As we near the end of the fantasy football season, it's time to grind out those last couple of wins to secure your championship. Congratulations to the teams still alive for the top spot in their leagues. For everyone else playing out the season for respect, undoubtedly your leaguemates appreciate your dedication. Let's get to the rankings and on to playoff round 2.
The Elite Tier (Must Starts):
1.Rob Gronkowski NE vs. MIA
Gronkowski has been a nice value for a lot of owners this year and should continue to provide top tier production this week.
2. Jimmy Graham NO @CHI
I know that Jimmy Graham has looked far from elite for the past couple of weeks, but if he doesn't produce against the Bears I would be shocked.Where has Jimmy Graham gone and is he a viable starter for week 15?
Starter Worthy (Should Be Safe To Roll With These Guys):
3. Greg Olsen CAR vs. TB
Olsen has a nice matchup but will be without Cam Newton in this one. I think that he will still be productive regardless of that mess.
4. Martellus Bennett CHI vs. NO
Bennett will have to step up even more after the loss of Brandon Marshall, look for big numbers here.
5. Delanie Walker TEN vs. NYJ
Walker is always a big play threat and the Jets defense is always a threat to give up big plays.
6. Travis Kelce KC vs. OAK
Kelce faces off with a weak Raiders team and should put up good numbers.
7. Julius Thomas DEN @SD
I sort of hate this matchup for Thomas and he still is not at one hundred percent, but Manning will be looking to rebound from a bad week and that could mean several touchdowns through the air.
8. Antonio Gates SD vs. DEN
I felt like ranking Gates even lower than this, but he is capable of multiple TDs at any time.
9. Larry Donnell NYG vs. WAS
The Redskins are in shambles right now and the Giants offense has really heated up, look for a score from Donnell.
Dangerous With Potential (Do You Feel Lucky?):
10. Jared Cook STL vs. ARI
Cook has been productive lately and he gets an easy matchup against a Cardinals defense that cannot defend the tight end.
11. Coby Fleener IND vs. HOU
I still like Fleener over a recovering Dwayne Allen, but that may not be the case next week.
12. Jordan Reed WAS @NYG
Reed was disappointing last week, but will look to rebound against an inconsistent Giants defense.
13. Dwayne Allen IND vs. HOU
Allen is clearly not fully back from injury yet, but watch out as he could explode any time.
14. Mychal Rivera OAK @KC
Rivera has the talent to pu up numbers but his quarterback is not consistent enough to count on yet.
15. Jason Witten DAL @PHI
Witten has disappeared and appears to be behind Cole Beasley in the pecking order. That places him as the fourth option and firmly out of fantasy lineups.
16. Heath Miller PIT @ATL
Heath Miller gets the weak Atlanta D and this game should be a shootout (isn't every Steelers game these days?).
17. Jordan Cameron CLE vs. CIN
Cameron should play and has the skills to produce, but I wouldn't want to gamble on Johnny Manziel's first NFL start.
Waiver Wire Fodder (There Are Better Options):
18. Zach Ertz PHI vs. DAL
19. Timothy Wright NE vs. MIA
20. Kyle Rudolph MIN @DET
21. Anthony Fasano KC vs. OAK
22. Charles Clay MIA @NE
23. Tony Moeaki SEA vs. SF
24. Scott Chandler BUF vs. GB
25. Benjamin Watson NO @CHI
26. Marcedes Lewis JAC @BAL
27. Andrew Quarless GB @BUF
28. Levine Toilolo ATL vs. PIT
29. Owen Daniels BAL vs. JAC
30. Gavin Escobar DAL @PHI