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Week 15 fantasy rankings: Look for a rebound from Rams’ Jared Goff

Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff (16) should bounce back this Sunday after struggling against the Chicago Bears.
Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff (16) should bounce back this Sunday after struggling against the Chicago Bears. AP

Quarterback

1 Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City vs. LA Chargers ...Expect more great things from Mahomes -- the Chiefs are the only team to score three or more touchdowns in every game this season.

2 Jared Goff, LA Rams vs. Philadelphia ...Starting Goff (and ranking him this high) takes some leap of faith off a brutal game at Chicago, though he should rebound back at home and against an Eagles' defense allowing 277.4 passing yards per game (3rd-most).

3 Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh vs. New England ...Roethlisberger (ribs) will need to be monitored, though he’s expected to start and it's a great start at home -- Roethlisberger has thrown for at least 300-yards in five of his past six games against New England.

4 Drew Brees, New Orleans at Carolina

5 Andrew Luck, Indianapolis vs. Dallas

6 Philip Rivers, LA Chargers at Kansas City

7 Dak Prescott, Dallas at Indianapolis

8 Cam Newton, Carolina vs. New Orleans

9 Tom Brady, New England at Pittsburgh

10 Matt Ryan, Atlanta vs. Arizona

11 Kirk Cousins, Minnesota vs. Miami

12 Deshaun Watson, Houston at NY Jets

13 Baker Mayfield, Cleveland at Denver ...Mayfield has quickly shown to be a solid NFL-starter averaging 268 yards and 1.9 passing touchdowns per week and he gets a Broncos' defense allowing 320 yards passing over their past three games.

14 Russell Wilson, Seattle at San Francisco

15 Lamar Jackson, Baltimore vs. Tampa Bay

16 Josh Allen, Buffalo vs. Detroit ...Allen averages 112 yards rushing over his past three games.

17 Mitchell Trubisky, Chicago vs. Green Bay

18 Marcus Mariota, Tennessee at NY Giants

19 Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay at Chicago ...Rodgers hasn't thrown an interception in 368 consecutive passes (an NFL record) but nonetheless going against the Bears’ defense should be avoided (they allow the 3rd-lowest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks).

20 Case Keenum, Denver vs. Cleveland ...Keenum could have sleeper potential as an under-the-radar Week 15 option - the Browns allow 277.9 yards pass per game (2nd-most).

21 Nick Mullens, San Francisco vs. Seattle

22 Jeff Driskel, Cincinnati vs. Oakland

23 Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay at Baltimore ...Winston is a solid sit candidate against a Ravens’ defense allowing a league-low 18.5 points per game (and you can cut Winston if need be as he faces Dallas’ 2nd-best defense in scoring allowed next week).

24 Eli Manning, NY Giants vs. Tennessee

25 Derek Carr, Oakland at Cincinnati

26 Nick Foles, Philadelphia at LA Rams ...Carson Wentz (back) is expected to miss Week 15 leaving Nick Foles to start.

27 Josh Rosen, Arizona at Atlanta

28 Sam Darnold, NY Jets vs. Houston

29 Ryan Tannehill, Miami at Minnesota

30 Matthew Stafford, Detroit at Buffalo ...Buffalo allows a league-low 185.8 yards passing per game.

31 Cody Kessler, Jacksonville vs. Washington

32 Josh Johnson, Washington at Jacksonville

Running Back

1 Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas at Indianapolis ...Elliot will head into Week 15 in the lead for the 2018 NFL Rushing Crown, ahead of Todd Gurley 1,263 to 1,203.

2 Christian McCaffrey, Carolina vs. New Orleans

3 Saquon Barkley, NY Giants vs. Tennessee

4 Todd Gurley, LA Rams vs. Philadelphia

5 Joe Mixon, Cincinnati vs. Oakland ...Oakland allows 144.5 yards rushing per game (2nd-most) -- Mixon should be plenty busy and effective at home this week.

