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Published: Dec. 18, 2014 at 06:49 p.m.
Updated: Dec. 18, 2014 at 07:42 p.m.

Top 25 Ranked Players for Week 16

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. Don't forget to set your lineups early, as there are two games on Saturday as well.

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  • <p>Gronk has scored seven touchdowns in his last seven games, and has crossed the 1,000-yard mark for the second time in his career. He's basically a lock as the top-ranked tight end every week with Jimmy Graham still dealing with nagging injuries. His dominance at his position is why he's ranked No. 1 overall for Week 16.</p> 25

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    Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots

    Gronk has scored seven touchdowns in his last seven games, and has crossed the 1,000-yard mark for the second time in his career. He's basically a lock as the top-ranked tight end every week with Jimmy Graham still dealing with nagging injuries. His dominance at his position is why he's ranked No. 1 overall for Week 16.

  • <p>Megatron was surprisingly quiet in the Lions' win last week over the Vikings, but he should be making plenty of noise on Sunday. The Bears have one of the league's worst passing defenses, and Johnson torched them for 146 receiving yards and two touchdowns when these teams last met on Thanksgiving Day.</p> 24

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    Calvin Johnson, WR, Detroit Lions

    Megatron was surprisingly quiet in the Lions' win last week over the Vikings, but he should be making plenty of noise on Sunday. The Bears have one of the league's worst passing defenses, and Johnson torched them for 146 receiving yards and two touchdowns when these teams last met on Thanksgiving Day.

  • <p>Yes, the Chiefs have only allowed two rushing touchdowns this season (fewest in the NFL), but they're allowing 132.6 rushing yards per game (28th in the league). Bell was held to just 47 yards on 20 carries last week, but should be able to get back on track this week against the Chiefs. </p> 23

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    Le'Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers

    Yes, the Chiefs have only allowed two rushing touchdowns this season (fewest in the NFL), but they're allowing 132.6 rushing yards per game (28th in the league). Bell was held to just 47 yards on 20 carries last week, but should be able to get back on track this week against the Chiefs.

  • <p>Even when the Saints were on their losing streak, Brees was posting solid numbers. He completed 68.7 percent of his passes, averaged over 300 passing yards per game and threw eight touchdowns to four interceptions. He'll be ready to rock in this important divisional contest against the Falcons.</p> 22

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    Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints

    Even when the Saints were on their losing streak, Brees was posting solid numbers. He completed 68.7 percent of his passes, averaged over 300 passing yards per game and threw eight touchdowns to four interceptions. He'll be ready to rock in this important divisional contest against the Falcons.

  • <p>I used this nugget in our <a href="http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000445214/article/driven-stronger-angry-aaron-rodgers-to-rebound" target="new">Driven Stronger</a> column this week, but it's worth mentioning again: Rodgers was held without a touchdown (passing or rushing) on Sunday for just the fifth time in his career in games where he played from start to finish. In the four games following those performances, Rodgers has thrown a combined 12 touchdowns and one interception. He should pick apart the Bucs secondary with ease.</p> 21

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    Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers

    I used this nugget in our Driven Stronger column this week, but it's worth mentioning again: Rodgers was held without a touchdown (passing or rushing) on Sunday for just the fifth time in his career in games where he played from start to finish. In the four games following those performances, Rodgers has thrown a combined 12 touchdowns and one interception. He should pick apart the Bucs secondary with ease.

  • <p>Brady has thrown multiple touchdowns in 10 straight games. That streak should continue this weekend against the Jets as they have allowed opponents to throw for two-plus touchdowns in 11 of their 14 games this season. </p> 20

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    Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots

    Brady has thrown multiple touchdowns in 10 straight games. That streak should continue this weekend against the Jets as they have allowed opponents to throw for two-plus touchdowns in 11 of their 14 games this season.

  • <p>Graham's shoulder injury continues to be a problem, but he looked to be moving around better last week when he hauled in five of his seven targets for 87 yards. This Saints-Falcons tilt figures to be a shootout, which could mean Graham is heavily targeted once again.</p> 19

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    Jimmy Graham, TE, New Orleans Saints

    Graham's shoulder injury continues to be a problem, but he looked to be moving around better last week when he hauled in five of his seven targets for 87 yards. This Saints-Falcons tilt figures to be a shootout, which could mean Graham is heavily targeted once again.

  • <p>Brown leads the NFL in targets (159) and receptions (115), and is currently the top-scoring wideout in all of fantasy football. Even with a tough matchup against the Chiefs pass defense, our experts like Brown's odds to put up solid numbers once again.</p> 18

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    Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers

    Brown leads the NFL in targets (159) and receptions (115), and is currently the top-scoring wideout in all of fantasy football. Even with a tough matchup against the Chiefs pass defense, our experts like Brown's odds to put up solid numbers once again.

