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2015 Fantasy Football Spring Top 100: Jamaal Charles sits at No. 1
The NFL draft is over, teams have gone through their voluntary offseason workouts and training camps are just about two months away. That means it’s time for our first fantasy football rankings of the year. There will be changes between now and draft season, but it’s time for us to plant our initial flag this season.
Where do we rank Le'Veon Bell following his three-game suspension? Who is our No. 1 overall wide receiver? Which rookie running back do you need to be monitoring this summer? Below is the SI.com spring top 100 for the 2015 fantasy football season.
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1. Jamaal Charles
RB, Kansas City Chiefs
He’s reaching the upper limits of running back shelf life, but Charles is still the center of the universe that is the Kansas City offense.
2. Eddie Lacy
RB, Green Bay Packers
Lacy owns the Green Bay backfield, and he stepped up as a receiver last year. Drafting him is a great way to invest in the league’s best offense.
3. Adrian Peterson
RB, Minnesota Vikings
All things considered, Peterson could have a better year this season as a result of missing nearly all of last year. Still elite in most every way.
4. Matt Forte
RB, Chicago Bears
Marc Trestman may no longer be running the show in Chicago, but Forte is the key player in reviving the Bears’ offense. Expect 300-plus touches.
5. Marshawn Lynch
RB, Seattle Seahawks
If you’re all about the floor, Lynch is your man. He has at least 1,500 total yards and 12 touchdowns in each of the last three seasons.
6. Dez Bryant
WR, Dallas Cowboys
When you combine talent, red-zone ability, big plays and team context, Bryant is the best fantasy receiver in the league.
7. Le’Veon Bell
RB, Pittsburgh Steelers
Bell would be the runaway No. 1 overall player if not for a three-game suspension to start the season. His all-around skill set still makes him an easy first-round selection.
8. Antonio Brown
WR, Pittsburgh Steelers
Brown has 229 receptions for nearly 3,200 yards and 21 touchdowns over the last two seasons. That should say it all.
9. Demaryius Thomas
WR, Denver Broncos
If not for Peyton Manning’s shaky health, Thomas would likely be the top receiver in the rankings. As it stands, he’s still a surefire first-round player.
10. DeMarco Murray
RB, Philadelphia Eagles
Murray will be hard-pressed to match last year’s numbers without the great Dallas line in front of him, but he should get a full workload in Chip Kelly’s up-tempo offense.
11. Jordy Nelson
WR, Green Bay Packers
Higher than you’ll see him in most places, but I want Aaron Rodgers’s No. 1 receiver on my team. Environment matters, and few receivers can match Nelson’s.
12. Julio Jones
WR, Atlanta Falcons
Jones probably would have led the league in receiving yards if he didn’t suffer a hip injury at the end of last season. One of the league’s best players when he’s on the field.
13. Odell Beckham Jr.
WR, New York Giants
Beckham was the No. 1 receiver in fantasy last year on a per-game basis. Even if he doesn’t reach the heights of his rookie year, he’ll be an elite WR1.
14. Jeremy Hill
RB, Cincinnati Bengals
Hill took over as the starting running back in Cincinnati last year, and it’s his gig to lose after the way he ran the ball. Top-five potential.
15. Rob Gronkowski
TE, New England Patriots
The Off-season Of Gronk will eventually come to an end, and when it does he’ll go right back to being the best tight end in the NFL.
16. Calvin Johnson
WR, Detroit Lions
Injury woes and quarterback inconsistency have knocked Johnson down to his lowest ranking in years. That could make him a bargain come draft season.
17. Arian Foster
RB, Houston Texans
You probably won’t get 16 games out of Foster, but he proved last year that he can still be one of the best running backs in the league on a per-game basis.
18. Aaron Rodgers
QB, Green Bay Packers
No matter if you’re talking real life or fantasy, he is the best quarterback in the league, hands down.
19. Alshon Jeffery
WR, Chicago Bears
Jeffery has averaged 87 catches for 1,267 yards and 8.5 touchdowns the last two seasons. With Brandon Marshall gone, he should see even more targets this year.
20. A.J. Green
WR, Cincinnati Bengals
Don’t let one injury-riddled season scare you away from Green. He has proven himself to be a top-flight receiver, even with Andy Dalton at the helm.
21. LeSean McCoy
RB, Buffalo Bills
McCoy trades the video-game feel of Chip Kelly’s offense for the heavy workload promised to him by Rex Ryan and Greg Roman. Consider it a wash.
22. Alfred Morris
RB, Washington Redskins
Morris remains one of the most underappreciated players in the NFL. Three straight seasons with at least 1,000 yards and seven scores.
23. Randall Cobb
WR, Green Bay Packers
You should sense a theme with the Packers by now—fantasy owners should invest in this offense. Cobb provides your last real opportunity to do so.
