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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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Dr. Rick warns his patients, young homeowners who are turning into their parents, you can expect to pay more for snacks and drinks at a movie theater. It's the same deal at a professional sports venue. Three years ago, I put a down payment on a cheeseburger at Toyota Center ... I still have three more payments to go before I get it.

But this is ridiculous. The PGA Championship, the lesser (least) of golf's majors, is charging $18 for a beer, a 25-ounce Michelob Ultra, at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa. It's $19 for a Stella Artois. You can buy a six-pack for less at the supermarket. Aren't there laws against price gouging, like during a hurricane? Isn't Tulsa where the Golden Hurricanes play? Get FEMA in here. Did tournament directors get together and ponder, how can we piss off our fans? Sure, it's Tulsa and there's not much else to do, but that's no excuse.

Charging $18 for a beer makes the concession stands at Minute Maid Park look like a Sunday morning farmer's market. A 25-ounce domestic beer during an Astros game is $13.49. A 25-ounce premium beer is $14.45. Yeah, that's high for a beer, but at Minute Maid Park there are lots of hands in the till. Aramark wants to make a profit, the taxman has big mitts, and the Astros want their cut, too. Look, you want to sign Kyle Tucker and Yordan Alvarez to an extension or not? Then drink up and don't complain. Some quiet grumbling and head-shaking is permitted, however.

You know the PGA Championship is charging too much for a beer when even the rich pampered players take notice. "18 (!!!!!) for a beer ... uhhh what," former PGA Championship winner Justin Thomas tweeted. "Good thing I don't drink a lot."

Like he will be in line for a beer at a public concession booth, anyway.

Of course there will be fans sneaking in beer in baggies strapped to their ankles, like stuffing your pockets with store-bought Snickers before going to the movies. It doesn't have to be this way. The Masters, the most prestigious golf event, charges only $5 for both domestic and imported beer. I know it's a gimmick, part of The Masters mystique along with pimento sandwiches for $1.50, but still it's a welcome gesture. You never lose when you treat the public fairly. When Mercedes-Benz Stadium opened in Atlanta, Falcons owner Arthur Blank insisted that food vendors charge the same inside the stadium as they do at their regular restaurants. Same thing when Denver International Airport opened, fast food restaurants couldn't jack up their prices to their captive customers. Here? There needs to be a loan window outside the Cinnabon booth at Bush-Intercontinental.

Except for the Masters in Augusta, golf's majors aren't tied to a city. A major comes to a city maybe every few years or in most cases never. There's no need to ride into a city like the James Gang, rob the local bank, and high tail it out of town. Golf should be the last professional sport to stick it to fans. While the game has made strides to open its arms to lower-income youths, golf remains an elitist, extremely expensive sport for regular folk. Equipment is expensive, private courses are exclusive and country clubs are exclusionary. Public courses are less expensive but still expensive and crowded. Plus there's never been a professional sport more dangerously dominated by one person than golf. I can imagine network executives on their knees praying that Tiger Woods makes the cut and plays on weekends. Otherwise, TV ratings go straight into the toilet, you know, like whatever team Mattress Mack is betting on. (I joke because I love, and frankly a little scared.)

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