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Published: Sept. 23, 2015 at 01:22 p.m.
Updated: Sept. 23, 2015 at 01:29 p.m.

Top 25 ranked 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 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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  • Gronk went for over 100 yards and a touchdown against Rex Ryan's vaunted Bills defense. There's virtually no way he won't be one of the top ranked options each and every week. The guy is simply a matchup nightmare. 25

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    1. Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots

    Gronk went for over 100 yards and a touchdown against Rex Ryan's vaunted Bills defense. There's virtually no way he won't be one of the top ranked options each and every week. The guy is simply a matchup nightmare.

  • Can Antonio Brown be stopped? After 34 straight games with over 50 receiving yards and five catches, our guess is no. The St. Louis secondary has a tendency to get lost at times, which doesn't bode well for their chances of covering Brown. He's one of the safest weekly starts in fantasy football. 24

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    2. Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers

    Can Antonio Brown be stopped? After 34 straight games with over 50 receiving yards and five catches, our guess is no. The St. Louis secondary has a tendency to get lost at times, which doesn't bode well for their chances of covering Brown. He's one of the safest weekly starts in fantasy football.

  • This might come as a surprise, but DeAngleo Williams is currently the top-scoring back in all of fantasy, scoring three touchdowns while averaging five yards per carry. That bodes well for the success of Le'Veon Bell, a far more talented back. We believe he's set to make a statement in his return to game action against the Rams defense that just got gashed by Matt Jones and Alfred Morris. 23

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    3. Le'Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers

    This might come as a surprise, but DeAngleo Williams is currently the top-scoring back in all of fantasy, scoring three touchdowns while averaging five yards per carry. That bodes well for the success of Le'Veon Bell, a far more talented back. We believe he's set to make a statement in his return to game action against the Rams defense that just got gashed by Matt Jones and Alfred Morris.

  • Rodgers just put up over 22 fantasy points against the Seahawks defense, and next on his slate is a visit from the Chiefs secondary to Lambeau Field. The Chiefs were just shredded by noodle-armed Peyton Manning in Week 2 -- at home. A road contest against the Packers doesn't bode well for their chances, but it does bode well for Rodgers' fantasy value in Week 3. 22

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    4. Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers

    Rodgers just put up over 22 fantasy points against the Seahawks defense, and next on his slate is a visit from the Chiefs secondary to Lambeau Field. The Chiefs were just shredded by noodle-armed Peyton Manning in Week 2 -- at home. A road contest against the Packers doesn't bode well for their chances, but it does bode well for Rodgers' fantasy value in Week 3.

  • Speaking of safe weekly starts, Jones so far has commanded almost 33 percent of Atlanta's targets in the passing game, and appears all but uncoverable. The Cowboys are missing top cornerback Orlando Scandrick, although we're not sure even that would help them stop Jones. Lock him in as a WR1. 21

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    5. Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta Falcons

    Speaking of safe weekly starts, Jones so far has commanded almost 33 percent of Atlanta's targets in the passing game, and appears all but uncoverable. The Cowboys are missing top cornerback Orlando Scandrick, although we're not sure even that would help them stop Jones. Lock him in as a WR1.

  • Hey, look what happens when you put the ball in the hands of your best player! He does good things for your football team. After seeing a meager 10 touches in Week 1, the Vikings bestowed a whopping 31 touches on Peterson in Week 2 as they thoroughly dominated the Lions. Expect that trend to continue in Week 3 when they face the Chargers, who have been suspect against the run thus far in 2015. 20

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    6. Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota Vikings

    Hey, look what happens when you put the ball in the hands of your best player! He does good things for your football team. After seeing a meager 10 touches in Week 1, the Vikings bestowed a whopping 31 touches on Peterson in Week 2 as they thoroughly dominated the Lions. Expect that trend to continue in Week 3 when they face the Chargers, who have been suspect against the run thus far in 2015.