24. Melvin Gordon
RB, San Diego Chargers
The runner-up in the 2014 Heisman race landed in a perfect spot in San Diego. The bet here is that he’s the runaway Offensive Rookie of the Year. Can be a dominant runner.
25. C.J. Anderson
RB, Denver Broncos
Not totally sold on Anderson being the workhorse, or on the Broncos relying on him as much as they did at the end of last season.
26. Andrew Luck
QB, Indianapolis Colts
Luck was the model of consistency and likely carried most of his owners to the fantasy championship last year. Has the weapons and running ability to be even better this year.
27. Mike Evans
WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Odell Beckham Jr. got all the attention, but Evans was nearly as good in his rookie season. Jameis Winston will be an upgrade over Josh McCown and Mike Glennon.
28. Lamar Miller
RB, Miami Dolphins
You probably won’t have to take him this early, but you’ll be happy to have him on your team. Does everything out of Miami’s backfield, and the team’s offense is improving.
29. Mark Ingram
RB, New Orleans Saints
Ingram finally had the breakout season last year that had been foretold since the dawning of time. Role could increase with Saints potentially running more this year.
30. Carlos Hyde
RB, San Francisco 49ers
With Frank Gore in Indianapolis, it’s Hyde’s show. He could be a breakout player, but expect his stock to rise over the summer.
31. Todd Gurley
RB, St. Louis Rams
The 10th pick in the draft figures to be the Rams’ starter, but he’s still working his way back from a torn ACL.
32. T.Y. Hilton
WR, Indianapolis Colts
Hilton is the top receiver for an elite quarterback in a pass-happy offense. Andre Johnson’s presence should help him this year.
33. Jimmy Graham
TE, Seattle Seahawks
Graham’s fantasy stock takes a hit as a result of being traded to Seattle from New Orleans.
34. Justin Forsett
RB, Baltimore Ravens
With new OC Marc Trestman and a lack of competition, Forsett could very well follow up on his breakout 2014 campaign.
35. Emmanuel Sanders
WR, Denver Broncos
Sanders enjoyed a banner season in Year 1 with Peyton Manning. He should be a rock-solid WR2 again in 2015.
36. Frank Gore
RB, Indianapolis Colts
The ageless Gore found himself an ideal fit in Indianapolis. Doubt him at your own peril.
37. Kelvin Benjamin
WR, Carolina Panthers
Benjamin tailed off as the year progressed, but he still eclipsed 1,000 yards and found the end zone nine times. Should only continue to improve.
38. Russell Wilson
QB, Seattle Seahawks
If Wilson became a top-three quarterback without a go-to pass-catcher, imagine what he can do with Jimmy Graham. Could make this ranking look foolish.
39. DeSean Jackson
WR, Washington Redskins
Everything went wrong in Washington last year, but Jackson still racked up 1,169 yards and six touchdowns. Think of what he can do if even 50% of things go right.
40. DeAndre Hopkins
WR, Houston Texans
Hopkins has the talent to outpace this ranking, especially as the top receiver in Houston, but quarterback issues could restrict his ceiling.
41. Jonathan Stewart
RB, Carolina Panthers
For the first time in his career, Stewart has the Carolina backfield to himself. Now all he has to do is stay healthy.
42. Latavius Murray
RB, Oakland Raiders
Murray had to breathe a sigh of relief when the Raiders didn’t draft a running back. He’ll be the team’s starter and should be an RB2.
43. Andre Johnson
WR, Indianapolis Colts
Just like Frank Gore, the veteran Johnson picked the perfect team in free agency. He could experience a renaissance catching passes from Andrew Luck.
44. Brandin Cooks
WR, New Orleans Saints
With Jimmy Graham and Kenny Stills out of town, Cooks is the unquestioned top pass-catcher for Drew Brees. That’s always a good look.
45. Tom Brady
QB, New England Patriots
For now, we’ll keep Brady at this spot. If a suspension ends up coming, he’ll obviously slide down the rankings.
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Fantasy football top 300 for 2015
Editor's note: These rankings will be updated throughout the summer, so please check back for the latest changes.
