Week 15 Fantasy Rankings

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After finishing in the Top 10 in FantasyPros’ 2012 Expert Accuracy Competition, theScore’s Justin Boone is back in the Top 10 this season. Here are his rankings for Week 15.

QB
Peyton Manning – Den vs. SD
Drew Brees – NO at StL
Nick Foles – Phi at Min
Matthew Stafford – Det vs. Bal
Cam Newton – Car vs. NYJ
Philip Rivers – SD at Den
Tony Romo – Dal vs. GB
Andrew Luck – Ind vs. Hou
Matt Ryan – Atl vs. Was
Russell Wilson – Sea at NYG
Tom Brady – NE at Mia
Josh McCown – Chi at Cle
Alex Smith – KC at Oak
Ben Roethlisberger – Pit vs. Cin
Colin Kaepernick – SF at TB
Ryan Tannehill – Mia vs. NE
Andy Dalton – Cin at Pit
Jason Campbell – Cle vs. Chi
Joe Flacco – Bal at Det
Kirk Cousins – Was at Atl
Matt Flynn – GB at Dal
Carson Palmer – Ari at Ten
Case Keenum – Hou at Ind
Matt Cassel – Min vs. Phi
Ryan Fitzpatrick – Ten vs. Ari
EJ Manuel – Buf at Jac
Chad Henne – Jac vs. Buf
Kellen Clemens – StL vs. NO
Matt McGloin – Oak vs. KC
Eli Manning – NYG vs. Sea
Mike Glennon – TB vs. SF
Geno Smith – NYJ at Car

Matt Stafford will be back in the dome and more importantly out of the snow, which slowed down the Lions’ passing game last week. Expect Stafford to return to fantasy form, even against the Ravens’ defense… Cam Newton may not have a big day in terms of yards, because the Panthers’ defense will be winning the field position battle all afternoon. Newton will make up for it by finding the end zone multiple times… Philip Rivers was held in check by the Broncos earlier this season, so there are no guarantees that he will benefit from a potential Thursday night shootout in Denver. Rivers is a high-risk/high-reward play in Week 15… Andrew Luck is back in the top ten after a second-half surge against the Bengals that saw him finish with four touchdowns. On top of that, he plays the Houston Texans, who are mailing it in so hard they lost to the Jaguars twice in the last three weeks… If Tom Brady got you this far, then you’re likely going to go down swinging with the Patriots’ offense… The Bears get a much tougher test this week with the Browns’ defense. Regardless of whether Josh McCown or Jay Cutler starts, they will be ranked just outside the top ten.

RB
LeSean McCoy – Phi at Min
Jamaal Charles – KC at Oak
Matt Forte – Chi at Cle
DeMarco Murray – Dal vs. GB
Knowshon Moreno – Den vs. SD
Alfred Morris – Was at Atl
Eddie Lacy – GB at Dal
Zac Stacy – StL vs. NO
Shane Vereen – NE at Mia
Marshawn Lynch – Sea at NYG
Andre Brown – NYG vs. Sea
Le’Veon Bell – Pit vs. Cin
Ben Tate – Hou at Ind
Maurice Jones-Drew – Jac vs. Buf
Steven Jackson – Atl vs. Was
Toby Gerhart – Min vs. Phi
Frank Gore – SF at TB
Bobby Rainey – TB vs. SF
Rashad Jennings – Oak vs. KC
C.J. Spiller – Buf at Jac
Reggie Bush – Det vs. Bal
Chris Johnson – Ten vs. Ari
Joique Bell – Det vs. Bal
Giovani Bernard – Cin at Pit
Ryan Mathews – SD at Den
Ray Rice – Bal at Det
Montee Ball – Den vs. SD
Pierre Thomas – NO at StL
Fred Jackson – Buf at Jac
Danny Woodhead – SD at Den
Donald Brown – Ind vs. Hou
Rashard Mendenhall – Ari at Ten
Darren Sproles – NO at StL
Lamar Miller – Mia vs. NE
DeAngelo Williams – Car vs. NYJ
BenJarvus Green-Ellis – Cin at Pit
Chris Ivory – NYJ at Car
Andre Ellington – Ari at Ten
Trent Richardson – Ind vs. Hou
Chris Ogbonnaya – Cle vs. Chi
LeGarrette Blount – NE at Mia
Daniel Thomas – Mia vs. NE
Stevan Ridley – NE at Mia
Mike Tolbert – Car vs. NYJ
Marcel Reece – Oak vs. KC
Jacquizz Rodgers – Atl vs. Was
Bilal Powell – NYJ at Car
James Starks – GB at Dal
Jordan Todman – Jac vs. Buf
Shonn Greene – Ten vs. Ari
Fozzy Whittaker – Cle vs. Chi
Roy Helu – Was at Atl
Dennis Johnson – Hou at Ind
Mark Ingram – NO at StL
Joseph Randle – Dal vs. GB
Brian Leonard – TB vs. SF
Bernard Pierce – Bal at Det
Benny Cunningham – StL vs. NO
Peyton Hillis – NYG vs. Sea
Matt Asiata – Min vs. Phi
Bryce Brown – Phi at Min
Robert Turbin – Sea at NYG
Kendall Hunter – SF at TB
Knile Davis – KC at Oak
Michael Bush – Chi at Cle
Antone Smith – Atl vs. Was
Jonathan Dwyer – Pit vs. Cin
Stepfan Taylor – Ari at Ten
Ronnie Brown – SD at Den
Anthony Sherman – KC at Oak
Bruce Miller – SF at TB
Jason Snelling – Atl vs. Was
John Kuhn – GB at Dal
Brandon Bolden – NE at Mia

