Commentary

Engel's 2007 Rankings: A-Pete is Numero Uno

Updated: November 6, 2007, 6:08 PM ET
By Scott Engel | ESPN.com

Each week, I will update my overall fantasy football player rankings for the 2007 season. These yearly ratings are overall in-season rankings of how players are currently valued. They are not weekly lineup recommendations. They serve as a handy reference tool to make trades and decisions on long-term starters.

Last week's rankings are in parentheses for each player.

Quarterbacks
1. Tom Brady, Patriots (1)
2. Peyton Manning, Colts (2)
3. Tony Romo, Cowboys (3)
4. Derek Anderson, Browns (4)
5. Carson Palmer, Bengals (5)
6. Matt Hasselbeck, Seahawks (6)
7. Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers (7)
8. Brett Favre, Packers (8)
9. Drew Brees, Saints (10)
10. Jeff Garcia, Buccaneers (9)
11. Jon Kitna, Lions (13)
12. Donovan McNabb, Eagles (12)
13. Brian Griese, Bears (14)
14. Jay Cutler, Broncos (11)
15. Eli Manning, Giants (16)
16. Marc Bulger, Rams (17)
17. Damon Huard, Chiefs (21)
18. Kellen Clemens, Jets (22)
19. Philip Rivers, Chargers (15)
20. David Garrard, Jaguars (20)
21. Jason Campbell, Redskins (18)
22. Matt Schaub, Texans (NR)
23. Vince Young, Titans (23)
24. Kurt Warner, Cardinals (24)
25. Cleo Lemon, Dolphins (25)
NOTES: The top eight remains unchanged. Hasselbeck will continue to carry the Seattle offense and gets Deion Branch back this week. I would not sell high on Roethlisberger. He will continue to be steady and sometimes spectacular. Brees is back inside the top 10 again. He has come a long way from near the bottom of the list over the past few weeks. Kitna will produce some good numbers now that he is getting more help from the defense and running game in Detroit. He might have less upside week to week, but he also will cut down on the turnovers. Huard is looking like a quality emergency plug-in, and Clemens looked poised and confident in his first start. Campbell is sliding, and the bye week could mean an upward leap for Matt Schaub. The first-year starter will rise again when he returns and has Andre Johnson back, which could happen as soon as Nov. 18 (Week 11). Lemon still is the starter in Miami, and while J.P. Losman is a decent starting option this week, he just missed the list because he might not keep the starting job.

Running Backs
1. Adrian Peterson, Vikings (5)
2. LaDainian Tomlinson, Chargers (1)
3. Joseph Addai, Colts (2)
4. Brian Westbrook, Eagles (4)
5. Willie Parker, Steelers (3)
6. Marshawn Lynch, Bills (9)
7. Clinton Portis, Redskins (10)
8. Willis McGahee, Ravens (7)
9. Reggie Bush, Saints (13)
10. Brandon Jacobs, Giants (12)
11. Larry Johnson, Chiefs (6)
12. LenDale White, Titans (16)
13. Marion Barber, Cowboys (14)
14. Edgerrin James, Cardinals (8)
15. Maurice Jones-Drew, Jaguars (11)
16. Kevin Jones, Lions (15)
17. Jamal Lewis, Browns (23)
18. Jesse Chatman, Dolphins (18)
19. Frank Gore, 49ers (17)
20. Steven Jackson, Rams (20)
21. Earnest Graham, Buccaneers (28)
22. Justin Fargas, Raiders (41)
23. Travis Henry, Broncos (21)
24. Laurence Maroney, Patriots (24)
25. DeShaun Foster, Panthers (27)
26. Thomas Jones, Jets (22)
27. Cedric Benson, Bears (25)
28. Shaun Alexander, Seahawks (19)
29. Kenny Watson, Bengals (24)
30. Rudi Johnson, Bengals (29)
31. Fred Taylor, Jaguars (32)
32. Chester Taylor, Vikings (34)
33. Selvin Young, Broncos (31)
34. Ryan Grant, Packers (36)
35. Michael Robinson, 49ers (NR)
36. Priest Holmes, Chiefs (NR)
37. Derrick Ward, Giants (39)
38. Julius Jones, Cowboys (44)
39. Maurice Hicks, 49ers (NR)
40. Ahman Green, Texans (42)
41. Warrick Dunn, Falcons (46)
42. Kevin Faulk, Patriots (47)
43. Kolby Smith, Chiefs (NR)
44. Ron Dayne, Texans (49)
45. Jerious Norwood, Falcons (40)
46. DeAngelo Williams, Panthers (38)
47. Kenton Keith, Colts (37)
48. Brian Leonard, Rams (35)
49. Musa Smith, Ravens (NR)
50. Chris Brown, Titans (NR)
NOTES: Peterson now tops the list for the first time this season, especially after quieting minor concerns that he was starting to slip. Lynch is very dependable and is getting better as the season progresses. Larry Johnson and McGahee are certainly on shaky ground at their current ranks because of health concerns. Bush has become very reliable, and White has emerged as a quality fantasy starter. Jamal Lewis boosted his value but must work to stay in the top 20. Chatman should move closer to the top 15 by next week. Graham is settling nicely into his starting role, and Fargas should do the same. Henry is struggling but is still capable of turning things around. Thomas Jones and Alexander should be started only in leagues larger than 12 teams right now. We will have to wait and see how things continue to develop in the Cincinnati backfield. Michael Robinson looked promising in Gore's place this past week. Holmes is worth adding, but Kolby Smith could turn out to be more productive. Holmes will get the first shot to start for an injured Johnson, though, because he has the edge in experience. Obviously, I'm not buying into one good performance from Warrick Dunn.

