The 2014 National Football League season has surprised many fantasy football owners.

Some of their players haven't performed up to par, while others have exceeded expectations. It's important to have as much depth as possible with so many injuries going around in the NFL.

Here are five players you should consider picking up for Week 3 from the waiver wire:

5. Jason Avant

It's his first year with the Carolina Panthers, and the team is going to need Avant very much going forward. The Panthers are without their top four wide receivers from last season, most notably veteran Steve Smith, who is now with the Baltimore Ravens. Avant had five catches for 54 yards and a touchdown against the Detroit Lions.

Next game he will face the Pittsburgh Steelers defense, which hasn't looked like its usual self. Safety Troy Polamalu, who leads the secondary, appears to be in the final stages of his career.

4. Marcedes Lewis

Lewis has over 100 receiving yards the first two weeks, including 71 last game against the Washington Redskins. The Jaguars don't have a good wide receiver unit, which means they could be targeting Lewis a lot in the future. In Week 3, Lewis will be facing the Indianapolis Colts. The Colts don't have a great pass defense, which will open up things for Lewis.

Lewis is a veteran player who has been on the Jaguars team since 2006.

3. Knile Davis

Davis has surprised a lot of Kansas City Chiefs fans these first two games. All-Pro running back Jamaal Charles left the second game with an ankle injury, and Davis stepped up. Against the Denver Broncos, Davis had 79 rushing yards and two touchdowns. Davis doesn't have anywhere near the speed of Charles, but he does have the power up the middle.

Davis and the Chiefs will face the Miami Dolphins in Week 3 in Miami. The Chiefs are a run-first team, and when it comes to crowd noise on the road, you have to establish the run. Expect Davis to get his fair share of carries.

2. Matt Asiata

Most likely, Adrian Peterson will return for the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday against the New Orleans Saints. But, just to be sure, picking up Matt Asiata couldn't hurt. Asiata had 84 total yards and a touchdown against the New England Patriots in Week 2. The Saints are currently 0-2, and their defense has looked horrendous thus far. Even if Peterson does return, Asiata could still play a factor out of the backfield and the red zone.

1. Kirk Cousins

This should be an easy one. If you're having quarterback issues, pick up Kirk Cousins. We still don't know how good Cousins truly is because he's only started four games. Cousins played fantastic against the Jacksonville Jaguars completing 22 of 33 pass attempts for two touchdowns and zero interceptions.

Robert Griffin III just can't stay healthy. His latest injury is to the left ankle, and it is very unlikely he will play in Week 3 against the Eagles. Cousins knows the system, and he doesn't run nearly as much as Griffin does. If Cousins plays well against the Eagles, he may continue to start for the Redskins.

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