The debate rages on about who is the best weapon in football. Is it the flashy quarterback who lofts deep touchdown passes or is it the dynamic backfield option that always seems to have the ball in his hands? For that matter, what about that receiver that always seems to be doing some type of end zone dance? In what follows we will attempt to answer the question of who is the most valuable fantasy player at each position in our weekly column dealing with the Player Rater Tool.

What is Player Rater tool you ask? It is an emotionless, statistically driven model that takes into account your leagues rules and tells you which players are performing at the highest level. For the sake of the analysis that follows, here are the "rules" that we will be using.

Four Points: Touchdown pass Four Points: Rushing or receiving touchdown One Point: Per 25 yards passing One Point: Per 10 yards rushing or receiving One Point: Per reception Three Points: Per field goal One Point: Per extra point

Drew Brees -- 161.8 points

Brees bounced back from a subpar game in Week 7 to torch the Chargers for 339 yards and three scores in Week 8. He is still on pace to surpass 5,100 yards passing this season at 320.4 yards per game.

Philip Rivers -- 158.3 points

Rivers has made eight starts this season and in six of those games he has thrown at least two scores with five games of three.

Kurt Warner -- 140.1 points

In each of the last six games Warner has thrown for at least two touchdowns leading to his 14 touchdown, six interception season totals.

Aaron Rodgers -- 138.0 points

Though he is still limited in practice, Rodgers has continued to show up on game day with six scores versus just one interceptions in the Packers last three games.

Jay Cutler -- 134.9 points

Cutler averaged 319 yards a game in his first four efforts but that number has fallen all the way to 196 the past three times the Broncos have taken the field.

Brett Favre -- 126.0 points

The past three weeks haven't been too pretty for Favre who has thrown for only three touchdowns against seven interceptions as the old sling it and hope Favre appears to be back.

Tony Romo -- 124.3 points

Romo is still likely out until at least Week 10 because of that broken pinkie as the 'Boys are now trying to decide if they will stick with Brad Johnson or move to Brooks Bollinger under center.

Matt Schaub -- 118.3 points

Has anyone been better the past four weeks that Schaub who has thrown for nine scores against only two interceptions while he has averaged 308.3 yards passing per game?

Peyton Manning -- 116.0 points

Manning has thrown only two touchdowns against four interceptions the past two weeks and he has 10 touchdowns and nine interceptions overall.

J.T. O'Sullivan -- 113.7 points

JTO was demoted to the bench in favor of Shaun Hill -- that's what happens when you throw 11 interceptions and fumble the ball 11 times (he lost six of those fumbles).

Clinton Portis -- 130.1 points

Portis is the only back in the NFL with more than 700 yards rushing and he has racked up 944 yards and seven scores through eight games.

Marion Barber -- 116.7 points

While everyone focuses on his touchdown abilities it should be mentioned that after a six catch effort in Week 8 Barber is on pace for 64 receptions.

Frank Gore -- 114.0 points

Gore has received 20 carries in only one game this season, but he has still gone over 60-yards rushing in six of eight games.

Matt Forte -- 97.8 points

Forte has scored in three straight games (four total scores), but he has broken 60-yards on the ground just once in four games.

LaDainian Tomlinson -- 96.6 points

LT doesn't have a rushing score in four games (he has one receiving in that time), and in three of those games he has rushed for less than 75 yards.

Adrian Peterson -- 94.9 points

In five career games against the AFC Peterson has scored six times while in 16 games against the NFC he has found the end zone 12 times.

Steven Jackson -- 92.7 points

Jackson is averaging 127.9 yards from scrimmage per game which is more than 20 yards per effort better than he produced last season (106.1).

Chris Johnson -- 91.8 points

Johnson is fourth in the league in rushing yards per game (89.4) and he has scored four times in the last four Titans games, a pretty fair effort for a rookie wouldn't you say?

Michael Turner -- 90.6 points

Still rotating good and average efforts. Turner has gone over 100-yards three times while being held under 60-yards four times.

Reggie Bush -- 86.0 points

In his career of 35 games, Bush has averaged more yards receiving (43.6) per game than rushing (41.1).

Santana Moss -- 88.5 points

Moss has scored the past two weeks to give him five on the year, and he has three games of at least 140-yards receiving on the season.

Roddy White -- 88.1 points

He and rookie Matt Ryan clearly have a nice chemistry with one another as White has caught four touchdowns the past three weeks with at least eight receptions and 112 yards per outing.

