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Here’s my Week 15 IDP rankings.

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1. Jerod Mayo (NE):  Down week against the Bears, but still has 148 tackles.
2. Paul Posluszny (BUF): 82 tackles in last seven games (11.7/gm).
3. Stephen Tulloch (TEN):  123 tackles in last eleven games (11.2/gm).
4. Ray Lewis (BAL):  Averaging 11 tackles over last four games.
5. Brian Urlacher (CHI):  38 tackles in past three games (12.7/gm).
6. Patrick Willis (SF):  108 tackles and five sacks on the year.
7. Dhani Jones (CIN):  57 tackles in past six games (9.5/gm).
8. Cameron Wake (MIA):  14 sacks (5.5 in last four weeks) on 49 tackles on the year.
9. Chad Greenway (MIN):  Numbers are sliding, but still 120 tackles on the year.
10. James Anderson (CAR):  112 tackles and 3.5 sacks on the year.
11. Paris Lenon (ARI):  29 tackles in past three games (9.7/gm).
12. London Fletcher (WAS):  113 tackles on the year, including 11 last week.
13. Donte Whitner (BUF):  116 tackles on the year.
14. James Harrison (PIT):  79 tackles and 10 sacks on the year.
15. D.J. Williams (DEN):  25 tackles in past three games (8.3/gm).

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Here’s my Week 15 team defense rankings.

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1. New England vs. Green Bay
2. Chicago @ Minnesota
3. Pittsburgh vs. New York Jets
4. Oakland vs. Denver
5. San Diego vs. San Francisco
6. Dallas vs. Washington
7. Cleveland @ Cincinnati
8. Atlanta @ Seattle
9. Carolina vs. Arizona
10. New York Giants vs. Philadelphia
11. Tampa Bay vs. Detroit
12. Arizona @ Carolina
13. Miami vs. Buffalo
14. Philadelphia @ New York Giants
15. Cincinnati vs. Cleveland

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  • The Patriots are peaking at the right time and Green Bay will likely be without Aaron Rodgers.
  • An angry Bears defense against a sinking Vikings ship. Scary.
  • Speaking of sinking, what happened to the Jets. The Steelers should have a field day with Sanchez.
  • Washington started the nightmare season for Dallas. At least they can avenge that loss. McNabb will be on his back plenty.
  • Carolina and Arizona could set football back this week. Their defenses should post solid numbers though.
  • Tampa Bay’s run defense took a hit when McCoy went down. Fortunately they aren’t facing a strong running team against Detroit and still remain a starting option.

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Here’s my Week 15 kicker rankings.

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1. David Akers (PHI) @NYG:  Seven straight games with double-digit points.
2. Neil Rackers (HOU) @TEN:  Seven FGs in past four games. Titans have allowed 33 FGs.
3. Matt Bryant (ATL) @SEA:  25 FGs on the year. Seahawks have allowed 20.
4. Josh Brown (STL) vs. KC:  Nine FGs in past three games.
5. Jay Feely (ARI) @CAR:  11 FGs in past four games. Panthers have allowed 24 FGs.
6. Dan Carpenter (MIA) vs. BUF:  28 FGs on the year. Bills have allowed26 FGs.
7. John Kasay (CAR) vs. ARI:  19 FGs on the year. Cardinals have allowed 33 FGs.
8. Shaun Suisham (PIT) vs. NYJ:  6 FGs in past two weeks.
9. Sebastian Janikowski (OAK) vs. DEN:  Scoring has dipped, but should excel against Broncos.
10. Adam Vinatieri (IND) vs. JAX:  20 FGs and 41 PATs on the year.
11. Shayne Graham (NE) vs. GB:  Eight FGs & 22 PATs in past five games.
12. Garrett Hartley (NO) @BAL:  Six FGs in past three games. Ravens have allowed 25 FGs.
13. Nate Kaeding (SD) vs. SF:  Eight FGs in past three weeks. Niners have allowed 23 FGs.
14. Jeff Reed (SF) @ SD:  Seven FGs in past two weeks.
15. David Buehler (DAL) vs. WAS:  Eight FGs in past three games. Skins have allowed 22 FGs.
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Here’s my Week 15 tight end rankings.

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1. Jason Witten vs. Washington
2. Vernon Davis @ San Diego (Thursday)
3. Jacob Tamme vs. Jacksonville
4. Chris Cooley @ Dallas
5. Kellen Winslow vs. Detroit
6. Greg Olsen @ Minnesota (Monday)
7. Kevin Boss @ Philadelphia
8. Tony Gonzalez @ Seattle
9. Rob Gronkowski vs. Green Bay
10. Owen Daniels @ Tennessee
11. Brent Celek vs. New York Giants
12. Benjamin Watson @ Cincinnati
13. Marcedes Lewis @ Indianapolis
14. Aaron Hernandez vs. Green Bay
15. Dustin Keller @ Pittsburgh
16. Brandon Pettigrew @ Tampa Bay
17. Heath Miller vs. New York Jets
18. Ed Dickson vs. New Orleans
19. Jermaine Gresham vs. Cleveland
20. Jeremy Shockey @ Baltimore
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Inside the numbers:

  • Jason Witten is averaging 70 yards and a touchdown in his past three games.
  • Vernon Davis is really 1A. He’s been a beast the past two weeks, and plays well when Alex Smith is starting, but the Chargers are the number one pass defense.
  • Greg Olsen has scored a touchdown the past two times he’s faced the Vikings.
  • Hakeem Nicks returned, but Steve Smith (hamstring) and Mario Manningham (hip) got banged up on Monday. Boss should remain a ky option in the passing game.
  • Antonio Gates is so frustrating. If he can go, he’ll likely have a big game, but he’s a gamble. They do play on Thursday so you should get a feel whether or not he can play. If it looks promising, I’ll add him to the rankings.

