Fantasy Football Week 15: Latest Rankings for Every Position

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Fantasy Football Week 15: Latest Rankings for Every Position
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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

Rank Player Team Opponent Proj. Score
1 Peyton Manning Denver Broncos San Diego Chargers 28
2 Drew Brees New Orleans Saints St. Louis Rams 25
3 Nick Foles Philadelphia Eagles Minnesota Vikings 23
4 Cam Newton Carolina Panthers New York Jets 21
5 Philip Rivers San Diego Chargers Denver Broncos 18
6 Tony Romo Dallas Cowboys Green Bay Packers 17
7 Matt Ryan Atlanta Falcons Washington 16
8 Alex Smith Kansas City Chiefs Oakland Raiders 14
9 Matthew Stafford Detroit Lions Baltimore Ravens 13
10 Andrew Luck Indianapolis Colts Houston Texans 13

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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.

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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. 

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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

Rank Player Team Opponent Proj. Score
1 Jamaal Charles Kansas City Chiefs Oakland Raiders 22
2 LeSean McCoy Philadelphia Eagles Minnesota Vikings 21
3 Marshawn Lynch Seattle Seahawks New York Giants 19
4 Alfred Morris Washington Atlanta Falcons 18
5 Eddie Lacy Green Bay Packers Dallas Cowboys 17
6 Knowshon Moreno Denver Broncos San Diego Chargers 15
7 DeMarco Murray Dallas Cowboys Green Bay Packers 14
8 Reggie Bush Detroit Lions Baltimore Ravens 12
9 Ryan Mathews San Diego Chargers Denver Broncos 11
10 Frank Gore San Francisco 49ers Tampa Bay Buccaneers 11

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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. 

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The Kansas City Chiefs are on the road in Week 15 to take on the Oakland Raiders. 

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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).

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"Shady" seems to be heating up as playoffs loom.

 

Wide Receivers

Rank Player Team Opponent Proj. Score
1 Demaryius Thomas Denver Broncos San Diego Chargers 18
2 Andre Johnson Houston Texans Indianapolis Colts 17
3 Josh Gordon Cleveland Browns Chicago Bears 16
4 Calvin Johnson Detroit Lions Baltimore Ravens 16
5 DeSean Jackson Philadelphia Eagles Minnesota Vikings 15
6 Alshon Jeffery Chicago Bears Cleveland Browns 15
7 A.J. Green Cincinnati Bengals Pittsburgh Steelers 14
8 Eric Decker Denver Broncos San Diego Chargers 13
9 Marques Colston New Orleans Saints St. Louis Rams 12
10 Larry Fitzgerald Arizona Cardinals Tennessee Titans 12

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Demaryius Thomas gave San Diego fits the last time the Broncos faced the Chargers. 

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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.

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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

Rank Player Team Opponent Proj. Score
1 Jimmy Graham New Orleans Saints St. Louis Rams 15
2 Delanie Walker Tennessee Titans Arizona Cardinals 14
3 Julius Thomas Denver Broncos San Diego Chargers 13
4 Tony Gonzalez Atlanta Falcons Washington 12
5 Jason Witten Dallas Cowboys Green Bay Packers 11
6 Vernon Davis San Francisco 49ers Tampa Bay Buccaneers 11
7 Jordan Cameron Cleveland Browns Chicago Bears 10
8 Logan Paulsen Washington Atlanta Falcons 8
9 Greg Olsen Carolina Panthers New York Jets 8
10 Antonio Gates San Diego Chargers Denver Broncos 7

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Jimmy Graham is the undisputed king of fantasy tight ends in 2013. 

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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. 

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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

Rank Team Opponent Proj. Score
1 Seattle Seahawks New York Giants 16
2 Carolina Panthers New York Jets 14
3 Arizona Cardinals Tennessee Titans 12
4 Buffalo Bills Jacksonville Jaguars 10
5 San Francisco 49ers Tampa Bay Buccaneers 9
6 Chicago Bears Cleveland Browns 8
7 New Orleans Saints St. Louis Rams 7
8 Kansas City Chiefs Oakland Raiders 7
9 New England Patriots Miami Dolphins 6
10 Cincinnati Bengals Pittsburgh Steelers 6

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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.

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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

Rank Player Team Opponent Proj. Score
1 Matt Prater Denver Broncos San Diego Chargers 15
2 Stephen Gostkowski New England Patriots Miami Dolphins 12
3 Adam Vinatieri Indianapolis Colts Houston Texans 11
4 David Akers Detroit Lions Baltimore Ravens 11
5 Matt Bryant Atlanta Falcons Washington 10
6 Dan Carpenter Buffalo Bills Jacksonville Jaguars 10
7 Blair Walsh Minnesota Vikings Philadelphia Eagles 9
8 Steven Hauschka Seattle Seahawks New York Giants 9
9 Ryan Succop Kansas City Chiefs Oakland Raiders 9
10 Dan Bailey Dallas Cowboys Green Bay Packers 8

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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. 

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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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