Commentary

Engel's 2007 Rankings: Anderson No. 4 QB

Updated: November 6, 2007, 5:31 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 (6)
5. Carson Palmer, Bengals (4)
6. Matt Hasselbeck, Seahawks (5)
7. Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers (7)
8. Brett Favre, Packers (10)
9. Jeff Garcia, Buccaneers (8)
10. Drew Brees, Saints (16)
11. Jay Cutler, Broncos (13)
12. Donovan McNabb, Eagles (14)
13. Jon Kitna, Lions (9)
14. Brian Griese, Bears (11)
15. Philip Rivers, Chargers (17)
16. Eli Manning, Giants (12)
17. Marc Bulger, Rams (25)
18. Jason Campbell, Redskins (15)
19. Matt Schaub, Texans (18)
20. David Garrard, Jaguars (19)
21. Damon Huard, Chiefs (21)
22. Kellen Clemens, Jets (NR)
23. Vince Young, Titans (22)
24. Kurt Warner, Cardinals (24)
25. Cleo Lemon, Dolphins (23)

NOTES: Anderson truly gets the respect he deserves and has cemented himself as one of the top quarterbacks. If you're still skeptical, go ahead and be skeptical, but I am not anymore. Favre has earned a minor boost again, but he remains on shaky ground in the top 10 and must prove he still belongs there. Brees has re-established himself as a good fantasy starter and should continue to climb a few spots in the weeks ahead. Cutler is providing his owners with respectable totals on a fairly consistent basis. Kitna continues to fall, and McNabb has played pretty well recently. Rivers should continue to rise up now that Chris Chambers will allow him to add more balance to the passing game. Bulger looked better this past week despite suffering a thumb injury that caused him to miss a bit of action, but his spot in the top 20 is anything but guaranteed. Schaub and Garrard are hurting, but they will be more valuable a few weeks from now. Clemens does have the potential to pump some life into the New York offense.

Running Backs

1. LaDainian Tomlinson, Chargers (1)
2. Joseph Addai, Colts (2)
3. Willie Parker, Steelers (6)
4. Brian Westbrook, Eagles (4)
5. Adrian Peterson, Vikings (3)
6. Larry Johnson, Chiefs (5)
7. Willis McGahee, Ravens (7)
8. Edgerrin James, Cardinals (8)
9. Marshawn Lynch, Bills (9)
10. Clinton Portis, Redskins (10)
11. Maurice Jones-Drew, Jaguars (11)
12. Brandon Jacobs, Giants (16)
13. Reggie Bush, Saints (15)
14. Marion Barber III, Cowboys (14)
15. Kevin Jones, Lions (17)
16. LenDale White, Titans (18)
17. Frank Gore, 49ers (13)
18. Jesse Chatman, Dolphins (25)
19. Shaun Alexander, Seahawks (19)
20. Steven Jackson, Rams (20)
21. Travis Henry, Broncos (12)
22. Thomas Jones, Jets (21)
23. Jamal Lewis, Browns (22)
24. Laurence Maroney, Patriots (28)
25. Cedric Benson, Bears (21)
26. Kenny Watson, Bengals (27)
27. DeShaun Foster, Panthers (31)
28. Earnest Graham, Buccaneers (32)
29. Rudi Johnson, Bengals (26)
30. LaMont Jordan, Raiders (24)
31. Selvin Young, Broncos (43)
32. Fred Taylor, Jaguars (37)
33. Chris Henry, Titans (48)
34. Chester Taylor, Vikings (30)
35. Brian Leonard, Rams (35)
36. Ryan Grant, Packers (NR)
37. Kenton Keith, Colts (33)
38. DeAngelo Williams, Panthers (34)
39. Derrick Ward, Giants (29)
40. Jerious Norwood, Falcons (41)
41. Justin Fargas, Raiders (NR)
42. Ahman Green, Texans (38)
43. Michael Bennett, Buccaneers (40)
44. Julius Jones, Cowboys (42)
45. DeShawn Wynn, Packers (36)
46. Warrick Dunn, Falcons (44)
47. Kevin Faulk, Patriots (45)
48. Jason Wright, Browns (39)
49. Ron Dayne, Texans (NR)
50. Najeh Davenport, Steelers (46)

