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Published: Dec. 1, 2015 at 09:15 p.m.
Updated: Dec. 2, 2015 at 01:03 p.m.

Top 25 ranked fantasy players for Week 13

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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  • Even in a win where the offense wasn't asked to do too much, Olsen still posted a solid stat line. With Rob Gronkowski injured, and Olsen facing the Saints defense, there's a new king atop our rankings. 25

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    Greg Olsen, TE, Carolina Panthers

    Even in a win where the offense wasn't asked to do too much, Olsen still posted a solid stat line. With Rob Gronkowski injured, and Olsen facing the Saints defense, there's a new king atop our rankings.

  • Newton didn't hit his usual ceiling last week, partly because the Carolina defense spotted him 14 points before he could even blink. He faces off against a Saints defense in  utter free fall and could light the scoreboard on fire. 24

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    Cam Newton, QB, Carolina Panthers

    Newton didn't hit his usual ceiling last week, partly because the Carolina defense spotted him 14 points before he could even blink. He faces off against a Saints defense in utter free fall and could light the scoreboard on fire.

  • Peterson returned to form in a dominant performance against an Atlanta defense that had been stout against the run. Seattle's run defense is just as good on the road, but Peterson will be the best back they've faced all year. He's still a must-start. 23

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    Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota Vikings

    Peterson returned to form in a dominant performance against an Atlanta defense that had been stout against the run. Seattle's run defense is just as good on the road, but Peterson will be the best back they've faced all year. He's still a must-start.

  • Well, that didn't go according to plan. We had Hopkins pegged as our top overall player last week, but he managed just 36 yards as the Texans dominated the Saints. He's still a lock as a WR1 heading to Buffalo this week. 22

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    DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Houston Texans

    Well, that didn't go according to plan. We had Hopkins pegged as our top overall player last week, but he managed just 36 yards as the Texans dominated the Saints. He's still a lock as a WR1 heading to Buffalo this week.

  • Brady was missing countless weapons and facing one of the league's best defenses last week and he still threw three touchdown passes. He's a lock as a QB1 this week against a Philadelphia defense that has been abused through the air and just lost cornerback Nolan Carroll for the season. 21

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    Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots

    Brady was missing countless weapons and facing one of the league's best defenses last week and he still threw three touchdown passes. He's a lock as a QB1 this week against a Philadelphia defense that has been abused through the air and just lost cornerback Nolan Carroll for the season.

  • Brown was pretty much shut down last week by Richard Sherman, but we don't expect that to happen this week against the Colts. Brown should get his and help fantasy owners in the process. 20

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    Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers

    Brown was pretty much shut down last week by Richard Sherman, but we don't expect that to happen this week against the Colts. Brown should get his and help fantasy owners in the process.

  • Jones fell flat last week with only 56 receiving yards -- his second-lowest total of the season. He should be in line for a big bounce-back against a Bucs secondary that just gave up big days to T.Y. Hilton and Donte Moncrief. 19

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    Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta Falcons

    Jones fell flat last week with only 56 receiving yards -- his second-lowest total of the season. He should be in line for a big bounce-back against a Bucs secondary that just gave up big days to T.Y. Hilton and Donte Moncrief.

  • Eifert leads the NFL in receiving touchdowns, but suffered a neck injury last week. There's no serious damage, but his owners will want to monitor his status leading up to his matchup against the Browns. 18

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    Tyler Eifert, TE, Cincinnati Bengals

    Eifert leads the NFL in receiving touchdowns, but suffered a neck injury last week. There's no serious damage, but his owners will want to monitor his status leading up to his matchup against the Browns.

  • Kelce is starting to heat up and gets a matchup against the Raiders, a team that has struggled to cover tight ends all season. Frankly, I'm surprised he isn't ranked even higher. 17

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    Travis Kelce, TE, Kansas City Chiefs

    Kelce is starting to heat up and gets a matchup against the Raiders, a team that has struggled to cover tight ends all season. Frankly, I'm surprised he isn't ranked even higher.

  • Regardless of who is under center, Barnidge continues to get it done. We liked his upside more with Josh McCown, but Johnny Manziel and/or Austin Davis will still feed the Barn Yard Dog. 16

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    Gary Barnidge, TE, Cleveland Browns

    Regardless of who is under center, Barnidge continues to get it done. We liked his upside more with Josh McCown, but Johnny Manziel and/or Austin Davis will still feed the Barn Yard Dog.

  • Martin hasn't found the end zone in six weeks, but he's been on a hot streak over his last two from a yardage perspective. A matchup with an Atlanta defense that has given up the most touchdowns (15) to opposing rushers could help him snap that streak. 15

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    Doug Martin, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    Martin hasn't found the end zone in six weeks, but he's been on a hot streak over his last two from a yardage perspective. A matchup with an Atlanta defense that has given up the most touchdowns (15) to opposing rushers could help him snap that streak.

  • The Red Rifle got back on track last week against a tough St. Louis defense, and now gets to face a Browns team that's in relative free fall after giving up two touchdowns to Matt Schaub and losing on a last-second blocked field goal. 14

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    Andy Dalton, QB, Cincinnati Bengals

    The Red Rifle got back on track last week against a tough St. Louis defense, and now gets to face a Browns team that's in relative free fall after giving up two touchdowns to Matt Schaub and losing on a last-second blocked field goal.

  • OBJ is one of the best wide receivers on the planet, and no matchup will ever scare us away from starting him. The same should go for you and your fantasy team. 13

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    Odell Beckham Jr., WR, New York Giants

    OBJ is one of the best wide receivers on the planet, and no matchup will ever scare us away from starting him. The same should go for you and your fantasy team.

