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Published: Oct. 15, 2014 at 05:34 p.m.
Updated: Oct. 15, 2014 at 06:26 p.m.

Top 25 ranked fantasy players: Week 7

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. Few of these names will surprise you, but you can get a quick sense of how well our experts collectively think each player will perform. View the full rankings HERE to help get your starting lineup set in stone prior to the kickoff of the Thursday night game between the New York Jets and New England Patriots.

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  • <p>Gronk has now posted 90-plus yards in back-to-back weeks, and looks like his old matchup-nightmare self. A juicy matchup against the Jets on Thursday Night Football pushed Gronk to the top of the Week 7 rankings.</p> 25

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    1. Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots

    Gronk has now posted 90-plus yards in back-to-back weeks, and looks like his old matchup-nightmare self. A juicy matchup against the Jets on Thursday Night Football pushed Gronk to the top of the Week 7 rankings.

  • <p>Thomas is currently on pace for 27 touchdowns, which would obliterate the current record of 23 held by Randy Moss. He faces the 49ers this weekend, but to him scoring touchdowns is just <b><a href="http://www.nfl.com/videos/denver-broncos/0ap3000000409350/Broncos-Julius-Thomas-catches-2nd-TD-screams-It-s-so-easy" target="new">so easy</a></b>.</p> 24

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    2. Julius Thomas, TE, Denver Broncos

    Thomas is currently on pace for 27 touchdowns, which would obliterate the current record of 23 held by Randy Moss. He faces the 49ers this weekend, but to him scoring touchdowns is just so easy.

  • <p>Leading the NFL in receiving yards and being tied for second in touchdowns among wide receivers is how you end up as the third-ranked player heading into Week 7. Congrats, Jordy.</p> 23

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    3. Jordy Nelson, WR, Green Bay Packers

    Leading the NFL in receiving yards and being tied for second in touchdowns among wide receivers is how you end up as the third-ranked player heading into Week 7. Congrats, Jordy.

  • <p>Murray proved last week in Seattle that behind his beastly offensive line he's all but matchup proof. He gets a much easier test this week against a Giants defense that was just gashed by LeSean McCoy and his banged up offensive line. Murray could break Eric Dickerson's rushing record in this game alone (that's called hyperbole, folks, settle down). </p> 22

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    4. DeMarco Murray, RB, Dallas Cowboys

    Murray proved last week in Seattle that behind his beastly offensive line he's all but matchup proof. He gets a much easier test this week against a Giants defense that was just gashed by LeSean McCoy and his banged up offensive line. Murray could break Eric Dickerson's rushing record in this game alone (that's called hyperbole, folks, settle down).

  • <p>Luck leads all quarterbacks in fantasy scoring by a sizeable margin. His "worst" game came in Week 2 when he threw three touchdown passes but only managed a measly 18.88 fantasy points. He's facing a Cincinnati defense in Week 7 that has been thrashed in back-to-back weeks. I'm not surprised at all our experts have him as the top quarterback.</p> 21

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    5. Andrew Luck, QB, Indianapolis Colts

    Luck leads all quarterbacks in fantasy scoring by a sizeable margin. His "worst" game came in Week 2 when he threw three touchdown passes but only managed a measly 18.88 fantasy points. He's facing a Cincinnati defense in Week 7 that has been thrashed in back-to-back weeks. I'm not surprised at all our experts have him as the top quarterback.

  • <p>After a quiet start to the season, Forte has rebounded and once again become the focal point of the Bears offense. His fantasy owners can breathe a huge sigh of relief as that doesn't figure to change any time soon.</p> 20

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    6. Matt Forte, RB, Chicago Bears

    After a quiet start to the season, Forte has rebounded and once again become the focal point of the Bears offense. His fantasy owners can breathe a huge sigh of relief as that doesn't figure to change any time soon.

  • <p>Breaking news: Aaron Rodgers is good at football. He's currently on pace to throw 40 touchdowns and only three interceptions. The Panthers defense was just exposed by an A.J. Green-less Andy Dalton. Rodgers and his boatload of pass-catchers should wreak havoc this weekend.</p> 19

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    7. Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers

    Breaking news: Aaron Rodgers is good at football. He's currently on pace to throw 40 touchdowns and only three interceptions. The Panthers defense was just exposed by an A.J. Green-less Andy Dalton. Rodgers and his boatload of pass-catchers should wreak havoc this weekend.

