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Published: Oct. 28, 2015 at 02:31 p.m.
Updated: Oct. 28, 2015 at 02:53 p.m.

Top 25 ranked fantasy players for Week 8

In need of some quick fantasy advice? Look no further! Below are the top 25 ranked fantasy players per our esteemed panel of analysts. 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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  • I say this every week, but as long as Gronk is healthy he'll be at the top of this list. One of the few slam-dunk fantasy starts in the NFL. 25

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    Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots

    I say this every week, but as long as Gronk is healthy he'll be at the top of this list. One of the few slam-dunk fantasy starts in the NFL.

  • Gurley became the first rookie with three straight 125 yard rushing games since Cadillac Williams in 2005. Gurley is truly special and a reliable fantasy option from here on out. 24

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    Todd Gurley, RB, St. Louis Rams

    Gurley became the first rookie with three straight 125 yard rushing games since Cadillac Williams in 2005. Gurley is truly special and a reliable fantasy option from here on out.

  • Jones finally looked healthy last week, and got into the end zone again after a three week drought. A healthy Julio Jones is a scary Julio Jones, and a no-brainer start in fantasy. 23

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    Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta Falcons

    Jones finally looked healthy last week, and got into the end zone again after a three week drought. A healthy Julio Jones is a scary Julio Jones, and a no-brainer start in fantasy.

  • Brady's revenge tour's next stop is against the Miami Dolphins. They've improved under interim head coach Dan Campbell, but Brady is coming off one of his best games of the year against a much better defense (Jets). 22

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    Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots

    Brady's revenge tour's next stop is against the Miami Dolphins. They've improved under interim head coach Dan Campbell, but Brady is coming off one of his best games of the year against a much better defense (Jets).

  • Rivers is averaging close to 60 pass attempts per game over his last three contests, and should light it up this week against the Ravens porous pass defense. 21

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    Philip Rivers, QB, San Diego Chargers

    Rivers is averaging close to 60 pass attempts per game over his last three contests, and should light it up this week against the Ravens porous pass defense.

  • Eifert has been the most efficient red zone threat in the league in 2015, but should also find plenty of space to roam between the 20s against the Steelers. 20

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    Tyler Eifert, TE, Cincinnati Bengals

    Eifert has been the most efficient red zone threat in the league in 2015, but should also find plenty of space to roam between the 20s against the Steelers.

  • Is Megatron back? He's sure looked like it the last few weeks, and has a juicy matchup next on the slate against the Chiefs. We like his chances to keep rolling. 19

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    Calvin Johnson, WR, Kansas City Chiefs

    Is Megatron back? He's sure looked like it the last few weeks, and has a juicy matchup next on the slate against the Chiefs. We like his chances to keep rolling.

  • Bell has been performing like a superstar for the Steelers, even without Big Ben in the lineup. Once his QB returns and the passing game starts opening more lanes ... look out. 18

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    Le'Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers

    Bell has been performing like a superstar for the Steelers, even without Big Ben in the lineup. Once his QB returns and the passing game starts opening more lanes ... look out.

  • We knew Hopkins had to crash back to earth sooner or later after three straight 140-plus yard games. But we like his odds of getting back on track in Week 8. 17

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    DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Houston Texans

    We knew Hopkins had to crash back to earth sooner or later after three straight 140-plus yard games. But we like his odds of getting back on track in Week 8.

  • Beast Mode is back, and no one is happier than his fantasy owners. The Cowboys haven't been exceptional against the run this year, so Beast Mode could have a field day on Sunday. 16

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    Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seattle Seahawks

    Beast Mode is back, and no one is happier than his fantasy owners. The Cowboys haven't been exceptional against the run this year, so Beast Mode could have a field day on Sunday.

  • After a few down weeks, Brown bounced back with over 100 yards last week with Landry Jones as his QB. Now just imagine what he'll do with Big Ben back. 15

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    Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers

    After a few down weeks, Brown bounced back with over 100 yards last week with Landry Jones as his QB. Now just imagine what he'll do with Big Ben back.

  • Tom Brady is the only other QB aside from Dalton to score more than 18 fantasy points in every game he's started this season. Go figure. The Red Rifle is now essentially matchup-proof. 14

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    Andy Dalton, QB, Cincinnati Bengals

    Tom Brady is the only other QB aside from Dalton to score more than 18 fantasy points in every game he's started this season. Go figure. The Red Rifle is now essentially matchup-proof.

