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Week 15 Rankings Update

Friday, December 12, 2008

Week 15 Tight Ends

RankPlayer NameOpponentNotes
1Tony Gonzalezvs. SD -
2Jason Wittenvs. NYG -
3Dallas Clarkvs. DET -
4Dustin Kellervs. BUF -
5Chris Cooleyat CIN -
6John Carlsonat STL -
7Antonio Gatesat KC -
8Zach Millervs. NE -
9Tony Schefflerat CAR -
10Owen Danielsvs. TEN -
11Jeremy Shockeyat CHIWhoops
12Greg Olsenvs. NO -
13Bo Scaifeat HOU -
14Visanthe Shiancoeat ARZ Sneaky play?
15Kevin Bossat DAL -
16Marcedes Lewisvs. GB -
17Donald Leeat JAC -
18Heath Millerat BAL -
19Ben Watsonat OAK -
20Todd Heapvs. PIT -
21Vernon Davisat MIA -
22Jerramy Stevensat ATL -
23Anthony Fasanovs. SF -
24Billy Millerat CHI -
25L.J. Smithvs. CLE

TE Notes: I debated where to place Antonio Gates for the better part of the week. He started out behind John Carlson and Zach Miller, and slowly wormed his way back up the list. Gates is not the same guy we are used to seeing, but there is reason to believe he'll bounce back this week. Philip Rivers knows that Gates' o-fer last week was embarrassing. He's going to get his star teammates involved early to keep him happy. The matchup against Kansas City is also ideal. The Chiefs remain one of the worst defenses in the league, and Gates remains a prime red zone target. Gates caught eight passes for 66 yards and a score against Kansas City the last time they played. It's not like Gates hasn't produced this season; he just hasn't produced lately. I'd keep him in most lineups. … With all that said, Carlson and Miller are still fantastic options this week. Miller gets to face a New England defense that is very slow at linebacker. Bill Belichick does a good job taking away the opponent's best option, but they will probably focus on their rush defense. Carlson will get a ton of targets from a revived Seneca Wallace in a great matchup in St. Louis. He's a better bet to score than Miller, so he gets the slight edge.

Washington's offense is becoming a problem for Chris Cooley. There just aren't many scoring chances. He still remains a safe play against Cincinnati, but there isn't a big gap between him and Carlson/Miller. … Tony Scheffler is healthy again and safe to use. The Broncos went out of their way to get the ball to him in space last week on bubble screens, showing they believe he can make people miss in the open field again. He's a solid start against an overrated Panthers secondary. … The Bills have struggled against short passing attacks all season, which bodes well for Dustin Keller. … Jeremy Shockey has topped 50 yards for three straight weeks and remains a solid option, but he hasn't scored all season. Expect rough condition in Chicago Thursday night for him and Greg Olsen. … Herm Edwards said that Tyler Thigpen is looking for Tony Gonzalez too much, which we don't believe is possible. He continues to make very difficult catches look routine. …Truly desperate owners could do worse than Donald Lee, who has scored in three of his last four games.
Week 15 Team Defense

RankPlayer NameOpponentNotes
1Ravens Def/Spec Teamvs. PIT -
2Eagles Def/Spec Teamvs. CLE -
3Jets Def/Spec Teamvs. BUF -
4Steelers Def/Spec Teamat BAL -
5Colts Def/Spec Teamvs. DET -
6Titans Def/Spec Teamat HOU -
7Buccaneers Def/Spec Teamat ATL -
8Giants Def/Spec Teamat DAL -
9Patriots Def/Spec Teamat OAK -
10Bears Def/Spec Teamvs. NO -
11Cowboys Def/Spec Teamvs. NYG -
12Packers Def/Spec Teamat JAC -
13Cardinals Def/Spec Teamvs. MIN -
14Vikings Def/Spec Teamat ARZ -
15Dolphins Def/Spec Teamvs. SF -
16Redskins Def/Spec Teamat CIN -
17Fortyniners Def/Spec Teamat MIA -
18Falcons Def/Spec Teamvs. TB -
19Chargers Def/Spec Teamat KC -
20Seahawks Def/Spec Teamat STL -
21Panthers Def/Spec Teamvs. DEN -
22Saints Def/Spec Teamat CHI -
23Jaguars Def/Spec Teamvs. GB -
24Bills Def/Spec Teamat NYJ -
25Texans Def/Spec Teamvs. TEN -
26Raiders Def/Spec Teamvs. NE -
27Broncos Def/Spec Teamat CAR -
28Bengals Def/Spec Teamvs. WAS -
29Rams Def/Spec Teamvs. SEA -
30Chiefs Def/Spec Teamvs. SD -
31Browns Def/Spec Teamat PHI -
32Lions Def/Spec Teamat IND -

Week 15 Kickers

RankPlayer NameOpponentNotes
1Stephen Gostkowskiat OAK -
2Rob Bironasat HOU -
3Ryan Longwellat ARZ -
4Neil Rackersvs. MIN -
5David Akersvs. CLE -
6Mason Crosbyat JAC -
7Matt Bryantat ATL -
8Nate Kaedingat KC -
9Garrett Hartleyat CHI -
10Dan Carpentervs. SF -
11Jason Elamvs. TB
12Matt Praterat CAR -
13John Kasayvs. DEN -
14Adam Vinatierivs. DET -
15Jay Feelyvs. BUF -
16Joe Nedneyat MIA -
17Robbie Gouldvs. NO -
18John Carneyat DAL -
19Nick Folkvs. NYG -
20Josh Brownvs. SEA
21Kris Brownvs. TEN -
22Josh Scobeevs. GB -
23Olindo Mareat STL -
24Connor Barthvs. SD -
25Jason Hansonat IND -
26Rian Lindellat NYJ -
27Jeff Reedat BAL -
28Sebastian Janikowskivs. NE -
29Shaun Suishamat CIN -
30Phil Dawsonat PHI -
31Shayne Grahamvs. WAS -
32Matt Stovervs. PIT

If you made it this far, here is the Fantasy Fix matchup preview for Week 15

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