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NFL Scores Week 15: Results, Playoff Picture and Top Fantasy Performances

Andy Bailey@@AndrewDBaileyFeatured ColumnistDecember 16, 2018

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 15:  Wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins #10 of the Houston Texans looks on from the sideline during the fourth quarter against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium on December 15, 2018 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images)
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Every year in the NFL, Christmas coincides with crunch time. And 2018 is no different.

It's Week 15, which means some teams are solidifying their playoff positions. Others are making races tighter around the wild-card spots. And of course, your fantasy league is almost certainly in postseason matchups already.

It's during these late weeks of the season that the league's top fantasy performers become even more important. And plenty of them stepped up this week.

The top performers from each game, updated playoff standings and write-ups on the week's best players can be found below.

     

Week 15 NFL Scores, Fantasy Stars
AwayScoreHomeFantasy Star
Chargers29-28ChiefsMike Williams7 rec, 76 yds, 2 TD, 19 rush yds, TD
Texans29-22JetsDeAndre Hopkins10 rec, 170 yds, 2 TD
Browns17-16BroncosCase Keenum31-of-48, 257 yds, 2 INT, 1 rush yd, TD
Cardinals14-40FalconsMatt Ryan22-of-36, 231 yds, 2 TD, 18 rush yds, TD
Lions13-14BillsJosh Allen13-of-26, 204 yds, TD, 16 rush yds, TD
Packers17-24BearsMitchell Trubisky20-of-28, 235 yds, 2 TD, 16 rush yds
Raiders16-30BengalsJoe Mixon129 rush yds, 2 TD
Cowboys0-23ColtsMarlon Mack139 rush yds, 2 TD, 1 rec, 10 yds
Dolphins17-41VikingsDalvin Cook136 rush yds, 2 TD, 1 rec, 27 yds
Titans17-0GiantsDerrick Henry170 rush yds, 2 TD
Redskins16-13JaguarsDede Westbrook20 rush yds, 21 rec yds, 84 punt-return yds, TD
Buccaneers12-20RavensLamar Jackson14-of-23, 131 yds, TD, 95 rush yds
Patriots10-17SteelersJaylen Samuels142 rush yds, 2 rec, 30 yds
Seahawks23-2649ersDoug Baldwin4 rec, 77 yds, 2 TD
Eagles30-23RamsTodd Gurley48 rush yds, 2 TD, 10 rec, 76 yds
Standard Scoring Format
Week 15 Playoff Standings
StandingsAFCNFC
1Chiefs (11-3)Saints (11-2)
2Texans (10-4)Rams (11-3)
3Patriots (9-5)Bears (10-4)
4Steelers (8-5-1)Cowboys (8-6)
Wild CardChargers (11-3)Seahawks (8-6)
Wild CardRavens (8-6)Vikings (7-6-1)
7Colts (8-6)Eagles (7-7)
8Titans (8-6)Redskins (7-7)
9Dolphins (7-7)Panthers (6-7)
10Browns (6-7-1)Packers (5-8-1)
11Bengals (6-8)Falcons (5-9)
12Broncos (6-8)Buccaneers (5-9)
13Bills (5-9)Giants (5-9)
14Jaguars (4-10)Lions (5-9)
15Jets (4-10)49ers (4-10)
16Raiders (3-11)Cardinals (3-11)
NFL

                

Mike Williams

The plot thickened in the AFC West following a 29-28 win for the Los Angeles Chargers over the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday Night Football.

Both teams are now 11-3 and in the playoffs, but the Chiefs own the tiebreaker because of a better conference winning percentage. FiveThirtyEight gives the Chargers a 26 percent chance to win the division.

And if they're going to beat the odds, second-year receiver Mike Williams might have a lot to do with it.

On Thursday, he had seven catches for 76 yards, 19 rushing yards, three of L.A.'s four touchdowns (two through the air and one on the ground) and the game-winning two-point conversion, as seen on the NFL's timeline:

NFL @NFL

TWO-POINT CONVERSION FOR THE WIN! #FightForEachOther #LACvsKC https://t.co/dW9E4zEqQc

After a rookie season in which Williams totaled 95 yards on 11 catches, the Clemson product seems to be coming alive in year two.

His career-best 29.5 fantasy points against the Chiefs caps a strong seven-game stretch in which he's averaging 11.4. That, in itself, may not blow anyone away, but it means the Chargers have a legitimate No. 2 option after Keenan Allen while Melvin Gordon is out with a knee injury.

If all three of those skill players are healthy by the time the playoffs start, L.A. is going to be a tough out.

        

DeAndre Hopkins

On Saturday, the Houston Texans all but sewed up a playoff spot as well. According to FiveThirtyEight, their 29-22 win over the New York Jets pushed their playoff chances over 99 percent.

This 10-1 run after an 0-3 start was, in a word, unexpected. But DeAndre Hopkins' production throughout the march to the playoffs was very much in character.

Hopkins' 10 catches, 170 yards and two touchdowns brought his season total in point-per-reception fantasy points up to 287.4, trailing only Tyreek Hill's 292.3 among receivers.

The NFL posted video of the second score on Saturday:

NFL @NFL

.@DeAndreHopkins does it AGAIN 😱 📺: #HOUvsNYJ on @nflnetwork WATCH: https://t.co/dD7nbXb1fP https://t.co/wwewd3vYVG

And, of course, this isn't some kind of breakout season. Antonio Brown and Julio Jones are the only receivers in the NFL who have more PPR points than Hopkins over the last five seasons.

            

Dalvin Cook

Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook did a lot of the heavy lifting for his team in a 41-17 drubbing of the Miami Dolphins.

He finished with 136 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries. He also had 27 receiving yards. Oh, and this move seen on the league's Twitter that looked like something straight out of Madden:

NFL @NFL

.@DalvinCook LOVES that spin button 😯 📺: CBS #SKOL https://t.co/zZPmNspChr

This big game continues a strong trend for Cook in his second season. In his first five games of the season, Cook averaged 5.7 fantasy points. Over his last four, he's averaging 16.4.

FiveThirtyEight gives the Vikes a 68 percent chance to reach the playoffs. If they're going to make it happen, they'll need that second version of Cook.

      

Derrick Henry

What has gotten into Derrick Henry?

Over his first six games, Henry averaged 4.3 fantasy points a game. In his next seven, he averaged 15. And that run was capped by last week, when he put up the best single-game total for fantasy points of this entire season with 47.8.

Sunday, he followed up that near-50 performance with another 29 in a 17-0 win over the New York Giants.

Henry had 170 rushing yards and two touchdowns, the second of which can be found on the NFL's timeline:

NFL @NFL

.@KingHenry_2 finds the end zone... AGAIN! 📺: CBS #TitanUp https://t.co/rnaDG8y8Ff

Tennessee has about a 50-50 shot at the postseason, according to FiveThirtyEight. But a couple of other teams around that range, the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers, don't have a battering ram quite like Henry.

          

Unless otherwise noted, stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference or ESPN's FantasyCast.

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