Our Week 15 start ’em features regular fantasy starters, as well as lesser-known players, who are likely to exceed expectations based on a favorable matchup. For your final lineup decisions, check out our Week 15 player rankings and if you have any fantasy football questions, feel free to post them in our Fantasy Football Forum.

Quarterbacks

Philip Rivers SD VS DEN

While Rivers had a subpar performance last week against the Patriots, this week’s matchup is too good to pass up. This is a critical must-win division game for San Diego to stay ahead of the Ravens in the wild-card hunt. The Broncos possess a leaky secondary that Rivers can exploit and Rivers had had some of his best and clutch performances against Denver. Start him with confidence.

Peyton Manning DEN @ SD

Peyton makes the list this week for all those skeptical that he’ll pull another clunker like he did against the Bills last week. Truth be told, he scored the least amount of points of any player in my big money league for my squad, but that’s nothing to hang your head about. He’s still by far the most consistent and best there is under center right now. This is a big division matchup and he should have Julius Thomas, his favorite red zone target back in action. I expect a huge bounce back from him.

Running Backs

Justin Forsett BAL VS JAX

Start your Baltimore Ravens! Forsett is a Running Back #1 this week for fantasy football owners. Jacksonville is an improved team from the beginning of the year, but let’s kid ourselves they are still a JV squad compared to most teams. Baltimore is a run-first team and Kubiak will pound Forsett against the Jags. I love Forsett to see over 20 carries and convert at least one or two touchdowns.

Chris Johnson NYJ @ TEN

While Chris Johnson is a shadow of his 2,000 rushing yard campaign from his Titans days, he has a ton of appeal going up against his old teammates. Tennessee allowed the Giants to gash them by their second tier running back and their run defense has let them down all season. If there is one time to play Johnson it’s now. He has a ton of flex appeal and even borderline Running Back #2 potential.

Wide Receivers

Jordy Nelson GB @ BUF

This Sports Illustrated cover boy is obviously a must start. Farm boy as he’s known by his teammates is making me a huge believer and even in a tough matchup there is no way you can bench him. He put it all on display on Monday Night against the Falcons and I anticipate there is no slowing him or this Packers offense. Nelson is by far the creme de la creme for wide receiver options down the stretch.

Kenny Stills NO @ CHI

While the Saints had an absolutely atrocious performance against the Panthers last weekend, they still are in the thick of the dog fight in the NFC South. The Bears are mired in a lost season and are a shadow of the Lovie Smith coached teams that preached defense first. With Cooks cooked for the year on IR and Colston dropping off the map, Stills is the deep threat that Brees looks to most consistently. Brees was a dud in Week 14, expect a Peyton Manning like bounce back in Week 15 and Stills to be the main beneficiary.

Tight Ends

Jordan Cameron CLE VS CIN

OK, finally Cameron is cleared from his concussion protocols and is a “GO” for the Browns. He was the leading receiver for the Browns last week vs. Indianapolis. This week it’s a division foe and Manziel under center for his first career start. As rookie quarterbacks that are prone to run, he will need Cameron to be active in the passing game when he is running for his life. Cameron has low-end Tight End #1 appeal to fantasy football owners this week. He should be started in most leagues.

Julius Thomas DEN @ SD

The Juice is loose from his ankle injury that set him back a few weeks. Just in time for owners as fantasy football championships are at stake. Manning to Julius has been a prominent theme in the red zone and San Diego, despite being a top 10 defense against tight ends, will be exposed. As a trusted Manning target and with huge playoff implications and seeding for the Broncos it’s time for owners to re-insert a healthy Julius Thomas into their lineups.

Defense

Saint Louis Rams STL VS AZ

The Rams over their last 2 games have allowed zero points. That is pretty much unheard of in the NFL. Albeit against two of the worst going teams right now in Washington and Oakland. Arizona enters Thursday night’s matchup with Stanton still at the helm and barely hanging on to the NFC West lead. Stanton makes mistakes and St. Louis is pretty darn good at home. They are on a defensive hot streak and you’ve got to ride the wave if you are a fantasy owner. Saint Louis Rams are going to make Arizona’s offense feel the desert heat at home, start ’em!