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Published: Nov. 13, 2014 at 05:42 p.m.
Updated: Nov. 15, 2014 at 08:43 p.m.

Top 25 ranked fantasy players: Week 11

In need of some quick fantasy advice? Look no further! Below are the top 25 ranked fantasy players per our esteemed panel of experts. The higher the player, the safer the start according to our experts. Not many of these names will surprise you, but it's a great way to get a quick sense of how well our experts collectively think each player will perform. You can view the full rankings HERE to help get your starting lineup set in stone prior to the kickoff of this weekend's games.

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  • <p>Graham is the highest scoring tight end in fantasy over the last two weeks with three touchdowns and 159 yards. There's no reason his production should slow down against a Bengals defense that's allowing the seventh most fantasy points to tight ends this season. Plus, Jimmy Graham is awesome.</p> 25

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    Jimmy Graham, TE, New Orleans Saints

    Graham is the highest scoring tight end in fantasy over the last two weeks with three touchdowns and 159 yards. There's no reason his production should slow down against a Bengals defense that's allowing the seventh most fantasy points to tight ends this season. Plus, Jimmy Graham is awesome.

  • <p>Rodgers diced up the Bears last week, throwing six touchdown passes in the first half! He's thrown 26 touchdowns and zero interceptions in his last 10 regular season home games, and with the suspect Eagles secondary coming to town it's no wonder he's the top-ranked passer for Week 11.</p> 24

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    Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers

    Rodgers diced up the Bears last week, throwing six touchdown passes in the first half! He's thrown 26 touchdowns and zero interceptions in his last 10 regular season home games, and with the suspect Eagles secondary coming to town it's no wonder he's the top-ranked passer for Week 11.

  • <p>Forte had been the engine driving the Bears offense for several weeks, so it was no surprise to see their offense come grinding to a halt when the Packers slowed Forte down last week. Forte could have an easier time getting going against the Vikings this week.</p> 23

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    Matt Forte, RB, Chicago Bears

    Forte had been the engine driving the Bears offense for several weeks, so it was no surprise to see their offense come grinding to a halt when the Packers slowed Forte down last week. Forte could have an easier time getting going against the Vikings this week.

  • <p>Hey guess what? Andrew Luck is really good at football, and even better when it comes to fantasy football. All he has to do is suit up and he'll be one of the top-ranked fantasy players each and every week.</p> 22

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    Andrew Luck, QB, Indianapolis Colts

    Hey guess what? Andrew Luck is really good at football, and even better when it comes to fantasy football. All he has to do is suit up and he'll be one of the top-ranked fantasy players each and every week.

  • <p>The Tom Brady-Gronkowski connection appears stronger than ever this year, and the two will both be healthier and more prepared coming out of their bye week. Over the last two games Brady has completed 18 of his 19 passes to Gronkowski for 254 yards and four touchdowns.</p> 21

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    Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots

    The Tom Brady-Gronkowski connection appears stronger than ever this year, and the two will both be healthier and more prepared coming out of their bye week. Over the last two games Brady has completed 18 of his 19 passes to Gronkowski for 254 yards and four touchdowns.

  • <p>For a second there last week, it almost looked as if Manning might have been having an off game when he threw two early interceptions. But then he went all Peyton Manning on the Raiders and finished the day with five touchdown passes and 340 yards. </p> 20

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    Peyton Manning, QB, Denver Broncos

    For a second there last week, it almost looked as if Manning might have been having an off game when he threw two early interceptions. But then he went all Peyton Manning on the Raiders and finished the day with five touchdown passes and 340 yards.

  • <p>Last week against the Bears, Nelson caught two touchdown passes of 40-yards or over. On the season, the Packers have the second-most 40-plus yard pass plays, and their Week 11 oppponent, the Eagles, are allowing the second-most 40-plus yard pass plays. You do the math.</p> 19

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    Jordy Nelson, WR, Green Bay Packers

    Last week against the Bears, Nelson caught two touchdown passes of 40-yards or over. On the season, the Packers have the second-most 40-plus yard pass plays, and their Week 11 oppponent, the Eagles, are allowing the second-most 40-plus yard pass plays. You do the math.

  • <p>After back-to-back average (or less than average) weeks, I'm surprised to see Bell ranked so highly this week. I think that's partly due to the fact that a) DeMarco Murray is on a bye week, b) none of the other running backs have great matchups and c) Bell plays the Titans.</p> 18

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    Le'Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers

    After back-to-back average (or less than average) weeks, I'm surprised to see Bell ranked so highly this week. I think that's partly due to the fact that a) DeMarco Murray is on a bye week, b) none of the other running backs have great matchups and c) Bell plays the Titans.

