Week 15 Player Rankings

By Mike Cannici


QB Rankings

1.       Peyton Manning vs. JAX

2.       Drew Brees @ BAL

3.       Tom Brady vs. GB

4.       Michael Vick @ NYG

5.       Matt Schaub @ TEN

6.       Matt Ryan @ SEA

7.       Eli Manning vs. PHI

8.       Josh Freeman vs. DET

9.       Jon Kitna vs. WAS- Kitna should be in for a big day as the Redskins only trail the Texans for the worst pass defense.

10.   Joe Flacco vs. NO

11.   David Garrard @ IND

12.   Jay Cutler @ MIN

13.   Jason Campbell vs. DEN- Has been solid since taking over for Gradkowski, expect solid numbers once again, he’s a borderline starter.

14.   Ben Roethlisberger vs. NYJ

15.   Matt Cassel @ STL- Should return from his appendectomy and have a big game, in a big game.

16.   Kerry Collins vs. HOU- Interesting fact, except for Rusty Smith, every QB that’s faced the Texans has had either two pass touchdowns or thrown for 400 yards, just saying.

17.   Carson Palmer vs. CLE

18.   Shaun Hill @ TB- Assuming he plays; he’s not a bad option against a weak Bucs pass defense.

19.   Sam Bradford vs. KC

20.   Mark Sanchez @ PIT- The Steelers can be thrown on, but the way he’s been playing, bench him.

21.   Kyle Orton @ OAK- he may not play with a forearm issue. Either way, leave him on benches.

22.   Ryan Fitzpatrick @ MIA

23.   Matt Hasselback vs. ATL

24.   Colt McCoy @ CIN

25.   Drew Stanton @ TB- Will start if Hill can’t go.

26.   Tim Tebow @ OAK- Could make his first career start, but not in your lineup. BENCH!

27.   Matt Flynn @ NE- Likely to make first career start with Rodgers out. Bad matchup against surging Pats defense. If Rodgers plays, he’s a must start obviously.

28.   Chad Henne vs. BUF

29.   Joe Webb vs. CHI- Tough matchup for the rookie, but he is receiver eligible in some league’s so may not be a bad start in standard scoring leagues.

30.   Rex Grossman @ DAL- I know McNabb has been less than stellar this season, but c’mon, Grossman? You really think he gives you a better chance to win?

31.   John Skelton @. CAR

32.   Jimmy Clausen vs. ARI



RB Rankings

1.       Arian Foster @ TEN

2.       Michael Turner @ SEA

3.       Peyton Hillis @ CIN

4.       Maurice Jones-Drew @ IND

5.       Chris Johnson vs. HOU

6.       Darren McFadden vs. DEN- Has been shredding defenses as of late and Denver gives up the fourth most points to RB.

7.       Knowshon Moreno @ OAK

8.       Ray Rice vs. NO

9.       LeSean McCoy @ NYG

10.   Ahmad Bradshaw vs. PHI

11.   Steven Jackson vs. KC

12.   Jonathan Stewart vs. ARI- The Cards allow the most points to opposing backs. Stewart has been running well, if this is a tight game, Stewart will have a huge day.

13.   Jamaal Charles @ STL

14.   Adrian Peterson vs. CHI

15.   Felix Jones vs. WAS

16.   Tim Hightower @ CAR- Has had two straight big games, Panthers are bad against the run and have allowed 3 rushing touchdowns in each of the last three games. START!!!

17.   LaGarette Blount vs. DET- The lions are terrible against the run, should have a big day.

18.   BenJarvus Green-Eliis vs. GB- Had a solid game against a very good Bears rush defense, should do the same at least against the Pack.

19.   Matt Forte @ MIN

20.   Rashard Mendenhall vs. NYJ

21.   Cedric Benson vs. CLE

22.   Ryan Torain @ DAL- Coming off a 172 yard effort against the Bucs, looks healthy, solid #2.

23.   Brandon Jacobs vs. PHI- The 1-2 punch of Jacobs and Bradshaw appears to be back, at least one score and about 60 yards.

24.   Ronnie Brown vs. BUF

25.   Fred Jackson @ MIA

26.   Javarris James vs. JAX- Appears to be the workhorse now and should get goal line carries as well. Solid flex play at worst this week.

27.   Pierre Thomas @ BAL- Looked good last week and with Ivory likely to be on the shelf, he’ll have a good game. Upgrade slightly in PPR leagues.

28.   Ricky Williams vs. BUF- The Bills are terrible vs. the run so the Miami tandem should both post solid flex numbers.

