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Published: Dec. 4, 2014 at 04:30 p.m.
Updated: Dec. 4, 2014 at 05:00 p.m.

Top 25 ranked fantasy players for Week 14

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>As I'm sure you've heard by now, Rodgers has thrown 31 touchdown passes and 360 consecutive pass attempts in Lambeau Field since his last interception. He's facing a weak Atlanta defense to boot, so it's no wonder he's this week's top ranked player.</p> 25

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    Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers

    As I'm sure you've heard by now, Rodgers has thrown 31 touchdown passes and 360 consecutive pass attempts in Lambeau Field since his last interception. He's facing a weak Atlanta defense to boot, so it's no wonder he's this week's top ranked player.

  • <p>Graham was not only held catchless last week, he wasn't even targeted once! Our experts clearly don't see that happening in consecutive weeks, and I'd have to agree with them. Graham has a great bounce-back opportunity against a disastrous Carolina defense.</p> 24

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    Jimmy Graham, TE, New Orleans Saints

    Graham was not only held catchless last week, he wasn't even targeted once! Our experts clearly don't see that happening in consecutive weeks, and I'd have to agree with them. Graham has a great bounce-back opportunity against a disastrous Carolina defense.

  • <p>Gronk leads or is tied for the lead among almost every statistical category for tight ends. He's tied for second in touchdowns (nine) behind Julius Thomas (12). The way Gronk has been playing lately, though, it wouldn't be a surprise to see him take control of that category too.</p> 23

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    Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots

    Gronk leads or is tied for the lead among almost every statistical category for tight ends. He's tied for second in touchdowns (nine) behind Julius Thomas (12). The way Gronk has been playing lately, though, it wouldn't be a surprise to see him take control of that category too.

  • <p>While he's missed some time this season due to injuries, when Foster returns to the field he sure doesn't miss a step. Last week he had 79 rushing yards, 26 receiving yards and one receiving touchdown. He should do more of the same against the Jaguars on Sunday.</p> 22

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    Arian Foster, RB, Houston Texans

    While he's missed some time this season due to injuries, when Foster returns to the field he sure doesn't miss a step. Last week he had 79 rushing yards, 26 receiving yards and one receiving touchdown. He should do more of the same against the Jaguars on Sunday.

  • <p>This week, Brees gets to take on the Carolina Panthers in the comfy confines of the Superdome with his offense clicking. That's bad news for the Panthers, who have allowed 31-plus points in five straight road games.</p> 21

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    Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints

    This week, Brees gets to take on the Carolina Panthers in the comfy confines of the Superdome with his offense clicking. That's bad news for the Panthers, who have allowed 31-plus points in five straight road games.

  • <p>Megatron returned to his mega-productive ways on Thanksgiving Day, catching two touchdowns and absolutely dominating the Chicago secondary. A matchup with Tampa Bay should feature more of the same for Johnson and the Lions.</p> 20

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    Calvin Johnson, WR, Detroit Lions

    Megatron returned to his mega-productive ways on Thanksgiving Day, catching two touchdowns and absolutely dominating the Chicago secondary. A matchup with Tampa Bay should feature more of the same for Johnson and the Lions.

  • <p>Nelson is enjoying a career year, as he and Rodgers have never been more in sync than they are in 2014. Nelson has caught a touchdown pass in every Packers home game this season, and eight of his 12 games overall.</p> 19

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    Jordy Nelson, WR, Green Bay Packers

    Nelson is enjoying a career year, as he and Rodgers have never been more in sync than they are in 2014. Nelson has caught a touchdown pass in every Packers home game this season, and eight of his 12 games overall.

  • <p>The Colts are the NFL's No. 1 scoring offense, total offense and passing offense, and that is all thanks to the magic of Andrew Luck. He's been one of the most reliable and consistent fantasy scorers all season, and that doesn't figure to change even against a solid Browns secondary.</p> 18

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    Andrew Luck, QB, Indianapolis Colts

    The Colts are the NFL's No. 1 scoring offense, total offense and passing offense, and that is all thanks to the magic of Andrew Luck. He's been one of the most reliable and consistent fantasy scorers all season, and that doesn't figure to change even against a solid Browns secondary.

  • <p>While Murray has fallen off of his 2,000-yard pace this season, he's still been outrageously productive. The 'Boys workhorse has rushed for more yards (1,427) than 22 NFL teams. Dallas will know where their bread is buttered and rely on Murray to help keep their playoff dreams alive.</p> 17

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    DeMarco Murray, RB, Dallas Cowboys

    While Murray has fallen off of his 2,000-yard pace this season, he's still been outrageously productive. The 'Boys workhorse has rushed for more yards (1,427) than 22 NFL teams. Dallas will know where their bread is buttered and rely on Murray to help keep their playoff dreams alive.

