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Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Sleepers for Week 8

Jason Schandl
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It's important to stay on top of the best waiver wire pickups in fantasy football every week. But sometimes you're stuck with a low waiver priority and miss out on the top options. Or maybe you find yourself in a deeper league with sharp players, which can leave the options on the waiver wire a lot less appealing than we tend see in standard leagues.

That's where these top fantasy football waiver wire sleepers for Week 7, owned in less than 30 percent of Yahoo! fantasy football leagues, come into play.

1. Ty Johnson, RB, Detroit Lions (5% Owned)

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With Kerryon Johnson now headed to IR, Ty Johnson will likely be the top waiver wire pickup of the week. Ty played 64 percent of the Lions' offensive snaps in Week 7 after Kerryon went down, and he racked up 10 carries and four targets. He'll concede some passing-down work to J.D. McKissick, but that's not a huge concern in what could be a close game against the New York Giants. This is also a prime matchup, with the Giants allowing the NFL's seventh-most fantasy points per game to opposing RBs.

2. DaeSean Hamilton, WR, Denver Broncos (6% Owned)

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With Emmanuel Sanders traded to the San Francisco 49ers on Tuesday, DaeSean Hamilton climbs the pecking order as the Denver Broncos' new No. 2 WR. Sanders has accounted for 19 percent of the Denver Broncos' targets this season, racking up 44 compared to only 22 for Hamilton, who ranks third among Broncos' wideouts. No other WR on the team has seen more than two targets in 2019, and Hamilton should find himself settling into a significantly expanded role moving forward.

3. Derek Carr, QB, Oakland Raiders (20% Owned)

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Derek Carr hasn't posted especially good fantasy numbers in 2019, but topping 15 fantasy points in two of his last four games does indicate some potential. His schedule has done him absolutely no favors, as three of his six opponents have held QBs to bottom-seven fantasy production on the season, while none have allowed even top-12 numbers. Things get a lot easier for him moving forward, as the Houston Texans and Detroit Lions are both allowing top-10 production to opposing QBs.


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Jason Schandl is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Jason Schandl also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username Jaymun. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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