  • <p>After three pedestrian outings, Thomas bounced-back with a big game, catching six passes for 63 yards and two touchdowns. He and Gronk are tied for the most fantasy points among tight ends with 114.30. </p> 17

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    Julius Thomas, TE, Denver Broncos

    After three pedestrian outings, Thomas bounced-back with a big game, catching six passes for 63 yards and two touchdowns. He and Gronk are tied for the most fantasy points among tight ends with 114.30.

  • <p>Brown had his worst fantasy outing of the season last week, mostly due to his two lost fumbles. Brown also had his lowest receiving total of the year, but that was still a solid 74 yards. He should be able to take advantage of the Tennessee secondary on Monday night.</p> 16

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    Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers

    Brown had his worst fantasy outing of the season last week, mostly due to his two lost fumbles. Brown also had his lowest receiving total of the year, but that was still a solid 74 yards. He should be able to take advantage of the Tennessee secondary on Monday night.

  • Hilton has been the main beneficiary of Andrew Luck's ridiculous season with four 100-yard games (one was a 200-yarder) this season and touchdowns in three of his last four. Now that the touchdowns have started flowing for Hilton, there aren't many better options for WR1 production down the stretch including this week. 15

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    T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts

    Hilton has been the main beneficiary of Andrew Luck's ridiculous season with four 100-yard games (one was a 200-yarder) this season and touchdowns in three of his last four. Now that the touchdowns have started flowing for Hilton, there aren't many better options for WR1 production down the stretch including this week.

  • <p>I don't know about you, but all feels right in the world now that Megatron is back catching ridiculous passes from Matthew Stafford (or maybe that's just because I have him on my main fantasy team). He should be a force once again, even against the tough Cardinals defense.</p> 14

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    Calvin Johnson, WR, Detroit Lions

    I don't know about you, but all feels right in the world now that Megatron is back catching ridiculous passes from Matthew Stafford (or maybe that's just because I have him on my main fantasy team). He should be a force once again, even against the tough Cardinals defense.

  • <p>Only two wide receivers have scored more fantasy points than Demaryius Thomas over the last four weeks -- Martavis Bryant and Emmanuel Sanders. Yet both have needed six touchdowns to do that, whereas Thomas has done his dirty work in the yardage department. The touchdowns will come, and when they do Thomas' fantasy output will rise that much more.</p> 13

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    Demaryius Thomas, WR, Denver Broncos

    Only two wide receivers have scored more fantasy points than Demaryius Thomas over the last four weeks -- Martavis Bryant and Emmanuel Sanders. Yet both have needed six touchdowns to do that, whereas Thomas has done his dirty work in the yardage department. The touchdowns will come, and when they do Thomas' fantasy output will rise that much more.

  • <p>Ingram is the first Saints back since Duece McCalister in 2003 to rush for over 100 yards in three straight games. His Week 11 opponent, the Bengals, have allowed the most fantasy points to running backs over the last four weeks, including seven rushing touchdowns (also the most in the league during that span).</p> 12

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    Mark Ingram, RB, New Orleans Saints

    Ingram is the first Saints back since Duece McCalister in 2003 to rush for over 100 yards in three straight games. His Week 11 opponent, the Bengals, have allowed the most fantasy points to running backs over the last four weeks, including seven rushing touchdowns (also the most in the league during that span).

  • <p>Through the first four games of the season, Brady was averaging 9.31 fantasy points per game. Since? 27.21 fantasy points per game. The Indianapolis secondary has been great this year, but was torched by Ben Roethlisberger a few weeks ago. This matchup could turn into a shootout with Brady and Luck racking up fantasy points.</p> 11

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    Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots

    Through the first four games of the season, Brady was averaging 9.31 fantasy points per game. Since? 27.21 fantasy points per game. The Indianapolis secondary has been great this year, but was torched by Ben Roethlisberger a few weeks ago. This matchup could turn into a shootout with Brady and Luck racking up fantasy points.

  • <p>Charles has scored a rushing touchdown in four straight games, the longest active streak in the NFL. With the Seattle Seahawks rolling into Arrowhead Stadium, the Chiefs will likely lean on their workhorse back to carry them to victory, as they're 5-0 this season when Charles scores a rushing touchdown.</p> 10

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    Jamaal Charles, RB, Kansas City Chiefs

    Charles has scored a rushing touchdown in four straight games, the longest active streak in the NFL. With the Seattle Seahawks rolling into Arrowhead Stadium, the Chiefs will likely lean on their workhorse back to carry them to victory, as they're 5-0 this season when Charles scores a rushing touchdown.

