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Week 15 Rankings

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Week 15 Tight Ends

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Travis Kelce vs. LAC -
2 Zach Ertz at LAR -
3 Eric Ebron vs. DAL -
4 George Kittle vs. SEA -
5 Rob Gronkowski at PIT -
6 Jared Cook at CIN -
7 David Njoku at DEN -
8 Vance McDonald vs. NE -
9 Kyle Rudolph vs. MIA -
10 Evan Engram vs. TEN -
11 Cameron Brate at BAL -
12 Austin Hooper vs. ARZ -
13 C.J. Uzomah vs. OAK -
14 Ian Thomas vs. NO -
15 Jimmy Graham at CHI -
16 Trey Burton vs. GB -
17 Chris Herndon vs. HOU -
18 Vernon Davis at JAC -
19 Gerald Everett vs. PHI -
20 Dallas Goedert at LAR -
21 Anthony Firkser at NYG -
22 Antonio Gates at KC -
23 Jordan Thomas at NYJ -
24 Ryan Griffin at NYJ -
25 Ben Watson at CAR -
26 Mark Andrews vs. TB -
27 Ricky Seals-Jones at ATL -
28 Jesse James vs. NE -
29 Dan Arnold at CAR -
30 Tyler Higbee vs. PHI -
31 Levine Toilolo at BUF -
32 Blake Jarwin at IND -
33 Matt LaCosse vs. CLE -
34 Nick Vannett at SF -
35 Charles Clay vs. DET -

TE Notes: Having cleared 70 yards in every game but two, Travis Kelce is on pace for a tight end record 1,426 yards. … The competition for the No. 2 spot has been heating up, but Zach Ertz maintains the Week 15 edge thanks to a showdown with the Rams that comes with a 53.5 over/under. The Eagles’ most reliable pass catcher will be leaned on in an up-and-down affair. … Ertz’s excellent setup also applies to Dallas Goedert. Fresh off one of the most controversial plays of the season, Goedert is a plug-and-play TE2 for the fantasy semifinals. ... George Kittle is right on Travis Kelce’s yardage heels. His projected 1,358 would be second all-time. He just got the Seahawks for 6/70 on nine targets two weeks ago. I’m giving usage monster Eric Ebron the No. 3 edge for Week 15 because his touchdown odds are just so good. His 12 receiving scores lead the NFL. His 20 red zone targets are second to only Kelce amongst tight ends. … If I were ranking Jaylen Samuels as a tight end, it would be as the TE5.   

Rob Gronkowski’s best game of the season came against the Dolphins’ tight end-challenged defense. Thankfully, he has another mouthwatering matchup for Week 15. The Steelers have served up the fifth-most tight end fantasy points. Throw in a 52 over/under and you have the recipe for a hot streak for the Pats’ aging seam stretcher. … There’s a valid argument Jared Cook deserves the five spot over Gronk. He is coming off back-to-back 100-yard games and has scored in 3-of-4 contests. I’ll stick with Gronk because he’s in a better offense in a better Week 15 scoring environment. Cook’s Bengals matchup is hardly chopped liver, of course. … Increasingly inconsistent, David Njoku will try to get back above 50 yards versus a Broncos defense that has silver plattered the most tight end yardage (977). … While you weren’t looking, Austin Hooper got up to ninth in tight end yardage (557). He’s about floor, not ceiling. … Vance McDonald essentially has Austin Hooper’s floor with a more explosive ceiling. That’s why he gets the Week 15 rankings nod.

C.J. Uzomah continues to disappoint, but they do not make tight end matchups better than the Raiders. … Kyle Rudolph’s whining came to nothing after his brief Week 12 reinvolvement. Working in his Week 15 favor is the firing of OC John DeFilippo — coach Mike Zimmer wants more fire and brimstone — and a Dolphins defense that’s tissue-soft up the seam. … Displaying zero upside, Cameron Brate will really need to find the end zone against the Ravens’ tough defense. … Few teams have been rougher on tight ends than New Orleans, but Ian Thomas gets the Week 15 benefit of the doubt. He has caught 14-of-16 targets in two games since Greg Olsen went down, and the Panthers are focusing on short passing with Cam Newton’s arm shot because of a shoulder injury. Throw in a 51.5 over/under and you have a strong setup. … One of the biggest busts of the season, Trey Burton has a stay-away matchup in a Packers D permitting the second-fewest TE fantasy points. … Big-play Vernon Davis will have top-eight ceiling against the Jaguars with Jordan Reed (foot) on the shelf.     

Week 15 Kickers

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Greg Zuerlein vs. PHI -
2 Justin Tucker vs. TB -
3 Harrison Butker vs. LAC -
4 Wil Lutz at CAR -
5 Mike Badgley at KC -
6 Ka'imi Fairbairn at NYJ -
7 Stephen Gostkowski at PIT -
8 Matt Bryant vs. ARZ -
9 Cody Parkey vs. GB -
10 Brett Maher at IND -
11 Adam Vinatieri vs. DAL -
12 Sebastian Janikowski at SF -
13 Ryan Succop at NYG -
14 Jake Elliott at LAR -
15 Mason Crosby at CHI -
16 Matt Prater at BUF -
17 Aldrick Rosas vs. TEN -
18 Robbie Gould vs. SEA -
19 Dan Bailey vs. MIA -
20 Brandon McManus vs. CLE -
21 Chandler Catanzaro vs. NO -
22 Chris Boswell vs. NE -
23 Greg Joseph at DEN -
24 Jason Sanders at MIN -
25 Randy Bullock vs. OAK -
26 Daniel Carlson at CIN -
27 Cairo Santos at BAL -
28 Stephen Hauschka vs. DET -
29 Jason Myers vs. HOU -
30 Kai Forbath vs. WAS -
31 Zane Gonzalez at ATL -
32 Dustin Hopkins at JAC -

Week 15 Defense/Special Teams

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

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