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Published: Sept. 17, 2014 at 04:51 p.m.

Top 25 ranked fantasy players for Week 3

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 the Thursday night game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Atlanta Falcons.

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  • <p>McCoy is coming off back-to-back solid outings, and is playing the relatively soft Washington defense. It's no surprise he's the only unanimous No. 1 pick at a position for Week 3.</p> 25

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    LeSean McCoy, RB, Philadelphia Eagles

    McCoy is coming off back-to-back solid outings, and is playing the relatively soft Washington defense. It's no surprise he's the only unanimous No. 1 pick at a position for Week 3.

  • <p>With only Marcas Grant slotting Megatron as the No. 2 receiver for Week 3, he gets the nod as the second-ranked player of the week.</p> 24

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    Calvin Johnson, WR, Detroit Lions

    With only Marcas Grant slotting Megatron as the No. 2 receiver for Week 3, he gets the nod as the second-ranked player of the week.

  • <p>Grant played the role of contrarion once again at the tight end position, as he was the only one to pick Julius Thomas over Graham for Week 3 -- even though Thomas is play <em>in</em> Seattle. Interesting.</p> 23

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    Jimmy Graham, TE, New Orleans Saints

    Grant played the role of contrarion once again at the tight end position, as he was the only one to pick Julius Thomas over Graham for Week 3 -- even though Thomas is play in Seattle. Interesting.

  • <p>Not much separates Brees from the next two signal-callers, but it appears our experts are banking on Brees performing lights out in the Saints' home opener. He traditionally has been a statistical monster in the Superdome, so the Minnesota defense could be in trouble.</p> 22

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    Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints

    Not much separates Brees from the next two signal-callers, but it appears our experts are banking on Brees performing lights out in the Saints' home opener. He traditionally has been a statistical monster in the Superdome, so the Minnesota defense could be in trouble.

  • <p>Our experts don't appear to be afraid of the Legion of Boom impacting Thomas' value, as he's the second-ranked tight end and fifth-highest player of Week 3. Antonio Gates beat the Seahawks badly in San Diego, but will Thomas be able to replicate that success in Seattle? That's the big question.</p> 21

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    Julius Thomas, TE, Denver Broncos

    Our experts don't appear to be afraid of the Legion of Boom impacting Thomas' value, as he's the second-ranked tight end and fifth-highest player of Week 3. Antonio Gates beat the Seahawks badly in San Diego, but will Thomas be able to replicate that success in Seattle? That's the big question.

  • <p>Luck has been spectacular in fantasy so far this season, as he currently leads all players with 45.58 fantasy points. He'll add a healthy amount to that total on Sunday against the Jaguars.</p> 20

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    Andrew Luck, QB, Indianapolis Colts

    Luck has been spectacular in fantasy so far this season, as he currently leads all players with 45.58 fantasy points. He'll add a healthy amount to that total on Sunday against the Jaguars.

  • <p>After a quiet Week 1, Rodgers lit up the Jets secondary in Week 2 and was the highest-scoring player of the week. If his offensive line can keep the Detroit pass-rush at bay, Rodgers could be in for another big game.</p> 19

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    Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers

    After a quiet Week 1, Rodgers lit up the Jets secondary in Week 2 and was the highest-scoring player of the week. If his offensive line can keep the Detroit pass-rush at bay, Rodgers could be in for another big game.

  • <p>Despite playing on a bum ankle, Marshall managed to haul in three touchdown passes on Sunday night. He gets an extra day to rest before taking on the Jets' questionable secondary on Monday night.</p> 18

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    Brandon Marshall, WR, Chicago Bears

    Despite playing on a bum ankle, Marshall managed to haul in three touchdown passes on Sunday night. He gets an extra day to rest before taking on the Jets' questionable secondary on Monday night.

  • <p>Gronk still hasn't quite looked completely Gronk-y quite yet, but with another week of rest he might be able to start turning things around. A cushy matchup against Oakland could be just what the doctor ordered.</p> 17

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    Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots

    Gronk still hasn't quite looked completely Gronk-y quite yet, but with another week of rest he might be able to start turning things around. A cushy matchup against Oakland could be just what the doctor ordered.

  • <p>Bryant bounced back in a big way in Week 2, notching over 100 receiving yards and a touchdown. He and Tony Romo should be able to find the holes in the St. Louis secondary.</p> 16

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    Dez Bryant, WR, Dallas Cowboys

    Bryant bounced back in a big way in Week 2, notching over 100 receiving yards and a touchdown. He and Tony Romo should be able to find the holes in the St. Louis secondary.

  • <p>Despite a disappointing Week 2 performance (3.60 fantasy points), our experts believe Forte can rebound against the Jets, and I would have to agree.</p> 15

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    Matt Forte, RB, Chicago Bears

    Despite a disappointing Week 2 performance (3.60 fantasy points), our experts believe Forte can rebound against the Jets, and I would have to agree.

  • <p>Lynch's touches in Week 2 suffered due to the gameplan of the San Diego Chargers, but he still found the end zone and had a productive day. He should be getting the ball early and often against the Broncos at home on Sunday.</p> 14

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    Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seattle Seahawks

    Lynch's touches in Week 2 suffered due to the gameplan of the San Diego Chargers, but he still found the end zone and had a productive day. He should be getting the ball early and often against the Broncos at home on Sunday.

