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Published: Oct. 30, 2014 at 01:04 p.m.
Updated: Oct. 30, 2014 at 01:36 p.m.

Top 25 ranked fantasy players: Week 9

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>Slowly but surely Gronk has been getting healthier as the season continues, and with each passing week he grows more dangerous in the passing game. After a three-touchdown, 149-yard drubbing of the Chicago secondary last week, it's no surprise Gronk is No. 1 for Week 9. </p> 25

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    1. Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots

    Slowly but surely Gronk has been getting healthier as the season continues, and with each passing week he grows more dangerous in the passing game. After a three-touchdown, 149-yard drubbing of the Chicago secondary last week, it's no surprise Gronk is No. 1 for Week 9.

  • <p>Luck has been fantasy gold this season, and with a matchup against the Giants next on the schedule, Luck has a good chance to continue his dominance in the stat sheets.</p> 24

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    2. Andrew Luck, QB, Indianapolis Colts

    Luck has been fantasy gold this season, and with a matchup against the Giants next on the schedule, Luck has a good chance to continue his dominance in the stat sheets.

  • <p>Remember when we were all worried about Foster this season? Me neither. Foster has been a revelation this season, running like he did when he took the fantasy world by storm back in 2010. He should keep it up this weekend against the Eagles.</p> 23

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    3. Arian Foster, RB, Houston Texans

    Remember when we were all worried about Foster this season? Me neither. Foster has been a revelation this season, running like he did when he took the fantasy world by storm back in 2010. He should keep it up this weekend against the Eagles.

  • <p>I figured Brown would be great in fantasy again this season, but I didn't expect him to be <em>this</em> great. Brown is second in receiving yards and touchdowns among wide receivers on the season, but first in fantasy points.</p> 22

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    4. Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers

    I figured Brown would be great in fantasy again this season, but I didn't expect him to be this great. Brown is second in receiving yards and touchdowns among wide receivers on the season, but first in fantasy points.

  • <p>Manning has yet to score less than 20 fantasy points in a week in standard scoring leagues. That's ridiculous consistency, and one of the main reasons he's always near the top of this list.</p> 21

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    5. Peyton Manning, QB, Denver Broncos

    Manning has yet to score less than 20 fantasy points in a week in standard scoring leagues. That's ridiculous consistency, and one of the main reasons he's always near the top of this list.

  • <p>Murray has been an absolute monster this season. He has almost 300 more rushing yards than the next closest back. I think he fumbles frequently just to let us know that he is in fact human.</p> 20

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    6. DeMarco Murray, RB, Dallas Cowboys

    Murray has been an absolute monster this season. He has almost 300 more rushing yards than the next closest back. I think he fumbles frequently just to let us know that he is in fact human.

  • <p>After a slow start to the year, Thomas has caught fire and no secondary has been able to slow him down. He'll have a tough test this week against Darrelle Revis and the Patriots, however.</p> 19

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    7. Demaryius Thomas, WR, Denver Broncos

    After a slow start to the year, Thomas has caught fire and no secondary has been able to slow him down. He'll have a tough test this week against Darrelle Revis and the Patriots, however.

  • <p>It's great to see Graham near the top of this list once again. Between his bye week and shoulder injury the fantasy world just wasn't the same for a few weeks. Now everything is back to normal.</p> 18

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    8. Jimmy Graham, TE, New Orleans Saints

    It's great to see Graham near the top of this list once again. Between his bye week and shoulder injury the fantasy world just wasn't the same for a few weeks. Now everything is back to normal.

  • <p>Beast Mode has been relatively tame in fantasy lately, posting single digit fantasy points in three straight weeks. A matchup at home against the Raiders could be just what the Beast needs to get back on track.</p> 17

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    9. Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seattle Seahawks

    Beast Mode has been relatively tame in fantasy lately, posting single digit fantasy points in three straight weeks. A matchup at home against the Raiders could be just what the Beast needs to get back on track.

  • <p>Speaking of players who have gone quiet recently, Thomas has scored fewer than three fantasy points in back-to-back weeks. He could get back on track against the Patriots.</p> 16

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    10. Julius Thomas, TE, Denver Broncos

    Speaking of players who have gone quiet recently, Thomas has scored fewer than three fantasy points in back-to-back weeks. He could get back on track against the Patriots.

  • <p>Just a few weeks ago many were calling for the end of Tom Brady's relevance in fantasy (and some were even saying in the NFL!). Boy, people need to relax. Brady has looked sharp lately and has also benefitted from Gronk's return to better health.</p> 15

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    11. Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots

    Just a few weeks ago many were calling for the end of Tom Brady's relevance in fantasy (and some were even saying in the NFL!). Boy, people need to relax. Brady has looked sharp lately and has also benefitted from Gronk's return to better health.

  • <p>Bryant's being this high on this list could be partially contingent on whether or not Tony Romo plays on Sunday after suffering a back contusion on Monday night. Bryant could still produce, but Brandon Weeden is a pretty big step down from Romo.</p> 14

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    12. Dez Bryant, WR, Dallas Cowboys

    Bryant's being this high on this list could be partially contingent on whether or not Tony Romo plays on Sunday after suffering a back contusion on Monday night. Bryant could still produce, but Brandon Weeden is a pretty big step down from Romo.

  • <p>Maclin had a career day in Week 8, racking up 187 receiving yards and two touchdowns. He could post huge numbers again as he faces the Texans somewhat suspect secondary.</p> 13

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    13. Jeremy Maclin, WR, Philadelphia Eagles

    Maclin had a career day in Week 8, racking up 187 receiving yards and two touchdowns. He could post huge numbers again as he faces the Texans somewhat suspect secondary.

