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Fantasy Football Week 15: Latest Rankings for Every Position

NEW ORLEANS, LA - DECEMBER 08:  Jimmy Graham #80 of the New Orleans Saints reacts after catching a pass against the Carolina Panthers at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on December 8, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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Jesse ReedCorrespondent IJanuary 10, 2017

There's good news for those lucky enough to still be in the fantasy football playoffs, as highly favorable matchups are in store for some of the league's superstars in Week 15.

While a few of the NFL's elite players are regulars atop the weekly rankings, the rest of the top players fluctuate from week to week, based on matchups and trends. 

With that in mind, here's a look at the top fantasy players at every position, along with projected scores.

 

Note: Fantasy stats and information courtesy of ESPN.com (standard scoring).  

 

Quarterbacks

RankPlayerTeamOpponentProj. Score
1Peyton ManningDenver BroncosSan Diego Chargers28
2Drew BreesNew Orleans SaintsSt. Louis Rams25
3Nick FolesPhiladelphia EaglesMinnesota Vikings23
4Cam NewtonCarolina PanthersNew York Jets21
5Philip RiversSan Diego ChargersDenver Broncos18
6Tony RomoDallas CowboysGreen Bay Packers17
7Matt RyanAtlanta FalconsWashington16
8Alex SmithKansas City ChiefsOakland Raiders14
9Matthew StaffordDetroit LionsBaltimore Ravens13
10Andrew LuckIndianapolis ColtsHouston Texans13
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Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos are hosting San Diego on Thursday night to get Week 15 kicked off. He's easily the top fantasy producer this season—at any position—and will be a permanent resident atop these rankings until further notice.

DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 8:  Tight end Julius Thomas #80 of the Denver Broncos celebrates a second quarter touchdown against the Tennessee Titans with Peyton Manning #18 at Sports Authority Field Field at Mile High on December 8, 2013 in Denver, Colorado.  (
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The Chargers come into the game featuring the league's No. 26-ranked fantasy defense against opposing quarterbacks. The last time Manning faced this team was in Week 10, when he shredded San Diego's secondary for 330 yards and four touchdowns. 

At home, with Kansas City breathing down Denver's neck for the AFC West crown, Manning will have another fabulous game.

Thanks to Manning's historically brilliant season, Drew Brees is flying under the radar for what he's done for New Orleans. He's the No. 2-ranked fantasy scorer this season and has a decent matchup in Week 15 against the No. 12-ranked (vs. fantasy quarterbacks) St. Louis Rams. 

NEW ORLEANS, LA - DECEMBER 08:  Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints reacts after throwing a pass against the Carolina Panthers at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on December 8, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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Brees recently became the fastest player in the history of the league to hit 50,000 yards passing, as shown by the NFL on Twitter:

After getting creamed on the road by Seattle, Brees bounced back with a 28-point fantasy performance against Carolina in Week 14. The Panthers feature one of the league's toughest defenses, and he shredded them like it was nothing.

 

Running Backs

RankPlayerTeamOpponentProj. Score
1Jamaal CharlesKansas City ChiefsOakland Raiders22
2LeSean McCoyPhiladelphia EaglesMinnesota Vikings21
3Marshawn LynchSeattle SeahawksNew York Giants19
4Alfred MorrisWashingtonAtlanta Falcons18
5Eddie LacyGreen Bay PackersDallas Cowboys17
6Knowshon MorenoDenver BroncosSan Diego Chargers15
7DeMarco MurrayDallas CowboysGreen Bay Packers14
8Reggie BushDetroit LionsBaltimore Ravens12
9Ryan MathewsSan Diego ChargersDenver Broncos11
10Frank GoreSan Francisco 49ersTampa Bay Buccaneers11
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Jamaal Charles has been the most consistent fantasy running back in 2013, and he's coming off a phenomenal three-game stretch in which he scored 27, 17, and 27 points, scoring five total touchdowns. 