  • <p>Manning faces a tall task in going up against the Legion of Boom in their home arena, but he's too good of a quarterback to fall too far down the rankings of our experts.</p> 13

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    Peyton Manning, QB, Denver Broncos

    Manning faces a tall task in going up against the Legion of Boom in their home arena, but he's too good of a quarterback to fall too far down the rankings of our experts.

  • <p>Ertz has delivered on his "sleeper" tag this offseason in a big way, as he's averaging over 80 receiving yards a game and has found the end zone once so far. He could be in for a huge year.</p> 12

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    Zach Ertz, TE, Philadelphia Eagles

    Ertz has delivered on his "sleeper" tag this offseason in a big way, as he's averaging over 80 receiving yards a game and has found the end zone once so far. He could be in for a huge year.

  • <p>Foster has proven his doubters wrong in a hurry in 2014. He is second in the NFL in rushing yards (241), and leads all running backs in touches (59). </p> 11

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    Arian Foster, RB, Houston Texans

    Foster has proven his doubters wrong in a hurry in 2014. He is second in the NFL in rushing yards (241), and leads all running backs in touches (59).

  • <p>Thomas owners breathed a sigh of relief last week when he finally found the end zone. A matchup against the Seahawks isn't ideal, but Thomas could still produce decent numbers.</p> 10

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    Demaryius Thomas, WR, Denver Broncos

    Thomas owners breathed a sigh of relief last week when he finally found the end zone. A matchup against the Seahawks isn't ideal, but Thomas could still produce decent numbers.

  • <p>Jones looks to be back to his old self after missing much of last year with a foot injury. He takes on Tampa Bay at home on a short week and remains Matt Ryan's favorite target. He should see plenty of opportunities.</p> 9

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    Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta Falcons

    Jones looks to be back to his old self after missing much of last year with a foot injury. He takes on Tampa Bay at home on a short week and remains Matt Ryan's favorite target. He should see plenty of opportunities.

  • <p>Olsen is off to a great start to the season, and offers fantasy owners a much safer play at the tight end position than other options as he's averaging just shy of 80 yards per game.</p> 8

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    Greg Olsen, TE, Carolina Panthers

    Olsen is off to a great start to the season, and offers fantasy owners a much safer play at the tight end position than other options as he's averaging just shy of 80 yards per game.

  • <p>The timeshare whispers in Pittsburgh were clearly overblown. Bell leads all running backs in yards from scrimmage with 304 on the season, but a tough matchup against the Panthers looms on the horizon.</p> 7

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    Le'Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers

    The timeshare whispers in Pittsburgh were clearly overblown. Bell leads all running backs in yards from scrimmage with 304 on the season, but a tough matchup against the Panthers looms on the horizon.

  • <p>It appears head coach Jason Garrett finally realized what an asset DeMarco Murray is, as the team has been feeding its lead back to great effect -- Murray leads in the NFL in rushing yards with 285.</p> 6

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    DeMarco Murray, RB, Dallas Cowboys

    It appears head coach Jason Garrett finally realized what an asset DeMarco Murray is, as the team has been feeding its lead back to great effect -- Murray leads in the NFL in rushing yards with 285.

  • <p>Davis is relatively touchdown-dependent in fantasy, and suffered a knee injury on Sunday night. Still, if he suits up our experts like him as one of the top-six tight ends for Week 3.</p> 5

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    Vernon Davis, TE, San Francisco 49ers

    Davis is relatively touchdown-dependent in fantasy, and suffered a knee injury on Sunday night. Still, if he suits up our experts like him as one of the top-six tight ends for Week 3.

  • <p>Lacy is off to a slow start having faced two very stout run defenses in the Seahawks and the Jets. He'll look to get going against his division rival Detroit Lions on Sunday.</p> 4

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    Eddie Lacy, RB, Green Bay Packers

    Lacy is off to a slow start having faced two very stout run defenses in the Seahawks and the Jets. He'll look to get going against his division rival Detroit Lions on Sunday.

  • <p>Foles may have already tied his turnover total from last season, but the Arizona product is currently second in the NFL in passing yards and has throw three touchdowns as well. He could have a big day against Washington on Sunday.</p> 3

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    Nick Foles, QB, Philadelphia Eagles

    Foles may have already tied his turnover total from last season, but the Arizona product is currently second in the NFL in passing yards and has throw three touchdowns as well. He could have a big day against Washington on Sunday.

  • <p>Brady has also gotten off to a slow start to the season. With Gronk inching closer to full health, and a solid rushing attack Brady should be ready to feast on the porous Oakland defense.</p> 2

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    Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots

    Brady has also gotten off to a slow start to the season. With Gronk inching closer to full health, and a solid rushing attack Brady should be ready to feast on the porous Oakland defense.

  • <p>Nelson had a career-high 209 receiving yards on Sunday, and will look to have another big day against Detroit's secondary to help the Packers move into first place in the NFC North.</p> 1

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    Jordy Nelson, WR, Green Bay Packers

    Nelson had a career-high 209 receiving yards on Sunday, and will look to have another big day against Detroit's secondary to help the Packers move into first place in the NFC North.