POSTED: Friday, December 13, 2013 - 5:33pm
UPDATED: Friday, December 13, 2013 - 5:39pm
BATON ROUGE, LA — Here are the week 15 fantasy football rankings provided by www.whotostart.net .
1. Peyton Manning (vs. SDC): He'll be without Wes Welker and is on a short week, but so what? The guy is throwing for TDs even from the 2-yard line. He'll blow up yet again.
2. Drew Brees (@STL): As expected, Brees was back to his normal self in the dome last week, even against a formidable defense. This week, another dome but a softer defense. Big game ahead.
3. Nick Foles (@MIN): The weather outside the Metrodome may be frightful, but inside will be perfect conditions for Foles to burn the horrendous Viking secondary.
4. Ben Roethlisberger (vs. CIN): The Bengals will likely be without their top two cornerbacks in this game. Big Ben has been on fire and there's no reason to think the streak won't continue on Sunday Night Football.
5. Matthew Stafford (vs. BAL): This is a tougher matchup but Stafford is turning into a matchup-proof QB. No weather concerns, so Stafford should be back to throwing for 300+ and 2+ TDs.
6. Cam Newton (vs. NYJ): Had an "off" week against the Saints but should have opportunities this week against a pretty bad secondary. Plus he'll get you 5+ points via the run.
7. Philip Rivers (@DEN): Should be a shootout with plenty of passing. Rivers already chucks the ball a ton, so there'll be plenty of opportunity for a big game.
8. Josh McCown (@CLE): Technically this is a tough matchup but with the options McCown has, he should still prosper. Joe Haden can't cover BOTH Marshall and Jeffery.
9. Tom Brady (@MIA): Tough-ish matchup here and without Gronk, but still worth a start since he's... well... Tom Brady.
10. Jason Campbell (vs. CHI): The Bear D stinks and did you know... the Browns lead the league in pass attempts? Josh Gordon may have 200 yards and 1 TD by himself, so Campbell is worth a shot.
Running Backs (points per reception)
1. Jamaal Charles (@OAK): Soft defense and a stud in the passing game. Should get close to 100 rushing yards, too, if the Raiders can somehow keep this close.
2. LeSean McCoy (@MIN): Coming off a huge game in the snow, now he gets a soft defense with absolutely no weather issues. He’ must-start in all formats.
3. Matt Forte (@CLE): Could see increased looks in the pass game with Haden blanketing one of the two stud WRs of the Bears.
4. Eddie Lacy (@DAL): Lacy's ankle may be of slight concern but he'll hope to heal up fast with this cherry matchup staring him in the face. Lacy's a scoring machine and gets work in the passing game to boot.
5. Shane Vereen (@MIA): This guy is just a receptions machine. Expect his workload to increase with Gronk shelved for the season.
6. DeMarco Murray (vs. GBP): Murray hs been pretty good in recent weeks and we expect the Cowboys to run a bit this week, especially if they can get up on this Packer squad.
7. Pierre Thomas (@STL): We love Thomas this week. Darren Sproles is still involved in the passing game, but so is Thomas. And with him likely getting a good number of carries against this bad Rams run D, we like him even more.
8. Giovani Bernard (@PIT): BJGE continues to siphon carries away from the more electric Bernard, but Bernard will be used in the pass game more this week and could score.
9. Steven Jackson (@WAS): Great matchup for Jackson this week. Washington’s' run D is among the worst in the NFL. He's going to want to finish this season strong.
10. Marshawn Lynch (@NYG): There should be plenty of ground and pound against the Giants this week. Their defense won't be able to hold back Beast Mode.
1. Calvin Johnson (vs. BAL): Yes we realize that Josh Gordon guy is on an absolute tear but Megatron has been doing things like that a whole heck of a lot longer. Back indoors, he should be a beast again.
2. Josh Gordon (vs. CHI): No reason to think Gordon can't have another huge game here. Chicago's defense and secondary in general have been giving up plenty of yardage.
