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Week 15 Rankings

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Week 15 Tight Ends

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Jimmy Graham at STL -
2 Julius Thomas vs. SD Probable (knee)
3 Vernon Davis at TB -
4 Greg Olsen vs. NYJ Probable (foot)
5 Jordan Cameron vs. CHI -
6 Dennis Pitta at DET -
7 Charles Clay vs. NE -
8 Tony Gonzalez vs. WAS Questionable (toe)
9 Delanie Walker vs. ARZ Probable (concussion)
10 Jason Witten vs. GB -
11 Antonio Gates at DEN Probable (hamstring)
12 Coby Fleener vs. HOU -
13 Martellus Bennett at CLE -
14 Heath Miller vs. CIN -
15 Scott Chandler at JAC -
16 Zach Miller at NYG Probable (ribs)
17 Jacob Tamme vs. SD -
18 Brandon Myers vs. SEA -
19 Jared Cook vs. NO -
20 Ladarius Green at DEN -
21 Zach Ertz at MIN Probable (shoulder)
22 Brent Celek at MIN Probable (hip)
23 Tim Wright vs. SF -
24 Jermaine Gresham at PIT -
25 Brandon Pettigrew vs. BAL Probable (knee)
26 Andrew Quarless at DAL -
27 Mychal Rivera vs. KC -
28 Tyler Eifert at PIT -
29 Kellen Winslow at CAR -
30 Virgil Green vs. SD -
31 Marcedes Lewis vs. BUF Probable (calf)
32 Logan Paulsen at ATL -
33 Ryan Griffin at IND -
34 Michael Hoomanawanui at MIA Probable (knee)
35 Sean McGrath at OAK -
36 Brandon Bostick at DAL -
37 Jim Dray at TEN -
38 Joseph Fauria vs. BAL -
39 Jeff Cumberland at CAR -
40 Ed Dickson at DET -
41 Ben Watson at STL -
42 Lance Kendricks vs. NO Probable (finger)
43 Levine Toilolo vs. WAS -

TE Notes: With no more Rob Gronkowski, Jimmy Graham is back alone at the top. … Fantasy’s No. 3 tight end on the season, Julius Thomas is No. 2 over the past five weeks. One of the league’s elite touchdown-scoring threats at any position, Thomas could be the second tight end off the board in 2014. … Vernon Davis has three touchdowns in his past four games, and is up to 11 on the season. That’s what we call a high-end TE1. … Jordan Cameron: Not dead. It’s hard to know which iteration of the Browns’ passing offense will show up in a given week, but Cameron’s upside and 2013 track record give him a top-five edge. … This week’s “facing the Cardinals” lottery winner? Delanie Walker, who was badly missed in Sunday’s loss to the Broncos. Ryan Fitzpatrick’s BFF, Walker is going to get ample opportunity to drop big plays on a defense that’s been surrendering them to tight ends all season.

Like Cameron, Charles Clay hasn’t always been the most consistent option, but the upside and track record are there. Fantasy’s No. 7 tight end on the season, Clay is coming off back-to-back 7-80 games. The Patriots are not an imposing matchup. … Dennis Pitta, now that’s what we’re talking about. Pitta was supposed to be on a snap count against the Vikings. Instead, he was Joe Flacco’s go-to receiver, drawing 11 targets, one of which came on 4th-and-goal with time running out in the fourth quarter. Pitta converted it into a diving, contested, one-yard score, serving notice that he’s all the way back from his severe hip injury. Pitta’s return comes not a moment too soon for beleaguered Rob Gronkowski owners. Pitta is the ideal replacement, even in a supposedly tough matchup in the Lions. … Antonio Gates has cleared 6.2 fantasy points once in his past eight games. … Jordan Reed (concussion) is on track to miss his fourth straight game. Since the Redskins are apparently so concerned with their players’ wellbeing these days, Reed is a candidate to be shut down.    

Garrett Graham rarely takes advantage of good matchups, so don’t expect him to go off in a rough one. The Colts are allowing the eighth fewest fantasy points to tight ends. … It’s that magical time of year where Jacob Tamme becomes a thing again. Yes, Tamme is the favorite to pick up Wes Welker’s snaps in the slot. No, he’s not going to produce like Wes Welker. Maybe Tamme will catch four passes, luck into a touchdown. There’s still not enough upside to bill him as more than a desperation TE2 fill-in. … The only thing that can hold Ladarius Green’s prodigious talent back? Eddie Royal, apparently. Wait till 2014. … Michael Hoomanawanui appears to be the next man up in Rob Gronkowski’s absence. He definitely shouldn’t be the next guy inserted into fantasy lineups. … Tim Wright has bottomed out as a re-draft option, but remains someone to keep around in Dynasty leagues. Coach Greg Schiano is very, very high on him.   

Week 15 Kickers 

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Stephen Gostkowski at MIA -
2 Justin Tucker at DET -
3 Steven Hauschka at NYG -
4 Mason Crosby at DAL -
5 Matt Prater vs. SD -
6 Garrett Hartley at STL -
7 Nick Novak at DEN -
8 Adam Vinatieri vs. HOU -
9 Blair Walsh vs. PHI Probable (hamstring)
10 Dan Bailey vs. GB -
11 Phil Dawson at TB -
12 Shaun Suisham vs. CIN Probable (hamstring)
13 Ryan Succop at OAK -
14 Jay Feely at TEN -
15 Robbie Gould at CLE -
16 Dan Carpenter at JAC -
17 Caleb Sturgis vs. NE -
18 Nick Folk at CAR -
19 Alex Henery at MIN -
20 Kai Forbath at ATL -
21 Graham Gano vs. NYJ -
22 Greg Zuerlein vs. NO -
23 Mike Nugent at PIT -
24 Rob Bironas vs. ARZ -
25 David Akers vs. BAL -
26 Matt Bryant vs. WAS -
27 Sebastian Janikowski vs. KC -
28 Randy Bullock at IND -
29 Josh Brown vs. SEA -
30 Rian Lindell vs. SF -
31 Billy Cundiff vs. CHI Probable (quadriceps)
32 Josh Scobee vs. BUF -

Week 15 Defense/Special Teams 

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

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