Funston’s Fantasy Football Rankings: 2017 Week 15

Fantasy football expert Brandon Funston provides his weekly insight and rankings of the best players to help you win big.

Quarterbacks

Carolina QB Cam Newton has run hot-n-cold in the passing game this season, but he’s the No. 6 overall fantasy QB thanks to rushing numbers that a lot of running backs would envy – 585 rushing yards and 5 touchdown runs. This week Newton will have a good shot to combine some aerial success with those ground gains as he’ll host a Green Bay defense that has allowed the seventh-most passing yards per game to the QB position. Newton is the top fantasy QB play for Week 15.

Name Team Opp
Cam Newton CAR vs GB
Ben Roethlisberger PIT vs NE
Drew Brees NO vs NYJ
Russell Wilson SEA vs LAR
Philip Rivers LAC @ KC
Aaron Rodgers GB @ CAR
Dak Prescott DAL @ OAK
Matthew Stafford DET vs CHI
Tom Brady NE @ PIT
Kirk Cousins WAS vs ARI
Jameis Winston TB vs ATL
Blake Bortles JAC vs HOU
Jimmy Garoppolo SF vs TEN
Matt Ryan ATL @ TB
Marcus Mariota TEN @ SF
Case Keenum MIN vs CIN
Derek Carr OAK vs DAL
Jared Goff LAR @ SEA
Alex Smith KC vs LAC
Nick Foles PHI @ NYG
Andy Dalton CIN @ MIN
DeShone Kizer CLE vs BAL
Jay Cutler MIA @ BUF
Tyrod Taylor BUF vs MIA
Eli Manning NYG vs PHI
Joe Flacco BAL @ CLE
Blaine Gabbert ARI @ WAS
Mitch Trubisky CHI @ DET
Jacoby Brissett IND vs DEN
Trevor Siemian DEN @ IND
Bryce Petty NYJ @ NO
T.J. Yates HOU @ JAC

Running Backs

Pittsburgh’s Le’Veon Bell faces a New England team that he’s averaged 144 yards from scrimmage (YFS) against in two regular-season meetings over the past two seasons. This season, the Patriots have allowed the sixth-most YFS to the RB position. Bell, the No. 2 overall fantasy running back (total points) for the ’17 campaign, heads into this AFC marquee matchup as he top fantasy RB play for Week 15.

Name Team Opp
Le’Veon Bell PIT vs NE
LeSean McCoy BUF vs MIA
Leonard Fournette JAC vs HOU
Alvin Kamara NO vs NYJ
Kareem Hunt KC vs LAC
Todd Gurley LAR @ SEA
Melvin Gordon LAC @ KC
Jordan Howard CHI @ DET
Devonta Freeman ATL @ TB
Mark Ingram NO vs NYJ
Marshawn Lynch OAK vs DAL
Kenyan Drake MIA @ BUF
Christian McCaffrey CAR vs GB
Alex Collins BAL @ CLE
Carlos Hyde SF vs TEN
Rex Burkhead NE @ PIT
Frank Gore IND vs DEN
Latavius Murray MIN vs CIN
Jamaal Williams GB @ CAR
Samaje Perine WAS vs ARI
Mike Davis SEA vs LAR
Kerwynn Williams ARI @ WAS
Jay Ajayi PHI @ NYG
Derrick Henry TEN @ SF
Lamar Miller HOU @ JAC
DeMarco Murray TEN @ SF
Alfred Morris DAL @ OAK
Dion Lewis NE @ PIT
Jonathan Stewart CAR vs GB
Joe Mixon CIN @ MIN
Isaiah Crowell CLE vs BAL
C.J. Anderson DEN @ IND
Theo Riddick DET vs CHI
Peyton Barber TB vs ATL
Tevin Coleman ATL @ TB
Duke Johnson CLE vs BAL
Bilal Powell NYJ @ NO
Orleans Darkwa NYG vs PHI
Rod Smith DAL @ OAK
Jerick McKinnon MIN vs CIN
Austin Ekeler LAC @ KC
Matt Forte NYJ @ NO
Doug Martin TB vs ATL
Danny Woodhead BAL @ CLE
LeGarrette Blount PHI @ NYG
Giovani Bernard CIN @ MIN
Corey Clement PHI @ NYG
Marlon Mack IND vs DEN
Tarik Cohen CHI @ DET
Javorius Allen BAL @ CLE
James White NE @ PIT
J.D. McKissic SEA vs LAR

