Week 15 Fantasy Football PPR Rankings & Projections: Michael Thomas Primed For Another Big Week

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If you are having some decision making trouble for Week 15, we can certainly help out with our fantasy football positional rankings. If you are looking for some permanent adds for Week 15 and moving forward, check out the waiver wire breakdowns. With most of the industry now in a standard full-point PPR format, we break down the top ranked players at each position for Week 15.

Week 15 Quarterback Rankings

Week 15 RankingPlayerWeek 15 OpponentWeek 15 Projection
1Lamar JacksonNYJ25.8
2Deshaun Watson@TEN24.1
3Patrick MahomesDEN23.9
4Ryan TannehillHOU23.5
5Drew BreesIND23.1
6Dak PrescottLAR22.4
7Russell Wilson@CAR21.4
8Aaron RodgersCHI20.1
9Jared Goff@DAL20.0
10Carson Wentz@WAS19.7
11Jimmy GarropoloATL19.6
12Kirk Cousins@LAC19.3
13Baker Mayfield@ARI19.1
14Matt Ryan@SF18.5
15Kyler MurrayCLE18.4
16Philip RiversMIN18.1
17Jameis Winston*@DET17.6
18Gardner Minshew@OAK17.4
19Tom Brady@CIN17.3
20Jacoby Brissett@NO17.1
21Ryan Fitzpatrick@NYG16.8
22Josh Allen@PIT16.5
23David BloughTB16.4
24Derek CarrJAX16.2
25Kyle AllenSEA15.8
26Drew Lock@KC15.7
27Sam Darnold@BAL15.4
28Andy DaltonNE15.1
29Mitch Trubisky@GB14.8
30Eli ManningMIA14.5
31Dwayne HaskinsPHI13.7

Lamar Jackson is back to being a QB1 this week against the Jets, who rank 21st against the pass. Jackson continues to boast a strong floor against tougher defenses as we saw last week, but he can open it up again in what should be a convincing win for the Ravens on Thursday night. Deshaun Watson is coming off a strong game where he had to try and chase a win against Denver. Tennessee ranks 24th in DVOA against the pass, and have allowed 22.2 fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks over the last five weeks. In that span we have seen some odd quarterback scoring of late, with some not so usual names up top. That might be the case in Week 15 alone, where Baker Mayfield takes on the Cardinals, Gardner Minshew against Oakland, and Ryan Tannehill against Houston. Now, Tannehill has been a legit fantasy quarterback since coming in, and Houston is allowing the 4th most fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks this season. Sam Darnold, Matt Ryan, and Josh Allen see some of the tougher matchups of Week 15.

Week 15 Running Backs Rankings

Week 15 RankingPlayerWeek 15 OpponentWeek 15 Projection
1Christian McCaffreySEA24.8
2Dalvin Cook@LAC22.1
3Derrick HenryHOU21.1
4Nick Chubb@ARI19.8
5Alvin KamaraIND19.6
6Todd Gurley@DAL19.3
7Aaron JonesCHI19.1
8Ezekiel ElliottLAR18.5
9Saquon BarkleyMIA17.6
10Chris Carson@CAR16.9
11Leonard Fournette@OAK16.5
12Mark IngramNYJ15.6
13Melvin GordonMIN15.3
14Le’Veon Bell@BAL15.1
15Sony Michel@CIN14.4
16Austin EkelerMIN14.1
17Phillip Lindsay@KC13.9
18Raheem MostertATL13.6
19David Montgomery@GB13.1
20Devonta Freeman@SF12.9
21James White@CIN12.5
22Ronald Jones II@DET12.2
23Jamaal WilliamsCHI11.9
24DeAndre WashingtonJAX11.8
25Marlon Mack@NO11.7
26Joe MixonNE11.5
27Kareem Hunt@ARI11.4
28Devin Singletary@PIT11.1
29Kenyan DrakeCLE10.5
30Carlos Hyde@TEN10.3
31Tarik Cohen@GB9.9
32Duke Johnson@TEN9.7
33LeSean McCoyDEN9.5
34David JohnsonCLE9.1
35Peyton Barber@DET8.7
36Patrick Laird@NYG8.4
37Tevin ColemanATL7.6
38Darwin ThompsonDEN6.7
39Benny Snell Jr.BUF6.4
40Royce Freeman@KC6.1
41Jaylen SamuelsBUF5.9
42Bo ScarbroughTB5.5

