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Week 15 Rankings Update

Sunday, December 19, 2010

The Jets won't have the only slumping offense in Pittsburgh on Sunday. While Mark Sanchez hasn't led a touchdown drive in nine quarters, the Steelers have only two touchdown drives in their last 30 possessions.

Rashard Mendenhall's 75 yards from scrimmage last week was his second best game in his last five. The book is out on Pittsburgh. Both their offensive line and Ben Roethlisberger struggle to recognize where blitzes are coming from. Rex Ryan should have a lot fun dialing up pressure, and it wouldn't shock me if the only touchdowns scored in Pittsburgh for both teams came from the defense.

That makes for some very tough decisions in fantasy leagues. Santonio Holmes and Mike Wallace are shaky plays, both out of our top-20. I wanted to push them down even further, but Chris Wesseling may have gone crazy. There's not a big difference between Holmes/Wallace and the guys ranked 30-36 – low level WR3s.

Going with the guys that got you this far is usually a good idea. But it's not a rule.

(For one more WR1 I want to avoid, head to the wideout rankings.)

Week 15 Quarterbacks

RankPlayer NameOpponentNotes
1Peyton Manningvs. JAC -
2Michael Vickat NYG -
3Tom Bradyvs. GB Probable(foot)
4Philip Riversvs. SF -
5Drew Breesat BAL -
6Aaron Rodgersat NE Doubtful(concussion)
7Matt Schaubat TEN Probable(left arm)
8Matt Ryanat SEA -
9Joe Flaccovs. NO -
10Eli Manningvs. PHI -
11Ben Roethlisbergervs. NYJ -
12Jon Kitnavs. WAS -
13David Garrardat IND Questionable(hamstring)
14Josh Freemanvs. DET -
15Jay Cutlerat MIN -
16Jason Campbellvs. DEN -
17Carson Palmervs. CLE -
18Matt Casselat STL Questionable(abdomen)
19Kerry Collinsvs. HOU -
20Matt Hasselbeckvs. ATL Probable(wrist)
21Sam Bradfordvs. KC -
22Ryan Fitzpatrickat MIA -
23Matt Flynnat NE -
24Rex Grossmanat DAL -
25Tim Tebowat OAK -
26Joe Webbvs. CHI Probable(-)
27Chad Hennevs. BUF -
28Colt McCoyat CIN Probable(ankle)
29Alex Smithat SD -
30Drew Stantonat TB -
31Mark Sanchezat PIT -
32Jimmy Clausenvs. ARZ -
33John Skeltonat CAR -

QB Notes: I'm a huge Big Ben fan, but expected to rank him low this week after watching Pittsburgh's last three games. Then I started the rankings and realized there weren't many QBs worth putting ahead of him. Eli Manning is also slumping and plays in a run-first offense without his most trusted third down threat. Matt Cassel is a consideration, but will he be the same so soon after his appendectomy? Jon Kitna got a high rank, but he's still Jon Kitna. Josh Freeman has the right matchup, but his offensive line is playing poorly and he's in a slump of his own. Jay Cutler could move up if he wind up playing indoors.

In the end, David Garrard, Matt Ryan, and Joe Flacco were the only atypical guys that moved ahead of Roethlisberger. I like the Colts-Jaguars game to be a high scoring one. Garrard will need to throw at times to keep up and the Colts defense just isn't the same this year. … Aaron Rodgers is ranked as if he's starting. It sounds like he's very unlikely to play, but I put him there just in case. … No team gives up more big plays through the air than the Seahawks. It's definitely a week to use Ryan. … Tennessee's defensive line is thinner and smaller than it was early in the year. That should give Matt Schaub plenty of time to throw.

For owners in desperation or 2 QB leagues, some backup-types I like this week include Jason Campbell and Shaun Hill – if he plays. Tampa's defense is barely hanging on. Campbell has started to run in recent weeks and has quietly played quite well. His matchup against the Broncos is tempting. … Kyle Orton is hands off after that disaster in the desert. It looks like something is physically wrong with him. … I respect the Dolphins defense and pass rush enough to stay far away from Ryan Fitzpatrick this week. … I'm not convinced the Ravens are that tough a matchup for opposing quarterbacks. Play Drew Brees as usual.

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Gregg Rosenthal has directed Rotoworld's football content since 2003. He co-hosts the NBC Fantasy Fix and covers the NFL for and Catch him on Twitter.
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