  • <p>With the Saints' season basically on the brink, Brees battled back in a huge way last week. He'll look to continue that trend in a tough road matchup on Thursday night against the Panthers.</p> 12

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    14. Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints

    With the Saints' season basically on the brink, Brees battled back in a huge way last week. He'll look to continue that trend in a tough road matchup on Thursday night against the Panthers.

  • <p>Charles has found his way into the end zone three times in the two games since the Chiefs Week 6 bye. He'll likely do so again versus the Jets this weekend, although chances are it'll be via the air as the Jets secondary is very weak against the pass.</p> 11

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    15. Jamaal Charles, RB, Kansas City Chiefs

    Charles has found his way into the end zone three times in the two games since the Chiefs Week 6 bye. He'll likely do so again versus the Jets this weekend, although chances are it'll be via the air as the Jets secondary is very weak against the pass.

  • <p>Gates has proven emphatically this season that he still has plenty left in the tank. He's made some sensational catches and used his savvy to constantly get open for Philip Rivers. That shouldn't change this weekend against Miami.</p> 10

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    16. Antonio Gates, TE, San Diego Chargers

    Gates has proven emphatically this season that he still has plenty left in the tank. He's made some sensational catches and used his savvy to constantly get open for Philip Rivers. That shouldn't change this weekend against Miami.

  • <p>If only Hilton could find his way into the end zone a bit more, he'd be having a truly dominant fantasy season. He's taken the No. 1 wide receiver torch from Reggie Wayne this season and run with it, much to the delight of his fantasy owners (and Andrew Luck).</p> 9

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    17. T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts

    If only Hilton could find his way into the end zone a bit more, he'd be having a truly dominant fantasy season. He's taken the No. 1 wide receiver torch from Reggie Wayne this season and run with it, much to the delight of his fantasy owners (and Andrew Luck).

  • <p>Olsen had a down week against the Seahawks, but prior to that he'd been one of the most consistent fantasy tight ends around. Expect him to get back on track in an important divisional game against the Saints on Thursday Night Football.</p> 8

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    18. Greg Olsen, TE, Carolina Panthers

    Olsen had a down week against the Seahawks, but prior to that he'd been one of the most consistent fantasy tight ends around. Expect him to get back on track in an important divisional game against the Saints on Thursday Night Football.

  • <p>Wilson is currently the fifth-highest scoring fantasy quarterback this season, thanks in large part to two of the highest-scoring weeks of any signal-caller this season. He's struggled a bit recently, but should pick up his play against the Raiders this weekend.</p> 7

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    19. Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks

    Wilson is currently the fifth-highest scoring fantasy quarterback this season, thanks in large part to two of the highest-scoring weeks of any signal-caller this season. He's struggled a bit recently, but should pick up his play against the Raiders this weekend.

  • <p>Few things have made me happier this fantasy season than seeing Dwayne Allen continue to catch touchdown passes. He was one of my favorite offseason sleepers, and Luck  loves targeting him in the red zone.</p> 6

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    20. Dwayne Allen, TE, Indianapolis Colts

    Few things have made me happier this fantasy season than seeing Dwayne Allen continue to catch touchdown passes. He was one of my favorite offseason sleepers, and Luck loves targeting him in the red zone.

  • <p>Kaepernick has been hot and cold at times this season, but one of the last times he was hot was when he played the Rams earlier this season. Guess who he plays in Week 9? Yep, it's the Rams again.</p> 5

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    21. Colin Kaepernick, QB, San Francisco 49ers

    Kaepernick has been hot and cold at times this season, but one of the last times he was hot was when he played the Rams earlier this season. Guess who he plays in Week 9? Yep, it's the Rams again.

  • <p>Rivers has been right behind Manning in the consistency department, scoring 19 or more fantasy points in six of his eight games this season. He'll likely have his seventh such game on Sunday against the Dolphins.</p> 4

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    22. Philip Rivers, QB, San Diego Chargers

    Rivers has been right behind Manning in the consistency department, scoring 19 or more fantasy points in six of his eight games this season. He'll likely have his seventh such game on Sunday against the Dolphins.

  • <p>Ingram ran like a man possessed last week, gashing the Packers porous run defense for 172 yards on the ground. With Pierre Thomas and Khiry Robinson still sidelined, the Saints will likely lean on Ingram once again.</p> 3

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    23. Mark Ingram, RB, New Orleans Saints

    Ingram ran like a man possessed last week, gashing the Packers porous run defense for 172 yards on the ground. With Pierre Thomas and Khiry Robinson still sidelined, the Saints will likely lean on Ingram once again.

  • <p>Sanders had been a PPR machine early in the season, and finally rewarded his standard league owners with three touchdown catches last week. This week, I think we'd all settle for just one.</p> 2

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    24. Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Denver Broncos

    Sanders had been a PPR machine early in the season, and finally rewarded his standard league owners with three touchdown catches last week. This week, I think we'd all settle for just one.

  • <p>McCoy has been looking better and better as his offensive line gets healthier. It's hard to rack up a ton of yards when you have to break two tackles just to get to the line of scrimmage. Shady could be in for a big day against the Texans this week.</p> 1

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    25. LeSean McCoy, RB, Philadelphia Eagles

    McCoy has been looking better and better as his offensive line gets healthier. It's hard to rack up a ton of yards when you have to break two tackles just to get to the line of scrimmage. Shady could be in for a big day against the Texans this week.