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Published: Sept. 10, 2014 at 06:44 p.m.
Updated: Sept. 10, 2014 at 06:53 p.m.

Top 25 ranked fantasy players for Week 2

Wondering whom to start on your fantasy team? 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. You can 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 Pittsburgh Steelers and the Baltimore Ravens.

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  • Manning earned No. 1s across the board, making him the top-rated player for Week 2. 25

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    Peyton Manning, QB, Denver Broncos

    Manning earned No. 1s across the board, making him the top-rated player for Week 2.

  • Graham also earned staright No. 1s across the board. He had an "off" fantasy day last week with just 82 receiving yards. He's a near lock to produce at least that total against Cleveland. 24

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    Jimmy Graham, TE, New Orleans Saints

    Graham also earned staright No. 1s across the board. He had an "off" fantasy day last week with just 82 receiving yards. He's a near lock to produce at least that total against Cleveland.

  • Megatron proved once again on Monday night that no other wide receiver can come close to challenging his throne. One No. 2 ranking kept him from joining Graham and Manning at the top. 23

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    Calvin Johnson, WR, Detroit Lions

    Megatron proved once again on Monday night that no other wide receiver can come close to challenging his throne. One No. 2 ranking kept him from joining Graham and Manning at the top.

  • McCoy failed to find the end zone in Week 1, but still racked up over 100 total yards. That's reliable production from one of the top backs in fantasy. 22

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    LeSean McCoy, RB, Philadelphia Eagles

    McCoy failed to find the end zone in Week 1, but still racked up over 100 total yards. That's reliable production from one of the top backs in fantasy.

  • Just behind Graham was Thomas in the tight end rankings, as every one of our experts had him as the No. 2 tight end for Week 2. 21

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    Julius Thomas, TE, Denver Broncos

    Just behind Graham was Thomas in the tight end rankings, as every one of our experts had him as the No. 2 tight end for Week 2.

  • Despite a lackluster statistical performance in Week 1, our experts like Thomas' chances to rebound against a potentially porous Kanas City defense. He's the second-highest ranked wide receiver. 20

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    Demaryius Thomas, WR, Denver Broncos

    Despite a lackluster statistical performance in Week 1, our experts like Thomas' chances to rebound against a potentially porous Kanas City defense. He's the second-highest ranked wide receiver.

  • Peterson was massively out-rushed by Cordarrelle Patterson on Sunday, but that's because Patterson broke of a 67-yard touchdown run. Peterson owners should rest easy, as he will get plenty of work and produce. 19

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    Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota Vikings

    Peterson was massively out-rushed by Cordarrelle Patterson on Sunday, but that's because Patterson broke of a 67-yard touchdown run. Peterson owners should rest easy, as he will get plenty of work and produce.

  • Rodgers faced a tough task in Week 1 going into Seattle and dealing with the "Legion of Boom." Things get much easier in Week 2 against the Jets at home. 18

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    Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers

    Rodgers faced a tough task in Week 1 going into Seattle and dealing with the "Legion of Boom." Things get much easier in Week 2 against the Jets at home.

  • Luck excelled in Week 1, and should build upon that performance in Week 2 against a leaky Eagles defense. 17

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    Andrew Luck, QB, Indianapolis Colts

    Luck excelled in Week 1, and should build upon that performance in Week 2 against a leaky Eagles defense.

  • Like McCoy, Forte failed to find the end zone but netted 167 total yards. He has been the engine running the Chicago offense for some time, and that will remain the case in Week 2. 16

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    Matt Forte, RB, Chicago Bears

    Like McCoy, Forte failed to find the end zone but netted 167 total yards. He has been the engine running the Chicago offense for some time, and that will remain the case in Week 2.

  • Gronk didn't look like his usual self, but was still effective enough for 40 yards and a touchdown. Another week of recovering will only help the big lug produce again in Week 2. 15

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    Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots

    Gronk didn't look like his usual self, but was still effective enough for 40 yards and a touchdown. Another week of recovering will only help the big lug produce again in Week 2.

  • Brees had an off week against the Falcons, but that was largely because his running backs carried the load and he was away from home. He's much better at the Superdome, and should throw down in Week 2. 14

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    Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints

    Brees had an off week against the Falcons, but that was largely because his running backs carried the load and he was away from home. He's much better at the Superdome, and should throw down in Week 2.

  • Sunday was just another day at the office for A.J. Green, who hauled in six catches for 131 yards and a touchdown. More of the same should be in store on Sunday. 13

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    A.J. Green, WR, Cincinnati Bengals

    Sunday was just another day at the office for A.J. Green, who hauled in six catches for 131 yards and a touchdown. More of the same should be in store on Sunday.

