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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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A WEEKLY REVIEW OF CRENNEL'S COACHING

Now my job: Texans feast on Lions

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Thanksgiving is full of tradition. There's the typical family gathering, large meal, and of course, football. Sometimes, new traditions are added and old ones are retired. I think the Texans did both in their impressive 41-25 win over the Lions in Detroit. Old traditions were carried on (Lions losing on Thanksgiving), some were put to rest (Texans not being able to get turnovers), and new ones were started (multiple passing touchdowns by Deshaun Watson in six straight games).

The fact that this defense got three turnovers in the game was unbelievable! They got all three in the first quarter within the span of eight plays. JJ Watt's pick-six was insane. He went for a batted ball, ended up catching it, and ran it in. They forced Jonathan Williams to fumble on the Lions' very next play from scrimmage and recovered it. On the Lions' next possession, the Texans recovered yet another fumble after the challenge was reversed. Great call by the coaching staff to challenge and win. The defense looked good. Tyrell Adams stood out because he was in on those two fumbles, made 17 total tackles with 14 of them being solo tackles. They also brought pressure that seemed to make Matthew Stafford very inaccurate and resulted in four sacks. I give defensive coordinator Anthony Weaver credit for knowing he needs to blitz to get pressure, but the run defense has to improve.

The offense kept the tempo up in this game as well. The spread and hurry-up were used to keep the Lions already staggered defense off balance. Knowing the Lions were without a couple defensive backs, I thought it would be the perfect marriage of their defense and the Texans' offense. A buddy asked before the game about the line (Texans -3.5) and the over/under (52.5). I told him bet the Texans and the over because neither team can play defense and both have good quarterbacks. Offensive coordinator Tim Kelly put together another good game plan and Watson executed it flawlessly. One route combo I saw later on in the game I particularly enjoyed. Two receivers were tight to the left side. Cooks ran a hook/curl and settled in the middle of the zone while Fuller ran a vertical route. Duke Johnson ran a swing route to that same side. It left Cooks wide open as the attention went to Johnson in the flat, Fuller deep, and the action to the other play side. Route combos are important because it gives the quarterback different reads as he goes through his progressions and lets him pick apart the defense based on what he sees. Combine that with Watson's play and the way Kelly has changed his play calling now that he's liberated from he who shall not be named, we're seeing a beautiful thing.

As good as things were, there's still room for improvement. The defense gives up way too many easy yards, both run and pass. They can't get pressure bringing only four and will often give up big plays if the blitz is picked up. Plus the run defense is still an issue as evidenced by the Lions' first possession of the second half. The Lions ran the ball 10 plays straight for a total of 58 yards on that drive. Utterly ridiculous! Watson was good (17/25 318 yards and four touchdowns), but he missed two more touchdowns with passes slightly off, and continues to hold onto the ball too long at times. The difference between these two issues I've presented here is the fact that Watson has so played well, his "issues" are minor and very correctable, while the defense is terrible and there's no easy fix in sight. But let Romeo Crennel and Anthony Weaver tell it, they're getting the most out of these guys and they're playing disciplined.

The thought that this team may actually creep into the playoff picture may take shape better after next week if they can beat the Colts. I doubt it, but it is getting interesting. Let's see what else happens around them because they need help getting there.

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