  • Stewart's great matchup with the Cowboys last week was hampered by his defense gifting him and the offense 14 points on turnovers and putting the game out of hand early. He'll get a chance to post big totals again this week against New Orleans. 12

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    Jonathan Stewart, RB, Carolina Panthers

    Stewart's great matchup with the Cowboys last week was hampered by his defense gifting him and the offense 14 points on turnovers and putting the game out of hand early. He'll get a chance to post big totals again this week against New Orleans.

  • Palmer disappointed last week in what was supposed to be a plus matchup. He faces a tougher defense this week, on their home turf too, but after the season Palmer has had fantasy owners should know he can light up the scoreboard anytime, anywhere. 11

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    Carson Palmer, QB, Arizona Cardinals

    Palmer disappointed last week in what was supposed to be a plus matchup. He faces a tougher defense this week, on their home turf too, but after the season Palmer has had fantasy owners should know he can light up the scoreboard anytime, anywhere.

  • Watching the Packers offense has been, in a word, weird. Still, Rodgers has produced in fantasy through most of the offense's struggles. We're still keeping the faith No. 12 can right this ship soon. 10

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    Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers

    Watching the Packers offense has been, in a word, weird. Still, Rodgers has produced in fantasy through most of the offense's struggles. We're still keeping the faith No. 12 can right this ship soon.

  • Big Ben's health (concussion) is a bit murky right now, but he seems in line to play against the Colts and will make a rock solid QB1 start if so. He has his full complement of passing targets available, and is coming off a strong outing in Seattle a week ago. 9

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    Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers

    Big Ben's health (concussion) is a bit murky right now, but he seems in line to play against the Colts and will make a rock solid QB1 start if so. He has his full complement of passing targets available, and is coming off a strong outing in Seattle a week ago.

  • Walker has quietly been posting some serious fantasy numbers over the last few weeks -- 39.6 to be exact. He deserves to be ranked so highly for that alone, and the fact that he's facing a Jacksonville defense allowing just shy of 12 fantasy points a game to tight ends while on the road. 8

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    Delanie Walker, TE, Tennessee Titans

    Walker has quietly been posting some serious fantasy numbers over the last few weeks -- 39.6 to be exact. He deserves to be ranked so highly for that alone, and the fact that he's facing a Jacksonville defense allowing just shy of 12 fantasy points a game to tight ends while on the road.

  • Freeman missed last week with a concussion, and while Tevin Coleman filled in fine, this backfield should revert back to being owned by Freeman on Sunday. He has a tough matchup, but has proven all season he's capable of beating the numbers with his dual-threat ability. 7

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    Devonta Freeman, RB, Atlanta Falcons

    Freeman missed last week with a concussion, and while Tevin Coleman filled in fine, this backfield should revert back to being owned by Freeman on Sunday. He has a tough matchup, but has proven all season he's capable of beating the numbers with his dual-threat ability.

  • Robinson is in contention to be the most consistent wideout in all of fantasy, as he's posted 11-plus fantasy points in seven straight games. He'll look to make it eight against a Titans defense he beat for 113 yards back in Week 11. 6

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    Allen Robinson, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars

    Robinson is in contention to be the most consistent wideout in all of fantasy, as he's posted 11-plus fantasy points in seven straight games. He'll look to make it eight against a Titans defense he beat for 113 yards back in Week 11.

  • While the Vikings defense looks good on paper, they've actually been very susceptible to the run recently, allowing 4.35 yards per carry in their last two contests. Rawls' punishing running style and volume of touches should allow him to rack up fantasy points on Sunday. 5

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    Thomas Rawls, RB, Seattle Seahawks

    While the Vikings defense looks good on paper, they've actually been very susceptible to the run recently, allowing 4.35 yards per carry in their last two contests. Rawls' punishing running style and volume of touches should allow him to rack up fantasy points on Sunday.

  • Reed is consistently fed targets by Kirk Cousins, and is a matchup nightmare for opposing linebackers and safeties. Dallas has been strong against tight ends, but Reed gets the benefit of playing at home where he (and Cousins) perform better. 4

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    Jordan Reed, TE, Washington

    Reed is consistently fed targets by Kirk Cousins, and is a matchup nightmare for opposing linebackers and safeties. Dallas has been strong against tight ends, but Reed gets the benefit of playing at home where he (and Cousins) perform better.

  • Megatron dropped a three-touchdown bomb on the Eagles on Thanksgiving. While we doubt he repeats that on Thursday night, we like his odds of getting over a few times on the Green Bay secondary. 3

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    Calvin Johnson, WR, Detroit Lions

    Megatron dropped a three-touchdown bomb on the Eagles on Thanksgiving. While we doubt he repeats that on Thursday night, we like his odds of getting over a few times on the Green Bay secondary.

  • Gurley's production has slowed significantly with the Rams continuously falling behind by wide margins (in a hurry, too). However, Gurley is too talented and too integral to the Rams offense to bench. He did go off the last time he faced the Cardinals, so here's to hoping that happens again. 2

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    Todd Gurley, RB, St. Louis Rams

    Gurley's production has slowed significantly with the Rams continuously falling behind by wide margins (in a hurry, too). However, Gurley is too talented and too integral to the Rams offense to bench. He did go off the last time he faced the Cardinals, so here's to hoping that happens again.

  • Williams has only seen 15-plus touches in five games this season (all of which Le'Veon Bell was out for), yet he's the RB9 on the season in fantasy. He'll see volume and should produce against the Colts. 1

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    DeAngelo Williams, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers

    Williams has only seen 15-plus touches in five games this season (all of which Le'Veon Bell was out for), yet he's the RB9 on the season in fantasy. He'll see volume and should produce against the Colts.