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Fantasy Football: Rising and Falling for Week 15

Here's a look at some players who are trending in the right direction and some that you should probably worry about heading into Week 15.


RISING


Quarterbacks


Jalen Hurts, Eagles: No QB has been more consistent and he continued to make a play for real-life and fantasy MVP. He threw for 217 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for 77 yards and scoring on the ground. He's accounted for at least two TDs in nine straight games.


Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs: Fantasy managers may have been spoiled before nail-biting over his 1-TD passing games in two straight weeks, but he got back to Superman status as he tossed for three in the win over the Broncos.


Jared Goff, Lions: He's going off, and I'm starting to think I've been unfair in my criticism. He may just need pieces to help him out. He threw for 330 yards and three touchdowns in the win over the Vikings. Goff has thrown at least two TD passes in three straight games.


Running backs


Jerick McKinnon, Chiefs: He's heating up as evidenced by his 7-catch, 112-receiving yard performance last weekend. McKinnon has three touchdowns over the last two weeks. He gets to face the Texans next.


Miles Sanders, Eagles: With Hurts playing so great, Sanders has been a bit of an unsung hero for Philly. He's had two 140-yard rushing games in the last three games and has five scores in the last three games.


Christian McCaffrey, 49ers: It's full speed ahead with CMC as the Niners have backfield injuries to contend with. McCaffrey had his first 100-yard rushing game with San Fran in the win over the Bucs. He also caught two passes for 34 yards and a score.


Wide receivers


Justin Jefferson, Vikings: He's been outstanding all year, of course, but he had a season-high 223 receiving yards on 11 receptions. Jefferson takes on the Colts, who are good against wideouts.


Jerry Jeudy, Broncos: I had high expectations for him before the season started, but the entire Broncos team has struggled to be productive. Jeudy should be the top target for backup Brett Rypien after catching eight passes for 73 yards and three scores in Week 14.


Ja'Marr Chase, Bengals: He's had a great return from injury, stacking to great performances together. Chase had 10 catches for 119 yards for a touchdown in the win over the Browns. He faces a struggling Bucs squad next.


FALLING


Quarterbacks


Derek Carr, Raiders: He disappointed in what should have been a decent game against the Rams last weekend. You can't trust him against the Patriots, who have been looking pretty good against the passing game of late.


Mike White, Jets: Well, after coming out of the gates on fire a few weeks ago, White hasn't thrown for a touchdown in two games. He does have a good matchup with the Lions coming up, but they've gotten better.


Tom Brady, Buccaneers: It's been frustrating to see Brady and Mike Evans not connect well on the field. He had one TD and two picks in the loss to the 49ers and has a tough matchup with the Bengals.


Running backs


Jamaal Williams, Lions: He had a touchdown save his week two games ago, but he didn't score last weekend and had just 37 rushing yards in the win over the Vikings. Williams faces the Jets next, which is a tough matchup.


Raheem Mostert, Dolphins: Two straight games of less than 40 yards rushing have him in our falling category. He hasn't played well since coming back from injury and he has to face the Bills next.


Travis Etienne, Jaguars: Ever since Week 9's stellar performance, he's dropped off quite a bit. Despite double-digit rushes in his last two games, he has just 86 rushing yards and no scores in that span. He also went without a catch last weekend.


Wide receivers


Jaylen Waddle, Dolphins: Waddle has had two great years to start his career but has had two bad weeks in a row. He had a goose egg in Week 13 and caught just two passes for 31 yards in the loss to the Chargers.


Amari Cooper, Browns: He hasn't played well with Deshaun Watson at the helm, but he has a good matchup with the Ravens coming up. Cooper hasn't scored in the last two games and has totaled just 82 yards in that span.


CeeDee Lamb, Cowboys: The lead wideout for Dallas had just 33 yards on five receptions in what should have been a better game against the Texans. He should bounce back against the Jags.




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