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Published: Nov. 25, 2015 at 11:46 a.m.
Updated: Nov. 25, 2015 at 03:05 p.m.

Top 25 ranked players for Week 12

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 each week. 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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  • Hopkins effectively "Nuk'd" Revis Island last week, and now he gets a matchup against a Saints defense that has been torn apart recently by Kirk Cousins and Marcus Mariota. 25

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    DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Houston Texans

    Hopkins effectively "Nuk'd" Revis Island last week, and now he gets a matchup against a Saints defense that has been torn apart recently by Kirk Cousins and Marcus Mariota.

  • Palmer has carved up two great defenses (Seattle, Cincinnati) in back-to-back weeks. He might just be the top QB option for the rest of the season. 24

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    Carson Palmer, QB, Arizona Cardinals

    Palmer has carved up two great defenses (Seattle, Cincinnati) in back-to-back weeks. He might just be the top QB option for the rest of the season.

  • Gronkowski has slowed down his fantasy output a bit as he's been asked to block a bit more, but we're never going to doubt Gronk. He's still our top tight end. 23

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    Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots

    Gronkowski has slowed down his fantasy output a bit as he's been asked to block a bit more, but we're never going to doubt Gronk. He's still our top tight end.

  • Peterson disappointed last week against the Packers, but will look to rebound against another tough run defense in the Falcons. We like his chances of another solid outing. 22

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    Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota Vikings

    Peterson disappointed last week against the Packers, but will look to rebound against another tough run defense in the Falcons. We like his chances of another solid outing.

  • Newton is playing the best football of his life, and is putting up fantasy points like they're going out of style. We're not scared off by a road matchup on a short week. 21

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    Cam Newton, QB, Carolina Panthers

    Newton is playing the best football of his life, and is putting up fantasy points like they're going out of style. We're not scared off by a road matchup on a short week.

  • Rodgers has put up solid numbers in recent weeks, even as his offense has struggled. The offense looks to be turning a corner and Rodgers is facing the Bears, a team he's historically done well against, on the night Brett Favre's jersey is being retired at Lambeau Field. Add that all up and it should spell a big night for Rodgers and co. 20

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    Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers

    Rodgers has put up solid numbers in recent weeks, even as his offense has struggled. The offense looks to be turning a corner and Rodgers is facing the Bears, a team he's historically done well against, on the night Brett Favre's jersey is being retired at Lambeau Field. Add that all up and it should spell a big night for Rodgers and co.

  • Olsen has scored eight or more fantasy points in five of the six games since his Week 5 bye. He's one of the most consistent tight ends in fantasy and a safe start this week. 19

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    Greg Olsen, TE, Carolina Panthers

    Olsen has scored eight or more fantasy points in five of the six games since his Week 5 bye. He's one of the most consistent tight ends in fantasy and a safe start this week.

  • Gurley's production has slowed as the Rams quarterback issues have multiplied, but he's still the focal point of this offense and will get plenty of touches and scoring chances. 18

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    Todd Gurley, RB, St. Louis Rams

    Gurley's production has slowed as the Rams quarterback issues have multiplied, but he's still the focal point of this offense and will get plenty of touches and scoring chances.

  • Jones has had more than 135 receiving yards in six of 10 games this year, and 90-plus in two others. He's one of the safest wide receiver starts each and every week. 17

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    Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta Falcons

    Jones has had more than 135 receiving yards in six of 10 games this year, and 90-plus in two others. He's one of the safest wide receiver starts each and every week.

  • So far this season, Eifert has caught 12 of his 15 red zone targets, scoring 11 touchdowns. He might just be the best red zone threat in the league this year. 16

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    Tyler Eifert, TE, Cincinnati Bengals

    So far this season, Eifert has caught 12 of his 15 red zone targets, scoring 11 touchdowns. He might just be the best red zone threat in the league this year.

  • Barnidge has scored double digit fantasy points in seven of his last eight games. That's remarkable consistency at one of fantasy's most volatile positions. He also gets Josh McCown back under center, with whom he was more productive earlier in the season. 15

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    Gary Barnidge, TE, Cleveland Browns

    Barnidge has scored double digit fantasy points in seven of his last eight games. That's remarkable consistency at one of fantasy's most volatile positions. He also gets Josh McCown back under center, with whom he was more productive earlier in the season.

  • Matt Harmon's favorite player has posted 11-plus fantasy points in six consecutive weeks and has beaten tough matchups routinely. He's a weekly must-start from here on out. 14

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    Allen Robinson, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars

    Matt Harmon's favorite player has posted 11-plus fantasy points in six consecutive weeks and has beaten tough matchups routinely. He's a weekly must-start from here on out.

  • Freeman suffered a concussion in Week 11, but is trending in the right direction toward playing against the Vikings on Sunday. Their run defense was just taken to task by Eddie Lacy, making Freeman a great play. 13

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    Devonta Freeman, RB, Atlanta Falcons

    Freeman suffered a concussion in Week 11, but is trending in the right direction toward playing against the Vikings on Sunday. Their run defense was just taken to task by Eddie Lacy, making Freeman a great play.