LANDOVER, MD - DECEMBER 08: Running back Jamaal Charles #25 of the Kansas City Chiefs celebrates after rushing for a first quarter touchdown against the Washington Redskins at FedExField on December 8, 2013 in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty
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The Kansas City Chiefs are on the road in Week 15 to take on the Oakland Raiders. 

Oakland's defense ranks No. 16 against fantasy running backs, but the Dallas Cowboys and New York Jets recently abused it, scoring 36 and 16 fantasy points, respectively. Charles had a big game against the Raiders back in Week 6, scoring 24 points, and he'll do the same on Sunday.

Charles is No. 1 in these rankings, but LeSean McCoy isn't far behind.

The Minnesota Vikings haven't allowed a rushing touchdown in two weeks, allowing a respectable 25 fantasy points in those two games. But this is still the league's No. 26-ranked defense against fantasy running backs, and McCoy is coming off a huge performance at home in the snow (33 points).

PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 08:  LeSean McCoy #25 of the Philadelphia Eagles celebrates his touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Detroit Lions on December 8, 2013 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.The Philadelphia Eagles defe
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"Shady" seems to be heating up as playoffs loom.

 

Wide Receivers

RankPlayerTeamOpponentProj. Score
1Demaryius ThomasDenver BroncosSan Diego Chargers18
2Andre JohnsonHouston TexansIndianapolis Colts17
3Josh GordonCleveland BrownsChicago Bears16
4Calvin JohnsonDetroit LionsBaltimore Ravens16
5DeSean JacksonPhiladelphia EaglesMinnesota Vikings15
6Alshon JefferyChicago BearsCleveland Browns15
7A.J. GreenCincinnati BengalsPittsburgh Steelers14
8Eric DeckerDenver BroncosSan Diego Chargers13
9Marques ColstonNew Orleans SaintsSt. Louis Rams12
10Larry FitzgeraldArizona CardinalsTennessee Titans12
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Demaryius Thomas gave San Diego fits the last time the Broncos faced the Chargers. 

SAN DIEGO, CA - NOVEMBER 10: Demaryius Thomas #88 of the Denver Broncos runs the ball after a catch against the San Diego Chargers during their game on November 10, 2013 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
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He scored three touchdowns and earned 28 fantasy points in that game. Nobody on San Diego's roster is big enough, strong enough or fast enough to handle him, and he's due for another huge performance at home on Thursday Night Football. 

Josh Gordon and Calvin Johnson both have difficult matchups in Week 15. If not for that, they'd be up for the top spot, and it's likely both will still make fantasy owners happy with their production. 

Houston's Andre Johnson has been putting up huge numbers lately, no matter who plays quarterback for the Texans these days. He caught 21 passes for 275 yards the past two games, and he put up 40 points against his next opponent back in Week 9.

HOUSTON, TX - NOVEMBER 03:  Andre Johnson #80 of the Houston Texans grabs a five yard pass away from Vontae Davis #23 of the Indianapolis Colts for a touchdown in the second quarter at Reliant Stadium on November 3, 2013 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob
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The Indianapolis Colts had no answer for Johnson in that game. He caught nine passes for 229 yards and three touchdowns. Nobody should expect another three-touchdown performance, but Indy's defense still doesn't have anyone who can cover him.

 

Tight Ends

RankPlayerTeamOpponentProj. Score
1Jimmy GrahamNew Orleans SaintsSt. Louis Rams15
2Delanie WalkerTennessee TitansArizona Cardinals14
3Julius ThomasDenver BroncosSan Diego Chargers13
4Tony GonzalezAtlanta FalconsWashington12
5Jason WittenDallas CowboysGreen Bay Packers11
6Vernon DavisSan Francisco 49ersTampa Bay Buccaneers11
7Jordan CameronCleveland BrownsChicago Bears10
8Logan PaulsenWashingtonAtlanta Falcons8
9Greg OlsenCarolina PanthersNew York Jets8
10Antonio GatesSan Diego ChargersDenver Broncos7
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Jimmy Graham is the undisputed king of fantasy tight ends in 2013. 