  • <p>Thomas was another slow starter to the season, but thanks to the Broncos' early bye week he got some much needed rest and has looked virtually uncoverable ever since. He's a no-brainer against the 49ers this week, and the second-ranked wide receiver according to our experts.</p> 18

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    8. Demaryius Thomas, WR, Denver Broncos

    Thomas was another slow starter to the season, but thanks to the Broncos' early bye week he got some much needed rest and has looked virtually uncoverable ever since. He's a no-brainer against the 49ers this week, and the second-ranked wide receiver according to our experts.

  • <p>Manning threw a few more ducks than usual last week, but even his ducks tend to land safely in the hands of his talented group of pass-catchers. He is and always has been a fantasy football stud. I can't see a situation where he's not in this column on a given week.</p> 17

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    9. Peyton Manning, QB, Denver Broncos

    Manning threw a few more ducks than usual last week, but even his ducks tend to land safely in the hands of his talented group of pass-catchers. He is and always has been a fantasy football stud. I can't see a situation where he's not in this column on a given week.

  • <p>Jones' foot injury from last season seems a distant memory, as the uber-talented Alabama product has been outstanding this season, consistently dominating his opponents. He's been one of the few bright spots during a troubling start to Atlanta's season.</p> 16

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    10. Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta Falcons

    Jones' foot injury from last season seems a distant memory, as the uber-talented Alabama product has been outstanding this season, consistently dominating his opponents. He's been one of the few bright spots during a troubling start to Atlanta's season.

  • <p>It was good to see Marshall look fully healthy this past weekend, as he was a force to be reckoned with in the Chicago passing game once again. Our experts suspect this is the beginning of Marshall's return to the top of the wide receiver heap as he's the fourth-ranked wideout for Week 7.</p> 15

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    11. Brandon Marshall, WR, Chicago Bears

    It was good to see Marshall look fully healthy this past weekend, as he was a force to be reckoned with in the Chicago passing game once again. Our experts suspect this is the beginning of Marshall's return to the top of the wide receiver heap as he's the fourth-ranked wideout for Week 7.

  • <p>Few players have been as fun to watch this season as Rivers, as very few quarterbacks are playing better than him right now. He should keep rolling against the Chiefs this weekend.</p> 14

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    12. Philip Rivers, QB, San Diego Chargers

    Few players have been as fun to watch this season as Rivers, as very few quarterbacks are playing better than him right now. He should keep rolling against the Chiefs this weekend.

  • <p>Beast Mode had a down week in his team's loss to the Cowboys, posting his lowest fantasy total of the season. Our experts are confident he'll bounce back against the Rams in Week 7.</p> 13

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    13. Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seattle Seahawks

    Beast Mode had a down week in his team's loss to the Cowboys, posting his lowest fantasy total of the season. Our experts are confident he'll bounce back against the Rams in Week 7.

  • <p>Charles has been fantastic since returning to the starting role, and now he's coming out of the bye week when he could rest his still recovering ankle even more. Big things could be on the horizon for No. 25. </p> 12

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    14. Jamaal Charles, RB, Kansas City Chiefs

    Charles has been fantastic since returning to the starting role, and now he's coming out of the bye week when he could rest his still recovering ankle even more. Big things could be on the horizon for No. 25.

  • <p>While his touchdowns have come in spurts, Brown has yet to have fewer than 84 receiving yards in a game this season. He's a model of consistency, and a true No. 1 WR in fantasy football. Our experts have him as the fifth-best receiver for Week 7.</p> 11

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    15. Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers

    While his touchdowns have come in spurts, Brown has yet to have fewer than 84 receiving yards in a game this season. He's a model of consistency, and a true No. 1 WR in fantasy football. Our experts have him as the fifth-best receiver for Week 7.

  • <p>Bernard is a human highlight reel, always on the edge of yet another explosive play. That's part of the reason why he's sixth in fantasy points among running backs in 2014. The other part is that he's not afraid (or too small) to grind out the tough yards, too.</p> 10

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    16. Giovani Bernard, RB, Cincinnati Bengals

    Bernard is a human highlight reel, always on the edge of yet another explosive play. That's part of the reason why he's sixth in fantasy points among running backs in 2014. The other part is that he's not afraid (or too small) to grind out the tough yards, too.

  • <p>Speaking of consistency, Olsen has provided tremendous value for his owners this season as he currently ranks second in  yards and third in touchdowns among tight ends. He has a solid matchup against the Packers this weekend, which is why he's ranked as the third-best tight end by our experts.</p> 9

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    17. Greg Olsen, TE, Carolina Panthers

    Speaking of consistency, Olsen has provided tremendous value for his owners this season as he currently ranks second in yards and third in touchdowns among tight ends. He has a solid matchup against the Packers this weekend, which is why he's ranked as the third-best tight end by our experts.

