I can’t fight it anymore.  I know everyone tells you never to let others influence how you think and feel but it’s so hard to this week.  I mean, I recommended the Oakland Raiders last week on defense.  How stupid could I be?  I’ve got to right the ship.  I gotta become one with the other rankers and just give in, right?  There’s no hope trying to play outside the box, all outside box playing is futile.  I should just jump off the fantasy rankings bridge with everyone else…nah, I’m just joking.  But I had you going for a minute, right?  I’m one of the best written actors of my generation, or so I’ve been told.  You should see me type Hamlet!  I’ve been compared to Kenneth Branagh in that regards.  In fact, I’m hoping for my first Golden Globe nomination this year once they create a category for me.  I’ve already picked out my suit.  I wonder if people will be able to tell I borrowed it from my dad…eh, let’s not talk about my eventual rise to fame.  It bores me.  Better yet, let’s talk about Pierre Thomas and his great matchup against the Rams.  To be honest, I’m a bit surprised I’m one of the few this high on him.  Do these other ‘perts not know the Rams are ranked near the bottom in terms of fantasy points allowed to opposing running backs?  That was rhetorical.  Of course they know but they’re probably too busy paying attentio to how unproductive he’s been of late.  It happens but to be fair, when PT has been given a good matchup he has produced.  Sure, he’s not likely to put up 200+ yards any time soon but about 120 total yards and a TD are well within reach for the PT Bruiser this week and I like his chances he grabs those reigns and rides into fantasy glory.  In other areas to trumpet on, we’ve got quite a few rankings wrinkles this week.  Steven Jackson?  Sometimes the matchups make the man and given he’s performed well of late, it’s hard to deny him a top 10 RB finish.  Same goes for Ryan Mathews who has sneakily been a top 10 play over the last 4 weeks in PPR leagues but he’s out there singing Black Eyed Peas to us.  Folks, where is the love?  Besides these guys, further down the road we have Mendenhall getting a mega-bump along with the Ogre and Donald Brown to wrap up my top 20 RBs and I also gave Ellington a nudge.  This IS still the same Titans team that can’t stop the run, right?  At wide out, I’m finally treating Dez like what he has been: good but not great.  And while I’m at it, I gave Hilton and Patterson a little WR2 love bite due to matchups and explosiveabiltiy.  No need to google that, it’s totally a word.  At TE, I gotta say: it Ertz so good.  On the DST front, Tampa Bay…woah.  I know, I know, San Fran isn’t the Buffalo Bills.  But Tampa Bay isn’t 0-8 Tampa Bay anymore and for very good reasons and are playing at home.  Kickers?  Just my niece and I playing a game of Hungry Hippos where the marbles have kicker names on them.  The ones I got were in, the ones she got were out.  But enough about Delta Burke winning me Josh Scobee, let’s get on with it.  Here’s the rankings for week 15 of the 2013 Fantasy Football season…


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Burt
Burt
8 years ago

Standard 12-team league, who should I FLEX, Riley Cooper or G. Bernard? I probably have to go with upside because my opponent has Brees and Shady McCoy. My other starting RBs and WRs are Reggie/Joique and Vereen, then Dez and J. Gordon.

Thanks!

Richie
Richie
8 years ago

You really like Cordarelle this week huh? lol

I have him and Jordy Nelson, but I can’t bring myself to bench Jordy. I’m assuming it’s because of Patterson’s matchup?

Zandy
Zandy
8 years ago

Thanks sky! I was starting to worry and have been refreshing every 5 minutes this morning haha
Love these rankings!
Can you please walk me through your thoughts and ceiling vs floor views on tamme, pitta and witten for this week? Just was a little surprised by their ranks so trying to understand if witten is down because of his hamstring pull at the end of the game or something else? Thanks man as always!

Zandy
Zandy
8 years ago
Reply to  Sky

@Sky: totally understood. I agree with a lot of what you’ve laid out. Is it wrong to look at tammes one catch in week 13 and get concerned?

Zandy
Zandy
8 years ago
Reply to  Sky

@Sky: last waiver move of the week would you drop tamme for Ertz?

Zandy
Zandy
8 years ago
Reply to  Sky

@Sky: perfect thank you! Tamme it is!
Keenan Mathews tamme all starting tonight. Hope there’s a lot of points and I get off to a hugeeee start

Dave
Dave
8 years ago

standard 10 team league. I can flex montee ball or toby gerhart but because ball plays on TNF the decision has to be made today. If i go with Gerhart and he doesnt play or AP starts im left with Jordan todman. Whats the best decisiion here?