Even without the snow, LeSean McCoy will be running down the field with defenders chasing him again this week… Knowshon Moreno has been great, but Montee Ball is eating into his carries and that will likely prevent him from having a truly elite day… Alfred Morris will be asked to power the Redskins’ Kirk Cousins-led offense the rest of the season. Lucky for Morris, he gets the Falcons in Week 15… There plenty of injured running backs to keep an eye on this week, including Adrian Peterson, Maurice Jones-Drew and Eddie Lacy. Peterson is likely out, MJD seems doubtful and Lacy’s status is still up in the air. If they miss the week, Toby Gerhart, Jordan Todman and James Starks will all be excellent RB2 options… Reggie Bush may also come down to a game-time decision on Monday night. While Bush seems like he should play, Joique Bell is a low-end RB1 whenever Bush is sidelined… The Saints have a strong matchup with the Rams, but the three-headed monster of Pierre Thomas, Darren Sporles and Mark Ingram limits their upside… Fred Jackson, Danny Woodhead, Rashard Mendenhall, and Andre Ellington all have the chance to be surprising stars for your team this week.

WR
Calvin Johnson – Det vs. Bal
Josh Gordon – Cle vs. Chi
Demaryius Thomas – Den vs. SD
Alshon Jeffery – Chi at Cle
Brandon Marshall – Chi at Cle
Dez Bryant – Dal vs. GB
Andre Johnson – Hou at Ind
A.J. Green – Cin at Pit
Antonio Brown – Pit vs. Cin
Eric Decker – Den vs. SD
DeSean Jackson – Phi at Min
Keenan Allen – SD at Den
Roddy White – Atl vs. Was
Pierre Garcon – Was at Atl
Torrey Smith – Bal at Det
Jordy Nelson – GB at Dal
Vincent Jackson – TB vs. SF
Larry Fitzgerald – Ari at Ten
Julian Edelman – NE at Mia
Riley Cooper – Phi at Min
Marques Colston – NO at StL
Cecil Shorts – Jac vs. Buf
Mike Wallace – Mia vs. NE
Dwayne Bowe – KC at Oak
Kendall Wright – Ten vs. Ari
Michael Floyd – Ari at Ten
Harry Douglas – Atl vs. Was
Steve Smith – Car vs. NYJ
Victor Cruz – NYG vs. Sea
T.Y. Hilton – Ind vs. Hou
Brian Hartline – Mia vs. NE
Steve Johnson – Buf at Jac
Doug Baldwin – Sea at NYG
Rod Streater – Oak vs. KC
Anquan Boldin – SF at TB
Greg Jennings – Min vs. Phi
Danny Amendola – NE at Mia
Golden Tate – Sea at NYG
Cordarrelle Patterson – Min vs. Phi
Emmanuel Sanders – Pit vs. Cin
James Jones – GB at Dal
Michael Crabtree – SF at TB
DeAndre Hopkins – Hou at Ind
Brandon LaFell – Car vs. NYJ
Nate Burleson – Det vs. Bal
Jarrett Boykin – GB at Dal
Ace Sanders – Jac vs. Buf
Andre Holmes – Oak vs. KC
Hakeem Nicks – NYG vs. Sea
Marlon Brown – Bal at Det
Da’Rick Rogers – Ind vs. Hou