  • <p>It's been a fun year watching my offseason man-crush in Dwayne Allen blossom into a bonafide fantasy stud. He has a solid matchup this weekend against the Patriots and could see plenty of looks if the Colts get into the red zone.</p> 9

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    Dwayne Allen, TE, Indianapolis Colts

    It's been a fun year watching my offseason man-crush in Dwayne Allen blossom into a bonafide fantasy stud. He has a solid matchup this weekend against the Patriots and could see plenty of looks if the Colts get into the red zone.

  • <p>Gates has been a revelation this season for the Chargers, considering many thought this would be the season of Ladarius Green. All Gates has done is catch nine touchdown passes so far, the most he's had in a season since 2010 (10) and he still has seven more games to go.</p> 8

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    Antonio Gates, TE, San Diego Chargers

    Gates has been a revelation this season for the Chargers, considering many thought this would be the season of Ladarius Green. All Gates has done is catch nine touchdown passes so far, the most he's had in a season since 2010 (10) and he still has seven more games to go.

  • <p>Brees gets to face the Bengals at home this weekend, where (as I'm sure you're aware) he's particularly dominant. Since 2013, Brees averages 341.8 yards per game and has a 37-to-8 TD-INT ratio when playing in the Superdome.</p> 7

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    Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints

    Brees gets to face the Bengals at home this weekend, where (as I'm sure you're aware) he's particularly dominant. Since 2013, Brees averages 341.8 yards per game and has a 37-to-8 TD-INT ratio when playing in the Superdome.

  • <p>Olsen had slowed down in recent weeks, so it was good to see him get back on track last week with 119 receiving yards. He hasn't found the end zone in four straight games, but that could change this week in an important divisional clash with the Atlanta Falcons.</p> 6

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    Greg Olsen, TE, Carolina Panthers

    Olsen had slowed down in recent weeks, so it was good to see him get back on track last week with 119 receiving yards. He hasn't found the end zone in four straight games, but that could change this week in an important divisional clash with the Atlanta Falcons.

  • <p>So how can Lynch, who destroyed the Giants last week with four touchdowns and 140 rushing yards, be ranked so low? That's what happens when you travel to Kansas City and play the Chiefs in Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs have the NFL's second-best scoring defense (16.8 ppg) thanks in part to the fact that they've yet to allow a rushing touchdown -- on the entire season.</p> 5

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    Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seattle Seahawks

    So how can Lynch, who destroyed the Giants last week with four touchdowns and 140 rushing yards, be ranked so low? That's what happens when you travel to Kansas City and play the Chiefs in Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs have the NFL's second-best scoring defense (16.8 ppg) thanks in part to the fact that they've yet to allow a rushing touchdown -- on the entire season.

  • <p>Green was held to the second-lowest receiving yardage total of his career (23 yards) in Week 10. Something tells me that won't be the case this week in a crucial game on the road against the Saints.</p> 4

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    A.J. Green, WR, Cincinnati Bengals

    Green was held to the second-lowest receiving yardage total of his career (23 yards) in Week 10. Something tells me that won't be the case this week in a crucial game on the road against the Saints.

  • <p>Well, the good news was that Shady finally found the end zone last week (his first trip since Week 2). The bad news was that he ammassed a mere 19 rushing yards on 13 carries. The Packers have been gashed by the run this season, so Shady has an opportunity to rebound in Week 11.</p> 3

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    LeSean McCoy, RB, Philadelphia Eagles

    Well, the good news was that Shady finally found the end zone last week (his first trip since Week 2). The bad news was that he ammassed a mere 19 rushing yards on 13 carries. The Packers have been gashed by the run this season, so Shady has an opportunity to rebound in Week 11.

  • <p>Cobb plays for one of the most potent offensive attacks in the NFL, and is that team's most potent scoring threat. Rodgers has been looking for Cobb more in the red zone (because of his quickness) and it has paid off, as Cobb has the second-most touchdowns in the NFL (10).</p> 2

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    Randall Cobb, WR, Green Bay Packers

    Cobb plays for one of the most potent offensive attacks in the NFL, and is that team's most potent scoring threat. Rodgers has been looking for Cobb more in the red zone (because of his quickness) and it has paid off, as Cobb has the second-most touchdowns in the NFL (10).

  • <p>Rivers went into his bye week struggling, but gets to come out of it at home against a Raiders defense that is the only team with fewer than 10 sacks (eight) on the season. They've also only notched five picks in nine games, so expect Rivers to be rolling on Sunday.</p> 1

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    Philip Rivers, QB, San Diego Chargers

    Rivers went into his bye week struggling, but gets to come out of it at home against a Raiders defense that is the only team with fewer than 10 sacks (eight) on the season. They've also only notched five picks in nine games, so expect Rivers to be rolling on Sunday.