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Week 15 Fantasy Football Rankings

Watson comes in at No. 9 this week. Patrick McDermott/Getty Images


  1. Patrick Mahomes vs. LAC
  2. Philip Rivers @ KC
  3. Ben Roethlisberger vs. NE
  4. Jared Goff vs. PHI
  5. Drew Brees @ CAR
  6. Andrew Luck vs. DAL
  7. Tom Brady @ PIT
  8. Russell Wilson @ SF
  9. Deshaun Watson @ NYJ
  10. Josh Allen vs. DET
  11. Cam Newton vs. NO
  12. Dak Prescott @ IND
  13. Lamar Jackson vs. TB
  14. Matt Ryan vs. ARI
  15. Kirk Cousins vs. MIA

RB (Standard)

  1. Todd Gurley vs. PHI
  2. Ezekiel Elliott @ IND
  3. Saquon Barkley vs. TEN
  4. Christian McCaffrey vs. NO
  5. Phillip Lindsay vs. CLE
  6. Joe Mixon vs. OAK
  7. Alvin Kamara @ CAR
  8. Nick Chubb vs. DEN
  9. Leonard Fournette vs. WAS
  10. Tarik Cohen vs. GB
  11. Chris Carson @ SF
  12. Dalvin Cook vs. MIA
  13. Lamar Miller @ NYJ
  14. David Johnson @ ATL
  15. Sony Michel @ PIT
  16. Mark Ingram @ CAR
  17. James White @ PIT
  18. Aaron Jones @ CHI
  19. Justin Jackson @ KC
  20. Jaylen Samuels vs. NE
  21. Damien Williams vs. LAC
  22. Derrick Henry @ NYG
  23. Marlon Mack vs. DAL
  24. Gus Edwards vs. TB
  25. Jeff Wilson vs. SEA
  26. Doug Martin @ CIN
  27. Josh Adams @ LAR
  28. Adrian Peterson @ JAX
  29. Dion Lewis @ NYG
  30. Tevin Coleman vs. ARI

WR (Standard)

  1. Antonio Brown vs. NE
  2. Michael Thomas @ CAR
  3. Keenan Allen @ KC
  4. DeAndre Hopkins @ NYJ
  5. JuJu Smith-Schuster vs. NE
  6. Adam Thielen vs. MIA
  7. Julio Jones vs. ARI
  8. Davante Adams @ CHI
  9. Amari Cooper @ IND
  10. Odell Beckham Jr. vs. TEN
  11. TY Hilton vs. DAL
  12. Tyreek Hill vs. LAC
  13. Robert Woods vs. PHI
  14. Stefon Diggs vs. MIA
  15. Julian Edelman @ PIT
  16. Brandin Cooks vs. PHI
  17. Jarvis Landry @ DEN
  18. Mike Evans @ BAL
  19. Tyler Lockett @ SF
  20. DJ Moore vs. NO
  21. Corey Davis @ NYG
  22. Josh Gordon @ PIT
  23. Tyler Boyd vs. OAK
  24. Curtis Samuel vs. NO
  25. Allen Robinson vs. GB
  26. Alshon Jeffery @ LAR
  27. Kenny Golladay @ BUF
  28. Larry Fitzgerald @ ATL
  29. Calvin Ridley vs. ARI
  30. Josh Reynolds vs. PHI
  31. Golden Tate @ LAR
  32. Courtland Sutton vs. CLE
  33. Adam Humphries @ BAL
  34. Mike Williams @ KC
  35. Dante Pettis vs. SEA
  36. Demaryius Thomas @ NYJ
  37. Dede Westbrook vs. WAS
  38. Chris Godwin @ BAL
  39. Anthony Miller vs. GB
  40. Doug Baldwin @ SF

TE (Standard)

  1. Travis Kelce vs. LAC
  2. Zach Ertz @ LAR
  3. Eric Ebron vs. DAL
  4. George Kittle vs. SEA
  5. Jaylen Samuels vs. NE
  6. Rob Gronkowski @ PIT
  7. Jared Cook @ CIN
  8. Cameron Brate @ BAL
  9. David Njoku @ DEN
  10. Austin Hooper vs. ARI
  11. Ian Thomas vs. NO
  12. Vance McDonald vs. NE
  13. Kyle Rudolph vs. MIA
  14. Evan Engram vs. TEN
  15. Trey Burton vs. GB


  1. Jaguars vs. WAS
  2. Texans @ NYJ
  3. Bears vs. GB
  4. Ravens vs. TB
  5. Seahawks @ SF
  6. Rams vs. PHI
  7. Vikings vs. MIA
  8. Bills vs. DET
  9. Titans @ NYG
  10. Falcons vs. ARI
  11. Redskins @ JAX
  12. Broncos vs. CLE
  13. Lions @ BUF
  14. Saints @ CAR
  15. Packers @ CHI

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The media has mixed feelings about the James Harden trade. Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

James Harden was 100-percent exactly right earlier this week when he said the Houston Rockets were "just not good enough."