  • When the Chiefs throw the ball to Kelce, good things happen. He's incredibly tough for the average safety or linebacker to cover. The Packers have suffered some injuries to their middle linebackers, which could help create opportunities for Kelce on Monday Night Football. 19

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    7. Travis Kelce, TE, Kansas City Chiefs

    When the Chiefs throw the ball to Kelce, good things happen. He's incredibly tough for the average safety or linebacker to cover. The Packers have suffered some injuries to their middle linebackers, which could help create opportunities for Kelce on Monday Night Football.

  • The Seahawks are 0-2 and Beastmode has yet to visit the end zone. Something tells us both of those trends come to an end this week as the Seahawks open their home slate against the woeful Chicago Bears defense. 18

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    8. Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seattle Seahawks

    The Seahawks are 0-2 and Beastmode has yet to visit the end zone. Something tells us both of those trends come to an end this week as the Seahawks open their home slate against the woeful Chicago Bears defense.

  • Wilson played well on the road against the Packers despite the loss, but with his team's back against the wall with an 0-2 record, we like Wilson's chances of putting together a really nice afternoon in Week 3. He gets to take on a Bears defense that just allowed for passing touchdowns to Carson Palmer at home last week, and now they have to travel into Seattle. That's not a good situation for them ... at all. 17

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    9. Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks

    Wilson played well on the road against the Packers despite the loss, but with his team's back against the wall with an 0-2 record, we like Wilson's chances of putting together a really nice afternoon in Week 3. He gets to take on a Bears defense that just allowed for passing touchdowns to Carson Palmer at home last week, and now they have to travel into Seattle. That's not a good situation for them ... at all.

  • If the award for Comeback Player of the Year were given out today, it'd go to Palmer without a doubt. The veteran has looked phenomenal in 2015, throwing seven touchdown passes to just one interception (that was made on a spectacular play by Jared Allen). He should be able to handle the 49ers secondary with ease on his home turf in Week 3. 16

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    10. Carson Palmer, QB, Arizona Cardinals

    If the award for Comeback Player of the Year were given out today, it'd go to Palmer without a doubt. The veteran has looked phenomenal in 2015, throwing seven touchdown passes to just one interception (that was made on a spectacular play by Jared Allen). He should be able to handle the 49ers secondary with ease on his home turf in Week 3.

  • It's crazy to think that Beckham had 139 receiving yards and a touchdown before halftime on Sunday, yet only finished with 146 receiving yards on the day. Still, it was nice seeing OBJ back to being OBJ. He has a plus-matchup this week against the suspect Washington secondary. 15

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    11. Odell Beckham Jr., WR, New York Giants

    It's crazy to think that Beckham had 139 receiving yards and a touchdown before halftime on Sunday, yet only finished with 146 receiving yards on the day. Still, it was nice seeing OBJ back to being OBJ. He has a plus-matchup this week against the suspect Washington secondary.

  • Brady's revenge circuit through the 2015 NFL season takes a trip back to New England this weekend for a matchup against the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jaguars have been doing some nice things on defense recently, but Brady has been doing some not so nice things to defenses on the field when it comes to scoring fantasy points. He's among the safest QB options week-to-week with a healthy Rob Gronkowski and Julian Edelman at his disposal. 14

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    12. Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots

    Brady's revenge circuit through the 2015 NFL season takes a trip back to New England this weekend for a matchup against the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jaguars have been doing some nice things on defense recently, but Brady has been doing some not so nice things to defenses on the field when it comes to scoring fantasy points. He's among the safest QB options week-to-week with a healthy Rob Gronkowski and Julian Edelman at his disposal.

  • Despite losing two fumbles in Week 2, Charles still finished as the RB5 on the week. Up next, he gets a matchup against the Packers, who looked better defending Marshawn Lynch, but can still get gashed on the ground. The Chiefs will likely try to run their offense through Charles to keep Aaron Rodgers on the sideline, which means Charles could be in line for a huge day. 13

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    13. Jamaal Charles, RB, Kansas City Chiefs

    Despite losing two fumbles in Week 2, Charles still finished as the RB5 on the week. Up next, he gets a matchup against the Packers, who looked better defending Marshawn Lynch, but can still get gashed on the ground. The Chiefs will likely try to run their offense through Charles to keep Aaron Rodgers on the sideline, which means Charles could be in line for a huge day.