Justin Hunter – Ten vs. Ari
Jerome Simpson – Min vs. Phi
Kenbrell Thompkins – NE at Mia
Terrance Williams – Dal vs. GB
Jerricho Cotchery – Pit vs. Cin
Dexter McCluster – KC at Oak
Tiquan Underwood – TB vs. SF
Jacoby Jones – Bal at Det
Nate Washington – Ten vs. Ari
Tavon Austin – StL vs. NO
Robert Woods – Buf at Jac
Rueben Randle – NYG vs. Sea
Rishard Matthews – Mia vs. NE
Kris Durham – Det vs. Bal
Marvin Jones – Cin at Pit
Jeremy Kerley – NYJ at Car
Ted Ginn – Car vs. NYJ
Santonio Holmes – NYJ at Car
Mike Brown – Jac vs. Buf
Donnie Avery – KC at Oak
Andre Roberts – Ari at Ten
Kenny Stills – NO at StL
Jermaine Kearse – Sea at NYG
Vincent Brown – SD at Den
Aldrick Robinson – Was at Atl
Eddie Royal – SD at Den
Chris Givens – StL vs. NO
Jason Avant – Phi at Min
Lavon Brazill – Ind vs. Hou
Miles Austin – Dal vs. GB
Lance Moore – NO at StL
Greg Little – Cle vs. Chi
Darius Johnson – Atl vs. Was
Robert Meachem – NO at StL
Marquise Goodwin – Buf at Jac
Mohamed Sanu – Cin at Pit
Josh Boyce – NE at Mia
Santana Moss – Was at Atl
Earl Bennett – Chi at Cle
Davone Bess – Cle vs. Chi
David Nelson – NYJ at Car
Cole Beasley – Dal vs. GB
Josh Morgan – Was at Atl
Darrius Heyward-Bey – Ind vs. Hou
Mario Manningham – SF at TB
Stephen Hill – NYJ at Car

Josh Gordon is finally getting his due and has moved into the second spot under Calvin Johnson this week. That’s where you should play him this week, and that’s where you should draft him next year… Alshon Jeffery also cracks the top five with his undeniable talent. Jeffery and Brandon Marshall have taken over the title of best receiver duo from Julio Jones and Roddy White… Speaking of White, you can play him with confidence now. Unfortunately for you, your team may not be in playoffs because of his early season injury woes… Antonio Brown is officially matchup-proof. They only thing that can stop him is the sideline… No one needs Aaron Rodgers back under centre more than Jordy Nelson. If Rodgers plays, Nelson will be a WR1, but if he doesn’t he is a low-end WR2… Tough to guess how the targets will play out in Washington with Cousins at the helm. Either way, Pierre Garcon will get his… Much like the Lions’ receivers, expect DeSean Jackson and Riley Cooper to get back to dominating in less wintery conditions… Even in a bad matchup, Kendall Wright will deliver a steady fantasy day in the area of 10 points. If you need 20-point upside from that spot, Wright isn’t your man… Cordarrelle Patterson is emerging down the stretch and there is no better secondary to be facing than the Eagles. Enjoy.

