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RB Rankings for Week 15

Well as long as he’s hot you’ve got to ride Brian Westbrook, especially against a defense like Cleveland’s. Over the past three weeks, they’ve allowed over 400 yards – although to be fair, half that was to Tennessee last week. Still, this is a reeling defense and a red hot Westbrook and a firing on all cylinders McNabb should put up some very good points – through the air as well as on the ground.

Aside from the back-and-forth between Clinton Portis and Redskins coach Jon Zorn, Portis is a week healthier and has a fantastic matchup in Cinci. I think Zorn wil luse his best weapon both to grind the game away as well as make Portis happy. And Portis should have no problem against this run defense, or lack thereof.

Will LaDainianTomlinson ever get totally back on track? Not until next season when the Oline gets fixed perhaps, but the Chiefs are still a great place to get healthy – even if they have played better of late. They still give up 161 yards per game on average and have allowed 21 TDs so far. Now, LT didn’t fare too well last time out (totalled over 100 yards but not by much and no TD) but he’s a lot healthier and should top 100 yards with a TD.

You can’t get DeAngelo Williams out of your lineup nor should you try. And don’t worry about Jonathan Stewart – Williams will still get plenty of carries and there will be plenty of success to be had against the 36th rush defense in the league. The only hitch in the plan could be if the Broncs leap out to an early lead. But more than likely, the Panthers will grind out the clock in an attempt to keep the dynamic pass offense of Jay Cutler and friends off the field. Williams will be the work horse and we’ve seen way too much production from him lately to have him on your bench.

Adrian Peterson didn’t light the Lions up the way we’d hoped he would and while the matchup doesn’t get easier, he should still find plenty of success. With Tarvaris Jackson the likely QB, the Vikings will have to rely on him heavily and even against tough defenses, Peterson starts and gets yards.

Running Back

  1. Brian Westbrook, Eagles vs. Browns
  2. Clinton Portis, Redskins at Bengals
  3. LaDainian Tomlinson, Chargers at Chiefs
  4. DeAngelo Williams, Panthers vs. Broncos
  5. Adrian Peterson, Vikings at Cardinals
  6. Michael Turner, Falcons vs. Buccaneers
  7. Dominic Rhodes, Colts vs. Lions
  8. Chris Johnson, Titans at Texans
  9. Maurice Jones-Drew, Jaguars vs. Packers
  10. Thomas Jones, Jets vs. Bills
  11. Steven Jackson, Rams vs. Seahawks
  12. Ryan Grant, Packers at Jaguars
  13. Steve Slaton, Texans vs. Titans
  14. Marshawn Lynch, Bills at Jets
  15. Jonathan Stewart, Panthers vs. Broncos
  16. Derrick Ward, Giants at Cowboys
  17. Ronnie Brown, Dolphins vs. 49ers
  18. Kevin Smith, Lions at Colts
  19. Maurice Morris, Seahawks at Rams
  20. Marion Barber, Cowboys vs. Giants
  21. Warrick Dunn, Buccaneers at Falcons
  22. LenDale White, Titans at Texans
  23. Larry Johnson, Chiefs vs. Chargers
  24. Sammy Morris, Patriots at Raiders
  25. Ricky Williams, Dolphins vs. 49ers
  26. Jamal Lewis, Browns at Eagles
  27. Willie Parker, Steelers at Ravens
  28. Le’Ron McClain, Ravens vs. Steelers
  29. Tashard Choice, Cowboys vs. Giants
  30. Cedric Benson, Bengals vs. Redskins
  31. DeShaun Foster, 49ers at Dolphins
  32. Tatum Bell, Broncos at Panthers
  33. Cadillac Williams, Buccaneers at Falcons
  34. Kevin Faulk, Patriots at Raiders

WR Rankings for Week 15

Larry Fitzgerald has really come on for the last few weeks – Anquan Boldin will not continue to struggle but Fitzgerald has been THE MAN for the Cardinals the last few weeks and rock solid for the whole season. He should see a lot of work since the best way to beat the Vikings is through the air. And of the dynamic duo, Fitz is the hotter and I think he will get a ton of work from Warner.

It took a while to happen but Steve Smith finally started producing really nicely. The Broncos can get thrown against with or without Champ Bailey and Smith has made some great catches. Even though Delhomme is not a great start and has struggled, Smith has still been able to put up good points and will do so this week as well.

On the opposite sideline, Brandon Marshall will succeed, probably just because of the sheer volume of passes Cutler will heave at him. I don’t expect Bell to do much save for keeping the defense honest and I think the Broncos will not rely on any of the collage of also rans and never was RBs they’ve collected. Marshall has the ability to overcome the defense and with Eddie Royal and tight end Tony Scheffler, he’ll find some single coverage.

Greg Jennings, like Aaron Rodgers, puts up fantasy points even when the Packers lose. As Rodgers does well, Jennings does as well because Rodgers loves him some Jennings. He’ll look at him pretty frequently and lucky for him, Jennings can catch anything thrown at him. Jennings is a reliable fantasy starter every week and again when the big fantasy names at WR get talked about, his name is not brought up often enough.

Roddy White faces a dangerous secondary in Tampa Bay who will harrass and attack both White and Matt Ryan. However, White has more than earned his auto-start in your lineup and while it’s a bad matchup, he has seen those before and succeeded. Ryan struggled against this secondary in it’s own house before. But he is more experiance and home, so expect a better game from him and a great game from White.