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Here’s my Week 15 wide receiver rankings.
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1. Andre Johnson @ Tennessee
2. Reggie Wayne vs. Jacksonville
3. Marques Colston @ Baltimore
4. DeSean Jackson @ New York Giants
5. Roddy White @ Seattle
6. Hakeem Nicks vs. Philadelphia
7. Deion Branch vs. Green Bay
8. Calvin Johnson @ Tampa Bay
9. Miles Austin vs. Washington
10. Anquan Boldin vs. New Orleans
11. Wes Welker vs. Green Bay
12. Terrell Owens vs. Cleveland
13. Jeremy Maclin @ New York Giants
14. Pierre Garcon vs. Jacksonville
15. Vincent Jackson vs. San Francisco (Thursday)
16. Brandon Marshall vs. Buffalo
17. Dwayne Bowe @ St. Louis
18. Greg Jennings @ New England
19. Santonio Holmes @ Pittsburgh
20. Mike Wallace vs. New York Jets
21. Larry Fitzgerald @ Carolina
22. Mike Williams (TB) vs. Detroit
23. Chad Ochocinco vs. Cleveland
24. Derrick Mason vs. New Orleans
25. Hines Ward vs. New York Jets
26. Brandon Lloyd @ Oakland
27. Santana Moss @ Dallas
28. Steve Johnson @ Miami
29. Steve Breaston @ Carolina
30. Lance Moore @ Baltimore
31. Braylon Edwards @ Pittsburgh
32. Davone Bess vs. Buffalo
33. Earl Bennett @ Minnesota (Monday)
34. Louis Murphy vs. Denver
35. Roy Williams vs. Washington
36. Kenny Britt vs. Houston
37. Mike Williams (SEA) vs. Atlanta
38. Legedu Naanee vs. San Francisco (Thursday)
39. Sidney Rice vs. Chicago (Monday)
40. Steve Smith (CAR) vs. Arizona
41. Johnny Knox @ Minnesota (Monday)
42. Arrelious Benn vs. Detroit
43. Jacoby Ford vs. Denver
44. Mike Thomas @ Indianapolis
45. Donald Driver @ New England
46. Michael Crabtree @ San Diego (Thursday)
47. Anthony Armstrong @ Dallas
48. Blair White vs. Jacksonville
49. Brandon Gibson vs. Kansas City
50. Ruvell Martin vs. Atlanta
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Inside the numbers:

  • Andre Johnson has 15 catches for 289 yards and two touchdowns in his past two games. It’s time he reclaims his number one ranking.
  • I don’t see Reggie Wayne matching the 15 catches for 196 yards he had the last time he faced Jacksonville, but he should put up big numbers.
  • You can pass the ball on the Ravens and Marques Colston, who has 535 yards and five touchdowns in his past six games, should be the primary beneficiary.
  • Hakeem Nicks caught seven passes for 96 yards. Barring any setbacks, it looks like he’s a strong WR1 once again.
  • If Matt Cassel can’t play this week, it would be hard to do so with Dwayne Bowe, who has faded as fast as Brett Favre the past two weeks.
  • Should somebody tell Deion Branch that it’s not 2005 anymore. The guy has been ridiculous the past two weeks. Meanwhile Wes Welker is averaging 79.3 yards and a score over his last four games.
  • In the first meeting with Cleveland T.O. caught ten passes for 210 yards.
  • Brandon Marshall was able to play last week, and barring a setback should be a force against Buffalo this week.
  • Greg Jennings, Sidney Rice, and Santonio Holmes will be hard to count on this week because of quarterback play. Larry Fitzgerald says “welcome to my world”.
  • ***Update***  Big Mike Williams appears good to go this week so I’m adding him to the rankings.
  • ***Update***  With both Brett Favre and Tarvaris Jackson, I have to downgrade Sidney Rice and Percy Harvin.

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Here’s my Week 15 running back rankings.