NOTES: Addai reaffirmed himself as the clear No. 2 guy with a great performance against the Panthers. Parker will remain among the elite as long as he continues to score, and Minnesota's Peterson is starting to slip as he faces extra defensive attention. Jacobs will continue to roll up good numbers now that he is back in action. Bush is producing decent numbers on a regular basis. Kevin Jones has the potential to keep rising, and LenDale White is finally playing like the Titans hoped he would. It's time to start being realistic with Gore, who is not a top running back right now and is banged up. Chatman showed a lot of promise as a regular starter against the Giants, and Steven Jackson can't seem to avoid the injury problems that prevent him from moving up. Maroney is starting to look like he can roll up better yardage numbers, but lack of touchdowns is still a big issue. Selvin Young showed good all-around skills on Monday and there is still the possibility of Henry facing discipline sometime soon. Tennessee's Henry is earning his way into the Titans backfield mix and has at least very good flex potential. Ryan Grant looked good on Monday night and may have taken over the starting job in Green Bay, but he needs more than one good outing to truly prove himself. Norwood could be in line for more playing time soon. Fargas is starting to earn more carries and Jordan may continue to fall.

Wide Receivers

1. Randy Moss, Patriots (1)
2. T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Bengals (3)
3. Braylon Edwards, Browns (5)
4. Plaxico Burress, Giants (2)
5. Reggie Wayne, Colts (8)
6. Steve Smith, Panthers (4)
7. Terrell Owens, Cowboys (7)
8. Torry Holt, Rams (10)
9. Chad Johnson, Bengals (6)
10. Wes Welker, Patriots (12)
11. Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals (9)
12. Roy Williams, Lions (14)
13. Dwayne Bowe, Chiefs (15)
14. Laveranues Coles, Jets (11)
15. Jerricho Cotchery, Jets (16)
16. Hines Ward, Steelers (29)
17. Deion Branch, Seahawks (24)
18. Donald Driver, Packers (13)
19. Patrick Crayton, Cowboys (18)
20. Anquan Boldin, Cardinals (19)
21. Santonio Holmes, Steelers (20)
22. Brandon Marshall, Broncos (21)
23. Marvin Harrison, Colts (12)
24. Andre Johnson, Texans (18)
25. Kevin Curtis, Eagles (26)
26. Derrick Mason, Ravens (23)
27. Marques Colston, Saints (36)
28. Donte' Stallworth, Patriots (28)
29. Greg Jennings, Packers (32)
30. Roddy White, Falcons (27)
31. Joey Galloway, Buccaneers (31)
32. Kevin Walter, Texans (38)
33. Chris Chambers, Chargers (34)
34. Calvin Johnson, Lions (25)
35. Bobby Engram, Seahawks (30)
36. Ike Hilliard, Buccaneers (33)
37. Lee Evans, Bills (40)
38. Brandon Stokley, Broncos (43)
39. David Patten, Saints (NR)
40. Vincent Jackson, Chargers (35)
41. Muhsin Muhammad, Bears (39)
42. Ronald Curry, Raiders (37)
43. James Jones, Packers (48)
44. Nate Burleson, Seahawks (44)
45. Andre Davis, Texans (41)
46. Bernard Berrian, Bears (42)
47. Santana Moss, Redskins (49)
48. Arnaz Battle, 49ers (45)
49. Antwaan Randle El (46)
50. Reggie Brown, Eagles

NOTES: Moss and Houshmandzadeh are so consistent with outstanding production, they have moved ahead of Burress for now. Wayne is flourishing as the clear top target for Peyton Manning. Consistency is becoming a real issue for Steve Smith, and also for Chad Johnson. Welker proved himself again this past week and you should hold onto him. The Jets' receivers could get a boost with Clemens throwing more accurate passes. Ward is healthy again and making lots of important catches. Branch is expected to return after the bye and should be well-rested. Injuries are seriously dropping Harrison's value. Andre Johnson is getting closer to returning. Colston will continue to rise again as New Orleans' resurgence continues. Jennings should also continue to climb up the ladder. Health issues are making Calvin Johnson unreliable. It will take more than one quality outing for Evans to get a serious boost again. Patten is starting to develop a good on-field relationship with Brees.