Latest update: Sept. 7
ESPN Fantasy rankings for 2015
Top 300 for 2015
|1. Le'Veon Bell, RB||PIT||11||RB1||$55|
|2. Adrian Peterson, RB||MIN||5||RB2||$54|
|3. Eddie Lacy, RB||GB||7||RB3||$54|
|4. Jamaal Charles, RB||KC||9||RB4||$53|
|5. Marshawn Lynch, RB||SEA||9||RB5||$52|
|6. Antonio Brown, WR||PIT||11||WR1||$51|
|7. C.J. Anderson, RB||DEN||7||RB6||$50|
|8. Matt Forte, RB||CHI||7||RB7||$49|
|9. DeMarco Murray, RB||PHI||8||RB8||$48|
|10. Demaryius Thomas, WR||DEN||7||WR2||$47|
|11. LeSean McCoy, RB||BUF||8||RB9||$45|
|12. Rob Gronkowski, TE||NE||4||TE1||$43|
|13. Dez Bryant, WR||DAL||6||WR3||$42|
|14. Jeremy Hill, RB||CIN||7||RB10||$41|
|15. Odell Beckham Jr., WR||NYG||11||WR4||$40|
|16. Julio Jones, WR||ATL||10||WR5||$39|
|17. Calvin Johnson, WR||DET||9||WR6||$38|
|18. A.J. Green, WR||CIN||7||WR7||$37|
|19. Randall Cobb, WR||GB||7||WR8||$37|
|20. Aaron Rodgers, QB||GB||7||QB1||$37|
|21. Alshon Jeffery, WR||CHI||7||WR9||$36|
|22. T.Y. Hilton, WR||IND||10||WR10||$34|
|23. Mike Evans, WR||TB||6||WR11||$33|
|24. Mark Ingram, RB||NO||11||RB11||$32|
|25. Andrew Luck, QB||IND||10||QB2||$32|
|26. Emmanuel Sanders, WR||DEN||7||WR12||$31|
|27. DeAndre Hopkins, WR||HOU||9||WR13||$30|
|28. Alfred Morris, RB||WAS||8||RB12||$30|
|29. Lamar Miller, RB||MIA||5||RB13||$29|
|30. Brandin Cooks, WR||NO||11||WR14||$29|
|31. Jordan Matthews, WR||PHI||8||WR15||$28|
|32. Jimmy Graham, TE||SEA||9||TE2||$27|
|33. Carlos Hyde, RB||SF||10||RB14||$26|
|34. Justin Forsett, RB||BAL||9||RB15||$25|
|35. Keenan Allen, WR||SD||10||WR16||$24|
|36. Russell Wilson, QB||SEA||9||QB3||$23|
|37. Melvin Gordon, RB||SD||10||RB16||$22|
|38. Peyton Manning, QB||DEN||7||QB4||$22|
|39. Jonathan Stewart, RB||CAR||5||RB17||$21|
|40. Julian Edelman, WR||NE||4||WR17||$20|
|41. Vincent Jackson, WR||TB||6||WR18||$20|
|42. Frank Gore, RB||IND||10||RB18||$19|
|43. Drew Brees, QB||NO||11||QB5||$18|
|44. Tom Brady, QB||NE||4||QB6||$7|
|45. DeSean Jackson, WR||WAS||8||WR19||$17|
|46. Todd Gurley, RB||STL||6||RB19||$17|
|47. Joique Bell, RB||DET||9||RB20||$16|
|48. Amari Cooper, WR||OAK||6||WR20||$15|
|49. Latavius Murray, RB||OAK||6||RB21||$14|
|50. Golden Tate, WR||DET||9||WR21||$13|
|51. Andre Ellington, RB||ARI||9||RB22||$12|
|52. Joseph Randle, RB||DAL||6||RB23||$12|
|53. T.J. Yeldon, RB||JAC||8||RB24||$11|
|54. Arian Foster, RB||HOU||9||RB25||$11|
|55. Chris Ivory, RB||NYJ||5||RB26||$10|
|56. Giovani Bernard, RB||CIN||7||RB27||$10|
|57. Davante Adams, WR||GB||7||WR22||$10|
|58. Andre Johnson, WR||IND||10||WR23||$10|
|59. Brandon Marshall, WR||NYJ||5||WR24||$9|
|60. Jeremy Maclin, WR||KC||9||WR25||$9|
|61. Sammy Watkins, WR||BUF||8||WR26||$9|
|62. Mike Wallace, WR||MIN||5||WR27||$8|
|63. Rashad Jennings, RB||NYG||11||RB28||$8|
|64. Greg Olsen, TE||CAR||5||TE3||$7|
|65. C.J. Spiller, RB||NO||11||RB29||$7|
|66. Jarvis Landry, WR||MIA||5||WR28||$7|
|67. LeGarrette Blount, RB||NE||4||RB30||$7|
|68. Isaiah Crowell, RB||CLE||11||RB31||$7|
|69. Allen Robinson, WR||JAC||8||WR29||$7|
|70. Ben Roethlisberger, QB||PIT||11||QB7||$4|
|71. Travis Kelce, TE||KC||9||TE4||$6|
|72. Eric Decker, WR||NYJ||5||WR30||$6|
|73. Nelson Agholor, WR||PHI||8||WR31||$6|
|74. Charles Johnson, WR||MIN||5||WR32||$6|
|75. Ryan Mathews, RB||PHI||8||RB32||$5|
|76. Torrey Smith, WR||SF||10||WR33||$5|
|77. Martellus Bennett, TE||CHI||7||TE5||$5|
|78. Michael Floyd, WR||ARI||9||WR34||$5|
