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Published: Dec. 11, 2014 at 06:26 p.m.
Updated: Dec. 11, 2014 at 09:53 p.m.

Top 25 Ranked Players for Week 15

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>Bell became just the second player in the modern NFL to post three straight games with over 200 scrimmage yards (the other being Walter Payton), so it's a no-brainer for him to be the top ranked player for Week 15 seeing as he's facing a soft Atlanta defense.</p> 25

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    Le'Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers

    Bell became just the second player in the modern NFL to post three straight games with over 200 scrimmage yards (the other being Walter Payton), so it's a no-brainer for him to be the top ranked player for Week 15 seeing as he's facing a soft Atlanta defense.

  • <p>Have you ever wanted to go <a href="http://www.nfl.com/now/share?id=b2864a66-156c-4550-8bd9-4f4f43ae9732" target="new">Christmas shopping with Gronk</a>? Well, click on that link then. Oh, and he's second on this list for good reason, as he's either first or second in every major receiving category among tight ends. </p> 24

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    Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots

    Have you ever wanted to go Christmas shopping with Gronk? Well, click on that link then. Oh, and he's second on this list for good reason, as he's either first or second in every major receiving category among tight ends.

  • <p>Luck has the privilege of leading the NFL's No. 1 total offense and passing offense, but that's also thanks in large part to his immense abilities. He should be able to dismantle the Houston secondary with ease, unless J.J. Watt and co. can force him into costly turnovers.</p> 23

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    Andrew Luck, QB, Indianapolis Colts

    Luck has the privilege of leading the NFL's No. 1 total offense and passing offense, but that's also thanks in large part to his immense abilities. He should be able to dismantle the Houston secondary with ease, unless J.J. Watt and co. can force him into costly turnovers.

  • <p>We all know Graham has hurt his fantasy owners lately (three receptions, 25 yards over the last two weeks), but that's largely because <a href="http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000442277/article/jimmy-grahams-shoulder-injury-hurting-saints-offense" target="new">he's still playing hurt</a>. Nevertheless, Graham has a fantastic matchup and should be able to put up some numbers ... we all hope.</p> 22

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    Jimmy Graham, TE, New Orleans Saints

    We all know Graham has hurt his fantasy owners lately (three receptions, 25 yards over the last two weeks), but that's largely because he's still playing hurt. Nevertheless, Graham has a fantastic matchup and should be able to put up some numbers ... we all hope.

  • <p>Brown has been one of the most consistent fantasy producers at his position, as he's yet to record less than 74 receiving yards in a game this season, and has had 90-plus in 11 of his 13 games. Brown will likely have to face a lot of Desmond Trufant (an extremely talented young cornerback), but he'll be able to get his as the Falcons lack of a pass rush will allow Ben Roethlisberger ample time in the pocket.</p> 21

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    Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers

    Brown has been one of the most consistent fantasy producers at his position, as he's yet to record less than 74 receiving yards in a game this season, and has had 90-plus in 11 of his 13 games. Brown will likely have to face a lot of Desmond Trufant (an extremely talented young cornerback), but he'll be able to get his as the Falcons lack of a pass rush will allow Ben Roethlisberger ample time in the pocket.

  • <p>Charles came out of a scary pile up in much better shape than most expected, given the way his body and leg weren't bent awkwardly. If Charles suits up for this game (which it sounds like he will), he'll have a good chance at finding paydirt for his fantasy owners as the Raiders are conceding the fourth-most fantasy points to running backs on the season, while Charles has scored a touchdown in eight straight games.</p> 20

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    Jamaal Charles, RB, Kansas City Chiefs

    Charles came out of a scary pile up in much better shape than most expected, given the way his body and leg weren't bent awkwardly. If Charles suits up for this game (which it sounds like he will), he'll have a good chance at finding paydirt for his fantasy owners as the Raiders are conceding the fourth-most fantasy points to running backs on the season, while Charles has scored a touchdown in eight straight games.

  • <p>Were it not for a garbage time touchdown to Ben Watson, Brees would have truly laid an egg for his fantasy owners last week. The Saints will know they need to throw the ball if they want to win and make the playoffs. Brees is on pace for almost 70 percent completion percentage and should be able to deliver against the bad Bears secondary on Monday night.</p> 19

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    Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints

    Were it not for a garbage time touchdown to Ben Watson, Brees would have truly laid an egg for his fantasy owners last week. The Saints will know they need to throw the ball if they want to win and make the playoffs. Brees is on pace for almost 70 percent completion percentage and should be able to deliver against the bad Bears secondary on Monday night.

  • <p>Foster is one of just six NFL players with over 1,000 rushing yards so far this season, but Foster has played in fewer games than the other five. He's scored a touchdown in seven straight games, which is the second-longest active streak behind Jamaal Charles. The Colts run defense has been an Achilles heel all season long, so look for Foster to shoulder the load once again for the Texans.</p> 18

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    Arian Foster, RB, Houston Texans

    Foster is one of just six NFL players with over 1,000 rushing yards so far this season, but Foster has played in fewer games than the other five. He's scored a touchdown in seven straight games, which is the second-longest active streak behind Jamaal Charles. The Colts run defense has been an Achilles heel all season long, so look for Foster to shoulder the load once again for the Texans.