Wide Receivers
1. Randy Moss, Patriots (1)
2. T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Bengals (2)
3. Braylon Edwards, Browns (3)
4. Plaxico Burress, Giants (4)
5. Terrell Owens, Cowboys (7)
6. Reggie Wayne, Colts (5)
7. Wes Welker, Patriots (10)
8. Torry Holt, Rams (8)
9 Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals (11)
10. Chad Johnson, Bengals (9)
11. Steve Smith, Panthers (6)
12. Greg Jennings, Packers (29)
13. Santonio Holmes, Steelers (21)
14. Deion Branch, Seahawks (17)
15. Marques Colston, Saints (27)
16. Jerricho Cotchery, Jets (15)
17. Laveranues Coles, Jets (14)
18. Joey Galloway, Buccaneers (31)
19. Dwayne Bowe, Chiefs (13)
20. Roy Williams, Lions (12)
21. Andre Johnson, Texans (24)
22. Brandon Marshall, Broncos (22)
23. Donald Driver, Packers (18)
24. Hines Ward, Steelers (16)
25. Kevin Curtis, Eagles (25)
26. Marvin Harrison, Colts (23)
27. Anquan Boldin, Cardinals (20)
28. Donte' Stallworth, Patriots (28)
29. Lee Evans, Bills (37)
30. Roddy White (30)
31. Derrick Mason, Ravens (26)
32. David Patten, Saints (39)
33. Bobby Engram, Seahawks (35)
34. Brandon Stokley, Broncos (38)
35. Ike Hilliard, Buccaneers (36)
36. D.J. Hackett, Seahawks (NR)
37. Chris Chambers, Dolphins (33)
38. Calvin Johnson, Lions (34)
39. Kevin Walter, Texans (32)
40. Chris Henry, Bengals (NR)
41. Andre Davis, Texans (45)
42. Shaun McDonald, Lions (NR)
43. Muhsin Muhammad, Bears (41)
44. Nate Burleson, Seahawks (44)
45. Bernard Berrian, Bears (46)
46. James Jones, Packers (43)
47. Ronald Curry, Raiders (42)
48. Santana Moss, Redskins (47)
49. Arnaz Battle, 49ers (48)
50. Antwaan Randle El (49)
NOTES: Owens is really coming on strong, and there is seemingly no way for defenses to contain Welker. Fitzgerald just needs to score more. Steve Smith is falling fast. Jennings and Santonio Holmes have earned their spots in the top 15 and must work to keep them. Colston has re-emerged as a top receiver. Branch is expected to return this week and will instantly deliver good numbers again. Galloway is getting hot again, but consistency has been an issue. Andre Johnson is set to return after the bye; acquire him now if you can get him. Evans won't be dependable the rest of the year but can take advantage of good matchups. Patten is becoming quite reliable. Engram's production might fade with the Branch return, but Hackett is looking good and will overshadow Burleson at split end for the Seahawks. Henry can move up fast now that's he's back from suspension, but he has missed half of the season and must earn a higher rating first.