6 Alvin Kamara, New Orleans at Carolina

7 Phillip Lindsay, Denver vs. Cleveland

8 Dalvin Cook, Minnesota vs. Miami ...John DeFilippo is out as offensive coordinator while Kevin Stefanski takes over (with that change, it's reasonable to expect a quick uptick in offensive performance this week and perhaps a larger workload for star running back Dalvin Cook).

9 Nick Chubb, Cleveland at Denver ...Chubb comes into Week 15 having scored in five straight games.

10 Leonard Fournette, Jacksonville vs. Washington ...Fournette comes off a rough outing but keep the faith this week against a Washington defense that has allowed 37 points per game over their past three (2nd-most).

11 David Johnson, Arizona at Atlanta

12 Tarik Cohen, Chicago vs. Green Bay

13 Aaron Jones, Green Bay at Chicago

14 Lamar Miller, Houston at NY Jets ...The Jets have allowed 173.7 rushing over its past three games (most in the NFL).

15 Melvin Gordon, LA Chargers at Kansas City ...Gordon (knee-MCL) will need to be monitored.

16 Jaylen Samuels, Pittsburgh vs. New England

17 Derrick Henry, Tennessee at NY Giants ...Henry certainly will be an interesting watch in Week 15, after an absolute epic explosion of fantasy points and production with 238 rushing yards and four touchdowns last week against Jacksonville.

18 Chris Carson, Seattle at San Francisco

19 James White, New England at Pittsburgh

20 Mark Ingram, New Orleans at Carolina

21 Tevin Coleman, Atlanta vs. Arizona ...Coleman is a little tough to trust though this is a good set-up -- at home and against the 30th-ranked run defense and Arizona allows 1.4 rushing touchdowns per game (NFL high).

23 Sony Michel, New England at Pittsburgh

24 Dion Lewis, Tennessee at NY Giants

25 Kenneth Dixon, Baltimore vs. Tampa Bay ...Dixon has looked strong averaging 5.4 yards on 31 touches and the Ravens' coaches have said his role will grow, and it's a week for solid production against a Tampa defense allowing the 5th-most fantasy points to opposing running backs.

26 Damien Williams, Kansas City vs. LA Chargers …Williams will get an expanded role this week if Spencer Ware (shoulder/hamstring) is unable to play.

27 Gus Edwards, Baltimore vs. Tampa Bay

28 Jeff Wilson, San Francisco vs. Seattle

29 Doug Martin, Oakland at Cincinnati ...Martin (knee) will need to be monitored.

30 Marlon Mack, Indianapolis vs. Dallas ...Mack has totaled just 33 yards in each of his past two games and it's hard to see that improving much against a Dallas defense allowing a league-low 59.7 yards rushing per game over its past three.

31 Justin Jackson, LA Chargers at Kansas City ...Jackson should have an expanded role with Austin Ekeler (neck) expected to be out and pending whether Melvin Gordon can return.

32 Jordan Howard, Chicago vs. Green Bay

33 Kenyan Drake, Miami at Minnesota

34 Jalen Richard, Oakland at Cincinnati

35 Theo Riddick, Detroit at Buffalo

36 Darren Sproles, Philadelphia at LA Rams

37 Ito Smith, Atlanta vs. Arizona

38 Josh Adams, Philadelphia at LA Rams

39 Chris Thompson, Washington at Jacksonville

40 Rashaad Penny, Seattle at San Francisco

41 Frank Gore, Miami at Minnesota

42 Elijah McGuire, NY Jets vs. Houston

43 Adrian Peterson, Washington at Jacksonville

44 Nyheim Hines, Indianapolis vs. Dallas

45 Latavius Murray, Minnesota vs. Miami

46 Royce Freeman, Denver vs. Cleveland

47 Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati vs. Oakland

48 Duke Johnson, Cleveland at Denver

49 T.J. Yeldon, Jacksonville vs. Washington

50 LeSean McCoy, Buffalo vs. Detroit ...McCoy (hamstring) will need to be monitored.

Wide Receiver

1 Michael Thomas, New Orleans at Carolina ...Carolina allows the most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers over the past three weeks.