  • <p>The Packers offense has been a different monster in Green Bay than on the road, which might explain why our experts are slightly down on Rodgers as he heads to Buffalo. He's averaged 48.9 fewer passing yards per game on the road than at home this year, but those numbers are skewed by two early roadies against Seattle and Detroit. Rodgers can and should be trusted in the fantasy playoffs this weekend.</p> 17

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    Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers

    The Packers offense has been a different monster in Green Bay than on the road, which might explain why our experts are slightly down on Rodgers as he heads to Buffalo. He's averaged 48.9 fewer passing yards per game on the road than at home this year, but those numbers are skewed by two early roadies against Seattle and Detroit. Rodgers can and should be trusted in the fantasy playoffs this weekend.

  • <p>Bennett has enjoyed a career year with the Bears, posting bests in receptions (77) receiving yards (821) and receiving touchdowns (six). He could build upon those numbers even more with Brandon Marshall now on IR.</p> 16

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    Martellus Bennett, TE, Chicago Bears

    Bennett has enjoyed a career year with the Bears, posting bests in receptions (77) receiving yards (821) and receiving touchdowns (six). He could build upon those numbers even more with Brandon Marshall now on IR.

  • <p>What else can we say about DeMarco Murray (other than a prayer to the fantasy gods that he stays healthy)? He currently leads the NFL or is tied for the lead in all major rushing categories, and that doesn't figure to change as the Cowboys battle for a playoff spot.</p> 15

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    DeMarco Murray, RB, Dallas Cowboys

    What else can we say about DeMarco Murray (other than a prayer to the fantasy gods that he stays healthy)? He currently leads the NFL or is tied for the lead in all major rushing categories, and that doesn't figure to change as the Cowboys battle for a playoff spot.

  • <p>Johnson has had back-to-back 146-plus yard receiving games, with three receiving touchdowns during that span. He's only been outscored by Julio Jones at his position over the last two weeks, and should be able to keep on rolling against a frequently suspect Minnesota secondary.</p> 14

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    Calvin Johnson, WR, Detroit Lions

    Johnson has had back-to-back 146-plus yard receiving games, with three receiving touchdowns during that span. He's only been outscored by Julio Jones at his position over the last two weeks, and should be able to keep on rolling against a frequently suspect Minnesota secondary.

  • <p>Bryant failed to find the end zone when these two teams played on Thanksgiving, but that was partly because Romo was hobbled with his injured back. With more rest prior to this matchup, expect Bryant to continue his prolific scoring ways and bring home some nice totals for his fantasy owners.</p> 13

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    Dez Bryant, WR, Dallas Cowboys

    Bryant failed to find the end zone when these two teams played on Thanksgiving, but that was partly because Romo was hobbled with his injured back. With more rest prior to this matchup, expect Bryant to continue his prolific scoring ways and bring home some nice totals for his fantasy owners.

  • <p>Watching Hilton catch passes from Andrew Luck is simply a thing of football beauty. Hilton has averaged 111 receiving yards and over a touchdown per game over his last three games. He and Luck should be able to keep up the show against the porous Houston secondary.</p> 12

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    T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts

    Watching Hilton catch passes from Andrew Luck is simply a thing of football beauty. Hilton has averaged 111 receiving yards and over a touchdown per game over his last three games. He and Luck should be able to keep up the show against the porous Houston secondary.

  • <p>The Bears have rushed for a total of 48 yards over the last two weeks, but that isn't really Forte's fault. It also hasn't slowed him down from a fantasy perspective, as he's scored 21.80 fantasy points during that stretch thanks to his role in the passing game.</p> 11

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    Matt Forte, RB, Chicago Bears

    The Bears have rushed for a total of 48 yards over the last two weeks, but that isn't really Forte's fault. It also hasn't slowed him down from a fantasy perspective, as he's scored 21.80 fantasy points during that stretch thanks to his role in the passing game.

  • <p>Over the last two games, Manning has posted a stat line of 352 passing yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. That's insane. Normally, that's what we'd call a bad game for Manning, not a bad two games. Part of the blame is on Denver's increased focus on the run game, but Manning owners who survived last week should be optimistic about this weekend. Manning will be playing in San Diego (warm weather) and taking on their banged up secondary.</p> 10

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    Peyton Manning, QB, Denver Broncos

    Over the last two games, Manning has posted a stat line of 352 passing yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. That's insane. Normally, that's what we'd call a bad game for Manning, not a bad two games. Part of the blame is on Denver's increased focus on the run game, but Manning owners who survived last week should be optimistic about this weekend. Manning will be playing in San Diego (warm weather) and taking on their banged up secondary.