Dave
Dave
8 years ago
Reply to  Dave

@Dave: or would you just go with patterson over those two? thanks.

Dave
Dave
8 years ago
Reply to  Sky

@Sky: would u consider starting patterson over fitzgerald?

brewtown
brewtown
8 years ago

What’s your thinking with the high ranking of Ertz? Just a product of a huge day for Foles, or are the Vikes susceptible to an athletic TE? Trying to decide between Gonzalez, Pitta and Ertz, and Ertz seeming like the upside, but riskier play.

Greg
Greg
8 years ago

What if Cuter sits and McCown plays? Does either Bears QB get the 8 spot???

Without your input on the matter, I’m actually tempted to go against you here and play Matt Ryan (with a healthy Roddy White and matched up against a bad pass defense) if Smoking Jay Cutler is brushing off the cobwebs this week. If McCown is running the system I want that dude in. Won’t Cutler be too busy throwing picks at pivotal times like he always does?

Thanks, as always, for all your help!

Rick
Rick
8 years ago

Sky, how would you rank these guys this week ppr:

Fitzgerald
Stacy
S.Jackson

I’m not sure how I feel about Stacy in a game they’re likely to get blown out of.

Ron
Ron
8 years ago

WHYYYYYYYY!?!?!

Why did I trade Kaep for Aaron Rodgers 3 weeks ago thinking that Rodgers would be back by this week after my first round bye and I could ride with him to a championship?!

Now I have Rodgers(no hope to return this week), McCown (who will prob be benched this week), Fitzpatrick (really?) and Cousins (REALLY?) on my team.

Assuming Rodgers and McCown don’t play this week, who are the top two from the list below (Ugh!) that you think I should play at QB this week?

Fitzpatrick
Cousins
Eli
Glennon
Henne
Cassel
McGloin
Keenum

Thanks.

Ron
Ron
8 years ago
Reply to  Sky

@Sky: Ha! Well played my friend..well played.

Steve Stevenson
Steve Stevenson
8 years ago

If Lacy and MJD are out, where do Starks and Todman slot in?

I’m thinking the same way as you re: Tamme. If I’m playing for highest ceiling, is he still behind D. Walker? 0.5 ppr.

Btdrnks
Btdrnks
8 years ago

Should we be concerned about Lacy’s ankle? I have A. Brown. B. Tate, L. Miller, Lacy and Starks. Need to start two (have K. Allen in my flex w Gordon and Megatron at WR) Who do i start if Lacy is out?

CL
CL
8 years ago

Is it Thursday yet?!?!

It’s just SOOOOO hard for me to put SJax in over Woodhead (PPR, return yards league). But you’ve got them ranked in two separate tiers… comments?

Also, the absence of Dan Bailey, my set-it-and-forget-it kicker, makes me slightly nervous. Where is he on the rankings? Leave him be, or can I do better? I always get effed when I mess with my kicker…

And man, seeing Delanie Walker at #4 makes me warm and fuzzy. Dare say I can get on with living without Gronk?

CL
CL
8 years ago
Reply to  CL

@CL: I could go with Alex Henery in the dome over Bailey in the dome?

CL
CL
8 years ago
Reply to  CL

@CL: “Jesus! Did I SAY that? Or just think it? Was I talking? Did they hear me? I glanced over at my attorney, but he seemed oblivious…”

re: kicker question.

CL
CL
8 years ago
Reply to  Sky

@Sky: The life of a rosterbater… you can’t try to understand the condition. I had a bye last week, and where I didn’t, I suppose I could have used a better kicker. Henery has been rostered.

Thanks man, as usual.

anthony
anthony
8 years ago

@sky: apparently in 2 of my espn leagues the playoffs are for 2 weeks the other espn league playoff matchups are 1 week …. weird … sooo yeah help please

colsten @ stl
edelman @ mia
shorts vs buf
s smith vs jets
s johnson @ jac

pick 3 ^^^

wilson @ nyg or mccown @ cle ( pick 1 )
forte @ cle
lacy @ dal
mccoy @ min
laveon bell vs cin

pick 3 rbs ^^^

CL
CL
8 years ago
Reply to  anthony

@anthony: 2 week playoffs have got to be one of the dumbest things I have heard of. I mean why? Football isn’t played over two weeks.

kidbr9
kidbr9
8 years ago

Hi Sky,

I presume I know the answer to this, but just want to confirm.

