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Fantasy Football: Top-5 waiver wire finds to replace your injured stars in Week 3

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - With an abundance of top-tier fantasy football players hampered by injuries early in the season, there's a decent chance your team is in need of some help.

You might be have concerns at quarterback (Tony Romo, Drew Brees). Or maybe your running back position, thought to be a strength, is suddenly a dumpster fire of injuries and underachievements (Demarco Murray, C.J. Anderson, Andre Ellington). Or maybe that first-round wide receiver you were so excited about went and broke his foot before he could play three quarters of the first game (Dez Bryant).

Luckily for you, sullen fantasy football participant, there are ample options patiently waiting on the waiver wire.

So in advance of your Week 3 matchups, here are the Top-5 players owned in fewer than 50 percent of ESPN fantasy football leagues: 

Tyrod Taylor, QB, Buffalo Bills (17.9 percent)

Taylor, a classic duel-threat quarterback, wasn't expected to provide much from a fantasy standpoint. But in a Bills offense that also wasn't heralded, Taylor has become a surprisingly-viable fantasy starter. In two games, he has 437 passing yards and four touchdowns, as well as 84 rushing yards and a score. Shockingly, he's fifth among all quarterbacks in fantasy points through two weeks. He's the best reserve quarterback you could get.

Dion Lewis, RB, New England Patriots (40.8 percent)

Owning a Patriots running back has never been a comforting thing for fantasy owners. In recent years, they've seemed to employ a revolving door of running backs, almost random on a week-to-week basis. But with Shane Vereen, Stevan Ridley and Jonas Gray no longer in town, the road has been paved for Lewis to get an increased workload. In two games, Lewis has amassed 109 yards rushing, 149 yards receiving and one total touchdown. His versatility makes him extremely valuable in FLEX positions. LeGarrette Blount return from suspension last week, but he was only on the field seven snaps to Lewis' 70. Again, things can always change without a moment's notice in New England, but for the time being, Lewis is a great fill-in.

Matt Jones, RB, Washington Redskins (16.4 percent)

Jones was a wait-and-see type of player to start the season. The rookie from Florida was expected to get a few carries a game, but that could change after Sunday. Jones ran for 123 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries. While established starter Alfred Morris also got 18 carries, the breakout for Jones could mean the running back situation may be more of an even share going forward. It's worth watching what happens over the next few weeks, but Jones definitely has fantasy value if you need somebody.

Michael Crabtree, WR, Oakland Raiders (31.4 percent)

Crabtree has long been a frustrating player from a fantasy perspective. He's always had obvious talent, but never performed with anything close to the consistency you can count on while in San Francisco. But a change of scenery in Oakland may be the trick. With rookie standout Amari Cooper lighting it up on the other side of the field, Crabtree has 14 catches in two games. He made headlines in Week 2 with nine catches for 111 yards and a touchdown. Second-year quarterback Derek Carr will likely throw it a lot this year, and if Crabtree can put up five to seven catches a game, he's a legitimate FLEX player.

Eric Ebron, TE, Detroit Lions (20.2 percent)

Ebron was understandable under the radar coming into the season. But as now the No. 1 tight end on the Lions, he's bound to get all kinds of targets. Through two games, Ebron has nine catches, 96 yards and two touchdowns. With Brandon Pettigrew sidelined with an injury for the time being, Ebron's value may not be high for much longer. If you need a tight end (or are just really desperate for a FLEX play this week), Ebron is a decent option.

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