  • <p>Olsen found the end zone last week for the first time since Week 6, which was great news for his fantasy owners. It's unfortunate that Cam Newton will be out as he recovers from his car accident earlier this week, but Olsen had 83 receiving yards and a touchdown the last time he played with Derek Andreson (Week 1), so his owners don't have much reason to panic.</p> 9

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    Greg Olsen, TE, Carolina Panthers

    Olsen found the end zone last week for the first time since Week 6, which was great news for his fantasy owners. It's unfortunate that Cam Newton will be out as he recovers from his car accident earlier this week, but Olsen had 83 receiving yards and a touchdown the last time he played with Derek Andreson (Week 1), so his owners don't have much reason to panic.

  • <p>Big Ben broke his statistical slump last week against a solid Bengals pass defense, as he threw for 350 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions. This week, he faces an Atlanta secondary indoors that just gave up 327 yards and three touchdowns to Aaron Rodgers. The score board could be lighting up like a Christmas tree in Atlanta this weekend.</p> 8

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    Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers

    Big Ben broke his statistical slump last week against a solid Bengals pass defense, as he threw for 350 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions. This week, he faces an Atlanta secondary indoors that just gave up 327 yards and three touchdowns to Aaron Rodgers. The score board could be lighting up like a Christmas tree in Atlanta this weekend.

  • <p>Gates hasn't posted double digit fantasy poitns since his magical four-game stretch from Week 5 to Week 8 when he caught six touchdown passes. Gates might be able to get going against his long-time divisional rival, but he mostly makes this list given what a mess the tight end position is this year.</p> 7

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    Antonio Gates, TE, San Diego Chargers

    Gates hasn't posted double digit fantasy poitns since his magical four-game stretch from Week 5 to Week 8 when he caught six touchdown passes. Gates might be able to get going against his long-time divisional rival, but he mostly makes this list given what a mess the tight end position is this year.

  • <p>After years of being underrated, Nelson has finally been receiving his due as one of the league's top receivers. He's on pace to break the Packers record for receiving yards in a season, thanks in part to his big-play ability. Nelson has seven touchdown receptions of 40-plus yards this season alone.</p> 6

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    Jordy Nelson, WR, Green Bay Packers

    After years of being underrated, Nelson has finally been receiving his due as one of the league's top receivers. He's on pace to break the Packers record for receiving yards in a season, thanks in part to his big-play ability. Nelson has seven touchdown receptions of 40-plus yards this season alone.

  • <p>Thomas has missed the last three games recovering from an ankle injury, but all signs point to the talented tight end suiting up against the Chargers. This is great news for the Broncos and his fantasy owners, as the Denver offense is far more explosive with the matchup-nightmare that is Thomas in the lineup.</p> 5

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    Julius Thomas, TE, Denver Broncos

    Thomas has missed the last three games recovering from an ankle injury, but all signs point to the talented tight end suiting up against the Chargers. This is great news for the Broncos and his fantasy owners, as the Denver offense is far more explosive with the matchup-nightmare that is Thomas in the lineup.

  • <p>Speaking of matchup nightmares named Thomas, Demaryius should be able to make plenty of noise against the San Diego secondary as well. Only two of his 10 receiving touchdowns have come on the road, but something tells me that ratio will become less disparate after this weekend.</p> 4

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    Demaryius Thomas, WR, Denver Broncos

    Speaking of matchup nightmares named Thomas, Demaryius should be able to make plenty of noise against the San Diego secondary as well. Only two of his 10 receiving touchdowns have come on the road, but something tells me that ratio will become less disparate after this weekend.

  • <p>Forsett has had a truly remarkable season. He's the NFL leader in yards per rush with 5.63, and has surpassed his previous career high for yards in a season by 461 yards. He's a must-start this weekend against the Jaguars defense.</p> 3

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    Justin Forsett, RB, Baltimore Ravens

    Forsett has had a truly remarkable season. He's the NFL leader in yards per rush with 5.63, and has surpassed his previous career high for yards in a season by 461 yards. He's a must-start this weekend against the Jaguars defense.

  • <p>Hmmm, Tom Brady, at home, with a chance to clinch the AFC East? Yeah, something tells me he'll be just fine putting up solid fantasy numbers this weekend against a Dolphins defense that has regressed in recent weeks. </p> 2

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    Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots

    Hmmm, Tom Brady, at home, with a chance to clinch the AFC East? Yeah, something tells me he'll be just fine putting up solid fantasy numbers this weekend against a Dolphins defense that has regressed in recent weeks.

  • <p>Walker, even more so than Gates, gets a nod on this list due to the disaster that is the tight end position this season. Walker has the potential to post great totals this week against the Jets, but how confident are you to trust him the the fantasy playoffs on the line?</p> 1

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    Delanie Walker, TE, Tennessee Titans

    Walker, even more so than Gates, gets a nod on this list due to the disaster that is the tight end position this season. Walker has the potential to post great totals this week against the Jets, but how confident are you to trust him the the fantasy playoffs on the line?