I have Alshon, Decker, and Antonio Brown as my wideouts (3 WR league). Should I plug in Rainey over Riley as my FLEX? I feel Riley’s due for at least a score.

Brown L
Brown L
8 years ago

WRs looking really spotty for me this week: Colston, K. Wright, Floyd, Ace Sanders. Now, looky here, someone just dropped Patterson for some damn reason! Why did I have to use my waiver priority on Alex Henery of all things? Welp, guess I’m just praying no one else in my league who’s still playing saw that…

So the real question: a combination of McCown and Russell Wilson has pretty much carried me into the playoffs, and I, like you, am a bit ambivalent about RW3 this week on the East Coast. Should I drop McCown for Keenum, who’s your highest ranked QB on the waiver wire? Hold out until we hear more about Cutler?

Brown L
Brown L
8 years ago
Reply to  Brown L

@Brown L: In case it matters, passing yardage is scored 20 yds/point, and 6 pts/TD

Duel Time
Duel Time
8 years ago

I see your defense ranks, and I know TB has been hot of late but you like them that much more against SF then the Eagles against The Vikings? I am trying to choose between the two and the Eagles matchup is very enticing….Thanks

Jagan
Jagan
8 years ago

Sky,

I have been riding with Cincinatti defense and i am very hesidtant to sit them and play tampa Bay this week.

can you pls provide why you ranked Tampa Bay higher than Cincy?

Jagan

Jagan
Jagan
8 years ago

Sky,

Sorry to question your rankings a lot this week.

You have Steven Jackson over Lynch.Why is that?

again I generally dont sit by studs.I understand your argument re matchup but somehoe i am worried abt sitting lynch.

Jagan

Jagan
Jagan
8 years ago

Sky,

I have Gonzo/Pitta and your rankings says to start Ertz.

I swear this is my last question on your rankings as I am obviously very torn now as I always value your ramkings and at this stage I see some big suprises in your rankings than what i was thinking to do.

Jagan

Steve Stevenson
Steve Stevenson
8 years ago

You have D. Walker a few slots above Tamme. If I’m playing for ceiling only, does that ranking hold? 0.5 ppr, bonus at 100 yds

Ben
Ben
8 years ago

Another “expert” with the Bills defense in their top 10. I’d be willing to bet that the Jags defense outscores them.

Shake N Bacon
Shake N Bacon
8 years ago
Reply to  Sky

@Sky: He’s the guy who brings a six pack of Zima with him.

Sniff Test
Sniff Test
8 years ago

would you play ertz over crabtree or boykin for a wr/te slot? PPR.

Scott
Scott
8 years ago

Sky

Couple questions for ya:

Out of all the rankings I look at, you have Knowshon listed the lowest I’ve seen. Are you expecting a big game from Ball tonight? I have both players would it be too cute to play Ball over Knowshon?

Another question regards defenses. How much do you put in to consistency? The Eagles def has quietly averaged 9.5 points over the last 6 weeks (highest score being 12, lowest score being 8 over that time span). No question, the Saints have a better defense and a better matchup, but have been wildly inconsistent over that same time span. Do I go with the sure 9 points or the better matchup (Saints haven’t scored over 13 fantasy points in my league all season). I’m going to need a big week to beat the #1 seed who is 11-2 this year.

Shake N Bacon
Shake N Bacon
8 years ago

Sky, looking for some input on a stupid ass thing I did in my RCL league on accident.

I went to pick up Daniel Thomas (because my running back situation is rough with AP getting hurt). Instead of dropping Willis McGahee for Daniel Thomas, I accidentally clicked on Adrian Peterson. I quickly went through the process of clicking “OK”. Didn’t notice what I had done until this morning.

I don’t expect anyone to let me pick him back up, but I feel like there could be some issues with someone possibly winning the championship next week because they added AP when they never would’ve had him in the first place.

I know it’s my own dumbass mistake, but I’d hate for it to be the reason why someone would win the league.

If it was your league, would you make him off limits? Let whomever pick him up?

Obviously he is hurt this week and won’t be playing. He may not even play next week, so it could be a moot point.

Just curious what your thoughts are on this matter…other than I’m a dumbass.

