Week 15 Fantasy Football Rankings

Welcome to the Week 15 Fantasy Football Rankings from FantasyProjection!

Round 2 of the fantasy playoffs is here! It’s time to buckle down and make your best start sit decisions here to ensure you make it on to the next round or the CHAMPIONSHIP! The following rankings have been reviewed over and over with many different metrics to ensure the most accurate rankings to help you win this week. Please use these rankings as your deciding factor in any start-sit decisions. Good luck this week!

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  1. Tom Brady, NE QB at PIT
  2. Ben Roethlisberger, PIT QB vs. NE
  3. Russell Wilson, SEA QB at vs. LAR
  4. Philip Rivers, LAC QB at KC
  5. Cam Newton, CAR QB vs. GB
  6. Drew Brees, NO QB vs. NYJ
  7. Aaron Rodgers, GB QB at CAR
  8. Matt Ryan, ATL QB at TB
  9. Dak Prescott, DAL QB at OAK
  10. Blake Bortles, JAC QB vs. HOU
  11. Matthew Stafford, DET QB vs. CHI
  12. Case Keenum, MIN QB vs. CIN
  13. Alex Smith, KC QB vs. LAC
  14. Marcus Mariota, TEN QB at SF
  15. Jared Goff, LAR QB at SEA

Dak Prescott had a resurgence against the Giants miserable pass defense in week 14 when he threw for 332 yards and 3 TDs. This was a much needed performance after having under 200 passing yards in 4 straight games with a total of 2 TD’s across those games. Dak is definitely proving to be a matchup based play and week 15 is shaping up to be another great matchup for him. Dak takes on the Oakland Raiders in week 15 who are 8th worst against the pass on a yards per game basis and have allowed 20 passing TDs over the season. They may not be quite as bad as the Giants 2nd worst defense, but they are definitely not elite. I’m hoping Dak restored some of his confidence with his successful week 14 game and can channel his inner 2016 Dak to continue helping fantasy teams in the playoffs. Fantasy Projection: 265 yards 2 TDs

Matthew Stafford and the entire Detroit Lions offense has been pretty eye opening this season and has definitely provided great draft value return for all owners. Stafford has thrown for over 290 yards seven times this season and over 350 yards 3 times while managing to total 23 passing TD’s. These are some high totals for a QB who was drafted late in most drafts. Although I am a big Stafford fan this season I am not a fan of his matchup in week 15 against the 9th best passing defense in the Chicago Bears. Although the Bears as a whole may not be the best team, their defense is actually fairly stingy against opposing offenses. Not only do the Bears only let up 217 passing yards per game, but they have only allowed 15 passing TD’s over the entire season (6th best). This tough matchup has Stafford ranked outside the top 10 QBs coming into week 15. Fantasy Projection: 235 passing yards 1-2 TD’s

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Running Back
  1. Le’Veon Bell, PIT RB vs. NE
  2. LeSean McCoy, BUF RB vs. MIA
  3. Melvin Gordon, LAC RB at KC
  4. Alvin Kamara, NO RB vs. NYJ
  5. Todd Gurley, LAR RB at SEA
  6. Jordan Howard, CHI RB at DET
  7. Leonard Fournette, JAC RB vs. HOU
  8. Kareem Hunt, KC RB vs. LAC
  9. Mark Ingram, NO RB vs. NYJ
  10. Devonta Freeman, ATL RB at TB
  11. Kenyan Drake, MIA RB at BUF
  12. Carlos Hyde, SF RB vs. TEN
  13. Rex Burkhead, NE RB at PIT
  14. Alex Collins, BAL RB at CLE
  15. Marshawn Lynch, OAK RB vs. DAL

It feels stupid to write about why I think Le’Veon Bell will be the #1 RB this week, but I just need to make sure the entire community understands how amazing this stud is. In week 14 Bell rushed for 48 yards and 2 TDs and caught NINE passes for 77 yards and 1 TD. A total of 3 TD’s in one game easily put him at the top of the stat sheet for week 14 and I expect to find him there again this week in an explosive game against the Patriots. This game could not be any bigger and that is the perfect time for Le’Veon Bell to shine. The Patriots have the 9th worst rush defense on a yards per game basis and even if they completely focus on eliminating him I don’t think they stand a chance. Le’Veon will have his way with the Patriots and will once again put up a fantasy matchup inning performance. Fantasy Projection: 79 rushing yards 10 catches 80 yards 2 TDs