2 Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh vs. New England

3 Keenan Allen, LA Chargers at Kansas City ...Allen has posted a touchdown in five straight games.

4 JuJu Smith-Schuster, Pittsburgh vs. New England

5 Tyreek Hill, Kansas City vs. LA Chargers ...Hill (foot) will need to be monitored but he is expected to be good to go for Thursday night.

6 DeAndre Hopkins, Houston at NY Jets ...The Jets allow the 3rd-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers while Hopkins has scored a touchdown in six of his past eight games.

7 Robert Woods, LA Rams vs. Philadelphia ...Woods remains very consistent at 79.4 yards per game and this is a spot for a strong game against an Eagles’ defense allowing the 2nd-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers.

8 Amari Cooper, Dallas at Indianapolis

9 Adam Thielen, Minnesota vs. Miami

10 Julio Jones, Atlanta vs. Arizona

11 Odell Beckham, NY Giants vs. Tennessee ...Beckham (quad) will need to be monitored.

12 Davante Adams, Green Bay at Chicago ...It's a tough match-up though Adams has scored in three-straight games against Chicago.

13 Stefon Diggs, Minnesota vs. Miami

14 T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis vs. Dallas ...Hilton is an elite talent though the Cowboys allow the 2nd-fewest fantasy points to opposing wide receivers.

15 Julian Edelman, New England at Pittsburgh

16 Brandin Cooks, LA Rams vs. Philadelphia

17 Jarvis Landry, Cleveland at Denver

18 Tyler Boyd, Cincinnati vs. Oakland

19 Allen Robinson, Chicago vs. Green Bay ...Robinson is due for a score and remains the Bears’ top target (five receptions in each of the past two games) and this week he gets a Packers’ defense allowing the 4th-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers.

20 Josh Gordon, New England at Pittsburgh

21 D.J. Moore, Carolina vs. New Orleans ...New Orleans allows the most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers, making Moore and Curtis Samuel both strong plays.

22 Curtis Samuel, Carolina vs. New Orleans ...Both Samuel and DJ Moore are strong plays -- Samuel has gone over 80 yards in back-to-back games while Moore has averaged 90 receiving yards in his last four games.

23 Tyler Lockett, Seattle at San Francisco

24 Corey Davis, Tennessee at NY Giants

25 Mike Evans, Tampa Bay at Baltimore ...Evans slips in this week’s ranking against a stout Ravens’ defense allowing the 4th-fewest fantasy points to opposing wide receivers.

26 Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona at Atlanta

27 Dante Pettis, San Francisco vs. Seattle

28 Tim Patrick, Denver vs. Cleveland

29 DaeSean Hamilton, Denver vs. Cleveland

30 Josh Reynolds, LA Rams vs. Philadelphia

31 Dede Westbrook, Jacksonville vs. Washington

32 Calvin Ridley, Atlanta vs. Arizona

33 Doug Baldwin, Seattle at San Francisco ...Baldwin (hip) will need to be monitored.

34 Adam Humphries, Tampa Bay at Baltimore

35 Kenny Stills, Miami at Minnesota

36 Zay Jones, Buffalo vs. Detroit

37 Alshon Jeffery, Philadelphia at LA Rams

38 Mohamed Sanu, Atlanta vs. Arizona

39 Demaryius Thomas, Houston at NY Jets

40 Michael Gallup, Dallas at Indianapolis

41 John Ross, Cincinnati vs. Oakland ...All he does is catch touchdowns -- Ross has but 18 receptions this season but six of them have been for a touchdown.