  • I might be a tad low on Freeman this week, bringing him farther down the list. But he's an absolute stud and the motor that keeps the Atlanta offense humming. He's in line for another strong day. 13

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    Devonta Freeman, RB, Atlanta Falcons

    I might be a tad low on Freeman this week, bringing him farther down the list. But he's an absolute stud and the motor that keeps the Atlanta offense humming. He's in line for another strong day.

  • OBJ has been battling a sore hamstring for a few weeks. Hopefully this week he returns to full health and can get back to his highlight creating ways. 12

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    Odell Beckham, WR, New York Giants

    OBJ has been battling a sore hamstring for a few weeks. Hopefully this week he returns to full health and can get back to his highlight creating ways.

  • Rodgers and his offense should be healthier coming out of their bye, but have to face a tough Broncos defense. The Packers have outscored opponents 66-9 in the first quarter this year, while Denver hasn't allowed an opponent to score. Something's gotta give, no? 11

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    Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers

    Rodgers and his offense should be healthier coming out of their bye, but have to face a tough Broncos defense. The Packers have outscored opponents 66-9 in the first quarter this year, while Denver hasn't allowed an opponent to score. Something's gotta give, no?

  • Allen has had over 10 targets in each of the last three games, and will look to keep that streak alive against the Ravens banged up secondary. 10

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    Keenan Allen, WR, San Diego Chargers

    Allen has had over 10 targets in each of the last three games, and will look to keep that streak alive against the Ravens banged up secondary.

  • A.D. got back on track with over 100 total yards last week, but still hasn't found the end zone in two weeks. Look for that to change on Sunday. 9

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    Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota Vikings

    A.D. got back on track with over 100 total yards last week, but still hasn't found the end zone in two weeks. Look for that to change on Sunday.

  • The Black Unicorn should see an increase in targets with Jay Cutler and Alshon Jeffery back to full health. He'll be a top tight end each week from here on out. 8

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    Martellus Bennett, TE, Chicago Bears

    The Black Unicorn should see an increase in targets with Jay Cutler and Alshon Jeffery back to full health. He'll be a top tight end each week from here on out.

  • Palmer operates one of the league's most efficient and explosive passing attacks, that has only gotten better in recent weeks with Michael Floyd returning to full health. 7

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    Carson Palmer, QB, Arizona Cardinals

    Palmer operates one of the league's most efficient and explosive passing attacks, that has only gotten better in recent weeks with Michael Floyd returning to full health.

  • No player has accounted for a higher percentage of his team's rushing/receiving yards than Forte. He's a surefire RB1 every week. 6

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    Matt Forte, RB, Chicago Bears

    No player has accounted for a higher percentage of his team's rushing/receiving yards than Forte. He's a surefire RB1 every week.

  • Olsen is Cam Newton's best, and most trusted target. He'll have down weeks when the team focuses on the run, but owners should start Olsen every week with confidence. 5

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    Greg Olsen, TE, Carolina Panthers

    Olsen is Cam Newton's best, and most trusted target. He'll have down weeks when the team focuses on the run, but owners should start Olsen every week with confidence.

  • Martin's resurgence in 2015 is no joke. He's currently third in the NFL in rushing and has looked fantastic in the process. He's proving to be one of the best draft bargains of the year. 4

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    Doug Martin, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    Martin's resurgence in 2015 is no joke. He's currently third in the NFL in rushing and has looked fantastic in the process. He's proving to be one of the best draft bargains of the year.

  • Kelce has all of the talent in the world, but just needs to get targeted in the red zone again. Please, Andy Reid. We're begging you. 3

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    Travis Kelce, TE, Kansas City Chiefs

    Kelce has all of the talent in the world, but just needs to get targeted in the red zone again. Please, Andy Reid. We're begging you.

  • Big Ben could return this week to one of the league's most talented offenses, so of course he makes this list. 2

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    Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers

    Big Ben could return this week to one of the league's most talented offenses, so of course he makes this list.

  • Barnidge's breakout season is the real deal. He's the TE2 and has scored more fantasy points than all but six wide receivers. 1

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    Gary Barnidge, TE, Cleveland Browns

    Barnidge's breakout season is the real deal. He's the TE2 and has scored more fantasy points than all but six wide receivers.