Another RB that will take advantage of what should be a high scoring game between the Steelers and Patriots is Rex Burkhead of New England. Burkhead has been a very consistent fantasy contributor over the the past 5 weeks scoring 6 TD’s in only 5 games. The Patriots running game is normally extremely hard to predict week to week, but I think Brady and the Patriots have found something they really like in Burkhead. On paper the Steelers look to have a good run defense, but after losing speedy LB Shazier for the season they have allowed huge rushing games over the past 2 weeks. I don’t expect the Steelers will be able to stop the Patriots run game and this will directly benefit Burkhead. Not only is it a good matchup, but this game will be a shootout and I think Burkhead will be used frequently in the passing game where he is extremely valuable to fantasy owners. Fantasy Projection: 42 yards rushing 5 catches 29 yards 1 TD

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Wide Receivers
  1. Antonio Brown, PIT WR vs. NE
  2. Julio Jones, ATL WR at TB
  3. Keenan Allen, LAC WR at KC
  4. DeAndre Hopkins, HOU WR at JAC
  5. Michael Thomas, NO WR vs. NYJ
  6. Adam Thielen, MIN WR vs. CIN
  7. Doug Baldwin, SEA WR vs. LAR
  8. A.J. Green, CIN WR at MIN
  9. Jordy Nelson, GB WR at CAR
  10. Dez Bryant, DAL WR at OAK
  11. Tyreek Hill, KC WR vs. LAC
  12. Michael Crabtree, OAK WR vs. DAL
  13. Demaryius Thomas, DEN WR at IND
  14. Alshon Jeffrey, PHI WR at NYG
  15. Devin Funchess, CAR Wr vs. GB
  16. Larry Fitzgerald, ARI WR at WAS
  17. Josh Gordon, CLE WR vs. BAL
  18. Brandin Cooks, NE WR at PIT
  19. Mike Evans, TB WR vs. ATL
  20. Marvin Jones, DET WR vs. CHI
  21. Davante Adams, GB WR at CAR
  22. Jarvis Landry, MIA WR at BUF
  23. Marquise Goodwin, SF WR vs. TEN
  24. Jamison Crowder, WAS WR vs. ARI
  25. Golden Tate, DET WR vs. CHI

Pencil it in right now, this week is going to be another big Julio Jones week which seems less and less frequent nowadays. Julio has been able to rack up over 1,100 yards throughout the season, but only has 3 TD’s which is not quite what you were hoping for when you drafted him in the first round. Fear not, Julio will come through when it matters in… in round 2 of the fantasy playoffs. Julio is facing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers who are the worst defense against receivers in the NFL allowing over 280 yards per game. The Buccs also have an average reception depth of 11.7 yards which is far in the bottom half of the league. This stat bodes well for Julio who has made his name on deep receptions. I expect this game will be over quickly and in the Falcons favor mainly due to their stud WR. Fantasy Projection: 8 receptions 141 yards 1-2 TDs

San Francisco 49ers WR Marquise Goodwin has seemingly come out of nowhere over the past 4 weeks having 4 straight games of over 75 yards receiving and 1 total TD. In these 4 games he had two of 100 or more yards. The improved play from Jimmy Garoppolo has definitely helped the speedster receiver and continuing to get on the same page will only make this duo more dynamic. This week Goodwin takes on the Tennessee Titans who are 11th worst against the pass and have allowed 22 TDs over the season. After watching Goodwin over the last 4 games I no longer think he is strictly boom or bust, I actually think that he has a floor of about 65 yards and the potential for over 150 and 2 TDs if given the volume he deserves. Fantasy Projection: 6 receptions 77 yards potential for 1 TD

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Tight Ends
  1. Rob Gronkowski, NE TE at PIT
  2. Travis Kelce, KC TE vs. LAC
  3. Zach Ertz, PHI TE at NYG
  4. Hunter Henry, LAC TE at KC
  5. Delanie Walker, TEN TE at SF
  6. Jimmy Graham, SEA TE vs. LAR
  7. Evan Engram, NYG TE vs. PHI
  8. Jack Doyle, IND TE vs. DEN
  9. Kyle Rudolph, MIN TE vs. CIN
  10. Greg Olsen, CAR TE vs. GB
  11. Jared Cook, OAK TE vs. DAL
  12. Eric Ebron, DET TE vs. CHI

Gronk is back from his 1 game suspension and hopefully you were able to make it through your round 1 matchup despite his absence. Gronk will be rested and ready to tear it up Sunday against an injured and depleted Steelers line backing core. I expect the absence of Ryan Shazier will continue to allow opposing TE’s to get open early and often for big play. Gronk will definitely put up a big game in this shootout. Fantasy Projection: 7 receptions 87 yards 1-2 TD(s).

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