Fantasy Football Rankings: Week 15
Week 15 Fantasy Rankings
This article will showcase the FantasyData staff's Week 15 Fantasy Football Rankings along with commentary on players I'm higher on or lower on in my own personal rankings. The advanced metrics and other resources available at FantasyData are invaluable when conducting research for the upcoming week's slate of NFL games. Let's dive in!
ECR- Expect Consensus picks at FantasyPros
Fantasy Players, I'm Higher On
Philip Rivers (QB) Los Angeles Chargers (QB17, ECR QB25)
Rivers completed 16 of 22 passes for 314 yards and three touchdowns in the Chargers win over the Jaguars last week. He can be viewed as a mid-range QB2 against the Vikings this week. Minnesota's defense has allowed an average of 38.2 pass attempts, 23 completions, 271.4 passing yards, 1.6 touchdowns, one interception, and 18.6 fantasy points per game to top quarterbacks scorers over its last five.
David Blough (QB) Detroit Lions (QB22, ECR QB28)
Blough had a solid debut on Thanksgiving against the Bears, but faceplanted against the Vikings last week. The undrafted rookie completed 24 of 40 passes for 205 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions. Blough and the Lions face the Buccaneers this week. Tampa Bay's defense has allowed an average of 37.4 pass attempts, 22.6 completions, 244.2 passing yards, 1.8 touchdowns, 0.6 interceptions, and 20.6 fantasy points per game to top quarterback scorers over its last five. Blough can be viewed as a QB2 for those in a pinch in deeper formats.
Saquon Barkley (RB) New York Giants (RB4, ECR RB8)
Barkley rushed 17 times for 66 yards and while catching three of four targets for one yard in the Giants loss to the Eagles last week. He hasn't scored a touchdown over his last five games. Did you know Barkley hasn't had a game with 100 or more rushing yards since Week 2? He has finished as an RB1 in only 30 percent of his games this season. Barkley's high ankle sprain has negatively impacted his fantasy production. The good news is that he has a great matchup in Week 15 against the Dolphins. Miami's defense has allowed an average of 20.8 touches, 103.6 total yards, 0.4 touchdowns, and 15.1 PPR fantasy points per game to top running back scorers over its last five.
AJ. Brown (WR) Tennessee Titans (WR14, ECR WR18)
Brown caught five of seven targets for 153 yards and two touchdowns in the Titans win over the Raiders last week. He finished as the WR1 in PPR formats. Brown's established himself as the Titans No. 1 receiver and leads the team in multiple statistical categories including targets (61), receptions (39), receiving yards (779), air yards (734), and touchdowns (6). He has a plus matchup against the Texans. Brown is an excellent WR2 option for teams struggling at the wide receiver position due to the loss of Mike Evans, DeVante Parker, and Alshon Jeffery.
Christian Kirk (WR) Arizona Cardinals (WR18, ECR WR23)
Kirk caught eight of nine targets for 85 yards in the Cardinals' loss to the Steelers last week. He's averaged 8.8 targets per game over Arizona's last four. Kirk has a good matchup against the Browns in Week 15. Cleveland's defense has allowed an average of 7.4 targets, 4.6 receptions, and 80.6 receiving yards per game to top wide receiver scorers over its last five. Kirk can be viewed as a low-end WR2.
Fantasy Players, I'm Lower On
Tom Brady (QB) New England Patriots (QB20, ECR QB14)
Brady completed 19 of 36 passes for 169 yards with a touchdown and an interception in the Patriots loss to the Chiefs last week. It was New England's first loss at home since Week 4 of the 2017 season. Brady has only finished as a QB1 in 38 percent of his games this season. Is his elbow injury more of a problem than the Patriots are letting on? New England's receivers uncharacteristically rank eighth in dropped passes according to our advanced metrics. Brady ranks 20th with a true passer rating of 86.4 this season. This advanced metric does factor out unpressured throwaways and dropped passes. Brady is more of a QB2 this week even in a plus matchup against the Bengals.
Mitch Trubisky (QB) Chicago Bears (QB26, ECR QB21)
Trubisky completed 23 of 31 passes for 244 yards, three touchdowns, and an interception in the Bears win over the Cowboys. He also rushed for 64 yards on nine attempts and scored a rushing touchdown. Trubisky has played well over the Bears’ last five games, he’s thrown for 1,320 yards and 13 touchdowns with a 99.7 passer rating. Running back David Montgomery gives Chicago the best chance to control the game against the Packers in Week 15. Green Bay has struggled to stop the run all season and currently allows 123 rushing yards per game, which ranks 25th in the NFL. The Packers have allowed an average of 19.6 touches, 101.6 total yards, one touchdown, and 18.7 PPR fantasy points per game to top running back scorers over its last five. Trubisky can be viewed as a low-end QB2.
Amari Cooper (WR) Dallas Cowboys (WR21, ECR WR15)
Cooper caught six of eight targets for 83 yards and a touchdown in the Cowboys loss to the Bears. His knee injury continues to be a problem and a matchup against cornerback Jalen Ramsey in Week 15 against the Rams is less than ideal. The stars are being aligned for his teammate Michael Gallup to have a monster game.
Odell Beckham (WR) Cleveland Browns (WR23, ECR WR19)
Beckham caught two of five targets for 39 yards in the Browns' win over the Bengals. He continues to play through a sports hernia. Beckham has a disappointment this season considering his average draft position this summer. He's only averaged 12.1 PPR points per game this season. Beckham's only finished as a WR1 in two games. The matchup against the Cardinals is a favorable one, but Beckham's injury makes him hard to trust. He's more of a WR3 with a high ceiling and a low floor.
Russell Gage (WR) Atlanta Falcons (WR60, ECR WR52)
Gage only caught two of four targets for 17 yards in the Falcons' win over the Panthers last week. The low target volume was a surprise considering Calvin Ridley left the game with an abdominal injury and Atlanta scored 40 points. Gage is more of a WR4 as the Falcons take on the 49ers in Week 15.
Bringing It All Together
You'll find my Week 15 rankings below. Do you agree or disagree with some of the analysis? What about how the players below are ranked? Reach out to me on Twitter (@EricNMoody) and let me know. Thanks for reading and don't forget to sign up for FantasyData Premium which will provide you access to our advanced metrics and other resources. You can also read my Start 'Em Sit 'Em column to help you prepare for Week 15.
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Eric Moody is a member of the FSWA (Fantasy Sports Writers Association). His writing has been featured at FantasyPros, Gridiron Experts, RotoViz, and TwoQBs. He has a lifelong passion for the game and even played at the collegiate level as an offensive lineman. Eric also participated in Dan Hatman's Scouting Academy in order to learn the process of player evaluation at an NFL level. When Eric provides advice, he uses game film, analytics, and statistics to help you understand his perspective. He enjoys time with his family, Netflix, music, bass guitar, and coffee