Injuries were prevalent once again in Week 2 and there are still some players on the wire who can help.
Week 1 may have been the week of the tight end, Week 2 appears to have been a week of mediocrity and injuries. Tony Romo is the headliner from this past week and he's definitely someone you need to try and replace with a respectable option if he's on your team. But Romo wasn't the only player to get hurt or maybe it's time to look for a spark at a different position.
Much like the beginning of the season with so many significant injuries, owners are now finding themselves with banged-up (or worse) players such as Eddie Lacy, Dez Bryant, Romo, Jay Cutler and Lamar Miller. Simply brutal. Many of these injuries shouldn’t be too significant, but having a bench sub, or snagging one from the wire can keep your team afloat.
That is where I will jump in once again and provide some names of players who are under-owned and likely available for a price on the waiver wire. Get ready to open up your imaginary wallets (Or real ones depending on your leagues) and spend away on some fantasy free agents.
Note: Fantasy points referenced are in accordance with standard scoring
Waiver Wire: Week 3
I will be here to guide you each and every week with some players who are owned less than 40 percent in ESPN.com leagues and could have an impact on your squad for the particular week, or rest of season.
1. Matt Jones, RB, Washington (15.8 percent owned per ESPN)
Jones pounced on his uptick in opportunity in Week 2, getting 19 carries and producing 123 yards and two touchdowns. Washington will likely not be kicking Alfred Morris to the curb anytime soon, and Morris is still a factor in fantasy. However, Jones is forcing the Redskins' hands, and making them give him opportunities. Jones faces favorable defensive matchups in the next few weeks too. (Week 2: 26.6 Fantasy Points)
2. Dion Lewis, RB, New England (40.4 percent owned)
Lewis made the cut, admittedly I cheated a bit since he is technically owned over 40 percent. This number will increase once again as Lewis produced as the primary back in Week 2. LeGarrette Blount was a non-factor, and although he will likely be getting carries again in Week 3 and forward, Lewis has cemented himself as a pass-catching and playmaking back. If he isn’t owned get this man! Best case, you don’t need him and can flip him to a team in need of a RB (Week 2: 19.8 Fantasy Points)
3. James Starks, RB, Green Bay (8.3 percent owned)
Starks did what hand-cuffs do best and filled in for the injured Eddie Lacy in Week 2. He did so serviceably, and depending on your league’s Lacy owner, and the severity of the injury, Starks will be a coveted player this week. He got 20 carries as the workhorse back and piled on 95 yards with them. There may be better options as a fill-in RB on your bench, but if not Starks is a nice hole-filler. (Week 2: 10.6 Fantasy Points)
4. Tyrod Taylor, QB, Buffalo (17.8 percent owned)
Taylor has been a surprise and underdog all season in Buffalo. His snagging the starting role for himself was unexpected but not at all surprising seeing his performance. He racked up the points in Week 2 in a lopsided loss to New England, throwing for three touchdowns and chipping in 40 yards rushing. Throwing three interceptions along with his 242 yards passing is also not surprising, but Taylor can produce points, albeit ugly. He can fill in nicely for a desperate Jay Cutler or Tony Romo owner. Just don’t over pay! (Week 2: 34.3 Fantasy Points )
5. Travis Benjamin, WR, Cleveland (6.2 percent owned)
Fantasy owners are being forced to look at Benjamin after another big week. He has speed and appears to be a big playmaker in Cleveland. Johnny Manziel went to him plenty, and that shouldn’t stop anytime soon. He also can produce as a return man so he should be on radars. Perhaps you have a bye week with several players off, Benjamin could fill-in nicely as a deep flyer. (Week 2: 29.5 Fantasy Points)
DST Streamer(s) of the Week
I am a part of the streaming DST movement. I don’t typically waste a draft pick, unless I need to, in my drafts and instead cut someone and add a DST. Clearly the top defenses will be owned and not available, but streaming is always an option when it comes to DSTs. So each week I will be providing a DST that is owned in less than 30 percent of ESPN.com leagues and can be useful.
Cleveland Browns vs. Oakland Raiders (13.6 percent owned per ESPN)
The Browns have a very good return man as mentioned above in Travis Benjamin, and they recovered three fumbles in Week 2, to go along with an interception in Week 1. They are not a dominant defense, but they can likely get at the Raiders and cause some chaos in Week 3. This is a nice target for a DST streamer.
— Written by Chris Meyers, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and a member of the FSWA. Meyers' work appears on many other sites, including socalledfantasyexperts.com. Follow him on Twitter @FantsyChillpony.