|79. Tre Mason, RB||STL||6||RB33||$4|
|80. Doug Martin, RB||TB||6||RB34||$4|
|81. Martavis Bryant, WR||PIT||11||WR35||$4|
|82. Jason Witten, TE||DAL||6||TE6||$4|
|83. Shane Vereen, RB||NYG||11||RB35||$4|
|84. Matt Ryan, QB||ATL||10||QB8||$2|
|85. Larry Fitzgerald, WR||ARI||9||WR36||$4|
|86. John Brown, WR||ARI||9||WR37||$4|
|87. Tevin Coleman, RB||ATL||10||RB36||$4|
|88. Jordan Cameron, TE||MIA||5||TE7||$3|
|89. Marques Colston, WR||NO||11||WR38||$3|
|90. Ameer Abdullah, RB||DET||9||RB37||$3|
|91. Devonta Freeman, RB||ATL||10||RB38||$3|
|92. Duke Johnson, RB||CLE||11||RB39||$3|
|93. Danny Woodhead, RB||SD||10||RB40||$3|
|94. Kendall Wright, WR||TEN||4||WR39||$3|
|95. Bishop Sankey, RB||TEN||4||RB41||$3|
|96. Andre Williams, RB||NYG||11||RB42||$3|
|97. Steve Smith Sr., WR||BAL||9||WR40||$2|
|98. Tony Romo, QB||DAL||6||QB9||$2|
|99. Alfred Blue, RB||HOU||9||RB43||$2|
|100. Anquan Boldin, WR||SF||10||WR41||$2|
|101. Charles Sims, RB||TB||6||RB44||$2|
|102. Darren McFadden, RB||DAL||6||RB45||$2|
|103. DeAngelo Williams, RB||PIT||11||RB46||$2|
|104. Knile Davis, RB||KC||9||RB47||$2|
|105. Devin Funchess, WR||CAR||5||WR42||$2|
|106. Roddy White, WR||ATL||10||WR43||$2|
|107. David Johnson, RB||ARI||9||RB48||$2|
|108. Pierre Garcon, WR||WAS||8||WR44||$2|
|109. DeVante Parker, WR||MIA||5||WR45||$2|
|110. Ronnie Hillman, RB||DEN||7||RB49||$2|
|111. Denard Robinson, RB||JAC||8||RB50||$2|
|112. Zach Ertz, TE||PHI||8||TE8||$2|
|113. Cody Latimer, WR||DEN||7||WR46||$2|
|114. Donte Moncrief, WR||IND||10||WR47||$2|
|115. Delanie Walker, TE||TEN||4||TE9||$2|
|116. Cam Newton, QB||CAR||5||QB10||$2|
|117. Lorenzo Taliaferro, RB||BAL||9||RB51||$2|
|118. Eddie Royal, WR||CHI||7||WR48||$2|
|119. Markus Wheaton, WR||PIT||11||WR49||$2|
|120. Ryan Tannehill, QB||MIA||5||QB11||$1|
|121. Eli Manning, QB||NYG||11||QB12||$1|
|122. Larry Donnell, TE||NYG||11||TE10||$2|
|123. Terrance West, RB||TEN||4||RB52||$2|
|124. Jerick McKinnon, RB||MIN||5||RB53||$2|
|125. Khiry Robinson, RB||NO||11||RB54||$2|
|126. Christine Michael, RB||DAL||6||RB55||$2|
|127. Marvin Jones, WR||CIN||7||WR50||$2|
|128. Seattle Seahawks, DST||SEA||9||DST1||$2|
|129. Darren Sproles, RB||PHI||8||RB56||$2|
|130. Buffalo Bills, DST||BUF||8||DST2||$2|
|131. Malcom Floyd, WR||SD||10||WR51||$2|
|132. Roy Helu, RB||OAK||6||RB57||$2|
|133. Victor Cruz, WR||NYG||11||WR52||$1|
|134. Philip Rivers, QB||SD||10||QB13||$0|
|135. Sam Bradford, QB||PHI||8||QB14||$0|
|136. Houston Texans, DST||HOU||9||DST3||$1|
|137. St. Louis Rams, DST||STL||6||DST4||$1|
|138. Dion Lewis, RB||NE||4||RB58||$1|
|139. Dorial Green-Beckham, WR||TEN||4||WR53||$1|
|140. Cameron Artis-Payne, RB||CAR||5||RB59||$1|
|141. Karlos Williams, RB||BUF||8||RB60||$1|
|142. Michael Crabtree, WR||OAK||6||WR54||$1|
|143. New York Jets, DST||NYJ||5||DST5||$1|
|144. Denver Broncos, DST||DEN||7||DST6||$1|
|145. Baltimore Ravens, DST||BAL||9||DST7||$1|
|146. Miami Dolphins, DST||MIA||5||DST8||$1|
|147. Arizona Cardinals, DST||ARI||9||DST9||$1|
|148. Fred Jackson, RB||SEA||9||RB61||$1|
|149. Dwayne Allen, TE||IND||10||TE11||$1|
|150. Detroit Lions, DST||DET||9||DST10||$1|
|151. Stephen Gostkowski, K||NE||4||K1||$1|
|152. Adam Vinatieri, K||IND||10||K2||$1|
|153. Steven Hauschka, K||SEA||9||K3||$1|
|154. Justin Tucker, K||BAL||9||K4||$1|
|155. Cody Parkey, K||PHI||8||K5||$1|
|156. Matt Prater, K||DET||9||K6||$1|
|157. Matt Bryant, K||ATL||10||K7||$1|
