missed on how well he was going to do, but we were definitely big fans from start to finish.


Ronnie Brown - Miami Dolphins - A little too low, but a nice year for R.B.

Reggie Bush - New Orleans Saints - Perfect spot, too many injuries.

Darren McFadden - Oakland Raiders - He's only going to get better.

Willis McGahee - Baltimore Ravens - Too much Le'Ron and not enough Willis.

Willie Parker - Pittsburgh Steelers - Fast Willie is quickly becoming a bust.

Selvin Young - Denver Broncos - Never trust Denver running backs again.


Matt Forte - Chicago Bears

The Windy City has found its savior at running back and his name is Matt Forte.

This kid has been the focal point of the Bears offensive attack from the word go and hasn't looked back. He managed to produce over 1,600 all purpose yards and 12 TDs. Let's just hope the Bears get him some help and don't burn him out too soon.


Edgerrin James - Arizona Cardinals - Lost his job, new digs in 2009.

Julius Jones - Seattle Seahawks - Bad is when you lose your gig to Maurice Morris.

Thomas Jones - New York Jets - What a beast, top ten next year for sure.

Kevin Smith - Detroit Lions - Surprised a lot of people on a very bad team.

Jonathan Stewart - Carolina Panthers - The future in Carolina, too low here.

LenDale White - Tennessee Titans - Same thing as always, low yards, tons of TDs.

Chris Johnson - Tennessee Titans - Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay off.

Chris Perry - Cincinnati Bengals - Ha, lost his job to CEDRIC BENSON!

Ray Rice - Baltimore Ravens - Nice complimentary back, but too high on this list.

Fred Taylor - Jacksonville Jaguars - Fragile Freddie looks like he may be done.


DeAngelo Williams - Carolina Panthers

I made the mistake of not trusting my instincts and listened to the pundits who gave up on DeAngelo way too soon.

He never really had a true shot to shine in Carolina after being drafted out of Memphis. Sharing time with Jonathan Stewart hasn't limited Williams in the least, but who knows what will happen in the future.

But one thing's for sure, Williams has been one of the best fantasy back in 2008 and we didn't give him enough credit before the season started. I can promise we won't make that mistake again.


Ahmad Bradshaw - New York Giants - Had his moments, but this was right.

Justin Fargas - Oakland Raiders - Sturdy, but not enough.

Rashard Mendenhall - Pittsburgh Steelers - Lesson learned: Don't trash talk the Ravens.

Deuce McAllister - New Orleans Saints - Wouldn't even make the list.

Chester Taylor - Minnesota Vikings - A little higher, produced even as a backup.

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