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Fantasy football Player Projections: Breaking down Week 15

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LeSean McCoy tore up the Lions in the snow, so expect a big game in the comfort of the Metrodome.

Most of the usual suspects showed up in the first round of the playoffs last week. If you own LeSean McCoy, Jamaal Charles, Peyton Manning or Josh Gordon, chances are you advanced to Week 15.

Will those same stars help their owners move on to the championship game? Will other stars, such as Calvin Johnson, come up huge in the semifinals? Find out that and more in our Week 15 Projections.

For more insight, check out SI.com's fantasy football early week 15 advice, risers and sliders, waiver wire, weekly roundtable, bold strategies, player rankings and start 'em or sit 'em.

Fantasy Player Projections: Week 15

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Quarterbacks

    1. 1
    2. Peyton Manning
    3. Peyton
      Manning
      QB
    4. PASS YDS368
    5. PASS TD4
    6. INT0
    7. RUSH YDS0
    8. RUSH TD0

    Manning needs 478 yards and five touchdowns to get to 5,000 yards and 50 scores on the season. The yards may be a stretch, but he could get the TDs he needs this week.

    1. 2
    2. Drew Brees
    3. Drew
      Brees
      QB
    4. PASS YDS331
    5. PASS TD4
    6. INT0
    7. RUSH YDS0
    8. RUSH TD0

    Brees threw for 313 yards and four touchdowns against one of the best defenses in the league last week. That's why you never bench him.

    1. 3
    2. Philip Rivers
    3. Philip
      Rivers
      QB
    4. PASS YDS338
    5. PASS TD4
    6. INT1
    7. RUSH YDS0
    8. RUSH TD0

    Rivers is one of the hottest quarterbacks in the league and faces a Denver defense that has allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to passers.

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Running Backs

    1. 1
    2. Jamaal Charles
    3. Jamaal
      Charles
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS134
    5. RUSH TD2
    6. REC YDS58
    7. REC TD0

    Charles continued his MVP-caliber season, running for 151 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries last week.

    1. 2
    2. LeSean McCoy
    3. LeSean
      McCoy
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS137
    5. RUSH TD1
    6. REC YDS32
    7. REC TD1

    McCoy carved up the Lions for 217 yards and two touchdowns last week. The Vikings have allowed the sixth-most fantasy points to running backs.

    1. 3
    2. Matt Forte
    3. Matt
      Forte
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS93
    5. RUSH TD1
    6. REC YDS49
    7. REC TD1

    Forte had 175 total yards and a score against the Cowboys last week. He's an RB1 every single week.

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Wide Receivers

    1. 1
    2. Demaryius Thomas
    3. Demaryius
      Thomas
      WR
    4. REC YDS133
    5. REC TD2

    The Chargers have been torched by receivers. Thomas should have another big day.

    1. 2
    2. Calvin Johnson
    3. Calvin
      Johnson
      WR
    4. REC YDS130
    5. REC TD2

    If you managed to survive the first week of the playoffs with a no-show from Johnson, get ready for him to make up for it this week.

    1. 3
    2. DeSean Jackson
    3. DeSean
      Jackson
      WR
    4. REC YDS110
    5. REC TD2

    Jackson should be one of the top scorers at the position going up against a Minnesota defense that has allowed the fifth-most fantasy points to receivers.

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Tight Ends

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Kickers

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Defenses

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