  • Welcome to the spotlight, Tyler Eifert! That's what three touchdowns in two weeks will do for you. Eifert doesn't have an ideal matchup this week against the Ravens, but we believe in his talent and role in the Bengals passing attack enough to keep him near the top of our Week 3 rankings. 12

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    14. Tyler Eifert, TE, Cincinnati Bengals

    Welcome to the spotlight, Tyler Eifert! That's what three touchdowns in two weeks will do for you. Eifert doesn't have an ideal matchup this week against the Ravens, but we believe in his talent and role in the Bengals passing attack enough to keep him near the top of our Week 3 rankings.

  • Despite Peyton Manning lobbing up some ugly ducklings last week, Thomas did yeoman's work, hauling in eight passes for 116 yards. He has to go on the road again this week, but into the comfy confines of Ford Field where the wind (and opposing secondary) won't be an issue. He's a lock as a WR1 once again, despite Manning's troubles. 11

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    15. Demaryius Thomas, WR, Denver Broncos

    Despite Peyton Manning lobbing up some ugly ducklings last week, Thomas did yeoman's work, hauling in eight passes for 116 yards. He has to go on the road again this week, but into the comfy confines of Ford Field where the wind (and opposing secondary) won't be an issue. He's a lock as a WR1 once again, despite Manning's troubles.

  • Contrary to what many pundits anticipated, ALL of the targets in Carolina have not funneled through Greg Olsen. In fact, he's only the 26th highest scoring tight end through two weeks, having a mere 81 receiving yards and no touchdowns to his name. That could change this week, however, as the Panthers take on the porous Saints passing defense in Carolina. 10

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    16. Greg Olsen, TE, Carolina Panthers

    Contrary to what many pundits anticipated, ALL of the targets in Carolina have not funneled through Greg Olsen. In fact, he's only the 26th highest scoring tight end through two weeks, having a mere 81 receiving yards and no touchdowns to his name. That could change this week, however, as the Panthers take on the porous Saints passing defense in Carolina.

  • While his team has struggled mightily and is 0-2, Luck himself has been OK from a fantasy perspective, thanks in large part to garbage time points. His 8.4-point outing from Week 2 is one to forget, though. We like his chances of rebounding against a Titans secondary that gave up some big plays to Johnny Manziel and the Browns in Week 2. 9

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    17. Andrew Luck, QB, Indianapolis Colts

    While his team has struggled mightily and is 0-2, Luck himself has been OK from a fantasy perspective, thanks in large part to garbage time points. His 8.4-point outing from Week 2 is one to forget, though. We like his chances of rebounding against a Titans secondary that gave up some big plays to Johnny Manziel and the Browns in Week 2.

  • Even though he's had to sling the rock to Darrius Heyward-Bey and Markus Wheaton, Big Ben has still managed to finish that second highest scoring quarterback through the first two weeks of the season. As long as Antonio Brown is healthy, Roethlisberger should be able to carve up lesser secondaries, which is what he faces in Week 3 in St. Louis. 8

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    18. Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers

    Even though he's had to sling the rock to Darrius Heyward-Bey and Markus Wheaton, Big Ben has still managed to finish that second highest scoring quarterback through the first two weeks of the season. As long as Antonio Brown is healthy, Roethlisberger should be able to carve up lesser secondaries, which is what he faces in Week 3 in St. Louis.

  • It was rather baffling that Graham received only two targets in Week 2 against the Packers, and managed to haul in just one of them for 11 yards. The Seattle offense could get rolling in Week 3 when the Bears come to town. Graham is the most talented option in the passing attack for the 'Hawks, and we like his chances of getting fed in the red zone again, as he did in Week 1. 7

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    19. Jimmy Graham, TE, Seattle Seahawks

    It was rather baffling that Graham received only two targets in Week 2 against the Packers, and managed to haul in just one of them for 11 yards. The Seattle offense could get rolling in Week 3 when the Bears come to town. Graham is the most talented option in the passing attack for the 'Hawks, and we like his chances of getting fed in the red zone again, as he did in Week 1.