TE
Jimmy Graham – NO at StL
Julius Thomas – Den vs. SD
Jordan Cameron – Cle vs. Chi
Vernon Davis – SF at TB
Greg Olsen – Car vs. NYJ
Antonio Gates – SD at Den
Jason Witten – Dal vs. GB
Tony Gonzalez – Atl vs. Was
Dennis Pitta – Bal at Det
Charles Clay – Mia vs. NE
Delanie Walker – Ten vs. Ari
Garrett Graham – Hou at Ind
Martellus Bennett – Chi at Cle
Coby Fleener – Ind vs. Hou
Jordan Reed – Was at Atl
Jacob Tamme – Den vs. SD
Ladarius Green – SD at Den
Heath Miller – Pit vs. Cin
Scott Chandler – Buf at Jac
Tim Wright – TB vs. SF
Zach Ertz – Phi at Min
Zach Miller – Sea at NYG
Rob Housler – Ari at Ten
Jermaine Gresham – Cin at Pit
Brent Celek – Phi at Min
Brandon Pettigrew – Det vs. Bal
Brandon Myers – NYG vs. Sea
Tyler Eifert – Cin at Pit
Marcedes Lewis – Jac vs. Buf
Mychal Rivera – Oak vs. KC
Jared Cook – StL vs. NO
Anthony Fasano – KC at Oak
Sean McGrath – KC at Oak

The tight end landscape just doesn’t look the same without Rob Gronkowski… Julius Thomas returns this week and just in time for the Broncos, who will be without Wes Welker. With Gronk gone, Thomas is the top tight end to own outside of Jimmy Graham… Jordan Cameron was on the verge of nosediving down the rankings, but his big game in Week 14 gives him new life. The Bears give up the eighth most points to tight ends, so Cameron is a very attractive start this week… Dennis Pitta didn’t waste any time getting back to being a TE1… If Delanie Walker gets cleared from his concussion, he’s facing a very tight end friendly Cardinals’ defense… Ladarius Green had a miserable game in Week 14, but he is still a dynamic talent in a high volume pass offense… With Welker out, Jacob Tamme slides in as a high-upside play on Thursday night.

K
Matt Prater – Den vs. SD
Stephen Gostkowski – NE at Mia
Steven Hauschka – Sea at NYG
Justin Tucker – Bal at Det
Adam Vinatieri – Ind vs. Hou
Robbie Gould – Chi at Cle
Blair Walsh – Min vs. Phi
Garrett Hartley – NO at StL
Phil Dawson – SF at TB
Dan Bailey – Dal vs. GB
Nick Novak – SD at Den
Mason Crosby – GB at Dal
Ryan Succop – KC at Oak
Alex Henery – Phi at Min
David Akers – Det vs. Bal
Caleb Sturgis – Mia vs. NE
Dan Carpenter – Buf at Jac
Matt Bryant – Atl vs. Was
Graham Gano – Car vs. NYJ
Kai Forbath – Was at Atl
Shaun Suisham – Pit vs. Cin
Jay Feely – Ari at Ten
Rob Bironas – Ten vs. Ari
Sebastian Janikowski – Oak vs. KC
Mike Nugent – Cin at Pit
Greg Zuerlein – StL vs. NO
Randy Bullock – Hou at Ind
Rian Lindell – TB vs. SF
Josh Scobee – Jac vs. Buf
Josh Brown – NYG vs. Sea
Billy Cundiff – Cle vs. Chi
Nick Folk – NYJ at Car
DST
Carolina Panthers – Car vs. NYJ
Seattle Seahawks – Sea at NYG
San Francisco 49ers – SF at TB
Kansas City Chiefs – KC at Oak
Buffalo Bills – Buf at Jac
Arizona Cardinals – Ari at Ten
Cincinnati Bengals – Cin at Pit
Philadelphia Eagles – Phi at Min
New Orleans Saints – NO at StL
Indianapolis Colts – Ind vs. Hou
New England Patriots – NE at Mia
Tennessee Titans – Ten vs. Ari
Detroit Lions – Det vs. Bal
Miami Dolphins – Mia vs. NE
Jacksonville Jaguars – Jac vs. Buf
Chicago Bears – Chi at Cle
Denver Broncos – Den vs. SD
Baltimore Ravens – Bal at Det
Pittsburgh Steelers – Pit vs. Cin
Atlanta Falcons – Atl vs. Was
Dallas Cowboys – Dal vs. GB
St. Louis Rams – StL vs. NO
Tampa Bay Buccaneers – TB vs. SF
Washington Redskins – Was at Atl
Houston Texans – Hou at Ind
Oakland Raiders – Oak vs. KC
Cleveland Browns – Cle vs. Chi
New York Jets – NYJ at Car
Green Bay Packers – GB at Dal
New York Giants – NYG vs. Sea
Minnesota Vikings – Min vs. Phi
San Diego Chargers – SD at Den