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Week 15 Top Fantasy Performers

Showcasing the best in football during the most pivotal week in fantasy to date.

Fantasy football is a funny thing and sometimes you just have to laugh if you want to keep your sanity. Case in point comes from a personal experience this season. My fantasy team in a 'big money' league had a ton of promise before the season started but thanks to a combination of under-performance and injuries, I ended up out of the playoff picture and into the consolation bracket.

Now, as I am out of the top portion of potential earnings, does my team finally start showing the promise I thought it had. In fact, depending on next week, I could win the consolation bracket and end up breaking even on the season financially.

The point is that even though I would be easily crushing the top opposition my league could muster, I'm instead in a position to only finish seventh. That's fantasy football in a nutshell and that's why you just got to laugh it off and get ready for next season.

Here are your top performers for week 15.

Quarterback

Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks: 14 of 23 for 205 yards 1 TD. 9 rushes 92 yards 3 TDs (41 points)

Russell Wilson might not leapfrog Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III into the rookie of the year talk but the Seattle Seahawks have got to be happy with his performance so far this year. Coming off of a cold first quarter of the season, Wilson has erupted as of late for a 11-1 touchdown to interception ratio over the past seven games, and that's not including the three ground scores he had this past Sunday. While he hasn't been impressive on the passing yards front, his overall performance rates him as a solid starter in all fantasy football formats.

 

Running Back

Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings: 24 rushes, 212 yards 1 TD. (27 points)

I think it's about time to permanately place Peterson's name as the top running back of the season. Averaging 164.1 yards a game over his last eight, Peterson remains in the hunt for Eric Dickerson's single season rushing record of 2,105 yards. With two games remaining, he needs 'just' 293 yards which considering his average pointed out earlier, is entirely obtainable.

 

Wide Receiver

James Jones, Greed Bay packers: 5 receptions 60 yards 3 TDs (24 points)

Once again benefiting from the absence of injured Packers wideout Jordy Nelson, Jones put up another productive day. Jones scorched the injury riddled Bears secondary for three touchdowns, putting him at 12 for the year and at the top of the touchdown list among wideouts. With Tennessee on tap next week, Jones should continue to thrive and put up numbers.

 

Tight End

Dennis Pitta, Baltimore Ravens: 7 receptions 125 yards 2 TDs (24 points)

Pitta put in a solid performance against a stout Broncos defense thanks primarily to the game being a blowout. The thing is however that whether the points are scored when the game is close or in garbage time, they still count. With back to back solid games, Pitta should be considered a solid start for the Ravens week 16 start against the Giants.

 

Kicker

Blair Walsh, Minnesota Vikings: 5 for 5 with 3 xp. (18 points)

Walsh took full advantage of a Minnesota team looking to get Adrian Peterson ever closer to the season rushing record. In playing a less than stellar Rams team, Walsh had many opportunities to show his stuff; and he did. Going forward, consider Walsh a solid start as the Vikings running game has them frequently withing field goal range.

 

Rookie Watch

Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins, RB: 27 rushes, 87 yards 2 TDs (20 points)

Alongside rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III, Alfred Morris has been the offensive presence that has turned around this Redskins franchise. He has set the franchise's record for rookie rushing touchdowns with nine and has routinely been one of the best runners in the league this season. He is a must start against Philadelphia next week.

James LeBeau is a sports contributor for CraveOnline Sports. You can follow him on Twitter @JleBeau76 or subscribe on Facebook.com/CraveOnlineSports.

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