Fantasy Football Week 15: Top Plays at Every Position

Eric Mack@@EricMackFantasyFantasy Football Lead WriterDecember 13, 2013

Fantasy Football Week 15: Top Plays at Every Position

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    Fantasy breakthrough receiver of the year Josh Gordon cannot be stopped—or sat for anyone at this point.
    Fantasy breakthrough receiver of the year Josh Gordon cannot be stopped—or sat for anyone at this point.Jared Wickerham/Getty Images

    Fantasy football has a funny way of making everything important, or at least relevant, week to week. Heck, we actually care about the Minnesota Vikings' health. We weigh what a matchup at the Cleveland Browns might mean for the Chicago Bears and their evolving quarterback situation.

    It is Week 15, the semifinals in standard fantasy football leagues, so the stakes are just about as high as they can be. We have all of the top plays, position by position, in a six-part slideshow like we have been every week for you here at Bleacher Report.

    Best of luck winning one more game and qualifying for your fantasy football Super Bowl.

Quarterbacks: Jay Cutler Officially Returning, Packers Waiting on Aaron Rodgers

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    It is not quite understandable with the way Josh McCown played last time out, but the Bears and Marc Trestman are going back to the error- and injury-prone Jay Cutler at quarterback this Sunday. You have to credit Trestman for his intestinal fortitude.

    Trestman's coaching qualities might be the reason this offense works no matter who is playing quarterback right now. Cutler tells the Chicago Tribune's Dan Wiederer:

    I think Trest for the last month really has a bead and a feel for what he likes to call, what we’re running well, what we feel comfortable with, what the offensive line likes in the running game.

    If you want a third party on the quarterback decision, listen to wide receiver Brandon Marshall explain it to Wiederer:

    There’s no one like (Cutler). Before the injury, he was playing at a high level—his best football ever. You could put him in any room in the NFL and he’s the smartest guy in the room. And his arm is unmatched. He’s our guy.

    Cutler should also be the guy for anyone who was planning on starting McCown.


    Start Packers QB vs. Dallas?

    The Cowboys are the team McCown ripped last Sunday, and they happen to be the worst team in fantasy against quarterbacks by a wide margin. They cannot stop anyone. You probably shouldn't trust Matt Flynn in a standard league, though, if Aaron Rodgers (shoulder) is ruled out later Friday. If Rodgers plays, he is a must-start in crunch time.


    Other Manning One Giant Bust

    Peyton Manning is going to shatter records. Eli Manning has merely shattered the confidence of his one-time fantasy faithful. You absolutely cannot consider Manning against the Seattle Seahawks, the No. 1 pass defense in football and the No. 1 team in fantasy against quarterbacks.


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    On the other side of the ball in East Rutherford, N.J., you should love Russell Wilson to rebound. The Giants are a lame-duck team now, so fully expect the Seahawks to rout them on the road. The Giants are solid against the run—tied for 10th in the NFL—so Wilson should do the damage through the air. Expect 225-plus yards and three touchdowns.

    Wilson is among the quarterbacks we like three spots better than the consensus this week:

    1. Russell Wilson
    2. Tom Brady
    3. Andy Dalton
    4. Carson Palmer
    5. Matt Flynn


    Like Him Less

    Ryan Tannehill has put together a pretty decent stretch of games, and he is at home in a must-win game against the Patriots, but he still doesn't rate among the viable starting options in a standard league in our book. There are just too many to consider over him.

    Tannehill is among the quarterbacks we like less than the masses below:

    1. Cam Newton
    2. Nick Foles
    3. Alex Smith
    4. Ryan Tannehill
    5. Jason Campbell


    Week 15 Quarterbacks Rankings—Eric Mack
    RankQuarterbackTeamOpponentECRvs. ECR
    1Peyton ManningDenvs. SD10
    2Drew BreesNOat StL20
    3Matthew StaffordDetvs. Bal5+2
    4Philip RiversSDat Den6+2
    5Russell WilsonSeaat NYG8+3
    6Cam NewtonCarvs. NYJ4-2
    7Tom BradyNEat Mia11+4
    8Tony RomoDalvs. GB7-1
    9Andrew LuckIndvs. Hou90
    10Nick FolesPhiat Min3-7
    11Matt RyanAtlvs. Was10-1
    12Jay CutlerChiat Cle120
    13Colin KaepernickSFat TB15+2
    14Ben RoethlisbergerPitvs. Cin140
    15Andy DaltonCinat Pit19+4
    16Joe FlaccoBalat Det17+1
    17Alex SmithKCat Oak13-4
    18Carson PalmerAriat Ten23+5
    19Ryan TannehillMiavs. NE16-3
    20Kirk CousinsWasat Atl21+1
    21Jason CampbellClevs. Chi18-3
    22Matt FlynnGBat Dal25+3
    23EJ ManuelBufat Jac26+3
    24Eli ManningNYGvs. Sea30+6
    25Case KeenumHouat Ind24-1
    26Ryan FitzpatrickTenvs. Ari27+1
    27Mike GlennonTBvs. SF33+6
    28Kellen ClemensStLvs. NO36+8
    29Chad HenneJacvs. Buf32+3
    30Matt CasselMinvs. Phi28-2
    31Matt McGloinOakvs. KC29-2
    32Geno SmithNYJat Car38+6
    Expert Consensus Rankings (ECR) from over 100 experts provided by FantasyPros

Running Backs: Adrian Peterson Will Be Too Limited to Trust Even If He Plays

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    Adrian Peterson's status does not look good for Sunday. Regardless of whether he is on the right side of a game-time decision—if he is not ruled out before then—he figures to be too limited to help fantasy owners in crunch time.

    Don't even bother looking into the matchup against the Eagles.

    By the way, Toby Gerhart (hamstring) hasn't practiced up until Friday either. He and his backup, Matt Asiata, are too difficult to trust as well.


    Pack's Back Against the Wall

    The Packers need a victory to keep their flailing playoff hopes alive, so expect Eddie Lacy (ankle) to be active Sunday. If he plays, he is a start against the Cowboys defense that has given up the most points in fantasy against running backs. Dallas isn't stopping anything defensively, ranking fifth-worst against the run.


    We're Not Sitting Titans' Johnson

    You will find some fantasy analysts recommending to sit Chris Johnson, but not this one. The Tennessee Titans feature Johnson too much, and he has been scoring consistent fantasy numbers thanks to seven touchdowns in his past seven games. Sure, the Cardinals are the No. 1 team in fantasy against running backs and No. 3 against the run, but Johnson is almost certainly more intriguing than your alternatives.


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    Add the Bills' C.J. Spiller to the group of backs who are too promising to sit. Spiller was bottled up against the Bucs, but the Jacksonville Jaguars are far less capable defensively. The Jags are the 11th-worst team against fantasy running backs and 27th against the run.

    Spiller is among the backs we like more than 10 spots better than the masses below:

    1. C.J. Spiller
    2. Chris Johnson
    3. Ray Rice
    4. Chris Ivory
    5. Darren Sproles


    Like Him Less

    The Giants' Andre Brown probably cannot be sat in most leagues, but he is facing a Seattle Seahawks defense that has been the sixth-best team in fantasy against running backs. You pound the ball against good defenses, but the Giants offensive line just isn't good enough to trust in getting Brown into the end zone.

    Brown rates among the backs we like eight spots less than the consensus this week:

    1. Andre Brown
    2. Bobby Rainey
    3. Fred Jackson
    4. Toby Gerhart
    5. Pierre Thomas


    Week 15 Running Backs Rankings—Eric Mack
    RankRunning BackTeamOpponentECRvs. ECR
    1Jamaal CharlesKCat Oak10
    2LeSean McCoyPhiat Min20
    3Knowshon MorenoDenvs. SD5+2
    4Matt ForteChiat Cle3-1
    5Marshawn LynchSeaat NYG6+1
    6Eddie LacyGBat Dal7+1
    7DeMarco MurrayDalvs. GB4-3
    8Shane VereenNEat Mia10+2
    9Frank GoreSFat TB15+6
    10Zac StacyStLvs. NO8-2
    11C.J. SpillerBufat Jac22+11
    12Alfred MorrisWasat Atl9-3
    13Chris JohnsonTenvs. Ari24+11
    14Reggie BushDetvs. Bal17+3
    15Steven JacksonAtlvs. Was14-1
    16Ben TateHouat Ind12-4
    17Ray RiceBalat Det27+10
    18Le'Veon BellPitvs. Cin13-5
    19Andre BrownNYGvs. Sea11-8
    20Giovani BernardCinat Pit200
    21Chris IvoryNYJat Car38+17
    22Darren SprolesNOat StL37+15
    23Rashard MendenhallAriat Ten30+7
    24Ryan MathewsSDat Den16-8
    25Rashad JenningsOakvs. KC21-4
    26Daniel ThomasMiavs. NE39+13
    27Danny WoodheadSDat Den29+2
    28Bobby RaineyTBvs. SF18-10
    29Stevan RidleyNEat Mia40+11
    30Maurice Jones-DrewJacvs. Buf23-7
    31Montee BallDenvs. SD28-3
    32Donald BrownIndvs. Hou31-1
    33BenJarvus Green-EllisCinat Pit34+1
    34Fred JacksonBufat Jac25-9
    35Toby GerhartMinvs. Phi19-16
    36Joique BellDetvs. Bal33-3
    37Trent RichardsonIndvs. Hou47+10
    38Pierre ThomasNOat StL26-12
    39LeGarrette BlountNEat Mia49+10
    40Lamar MillerMiavs. NE36-4
    41Chris OgbonnayaClevs. Chi32-9
    42DeAngelo WilliamsCarvs. NYJ43+1
    43Mike TolbertCarvs. NYJ50+7
    44Bryce BrownPhiat Min57+13
    45Marcel ReeceOakvs. KC46+1
    46Matt AsiataMinvs. Phi55+9
    47Willis McGaheeClevs. Chi44-3
    48Bernard PierceBalat Det58+10
    49Kendall HunterSFat TB67+18
    50Robert TurbinSeaat NYG62+12
    51Jordan TodmanJacvs. Buf41-10
    52James StarksGBat Dal45-7
    53Knile DavisKCat Oak66+13
    54Shonn GreeneTenvs. Ari52-2
    55Roy HeluWasat Atl56+1
    56Benny CunninghamStLvs. NO61+5
    57Dennis JohnsonHouat Ind60+3
    58Peyton HillisNYGvs. Sea63+5
    59Brandon BoldenNEat Mia65+6
    60Bilal PowellNYJat Car51-9
    61Jacquizz RodgersAtlvs. Was54-7
    62Mark IngramNOat StL53-9
    63Michael BushChiat Cle59-4
    64Brian LeonardTBvs. SF71+7
    Expert Consensus Rankings (ECR) from over 100 experts provided by FantasyPros

Wide Receivers: Some Might Like Vikes Targets This Week, but These Rankings Don't

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    Because of his shaky quarterback, we probably should debate this, but Josh Gordon's recent stretch has put him above even the likes of Calvin Johnson among wide receivers. Gordon will be slowed eventually, but you cannot start anyone over him right now.

    We rank Gordon as the No. 1 wide receiver for the pivotal fantasy Week 15, and it wouldn't have mattered what matchup he was facing.


    Do You Trust the Vikings Receivers?

    We don't. Or, we shouldn't. Sure, the Philadelphia Eagles are easily the worst team in fantasy against wide receivers—and they won't have wintry conditions to help slow the opposing dome team down this week—but putting your crunch-time faith in Matt Cassel and the Minnesota Vikings receivers is just too tough to do.

    Cordarrelle Patterson is talented, but he is raw. We rank Greg Jennings as the best start among the Vikings receivers, but even he is a sit in a standard two-receiver format. Don't overrate what we saw from the Vikings a week ago.


