Fantasy Football Week 15 Rankings: Top Players and Matchups for All Positions

Kristopher Knox@@kris_knoxCorrespondent IDecember 14, 2022

Fantasy Football Week 15 Rankings: Top Players and Matchups for All Positions

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    49ers RB Christian McCaffrey
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    We've reached Week 15 of the 2022 NFL season, which means it's playoff time in virtually all season-long leagues. If you made it to your fantasy playoffs, congratulations. Now, it's time to buckle down and ensure you don't go home early.

    injuries continue to loom large, the latest being a torn ACL suffered by Arizona Cardinals QB Kyler Murray on Monday night.

    "It's obviously unfortunate and tough to see and talking to him last night," Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury told reporters. "...It was a tough night

    On a positive note for fantasy managers, no teams will be on bye this week.

    Here, we'll dive into the latest rankings and the top matchups in Week 15 for each fantasy position. All picks and rankings are based on points-per-reception (PPR) scoring.

Quarterback

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    Chargers QB Justin Herbert
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    1. Jalen Hurts, Philadelphia Eagles

    2. Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs

    3. Justin Herbert, Los Angeles Chargers

    4. Joe Burrow, Cincinnati Bengals

    5. Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills

    6. Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys

    7. Kirk Cousins, Minnesota Vikings

    8. Geno Smith, Seattle Seahawks

    9. Tua Tagovailoa, Miami Dolphins

    10. Trevor Lawrence, Jacksonville Jaguars


    Matchup to Love: Justin Herbert vs. Tennessee Titans

    Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert continues to keep his team in playoff contention. He threw for 367 yards and a touchdown against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday and has a spicy matchup against the Tennessee Titans in Week 15.

    Tennessee has surrendered the second-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season.

    The return of wideout Mike Williams helps in this matchup tremendously. With Williams, Keenan Allen, Gerald Everett and receiving back Austin Ekeler all in the fold, Herbert should be in store for a major fantasy outing.

Running Back

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    49ers RB Christian McCaffrey
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    1. Austin Ekeler, Los Angeles Chargers

    2. Christian McCaffrey, San Francisco 49ers

    3. Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans

    4. Josh Jacobs, Las Vegas Raiders

    5. Tony Pollard, Dallas Cowboys

    6. Saquon Barkley, New York Giants

    7. Nick Chubb, Cleveland Browns

    8. Miles Sanders, Philadelphia Eagles

    9. Dalvin Cook, Minnesota Vikings

    10. Travis Etienne Jr., Jacksonville Jaguars

    11. Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas Cowboys

    12. Jonathan Taylor, Indianapolis Colts

    13. J.K. Dobbins, Baltimore Ravens

    14. Joe Mixon, Cincinnati Bengals

    15. Rhamondre Stevenson, New England Patriots

    16. Najee Harris, Pittsburgh Steelers

    17. Aaron Jones, Green Bay Packers

    18. Isiah Pacheco, Kansas City Chiefs

    19. Jamaal Williams, Detroit Lions

    20. James Conner, Arizona Cardinals


    Matchup to Love: Christian McCaffrey at Seattle Seahawks

    The San Francisco 49ers continue to roll with rookie quarterback Brock Purdy under center.

    The 22-year-old helped engineer a blowout win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, but running back Christian McCaffrey also played a big role.

    The Stanford product finished Week 14 with 119 rushing yards, two receptions, 34 receiving yards and two touchdowns.

    Expect McCaffrey to open Week 15 with another excellent performance on Thursday night. He'll be facing the rival Seattle Seahawks, which have been atrocious against the run this season.

    Seattle has surrendered an average of 4.9 yards per carry this season while giving up the second-most fantasy points to opposing running backs.

Wide Receiver

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    Chargers WR Keenan Allen
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    1. Justin Jefferson, Minnesota Vikings

    2. Davante Adams, Las Vegas Raiders

    3. Stefon Diggs, Buffalo Bills

    4. Ja'Marr Chase, Cincinnati Bengals

    5. Tyreek Hill, Miami Dolphins

    6. Amon-Ra St. Brown, Detroit Lions

    7. A.J. Brown, Philadelphia Eagles

    8. Keenan Allen, Los Angeles Chargers

    9. Mike Williams, Los Angeles Chargers

    10. CeeDee Lamb, Dallas Cowboys

    11. Jaylen Waddle, Miami Dolphins

    12. DeAndre Hopkins, Arizona Cardinals

    13. Chris Godwin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    14. Tyler Lockett, Seattle Seahawks

    15. DK Metcalf, Seattle Seahawks

    16. Garrett Wilson, New York Jets

    17. Amari Cooper, Cleveland Browns

    18. DeVonta Smith, Philadelphia Eagles

    19. Brandon Aiyuk, San Francisco 49ers

    20. Christian Kirk, Jacksonville Jaguars


    Matchup to Love: Keenan Allen vs. Tennessee Titans

    If you have the option of stacking Herbert with any of the Chargers' top pass-catchers, now is the week to do it. The Titans defense has been awful this season and ranks 31st in passing yards allowed and 25th in yards per attempt surrendered (6.6).