Shake N Bacon
Shake N Bacon
8 years ago
Reply to  Sky

@Sky: That was my reaction this morning…What The FUDGE! For a second I thought I was on another league’s page and thinking to myself “Who is the idiot who dropped AP?” It was me!

Yeah I’m not sure why I was able to drop him either. I can see where it makes sense if he went on the IR.

I wrote a message in the league and the commish may be nixing my initial transaction as long as the rest of the league is ok with it.

I don’t have high hopes of winning this week in the league anyways, but didn’t want my dumb mistake to completely change the outcome of the championship.

I’m banking on Ogbonnaya and Ellington to pick up the slack with AP getting hurt. Not pretty.

Thanks for your input Sky. I appreciate it.

Shake N Bacon
Shake N Bacon
8 years ago
Reply to  Sky

@Sky: Very true! It could be worse. The world could run out of bacon…

J-FOH
J-FOH
8 years ago

Pick 2, Gerhart, Rothliburger and Keenum

J-FOH
J-FOH
8 years ago
Reply to  Sky

@Sky: that’s what I thought, was on the fence with Gerhart and Big Ben

txea
txea
8 years ago

Need to fill 3 positions, RB, WR and Flex. Help me choose between R. Bush, B. Tate, T. Smith, K. Allen, and J. Nelson

B&W
B&W
8 years ago

I’m hearing a lot of praise for the Denver D/ST tonight. Are you hating that match up for them?

diaperman
diaperman
8 years ago

why so low on Jason Witten against a weak Packers D?

Jaybo
Jaybo
8 years ago

Should I start Ball tonight? I have AP but I dont think hes gonna play and if he does I can always bench Chris Ivory?

The Flayed Man
The Flayed Man
8 years ago

For flex position:

Z. Stacy or Demaryius Thomas ?

WR, Josh Gordon, K. Allen
RB. L. McCoy, D. Murray

Thanks.

I just pooed
I just pooed
8 years ago

In a tough spot..PPR

I got:
AP
Toby G
Chris Johnson
Reggie Bush
Monte Ball

Ball plays tonight. Not sure I can take the risk on Bush who plays Monday night. He’s not practicing today. Do I go with Ball tonight and go with CJ if Toby G is out? Vikings play at 1pm, Titans play in the 4pm games. Thx

I just pooed
I just pooed
8 years ago
Reply to  I just pooed

I failed to mention I have Chris Ivory and Ellington is on the waiver wire

Dave
Dave
8 years ago

Hey sky I have Cutler and Big Ben, is Cutler ranked higher in your rankings because of upside. Basically I’m asking would starting Big Ben because he feels safer be crazy? I have Rivers playing tonight also, how he does might affect my decision.

joe
joe
8 years ago

ah man, i was all set to go tamme or pitta over ertz and now i see this! looking ahead last week, i was thinking ertz could put up major points but then celek reared his ugly head again.

exactly
exactly
8 years ago

Hey, flex pick: woodhead, gerhart or riley cooper? Only .2 per reception.

matt
matt
8 years ago

In one league my top 3 WR are D. Thomas, E. Decker, and A. Brown, I can only play 2 and it’s PPR. Who should I bench?

In my other league also PPR, I have 3 WR spots and have: D. Thomas, J. Nelson, R. White, K Allen, and C. Patterson. What 3 should I go with?

Thanks…

matt
matt
8 years ago
Reply to  Sky

yeah but isn’t it kinda risky to play both WR from the same team?

Pavel
Pavel
8 years ago

For Tight ends do you start Fleener or Pita?

For flex pick one: andre brown/gerhart/spiller

I’ve read the rankings, but, I’m still having a hard time deciding since they seem so close.

Pavel
Pavel
8 years ago
Reply to  Pavel

@Pavel: Actually I decided to pick up Delaniewalker instead by dropping Fleener. So walker or pitta this week?

Nathan
Nathan
8 years ago

Would you go with Amendola over Ellington in a flex spot (ppr)

Nathan
Nathan
8 years ago
Reply to  Sky

@Sky: Thank you, sir. Two more wins and I extend to you the most massive of e-high fives

Duck Butter
Duck Butter
8 years ago

Right now I am looking at:
QB: Flynn/Rodgers
RB1: Murray
WR1: Djax
TE1: Cameron
I need a WR2, and 2 Flex out of Pierre Thomas, Tamme (going against #1 team with Peyton), Kendall Wright, Colston, Steve Smith and Chris Johnson. I thought it was going to be Tamme, Colston, and Wright, but Thomas throws a wrench in that plan. I really like Tamme this week, and I have to start Colston. Wright’s week last week and injuries scare me.

joe
joe
8 years ago

Thinking of starting Woodhead or Mathews over Fitz. What would you change? Thanks for your time/help.