  • Evans has been coming alive since returning fully from early season injuries. He should be able to find plenty of space against a Colts defense that just gave up 160 yards to Julio Jones. 12

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    Mike Evans, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    Evans has been coming alive since returning fully from early season injuries. He should be able to find plenty of space against a Colts defense that just gave up 160 yards to Julio Jones.

  • Reed faces the Giants this week, the worst defense against tight ends. If he's healthy (he has a minor knee injury), he's almost a must-start this week. 11

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    Jordan Reed, TE, Washington

    Reed faces the Giants this week, the worst defense against tight ends. If he's healthy (he has a minor knee injury), he's almost a must-start this week.

  • Fitzgerald has been one of the most consistent wideouts in the league, and is Carson Palmer's most trusted target. He also has a favorable matchup against the 49ers this week. 10

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    Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona Cardinals

    Fitzgerald has been one of the most consistent wideouts in the league, and is Carson Palmer's most trusted target. He also has a favorable matchup against the 49ers this week.

  • Murray has been averaging around 23 touches during his last six games, and might get another game without Ryan Mathews stealing touches. He's a fringe RB1 this week against Detroit on Thanksgiving. 9

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    DeMarco Murray, RB, Philadelphia Eagles

    Murray has been averaging around 23 touches during his last six games, and might get another game without Ryan Mathews stealing touches. He's a fringe RB1 this week against Detroit on Thanksgiving.

  • Megatron has been tough to trust this year, but he might not see a better matchup than the one he has this week at home against the Eagles. 8

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    Calvin Johnson, WR, Detroit Lions

    Megatron has been tough to trust this year, but he might not see a better matchup than the one he has this week at home against the Eagles.

  • The Chiefs passing attack has taken a back seat to the rushing attack, but Kelce has still seen a healthy amount of targets. If he gets into the end zone, he'll post a really nice fantasy outing against the Bills. 7

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    Travis Kelce, TE, Kansas City Chiefs

    The Chiefs passing attack has taken a back seat to the rushing attack, but Kelce has still seen a healthy amount of targets. If he gets into the end zone, he'll post a really nice fantasy outing against the Bills.

  • Don't fret over Bortles' poor performance last week on Thursday Night Football. With extra time to prepare (and for his pass-catchers to get healthy), he'll be more than ready to pick apart the San Diego secondary. 6

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    Blake Bortles, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars

    Don't fret over Bortles' poor performance last week on Thursday Night Football. With extra time to prepare (and for his pass-catchers to get healthy), he'll be more than ready to pick apart the San Diego secondary.

  • Ingram returns from his bye week into a tough spot, as Houston has allowed fewer than 11 fantasy points per game to running backs over their last four games. Still, Ingram is a huge piece of an offense that was clicking before the bye, and should produce. 5

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    Mark Ingram, RB, New Orleans Saints

    Ingram returns from his bye week into a tough spot, as Houston has allowed fewer than 11 fantasy points per game to running backs over their last four games. Still, Ingram is a huge piece of an offense that was clicking before the bye, and should produce.

  • This is the lowest Brady has appeared on this list, but through no fault of his own. He's simply been losing offensive weapons left and right (Dion Lewis, Julian Edelman, Aaron Dobson), and Danny Amendola is playing through a knee sprain now. He should still get it done, but temper expectations a bit. 4

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    Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots

    This is the lowest Brady has appeared on this list, but through no fault of his own. He's simply been losing offensive weapons left and right (Dion Lewis, Julian Edelman, Aaron Dobson), and Danny Amendola is playing through a knee sprain now. He should still get it done, but temper expectations a bit.

  • Brees returns from his bye into a buzz saw, as the Houston defense has come alive of late. Still, Brees had the Saints offense cruising before their bye week, so he should be able to produce solid totals for his owners. 3

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    Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints

    Brees returns from his bye into a buzz saw, as the Houston defense has come alive of late. Still, Brees had the Saints offense cruising before their bye week, so he should be able to produce solid totals for his owners.

  • Martin rebounded from a three-game scoring skid in a big way last week against Philadelphia (a tough run defense) to the tune of 235 yards. He should be able to put together another nice outing against Indianapolis. 2

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    Doug Martin, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    Martin rebounded from a three-game scoring skid in a big way last week against Philadelphia (a tough run defense) to the tune of 235 yards. He should be able to put together another nice outing against Indianapolis.

  • Stewart has quietly become one of the steadiest running backs in the league, producing great fantasy totals when he finds the end zone. He should have a good chance of that against a Dallas run defense bleeding points to opposing backs. 1

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    Jonathan Stewart, RB, Carolina Panthers

    Stewart has quietly become one of the steadiest running backs in the league, producing great fantasy totals when he finds the end zone. He should have a good chance of that against a Dallas run defense bleeding points to opposing backs.