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Published: Oct. 8, 2014 at 06:11 p.m.
Updated: Oct. 10, 2014 at 04:13 p.m.

Top 25 ranked players: Week 6

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>One week after lighting up the Arizona secondary, Manning gets to face the New York Jets, who have been more generous to opposing pass attacks than Bill Gates is through his charitable contributions. It's no wonder Manning was the No. 1 quarterback across the board.</p> 25

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    Peyton Manning, QB, Denver Broncos

    One week after lighting up the Arizona secondary, Manning gets to face the New York Jets, who have been more generous to opposing pass attacks than Bill Gates is through his charitable contributions. It's no wonder Manning was the No. 1 quarterback across the board.

  • <p>And speaking of Manning, Julius Thomas is his first offensive target to appear on the list (also a consensus No. 1 at his position). With Jimmy Graham on his bye this week, someone had to take the mantle of top tight end, and Thomas was the easiest option.</p> 24

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    Julius Thomas, TE, Denver Broncos

    And speaking of Manning, Julius Thomas is his first offensive target to appear on the list (also a consensus No. 1 at his position). With Jimmy Graham on his bye this week, someone had to take the mantle of top tight end, and Thomas was the easiest option.

  • <p>Forte led the the Bears in rushing <em>and</em> receiving last week. With Brandon Marshall still showing signs of being slowed by his ankle injury, the team will likely rely on Forte once again against the Falcons and their weak rushing defense. </p> 23

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    Matt Forte, RB, Chicago Bears

    Forte led the the Bears in rushing and receiving last week. With Brandon Marshall still showing signs of being slowed by his ankle injury, the team will likely rely on Forte once again against the Falcons and their weak rushing defense.

  • <p>Thomas set a Broncos franchise record for receiving yards in a game last week (226). Yeah, I'd say he used his bye week to maximum effect as he looks faster now than at any other point during the season. Big things could be on the horizon against the Jets.</p> 22

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    Demaryius Thomas, WR, Denver Broncos

    Thomas set a Broncos franchise record for receiving yards in a game last week (226). Yeah, I'd say he used his bye week to maximum effect as he looks faster now than at any other point during the season. Big things could be on the horizon against the Jets.

  • <p>Brown, the current leader in fantasy points among wide receivers, had a "disappointing" game last week when he failed to eclipse 90 receiving yards for the first time. Please. He's a lock as a No. 1 wide receiver in fantasy this week. </p> 21

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    Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers

    Brown, the current leader in fantasy points among wide receivers, had a "disappointing" game last week when he failed to eclipse 90 receiving yards for the first time. Please. He's a lock as a No. 1 wide receiver in fantasy this week.

  • It was great seeing the old Gronk cruising through the middle of the Cincinnati Bengals defense on Sunday night. He notched his first 100 receiving yard game of the season, and found the end zone for the fourth time in five games. His stock is rising -- quickly. 20

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    Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots

    It was great seeing the old Gronk cruising through the middle of the Cincinnati Bengals defense on Sunday night. He notched his first 100 receiving yard game of the season, and found the end zone for the fourth time in five games. His stock is rising -- quickly.

  • <p>Lynch's value has been boosted this year by his increased involvement in the passing game. In just four games, he already has more than one third of his reception total from last season, and has eclipsed 40 receiving yards twice, something he did three times all last season.</p> 19

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    Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seattle Seahawks

    Lynch's value has been boosted this year by his increased involvement in the passing game. In just four games, he already has more than one third of his reception total from last season, and has eclipsed 40 receiving yards twice, something he did three times all last season.

  • <p>Rivers is currently first in passer rating, yards per attempt, completion percentage and second in TD:INT ratio. Yeah, I think it's safe to say the Baron of the bolo is having a fine season.</p> 18

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    Philip Rivers, QB, San Diego Chargers

    Rivers is currently first in passer rating, yards per attempt, completion percentage and second in TD:INT ratio. Yeah, I think it's safe to say the Baron of the bolo is having a fine season.