|158. Dan Bailey, K||DAL||6||K8||$1|
|159. Brandon McManus, K||DEN||7||K9||$1|
|160. Dan Carpenter, K||BUF||8||K10||$1|
|161. Matt Jones, RB||WAS||8||RB62||--|
|162. Brian Quick, WR||STL||6||WR55||--|
|163. Reggie Bush, RB||SF||10||RB63||--|
|164. Josh Robinson, RB||IND||10||RB64||--|
|165. Breshad Perriman, WR||BAL||9||WR56||--|
|166. Theo Riddick, RB||DET||9||RB65||--|
|167. Percy Harvin, WR||BUF||8||WR57||--|
|168. Branden Oliver, RB||SD||10||RB66||--|
|169. Cecil Shorts, WR||HOU||9||WR58||--|
|170. Jeremy Langford, RB||CHI||7||RB67||--|
|171. Buck Allen, RB||BAL||9||RB68||--|
|172. Antonio Gates, TE||SD||10||TE12||--|
|173. Damien Williams, RB||MIA||5||RB69||--|
|174. Leonard Hankerson, WR||ATL||10||WR59||--|
|175. Matthew Stafford, QB||DET||9||QB15||--|
|176. James Starks, RB||GB||7||RB70||--|
|177. Terrance Williams, WR||DAL||6||WR60||--|
|178. Colin Kaepernick, QB||SF||10||QB16||--|
|179. Donald Brown, RB||SD||10||RB71||--|
|180. Carson Palmer, QB||ARI||9||QB17||--|
|181. Chris Polk, RB||HOU||9||RB72||--|
|182. Owen Daniels, TE||DEN||7||TE13||--|
|183. Jeff Janis, WR||GB||7||WR61||--|
|184. Juwan Thompson, RB||DEN||7||RB73||--|
|185. Stevie Johnson, WR||SD||10||WR62||--|
|186. Marqise Lee, WR||JAC||8||WR63||--|
|187. Minnesota Vikings, DST||MIN||5||DST11||--|
|188. New England Patriots, DST||NE||4||DST12||--|
|189. Mason Crosby, K||GB||7||K11||--|
|190. Teddy Bridgewater, QB||MIN||5||QB18||--|
|191. Blair Walsh, K||MIN||5||K12||--|
|192. Jay Cutler, QB||CHI||7||QB19||--|
|193. Boobie Dixon, RB||BUF||8||RB74||--|
|194. Jordan Reed, TE||WAS||8||TE14||--|
|195. Jaelen Strong, WR||HOU||9||WR64||--|
|196. Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE||TB||6||TE15||--|
|197. Kenny Stills, WR||MIA||5||WR65||--|
|198. Bilal Powell, RB||NYJ||5||RB75||--|
|199. Doug Baldwin, WR||SEA||9||WR66||--|
|200. Joe Flacco, QB||BAL||9||QB20||--|
|201. Rueben Randle, WR||NYG||11||WR67||--|
|202. Brandon Coleman, WR||NO||11||WR68||--|
|203. Toby Gerhart, RB||JAC||8||RB76||--|
|204. Julius Thomas, TE||JAC||8||TE16||--|
|205. Chris Johnson, RB||ARI||9||RB77||--|
|206. Dwayne Bowe, WR||CLE||11||WR69||--|
|207. Cordarrelle Patterson, WR||MIN||5||WR70||--|
|208. Matt Asiata, RB||MIN||5||RB78||--|
|209. Brandon Bolden, RB||NE||4||RB79||--|
|210. Bryce Brown, RB||BUF||8||RB80||--|
|211. Zac Stacy, RB||NYJ||5||RB81||--|
|212. James White, RB||NE||4||RB82||--|
|213. Kyle Rudolph, TE||MIN||5||TE17||--|
|214. Jameis Winston, QB||TB||6||QB21||--|
|215. Heath Miller, TE||PIT||11||TE18||--|
|216. David Cobb, RB||TEN||4||RB83||--|
|217. Marquess Wilson, WR||CHI||7||WR71||--|
|218. Jay Ajayi, RB||MIA||5||RB84||--|
|219. Vernon Davis, TE||SF||10||TE19||--|
|220. Green Bay Packers, DST||GB||7||DST13||--|
|221. Philadelphia Eagles, DST||PHI||8||DST14||--|
|222. Phil Dawson, K||SF||10||K13||--|
|223. Chandler Catanzaro, K||ARI||9||K14||--|
|224. Phillip Dorsett, WR||IND||10||WR72||--|
|225. Justin Hunter, WR||TEN||4||WR73||--|
|226. Brandon LaFell, WR||NE||4||WR74||--|
|227. Jacquizz Rodgers, RB||CHI||7||RB85||--|
|228. Cole Beasley, WR||DAL||6||WR75||--|
|229. Greg Jennings, WR||MIA||5||WR76||--|
|230. Lance Dunbar, RB||DAL||6||RB86||--|
|231. Bobby Rainey, RB||TB||6||RB87||--|
|232. Tyler Lockett, WR||SEA||9||WR77||--|
|233. Kenny Britt, WR||STL||6||WR78||--|
|234. Allen Hurns, WR||JAC||8||WR79||--|
|235. Montee Ball, RB||FA||--||RB88||--|
