Mid-Season Fantasy Football Best and Worst

Kurt Warner has thrown 16 touchdowns against six interceptions this season.
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - In honor of election day, The Sports Network experts have voted on it's mid-season best and worst fantasy values at each position. With one percent of the precincts counted, we have declared the winners and losers.


Best Value - Kurt Warner (ADP 137) wasn't on most owners' radar screen at draft time, but he's near the top of the charts at the halfway point. Sixteen touchdown passes against just six interceptions, 2,431 yards, three 300-yards games and one 400-yard afternoon makes him an easy choice.

Honorable Mention - Philip Rivers, Matt Ryan, Chad Pennington

Worst Value - Derek Anderson was coming off a big season, has a "big-time" receiver in Braylon Edwards and the Cleveland Browns added Donte Stallworth to the receiving corps. It's Week 9 and Anderson will be watching Brady Quinn from the sidelines not because of injury, but because of poor play.

Honorable Mention - Peyton Manning, Marc Bulger, Trent Edwards

Running Back

Best Value - In the "real" world Clinton Portis (ADP 10) is running away with the rushing title, but he was a first-round pick and much was expected of him. The correct answer is Tennessee rookie Chris Johnson. With an ADP of 89, Johnson was a ninth-round pick and is playing better than many top picks. The East Carolina alum has amassed 841 yards from scrimmage (715 rushing, 126 receiving) and six touchdowns.

Honorable Mention - Steve Slaton, Ronnie Brown, Matt Forte

Worst Value - Even when he wasn't hurt, Joseph Addai was disappointing his fantasy owners. Just 287 yards from scrimmage (248 rushing) and four touchdowns from a top-five overall draft choice is fantasy death.

Honorable Mention - Maurice Jones-Drew, Larry Johnson, Jamal Lewis

Wide Receiver

Best Value - This might be the easiest category to pick the winner - Roddy White. Despite posting 1,202 yards in 2007, playing with a rookie quarterback left White way down in the rankings (ADP 65). While Eddie Royal (ADP 159) and DeSean Jackson (ADP 145) were the early leaders, White has grabbed the mid-season award with 48 catches for 733 yards, four 100-yard games and five touchdowns.

Honorable Mention - Antonio Bryant, Bernard Berrian, Greg Jennings

Worst Value - Braylon Edwards leads the league in at least one category - dropped passes. That's not the one fantasy owners had hoped for when they chose him as a second-round selection (ADP 16). Only one game with over 90 yards receiving and a total of 457 yards and three scored in eight games gets him this dubious "honor."

Honorable Mention - Roy E. Williams, Torry Holt, Marques Colston

Tight End

Best Value - Owen Daniels (ADP 136) has put up almost identical numbers as Jason Witten (ADP 43), but you had to spend a fifth-round pick on the Cowboys tight end and a 14th-round pick for Daniels. Daniels statistics to date are 43 catches, 528 yards and two touchdowns versus 46-549-2 for Witten.

Honorable Mention - Bo Scaife, Anthony Fasano, Visanthe Shiancoe

Worst Value - Kellen Winslow was the No.3 tight end drafted behind Witten and Antonio Gates, but that type of performance hasn't been seen on the field. Twenty-six catches for 251 yards and one score says it all.

Honorable Mention - Jeremy Shockey, LJ Smith, Heath Miller


Best Value - In a category where eight kickers are within six points of each other and 13 points separate the 1st from the 12th kicker, does it really matter? If you must - John Kasay is 16-for-16 in field goals tries.

Worst Value - In a category where eight kickers are within six points of each other and 13 points separate the 1st from the 12th kicker, does it really matter? If you must - Adam Vinatieri has just six field goals.

Defense/Special Teams

Best Value - The Tampa Bay Buccaneers lead all defense/special teams in scoring with 96 points. That includes two touchdowns and 16 turnovers.

Honorable Mention - Tennessee, Chicago, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh

Worst Value - Apparently Shawne Merriman should be the league's defensive MVP. The San Diego Chargers were highly touted in preseason (top-ranked ADP of 90), but sit 23rd after nine weeks.

Honorable Mention - Seattle, Indianapolis, Washington

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