    Of Los Angeles' group, Keenan Allen is the top receiver to play in Week 15. Williams returned to action on Sunday and immediately made a sizeable impact, finishing with six receptions, 116 yards and a touchdown. However, Allen was a PPR star with 12 receptions and 92 receiving yards.

    The 30-year-old's PPR floor gives him a slight edge over Williams, though both are worth a play against Tennessee. No team has surrendered more fantasy points to opposing wide receivers than the Titans.

Tight End

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    Broncos TE Greg Dulcich
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    1. Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs

    2. Mark Andrews, Baltimore Ravens

    3. T.J. Hockenson, Minnesota Vikings

    4. Pat Freiermuth, Pittsburgh Steelers

    5. Dalton Schultz, Dallas Cowboys

    6. George Kittle, San Francisco 49ers

    7. Greg Dulcich, Denver Broncos

    8. Gerald Everett, Los Angeles Chargers

    9. David Njoku, Cleveland Browns

    10. Evan Engram, Jacksonville Jaguars


    Matchup to Love: Greg Dulcich vs. Arizona Cardinals

    Denver Broncos tight end Greg Dulcich is more of a boom-or-bust play than players like Travis Kelce and Mark Andrews in Week 15. There's no question about that. This is due, in part, to the fact that quarterback Russell Wilson remains in concussion protocol and may not feature.

    However, it's hard not to love the matchup Dulcich has this week. Denver hosts the Cardinals, which have allowed the most fantasy points to opposing tight ends in 2022.

    Even if it's Brett Rypien at quarterback for Denver this week, the rookie pass-catcher should have a solid outing. Since debuting in Week 6, the 22-year-old has become a regular contributor in the passing game.

    On Sunday, Dulcich caught three passes for 42 yards, and managers should expect much more from him against Arizona.

Kicker

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    Kansas City Chiefs K Harrison Butker
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    1. Harrison Butker, Kansas City Chiefs

    2. Brett Maher, Dallas Cowboys

    3. Justin Tucker, Baltimore Ravens

    4. Tyler Bass, Buffalo Bills

    5. Daniel Carlson, Las Vegas Raiders

    6. Evan McPherson, Cincinnati Bengals

    7. Nick Folk, New England Patriots

    8. Jason Myers, Seattle Seahawks

    9. Greg Joseph, Minnesota Vikings

    10. Jake Elliott, Philadelphia Eagles


    Matchup to Love: Harrison Butker at Houston Texans

    Really, kicker rankings are based as much on consistency and offensive potency as on individual matchups. This is why Kansas City Chiefs specialist Harrison Butker tops our list for Week 15.

    The Chiefs have little trouble moving the ballβ€”they rank first in total offense and second in scoringβ€”while Butker has been fairly reliable, making 77.8 percent of his field goals and 90.7 of his extra points.

    Combine this with the fact that the Houston Texans have a lackluster defense, and managers should have a tremendous play in the 27-year-old.

    Dallas Cowboys kicker Brett Maher made two field goals and three extra-point attempts last week (100 percent on both), and Butker should have a similar outing.

    The Texans have surrendered the fifth-most fantasy points to opposing kickers in 2022.

Defense/Special Teams

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    Broncos S Justin Simmons
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    1. Kansas City Chiefs

    2. Dallas Cowboys

    3. San Francisco 49ers

    4. Denver Broncos

    5. Philadelphia Eagles

    6. Baltimore Ravens

    7. Green Bay Packers

    8. Buffalo Bills

    9. New England Patriots

    10. Pittsburgh Steelers


    Matchup to Love: Denver Broncos vs. Arizona Cardinals

    This pick is largely based around the fact that Kyler Murray is out for Arizona.

    With all due respect to Colt McCoy, the Cardinals offense isn't as dangerous with him under center. He isn't as mobile, and the Arizona offensive line (37 sacks allowed) is shaky.

    The Broncos defense, meanwhile, is quite good. Denver ranks seventh in yards allowed and fourth in points allowed. It has also notched 32 sacks and 11 interceptions on the season.

    McCoy has been sacked 11 times and thrown two picks in three games with two starts.

    This promises to be a matchup in which managers can take advantage.


    *Fantasy scoring information via FantasyPros.

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