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Published: Sept. 24, 2014 at 04:44 p.m.
Updated: Sept. 24, 2014 at 05:00 p.m.

Top 25 ranked fantasy players for Week 4

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 New York Giants and Washington Redskins.

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  • <p>Brees goes back on the road for the third time in his first four games, but gets to take on a Cowboys passing defense that just surrendered 327 passing yards and three touchdowns to Austin Davis. Yeah, Brees is a no-brainer as the top-ranked quarterback for Week 4.</p> 25

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    Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints

    Brees goes back on the road for the third time in his first four games, but gets to take on a Cowboys passing defense that just surrendered 327 passing yards and three touchdowns to Austin Davis. Yeah, Brees is a no-brainer as the top-ranked quarterback for Week 4.

  • <p>Graham might go wire-to-wire as the No. 1 ranked tight end in this series. This week he faces Dallas, who are allowing the second-most fantasy points to tight ends so far in 2014. Graham could post monster numbers on Sunday.</p> 24

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    Jimmy Graham, TE, New Orleans Saints

    Graham might go wire-to-wire as the No. 1 ranked tight end in this series. This week he faces Dallas, who are allowing the second-most fantasy points to tight ends so far in 2014. Graham could post monster numbers on Sunday.

  • <p>Matthew Stafford throws to Calvin Johnson. A LOT. No surprise, Megatron is once again the top-rated wide receiver, coming in as the No. 1 option for all of our experts. He had a "quiet" day last week with just 82 receiving yards and now faces the porous Jets secondary.</p> 23

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    Calvin Johnson, WR, Detroit Lions

    Matthew Stafford throws to Calvin Johnson. A LOT. No surprise, Megatron is once again the top-rated wide receiver, coming in as the No. 1 option for all of our experts. He had a "quiet" day last week with just 82 receiving yards and now faces the porous Jets secondary.

  • <p>Bell has been one of the best surprises in the early fantasy season, as the worries over the "committee" in Pittsburgh were way overblown. Bell currently leads all running backs in total yards, and should add a hefty amount to that total against the Buccaneers in Week 4.</p> 22

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    Le'Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers

    Bell has been one of the best surprises in the early fantasy season, as the worries over the "committee" in Pittsburgh were way overblown. Bell currently leads all running backs in total yards, and should add a hefty amount to that total against the Buccaneers in Week 4.

  • <p>Forte has struggled a bit in the early goings of the season, but with Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery still nursing injuries, it's likely the Bears will turn to their superstar back to lead the offense. Throw in a soft matchup against the Packers defense and Forte could be in for a big day. </p> 21

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    Matt Forte, RB, Chicago Bears

    Forte has struggled a bit in the early goings of the season, but with Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery still nursing injuries, it's likely the Bears will turn to their superstar back to lead the offense. Throw in a soft matchup against the Packers defense and Forte could be in for a big day.

  • <p>Gronk still doesn't quite look like himself, but he found the end zone again last week. As his health continues to improve, so should his fantasy numbers. At least, that's what we're all hoping.</p> 20

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    Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots

    Gronk still doesn't quite look like himself, but he found the end zone again last week. As his health continues to improve, so should his fantasy numbers. At least, that's what we're all hoping.

  • <p>Much like his teammate, Brown has put any concerns about his abilities to rest this season. He is clearly a No. 1 wide receiver for the Steelers and in fantasy. He has a nice matchup against Tampa Bay who just were torched by the Atlanta Falcons.</p> 19

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    Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers

    Much like his teammate, Brown has put any concerns about his abilities to rest this season. He is clearly a No. 1 wide receiver for the Steelers and in fantasy. He has a nice matchup against Tampa Bay who just were torched by the Atlanta Falcons.

  • <p>Luck has been nothing short of spectacular in fantasy football in 2014. He led all quarterbacks with 32.30 fantasy points last week, and should have had more had Coby Fleener not dropped a perfectly throw ball in the end zone. Luck will not slow down against Tennessee.</p> 18

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    Andrew Luck, QB, Indianapolis Colts

    Luck has been nothing short of spectacular in fantasy football in 2014. He led all quarterbacks with 32.30 fantasy points last week, and should have had more had Coby Fleener not dropped a perfectly throw ball in the end zone. Luck will not slow down against Tennessee.