    One Giant Mess

    Eli Manning and the New York Giants receivers looked listless against a bad secondary in great conditions last week in San Diego. You have to absolutely hate them in a matchup in the cold Meadowlands against the Seattle Seahawks, who have the No. 1 pass defense and No. 1 team in fantasy against wide receivers. We haven't said this often in this lost Giants season, but sit even the likes of Victor Cruz—in addition to Hakeem Nicks and Rueben Randle—if you can afford to.


    Like Him More

    Danny Amendola has been a bust even outside of injury in the second half of the season, but the loss of Rob Gronkowski (knee) figures to make Amendola a factor again underneath for Tom Brady and the Pats. Amendola reached the end zone after Gronk went down a week ago, a pretty good signal he will be a fantasy factor again.

    Amendola is among the receivers we like more than eight spots better than the masses below:

    1. Larry Fitzgerald
    2. Anquan Boldin
    3. Steve Johnson
    4. Danny Amendola
    5. Kendall Wright


    Like Him Less

    The move from Robert Griffin III to Kirk Cousins raised some eyebrows, but it should not keep you from starting Pierre Garcon in standard leagues. Garcon is the best target the Redskins have, and Mike Shanahan is almost certain to justify his quarterback decision by letting Cousins rip this week.

    Regardless, there is some uncertainty here. Garcon is among the receivers we like less than the consensus, even if he is still a start in standard leagues:

    1. Pierre Garcon
    2. Riley Cooper
    3. Cecil Shorts
    4. Harry Douglas
    5. T.Y. Hilton


    Week 15 Wide Receivers Rankings—Eric Mack
    RankWide ReceiverTeamOpponentECRvs. ECR
    1Josh GordonClevs. Chi2+1
    2Calvin JohnsonDetvs. Bal1-1
    3Dez BryantDalvs. GB4+1
    4A.J. GreenCinat Pit7+3
    5Demaryius ThomasDenvs. SD3-2
    6Antonio BrownPitvs. Cin11+5
    7Brandon MarshallChiat Cle6-1
    8Larry FitzgeraldAriat Ten17+9
    9Alshon JefferyChiat Cle5-4
    10DeSean JacksonPhiat Min100
    11Eric DeckerDenvs. SD9-2
    12Andre JohnsonHouat Ind8-4
    13Marques ColstonNOat StL20+7
    14Roddy WhiteAtlvs. Was140
    15Torrey SmithBalat Det16+1
    16Jordy NelsonGBat Dal13-3
    17Vincent JacksonTBvs. SF18+1
    18Keenan AllenSDat Den12-6
    19Dwayne BoweKCat Oak24+5
    20Julian EdelmanNEat Mia21+1
    21Anquan BoldinSFat TB30+9
    22Mike WallaceMiavs. NE25+3
    23Steve JohnsonBufat Jac31+8
    24Pierre GarconWasat Atl15-9
    25Steve SmithCarvs. NYJ26+1
    26Danny AmendolaNEat Mia40+14
    27Victor CruzNYGvs. Sea270
    28Kendall WrightTenvs. Ari37+9
    29Riley CooperPhiat Min19-10
    30Cecil ShortsJacvs. Buf22-8
    31Brian HartlineMiavs. NE29-2
    32Harry DouglasAtlvs. Was23-9
    33James JonesGBat Dal34+1
    34Greg JenningsMinvs. Phi39+5
    35Hakeem NicksNYGvs. Sea47+12
    36Michael FloydAriat Ten33-3
    37Michael CrabtreeSFat TB36-1
    38T.Y. HiltonIndvs. Hou28-10
    39DeAndre HopkinsHouat Ind45+6
    40Miles AustinDalvs. GB69+29
    41Rueben RandleNYGvs. Sea56+15
    42Kenbrell ThompkinsNEat Mia59+17
    43Mohamed SanuCinat Pit77+34
    44Dexter McClusterKCat Oak66+22
    45Emmanuel SandersPitvs. Cin41-4
    46Golden TateSeaat NYG38-8
    47Rod StreaterOakvs. KC32-15
    48Cordarrelle PattersonMinvs. Phi35-13
    49Marlon BrownBalat Det51+2
    50Brandon LaFellCarvs. NYJ43-7
    51Doug BaldwinSeaat NYG46-5
    52Justin HunterTenvs. Ari53+1
    53Tavon AustinStLvs. NO58+5
    54LaVon BrazillIndvs. Hou70+16
    55Andre HolmesOakvs. KC48-7
    56Santonio HolmesNYJat Car76+20
    57Ace SandersJacvs. Buf44-13
    58Jarrett BoykinGBat Dal42-16
    59Marvin JonesCinat Pit65+6
    60Donnie AveryKCat Oak82+22
    61Nate BurlesonDetvs. Bal49-12
    62Robert WoodsBufat Jac72+10
    63Terrance WilliamsDalvs. GB62-1
    64Jerricho CotcheryPitvs. Cin55-9
    65Chris GivensStLvs. NO91+26
    66Ted GinnCarvs. NYJ60-6
    67Da'Rick RogersIndvs. Hou50-17
    68Tiquan UnderwoodTBvs. SF63-5
    69Jerome SimpsonMinvs. Phi61-8
    70Jeremy KerleyNYJat Car57-13
    71Lance MooreNOat StL64-7
    72Mike BrownJacvs. Buf71-1
    73Santana MossWasat Atl99+26
    74Kenny StillsNOat StL80+6
    75Andre RobertsAriat Ten83+8
    76Vincent BrownSDat Den79+3
    77Greg LittleClevs. Chi89+12
    78Nate WashingtonTenvs. Ari780
    79Kris DurhamDetvs. Bal73-6
    80Darrius Heyward-BeyIndvs. Hou98+18
    81Stephen HillNYJat Car103+22
    82Jason AvantPhiat Min85+3
    83Rishard MatthewsMiavs. NE74-9
    Expert Consensus Rankings (ECR) from over 100 experts provided by FantasyPros