  • <p>While Thomas has now had back-to-back games with less than 100 receiving yards (after a streak of seven straight 100-plus yard games), he's still been amazingly consistent. He's just the sixth player in NFL history with 1,200-plus receiving yards and 10-plus touchdowns in three straight seasons -- and he still has four games to play in 2014!</p> 16

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    Demaryius Thomas, WR, Denver Broncos

    While Thomas has now had back-to-back games with less than 100 receiving yards (after a streak of seven straight 100-plus yard games), he's still been amazingly consistent. He's just the sixth player in NFL history with 1,200-plus receiving yards and 10-plus touchdowns in three straight seasons -- and he still has four games to play in 2014!

  • <p>Bell has topped 200 scrimmage yards in each of his last two games, and he has a chance to join the great Walter Payton as the only players to top 200 scrimmage yards in three straight games since 1960. He'll have to do it against a tough defense, but the way the Steelers rely on Bell, anything is possible.</p> 15

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    Le'Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers

    Bell has topped 200 scrimmage yards in each of his last two games, and he has a chance to join the great Walter Payton as the only players to top 200 scrimmage yards in three straight games since 1960. He'll have to do it against a tough defense, but the way the Steelers rely on Bell, anything is possible.

  • <p>Thomas has been a touchdown-scoring machine in 2014, but has been slowed the last two weeks with an ankle injury. Early indications are that Thomas should be a full go for Sunday, which is great news for his fantasy owners that are still fighting for a playoff spot, or are looking for their first win.</p> 14

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    Julius Thomas, TE, Denver Broncos

    Thomas has been a touchdown-scoring machine in 2014, but has been slowed the last two weeks with an ankle injury. Early indications are that Thomas should be a full go for Sunday, which is great news for his fantasy owners that are still fighting for a playoff spot, or are looking for their first win.

  • <p>Manning has thrown a touchdown pass in 51 straight games, and while his yardage total was down last week (176 yards, his lowest of the season), that likely won't be the case in Week 14. The Bills boast one of the best run defenses in the NFL, which Manning will use against them as he throws the ball all over the field.</p> 13

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    Peyton Manning, QB, Denver Broncos

    Manning has thrown a touchdown pass in 51 straight games, and while his yardage total was down last week (176 yards, his lowest of the season), that likely won't be the case in Week 14. The Bills boast one of the best run defenses in the NFL, which Manning will use against them as he throws the ball all over the field.

  • <p>Like Nelson, Bryant has caught a touchdown in eight of his 12 games this season. He's the Cowboys most talented offensive weapon and is both Tony Romo's big-play threat and security blanket. Even on "off" weeks Bryant still produces for his fantasy owners, but this doesn't figure to be one of those weeks.</p> 12

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    Dez Bryant, WR, Dallas Cowboys

    Like Nelson, Bryant has caught a touchdown in eight of his 12 games this season. He's the Cowboys most talented offensive weapon and is both Tony Romo's big-play threat and security blanket. Even on "off" weeks Bryant still produces for his fantasy owners, but this doesn't figure to be one of those weeks.

  • <p>Brown is currently on a streak of 28 games with at least five-plus receptions and 50-plus receiving yards, which is an NFL record. If he keeps his current pace up he'll shatter a number of Steelers records. He's a lock to produce every week, which is why he remains so highly ranked week after week.</p> 11

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    Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers

    Brown is currently on a streak of 28 games with at least five-plus receptions and 50-plus receiving yards, which is an NFL record. If he keeps his current pace up he'll shatter a number of Steelers records. He's a lock to produce every week, which is why he remains so highly ranked week after week.

  • <p>Bennett's post-September slumps have been well documented at this website and others, but he's been coming back around lately, including a 109-yard performance on Thanksgiving Day. His matchup against the Cowboys is enticing, which is why he's once again among the top 25 ranked players in fantasy football. </p> 10

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    Martellus Bennett, TE, Chicago Bears

    Bennett's post-September slumps have been well documented at this website and others, but he's been coming back around lately, including a 109-yard performance on Thanksgiving Day. His matchup against the Cowboys is enticing, which is why he's once again among the top 25 ranked players in fantasy football.

  • <p>Few players serve as the motor for their team's offense quite like Forte. Case in point, Forte is the Bears' leading rusher and pass-catcher. He's fourth on the team in receiving yards though. Forte could set a new record for receptions by a running back this season if he keeps his current pace. </p> 9

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    Matt Forte, RB, Chicago Bears

    Few players serve as the motor for their team's offense quite like Forte. Case in point, Forte is the Bears' leading rusher and pass-catcher. He's fourth on the team in receiving yards though. Forte could set a new record for receptions by a running back this season if he keeps his current pace.