Wide Receivers

Pittsburgh’s Antonio Brown is on an epic four-game run during which he’s combined for 39 catches, 627 receiving yards and six touchdowns. And this week he faces a Patriots defense that he has consistently torched in past meetings, posting 11.9-plus fantasy points against New England in four straight regular-season meetings. He’s the clear top fantasy wide receiver play for Week 15.

Name Team Opp
Antonio Brown PIT vs NE
Julio Jones ATL @ TB
Michael Thomas NO vs NYJ
Keenan Allen LAC @ KC
Doug Baldwin SEA vs LAR
Dez Bryant DAL @ OAK
DeAndre Hopkins HOU @ JAC
Larry Fitzgerald ARI @ WAS
Davante Adams GB @ CAR
Adam Thielen MIN vs CIN
Jarvis Landry MIA @ BUF
Devin Funchess CAR vs GB
Mike Evans TB vs ATL
Brandin Cooks NE @ PIT
Josh Gordon CLE vs BAL
Jordy Nelson GB @ CAR
Marvin Jones DET vs CHI
Tyreek Hill KC vs LAC
Michael Crabtree OAK vs DAL
Alshon Jeffery PHI @ NYG
Dede Westbrook JAC vs HOU
A.J. Green CIN @ MIN
Jamison Crowder WAS vs ARI
Chris Hogan NE @ PIT
Golden Tate DET vs CHI
Marquise Goodwin SF vs TEN
Demaryius Thomas DEN @ IND
JuJu Smith-Schuster PIT vs NE
Stefon Diggs MIN vs CIN
DeSean Jackson TB vs ATL
Cooper Kupp LAR @ SEA
Marqise Lee JAC vs HOU
Sterling Shepard NYG vs PHI
Robby Anderson NYJ @ NO
Paul Richardson SEA vs LAR
T.Y. Hilton IND vs DEN
Mohamed Sanu ATL @ TB
Robert Woods LAR @ SEA
Sammy Watkins LAR @ SEA
Amari Cooper OAK vs DAL
Rishard Matthews TEN @ SF
Corey Coleman CLE vs BAL
Mike Wallace BAL @ CLE
Jeremy Maclin BAL @ CLE
DeVante Parker MIA @ BUF
Tyrell Williams LAC @ KC
Kelvin Benjamin BUF vs MIA
Randall Cobb GB @ CAR
Martavis Bryant PIT vs NE
Emmanuel Sanders DEN @ IND
Tyler Lockett SEA vs LAR
Josh Doctson WAS vs ARI
Keelan Cole JAC vs HOU
Ted Ginn NO vs NYJ
Nelson Agholor PHI @ NYG
Kenny Stills MIA @ BUF
Travis Benjamin LAC @ KC
Kenny Golladay DET vs CHI
Kendall Wright CHI @ DET
Torrey Smith PHI @ NYG
Corey Davis TEN @ SF
Dontrelle Inman CHI @ DET
Eric Decker TEN @ SF
Willie Snead NO vs NYJ
Zay Jones BUF vs MIA
Jermaine Kearse NYJ @ NO
Danny Amendola NE @ PIT
Will Fuller HOU @ JAC
Trent Taylor SF vs TEN
Brandon LaFell CIN @ MIN
JJ Nelson ARI @ WAS
Cole Beasley DAL @ OAK
Taylor Gabriel ATL @ TB
Terrance Williams DAL @ OAK
Jaron Brown ARI @ WAS
Brandon Coleman NO vs NYJ
Adam Humphries TB vs ATL

Tight Ends

Like Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown, New England’s Rob Gronkowski has also enjoyed big results in recent meetings between the New England and Pittsburgh. Gronk, coming off a suspension last week, has averaged 99.2 receiving yards and has found the end zone eight times in five career regular-season contests against Pittsburgh. He claims the top spot in this week’s fantasy tight end rankings.