Tight Ends: Replacing a Rob Gronkowski Is Never Easy, but You Have Options Here

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    The tight end landscape has been ever-evolving this year. It has been hard to keep up.

    Rob Gronkowski (back/arm) is out. Gronk is back. Gronk (knee) is out.

    Jordan Reed is a hidden gem. He is a star. He is out with a concussion, and now he is shut down for the season.

    Dennis Pitta (hip) is out for the season. He might be back. He is back. He scores, and now he's a solid start in fantasy crunch time.

    Yeah, tight end has been a high-maintenance position in fantasy this year, to say the least.


    Remember the Titan

    Delanie Walker (concussion) has had his moments this season, and he gets the dream matchup for fantasy owners in Week 15. The Arizona Cardinals have been the worst team in fantasy against tight ends by a wide margin all season. Walker is probable after missing time with a concussion. The favorable matchup makes him a viable start here.


    Pocket Pitta Against the Lions?

    The Baltimore Ravens' Pitta returned with a touchdown a week ago, but it will require a small leap of faith to start him against the Detroit Lions this week. The Lions have allowed just one touchdown reception to tight ends all season: Tyler Eifert in Week 7. The targets, receptions and yards should be there, though, so we rank Pitta among the top 10 options still.


    Like Him More

    Josh McCown has done some great things in Marc Trestman's offense, but he hadn't been as good with the tight end as Jay Cutler was early in the season. The move back to Cutler figures to be good news for Martellus Bennett owners.

    We rank Bennett as a start this week and among the tight ends we like more than the masses below:

    1. Jason Witten
    2. Dennis Pitta
    3. Heath Miller
    4. Martellus Bennett
    5. Jared Cook


    Like Him Less

    Owen Daniels (leg) won't be activated off the Designated for Return IR, but Garrett Graham (hamstring) is no sure thing either. He missed practiced Thursday, according to the official NFL injury report, putting his status in doubt. He cannot be trusted in fantasy.