|236. Danny Amendola, WR||NE||4||WR80||--|
|237. Brian Hartline, WR||CLE||11||WR81||--|
|238. Corey Brown, WR||CAR||5||WR82||--|
|239. Josh Huff, WR||PHI||8||WR83||--|
|240. Bernard Pierce, RB||JAC||8||RB89||--|
|241. Mike Tolbert, RB||CAR||5||RB90||--|
|242. Josh Hill, TE||NO||11||TE20||--|
|243. Alex Smith, QB||KC||9||QB22||--|
|244. Travaris Cadet, RB||NE||4||RB91||--|
|245. Jonathan Grimes, RB||HOU||9||RB92||--|
|246. Andrew Hawkins, WR||CLE||11||WR84||--|
|247. Marcus Mariota, QB||TEN||4||QB23||--|
|248. Benny Cunningham, RB||STL||6||RB93||--|
|249. Marcel Reece, RB||OAK||6||RB94||--|
|250. Tyler Eifert, TE||CIN||7||TE21||--|
|251. Mike Davis, RB||SF||10||RB95||--|
|252. Andy Dalton, QB||CIN||7||QB24||--|
|253. Ty Montgomery, WR||GB||7||WR85||--|
|254. Carolina Panthers, DST||CAR||5||DST15||--|
|255. Cleveland Browns, DST||CLE||11||DST16||--|
|256. Nick Folk, K||NYJ||5||K15||--|
|257. Josh Brown, K||NYG||11||K16||--|
|258. Ka'Deem Carey, RB||CHI||7||RB96||--|
|259. Jonas Gray, RB||FA||--||RB97||--|
|260. Derek Carr, QB||OAK||6||QB25||--|
|261. Dexter McCluster, RB||TEN||4||RB98||--|
|262. Jeremy Kerley, WR||NYJ||5||WR86||--|
|263. Zach Zenner, RB||DET||9||RB99||--|
|264. Daniel Herron, RB||FA||--||RB100||--|
|265. Jermaine Kearse, WR||SEA||9||WR87||--|
|266. Stevan Ridley, RB||NYJ||5||RB101||--|
|267. Mohamed Sanu, WR||CIN||7||WR88||--|
|268. Pierre Thomas, RB||FA||--||RB102||--|
|269. Sammie Coates, WR||PIT||11||WR89||--|
|270. Aaron Dobson, WR||NE||4||WR90||--|
|271. De'Anthony Thomas, RB||KC||9||RB103||--|
|272. Charles Clay, TE||BUF||8||TE22||--|
|273. Coby Fleener, TE||IND||10||TE23||--|
|274. James Jones, WR||GB||7||WR91||--|
|275. Kevin White, WR||CHI||7||WR92||--|
|276. Fozzy Whittaker, RB||CAR||5||RB104||--|
|277. Eric Ebron, TE||DET||9||TE24||--|
|278. Richard Rodgers, TE||GB||7||TE25||--|
|279. Devin Smith, WR||NYJ||5||WR93||--|
|280. Jarius Wright, WR||MIN||5||WR94||--|
|281. Jordan Todman, RB||PIT||11||RB105||--|
|282. Marlon Brown, WR||BAL||9||WR95||--|
|283. Chris Thompson, RB||WAS||8||RB106||--|
|284. San Francisco 49ers, DST||SF||10||DST17||--|
|285. Kansas City Chiefs, DST||KC||9||DST18||--|
|286. Josh Scobee, K||PIT||11||K17||--|
|287. Josh Lambo, K||SD||10||K18||--|
|288. Stepfan Taylor, RB||ARI||9||RB107||--|
|289. Dri Archer, RB||PIT||11||RB108||--|
|290. Will Johnson, RB||PIT||11||RB109||--|
|291. Ladarius Green, TE||SD||10||TE26||--|
|292. Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB||NYJ||5||QB26||--|
|293. Tavon Austin, WR||STL||6||WR96||--|
|294. Jarryd Hayne, RB||SF||10||RB110||--|
|295. Riley Cooper, WR||PHI||8||WR97||--|
|296. Maxx Williams, TE||BAL||9||TE27||--|
|297. Robert Woods, WR||BUF||8||WR98||--|
|298. Kirk Cousins, QB||WAS||8||QB27||--|
|299. Nick Foles, QB||STL||6||QB28||--|
|300. Mychal Rivera, TE||OAK||6||TE28||--|
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Fantasy Football 2015: Week 12 Risers and Sliders
Now that we are completely done with byes for the 2015 season, Risers and Sliders will look a little different, particularly when it comes to the Sliders. Excluding players lost to injury, every fantasy owner will have his or her full complement of players available every week for the rest of the year. That means start/sit decisions, which are in part what Risers and Sliders is designed to assist with every week, will be more challenging.
