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Week 15 fantasy football rankings: Jamaal or nothing

Jamaal Williams has a nice matchup against a Panthers D that has given up almost 23 points per game to the RB position over the last month. Green Bay Packers/Facebook

Below are my early 1/2 PPR fantasy rankings for Week 15. Most leagues are using points per reception these days, so take that into consideration when looking at the ranks. Six points are awarded for every receiving and rushing TD, and four points for every passing TD. If you are playing in a non-PPR league, pass-catching running backs lose a bit of value and so do possession receivers. Make sure you check the status of players that have been limited or out of practice. The rankings will be updated on Saturday and Sunday morning. Shout-out to Tyler Frisby for the headline idea this week.

QB

1 T. Brady NE

2 B. Roethlisberger PIT

3 R. Wilson SEA

4 P. Rivers LAC

5 A. Rodgers GB  

6 D. Brees NO

7 D. Prescott DAL  

8 C. Newton CAR  

9 M. Stafford DET  

10 M. Ryan ATL

11 C. Keenum MIN 

12 B. Bortles

13 J. Garoppolo SF  

14 K. Cousins WAS

15 J. Winston TB

RB

1 L. Bell PIT  

2 T. Gurley LAR  

3 D. Freeman ATL

4 A. Kamara NO

5 A. Collins BAL

6 J. Howard CHI

7 L. McCoy BUF 

8 M. Ingram NO

9 M. Gordon LAC

10 J. Williams GB

11 L. Fournette JAC *Inactive

12 K. Drake MIA

13 C. Hyde SF

14 K. Hunt KC

15 M. Lynch OAK

16 A. Morris DAL

17 L. Murray MIN

18 R. Burkhead NE

19 J. Ajayi PHI

20 D. Lewis NE

21 J. Stewart CAR  

22 G. Bernard CIN  

23 M. Davis SEA  
  
24 C. McCaffrey CAR

25 S. Perine WAS

26 L. Miller HOU  
  
27 D. Henry TEN

28 T. Riddick DET  

29 K. Williams ARI

30 J. McKinnon MIN  

31 I. Crowell CLE

32 P. Barber TB  

33 D. Johnson CLE

34 L. Blount PHI

35 D. Martin TB

WR

1 J. Jones ATL

2 M. Thomas NO

3 K. Allen LAC 

4 A. Brown PIT  

5 D. Adams GB

6 A. Thielen MIN  

7 B. Cooks NE 

8 D. Baldwin SEA 
 
9 T. Hill KC 

10 J. Gordon CLE

11 D. Hopkins HOU *Active

12 D. Bryant DAL  

13 M. Evans TB 

14 D. Funchess CAR 

15 A. Green CIN 

16 J. Nelson GB

17 L. Fitzgerald ARI

18 M. Crabtree OAK

19 A. Jeffery PHI 
 
20 M. Lee JAC 

21 J. Landry MIA 

22 M. Jones DET 

23 G. Tate DET
 
24 C. Hogan NE *Questionable, good chance he's inactive 

25 S. Diggs MIN 

26 M. Goodwin SF  
 
27 D. Westbrook JAC 

28 C. Kupp LAR 
  
29 J. Smith-Schuster PIT

30 S. Watkins LAR 
 
31 M. Sanu ATL

32 J. Crowder WAS 

33 S. Shepard NYG 

34 M. Wallace BAL  

35 P. Richardson SEA 

36 D. Jackson TB

37 R. Woods LAR  

38 R. Matthews TEN

39 C. Coleman CLE

40 T. Ginn NO *Inactive

TE

1 R. Gronkowski NE

2 T. Kelce KC

3 J. Graham SEA

4 H. Henry LAC

5 D. Walker TEN

6 E. Engram NYG

7 Z. Ertz PHI

8 J. Witten DAL

9 O. Howard TB

10 J. James PIT

11 V. Davis WAS

12 E. Ebron DET

13 J. Cook OAK

14 C. Clay BUF

15 K. Rudolph MIN *Active

DEF

1 Jaguars 

2 Ravens  

3 Saints

4 Vikings

5 Eagles  

6 Chargers  

7 Falcons  

8 Seahawks 

9 Lions  

10 Redskins  

11 Cardinals 

12 Rams

13 Dolphins 

14 Cowboys

15 Chiefs

Kicker

1 J. Tucker BAL 

2 S. Gostkowski NE 

3 C. Boswell PIT 

4 G. Zuerlein LAR 

5 W. Lutz NO

6 M. Bryant ATL

7 T. Coons LAC 

8 H. Butker KC 

9 J. Elliott PHI 

10 J. Lambo JAC  
 
11 M. Prater DET 

12 K. Forbath MIN 

13 D. Bailey DAL
 
14 R. Gould SF  

15 G. Gano WAS

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The Houston Rockets are in the midst of a rebuild. Jalen Green and Kevin Porter Jr are studs. KPJ just signed a four-year extension with the team. Other guys like Jabari Smith Jr, Kenyon Martin Jr, Alperen Sengun, Josh Christopher, Tari Eason, and Jae'Sean Tate are really good pieces to surround Green and KPJ with. The only issue with this group: they're REALLY young! Tate is the elder statesman at 27 of the young nucleus. Most are barely old enough to buy a drink. Some still aren't old enough! They're a bunch of green bananas waiting to turn yellow to slightly brown and be ripe enough for consumption.

We need to give it time. Just like bananas, they take time to ripen. Coach Stephen Silas is known for developing young players. His most prized student is the star player for that team in South Oklahoma up 45. Number 77 for that team credited Silas with helping him realize his All-Pro potential while Silas was a part of the coaching staff there. To a man, all his former players credit him with being a positive influence on their careers. So why are fans in a rush to get rid of him?

When you look at the Rockets' record over the last few years, it's gross. Sure, they've been a lottery team the last couple of seasons, but that was by design. As part of the Chris Paul and Russell Westbrook trades, they gave away pick swap rights. Had they not been that bad, they wouldn't have been able to draft Green or Smith Jr. Those two guys are building blocks for the future, along with KPJ. Giving those picks away would've put this team further down the totem pole of developing themselves into a contender. Losing pays off when you can hit on high lottery picks.

If you give a chef dirt, bread, ham, molded cheese, and spoiled mayo, can you expect anything else but a nasty ham sandwich? How about if the chef was given a steak that is almost rotten, potatoes with root growth, and spoiled butter? Could you expect a better meal than the sandwich? Yes! However, that meal may still cause a stomachache. Now, give said chef a full complement of gourmet groceries and guess what you'll get?

This is why I say let Silas cook. He's the perfect coach for this group of kids. He can teach them all the fundamentals of the game at this level and help them grow into their full potential. If there's a change to be made on the sidelines, move Silas into a front office role, but DO NOT get rid of him! Guys like him are too valuable. Why do you think Mark Cuban hated losing him, but knew he couldn't retain him because he had a head coach already? Cuban knew what he had in Silas and what Silas did for Luka Doncic. He can do something similar for the Rockets if given the time to work his magic.

Should Tilman Fertita find the need to move on, I'd look for a more experienced coach who can guide them from bottom of the playoff ladder into top four in the West and real contenders. For now, Silas is the head chef. Continue giving him the groceries he needs, and he'll continue giving these kids the lessons they need to develop. Changing the coach now could stunt their growth. Let him cook!

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