  • <p>We had all been waiting for Dez to have a truly dominant game this season, and that's what he delivered on Sunday night last week with 114 receiving yards and three touchdowns. Bryant has a tougher matchup this weekend in the Colts, but should still produce for his owners.</p> 17

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    Dez Bryant, WR, Dallas Cowboys

    We had all been waiting for Dez to have a truly dominant game this season, and that's what he delivered on Sunday night last week with 114 receiving yards and three touchdowns. Bryant has a tougher matchup this weekend in the Colts, but should still produce for his owners.

  • <p>Charles has been excelling on the road recently for the Chiefs, with 100-plus scrimmage yards and one or more touchdowns in four straight road games. The Chiefs will lean on their workhorse once again in an important conference battle with the Steelers this weekend.</p> 16

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    Jamaal Charles, RB, Kansas City Chiefs

    Charles has been excelling on the road recently for the Chiefs, with 100-plus scrimmage yards and one or more touchdowns in four straight road games. The Chiefs will lean on their workhorse once again in an important conference battle with the Steelers this weekend.

  • <p>After a slow start to the season, Lacy has been an absolute beast in fantasy. He's had at least 95 rushing yards in three of his last four games, and has had 100-plus scrimmage yards in seven straight games. He's a lock as an RB1 for the fantasy championships. </p> 15

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    Eddie Lacy, RB, Green Bay Packers

    After a slow start to the season, Lacy has been an absolute beast in fantasy. He's had at least 95 rushing yards in three of his last four games, and has had 100-plus scrimmage yards in seven straight games. He's a lock as an RB1 for the fantasy championships.

  • <p>Luck has been having a remarkable fantasy season in spite of all of his turnovers. He's thrown 38 touchdown passes and 4,492 passing yards -- both tops in the league. The Dallas defense is solid, but could be in for a tough afternoon facing Luck and his talented array of pass-catchers.</p> 14

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    Andrew Luck, QB, Indianapolis Colts

    Luck has been having a remarkable fantasy season in spite of all of his turnovers. He's thrown 38 touchdown passes and 4,492 passing yards -- both tops in the league. The Dallas defense is solid, but could be in for a tough afternoon facing Luck and his talented array of pass-catchers.

  • <p>Foster is one of just two running backs in the NFL to average over 100 rushing yards per game this season (DeMarco Murray is the other). With Ryan Fitzpatrick now on IR and the quarterback in Houston a question mark, the team will likely lean on their workhorse to try to carry them to the playoffs.</p> 13

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    Arian Foster, RB, Houston Texans

    Foster is one of just two running backs in the NFL to average over 100 rushing yards per game this season (DeMarco Murray is the other). With Ryan Fitzpatrick now on IR and the quarterback in Houston a question mark, the team will likely lean on their workhorse to try to carry them to the playoffs.

  • <p>Nelson leads the NFL with seven receiving touchdowns of 20-plus air yards, and should have had eight had he not dropped a perfect pass from Rodgers last week. Something tells me Nelson and Rodgers will get that one back this week against the Buccaneers.</p> 12

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    Jordy Nelson, WR, Green Bay Packers

    Nelson leads the NFL with seven receiving touchdowns of 20-plus air yards, and should have had eight had he not dropped a perfect pass from Rodgers last week. Something tells me Nelson and Rodgers will get that one back this week against the Buccaneers.

  • <p>The last time Ryan faced the Saints (Week 1), he set the franchise record for passing yards in a game (445) and total yards in a game (568). The Saints defense has been abysmal lately and even if Julio Jones sits out of this contest, Ryan has a great chance to put up some exceptional numbers.</p> 11

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    Matt Ryan, QB, Atlanta Falcons

    The last time Ryan faced the Saints (Week 1), he set the franchise record for passing yards in a game (445) and total yards in a game (568). The Saints defense has been abysmal lately and even if Julio Jones sits out of this contest, Ryan has a great chance to put up some exceptional numbers.

  • <p>Gates has had a solid season as far as the tight end position is concerned, but his 10 touchdowns have come on only 58 receptions, and his 662 yards are eighth among tight ends this season. He has a nice matchup though against the injury-ravaged 49ers defense.</p> 10

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    Antonio Gates, TE, San Diego Chargers

    Gates has had a solid season as far as the tight end position is concerned, but his 10 touchdowns have come on only 58 receptions, and his 662 yards are eighth among tight ends this season. He has a nice matchup though against the injury-ravaged 49ers defense.