ATLANTA, GA - NOVEMBER 21: Tight end Jimmy Graham #80 of the New Orleans Saints celebrates a touchdown in the second quarter against the Atlanta Falcons during a game at the Georgia Dome on November 21, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Ge
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The talented former basketball star from Miami has caught 14 touchdown passes this season, which is more than any other non-quarterback in the NFL. He's coming off a two-touchdown performance against Carolina's formidable defense.

The No. 5-ranked defense against fantasy tight ends will surely test Graham in Week 15, but the St. Louis Rams will fail in their quest to shut him down. Graham has scored at least one touchdown in each of his last three games, and he'll add another one on Sunday. 

NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 14:   Delanie Walker #82 of the Tennessee Titans carries the ball against the Indianapolis Colts in the first quarter at LP Field on November 14, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Someone who's been out of the mix for a couple of weeks is about to make a grand reappearance on fantasy football's stage. Delanie Walker of the Tennessee Titans has missed the team's last two games while he recovered from a concussion, but Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean reports the tight end is expected to play in Week 15:

Before his injury, Walker had started to click with backup quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, scoring double-digit fantasy points in two straight games. 

The Titans are hosting Arizona on Sunday, and the Cardinals feature the league's worst fantasy defense against tight ends, allowing an astonishing 14 points on average per game. 

 

Defense

RankTeamOpponentProj. Score
1Seattle SeahawksNew York Giants16
2Carolina PanthersNew York Jets14
3Arizona CardinalsTennessee Titans12
4Buffalo BillsJacksonville Jaguars10
5San Francisco 49ersTampa Bay Buccaneers9
6Chicago BearsCleveland Browns8
7New Orleans SaintsSt. Louis Rams7
8Kansas City ChiefsOakland Raiders7
9New England PatriotsMiami Dolphins6
10Cincinnati BengalsPittsburgh Steelers6
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The Seahawks (No. 2) and Panthers (No. 4) have produced two of the most consistent fantasy defenses of the 2013 campaign. Both teams have excellent matchups in Week 15.

DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 28:  Defensive tackle Brandon Mebane #92 of the Seattle Seahawks celebrates a sack against the Detroit Lions October 28, 2012 at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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Seattle is on the road taking on the New York Giants. New York has allowed 33 sacks this year and has turned the ball over 34 times. After getting hammered by the San Francisco 49ers in Week 14, the Seahawks will absolutely abuse the Giants.

Carolina is hosting the New York Jets. Thanks to a porous offensive line and zero talent at the skill positions, rookie quarterback Geno Smith has struggled in 2013—putting it mildly. New York has allowed 43 sacks and has given away 28 turnovers—the perfect victim for the Panthers' next meal. 

 

Kickers

RankPlayerTeamOpponentProj. Score
1Matt PraterDenver BroncosSan Diego Chargers15
2Stephen GostkowskiNew England PatriotsMiami Dolphins12
3Adam VinatieriIndianapolis ColtsHouston Texans11
4David AkersDetroit LionsBaltimore Ravens11
5Matt BryantAtlanta FalconsWashington10
6Dan CarpenterBuffalo BillsJacksonville Jaguars10
7Blair WalshMinnesota VikingsPhiladelphia Eagles9
8Steven HauschkaSeattle SeahawksNew York Giants9
9Ryan SuccopKansas City ChiefsOakland Raiders9
10Dan BaileyDallas CowboysGreen Bay Packers8
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Denver is going to get into scoring position early and often against San Diego's Swiss-Cheese defense. As such, Matt Prater will be a busy man, and he's the top fantasy kicker in Week 15 as a result. 

DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 8:  Place kicker Matt Prater #5 of the Denver Broncos kicks a 64-yard field goal for a new NFL record on a hold by Britton Colquitt #4 during the second quarter against the Tennessee Titans at Sports Authority Field Field at Mile Hig
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Stephen Gostkowski will also be a man in demand this weekend when the Patriots take on the Miami Dolphins.

Rob Gronkowski's knee injury will make it much more difficult for Tom Brady and his offense to punch the ball into the end zone, meaning Gostkowski will likely provide much of New England's scoring in the weeks to come. 

 

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