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Week 3 Waiver Wire Targets

We’re two weeks in and injuries and performance questions have us running for waiver wire gems this week. It’s still early and those studs who have gotten off to a slow start have plenty of time to bounce back. That said, there are plenty of guys out on the waiver wire worth grabbing.

Here’s a look at players to target on the Week 3 Waiver Wire. Good luck!

Derek Carr (QB, Oakland Raiders)

Carr managed to play in Week 2 and delivered a shocker in Oakland. He had a monster day throwing for 351 yards and 3 touchdowns. It was nice to see him finally making some connections with rookie Amari Cooper. The jury is still out on Carr, but things are looking up after a solid week. He’s worth keeping an eye on and could be worth adding in two QB leagues or if you need help at the position.

Tyrod Taylor (QB, Buffalo Bills)

Rex loves him and he seems like the real deal. Despite the Week 2 loss, Taylor showed again that he has potential to be a viable fantasy QB option week to week. The interceptions aren’t good, but he’s putting up passing yards and TDs. Plus, he’s able to get those rushing QB bonus points. He won’t put up over 20 fantasy points every week, but he has the potential for big games.

Matt Jones (RB, Washington Redskins)

Jones was an after thought in a rough Week 1 game for the Redskins, but he blew up in Week 2. He rushed 19 times for 123 yards and 2 touchdowns, and he hauled in 3 receptions for 23 yards. Alfred Morris was still the starter and saw 20 carries in the game, but Jones put up the production. He isn’t going to take away the starting job yet, but he’s certainly made his case to be involved in more of a committee going forward. It’s worth seeing how the Washington running backs’ roles play out, but Jones could be a very nice high upside addition going into Week 3.

Dion Lewis (RB, New England Patriots)

Lewis is a repeat, but he’s worth listing again. He’s easily stepping into Shane Vereen’s old Joker roll with the Patriots, and he’s been performing nicely. In two weeks he’s pulled in 10 catches for 149 yards as well as carried the ball 22 times for 109 yards and a touchdown. He’s dangerous in the open field and he’s looking he’ll be Tom Brady’s preferred running back receiver out of the backfield this season. He won’t have big numbers every week, but he is a decent addition. Doubly so in PPR leagues.

Rishard Matthews (WR, Miami Dolphins)

Matthews tallied 6 catches for 115 yards on 7 targets in Week 2. He didn’t find the endzone this week, but it’s nice to see Tannehill looking his way more. Obviously, Jarvis Landry will typically get the majority of the targets, but Matthews could be worthwhile if he can make the most of the 5 or so targets he gets per game.

Travis Benjamin (WR, Cleveland Browns)

I avoided putting Benjamin on the list last week because at a glance he put up fantasy points, but those were return numbers that can’t be sustained. Same goes for this week, but he did get 3 receptions and seems to have good chemistry with quarterback Johnny Manziel. Manziel isn’t going to be hot every week and Benjamin will come back to earth after these flukey first two weeks, but his production can’t be denied at this point. You can roll the dice with him.

Crockett Gillmore (TE, Baltimore Ravens)

Gillmore had a big game in Week 2 pulling in 5 catches for 88 yards and 2 touchdowns. The Ravens’ tight end won’t have production like this every week, but he is getting more snaps and is showing he can produce better than rookie Maxx Williams. He’s worth adding if you need TE help.


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Kelly Smelser is Owner/Senior Writer for Punch Drunk Wonderland and PDFantasy Sports. Architect of the PDW fantasy football world and general spinster of NFL and Fantasy Football news and analysis. Long walks on the beach, sunsets, and other such niceties are also fine...