Tight Ends

1. Antonio Gates, Chargers (1)
2. Dallas Clark, Colts (2)
3. Jason Witten, Cowboys (3)
4. Tony Gonzalez, Chiefs (4)
Kellen Winslow, Browns (5)
6. Chris Cooley, Redskins (6)
7. Jeremy Shockey, Giants (7)
8. Heath Miller, Steelers (10)
9. Vernon Davis, 49ers (16)
10. Greg Olsen, Bears (14)
11. Todd Heap, Ravens (11)
12. Owen Daniels, Texans (10)
13. Benjamin Watson, Patriots (9)
14. Jeff King, Panthers (20)
15. Desmond Clark, Bears (12)
16. Donald Lee, Packers (13)
17. Tony Scheffler, Broncos (NR)
18. Eric Johnson, Saints (15)
19. Alge Crumpler, Falcons (17)
20. Kyle Brady, Patriots (18)
21. Matt Spaeth, Steelers (19)
22. Visanthe Shiancoe, Vikings (NR)
23. L.J. Smith, Eagles (21)
24. Zach Miller, Raiders (23)
25. Randy McMichael, Rams (23)

NOTES: The top 7 remain unchanged, and that is no major shock. Clark had an off week, but I expect a quick rebound. Davis is healthy again, but must work to keep his spot in the top 10. Olsen is really developing quickly and could rise a few more spots. King had a pretty good week and boosted his value again. Scheffler is starting to come on and should continue to rise. Shiancoe needs to perform more consistently to boost his rating.

Kickers
1. Nick Folk, Cowboys (1)
2. Stephen Gostkowski, Patriots (3)
3. Adam Vinatieri, Colts (2)
4. Matt Stover, Ravens (5)
5. Jeff Reed, Steelers (6)
6. Shayne Graham, Bengals (7)
7. Robbie Gould, Bears (8)
8. Mason Crosby, Packers (9)
9. Jason Hanson, Lions (10)
10. Phil Dawson, Browns (15)
11. Kris Brown, Texans (4)
12. Josh Brown, Seahawks (13)
13. David Akers, Eagles (16)
14. Nate Kaeding, Chargers (14)
15. Jason Elam, Broncos (18)
16. Neil Rackers, Cardinals (11)
17. Jay Feely, Dolphins (12)
18. Mike Nugent, N.Y. Jets (20)
19. Lawrence Tynes, Giants (21)
20. Shaun Suisham, Redskins (17)
21. John Kasay, Panthers (19)
22. Rob Bironas, Titans (22
23. Dave Rayner, Chiefs (24)
24. Rian Lindell, Bills (25)
25. Sebastian Janikowski, Raiders (NR)

NOTES: Gostkowski has a very good chance of taking over the top spot very soon. Like Derek Anderson, Phil Dawson also deserves more respect. Kris Brown has fallen as the Houston offense has fallen out of sync. If Clemens manages the Jets offense well, Nugent is another guy who could climb. Bironas came back to earth this week and likely won't crack the top 20 the rest of the year.

Defense/Special Teams

1. Pittsburgh (1)
2. Baltimore (2)
3. New England (3)
4. N.Y. Giants (7)
5. Green Bay (5)
6. Chicago (4)
7. San Diego (14)
8. Washington (6)
9. Indianapolis (11)
10. Jacksonville (8)
11. Minnesota (9)
12. Tampa Bay (10)
13. Kansas City (12)
14. Tennessee (13)
15. Seattle (15)
16. Detroit (21)
17. Dallas (16)
18. New Orleans (28)
19. Denver (17)
20. Philadelphia (18)
21. Carolina (19)
22. Arizona (22)
23. Oakland (23)
24. Buffalo (24)
25. N.Y. Jets (22)
26. Atlanta (26)
27. San Francisco (25)
28. Cincinnati (29)
29. Houston (27)
30. Cleveland (30)
31. St. Louis (31)
32. Miami (32)

NOTES: The Steelers reasserted themselves and remain on top. The Giants are threatening to push their way into the top 3. The Chargers have really played well recently and surely deserve the healthy boost. The Redskins should bounce back quickly. Detroit can be very useful when the matchup is right, and the Lions are moving towards respectability. Part of the New Orleans turnaround is improved defensive play.

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

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