  • <p>Jones has been utterly dominant this season, never having less than 82 receiving yards in a game so far. He next faces a banged up Chicago secondary in the Georgia Dome, so it's no wonder out experts think so highly of him this week.</p> 17

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    Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta Falcons

    Jones has been utterly dominant this season, never having less than 82 receiving yards in a game so far. He next faces a banged up Chicago secondary in the Georgia Dome, so it's no wonder out experts think so highly of him this week.

  • <p>Bell has been one of the surprises of the fantasy season, and while he had a disappointing game last weekend against the Jaguars, he should bounce back just fine against the Cleveland Browns -- the third-easiest defense for fantasy rushers to score against. </p> 16

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    Le'Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers

    Bell has been one of the surprises of the fantasy season, and while he had a disappointing game last weekend against the Jaguars, he should bounce back just fine against the Cleveland Browns -- the third-easiest defense for fantasy rushers to score against.

  • <p>The Dolphins are allowing the fourth-fewest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this year, but that isn't scaring off our experts, who made Rodgers their No. 3 QB for Week 6.</p> 15

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    Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers

    The Dolphins are allowing the fourth-fewest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this year, but that isn't scaring off our experts, who made Rodgers their No. 3 QB for Week 6.

  • <p>Not surprisingly, Rodgers' favorite target, Nelson, falls one spot behind Rodgers in our experts overall rankings. No cornerback has been able to completely shut down Nelson in 2014, and that doesn't figure to change on Sunday.</p> 14

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    Jordy Nelson, WR, Green Bay Packers

    Not surprisingly, Rodgers' favorite target, Nelson, falls one spot behind Rodgers in our experts overall rankings. No cornerback has been able to completely shut down Nelson in 2014, and that doesn't figure to change on Sunday.

  • <p>Most of Gates' production has come from just two of his five games this season. However, this week he's facing the porous Oakland Raiders defense, which is why our experts like his chances of having a third big week.</p> 13

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    Antonio Gates, TE, San Diego Chargers

    Most of Gates' production has come from just two of his five games this season. However, this week he's facing the porous Oakland Raiders defense, which is why our experts like his chances of having a third big week.

  • <p>It appears Luck might have received a minor knock in the ratings because he's playing on the road on Thursday Night Football -- a situation that traditionally hasn't been very easy to traverse for signal-callers. He's still a lock as a QB1, though.</p> 12

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    Andrew Luck, QB, Indianapolis Colts

    It appears Luck might have received a minor knock in the ratings because he's playing on the road on Thursday Night Football -- a situation that traditionally hasn't been very easy to traverse for signal-callers. He's still a lock as a QB1, though.

  • <p>Olsen is one of the most consistent fantasy scorers at his position, having notched three 12-plus fantasy point efforts already this season. He's a no-brainer as one of the top fantasy tight ends to start each week.</p> 11

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    Greg Olsen, TE, Carolina Panthers

    Olsen is one of the most consistent fantasy scorers at his position, having notched three 12-plus fantasy point efforts already this season. He's a no-brainer as one of the top fantasy tight ends to start each week.

  • <p>What a breakout fantasy season for Russell Wilson! He's played in one less game than typical fantasy standouts Drew Brees, Matthew Stafford Colin Kaepernick and Tony Romo, yet has outscored every one of them.</p> 10

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    Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks

    What a breakout fantasy season for Russell Wilson! He's played in one less game than typical fantasy standouts Drew Brees, Matthew Stafford Colin Kaepernick and Tony Romo, yet has outscored every one of them.

  • <p>Foster missed Week 3 and was limited in Week 4 with a hamstring injury, but looked fantastic in Week 5 as he gashed the Cowboys for 157 rushing yards. He's a good option once again, even though he is playing on Thursday night.</p> 9

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    Arian Foster, RB, Houston Texans

    Foster missed Week 3 and was limited in Week 4 with a hamstring injury, but looked fantastic in Week 5 as he gashed the Cowboys for 157 rushing yards. He's a good option once again, even though he is playing on Thursday night.

