By Eric Schmidt

As we head into the third week of the NFL Regular Season, this is typically the time that you can make some waiver wire moves which will help you bring home your league championship trophy. There are some key names out there on the waiver wire which can help you do just that. Let’s look at who should be targeted this week. Percentage owned is based on ESPN season long leagues.

Quarterbacks-

Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals (67%) What is wrong with one third of you allowing this man to wit on the waiver wire? Even if you have a quality starter, pick him up and prevent anyone else from obtaining him.

Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals (21%) 5 touchdowns in two games, no interceptions. Not a smart start this week in Baltimore where he struggles, but a solid QB2 in most weeks.

Marcus Mariota, Tennessee Titans (68%) Mariota has six passing scores in his first two games in the NFL. That ties him with Dan Marino for the most by a rookie since the leagues merged. He is going to have growing pains but he also will have some interesting matchups. This week he faces a struggling Colts team.

Running Backs-

Dion Lewis, New England Patriots (40%) The number one running back after 2 weeks in ESPN leagues. This won’t last and typically Patriots players can be frustrating. That being said, Lewis is hot right now and has a tasty matchup this week against the Jacksonville Jaguars. He is a flex play especially in PPR leagues.

Matt Jones, Washington Redskins (16%) Split carries with Alfred Morris in Week Two but went crazy on the field with 146 yards and two scores against a stout St. Louis Rams defense. If you have an extra bench space open, I’d snag him and wait to see what happens in the Redskins backfield moving forward.

James Starks, Green Bay Packers This is not a long term move and for those of you playing DFS games, Starks might be a smart play this week if Eddie Lacy is unable to go.

Wide Receivers-

Doug Baldwin, Seattle Seahawks (37%) Seattle spreads the ball around a lot. Reports out of Seattle on Tuesday suggest newly acquired TE Jimmy Graham is very unhappy with his role. A risky play but in deeper leagues, might be an intriguing flex play this weekend against a reeling Chicago defense.

Marvin Jones, Cincinnati Bengals (19%) Missed all of 2014 with an elbow injury. Was on the field for 81% of the snaps last week. Not a pretty matchup this weekend, but he’ll have some down the stretch.

Michael Crabtree, Oakland Raiders (32%) I’ve never been a huge Crabtree fan in fantasy circles, but he did put up some nice numbers last Sunday 9-111-1. A worthy stash on teams that have bench space to play with.

Travis Benjamin, Cleveland Browns (7%) As a rule, I tend not to draft ANY player from the Browns for fantasy play. Benjamin’s success in the first two weeks cannot be ignored though. Benjamin has three scores of 50+ yards in two weeks and seems to have a chemistry with AB Johnny Manziel.

Tight Ends

Tyler Eifert, Cinccinati Bengals (83%) What is wrong with 17% of you?

Jordan Reed, Washington Redskins (23%) 20 points in two weeks and a favorable matchup on Thursday night against the reeling Giants.

IDP

For those of you who play in leagues that draft IDP, how about LB Ryan Shazier, Pittsburgh Steelers (16%) Leads the Steelers defense with 22 tackles and is coming off a 15 tackle performance with a sack and fumble recovery.

Defense-

New York Jets (83%) Again, what is wrong with 17% of you? 10 turnovers in two games?

 

 

 

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