Name Team Opp
Rob Gronkowski NE @ PIT
Zach Ertz PHI @ NYG
Jimmy Graham SEA vs LAR
Travis Kelce KC vs LAC
Jack Doyle IND vs DEN
Evan Engram NYG vs PHI
Kyle Rudolph MIN vs CIN
Delanie Walker TEN @ SF
Hunter Henry LAC @ KC
Cameron Brate TB vs ATL
Jared Cook OAK vs DAL
Jason Witten DAL @ OAK
Stephen Anderson HOU @ JAC
Greg Olsen CAR vs GB
Eric Ebron DET vs CHI
Garrett Celek SF vs TEN
O.J. Howard TB vs ATL
David Njoku CLE vs BAL
Austin Seferian-Jenkins NYJ @ NO
Vernon Davis WAS vs ARI
Austin Hooper ATL @ TB
Ben Watson BAL @ CLE
Charles Clay BUF vs MIA
Julius Thomas MIA @ BUF
Ricky Seals-Jones ARI @ WAS
Tyler Kroft CIN @ MIN

Defense / Special Teams

The Jacksonville Jaguars, with a league-best 47 sacks, 30 takeaways and seven touchdowns, are the top-scoring fantasy defense/special teams unit. This week, they have the good fortune of hosting a Houston squad forced to turn to its third-string QB (T.J. Yates) this week. The matchup as about as good as it gets for the Jaguars, who land atop the Week 15 fantasy DST rankings.

Name Opp
Jacksonville Jaguars vs HOU
New Orleans Saints vs NYJ
Philadelphia Eagles @ NYG
Minnesota Vikings vs CIN
Baltimore Ravens @ CLE
Detroit Lions vs CHI
Los Angeles Chargers @ KC
Denver Broncos @ IND
Buffalo Bills vs MIA
Atlanta Falcons @ TB
Seattle Seahawks vs LAR
Carolina Panthers vs GB
Arizona Cardinals @ WAS
New England Patriots @ PIT
Washington Redskins vs ARI
Tennessee Titans @ SF
Dallas Cowboys @ OAK
Kansas City Chiefs vs LAC
Pittsburgh Steelers vs NE
Indianapolis Colts vs DEN
San Francisco 49ers vs TEN
Oakland Raiders vs DAL
Los Angeles Rams @ SEA
Cincinnati Bengals @ MIN
Green Bay Packers @ CAR
Chicago Bears @ DET
Miami Dolphins @ BUF
Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs ATL
Houston Texans @ JAC
New York Giants vs PHI
Cleveland Browns vs BAL
New York Jets @ NO

Kickers

No kickers blurb… ever.

Name Team Opp
Matt Bryant ATL @ TB
Wil Lutz NO vs NYJ
Matt Prater DET vs CHI
Dan Bailey DAL @ OAK
Stephen Gostkowski NE @ PIT
Justin Tucker BAL @ CLE
Chris Boswell PIT vs NE
Ryan Succop TEN @ SF
Josh Lambo JAC vs HOU
Graham Gano CAR vs GB
Mason Crosby GB @ CAR
Blair Walsh SEA vs LAR
Adam Vinatieri IND vs DEN
Brandon McManus DEN @ IND
Steven Hauschka BUF vs MIA
Greg Zuerlein LAR @ SEA
Harrison Butker KC vs LAC
Kai Forbath MIN vs CIN
Jake Elliott PHI @ NYG
Travis Coons LAC @ KC
Robbie Gould SF vs TEN
Nick Rose WAS vs ARI
Giorgio Tavecchio OAK vs DAL
Patrick Murray TB vs ATL
Ka’imi Fairbairn HOU @ JAC
Cody Parkey MIA @ BUF
Mike Nugent CHI @ DET
Zane Gonzalez CLE vs BAL
Phil Dawson ARI @ WAS
Randy Bullock CIN @ MIN
Aldrick Rosas NYG vs PHI
Chandler Catanzaro NYJ @ NO
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