  • People thought Beast Mode might be in the decline this season. He let his actions during the NFL Kickoff game (110 rushing yards, two touchdowns) speak for him. He should produce against the Chargers. 12

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    Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seattle Seahawks

    People thought Beast Mode might be in the decline this season. He let his actions during the NFL Kickoff game (110 rushing yards, two touchdowns) speak for him. He should produce against the Chargers.

  • Jay Cutler's favorite target snared his first touchdown of the season in Week 1, and could be in line for more Sunday night against the 49ers. 11

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    Brandon Marshall, WR, Chicago Bears

    Jay Cutler's favorite target snared his first touchdown of the season in Week 1, and could be in line for more Sunday night against the 49ers.

  • Davis scored a touchdown on one of every four of his receptions last season -- an outrageous pace. So far, he's scoring a touchdown on one of every two passes in 2014. Enough said. 10

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    Vernon Davis, TE, San Francisco 49ers

    Davis scored a touchdown on one of every four of his receptions last season -- an outrageous pace. So far, he's scoring a touchdown on one of every two passes in 2014. Enough said.

  • Before his Week 5 injury in 2013, Jones was on pace for a monster season. It appears he's picked up right where he left off. 9

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    Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta Falcons

    Before his Week 5 injury in 2013, Jones was on pace for a monster season. It appears he's picked up right where he left off.

  • Ertz is a bit of a surprise on this list, but the rookie has his fans among fantasy and real football analysts. His three catches for 77 yards and a touchdown in Week 1 prove his stock is rightfully on the rise. 8

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    Zach Ertz, TE, Philadelphia Eagles

    Ertz is a bit of a surprise on this list, but the rookie has his fans among fantasy and real football analysts. His three catches for 77 yards and a touchdown in Week 1 prove his stock is rightfully on the rise.

  • Kaepernick looked poised in his dismantling of the Cowboys defense on Sunday. He now faces a Bears defense that let EJ Manuel game-manage a win in Soldier Field. Points could be everywhere in this one. 7

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    Colin Kaepernick, QB, San Francisco 49ers

    Kaepernick looked poised in his dismantling of the Cowboys defense on Sunday. He now faces a Bears defense that let EJ Manuel game-manage a win in Soldier Field. Points could be everywhere in this one.

  • Bryant (and the entire Cowboys offense) had an off day on Sunday. Bryant is too talented to be silenced in the stat sheets for long. 6

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    Dez Bryant, WR, Dallas Cowboys

    Bryant (and the entire Cowboys offense) had an off day on Sunday. Bryant is too talented to be silenced in the stat sheets for long.

  • Speaking of off days, Charles likely wants to forget about Sunday. The Chiefs will likely remember where their offensive bread is buttered and feed the ball to Charles in Week 2. 5

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    Jamaal Charles, RB, Kansas City Chiefs

    Speaking of off days, Charles likely wants to forget about Sunday. The Chiefs will likely remember where their offensive bread is buttered and feed the ball to Charles in Week 2.

  • Some wondered if Brown would be able to duplicate his breakout season in 2013. Well, Brown schooled Pro Bowl cornerback Joe Haden on Sunday for 116 receiving yards and a touchdown. Yeah, I'd say he's a safe bet to produce in Week 2. 4

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    Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers

    Some wondered if Brown would be able to duplicate his breakout season in 2013. Well, Brown schooled Pro Bowl cornerback Joe Haden on Sunday for 116 receiving yards and a touchdown. Yeah, I'd say he's a safe bet to produce in Week 2.

  • Olsen has long been one of Cam Newton's most trusted targets, yet he produced without Cam in the lineup. Olsen should see plenty of targets with Newton back under center in Week 2. 3

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    Greg Olsen, TE, Carolina Panthers

    Olsen has long been one of Cam Newton's most trusted targets, yet he produced without Cam in the lineup. Olsen should see plenty of targets with Newton back under center in Week 2.

  • Lots of questions surfaced around Bell this offseason. He quickly laid all of them to rest with a dominant performance on Sunday. He has a tough matchup, but could put up good RB2 numbers at worst. 2

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    Le'Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers

    Lots of questions surfaced around Bell this offseason. He quickly laid all of them to rest with a dominant performance on Sunday. He has a tough matchup, but could put up good RB2 numbers at worst.

  • Pitta has always been a security blanket for Joe Flacco, and that was evident again with his 15 targets in Week 1. Week 2 should bring more of the same against the division rival Pittsburgh Steelers. 1

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    Dennis Pitta, TE, Baltimore Ravens

    Pitta has always been a security blanket for Joe Flacco, and that was evident again with his 15 targets in Week 1. Week 2 should bring more of the same against the division rival Pittsburgh Steelers.