  • <p>Those who projected Foster's fantasy demise in 2014 were so very, very wrong. The veteran back has posted consecutive 20-plus point games for the first time this season after recovering from his hamstring injury, and looks as fluid in the open field as he did when he took fantasy football by storm in 2010.</p> 8

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    18. Arian Foster, RB, Houston Texans

    Those who projected Foster's fantasy demise in 2014 were so very, very wrong. The veteran back has posted consecutive 20-plus point games for the first time this season after recovering from his hamstring injury, and looks as fluid in the open field as he did when he took fantasy football by storm in 2010.

  • <p>Ah, welcome back Jordan! After a disappointing start to the season that was made worse by injury, Cameron looked like the 2013 Cameron on the field this weekend, hauling in some nice (deep) passes from Brian Hoyer. Cameron has plenty of value against the Jaguars in Week 7.</p> 7

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    19. Jordan Cameron, TE, Cleveland Browns

    Ah, welcome back Jordan! After a disappointing start to the season that was made worse by injury, Cameron looked like the 2013 Cameron on the field this weekend, hauling in some nice (deep) passes from Brian Hoyer. Cameron has plenty of value against the Jaguars in Week 7.

  • <p>Brady's done? Yeah, not so fast. A mere two weeks ago, many in the media figured Tom Terrific was headed on a freight train to Terrible Town. They were sorely mistaken. Brady has looked like a different QB the past few weeks, and our experts are buying into what he's put on tape.</p> 6

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    20. Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots

    Brady's done? Yeah, not so fast. A mere two weeks ago, many in the media figured Tom Terrific was headed on a freight train to Terrible Town. They were sorely mistaken. Brady has looked like a different QB the past few weeks, and our experts are buying into what he's put on tape.

  • <p>Brees is coming off a bye week, but our experts aren't terribly high on him as he'll be playing on the road against the NFL's top defense -- without Jimmy Graham. Still, he's Drew Brees, so he ranks ahead of a number of other mid-tier signal-callers.</p> 5

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    21. Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints

    Brees is coming off a bye week, but our experts aren't terribly high on him as he'll be playing on the road against the NFL's top defense -- without Jimmy Graham. Still, he's Drew Brees, so he ranks ahead of a number of other mid-tier signal-callers.

  • <p>I'm thrilled to finally see Allen make this list, as he was one of my offseason sleeper picks and currently ranks eighth in fantasy scoring among tight ends. He's becoming one of Andrew Luck's most trusted targets, which bodes well for his future production.</p> 4

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    22. Dwayne Allen, TE, Indianapolis Colts

    I'm thrilled to finally see Allen make this list, as he was one of my offseason sleeper picks and currently ranks eighth in fantasy scoring among tight ends. He's becoming one of Andrew Luck's most trusted targets, which bodes well for his future production.

  • <p>Walker has been one of the surprises of the fantasy season in 2014. Through six games, he's only 150 yards off of his <em>career high</em>, and already has half as many touchdowns as he did a season ago. He's a solid TE1 from here on out.</p> 3

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    23. Delanie Walker, TE, Tennessee Titans

    Walker has been one of the surprises of the fantasy season in 2014. Through six games, he's only 150 yards off of his career high, and already has half as many touchdowns as he did a season ago. He's a solid TE1 from here on out.

  • <p>The Pittsburgh offense sure looks a lot better when Le'Veon Bell is getting fed the ball. Let's hope they've realized that too and start giving the rock back to arguably their most talented player. Bell is second in the NFL in rushing yards, but has found the end zone just once on the season (back in Week 1).</p> 2

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    24. Le'Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers

    The Pittsburgh offense sure looks a lot better when Le'Veon Bell is getting fed the ball. Let's hope they've realized that too and start giving the rock back to arguably their most talented player. Bell is second in the NFL in rushing yards, but has found the end zone just once on the season (back in Week 1).

  • <p>Bryant has yet to have a big breakout game yet, but he's put up over 14 fantasy points in three games this season. Our experts are down on Dez, but only slightly, as he's still ranked as their sixth-best wide receiver, but by a fair margin behind the top five.</p> 1

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    25. Dez Bryant, WR, Dallas Cowboys

    Bryant has yet to have a big breakout game yet, but he's put up over 14 fantasy points in three games this season. Our experts are down on Dez, but only slightly, as he's still ranked as their sixth-best wide receiver, but by a fair margin behind the top five.