How could they be? Not when their moody superstar scorer, who makes about half a million dollars per game, shows up chubby, looking like a kielbasa about to explode in the microwave. Hey, some people eat when they're unhappy, it's a defense mechanism. In Harden's case, the only defense he's exhibited this season. At least he had a good excuse for missing pre-season training camp and alienating his teammates - he was busy partying with Cinnamon and Cherish in Atlanta and Vegas without a mask. Worst of all, he went into the tank his last four games in a Rockets uniform, standing around, arms folded, scoring fewer than 20 points each time, all Rockets losses. Fans in the front row were asking him to move, he was blocking their view of players who cared about winning. James Harden sabotaged his own team, a team that offered him $50 million a year to stay. Something that crazy could only happen in professional sports these days.

There's a saying that drives the American labor movement: "a fair day's wage for a fair day's work." It's the motto of the American Federation of Labor. The National Basketball Players Association is not a member. Harden's sulking on the court, cheating the Rockets and their fans, was unforgivable.

Harden, sitting out games while somehow being on the court, forced the Rockets to trade him - and quick - to Brooklyn. The trade, when you ignore the fine print and unindicted co-conspirators Cleveland and Indiana, sent Harden to Brooklyn in exchange for Caris LeVert (immediately flipped for Victor Oladipo), Jarrett Allen, three first-round draft picks and four swapped first-rounders. It's true, when you trade a superstar, you never get back equal value. The other team wins.

If it makes Rockets fans feel any better, the media in New York already has problems with their new problem child. I should say newest problem child. Kyrie Irving plays for the Nets.

"They (the Nets) gave up everybody! There's nothing left now. I just want to cry, It's awful," weeped WFAN Radio talk host Evan Roberts. For those who don't subscribe to weekly Arbitron ratings reports, WFAN is the most powerful, top-rated sports talk station in the Apple.

"You're leading down the road of doom. Harden and Durant could be gone in a year and a half. I'm not convinced this gives them a better chance to win a title. I'm living a nightmare again. They better freaking win."

Circle March 3 on your Rockets schedule. That's when the Brooklyn Nets, with their Big 3 of Kevin Durant, James Harden and possibly Kyrie Irving visit Toyota Center. I hear talk radio salivating over the record jeers that will cascade over Harden's name, although I'm not buying it. Fans don't think like the media does. I'm thinking that Rockets fans will welcome Harden back - one night only - with cheers.

Toyota Center public address announcer Matt Thomas: "Usually when former Rockets come to town for the first time since leaving, I give them a positive introduction. It's up to the fans how to react."

James Harden spent eight seasons with the Rockets. He is a spectacular player who watched other NBA players engineer trades so they could compete for a title. Harden didn't think the Rockets were good enough, and he's right. So he wanted out. We've all been there, a job we didn't like for a company we didn't like, for a boss we didn't respect. Harden wanting to be traded is understandable. How he went about it was deplorable. He hurt his co-workers.

Houston will make Harden pay for his disrespectful departure. He has an upscale restaurant set to open here. The name of the steakhouse will be "13." Harden's business partners may want to change that number ... before the restaurant's telephone number is disconnected. There are plenty of other restaurants in Houston. Rich people who can afford steakhouse prices hold grudges.

Rockets fans searching for a silver lining say, "We got two decent players and a whole bunch of precious first-round picks" for a malcontent who would rather be anywhere (except maybe Sacramento) than Houston." Yes, a bunch of first-round picks does bode well for the future. Anywhere, except maybe Houston.

Houston's draft war room isn't the most successful operation in the NBA. Over the past decade prior to 2000, under the direction of general manager Daryl Morey, the Rockets made 16 draft picks. Not one of them is still in a Rockets uniform, many of them have sought employment outside of America, some outside of basketball. Among their first-round whiffs: Nikola Mirotic, Terrence Jones, Sam Dekker - all out of the league. Best of all, Royce White, who played three whole games in his NBA career and finished with a scoring average of 0.00 points per game.

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