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Fantasy playoffs are in full effect as we enter Week 15 of the NFL regular season. From here out, it’s pretty much win or go home and now is the time when owners are hoping that their top players will come through in a major way.
Last week saw some of the usual suspects answer the call, as Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, Andrew Luck, LeSean McCoy, Jamaal Charles, Matt Forté, Josh Gordon, Andre Johnson, Antonio Brown, Jordan Cameron, Jimmy Graham and the Kansas City DST were among the leading scorers at their respective positions. However, there also were plenty of surprises, including Josh McCown leading all scorers following his monster Monday night performance (348 yards passing, 5 total touchdowns) against Dallas.
As impressive as McCown was against the Cowboys and as well as he has played (14 total TDs, 2 turnovers), it’s possible that he may not even get the start on Sunday in Cleveland. Jay Cutler appears to be getting closer to returning from his ankle injury, and Chicago head coach Marc Trestman has already said that he will be the starter once he’s cleared to play. So those who have been riding McCown lately may have the rug pulled out from under them this week.
And that’s not the only impact player who could be missing in Week 15. Adrian Peterson could be sidelined because of a sprained foot, Wes Welker is out because of a concussion, Rob Gronkowski is done after tearing his ACL and MCL last week, and Robert Griffin III has been benched for the rest of the season and replaced by Kirk Cousins.
By this point, however, injuries and depth chart shuffling shouldn’t surprise anyone, not with how this season has played out. Now it’s just a matter of getting the most out of the healthy bodies you have left on your roster and hoping you can put together the right lineup to be the last team standing when all is said and done.
Each week during the NFL season, we will rank enough players at each position to appease everyone from those in 8-team leagues to 16-team leagues, those that can start two QBs, two TEs, three RBs and four WRs. We cut out the rest, because if you're looking at who the 50th-best running back or the 17th-best kicker is for that week, you need more help than any website can give you.
2013 NFL Week 15 Fantasy Football Positional Rankings
Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:
All touchdowns are 6 points
1 point for 25 yards passing
1 point for 10 yards rushing/receiving
Receptions are .5 points
Interceptions/fumbles are minus-2 points
0 points allowed = 12 points
1-6 points allowed = 10 points
7-13 points allowed = 8 pts
14-20 points allowed = 6 points
21-27 points allowed = 2 pts
28+ points allowed = 0 points
Safeties = 2 points
Fumbles recovered = 2 points
Interceptions = 2 points
Sacks = 1 point
Defensive/Special Teams TDs = 6 points
PATs = 1 point
39 yards and under = 3 points
40-49 yards = 4 points
50-59 yards = 5 points
60+ yards = 6 points