    This Graham is among the tight ends we like less than the consensus this week:

    1. Vernon Davis
    2. Greg Olsen
    3. Delanie Walker
    4. Charles Clay
    5. Garrett Graham


    Week 15 Tight Ends Rankings—Eric Mack
    RankTight EndTeamOpponentECRvs. ECR
    1Jimmy GrahamNOat StL10
    2Julius ThomasDenvs. SD20
    3Jason WittenDalvs. GB6+3
    4Jordan CameronClevs. Chi40
    5Vernon DavisSFat TB3-2
    6Tony GonzalezAtlvs. Was7+1
    7Greg OlsenCarvs. NYJ5-2
    8Antonio GatesSDat Den9+1
    9Dennis PittaBalat Det11+2
    10Heath MillerPitvs. Cin17+7
    11Martellus BennettChiat Cle14+3
    12Delanie WalkerTenvs. Ari10-2
    13Charles ClayMiavs. NE8-5
    14Coby FleenerIndvs. Hou13-1
    15Jared CookStLvs. NO20+5
    16Garrett GrahamHouat Ind12-4
    17Zach MillerSeaat NYG25+8
    18Zach ErtzPhiat Min19+1
    19Rob HouslerAriat Ten29+10
    20Tim WrightTBvs. SF27+7
    21Brandon MyersNYGvs. Sea28+7
    22Brent CelekPhiat Min23+1
    23Ladarius GreenSDat Den21-2
    24Jermaine GreshamCinat Pit33+9
    25Brandon PettigrewDetvs. Bal35+10
    26Tyler EifertCinat Pit30+4
    27John CarlsonMinvs. Phi22-5
    28Scott ChandlerBufat Jac18-10
    29Logan PaulsenWasat Atl37+8
    30Marcedes LewisJacvs. Buf31+1
    31Virgil GreenDenvs. SD34+3
    32Jacob TammeDenvs. SD15-17
    Expert Consensus Rankings (ECR) from over 100 experts provided by FantasyPros

Defense/Special Teams: N.Y. Giants in for a Long Day Against Seattle Seahawks

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    The streaming options seem to be really sketchy this week. This is not what streaming fantasy owners like to see in their semifinal week: bad matchups for the fringe defense/special teams units.

    Instead, fantasy owners have to risk going off the grid to play a bad unit in a more favorable matchup, perhaps. To that, we say: Good luck!


    Eli Manning, Watch Out for Ball 'Hawks

    The Giants have been the worst team in fantasy against defense/special teams, and none other than the Seattle Seahawks come to town. Those that drafted the Seahawks defense and have ridden it out all year are sitting pretty here. This is a matchup made in heaven.


    Packers-Cowboys Is Fantasy Gold, Save for D/STs

    As bad as the Dallas Cowboys have been defensively, they are equally tough against opposing defensive units in fantasy (No. 2). It makes both the Green Bay Packers and Cowboys units too difficult to trust in crunch time, regardless of whether Aaron Rodgers (shoulder) suits up. We rank these units in the top 20, barely, but you shouldn't be looking here.


    Like Them More

    The Baltimore Ravens were a huge disappointment in the snowy conditions at home, but the difficulty in finding streaming defensive options still makes them among the units we rank as a start in standard leagues.

    Other fantasy analysts are not with us, apparently. The Ravens are among the defense/special teams we like more than the consensus this week:

    1. Baltimore Ravens
    2. Denver Broncos (whoops! Already played Thursday night)
    3. Atlanta Falcons
    4. Pittsburgh Steelers
    5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers


    Like Them Less

    The Indianapolis Colts were absolutely ripped defensively a week ago, which is why even a favorable matchup against the Houston Texans make them a difficult unit to trust in fantasy crunch time. We are more inclined to advise you going with a defense-minded team like the Ravens over the Colts.

