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Fantasy football playoffs: Jackson, Brady top Week 15 quarterback rankings

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson is my top fantasy football option for Week 15. File Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI
1 of 3 | Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson is my top fantasy football option for Week 15. File Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI | License Photo

Dec. 16 (UPI) -- Reigning NFL MVP Lamar Jackson and six-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady top my quarterback rankings for the semifinal round of the 2020 fantasy football playoffs.

Aaron Rodgers, Josh Allen and Patrick Mahomes round out my Top 5 options for Week 15. Ryan Tannehill, Kyler Murray, Ben Roethlisberger, Jared Goff and Russell Wilson also land in my Top 10.

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I also would consider starting Drew Lock this week -- but only if you are extremely desperate at the position and in a league with at least 14 teams.

Monitor the status for each of your players' games this week as the coronavirus pandemic continues to impact the NFL schedule and player availability. This week's schedule also features games on Thursday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, so remember to check your lineup for player updates.

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Check out my article on the players with the easiest and hardest playoff schedules for an idea of who to start -- and who to avoid -- this postseason.

Here are some of my favorite players in this week's rankings:

TOP SHELF

Lamar Jackson has finally regained his MVP form and it comes just in time for the fantasy football playoffs. The Baltimore Ravens quarterback ran for a season-high 124 yards and two scores on nine carries in Week 14. He also threw a passing touchdown in the win over the Cleveland Browns.

Jackson has a great shot of similar -- or even better -- production in Week 15 when the Ravens face the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jaguars are tied for allowing the most passing touchdowns to quarterbacks and have allowed the third-most fantasy points per game to the position.

I expect at least 100 rushing yards and a score and two touchdown passes from Jackson in this matchup. He is my top quarterback for Week 15.

Tom Brady has thrown at least two touchdown passes in each of his last four games. He has also thrown multiple touchdown passes in seven of his last eight appearances. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback has had some issues with turnovers lately, but he should remain in your lineup for the semifinals.

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I expect Brady to throw at least three touchdown passes in Week 15 when the Buccaneers face the Atlanta Falcons.

The Falcons have allowed the most fantasy points per game to quarterbacks in 2020. Brady is my No. 2 option and should help lift your team to a championship appearance.

SNEAKY PLAYS

Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff lands at No. 9 in my rankings. Goff has thrown multiple touchdown passes in just one of his last six appearances, but the Rams own a 5-1 record during that stretch. I still expect the team to lean on its running game this week, but Goff should hit his weapons for a few big plays with play-action passes.

He is a fringe QB1 for Week 15.

LONGSHOTS

Denver Broncos quarterback Drew Lock is in the only-use-if-you're-desperate category, due to his great Week 15 matchup. The Broncos face the Buffalo Bills, who have allowed the eighth-most fantasy points per game to the position.

I expect the Broncos to trail in this matchup and be forced to throw. Lock threw for 280 yards and four touchdowns in Week 14. He also threw two touchdown passes in Week 13.

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He has a good shot to throw at least two touchdown passes and post a high yardage total in the semifinals. He is my No. 14 quarterback play.

Week 15 fantasy football quarterback rankings

1. Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens vs. JAX

2. Tom Brady, Tampa Bay Buccaneers at ATL

3. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers vs. CAR

4. Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills at DEN

5. Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs at NO

6. Ryan Tannehill, Tennessee Titans vs. DET

7. Kyler Murray, Arizona Cardinals vs. PHI

8. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers at CIN

9. Jared Goff, Los Angeles Rams vs. NYJ

10. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks at WAS

11. Mitchell Trubisky, Chicago Bears at MIN

12. Kirk Cousins, Minnesota Vikings vs. CHI

13. Taysom Hill, New Orleans Saints vs. KC

14. Drew Lock, Denver Broncos vs. BUF

15. Jalen Hurts, Philadelphia Eagles at ARI

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16. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons vs. TB

17. Philip Rivers, Indianapolis Colts vs. HOU

18. Baker Mayfield, Cleveland Browns at NYG

19. Teddy Bridgewater, Carolina Panthers at GB

20. Gardner Minshew, Jacksonville Jaguars at BAL

This week in the National Football League

New Orleans Saints' Taysom Hill (C) is sacked by the Philadelphia Eagles' Javon Hargrave (R) at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia on Sunday. The Eagles defeated the Saints 24-21. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License Photo

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