Tight Ends
1. Antonio Gates, Chargers (1)
2. Tony Gonzalez, Chiefs (4)
3. Jason Witten, Cowboys (3)
4. Dallas Clark, Colts (2)
5. Kellen Winslow, Browns (5)
6. Chris Cooley, Redskins (6)
7. Jeremy Shockey, Giants (7)
8. Heath Miller, Steelers (8)
9. Vernon Davis, 49ers (9)
10. Greg Olsen, Bears (10)
11. Donald Lee, Packers (16)
12. Owen Daniels, Texans (12)
13. Todd Heap, Ravens (11)
14. Benjamin Watson, Patriots (13)
15. Desmond Clark, Bears (15)
16. Jeff King, Panthers (14)
17. Tony Scheffler, Broncos (17)
18. Eric Johnson, Saints (18)
19. Alge Crumpler, Falcons (19)
20. Kyle Brady, Patriots (20)
21. L.J. Smith, Eagles (23)
22. Matt Spaeth, Steelers (21)
23. Chris Baker, Jets (NR)
24. Visanthe Shiancoe (22)
25. Randy McMichael, Rams (25)
NOTES: Gates had an off week but remains on top. Gonzalez, however, has been playing great and has displaced Dallas Clark for second place. Witten remains firm in third, and Winslow could rise at any time. Davis is looking like a regular starter again, and Lee is underrated and solid, especially if you don't own one of the top 10 guys. Watson was quiet in his return to action but should rise quickly in the near future.

Kickers
1. Nick Folk, Cowboys (1)
2. Stephen Gostkowski, Patriots (2)
3. Adam Vinatieri, Colts (3)
4. Jeff Reed, Steelers (5)
5. Mason Crosby, Packers (8)
6. Jason Hanson, Lions (9)
7. Matt Stover, Ravens (4)
8 Robbie Gould, Bears(7)
9. Shayne Graham, Bengals (6)
10. Josh Brown, Seahawks (12)
11. Phil Dawson, Browns (10)
12. Kris Brown, Texans (11)
13. Rob Bironas, Titans (22)
14. David Akers, Eagles (13)
15 Shaun Suisham, Redskins (20)
16 Neil Rackers, Cardinals (16)
17 Jay Feely, Miami (17)
18 Mike Nugent, N.Y. Jets (18)
19. Nate Kaeding, Chargers (14)
20 Jason Elam, Broncos (15)
21. Lawrence Tynes, Giants (19)
22 John Kasay, Panthers (21)
23. Dave Rayner, Chiefs (23)
24. Rian Lindell, Bills (24)
25. Ryan Longwell, Vikings (NR)
NOTES: Reed and Crosby should continue to stick in or close to the top 5 all year as Pittsburgh and Green Bay continue to roll up the points. Hanson's owners will continue to enjoy Detroit's success. Stover might continue to fall. Brown will be solid as Seattle throws the ball often, now that the running game is clearly dead. Bironas and Suisham will likely rise in the rankings.

Defense/Special Teams
1. Pittsburgh (1)
2. New England(3)
3. N.Y. Giants (4)
4. Green Bay (5)
5. Detroit (16)
6. Tennessee (14)
7. Baltimore (2)
8. Washington (8)
9. Chicago (6)
10. Indianapolis (9)
11. Tampa Bay (12)
12. Jacksonville (10)
13. Minnesota (11)
14. Kansas City (13)
15. New Orleans (18)
16. San Diego (7)
17. Seattle (15)
18. Dallas (17)
19. Denver (19)
20. Philadelphia (20)
21. Buffalo (24)
22. Carolina (21)
23. N.Y. Jets (25)
24. Oakland (23)
25. Arizona (22)
26. Houston (29)
27. Atlanta (26)
28. San Francisco (27)
29. Cleveland (30)
30. St. Louis (31)
31 Cincinnati (28)
32. Miami (32)
NOTES: Detroit gets the respect it deserves, as does Tennessee, which has played very physical. Defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth will keep the Titans near the top 5 all season long. Baltimore may continue to drop, and only Devin Hester is keeping the Bears clinging to a spot in the top 10. Keep your eye on the Saints. Defense has been a key part of their recent turnaround.

Scott Engel covers fantasy sports for ESPN.com. You can contact Scott here.

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