The Sliders you see this week, and every week from now on, will be much bigger names than we’ve included thus far. Avoiding a sliding RB4 doesn’t matter now that there are no more bye weeks. Seeing a RB2’s production slide as it’s happening, however, could be the difference between making the playoffs and planning for 2016 earlier than expected.
Cam Newton, QB, Panthers
You were starting Newton with a ton of confidence well before his five-touchdown thrashing of Washington on Sunday. What that game did for him, however, is firmly entrench him as one of the three best fantasy quarterbacks this season, along with Tom Brady and Carson Palmer. This seems a good time to mention that none of those three were among the top-eight quarterbacks by average draft position in the first week of September. They are the top three now, and Newton could go down as the biggest draft-day steal of the bunch. His stats always have a non-traditional look to them because he does so much of his damage with his legs, but he’s now up to 2,283 passing yards, 7.56 yards per attempt and 20 touchdowns against nine interceptions this year. That puts him on pace for 3,653 yards and 32 touchdowns, the latter of which would be a career high. From a real-life and a fantasy perspective, Newton is having the best season of his five years in the league.
Thomas Rawls, RB, Seahawks
For the second straight week, we need to make a special exception in Risers and Sliders. Rawls appeared in this week’s waiver wire column, and he’s now immediately rising with news that Marshawn Lynch could be out for the year. Rawls has seen significant time (read: at least 15 carries) in four games this season. In those games, Rawls has 530 rushing yards, 45 receiving yards and three touchdowns, which comes out to 18.88 points per game in standard-scoring leagues. We know for a fact that Rawls has an expected RB2 floor in any game he starts. The ceiling, of course, is much higher. If Rawls is the starter in Seattle for the remainder of the season, we could be looking back at him as a guy who helped his owners steal fantasy championships.
Ronnie Hillman, RB, Broncos
Brock Osweiler will get at least one more start for the Broncos, taking on the Patriots in Week 12. There’s a good chance he’s under center for the rest of the season, and that would be great news for Hillman and C.J. Anderson. With the mobile Osweiler at the helm against the Bears, the Broncos run game had one of its best overall performances of the season. Hillman racked up 102 yards on 21 carries, while Anderson totaled 59 yards on 12 totes. Both players ran for 4.9 yards per carry, but it’s Hillman who remains in control of the backfield.
Strange as it is to say, Osweiler is better for the Denver run game than Manning. We saw that in practice in Week 11, even though the Bears have a very run-friendly defense, and we’ll likely continue to see it as long as Osweiler is the starter. Hillman has a couple of great matchups looming with the Chargers in Week 13 and the Raiders in Week 14. If Osweiler is starting, Hillman will be a top-15 play at running back both of those weeks.
Matt Forte, RB, Bears
Forte hasn’t played the last three games because of a knee injury, but his stock is clearly back on the rise. Jeff Dickerson, who covers the Bears for ESPN Chicago, reported that Forte “appears on track” to return Thanksgiving night against the Packers. He went through a typical pre-game workout on Sunday, but the Bears opted to give him one more week to rest. Jeremy Langford certainly showed the coaching staff a thing or two during his three-game run as the starter, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves. He had one big play against the Rams and was otherwise shut down to the tune of 73 yards on 20 carries. In the loss to Denver, he carried the ball 13 times for just 25 yards.
Langford may have earned himself a larger role when Forte returns, and he likely proved that he can head into 2016 as the team’s workhorse back if they choose to go that route, but he’s not going to supplant the usual starter when both are healthy. If Forte is back on the field this week, he returns to his familiar RB1 status.