  • <p>Walker's been a bit hit or miss this season, alternating big weeks for fantasy scoring. However, if that trend continues, Week 6 is next in line for a "big" performance out of the Tennessee tight end.</p> 8

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    Delanie Walker, TE, Tennessee Titans

    Walker's been a bit hit or miss this season, alternating big weeks for fantasy scoring. However, if that trend continues, Week 6 is next in line for a "big" performance out of the Tennessee tight end.

  • <p>Martellus Bennett has been known around our fantasy office as "Mr. September," as only 30 percent of his career touchdowns have been scored <em>after</em> September. But it appears our experts are holding onto the hope that he delivers deeper into the season.</p> 7

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    Martellus Bennett, TE, Chicago Bears

    Martellus Bennett has been known around our fantasy office as "Mr. September," as only 30 percent of his career touchdowns have been scored after September. But it appears our experts are holding onto the hope that he delivers deeper into the season.

  • <p>Those who drafted McCoy in the first round surely weren't anticipating him to rank 30th in fantasy points after five weeks. However, that's where he currently sits. Getting Lane Johnson back and facing a generous defense for running backs could be just what McCoy needs.</p> 6

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    LeSean McCoy, RB, Philadelphia Eagles

    Those who drafted McCoy in the first round surely weren't anticipating him to rank 30th in fantasy points after five weeks. However, that's where he currently sits. Getting Lane Johnson back and facing a generous defense for running backs could be just what McCoy needs.

  • <p>The hate on Eddie Lacy had gone a bit too far, and he proved that emphatically on Thursday Night Football last week. Lacy ran hard and punished the Minnesota Vikings defense to the tune of 132 total yards and two touchdowns. More could be on the way against Miami on Sunday.</p> 5

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    Eddie Lacy, RB, Green Bay Packers

    The hate on Eddie Lacy had gone a bit too far, and he proved that emphatically on Thursday Night Football last week. Lacy ran hard and punished the Minnesota Vikings defense to the tune of 132 total yards and two touchdowns. More could be on the way against Miami on Sunday.

  • <p>Ryan has thrown three touchdowns in three separate games already this season, and now gets to take on a Chicago secondary that ranks near the bottom third of the league in fantasy points allowed to quarterbacks.</p> 4

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    Matt Ryan, QB, Atlanta Falcons

    Ryan has thrown three touchdowns in three separate games already this season, and now gets to take on a Chicago secondary that ranks near the bottom third of the league in fantasy points allowed to quarterbacks.

  • <p>Bernard had scored double-digit fantasy points every game so far this season, until the Bengals fell behind in a hurry on Sunday night against the Patriots. He'll look to rebound in Week 6.</p> 3

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    Giovani Bernard, RB, Cincinnati Bengals

    Bernard had scored double-digit fantasy points every game so far this season, until the Bengals fell behind in a hurry on Sunday night against the Patriots. He'll look to rebound in Week 6.

  • <p>Murray, the NFL?s leading rusher, has a tough draw this week going on the road to Seattle. He rushes behind arguably the NFL?s best offensive line, however, so our experts aren?t panicking and dropping him too low. Also working in Murray?s favor is the fact that the Cowboys will like <b><a href="http://www.nfl.com/now/share?id=c16e3abb-e37d-4e4b-a73d-a964c3f61e49" target="new">rely on him early and often</a></b> if they hope to have any shot of winning this game.</p> 2

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    DeMarco Murray, RB, Dallas Cowboys

    Murray, the NFL?s leading rusher, has a tough draw this week going on the road to Seattle. He rushes behind arguably the NFL?s best offensive line, however, so our experts aren?t panicking and dropping him too low. Also working in Murray?s favor is the fact that the Cowboys will like rely on him early and often if they hope to have any shot of winning this game.

  • <p>While Cutler's turnover tendencies have returned recently, he still gets to play against the Falcons in the Georgia Dome in what could turn into a shootout betweeen two high-powered offenses.</p> 1

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    Jay Cutler, QB, Chicago Bears

    While Cutler's turnover tendencies have returned recently, he still gets to play against the Falcons in the Georgia Dome in what could turn into a shootout betweeen two high-powered offenses.