  • <p>Murray is three for three on 100-rushing yard games in 2014, and he'll look to continue that streak against a Saints defense giving up almost 20 fantasy points per game to opposing running backs. </p> 17

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    DeMarco Murray, RB, Dallas Cowboys

    Murray is three for three on 100-rushing yard games in 2014, and he'll look to continue that streak against a Saints defense giving up almost 20 fantasy points per game to opposing running backs.

  • <p>Jones is an absolute monster in fantasy football once again. He is leading the NFL in receiving yards and has added three touchdowns to boot. Minnesota's defense has been better than expected, but Jones will be their toughest task to date. He should produce once again.</p> 16

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    Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta Falcons

    Jones is an absolute monster in fantasy football once again. He is leading the NFL in receiving yards and has added three touchdowns to boot. Minnesota's defense has been better than expected, but Jones will be their toughest task to date. He should produce once again.

  • <p>One of the surprises of the season has been the struggles of the Packers offense, and Rodgers in particular. Granted, his two off games have been on the road against the Seahawks and the surprisingly frisky Lions. He should be able to exploit the Bears' banged up secondary for solid fantasy numbers on Sunday.</p> 15

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    Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers

    One of the surprises of the season has been the struggles of the Packers offense, and Rodgers in particular. Granted, his two off games have been on the road against the Seahawks and the surprisingly frisky Lions. He should be able to exploit the Bears' banged up secondary for solid fantasy numbers on Sunday.

  • <p>I never thought I'd see a day when McCoy had an average of 1.2 yards per carry after toting the rock 19 times, but that's exactly what happened last Sunday. The experts have faith he'll rebound, and I'm with them. Expect a better day from Shady in Week 4.</p> 14

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    LeSean McCoy, RB, Philadelphia Eagles

    I never thought I'd see a day when McCoy had an average of 1.2 yards per carry after toting the rock 19 times, but that's exactly what happened last Sunday. The experts have faith he'll rebound, and I'm with them. Expect a better day from Shady in Week 4.

  • <p>Somehow, the Rams decided not to cover Bryant last week on his 68-yard touchdown from Tony Romo. That isn't likely to happen against the Saints, but Bryant is still a likely candidate to put up some solid fantasy totals as Romo's go-to target. </p> 13

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    Dez Bryant, WR, Dallas Cowboys

    Somehow, the Rams decided not to cover Bryant last week on his 68-yard touchdown from Tony Romo. That isn't likely to happen against the Saints, but Bryant is still a likely candidate to put up some solid fantasy totals as Romo's go-to target.

  • <p>This might just be the year of the bolo. Rivers has been outstanding during the first three weeks, and ranks seventh in fantasy points for quarterbacks despite a tough early schedule. He could light up the scoreboard against Jacksonville this week. </p> 12

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    Philip Rivers, QB, San Diego Chargers

    This might just be the year of the bolo. Rivers has been outstanding during the first three weeks, and ranks seventh in fantasy points for quarterbacks despite a tough early schedule. He could light up the scoreboard against Jacksonville this week.

  • <p>Davis missed Week 3 due to injury, but says he is "feeling great" and the belief is that he'll play on Sunday. If he does, it's a great matchup for him and his owners against an Eagles defense that was just diced up by Kirk Cousins.</p> 11

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    Vernon Davis, TE, San Francisco 49ers

    Davis missed Week 3 due to injury, but says he is "feeling great" and the belief is that he'll play on Sunday. If he does, it's a great matchup for him and his owners against an Eagles defense that was just diced up by Kirk Cousins.

  • <p>After exploding back onto the fantasy scene in Week 2 (against the Seahawks!!), Gates came crashing back down to earth in Week 3 (against the Bills?!?). His up-and-down nature should even out a tad this Sunday against Jacksonville.</p> 10

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    Antonio Gates, TE, San Diego Chargers

    After exploding back onto the fantasy scene in Week 2 (against the Seahawks!!), Gates came crashing back down to earth in Week 3 (against the Bills?!?). His up-and-down nature should even out a tad this Sunday against Jacksonville.

  • <p>Stafford had a personal performance to forget on Sunday, notching three turnovers in a win over the Packers. Facing the Jets in Week 4, Stafford could be in line for a huge bounce-back game as the Jets secondary continues to have issues.</p> 9

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    Matthew Stafford, QB, Detroit Lions

    Stafford had a personal performance to forget on Sunday, notching three turnovers in a win over the Packers. Facing the Jets in Week 4, Stafford could be in line for a huge bounce-back game as the Jets secondary continues to have issues.