    They are among the units we like less than the masses below:

    1. Indianapolis Colts
    2. Chicago Bears
    3. Buffalo Bills


    Week 15 Defenses and Special Teams Rankings—Eric Mack
    RankDefense and Special TeamsTeamOpponentECRvs. ECR
    1Seattle SeahawksSeaat NYG2+1
    2Carolina PanthersCarvs. NYJ1-1
    3San Francisco 49ersSFat TB4+1
    4Kansas City ChiefsKCat Oak3-1
    5Arizona CardinalsAriat Ten50
    6Cincinnati BengalsCinat Pit60
    7Baltimore RavensBalat Det16+9
    8New England PatriotsNEat Mia9+1
    9New Orleans SaintsNOat StL8-1
    10Denver BroncosDenvs. SD18+8
    11Philadelphia EaglesPhiat Min10-1
    12Atlanta FalconsAtlvs. Was23+11
    13Indianapolis ColtsIndvs. Hou11-2
    14Chicago BearsChiat Cle12-2
    15Buffalo BillsBufat Jac7-8
    16Pittsburgh SteelersPitvs. Cin20+4
    17Tampa Bay BuccaneersTBvs. SF21+4
    18New York JetsNYJat Car28+10
    19Dallas CowboysDalvs. GB190
    20Green Bay PackersGBat Dal29+9
    Expert Consensus Rankings (ECR) from over 100 experts provided by FantasyPros

Kickers: Stick with Options Like Justin Tucker in All Weeks

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    Justin Tucker had a quiet week in the snow, but now he heads to the climate-controlled dome conditions Sunday.
    Justin Tucker had a quiet week in the snow, but now he heads to the climate-controlled dome conditions Sunday.Larry French/Getty Images

    We have said for weeks you shouldn't need help choosing your kicker in fantasy lineups this time of year. We break down the best options for you anyway, just in case.


    Goeth with the Raven

    Justin Tucker hasn't missed a field goal since Week 2, so even though he was limited to three extra points last week, you should keep him active in all leagues. The Detroit Lions are the third-worst team in fantasy against kickers, and it will help Tucker is kicking in the dome this week.


    Another Week to Sit SeaBass

    Sebastian Janikowski has been a fantasy bust, even though the Raiders have showed some spunk this season. Against the Kansas City Chiefs, he is an awful play in crunch time. The Chiefs have given up the second-fewest points to kickers this season.


    Like Him More

    The Green Bay Packers won't need to get Aaron Rodgers (shoulder) back to make Mason Crosby productive this week. The Dallas Cowboys cannot stop anyone defensively.

    Crosby is among the kickers we like more than the masses below:

    1. Mason Crosby
    2. Phil Dawson
    3. Nick Novak (already played Thursday night)
    4. Blair Walsh
    5. Shaun Suisham


    Like Him Less

    The St. Louis Rams have allowed the fewest field goals in football this season (just 13), so New Orleans Saints kicker Garrett Hartley is a bit less of a sure thing this week. He is among the kickers we like less than the consensus:

    1. Garrett Hartley
    2. Adam Vinatieri
    3. Alex Henery
    4. Matt Bryant
    5. David Akers


    Week 15 Kickers Rankings—Eric Mack
    RankKickerTeamOpponentECRvs. ECR
    1Stephen GostkowskiNEat Mia10
    2Matt PraterDenvs. SD20
    3Steven HauschkaSeaat NYG30
    4Justin TuckerBalat Det5+1
    5Mason CrosbyGBat Dal12+7
    6Phil DawsonSFat TB13+7
    7Garrett HartleyNOat StL4-3
    8Adam VinatieriIndvs. Hou6-2
    9Dan BaileyDalvs. GB8-1
    10Ryan SuccopKCat Oak100
    11Alex HeneryPhiat Min7-4
    12Nick NovakSDat Den16+4
    13Matt BryantAtlvs. Was11-2
    14Blair WalshMinvs. Phi19+5
    15Shaun SuishamPitvs. Cin27+12
    16David AkersDetvs. Bal14-2
    17Robbie GouldChiat Cle15-2
    18Greg ZuerleinStLvs. NO24+6
    19Dan CarpenterBufat Jac9-10
    20Sebastian JanikowskiOakvs. KC200
    Expert Consensus Rankings (ECR) from over 100 experts provided by FantasyPros



    Eric Mack, one of the giants among fantasy writers, is the Fantasy Football Lead Writer for Bleacher Report this season. Follow him on Twitter, where you can ask him endless questions about your team, rip him for his content and even challenge him to a head-to-head fantasy game. You can also listen to him on his podcast that he deprecatingly dubbed the Fantasy FatCast.