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Fantasy Football: Week 15 Rankings

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Looking At Week 15

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If you are reading this, you won your quarterfinal fantasy football matchup last weekend so congratulations on doing that. The time has come now though to get ready for the semifinals during Week 15 of the National Football League season. There will be difficult decisions to be made especially with injuries to Robert Griffin III and Dez Bryant to consider.

There are some surprises in this week’s rankings with how low or high some players are. I know that if you had Adrian Peterson and the Seattle Seahawks defense last week, you are definitely into this week’s game. The Seattle defense put up the biggest day for a fantasy defense that anyone can remember in their 58-0 drubbing of the Arizona Cardinals. I would make sure I have the defense playing Arizona the rest of the way because they have definitely given up at this point and big numbers can be had.

Without further ado, here are my Week 15 rankings. I will tell you as I do every week that you should play the higher-ranked player on the list. It is usually the best way to go based on the matchups and should help you get to that fantasy championship game. If you run into any lineup decisions that you may want some help with, feel free to send me a tweet @ASchmidtSports or like my Facebook page and ask your question there. I will do my best to answer any and all questions before this week’s games get underway. I wish you the best of luck as we venture towards fantasy championships.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports or like his Facebook page.

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Quarterbacks

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This is the perfect week for Drew Brees to rebound from his struggles the last two weeks and should easily be the top fantasy quarterback during Week 15. If you are digging deep and if Robert Griffin III is out, Joe Flacco is your man.

1. Drew Brees

2. Cam Newton

3. Aaron Rodgers

4. Ben Roethlisberger

5. Philip Rivers

6. Matt Ryan

7. Robert Griffin III

8. Colin Kaepernick

9. Peyton Manning

10. Josh Freeman

11. Andy Dalton

12. Tom Brady

13. Eli Manning

14. Matthew Stafford

15. Andrew Luck

16. Matt Schaub

17. Jay Cutler

18. Sam Bradford

19. Carson Palmer

20. Joe Flacco

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Running Backs

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It should be another great day for the Muscle Hamster himself, Doug Martin….

1. Doug Martin

2. Adrian Peterson

3. Ray Rice

4. Arian Foster

5. Marshawn Lynch

6. Bryce Brown

7. Jamaal Charles

8. Ahmad Bradshaw

9. Darren McFadden

10. Trent Richardson

11. C.J. Spiller

12. Ryan Mathews

13. Reggie Bush

14. Darren Sproles

15. Shonn Greene

16. Knowshon Moreno

17. Frank Gore

18. Matt Forte

19. BenJarvus Green-Ellis

20. Chris Johnson

21. Mikel Leshoure

22. Stevan Ridley

23. Steven Jackson

24. DeMarco Murray

25. Alfred Morris

26. Beanie Wells

27. Joique Bell

28. Jonathan Dwyer

29. DeAngelo Williams

30. Jacquizz Rodgers

31. Vick Ballard

32. Pierre Thomas

33. Daniel Thomas

34. David Wilson

35. Montell Owens

36. Bilal Powell

37. Michael Turner

38. Michael Bush

39. Ben Tate

40. Marcel Reece

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Wide Receivers

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There has been a connection with A.J. Green and Andy Dalton all season and that should continue this week….

1. A.J. Green

2. Julio Jones

3. Calvin Johnson

4. Victor Cruz

5. Roddy White

6. Hakeem Nicks

7. Marques Colston

8. Brandon Marshall

9. Vincent Jackson

10. Demaryius Thomas

11. Eric Decker

12. Reggie Wayne

13. Steve Smith

14. Wes Welker

15. Larry Fitzgerald

16. Andre Johnson

17. Lance Moore

18. Mike Wallace

19. Miles Austin

20. Brandon Lloyd

21. Anquan Boldin

22. Danario Alexander

23. Michael Crabtree

24. Jeremy Maclin

25. Malcom Floyd

26. T.Y. Hilton

27. Sidney Rice

28. Pierre Garcon

29. Mike Williams

30. Brian Hartline

31. Stevie Johnson

32. Randall Cobb

33. Justin Blackmon

34. Josh Gordon

35. Greg Jennings

36. Antonio Brown

37. Chris Givens

38. Donnie Avery

39. Torrey Smith

40. Dez Bryant

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Tight Ends

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This is the week that Jimmy Graham gets crazy again and has 6-8 catches for over 100 yards and a touchdown. If you need someone else to get you through the semifinals, give Tony Scheffler a try if Brandon Pettigrew is out this week….

1. Jimmy Graham

2. Vernon Davis

3. Aaron Hernandez

4. Heath Miller

5. Tony Gonzalez

6. Antonio Gates

7. Jason Witten

8. Owen Daniels

9. Dallas Clark

10. Greg Olsen

11. Jermaine Gresham

12. Jermichael Finley

13. Tony Scheffler

14. Benjamin Watson

15. Brandon Pettigrew

16. Martellus Bennett

17. Scott Chandler

18. Marcedes Lewis

19. Tony Moeaki

20. Brandon Myers

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Kickers

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As we all know, kickers can be a curious sort with how many points they give you every week. I think this week that the best kicker will be Garrett Hartley, who should help give you enough points to win and advance.

1. Garrett Hartley

2. Justin Tucker

3. Matt Bryant

4. Jason Hanson

5. Shayne Graham

6. Stephen Gostkowski

7. Phil Dawson

8. Nick Novak

9. Connor Barth

10. Dan Carpenter

11. Shaun Suisham

12. Olindo Mare

13. Nick Folk

14. Alex Henery

15. Kai Forbath

16. Steven Hauschka

17. Sebastian Janikowski

18. Jay Feely

19. Rob Bironas

20. Rian Lindell

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Defense

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There is no doubt that you want the Detroit Lions defense this week when they play the Arizona Cardinals. Detroit could come close to matching with the Seattle Seahawks did last week. If you have to look elsewhere, take a look at the Jacksonville Jaguars or Carolina Panthers on defense to gain 10-15 points for your fantasy team during this semifinal week.

1. Detroit

2. Cincinnati

3. Miami

4. N.Y. Jets

5. Houston

6. St. Louis

7. Tennessee

8. Seattle

9. Chicago

10. Arizona

11. New England

12. Minnesota

13. Jacksonville

14. Carolina

15. Green Bay

16. San Diego

17. Kansas City

18. Oakland

19. Pittsburgh

20. Baltimore