  • <p>If Gates catches one more touchdown pass this season, he'll become the first tight end in NFL history to have four seasons with 10-plus touchdown receptions. Gronk can also accomplish this feat with one more touchdown, too, and these tight ends play each other this weekend. Maybe that's only interesting to me, but I felt like sharing anyway!</p> 8

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    Antonio Gates, TE, San Diego Chargers

    If Gates catches one more touchdown pass this season, he'll become the first tight end in NFL history to have four seasons with 10-plus touchdown receptions. Gronk can also accomplish this feat with one more touchdown, too, and these tight ends play each other this weekend. Maybe that's only interesting to me, but I felt like sharing anyway!

  • <p>While he started the season slowly, Brady has thrown 24 touchdowns to just four interceptions over his last eight games, and has thrown multiple touchdown passes in each of those eight games as well. He's been a bit worse on the road this season, but the San Diego secondary is a matchup Brady should be able to exploit with relative ease.</p> 7

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    Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots

    While he started the season slowly, Brady has thrown 24 touchdowns to just four interceptions over his last eight games, and has thrown multiple touchdown passes in each of those eight games as well. He's been a bit worse on the road this season, but the San Diego secondary is a matchup Brady should be able to exploit with relative ease.

  • <p>In the world of meaningless stats, Lacy rushed for 150 yards and one touchdown in his last Monday night game (2013 vs. CHI). Atlanta has allowed 450-plus total yards in five games this season, while the Packers have averaged over 400 yards of total offense at home. Lacy should be in line for a solid game with the potential for a huge day.</p> 6

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    Eddie Lacy, RB, Green Bay Packers

    In the world of meaningless stats, Lacy rushed for 150 yards and one touchdown in his last Monday night game (2013 vs. CHI). Atlanta has allowed 450-plus total yards in five games this season, while the Packers have averaged over 400 yards of total offense at home. Lacy should be in line for a solid game with the potential for a huge day.

  • <p>Lynch is currently fifth in the league in rushing yards (956) but leads the league in rushing touchdowns with nine. He's still the workhorse back for the 'Hawks, but has shared the load more lately with Russell Wilson and Robert Turbin as he has been battling a back injury. Nevertheless, Lynch is a great starting option this week against the Eagles.</p> 5

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    Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seattle Seahawks

    Lynch is currently fifth in the league in rushing yards (956) but leads the league in rushing touchdowns with nine. He's still the workhorse back for the 'Hawks, but has shared the load more lately with Russell Wilson and Robert Turbin as he has been battling a back injury. Nevertheless, Lynch is a great starting option this week against the Eagles.

  • <p>Green was among the many fantasy superstars to miss a decent amount of playing time this season due to injury, but when he's in the lineup for the Bengals he's putting up fantasy points. He's scored 10-plus fantasy points in seven of the eight games he's played this season where he's seen at least one target come his way.</p> 4

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    A.J. Green, WR, Cincinnati Bengals

    Green was among the many fantasy superstars to miss a decent amount of playing time this season due to injury, but when he's in the lineup for the Bengals he's putting up fantasy points. He's scored 10-plus fantasy points in seven of the eight games he's played this season where he's seen at least one target come his way.

  • <p>Jennings gashed the Jaguars last week for 91 yards and two touchdowns on the ground, and while he's battling an ankle ailment, if he plays on Sunday he'll have a great chance to duplicate that success against the Tennessee Titans.</p> 3

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    Rashad Jennings, RB, New York Giants

    Jennings gashed the Jaguars last week for 91 yards and two touchdowns on the ground, and while he's battling an ankle ailment, if he plays on Sunday he'll have a great chance to duplicate that success against the Tennessee Titans.

  • <p>Speaking of the Titans, who would have guessed their most consistent fantasy producer would have been Walker this season? The deceptively fast tight end has been doing work for his owners all season, and should have a good chance for solid numbers against the Giants on Sunday.</p> 2

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    Delanie Walker, TE, Tennessee Titans

    Speaking of the Titans, who would have guessed their most consistent fantasy producer would have been Walker this season? The deceptively fast tight end has been doing work for his owners all season, and should have a good chance for solid numbers against the Giants on Sunday.

  • <p>Wilson has gotten back on track after a few down weeks in fantasy, averaging just under 20 fantasy points per game over the last four weeks. The Eagles are a little tougher on opposing quarterbacks than their fantasy points against ranking would suggest, but between Wilson's arm and legs, he should be able to produce for his fantasy owners.</p> 1

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    Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks

    Wilson has gotten back on track after a few down weeks in fantasy, averaging just under 20 fantasy points per game over the last four weeks. The Eagles are a little tougher on opposing quarterbacks than their fantasy points against ranking would suggest, but between Wilson's arm and legs, he should be able to produce for his fantasy owners.