Team of the Week
QB: Lamar Jackson
The Team of the Week is probably the most straightforward of the season, and Jackson got that started on Thursday night with another overall QB1 finish. Despite nursing a quad injury on a short week, Jackson rushed eight times for 86 yards and tossed another five touchdowns in a 42-21 victory over the Jets. The likely NFL MVP has a 33:6 touchdown-interception ratio so far this season and now owns the single-season record for rushing yards by a quarterback (1,103).
RB: Kenyan Drake
Drake had been relatively quiet in back-to-back weeks and hadn’t found the end zone since his Cardinals debut on Halloween, but the fantasy points poured in on Sunday with 146 total yards and four rushing touchdowns in Arizona’s 38-24 win over the Browns. All the scores for Drake came in the red zone, and he should remain the offensive focal point next week against the Seahawks.
RB: Christian McCaffrey
Carolina’s six-game losing streak has made zero difference for McCaffrey and his fantasy owners, and the superstar back stayed hot yesterday with 87 rushing yards, 88 receiving yards, and two touchdowns. McCaffrey now has 2,121 yards from scrimmage and 18 total scores on the year, so he could be playing for history if he can average close to 200 yards per game over the final two weeks to break Chris Johnson’s single-season yardage record (2,509).
WR: Breshad Perriman
Perriman only saw six targets in Week 15, but he made the most of them with five receptions, 113 yards, and three touchdowns against a Detroit defense that looked lost in coverage. Following a career day, the former first-round pick will likely work as Tampa Bay’s top receiver next week against Houston with Chris Godwin (hamstring) now injured.
WR: Julio Jones
With Calvin Ridley (abdomen, IR) out of the lineup, Jones was funneled 20 targets yesterday—which he turned into 13 receptions, 134 yards, and two touchdowns (including the game-winning score in the final seconds). San Francisco simply had no answers for Julio, who is arguably the top receiver play over the final two games (v JAX, @ TB).
TE: George Kittle
All the high-end tight ends (Kittle, Travis Kelce, and Zach Ertz) came through for fantasy owners in Week 15, but none more so than the weapon donning a “Joker” tattoo on his arm. While the 49ers struggled for the most part on offense, Kittle single-handedly moved the chains with 13 grabs and 134 yards on his way to the overall TE1 finish.
FLEX: Miles Sanders
Sanders might be getting overshadowed a bit following a career day, but fantasy owners are certainly appreciative of his 172 total yards and two touchdowns in Week 15. The rookie runner showed great burst and was difficult to bring down on first contact in another hard-fought victory.
The Chargers have looked really bad at times this season, but yesterday was a new low with seven turnovers that Minnesota took advantage of in a 28-point fantasy outing. The play at the end of the half—a 56-yard fumble return for six—seemed to completely knock the wheels off in LA.
K: Kai Forbath
Forbath was perfect for Dallas in his team debut, hitting three-of-three field goals and all five PAT attempts to lead all kickers in fantasy points for the week. The pressure will be much higher next week in Philadelphia, but Forbath suddenly looks like a reliable option.
Surprise of the Week: David Njoku
There were more disappointments than pure surprises this week, but one that didn’t even happen on the field was Njoku being a healthy inactive for the Browns. The Cardinals are the worst team in the league at defending tight ends, so it was even more frustrating for Njoku owners—both in redraft and dynasty leagues—to see Ricky Seals-Jones catch two touchdowns against them in place of the 2017 first-rounder.
Disappointment of the Week: Melvin Gordon
Amari Cooper, Robert Woods, and several other players could have been chosen here, but Gordon’s day included two lost fumbles that changed the game and led to him being benched for an extended stretch. Los Angeles seemed to be trending in the right direction following their 35-point beatdown of the Jaguars last week, but the script was flipped on Sunday, and Gordon’s usage concerns could extend to the final two weeks.
Rookie of the Week: Miles Sanders
A.J. Brown deserves mentioning again with his third 100-yard game over the past four weeks, but Sanders was the clear choice for Rookie of the Week. Philly’s second-round pick has looked better with more and more work after some early-season struggles, and Week 15 was easily his best showing of the year. Look for Sanders to remain a big factor next week against the Cowboys.
Week 15 MVP: Kenyan Drake
It would have taken a monster performance over the weekend (or tonight) for Lamar Jackson to be unseated as the top fantasy scorer of the week, but that’s exactly what we got from Drake and his four touchdowns. In six games since joining the Cardinals, Drake is on a season-long pace of 1,112 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns.