Fantasy football live rankings Week 15: Latest injury news, updates impacting start-sit decisions today

Four games are in the books in what’s already been a wild Week 15 (condolences to anyone who faced the Raiders’ D/ST or Sam LaPorta), and Sunday’s action figures to be just as crazy thanks to the usual array of late-season factors (injuries, bad weather, and unpredictable usage). 

A host of key players have already missed their games, and more have been ruled “doubtful” or “out” for Sunday (Rhamondre Stevenson Isiah Pacheco, Brian Robinson Jr., Christian Watson, C.J. Stroud). Even more worrisome for fantasy owners is all the key “questionable” players (Geno Smith, AJ Dillon, De’Von Achane, Aaron Jones, Chris Olave, Tyreek Hill, DJ Moore, Hollywood Brown, Chris Godwin, Nico Collins, Noah Brown, Brandin Cooks, Darren Waller), who will cause plenty of headaches throughout the day. 

Fortunately, we’ll be here to help all morning, reacting to injury news, monitoring the active/inactive lists for any surprises, watching the weather, and providing start ’em, sit ’em advice based on all the latest developments. 

Fantasy football live news for NFL Week 15

Live updates will begin at 9 a.m. ET.

Injury updates for NFL Week 15

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Saturday night that Tyreek Hill (ankle) will be a game-time decision, with the receiver getting the final call on his availability. If he can’t go, look for Cedrick Wilson and Braxton Berrios to see bumps in targets, but neither would be worth using in fantasy leagues. Tua Tagovailoa‘s value would also take a serious hit, relegating him to low-tier starter status, at best, in 12-team leagues.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported late Saturday night that Aaron Jones (knee) is expected to play against Tampa. With AJ Dillon (thumb) iffy to play, Jones could return to a big workload, making him a low-end RB2/high-end flex in PPR leagues.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported late Saturday night that Chris Godwin (knee) is expected to play against Green Bay. He’s best suited as a flex in 12-team leagues at this point, but the upside is there for more.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported late Saturday night that Nico Collins (calf) is not expected to play against Tennesse. However, Noah Brown (knee) is expected to play. Brown, Robert Woods, and John Metchie III will split targets in a favorable matchup against Tennessee, but with Case Keenum starting for an injured C.J. Stroud (concussion), it’s tough to count on any to produce with your season on the line. Brown has the highest ceiling based on what we’ve seen from these receivers this season.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported late Saturday night that DJ Moore (knee) is expected to play against Cleveland. Despite the tough matchup and potentially wet and windy conditions, Moore is still a must-start in all but the shallowest leagues.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported late Saturday night that Darren Waller (hamstring) is expected to play against New Orleans. He’s unlikely to play a full complement of snaps, making him tough to trust with your season on the line, but it is a favorable matchup. Consider Waller a boom-or-bust option in 12-team leagues.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported late Saturday night that Chris Olave (ankle) will test his ankle in pre-game warmups to determine whether he can play against the Giants. If Olave is out, look for Rashid Shaheed to be the biggest beneficiary, making him WR3/flex in 12-team leagues. 

WEEK 15 INJURY UPDATES: RBs | WRs/TEs | Geno

Weather updates for NFL Week 15

For a full breakdown of all of the Week 15 weather worries, click here

Heavy rain and wind are going to affect several games, with Falcons-Panthers possibly getting the worst of both. Bears-Browns will also see steady rain all game, but winds aren’t expected to be quite as bad (gusts to around 20 mph instead of 25). Cowboys-Bills will also play wet thanks to steady rain, but the rain likely won’t be as heavy. Jets-Dolphins, Chiefs-Patriots, and Ravens-Jaguars will all see winds in the 15-25-mph range, while Texans-Titans and Eagles-Seahawks could both see a little rain. 

It’s tough to trust the kickers and many of the pass-catchers in Falcons-Panthers or Bears-Browns, but all the key players from the other games should remain in lineups unless the forecasts worsen.

Who should I start in fantasy football today?

Advice based on 12-team, half-point PPR leagues

The recommendations below are from Vinnie Iyer’s Week 15 start ’em, sit ’em column.

Must-starts

QB: Jalen Hurts, Eagles (at SEA), Dak Prescott, Cowboys (at BUF), Josh Allen, Bills (vs. DAL), Lamar Jackson, Ravens (at JAX), Brock Purdy, 49ers (at ARI), Justin Fields, Bears (at CLE)

RB: Christian McCaffrey, 49ers (at ARI), Alvin Kamara, Saints (vs. NYG), Bijan Robinson, Falcons (at CAR), Austin Ekeler, Chargers (at LV), Rachaad White, Buccaneers (at GB), Jahmyr Gibbs, Lions (vs. DEN), David Montgomery, Lions (vs. DEN), Raheem Mostert, Dolphins (vs. NYJ), Kyren Williams, Rams (vs. WAS), Zack Moss, Colts (vs. PIT), Saquon Barkley, Giants (vs. GB), Joe Mixon, Bengals (vs. MIN), Travis Etienne, Jaguars (vs. BAL), Derrick Henry, Titans (vs. HOU), Breece Hall, Jets (at MIA), Tony Pollard, Cowboys (at BUF), Ezekiel Elliott, Patriots (vs. KC), James Cook, Bills (vs. DAL), Javonte Williams, Broncos (at DET)

WR: CeeDee Lamb, Cowboys (at BUF), Deebo Samuel, 49ers (at ARI), Tyreek Hill, Dolphins (vs. NYJ), DK Metcalf, Seahawks (vs. PHI), Ja’Marr Chase, Bengals (vs. MIN), Cooper Kupp, Rams (vs. WAS), Puka Nacua, Rams (vs. WAS), Brandon Aiyuk, 49ers (at ARI), Chris Olave, Saints (vs. NYG), Amon-Ra St. Brown, Lions (vs. DEN), Courtland Sutton, Broncos (at DET), A.J. Brown, Eagles (at SEA), DeVonta Smith, Eagles (at SEA), Justin Jefferson, Vikings (at CIN), Stefon Diggs, Bills (vs. DAL), DJ Moore, Bears (at CHI), Mike Evans, Buccaneers (at GB), Davante Adams, Raiders (vs. LAC), Garrett Wilson, Jets (at MIA), Keenan Allen, Chargers (at LV), Jaylen Waddle, Dolphins (vs. NYJ), Tyler Lockett, Seahawks (vs. PHI), Michael Pittman Jr., Colts (vs. PIT), Zay Flowers, Ravens (at JAX), Calvin Ridley, Jaguars (vs. BAL), Tee Higgins, Bengals (vs. MIN), Amari Cooper, Browns (vs. JAX), DeAndre Hopkins, Titans (vs. HOU), Rashee Rice, Chiefs (at NE), Terry McLaurin, Commanders (at LAR)

TE: T.J. Hockenson, Vikings (at CIN), Sam LaPorta, Lions (vs. DEN), Travis Kelce, Chiefs (at NE), George Kittle, 49ers (at ARI), Jake Ferguson, Cowboys (at BUF), Trey McBride, Cardinals (vs. SF), Dallas Goedert, Eagles (at SEA), David Njoku, Browns (vs. CHI), Evan Engram, Jaguars (vs. BAL)

D/ST: Dolphins (vs. NYJ), Browns (vs. CHI), Chiefs (at NE), 49ers (at ARI), Saints (vs. NYG), Cowboys (at BUF), Falcons (at CAR)

Smart sits

QB: Tua Tagovailoa (vs. NYJ), Baker Mayfield (at GB), Kyler Murray (vs. 49ers), Joe Flaco (vs. CHI)

RB: Kenneth Walker III (vs. PHI), James Conner (vs. SF), D’Onta Foreman (at CLE), Devin Singletary (at TEN), Gus Edwards (at JAX)

WR: Drake London (at CAR), Chris Godwin (at GB), Gabe Davis (vs. DAL), Zay Jones (vs. BAL) 

TE: Kyle Pitts (at CAR), Cole Kmet (at CLE), Hunter Henry (vs. KC)

D/ST: Ravens (at JAX), Eagles (at SEA), Packers (vs. TB), Jets (at MIA)

Read more coverage from Sporting News’ team of fantasy football experts, including Week 15 rankings for PPR and standard formats, sleepers, busts, DFS picks, and other projections below.

WEEK 15 FANTASY ADVICE: Sleepers | Busts

WEEK 15 DFS: DK lineup | FD lineup | Best values | Best stacks

WEEK 15 TOOLS: RotoBaller “Who To Start?” tool | Draft Sharks’ Week 15 projections

Fantasy football rankings Week 15

Below are Sporting News’ updated fantasy football rankings for Week 15. Rankings based on full-point PPR scoring.

Quarterback

Rank    Player
1    Josh Allen, Bills vs. Cowboys
2    Jalen Hurts, Eagles @ Seahawks
3    Dak Prescott, Cowboys @ Bills
4    Lamar Jackson, Ravens @ Jaguars
5    Brock Purdy, 49ers @ Cardinals
6    Matthew Stafford, Rams vs. Commanders
7    Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs @ Patriots
8    Jordan Love, Packers vs. Buccaneers
9    Jared Goff, Lions vs. Broncos
10    Sam Howell, Commanders @ Rams

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Running back

Rank    Player
1    Christian McCaffrey, 49ers @ Cardinals
2    De’Von Achane, Dolphins vs. Jets
3    Raheem Mostert, Dolphins vs. Jets
4    Breece Hall, Jets @ Dolphins
5    Travis Etienne, Jaguars vs. Ravens
6    Alvin Kamara, Saints vs. Giants
7    Jahmyr Gibbs, Lions vs. Broncos
8    David Montgomery, Lions vs. Broncos
9    Bijan Robinson, Falcons @ Panthers
10    Saquon Barkley, Giants @ Saints
11    Austin Ekeler, Chargers @ Raiders
12    Rachaad White, Buccaneers @ Packers
13    Tony Pollard, Cowboys @ Bills
14    Derrick Henry, Titans vs. Texans
15    Kyren Williams, Rams vs. Commanders
16    Jaylen Warren, Steelers @ Colts
17    Joe Mixon, Bengals vs. Vikings
18    Javonte Williams, Broncos @ Lions
19    Ezekiel Elliott, Patriots vs. Chiefs
20    D’Andre Swift, Eagles @ Seahawks

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Wide receiver

Rank    Player
1    Tyreek Hill, Dolphins vs. Jets
2    CeeDee Lamb, Cowboys @ Bills
3    Cooper Kupp, Rams vs. Commanders
4    Justin Jefferson, Vikings @ Bengals
5    A.J. Brown, Eagles @ Seahawks
6    Amon-Ra St. Brown, Lions vs. Broncos
7    Deebo Samuel, 49ers @ Cardinals
8    Davante Adams, Raiders vs. Chargers
9    Michael Pittman Jr., Colts vs. Steelers
10    Brandon Aiyuk, 49ers @ Cardinals
11    DJ Moore, Bears @ Browns
12    Mike Evans, Buccaneers @ Packers
13    Stefon Diggs, Bills vs. Cowboys
14    Puka Nacua, Rams vs. Commanders
15    Ja’Marr Chase, Bengals vs. Vikings
16    DK Metcalf, Seahawks vs. Eagles
17    Chris Olave, Saints vs. Giants
18    Noah Brown, Texans @ Titans
19    Garrett Wilson, Jets @ Dolphins
20    Jaylen Waddle, Dolphins vs. Jets
21    DeVonta Smith, Eagles @ Seahawks
22    Zay Flowers, Ravens @ Jaguars
23    Rashee Rice, Chiefs @ Patriots
24    DeAndre Hopkins, Titans vs. Texans
25    Drake London, Falcons @ Panthers

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Tight end

Rank    Player
1    T.J. Hockenson, Vikings @ Bengals
2    Sam LaPorta, Lions vs. Broncos
3    Travis Kelce, Chiefs @ Patriots
4    David Njoku, Browns vs. Bears
5    George Kittle, 49ers @ Cardinals
6    Trey McBride, Cardinals vs. 49ers
7    Isaiah Likely, Ravens @ Jaguars
8    Dalton Kincaid, Bills vs. Cowboys
9    Taysom Hill, Saints vs. Giants
10    Evan Engram, Jaguars vs. Ravens

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Defense/Special teams

Rank    Player
1    Kansas City Chiefs @ Patriots
2    New Orleans Saints vs. vs. Giants
3    San Francisco 49ers @ Cardinals
4    Cleveland Browns vs. Bears
5    Miami Dolphins @ Jets
6    Indianapolis Colts vs. Steelers
7    Atlanta Falcons @ Panthers
8    Los Angeles Rams vs. Commanders
9    Dallas Cowboys @ Bills
10    Pittsburgh Steelers @ Colts

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WEEK 15 STANDARD RANKINGS:
RBs | WRs | TEs | Kickers

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