T.J. Yeldon, RB, Jaguars
Yeldon hasn’t found the end zone since the Jaguars’ Week 7 win over the Bills in London, when he also had 115 yards on 20 carries. That is unquestionably frustrating for his owners, but he has still been quietly effective in the three games since his last score. Just as importantly, the Jaguars are as dedicated to feeding him the ball as any team is its lead back. Yeldon has had fewer than 15 touches just once this year, and that was in the team’s 51–17 loss to the Patriots. In the last four games, he has averaged 19.5 touches. Denard Robinson vultured a pair of goal-line series from Yeldon in the win over the Titans last week, but he didn’t turn either of those opportunities into touchdowns. Hopefully that was no more than a blip on Yeldon’s usage radar. His volume alone guarantees RB2 value, and the right matchup could help make him an RB1 in certain weeks. He could have just such a week when the Chargers visit Jacksonville in Week 12.
Todd Gurley, RB, Rams
Gurley’s slide is through absolutely no fault of his own, but it’s an understandable product of the anemic passing attack in St. Louis. He has found the end zone in each of the last three weeks, so he’s still posting strong fantasy numbers, but his yards per carry have dipped significantly in that span.
Gurley has notched fewer than four yards per rush in all three games, bottoming out at just 2.6 YPC in the loss to the Ravens. He has supplemented his production with a total of six catches for 64 yards, but he needs to live on the ground. Unfortunately, neither Nick Foles nor Case Keenum can do anything to force defenses to pay any attention to the passing game. Teams are perfectly happy committing eight players to the run and daring Foles or Keenum to beat them. Neither has been capable thus far, and that’s starting to erode Gurley’s numbers. He remains a rock-solid RB1, but the ceiling isn’t as high as it was a few weeks ago.
Philip Rivers, QB, Chargers
Through eight games, Rivers was having one of his finest statistical seasons and looked like he had an outside chance to finish the season as the top scorer among all quarterbacks. At that time, he had 2,753 yards, 7.91 YPA and 18 touchdowns with seven interceptions. In that eighth game of the year, however, Keenan Allen suffered a season-ending kidney injury. It hasn’t been the same since for Rivers.
In his last two games, he has completed 62.5% of his passes (down from 69.8% the first eight games) and thrown for 458 yards, 6.36 YPA and one touchdown against one pick. Life just isn’t the same for Rivers without Allen, and that’s his reality for the rest of the season. He’s better than a matchup play, but not by much. Rivers is a low-end QB1 for the final six weeks of the year.
Amari Cooper, WR, Raiders
We’ve all been so busy being mesmerized by the things Cooper already does so well—route running and after-catch exploits, to be specific—that we’ve failed to highlight some of the deficiencies in his game. Cooper is second in the NFL with 10 drops and a drop rate of 16.39%, ahead of only Mike Evans. While he has put together a few banner performances and already has a substantial highlight reel just 10 games into his career, he has given his owners more than a few duds this season.
Cooper has four games with fewer than five fantasy points and a fifth in which he failed to reach 50 yards, though he did find the end zone in that contest. He drew one of his toughest matchups of the year in Week 11 with the Lions’ Darius Slay. The breakout corner held him to just one catch for four yards, though Cooper contributed by dropping two passes from Derek Carr. Cooper should still be locked into your starting lineups, but we need to think of his typical game as mid-tier WR2, not low-end WR1.
Stefon Diggs, WR, Vikings
Like Gurley, this is another environment-based slider. Diggs is unquestionably the No. 1 receiver in Minnesota’s offense. Unfortunately, that might not mean what it does on other teams. Diggs has turned in three straight underwhelming fantasy performances, combining for just 11 catches and 154 yards in that window. In the first two games of the stretch, he totaled seven targets. He got nine looks from Teddy Bridgewater in the loss to Green Bay, catching six of them for 66 yards. What’s more, he has had just two targets of more than 20 yards in those games, after having six such targets in his first three games of the season. Diggs hauled in five of those six passes for 137 yards and a touchdown, and he is clearly a significant deep threat. The Vikings need to get back to using him to challenge defenses down the field.
Carlos Hyde, RB, 49ers
Hyde missed his third straight game with a foot injury, again giving way to Shaun Draughn. When he does return, he’ll be rejoining what is arguably the worst offense in the league, and certainly one that will make it very tough on him to show up for his fantasy owners. That, of course, assumes that he does come back at some point this season. The 49ers are 3–7 and clearly aren’t going anywhere in 2015. Hyde remains an important part of their future. They don’t need him worsening a foot injury in any of their six meaningless games left on the schedule. It’s entirely possible they decide that discretion is indeed the better part of valor and shut him down for the season. If that ends up happening, the next time you see his name on these pages will be when I write him up as an intriguing undervalued player for 2016.
Photos: Grant Halverson/Getty Images (Newton), David Banks/Getty Images (Hillman), Patrick Smith/Getty Images (Gurley), Adam Bettcher/Getty Images (Diggs)
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