  • <p>Olsen has been one of the most consistent fantasy scorers at his positions in 2014, scoring more than 12 points twice in three games. There's no reason that should't continue in Week 4 against the Ravens.</p> 8

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    Greg Olsen, TE, Carolina Panthers

    Olsen has been one of the most consistent fantasy scorers at his positions in 2014, scoring more than 12 points twice in three games. There's no reason that should't continue in Week 4 against the Ravens.

  • <p>Morris continues to get his goal-line opportunities vultured (curse you, Roy Helu!!!) but aside from that, Bentley is running just as good as ever. He suffered a minor knee injury last week, but is already listed as probable and should be able to rack up some yards against the Giants, even if he gets his goal-line opportunities unjustly taken away. </p> 7

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    Alfred Morris, RB, Washington Redskins

    Morris continues to get his goal-line opportunities vultured (curse you, Roy Helu!!!) but aside from that, Bentley is running just as good as ever. He suffered a minor knee injury last week, but is already listed as probable and should be able to rack up some yards against the Giants, even if he gets his goal-line opportunities unjustly taken away.

  • <p>Marshall aggravated his ankle injury on Monday night, which led to him finishing the game with just six receiving yards. If he's healthy enough to start in Week 4, he has a solid matchup against the Packers defense.</p> 6

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    Brandon Marshall, WR, Chicago Bears

    Marshall aggravated his ankle injury on Monday night, which led to him finishing the game with just six receiving yards. If he's healthy enough to start in Week 4, he has a solid matchup against the Packers defense.

  • <p>Matty Ice was on fire on Thursday Night Football, torching the Buccaneers secondary play after play. He'll have a slightly tougher task against the Minnesota defense, but Ryan should still be able to produce some solid fantasy numbers.</p> 5

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    Matt Ryan, QB, Atlanta Falcons

    Matty Ice was on fire on Thursday Night Football, torching the Buccaneers secondary play after play. He'll have a slightly tougher task against the Minnesota defense, but Ryan should still be able to produce some solid fantasy numbers.

  • <p>Nelson has been one of the most targeted pass-catchers in the NFL through the first three games, and there's no reason to believe that will change in Week 4. Nelson catches practically everything Rodgers throws at him, and now faces off against the Bears' banged-up secondary.</p> 4

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    Jordy Nelson, WR, Green Bay Packers

    Nelson has been one of the most targeted pass-catchers in the NFL through the first three games, and there's no reason to believe that will change in Week 4. Nelson catches practically everything Rodgers throws at him, and now faces off against the Bears' banged-up secondary.

  • <p>Fantasy owners should hesitate pressing the panic button on Lacy. He's faced three very tough run defenses, and his offensive line hasn't done him any favors in terms of opening up holes. Both he and his line need to play better, and a softer matchup against the Bears could be just the place to start.</p> 3

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    Eddie Lacy, RB, Green Bay Packers

    Fantasy owners should hesitate pressing the panic button on Lacy. He's faced three very tough run defenses, and his offensive line hasn't done him any favors in terms of opening up holes. Both he and his line need to play better, and a softer matchup against the Bears could be just the place to start.

  • <p>Ertz has become one of the Eagles' top big-play threats in just his second year in the NFL. He'll challenge the 49ers' talented group of linebackers and safeties and could find success across the middle of the field.</p> 2

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    Zach Ertz, TE, Philadelphia Eagles

    Ertz has become one of the Eagles' top big-play threats in just his second year in the NFL. He'll challenge the 49ers' talented group of linebackers and safeties and could find success across the middle of the field.

  • <p>Foles earned a lot of due credit last week for standing tall in the pocket and delivering great throws while consistently getting hit. He'll likely be in for another such game against the 49ers, but he should be able to find the holes in their secondary to produce nice numbers.</p> 1

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    Nick Foles, QB, Philadelphia Eagles

    Foles earned a lot of due credit last week for standing tall in the pocket and delivering great throws while consistently getting hit. He'll likely be in for another such game against the 49ers, but he should be able to find the holes in their secondary to produce nice numbers.