My lineup:
WR: Keenan Allen
WR: Torrey Smith
RB: Demarco Murray
RB : Mathews
TE: Julius Thomas
Flex : Woodhead

Bench : Fitz, Shorts, Patterson, Ogbonnaya, Ellington

Blow Schaubs
Blow Schaubs
8 years ago

12-team, 0.5 PPR, with 1pt/20 ind ret yards:

QB- Foles
WR- Megatron
WR- Dez
RB- McCoy
RB- A. Brown
TE- Jimmy
W/T- ???
W/R/T- ???
( Spiller, Jacoby Jones, Cruz, Tamme, Pitta, Todman )
Need to fill the two flex spots. I’m heavily favored and the guy I’m playing is a Peterson owner with little to back him up. I’m looking for the safest play. Need to decide whether to use Tamme tonight or to wait for weekend. First instinct was Jacoby since he should get at least 4-5 returns; then play Todman if MJD is out, or Spiller if MJD plays. Thoughts? Suggestions?

Joe G
Joe G
8 years ago

I have Eric decker, brandon marshall, André johnson, keenen Allen, TY Hilton…. Which 3 would you star for this week?

Burt Macklin
Burt Macklin
8 years ago

.5 PPR, need two:

Andre Brown (vs. Seattle)
Chris Johnson (vs. Arizona)
Jordy Nelson (vs. Dallas)

Mr. Glass
Mr. Glass
8 years ago

is the Patterson ranking a upside kinda thing cause my final 2 WR spots are Shorts and Harry D so if Shorts can go on Sunday im kicking D out the door and starting Patterson
Also i have Clay and Pitta (thanks Gronk) is there a big gap between the two cause of right now im starting Clay

Mike
Mike
8 years ago

With the news that Lavon Brazil is in a walking boot does that move DaRick Rodgers up your rankings?

Bryan
Bryan
8 years ago

Your rankings say Tannehill over Brady….I’m faced with this decision, would you play Tannehill if you had Brady on your own team? I was hoping McCown would play again but not happening.

smegma
smegma
8 years ago

Cutler announced to be starting this weekend – so I dropped McCown for Cutler. Based on the injury, would you still start Cutler over Kap? I know your rankings indicate yes, but wanted to be sure.

brick
brick
8 years ago

Hey Sky,

Thanks for the rankings!

A few questions:

NPPR Flex R. Jennings over Edelman?

NPPR Drop Wallace/McCown/Sproles/Kaep to start Ertz over Pitta? Or hold.

Pick 2 to fill flex spots (PPR): Colston, Fleener, Rainey.
I’m leaning Fleener, Rainey as rainey has the higher floor, if the saints go up they could just run all day and leave colston with zero, where rainey has a pretty good shot for ~50yds on 25 carries or something.

Appreciate the help! Got three teams in the playoffs, but lost gronk in all of them, hoping to win at least one still!

Gbbb
Gbbb
8 years ago

Streater or Donald brown for 1 pt ppr flex?

Pete
Pete
8 years ago

This is tough, I was set to go with Gordon, Megatron, and Decker at WR and my RB’s as Vereen and Murray (at least I think those are the 2 to play). My question was going to be which to flex (PPR): Keenan Allen or Zac Stacy (leaving Ben Tate and Chris Johnson on the bench)? You are super high on Allen. Should he and Decker be my third WR and flex? Tough to leave Stacy and Tate on the bench…

Tom
Tom
8 years ago

would reggie bush be ranked ahead of ryan Mathews if you knew for sure reggie was going to play ty ty sir

Tom
Tom
8 years ago
Reply to  Sky

@Sky:

Thanks so much u r great as always

Furious
Furious
8 years ago

RB2 spot in my lineup is a bit of a mess with Reggie Bush injury. My options are:
Reggie Bush (Bernard Pierce if I wait and Reggie can’t play)
Toby Gerhart
Ryan Mathews
Chris Ivory

Thoughts?

P.S. Going with Keenan Allen tonight as well so I already have 1 Charger going tonight.