The Watch List: Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Sleepers to Stash Ahead of Week 8

Jason Schandl
Jacksonville Jaguars v Cincinnati Bengals
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The fantasy football landscape changes so quickly that you should always be thinking weeks ahead. It's a short season, and you can't neglect your current week's lineup, but with the roster spots at the end of your bench you should be taking some gambles.

The following three players, all owned in 15 percent or less of Yahoo! Fantasy Football leagues, may not offer much fantasy appeal in Week 7, but their long-term upside could make them worth a roster spot.

1. DaeSean Hamilton, WR, Denver Broncos (7% Owned)

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DaeSean Hamilton still isn't a lock to become relevant in fantasy football, but the Denver Broncos trading away Emmanuel Sanders will give him a great opportunity to do so. Hamilton and Courtland Sutton are now the only WRs on the Broncos' roster with more than two targets in 2019, and almost by default Hamilton should find himself in an expanded role. It's worth stashing Hamilton on your bench while we see what his role looks like against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, because if he takes Sanders' place in averaging 6.3 targets per game then he will become an intriguing WR3/FLEX option.

2. Rex Burkhead, RB, New England Patriots (13% Owned)

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Rex Burkhead has been sidelined since suffering a foot injury in Week 4, but with a return nearing he could start to offer some fantasy upside again. He played a season high 74 percent of the New England Patriots' offensive snaps in his last full game in Week 3, recording 11 carries and six receptions in that one. He also topped 13 PPR fantasy points in two of three games. An RB's role is never safe in the crowded Patriots backfield, and Sony Michel's lack of efficiency could give Burkhead the opportunity to take over lead back duties in the NFL's highest scoring offense when he gets healthy.

3. Alex Erickson, WR, Cincinnati Bengals (5% Owned)

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With A.J. Green and John Ross on the shelf, Tyler Boyd and Auden Tate have served as the Cincinnati Bengals' top wideouts. Alex Erickson burst onto the scene in Week 7 though, catching eight of his 14 targets for 137 yards. It remains to be seen if this expanded role is going to hold up long-term, but if it does then it will elevate Erickson's fantasy value significantly, even playing in one of the NFL's least exciting fantasy offenses.

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