With the injury to Rashaad Penny, Chris Carson will get a bump in snaps and touches, and is in a great spot against Carolina this week. They have allowed the most fantasy points per game to opposing backs this season, and rank 32nd in DVOA against the run. Carson is back to being a full workhorse, and is a strong option this week. Injuries could derail Josh Jacobs against Jacksonville, who rank 31st against the run. He sat out last week, and given the season is slipping it might be wise for Oakland to rest up their future back. Dalvin Cook came back from injury last week and ran over Detroit in an easy matchup. Los Angeles is on the table this week, and they rank 24th in DVOA against the run, and have allowed the 12th most fantasy points per game to opposing backs. Derrick Henry is right up there as well, with Houston allowing the 9th most fantasy points per game to opposing backs. Henry continues to shred the league, and that should continue this week.

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Week 15 Wide Receivers Rankings

Week 15 RankingPlayerWeek 15 OpponentWeek 15 Projection
1Michael ThomasIND24.5
2DeAndre Hopkins@TEN23.1
3Julio Jones@SF22.7
4Keenan AllenMIN21.9
5Robert Woods@DAL20.4
6Julian Edelman@CIN20.3
7Kenny GolladayTB19.8
8Chris Godwin@DET19.3
9Tyreek HillDEN18.8
10Amari CooperLAR18.6
11Cooper Kupp@DAL17.8
12Davante AdamsCHI17.3
13Emmanuel SandersATL17.1
14Tyler Lockett@CAR16.8
15Stefon Diggs@LAC16.6
16Allen Robinson@GB16.4
17DJ MooreSEA16.1
18Jarvis Landry@ARI15.9
19Sterling ShepardMIA15.7
20Courtland Sutton@KC15.7
21Dede Westbrook@OAK15.4
22A.J. BrownHOU15.3
23DK Metcalf@CAR14.9
24Mike WilliamsMIN14.7
25Alshon Jeffery@WAS14.7
26Odell Beckham@ARI14.3
27Marvin JonesTB14.1
28Zach Pascal@NO13.9
29John Brown@PIT13.7
30Terry McLaurinPHI13.5
31Christian KirkCLE13.4
32Tyler BoydNE13.3
33Curtis SamuelSEA13.3
34Golden TateMIA13.2
35Deebo SamuelATL12.9
36Tyrell WilliamsJAX12.8
37Chris Conley@OAK12.6
38Michael GallupLAR12.5
39Robbie Anderson@BAL12.4
40Larry FitzgeraldCLE12.2
41Russell Gage@SF11.9
42Allen Hurns@NYG11.7
43Sammy WatkinsDEN10.6
44Corey DavisHOU8.9
45Mohamed Sanu@CIN8.5
46Alex EricksonNE8.4
47Brandin Cooks@DAL7.7
48Anthony Miller@GB7.6
49Cole Beasley@PIT7.5
50James WashingtonBUF7.4
51Kenny Stills@TEN6.9
52Diontae JohnsonBUF6.6
53Phillip Dorsett@CIN5.4

Injuries hit this position hard last week, but that will create some potential waiver wire targets who can be plugged in if needed. DJ Chark is week to week, and Chris Conley should see a bump in targets. Oakland has allowed the 6th most fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers this season, and Conley’s breakout speed makes him a home run threat as well. DeVante Parker and Albert Wilson both checked out of last week’s game with a concussion, and that leaves them iffy for this week. Allen Hurns will get a chance to be the top dog against the Giants, who have allowed the second most fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers. Cleveland’s wide receivers are in a good spot against Arizona, although Odell Beckham’s health still doesn’t have me too high on him. Jarvis Landry checks in as someone who can exploit this secondary. The 49ers could be due for a repeat fantasy performance against Atlanta, who are bottom ten against the pass, and are allowing the 10th most fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers.