Larry Fitzgerald -- 86.1 points

Only once in the last six games has he been held to fewer than six receptions and he caught five balls the one time he missed in Week 6.

Andre Johnson -- 85.2 points

Over the past three weeks he is hotter than any receiver other than Roddy White as he has caught, get this, 32 passes for 462 yards.

Greg Jennings -- 84.5 points

He has enjoyed more success this year on the road (120 yards per game with three touchdowns) than at Lambeau Field (81.3 yards per game with just a single score).

Calvin Johnson -- 79.3 points

Though he is ninth with 588 receiving yards Johnson has three efforts in his seven games with less than 60-yards. He has scored in 3-straight weeks.

Lee Evans -- 77.9 points

Averaging 20.5 yards per reception, Evans had gone over 85-yards in each of the Bills last four games during which time he has scored all three of his touchdowns.

Steve Smith -- 76.7 points

Smith is averaging 102.2 yards per game to join Andre Johnson (110.3) as the only two wideouts in football who are averaging triple digits per game.

Anquan Boldin -- 73.9 points

Certainly didn't seem rusty with two scores in his return to the field, Boldin has scored seven times over his last four games.

Vincent Jackson -- 72.9 points

The past three weeks for this Chargers wideout have produced 13 receptions, 236 yards and three scores.

Jason Witten -- 62.9 points

Will try to play through a broken rib that ended his streak of 7-straight games with at least four receptions as he was able to catch only one pass for eight yards in Week 8.

Antonio Gates -- 60.3 points

He finally had a big yardage game with six grabs for 96 yards. With five touchdowns he leads the position as no one else has more than three.

Chris Cooley -- 49.1 points

Cooley is one of only two tight ends with 40 receptions, the other is Witten at 46, and he extended his streak to seven games with at least four receptions.

Tony Gonzalez -- 48.9 points

The past two weeks have seen a return to form for Gonzalez with 12 receptions, 176 yards and one touchdown after he struggled for production for most of the first five games.

Owen Daniels -- 47.5 points

Daniels has caught at least three passes in each of his seven games though he has only reached the end zone in one week, and that was Week 7 when he scored twice.

Dallas Clark -- 40.8 points

Scored his first two touchdowns of the season on Monday Night Football, he only needs nine more over the Colts final nine games to tie his mark from last season.

Greg Olsen -- 37.6 points

Olsen is coming off his best game of the season (six receptions, 74 yards and a score). In an odd historical note, in three games against AFC opponents in his career he has but three catches and zero scores.

Anthony Fasano -- 37.1 points

Over the past four games he has only eight receptions for 101 yards though he did manage to score once in Week 8.

Bo Scaife -- 35.8 points

Bo is turning into Kerry Collins favorite target as he has caught 15 passes for 164 yards in the Titans last three games.

Zach Miller -- 35.2 points

Over the past four Raiders games he has been pretty consistent with at least 46 yards receiving in each outing.

John Carney -- 73 points

Carney leads the league with 18 field goals and he has only missed once on his 19 attempts.

Nate Kaeding -- 68 points

Still a perfect 13-for-13 on kicks of less than 40-yards though he is only 2-for-5 on kicks above that mark.

Matt Bryant -- 68 points

Bryan is 10-for-10 on kicks of 30-39 yards and you have to go back to 2003 to find the last time he missed one from that distance.

Joe Nedney -- 67 points

Nedney was 17-for-19 on field goal attempts last season in 16 games and he is already 17-for-19 this year in just eight games.

David Akers -- 66 points

Akers has missed four field goals on the year and they have all come in the last four games.

John Kasay -- 66 points

The last time he missed a kick was Week 15 of last season as he has converted his last 21 attempts without a miss.

Shaun Suisham -- 63 points

Shaun is 7-for-10 on kicks of at least 40-yards while converting 9-of-11 of 39 or fewer yards.

Stephen Gostkowski -- 63 points

In two and a half seasons he has missed only one of 133 extra point attempts and this season he has missed only one of 17 field goal attempts.

Jason Elam -- 63 points

Elam was held without a field goal in Week 8 but he has still converted on 16 of 17 kicks overall.

Ryan Longwell -- 62 points

Longwell has made two kicks of over 50-yards this season and he has made 16 of 30 such attempts in his career.

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