42 Mike Williams, LA Chargers at Kansas City

43 Tyrell Williams, LA Chargers at Kansas City

44 Courtland Sutton, Denver vs. Cleveland ...Sutton (thigh) will need to be monitored.

45 Golden Tate, Philadelphia at LA Rams

46 Michael Crabtree, Baltimore vs. Tampa Bay

47 Taywan Taylor, Tennessee at NY Giants

48 Robby Anderson, NY Jets vs. Houston

49 Kenny Golladay, Detroit at Buffalo ...Golladay comes off a brutal five-yard game and gets another tough match-up this week against shutdown cover Tre’Davious White and against a Buffalo defense that allows the 4th-fewest fantasy points to opposing wide receivers.

50 Chris Godwin, Tampa Bay at Baltimore

51 Taylor Gabriel, Chicago vs. Green Bay

52 Jordy Nelson, Oakland at Cincinnati

53 TreQuan Smith, New Orleans at Carolina

54 Randall Cobb, Green Bay at Chicago

55 Antonio Callaway, Cleveland at Denver

56 Donte Moncrief, Jacksonville vs. Washington

57 Seth Roberts, Oakland at Cincinnati

58 Sterling Shepard, NY Giants vs. Tennessee ...Shepard hasn’t topped more than 37 yards in a game since Week 7.

59 David Moore, Seattle at San Francisco

60 John Brown, Baltimore vs. Tampa Bay

61 Robert Foster, Buffalo vs. Detroit

62 Anthony Miller, Chicago vs. Green Bay

63 Nelson Agholor, Philadelphia at LA Rams

64 Willie Snead, Baltimore vs. Tampa Bay

65 Cordarrelle Patterson, New England at Pittsburgh

66 Bruce Ellington, Detroit at Buffalo

67 Josh Doctson, Washington at Jacksonville ...Doctson (concussion) will need to be monitored.

68 Cole Beasley, Dallas at Indianapolis

69 Trent Sherfield, Arizona at Atlanta ...Sherfield is on the radar after receptions in four straight games including five receptions for 77 yards last week.

70 Isaiah McKenzie, Buffalo vs. Detroit

71 Devin Funchess, Carolina vs. New Orleans

72 Chris Conley, Kansas City vs. LA Chargers

73 Marquise Goodwin, San Francisco vs. Seattle

74 Keith Kirkwood, New Orleans at Carolina

75 Quincy Enunwa, NY Jets vs. Houston

Tight End

1 Travis Kelce, Kansas City vs. LA Chargers

2 George Kittle, San Francisco vs. Seattle

3 Zach Ertz, Philadelphia at LA Rams

4 Rob Gronkowski, New England at Pittsburgh

5 Eric Ebron, Indianapolis vs. Dallas

6 Jared Cook, Oakland at Cincinnati

7 Ian Thomas, Carolina vs. New Orleans

8 Evan Engram, NY Giants vs. Tennessee

9 David Njoku, Cleveland at Denver

10 Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota vs. Miami

11 Austin Hooper, Atlanta vs. Arizona ...Hooper (knee) will need to be monitored.

12 Cameron Brate, Tampa Bay at Baltimore

13 Jimmy Graham, Green Bay at Chicago

14 Gerald Everett, LA Rams vs. Philadelphia

15 C.J. Uzomah, Cincinnati vs. Oakland

16 Anthony Firkser, Tennessee at NY Giants ...Firkser will take over as the Titans' starting tight end with Jonnu Smith (knee) lost for the season.

17 Vance McDonald, Pittsburgh vs. New England

18 Blake Jarwin, Dallas at Indianapolis

19 Ben Watson, New Orleans at Carolina

20 Vernon Davis, Washington at Jacksonville ...Davis is expected to make the start with Jordan Reed battling a toe injury.