Wide Receiver

  1. Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals vs. Vikings
  2. Steve Smith, Panthers vs. Broncos
  3. Brandon Marshall, Broncos at Panthers
  4. Greg Jennings, Packers at Jaguars
  5. Roddy White, Falcons vs. Buccaneers
  6. Dwayne Bowe, Chiefs vs. Chargers
  7. Reggie Wayne, Colts vs. Lions
  8. Anquan Boldin, Cardinals vs. Vikings
  9. Calvin Johnson, Lions at Colts
  10. Randy Moss, Patriots at Raiders
  11. Terrell Owens, Cowboys vs. Giants
  12. Andre Johnson, Texans vs. Titans
  13. DeSean Jackson, Eagles vs. Browns
  14. Wes Welker, Patriots at Raiders
  15. Derrick Mason, Ravens vs. Steelers
  16. Lee Evans, Bills at Jets
  17. Jerricho Cotchery, Jets vs. Bills
  18. Vincent Jackson, Chargers at Chiefs
  19. Isaac Bruce, 49ers at Dolphins
  20. Antonio Bryant, Buccaneers at Falcons
  21. Santana Moss, Redskins at Bengals
  22. Davone Bess, Dolphins vs. 49ers
  23. Deion Branch, Seahawks at Rams
  24. Eddie Royal, Broncos at Panthers
  25. Kevin Walter, Texans vs. Titans
  26. Donald Driver, Packers at Jaguars
  27. T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Bengals vs. Redskins
  28. Hines Ward, Steelers at Ravens
  29. Bernard Berrian, Vikings at Cardinals
  30. Marvin Harrison, Colts vs. Lions
  31. Braylon Edwards, Browns at Eagles
  32. Santonio Holmes, Steelers at Ravens
  33. Hank Baskett, Eagles vs. Browns
  34. Steve Breaston, Cardinals vs. Vikings
  35. Reggie Williams, Jaguars vs. Packers

QB Rankings for Week 15

Aaron Rodgers may be ‘no Brett Favre’ but that doesn’t mean he’s played badly for a first year starter. Last week he had 295 and a pair of TDs against the Texans in a loss, has been one of the hotter Fantasy QBs over the last three weeks and faces a middling defense which has given up 21 TDs this season. Even if he didn’t put up big yards, he’s likely to hit his WRs or Donald Lee for at least a few touchdowns.

Maybe Peyton Manning will suffer from a big case of Dominic Rhodes as the Lions attract good performances from opposing running backs but this is a team that throws the ball and I think Manning will do so regardless of how easy Rhodes finds it. The fact that it could be Rhodes and a host of nobodies could lead the team to throw in order to avoid running Rhodes into the ground.

If you are going to beat the Vikings you’re going to have to throw. And if you’re the Arizona Cardinals, possessing three outstanding wide receivers with Kurt Warner slinging the rock you were going to do that anyway. You may say ‘Andrew, the Vikes held off the Lions’ pass game last week….’ Actually in all likelyhood you wouldn’t get past the word ‘Lions’ – but even if you were to lose your mind and compare Warner with Culpepper, there are too many weapons to stop for the Vikes defense – an average defense overall. The biggest question is again, can the Cards’ oline hold against yet another sack-machine defense.

The Chargers have had some real problems in the offensive line and occasionally Philip Rivers has lacked the time and weapons to suceed but Vincent Jackson has stepped up this season and I expect Tomlinson to have a good day and therefore keep the defense honest. Now, I don’t expect a ton of points from the Wr core save for Jackson but I think Rivers will have a very good day against a defense that cannot generate a pass rush or turn over the ball. Rivers should have a nice little fantasy explosion for you Sunday.

Donovan McNabb continues to play well since Turkey Day and face a slowly bleeding to death Cleveland Browns. Now the Browns’ defense has actually been playing like they still give a damn, but it’s still not enough. And while Westbrook will have a good day, he’ll get a ton of yards through the air anyway and that translates to some good yards for McNabb. They’ll get the ball to Curtis, Brown and Jackson as well.

Back with more rankings in an hour or so….

Quarterback

  1. Aaron Rodgers, Packers at Jaguars
  2. Peyton Manning, Colts vs. Lions
  3. Kurt Warner, Cardinals vs. Vikings
  4. Philip Rivers, Chargers at Chiefs
  5. Donovan McNabb, Eagles vs. Browns
  6. Matt Cassel, Patriots at Raiders
  7. Jay Cutler, Broncos at Panthers
  8. Tony Romo, Cowboys vs. Giants
  9. Seneca Wallace, Seahawks at Rams
  10. Matt Ryan, Falcons vs. Buccaneers
  11. Tyler Thigpen, Chiefs vs. Chargers
  12. Shaun Hill, 49ers at Dolphins
  13. Matt Schaub, Texans vs. Titans
  14. Brett Favre, Jets vs. Bills
  15. Jason Campbell, Redskins at Bengals
  16. Jeff Garcia, Buccaneers at Falcons
  17. Kerry Collins, Titans at Texans
  18. Chad Pennington, Dolphins vs. 49ers
  19. Jake Delhomme, Panthers vs. Broncos
  20. Eli Manning, Giants at Cowboys
  21. Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers at Ravens
  22. Tarvaris Jackson Vikings at Cardinals
  23. David Garrard, Jaguars vs. Packers
  24. J.P. Losman, Bills at Jets
  25. Marc Bulger, Rams vs. Seahawks
  26. Dan Orlovsky, Lions at Colts
  27. Joe Flacco, Ravens vs. Steelers
  28. Ryan Fitzpatrick, Bengals vs. Redskins
  29. JaMarcus Russell, Raiders vs. Patriots
  30. Ken Dorsey, Browns at Eagles