Week 15 Tight Ends Rankings

Week 15 RankingPlayerWeek 15 OpponentWeek 15 Projection
1George KittleATL18.9
2Travis KelceDEN17.8
3Zach Ertz@WAS17.1
4Darren WallerJAX16.5
5Hunter HenryMIN15.2
6Jack Doyle@NO14.3
7Ian ThomasSEA13.9
8Austin Hooper@SF13.3
9Mark Andrews*NYJ13.2
10Jared Cook*IND12.6
11Dallas Goedert@WAS11.6
12Kyle Rudolph@LAC10.9
13Noah Fant*@KC10.7
14OJ Howard@DET10.3
15Mike Gesicki@NYG10.1
16Jonnu SmithHOU9.9
17Tyler Higbee@DAL9.5
18David Njoku@ARI9.2
19Jason WittenLAR8.7
20Ryan Griffin@BAL7.6
21Blake JarwinLAR6.5
22Jimmy GrahamCHI5.4

Young tight ends are on the rise here, and Ian Thomas is one of them. He will get Seattle this week, who have allowed the fourth most fantasy points per game to opposing tight ends. Thomas is coming off of a big target game, and we just need to make sure Greg Olsen is out again. David Njoku did come back last week, but was worked in slowly. Not sure the volume will be there against the worst tight end defense in the league, but it is something to note. Houston has been exploitable with tight ends, as we saw last week, I like Jonnu Smith, who is filling in for Delanie Walker at the end of season due to injury. With Mike Evans out, OJ Howard might see a tick up in targets, and Detroit is middle of the road in fantasy points allowed to opposing tight ends. If Noah Fant is healthy, the Chiefs have allowed 85 receptions to tight ends this season, which is the most in the league.

Week 15 Kicker Rankings

Week 15 RankingPlayerWeek 15 OpponentWeek 15 Projection
1Greg Zuerlein@DAL12.6
2Wil LutzIND12.1
3Harrison ButkerDEN11.5
4Matt Gay@DET11.3
5Justin TuckerNYJ11.2
6Josh Lambo@OAK10.6
7Kai’mi Fairbairn@TEN10.2
8Austin Seibert@ARI10.1
9Robbie GouldATL10.0
10Jake Elliott@WAS9.8
11Joey SlyeSEA9.6
12Younghoe Koo@SF9.3
13Mason CrosbyCHI8.7
14Matt PraterTB8.6
15Zane GonzalezCLE8.4
16Dan Bailey@LAC8.4
17Sam Ficken@BAL8.3
18Chris BoswellBUF8.2
19Daniel CarlsonJAX7.9
20Steve Hauschka@PIT7.8

Teams allowing the most field goal attempts this season are Cincinnati, Denver, Tampa Bay, Los Angeles Rams, and Baltimore. Detroit, Arizona, Houston, and Philadelphia are a few other teams worth targeting with kickers, as they give up a lot of volume. Teams that give up the least amount of volume are New England, New Orleans, San Francisco, Oakland, and Minnesota. Volume is ultimately what you want each week. Finding kickers on offenses that move the ball is always a plus for fantasy points at the position. Efficiency would come next. If you are in need of a waiver wire pickup, Robbie Gould is out there in 50% of leagues. Zane Gonzalez was dropped, but is in a bounce back spot. Austin Seibert is 28% owned as well.

Week 15 Defense Rankings

Week 15 RankingTeamWeek 15 OpponentWeek 15 Projection

Baltimore and New England facing weaker opponents this week check in as strong top options. The Jets offense has hit against some weaker defenses, but this will be a big upside spot for the Ravens who have been a top three fantasy defense over the second half of the season. I like Seattle on the road this week in a bounce back spot. Carolina has allowed 50 sacks on the season, and are allowing the 6th most fantasy points per game to defenses this season. The 49ers are also in a great home spot against Atlanta, who have a leaky offensive line, and can also turn the ball over quite a bit. They have allowed the 8th most fantasy points per game to opposing defenses this season.

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