3. DeSean Jackson (@MIN): Minnesota's defense will certainly give up the big play, and you put Jackson indoors and big plays will happen.
4. Demaryius Thomas (vs. SDC): Subtract Welker from this offense and you'll see more targets going Thomas and Decker's way. This should be a shootout, so expect Thomas to do damage.
5. Antonio Brown (vs. CIN): Lost in the Megatron/Gordon/Denver WR talk is Brown, who has strung together some great weeks as of late. Bengals' secondary is torn up, so expect Brown to blow up.
6. Torrey Smith (@DET): We're banking on this game having some serious scoring, and mostly through the air. Smith is a big-play guy so there could be a minute amount of risk here but you gotta start him.
7. Andre Johnson (@IND): Absolutely torched Indy last meeting, and we're not seeing any reason he can't do it again, even in garbage time.
8. Eric Decker (vs. SDC): See Demaryius Thomas, above. Decker's health doesn't appear to be in question so he'll be a full "go" this week.
9. Riley Cooper (@MIN): Cooper has been Nick Foles' big play guy and the Vikings will give those up. There's some risk in PPR but worth throwing out there.
10. Brandon Marshall/Alshon Jeffrey (@CLE): Bottom line is, one of these guys is gonna draw Joe Haden. Heck, he may switch back and forth. But both WRs are big and physical so should be able to still produce. Start both with confidence.
Tight Ends (Points Per Reception)
1. Jimmy Graham (@STL): The Rams have actually done a decent job of stopping opposing TEs, but this is Jimmy Graham we're talking about. He'll eat 'em for lunch.
2. Vernon Davis (@TBB): Davis' targets have slipped recently but we can see him doing a lot with a little against this aggressive Tampa defense.
3. Tony Gonzalez (vs. WAS): Can't really ask for a better matchup for Gonzo as he begins his final (perhaps?) three game stint.
4. Jordan Cameron (vs. CHI): Soid matchup here as the Bears will "attempt" to hold Josh Gordon in check for as long as possible. Got back to his scoring ways last week and we like the matchup here.
5. Delanie Walker (vs. ARI): Well, the "Jared Cook vs. ARI" call ended up being a flub, but Walker's actually a pretty good TE so he should exploit this Cardinal defense that just can't stop opposing TEs.
6. Charles Clay (vs. NEP): We saw what athletic TEs can do against the Pats last week, so expect Clay to be heavily involved in the game plan this week.
7. Greg Olsen (vs. NYJ): Cam Newton's prospects are much better this week against the Jets, so falling in line with that would be Olsen's production.
8. Julius Thomas (vs. SDC): With Welker out, we could see a slight uptick in production from Thomas. He's been a beast in many games this season, so the prospects are good.
9. Dennis Pitta (@DET): Pitta stepped right in and it looked like he and Joe Flacco hadn't missed a beat. With passing being a main theme in this week's contest, expect Pitta to produce.
10. Ladarius Green (@DEN): Pitched a goose egg last week, but don't blame him. The Bolts were up big and didn't need him. They will need him this week.
1. Josh Scobee (vs. BUF)
2. Graham Gano (vs. NYJ)
3. Rian Lindell (vs. SFO)
4. Dan Bailey (vs. GBP)
5. Matt Prater (vs. SDC)
6. Stephen Gostkowski (@MIA)
7. Caleb Sturgis (vs. NEP)
8. Mike Nugent (@PIT)
9. Alex Henery (@MIN)
10. Robbie Gould (@CLE)
1. Seattle (@NYG)
2. Carolina (vs. NYJ)
3. Kansas City (@OAK)
4. Dallas (vs. GBP)
5. Denver (vs. SDC)
6. Atlanta (vs. WAS)
7. Tampa Bay (vs. SFO)
8. Miami (vs. NEP)
9. Indianapolis (vs. HOU)
10. Philadelphia (@MIN)