29.   Michael Bush vs. DEN

30.   Marshawn Lynch vs. ATL

31.   Thomas Jones @ STL

32.   LaDainian Tomlinson @ PIT- Very tough matchup vs. league’s best run defense.

33.   Mike Goodson vs. ARI

34.   Reggie Bush @ BAL

35.   Jahvid Best @ TB

36.   Brandon Jackson @ NE

37.   Danny Woodhead vs. GB

38.   Tashard Choice vs. WAS

39.   Rashad Jennings @ IND- Scored in two straight games, could pick up a third this week.

40.   Donald Brown vs. JAX

41.   Chris Ivory @ BAL- Not likely to play with hamstring issue, if he does bump up about 8-10 spots.

42.   Shonn Greene @ PIT

43.   Maurice Morris @ TB

44.   James Starks @ TB- Can’t trust him to get carries at this point.

45.   Justin Forsett vs. ATL

46.   Willis McGahee vs. NO

47.   Chester Taylor @ MIN

48.   Beanie Wells @ CAR

49.   Keiland Williams @ DAL

50.   C.J. Spiller @ MIA


WR Rankings

1.       Andre Johnson @ TEN

2.       Roddy White @ SEA

3.       Reggie Wayne vs. JAX

4.       Calvin Johnson @ TB

5.       Dwayne Bowe @ STL- Due for a bounce back however Cassel not playing would definitely hinder that. Your starting Bowe regardless as the Rams pass defense is not like the Chargers or Broncos whom shut Bowe out the last two weeks.

6.       Kenny Britt vs. HOU- Second game back and the Texans pass D is horrific. Start with confidence.

7.       Marques Colston @ BAL

8.       Wes Welker vs. GB

9.       Hakeem Nicks vs. PHI

10.   Miles Austin vs. WAS- Gets back in the big game column this week against Skins.

11.   Mike Williams vs. DET

12.   Brandon Marshall vs. BUF

13.   Desean Jackson @ NYG- Assuming he plays which is very likely at this point, he’s a must start due to his big play ability.

14.   Terrell Owens vs. CLE

15.   Pierre Garcon vs. JAX- Coming off three scores in his last two games, solid # 2 this week

16.   Larry Fitzgerald @ CAR

17.   Anquan Boldin vs. NO

18.   Johnny Knox @ MIN

19.   Mike Wallace vs. NYJ

20.   Jeremy Maclin @ NYG- Move up significantly if DJax doesn’t play.

21.   Joe Webb vs. CHI- If he’s receiver eligible in your league (yahoo for sure) he’s got big time potential especially in non-ppr leagues this week.

22.   Mike Thomas @ IND

23.   Steve Johnson @ MIA- The undisputed top receiver there now with Lee Evans on IR.

24.   Brandon Lloyd @ OAK

25.   Santonio Holmes @ PIT

26.   Deion Branch vs. GB

27.   Chad OchoCinco vs. CLE

28.   Greg Jennings @ NE- Still have to roll him their even with Rodgers likely to sit.

29.   Mario Manningham vs. PHI- Much better fit as a #2 receiver than being a #1 like he’s been the last few weeks.

30.   Robert Meachem @ BAL

31.   Sidney Rice vs. CHI- It remains to be seen what Joe Webb can do but Rice is just too talented to sit.

32.   Mike Sims-Walker @ IND

33.   Earl Bennett @ MIN

34.   Derrick Mason vs. NO

35.   Mike Williams vs. ATL

36.   Davone Bess vs. BUF- I like him a lot this week, especially for PPR

37.   Brandon Gibson vs. KC

38.   Steve Smith vs. ARI

39.   Nate Washington vs. HOU

40.   Braylon Edwards @ PIT

41.   Percy Harvin vs. CHI

42.   Santana Moss @ DAL- Has to be dropped with McNabb out and Grossman in.

43.   Hines Ward vs. NYJ

44.   Louis Murphy vs. DEN

45.   Steve Breaston @ CAR

46.   Austin Collie vs. JAX- The only thing that scares me is this rash of concussions he’s been suffering that he will be unable to finish the game; otherwise he’d be in my top 30.

47.   Arrelious Benn vs. DET- Really came on last week and what better team to post an encore against than the Lions at home.

48.   Lance Moore @ BAL

49.   Nate Burleson @ TB

50.   Mohammed Massaquoi @ CIN


TE Rankings

1.       Jason Witten vs. WAS

2.       Jacob Tamme vs. JAX

3.       Tony Gonzalez @ SEA

4.       Rob Gronkowski vs. GB- The Pack have given up a ton of pts to TE and Brady loves this kid, especially in the red zone.

5.       Chris Cooley @ DAL

6.       Marcedes Lewis @IND

7.       Owen Daniels @ TEN- Finally returned last week 5-91 and should increase that by adding at least a touchdown.

8.       Zach Miller vs. DEN

9.       Kellen Winslow vs. DET

10.   Kevin Boss vs. PHI

11.   Ben Watson @ CIN

12.   Brandon Pettigrew @ TB

13.   Dustin Keller @ PIT

14.   Tony Moeaki @ STL

15.   Anthony Fasano vs. BUF

16.   Greg Olsen @ MIN

17.   Jermaine Gresham vs. CLE

18.   Bo Scaife vs. HOU

19.   Brent Celek @ NYG

20.   Visanthe Shiancoe vs. CHI

21.   Aaron Hernandez vs. GB

22.   Andrew Quarless @ NE- Could have a solid game if Flynn can’t get the ball down field, could see a lot of dump offs and short passes.

23.   Jimmy Graham @ BAL

24.   Daniel Fells vs. KC

25.   John Carlson vs. ATL

26.   Dante Rosario vs. ARI

27.   Jeremy Shockey @ BAL

28.   Ed Dickson vs. NO

29.   Tony Scheffler @ TB

30.   Bear Pascoe vs. PHI



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