You're reading this post for one of two reasons: (1) you're either in the playoffs of your fantasy football league(s) or (2) you are a huge fan of my writing and can't get enough.
So, in other words, congratulations on making the playoffs!
Due to the importance of you winning your fantasy league(s), I'm trying something new (i.e., not being lazy). I've updated my fantasy rankings this morning at TheTipDrill.com, the fantasy section of our website.
Week 15 Fantasy Quarterback Rankings:
1. Tom Brady, Patriots (vs Packers): "Terrific Tom" has been pretty terrific lately. For three consecutive (and four out of the last five) games, Brady has thrown for 300-plus yards. For six consecutive games, Brady has thrown two-plus touchdowns. In fact, Brady has thrown 19 touchdowns and zero interceptions in his past eight games.
2. Drew Brees, Saints (at Ravens): Brees is the only quarterback in NFL history to throw for 20,000-plus yards and 150-plus touchdowns in the first five years with a new NFL team. Brees hasn't been perfect this season (18 interceptions), but he has thrown a touchdown in all 13 games this season. In five of his past seven games, he has thrown for 300-plus yards. And he has ten multi-touchdown games this season.
3. Michael Vick, Eagles (at Giants): It's been a remarkable season. After all, Vick could possibly end up league MVP and Donovan McNabb has been benched for Rex Grossman. Vick ranks third in the NFL in passer rating (104.3) and has thrown 17 touchdowns to only four interceptions despite missing three games. The Giants have allowed the fourth-fewest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season. In fact, the Giants have given up only one passing touchdown in their past four games, which includes a 27-17 loss to the Eagles in Week 11.
4. Peyton Manning, Colts (vs Jaguars): After throwing 11 interceptions in three games, Manning bounced back with a zero-interception performance against the Titans last week. Manning leads the NFL in passing yards per game (310) and is fourth in touchdowns (26). The Jaguars, who have allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks, have been playing slightly better defense against the pass. After allowing six straight multi-touchdown games, they have allowed the opposition to throw for two touchdowns in only half (three) of their past six games.
5. Matt Ryan, Falcons (at Seahawks): In four of their past six games, the Seahawks have allowed opposing quarterbacks to throw for three (or more) touchdowns. In the two games they didn't, they faced the Arizona Cardinals and Carolina Panthers -- two teams with arguably the worst quarterback situations in the NFL. I like my chances with Ryan, who has a 22-to-eight touchdown-to-interception ratio this season.
See our updated top 25 fantasy quarterbacks for Week 15.
Week 15 Fantasy Running Back Rankings:
1. Maurice Jones-Drew, Jaguars (at Colts): Pocket Hercules is on a roll. For six consecutive games, Jones-Drew has reached the 100-yard rushing milestone. And the resistence for a seventh straight game is low (take our poll). Indianapolis ranks 29th in the league against the run (141.1 yards per game) and only the Redskins have allowed more yards per carry than the Colts (4.8). The Colts have allowed seven 100-yard rushers (including MJD in their first matchup this season).
2. Michael Turner, Falcons (at Seahawks): Turner, who is coming off a three-touchdown performance, has scored ten touchdowns in his past seven games. In addition, Turner has rushed for 100-plus yards three times in his past four games.
3. Arian Foster, Texans (at Titans): When the Texans faced the Titans in Week 12, Foster led the team in rushing and receiving (granted, Andre Johnson was ejected for fighting with Cortland Finnegan). Nonetheless, Foster finished with 30 rushing attempts for 143 yards and caught nine passes for 75 yards.
4. Darren McFadden, Raiders (vs Broncos): McFadden is facing the Broncos, who rank 31st in the NFL against the run, for a second time. In their first matchup, McFadden finished with almost 200 yards from scrimmage (165 rushing yards and 31 receiving yards) and four touchdowns (three rushing and one receiving).
5. Chris Johnson, Titans (vs Texans): In his first matchup with the Texans, Rusty Smith was under center for Tennessee. That game did not go well for any Titans player including Johnson. Johnson finished with only five rushing yards on seven carries. I would expect Johnson to get many more carries this week than he got in Week 12 and to be much more productive.
See our updated top 40 fantasy running backs for Week 15.
Week 15 Fantasy Wide Receiver Rankings:
1. Andre Johnson, Texans (at Titans): Johnson has posted back-to-back games with 140-plus receiving yards. In fact, he's reached that level three times in the past five games. Last week, the Texans threw 62 times and Johnson had 14 targets.
2. Roddy White, Falcons (at Seahawks): White has had less than 70 receiving yards in only three games this season (one game with 69 yards and two games with 49 yards). White has had five-plus receptions in 12 of 13 games this season (one game with four receptions). Remarkable consistency for the guy who leads the NFL in targets (153).
3. Reggie Wayne, Colts (vs Jaguars): Speaking of targets, Wayne is second in the league with 148. He has 100-plus yards in three of his past four games and one of those was a 14-reception, 200-yard performance. Over his past four games, Wayne has 31 receptions for 455 yards and two touchdowns.
4. Calvin Johnson, Lions (at Bucs): MegaTron's touchdown streak ended at four games after he finished with only one reception for 44 yards against the Packers last week. That was only the fourth game he was kept out of the endzone (although Week 1 against the Bears was highly controversial) and he has yet to go two consecutive games without a touchdown.
5. DeSean Jackson, Eagles (at Giants): Coming off a career-high 210-yard performance, Jackson leads the NFL with an average of 23.1 yards per reception. He has 19 receptions of 20-plus yards (only Mike Wallace and Brandon Lloyd have more). Although Jackson has only one game with more than five receptions, he has four games with 100-plus yards.
See our updated top 50 fantasy wide receivers for Week 15.
If you have any questions regarding players still available in the free-agent pool, start-sit questions with different scoring formats (i.e., point-per-reception leagues), etc., feel free to ask in our free fantasy football forum or via Twitter @EDSFootball.
Good luck in Week 15.