21 Trey Burton, Chicago vs. Green Bay

22 Chris Herndon, NY Jets vs. Houston

23 Jordan Thomas, Houston at NY Jets

24 Jesse James, Pittsburgh vs. New England

25 Antonio Gates, LA Chargers at Kansas City

26 Dallas Goedert, Philadelphia at LA Rams

27 Dalton Schultz, Dallas at Indianapolis

28 Nick Vannett, Seattle at San Francisco

29 Tyler Higbee, LA Rams vs. Philadelphia

30 Matt LaCosse, Denver vs. Cleveland

Kicker

1 Greg Zuerlein, LA Rams vs. Philadelphia

2 Justin Tucker, Baltimore vs. Tampa Bay

3 Stephen Gostkowski, New England at Pittsburgh

4 Matt Bryant, Atlanta vs. Arizona

5 Ka'imi Fairbairn, Houston at NY Jets

6 Harrison Butker, Kansas City vs. LA Chargers

7 Brett Maher, Dallas at Indianapolis

8 Wil Lutz, New Orleans at Carolina

9 Brandon McManus, Denver vs. Cleveland

10 Aldrick Rosas, NY Giants vs. Tennessee

11 Ryan Succop, Tennessee at NY Giants

12 Adam Vinatieri, Indianapolis vs. Dallas

13 Cody Parkey, Chicago vs. Green Bay

14 Sebastian Janikowski, Seattle at San Francisco

15 Mike Badgley, LA Chargers at Kansas City

16 Randy Bullock, Cincinnati vs. Oakland

17 Jason Myers, NY Jets vs. Houston

18 Chris Boswell, Pittsburgh vs. New England

19 Stephen Hauschka, Buffalo vs. Detroit

20 Dan Bailey, Minnesota vs. Miami

21 Robbie Gould, San Francisco vs. Seattle

22 Josh Lambo, Jacksonville vs. Washington

23 Jake Elliott, Philadelphia at LA Rams

24 Mason Crosby, Green Bay at Chicago

25 Daniel Carlson, Oakland at Cincinnati

26 Chandler Catanzaro, Carolina vs. New Orleans ...Graham Gano (knee) will need to be monitored.

27 Cairo Santos, Tampa Bay at Baltimore

28 Greg Joseph, Cleveland at Denver

29 Jason Sanders, Miami at Minnesota

30 Matt Prater, Detroit at Buffalo

31 Zane Gonzalez, Arizona at Atlanta

32 Dustin Hopkins, Washington at Jacksonville

Defense

1 Baltimore DT, Baltimore vs. Tampa Bay

2 Houston DT, Houston at NY Jets

3 Chicago DT, Chicago vs. Green Bay

4 Minnesota DT, Minnesota vs. Miami

5 Jacksonville DT, Jacksonville vs. Washington

6 Seattle DT, Seattle at San Francisco

7 Buffalo DT, Buffalo vs. Detroit

8 Denver DT, Denver vs. Cleveland

9 LA Rams DT, LA Rams vs. Philadelphia

10 Tennessee DT, Tennessee at NY Giants

11 Atlanta DT, Atlanta vs. Arizona

12 NY Giants DT, NY Giants vs. Tennessee

13 Washington DT, Washington at Jacksonville

14 Detroit DT, Detroit at Buffalo

15 Cincinnati DT, Cincinnati vs. Oakland

16 New Orleans DT, New Orleans at Carolina

17 Indianapolis DT, Indianapolis vs. Dallas

18 Kansas City DT, Kansas City vs. LA Chargers

19 Green Bay DT, Green Bay at Chicago

20 Oakland DT, Oakland at Cincinnati

21 New England DT, New England at Pittsburgh

22 Arizona DT, Arizona at Atlanta

23 NY Jets DT, NY Jets vs. Houston

24 Cleveland DT, Cleveland at Denver

25 San Francisco DT, San Francisco vs. Seattle

26 Tampa Bay DT, Tampa Bay at Baltimore

27 Pittsburgh DT, Pittsburgh vs. New England

28 Dallas DT, Dallas at Indianapolis

29 Miami DT, Miami at Minnesota

30 LA Chargers DT, LA Chargers at Kansas City

31 Carolina DT, Carolina vs. New Orleans

32 Philadelphia DT, Philadelphia at LA Rams

Alan Satterlee is in his fifth year of writing about fantasy football for The Charlotte Observer. Find him on Twitter at @Speedkills_DFW.

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