  • <p>Thomas is putting together another career season, and is looking to cross the 1,400-yard for the third straight year. He'll become just the third player in NFL history to have 1,400 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns in three straight seasons, joining Jerry Rice (1993-95) and Marvin Harrison (1999-2002).</p> 9

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    Demaryius Thomas, WR, Denver Broncos

    Thomas is putting together another career season, and is looking to cross the 1,400-yard for the third straight year. He'll become just the third player in NFL history to have 1,400 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns in three straight seasons, joining Jerry Rice (1993-95) and Marvin Harrison (1999-2002).

  • <p>Since becoming the starter in Week 11, Anderson has averaged 23.6 carries and 101.4 rushing yards per game. He's also scored five touchdowns in that span, making him one of the safest RB2s in fantasy football.</p> 8

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    C.J. Anderson, RB, Denver Broncos

    Since becoming the starter in Week 11, Anderson has averaged 23.6 carries and 101.4 rushing yards per game. He's also scored five touchdowns in that span, making him one of the safest RB2s in fantasy football.

  • <p>Bennett has enjoyed a career-year with the Bears so far, but like the rest of his offensive teammates he'll be a bit of a question mark on Sunday with Jimmy Clausen getting the start on Sunday. Still, given the dumpster fire that is the tight end position this year, owners have to like Bennett's chances of seeing a fair number of targets.</p> 7

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    Martellus Bennett, TE, Chicago Bears

    Bennett has enjoyed a career-year with the Bears so far, but like the rest of his offensive teammates he'll be a bit of a question mark on Sunday with Jimmy Clausen getting the start on Sunday. Still, given the dumpster fire that is the tight end position this year, owners have to like Bennett's chances of seeing a fair number of targets.

  • <p>Thomas has had fewer than 35 receiving yards in five of his last six games, but part of that is due to the ankle injury he's still recovering from. With another week of rest and a late game this week on Monday night, Thomas could rebound to his touchdown-scoring ways against the Bengals.</p> 6

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    Julius Thomas, TE, Denver Broncos

    Thomas has had fewer than 35 receiving yards in five of his last six games, but part of that is due to the ankle injury he's still recovering from. With another week of rest and a late game this week on Monday night, Thomas could rebound to his touchdown-scoring ways against the Bengals.

  • <p>Stafford has been on a mini tear recently, throwing six touchdowns and no interceptions over the last three games, although last week he was kept pretty quiet by the Vikings. This week should be a different story as he faces the Bears, against whom he threw for 390 yards and two touchdowns on Thanksgiving Day. </p> 5

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    Matthew Stafford, QB, Detroit Lions

    Stafford has been on a mini tear recently, throwing six touchdowns and no interceptions over the last three games, although last week he was kept pretty quiet by the Vikings. This week should be a different story as he faces the Bears, against whom he threw for 390 yards and two touchdowns on Thanksgiving Day.

  • <p>Last week Beckham became the first rookie in NFL history to have 12-plus receptions, 140-plus yards and three receiving touchdowns in a single game. It seems like with each passing week he's setting a new record. I for one can't wait to see what he does next.</p> 4

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    Odell Beckham Jr., WR, New York Giants

    Last week Beckham became the first rookie in NFL history to have 12-plus receptions, 140-plus yards and three receiving touchdowns in a single game. It seems like with each passing week he's setting a new record. I for one can't wait to see what he does next.

  • <p>Kelce is tied for the team lead in receiving touchdowns with five, and has been seeing an increase in targets of late. His value is rising as this team continues to find ways to score that don't include their wide receivers.</p> 3

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    Travis Kelce, TE, Kansas City Chiefs

    Kelce is tied for the team lead in receiving touchdowns with five, and has been seeing an increase in targets of late. His value is rising as this team continues to find ways to score that don't include their wide receivers.

  • <p>Romo has quietly put together a fantastic season for the Cowboys, as he is second in the NFL in completion percentage (69.3) and has a career-best passer rating of 110.4 (also second in the NFL). The team might need to lean on him more this week as DeMarco Murray's status (hand) is in question.</p> 2

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    Tony Romo, QB, Dallas Cowboys

    Romo has quietly put together a fantastic season for the Cowboys, as he is second in the NFL in completion percentage (69.3) and has a career-best passer rating of 110.4 (also second in the NFL). The team might need to lean on him more this week as DeMarco Murray's status (hand) is in question.

  • <p>Ingram has been the workhorse for the Saints all season, and while Pierre Thomas will catch his passes out of the backfield, it will be Ingram who does most of the damage between the 20s and around the goal line.</p> 1

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    Mark Ingram, RB, New Orleans Saints

    Ingram has been the workhorse for the Saints all season, and while Pierre Thomas will catch his passes out of the backfield, it will be Ingram who does most of the damage between the 20s and around the goal line.