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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 O'BRIEN'S COACHING

Not my job: Texans no match for the Ravens

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The Texans fell to the Ravens 33-16 in a game they had a shot at winning. Most of you reading this will probably think I'm crazy for saying that. I assure you, I meant what I said. One of the reasons they didn't was because Bill O'Brien made a few questionable decisions that cost this team.

The first was the 4th & 1 decision. Deciding to go for it was bad enough. They were down 3-0 near the end of the first quarter with the ball on their own 34-yard line. This is not a situation that calls for a gamble or statement play. The play call itself was okay I guess: a play action bootleg with two short options. It was read and played perfectly by the Ravens defense. Deshaun Watson had nowhere to go with the ball and had to throw it at Darren Fells' back before getting sacked. That led to a quick Ravens touchdown and an early 10-0 deficit. I seriously think he has PTSD after that playoff loss to the Chiefs when it comes to fourth down calls. Bumbling Bill strikes again!

When they got the ball back, they scored a touchdown thanks to more play action passes and pre-snap motion. It was as if Bumbling Bill realized his offensive line was outmatched by the front seven they're opposing. Sure Watson is mobile and looks like a magician escaping sacks, but misdirection helps throw the defense off and keeps Watson from breaking into 177,000,000 pieces. Oh, and the quick reads were a good idea as well. Too bad Bumbling Bill went away from that and opted for longer developing routes. Or will he blame it on Timid Tim Kelly? Or was Waiting Watson holding onto the ball too long? I blame all three.

Also, can we stop starting drives with the predictable run, run, pass combo please? First down should be play action rollout with Watson having the ability to choose to run if it's there. More run/pass/option plays need to be called as well. Incorporate more things that we saw when Watson was on his way to winning rookie of the year before his knee was sacrificed for the Astros.

Credit where it's due: the end of the first half to get a field goal with a minute and change left was good to see. Typically, these situations tend to make Bumbling Bill come out. I liked the quick slant to Cobb with no timeouts. They were able to spike the ball and get the field goal up.

The game was still within reach at 23-13 in the beginning of the fourth quarter. On a 4th & 1, they gave up a 30 yard touchdown run on a direct snap to Mark Ingram. I saw gaps on both sides of the defensive line pre-snap. Sure enough, Ingram got a lead block from the Ravens human plough of a fullback and that effectively put the nail in the coffin at 30-13. I know the tendency is to quarterback sneak or run up the middle, but don't leave gaps along the defensive line trying to stack the middle. First time defensive coordinator Anthony Weaver will take the L on this one.

Overall, I'll give O'Brien and his coaching staff a C- this game. Mistakes were made that could've cost them a legit shot at winning, but the Keke Coutee fumble return for a touchdown wasn't their fault. The play calling menu was brought to us this week by Craft Pita via the "What's Eric Eating" podcast. Tune in next week for another "Not my job!"

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