  • Cobb is still working his way back from the AC joint sprain he suffered in the third week of the preseason, but looked good in Week 2, racking up over 100 receiving yards. He could feast in Week 3 off of the second and third cornerbacks for the Chiefs as he operates out of the slot. He's also one of Aaron Rodgers' most trusted targets in a high-flying offense. 6

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    20. Randall Cobb, WR, Green Bay Packers

    Cobb is still working his way back from the AC joint sprain he suffered in the third week of the preseason, but looked good in Week 2, racking up over 100 receiving yards. He could feast in Week 3 off of the second and third cornerbacks for the Chiefs as he operates out of the slot. He's also one of Aaron Rodgers' most trusted targets in a high-flying offense.

  • Forte likely would be higher on this list, were he not traveling to Seattle ... sans Jay Cutler. If Alshon Jeffery sits too, that'll make Forte's job even tougher. That being said, the volume of touches he figures to see both on the ground and through the air gives him a safe-ish floor this week, but a low ceiling as well. 5

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    21. Matt Forte, RB, Chicago Bears

    Forte likely would be higher on this list, were he not traveling to Seattle ... sans Jay Cutler. If Alshon Jeffery sits too, that'll make Forte's job even tougher. That being said, the volume of touches he figures to see both on the ground and through the air gives him a safe-ish floor this week, but a low ceiling as well.

  • Reed has been a beast so far for Washington, and currently sits with the fourth most receiving yards (145) at his position. He's also found the end zone once so far in the first two weeks. With DeSean Jackson still working his way back from a hamstring injury, Reed will continue to be a target vacuum in the Washington offense and can be started weekly as a TE1. 4

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    22. Jordan Reed, TE, Washington Redskins

    Reed has been a beast so far for Washington, and currently sits with the fourth most receiving yards (145) at his position. He's also found the end zone once so far in the first two weeks. With DeSean Jackson still working his way back from a hamstring injury, Reed will continue to be a target vacuum in the Washington offense and can be started weekly as a TE1.

  • Hopkins was held in check a bit in Week 2, posting only 53 receiving yards. He's still the No. 1 option on this offense and will continue to see a high volume of targets on a weekly basis. He should be able to find space against the Buccaneers secondary in Week 3, and is still on the WR1 radar until further notice. 3

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    23. DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Houston Texans

    Hopkins was held in check a bit in Week 2, posting only 53 receiving yards. He's still the No. 1 option on this offense and will continue to see a high volume of targets on a weekly basis. He should be able to find space against the Buccaneers secondary in Week 3, and is still on the WR1 radar until further notice.

  • After a disastrous Week 1 outing, it was nice to see Megatron return to form with double digit catches and a touchdown in Week 2. The Lions have a tough matchup this week against arguably the league's top cornerback duo in Chris Harris Jr. and Aqib Talib. However, the Lions look like they're starting to realize that they need to feed their most talented players more often, which means Johnson could see plenty of targets in Week 3 again. 2

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    24. Calvin Johnson, WR, Detroit Lions

    After a disastrous Week 1 outing, it was nice to see Megatron return to form with double digit catches and a touchdown in Week 2. The Lions have a tough matchup this week against arguably the league's top cornerback duo in Chris Harris Jr. and Aqib Talib. However, the Lions look like they're starting to realize that they need to feed their most talented players more often, which means Johnson could see plenty of targets in Week 3 again.

  • Green hasn't quite lived up to our high expectations in the infancy of this NFL season, but that's partly because he dropped a would-be touchdown in Week 1. The Ravens can be beaten through the air, as Derek Carr demonstrated in Week 2, and if the Bengals look to move to 3-0 and gain a decent lead in the AFC North, they'll need Green to have a big day. We like his chances. 1

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    25. A.J. Green, WR, Cincinnati Bengals

    Green hasn't quite lived up to our high expectations in the infancy of this NFL season, but that's partly because he dropped a would-be touchdown in Week 1. The Ravens can be beaten through the air, as Derek Carr demonstrated in Week 2, and if the Bengals look to move to 3-0 and gain a decent lead in the AFC North, they'll need Green to have a big day. We like his chances.