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1. Maurice Jones-Drew @ Indianapolis
2. Darren McFadden vs. Denver
3. Michael Turner @ Seattle
4. Chris Johnson vs. Houston
5. Arian Foster @ Tennessee
6. Knowshon Moreno @ Oakland
7. Peyton Hillis @ Cincinnati
8. Rashard Mendenhall vs. New York Jets
9. Ray Rice vs. New Orleans
10. LeSean McCoy @ New York Giants
11. LeGarrette Blount vs. Detroit
12. Jamaal Charles @ St. Louis
13. Jonathan Stewart vs. Arizona
14. Ahmad Bradshaw vs. Philadelphia
15. Steven Jackson vs. Kansas City
16. BenJarvus Green-Ellis vs. Green Bay
17. Adrian Peterson vs. Chicago (Monday)
18. Felix Jones vs. Washington
19. Tim Hightower vs. Carolina
20. Ryan Torain @ Dallas
21. Matt Forte @ Minnesota (Monday)
22. Mike Tolbert vs. San Francisco (Thursday)
23. Fred Jackson @ Miami
24. Ronnie Brown vs. Buffalo
25. Cedric Benson vs. Cleveland
26. Mike Goodson vs. Arizona
27. Brandon Jacobs vs. Philadelphia
28. Tashard Choice vs. Washington
29. LaDainian Tomlinson @ Pittsburgh
30. Thomas Jones @ St. Louis
31. Marshawn Lynch vs. Atlanta
32. Brian Westbrook vs. San Diego (Thursday)
33. Pierre Thomas @ Baltimore
34. Maurice Morris @ Tampa Bay
35. Ryan Mathews vs. San Francisco (Thursday)

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  • Mojo remained on fire, posting his sixth straight 100+ yard day. He faces the Colts this week, who he has only averaged 128.2 total yards with 11 touchdowns in nine career games against them.
  • Run DMC has 336 total yards and four touchdowns in  his past two games. He should destroy Denver, a team he had 196 total yards and four touchdowns against earlier this season.
  • Michael Turner quietly has six touchdowns in his past four games and ten touchdowns in his past seven games. Good luck Seattle.
  • Peyton Hillis has lost five fumbles this year. A stat that keeps him out of the top five ranking this week.
  • With the Vikings in complete disarray, it’s hard to consider Adrian Peterson a RB1 against a Bears team that is coming off an embarrassing defeat.
  • LeGarrette Blount did not meet expectations against Washington, but should bounce back against Detroit.
  • Felix Jones, Tim Hightower, and Jonathan Stewart should continue to produce while Thomas Jones and LaDainian Tomlinson continue to slide.
  • Ronnie Brown actually  makes a RB2 option this week against Buffalo, who is allowing 165.8 yards per game on the ground.

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Here are my Week 15 fantasy football quarterback rankings.
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1. Tom Brady vs. Green Bay
2. Peyton Manning vs. Jacksonville
3. Michael Vick @ New York Giants
4. Drew Brees @ Baltimore
5. Philip Rivers vs. San Francisco (Thursday)
6. Josh Freeman vs. Detroit
7. Matt Cassel @ St. Louis
8. Matt Ryan @ Seattle
9. Matt Schaub @ Tennessee
10. Eli Manning vs. Philadelphia
11. Jay Cutler @ Minnesota (Monday)
12. Joe Flacco vs. New Orleans
13. Ben Roethlisberger vs. New York Jets
14. David Garrard @ Indianapolis
15. Kerry Collins vs. Houston
16. Sam Bradford vs. Kansas City
17. Jason Campbell vs. Denver
18. Jon Kitna vs. Washington
19. Kyle Orton @ Oakland
20. Carson Palmer vs. Cleveland
21. Alex Smith  @ San Diego (Thursday)
22. Mark Sanchez @ Pittsburgh
23. Matt Hasselbeck vs. Atlanta
24. Drew Stanton @ Tampa Bay
25. Rex Grossman @ Dallas
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Inside the numbers:

  • Tom Brady is on fire averaging 345.3 yards and 3.3 touchdowns in his past three games. His last two monster efforts came against two of the best pass defenses (Jets and Bears) in the league.
  • Peyton bounced back against the Titans, and should pick Jacksonville apart like he always does. He averages 278.6 yards and 2.0 touchdowns in 18 career meetings. Earlier this year he threw for 352 yards with two touchdowns against them.
  • Michael Vick is taking far too many hits, a trend that won’t change against the Giants, but he’s far too explosive to contain.
  • Josh Freeman is quietly having an outstanding season, ranking near the top of all quarterbacks in fantasy points because of his rushing yardage and lack of turnovers. He have a favorable match-up against Detroit.
  • Matt Cassel should be healed and ready to restore order for Kansas City. Playing St. Louis should help matters.
  • It’s not that I think Matt Ryan can’t put up top five numbers against Seattle, rather I don’t think he’ll need to.
  • Maybe I’m making too big of a deal out of one game, but Kerry Collins looked good against the Colts. He should have another nice game against Houston.
  • I did not like the way the Broncos responded to the Josh McDaniels firing. Jason Campbell should be able to have a solid game. I’d rank him higher, but I think Darren McFadden is going to go off in this one.
  • Speaking of Denver, can you really trust Kyle Orton as your QB1 anymore? How quickly he has fallen.
  • Matt Hasselbeck is quickly running out of receivers. When they get down big to Atlanta, don’t think Charlie Whitehurst won’t get some reps. Avoid Hasselbeck despite the intriguing matchup.
  • ***UPDATE*** Donovon McNabb was benched in favor of Rex Grossman.

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