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Dom Cintorino November 28, 2018 11:02AM EDT

A look at the players to keep an eye on in deeper leagues, though you don’t have to pick them all up just yet

The NFL season is slowly winding down. Hopefully you have benefitted from The Watch List so far this season as your roster begins to solidify. We finally saw Josh Adams, who was a part of the Week Five Watch List, completely take over the Eagles’ backfield this week. He carried the ball 22 times and found the end zone for the second time this season. Let’s take a look at some names to keep an eye on as playoffs approach:

Matt LaCosse, Denver Broncos TE

A tight end you may want to consider down the home stretch is Matt LaCosse. Earlier in the season, the Broncos lost Jake Butt, and now Jeff Heuerman is done for the year with a rib/lung injury suffered this past Sunday. That leaves us with LaCosse as the last tight end remaining in the Broncos’ offense. He has not been given many chances since entering the league in 2015, but he might just save your fantasy season. LaCosse caught all three of his receptions, including a touchdown, in the second quarter. With options running thin for Case Keenum, look for LaCosse to make an impact with a favorable remaining schedule ahead of him.

Justin Jackson, Los Angeles Chargers RB

Though Justin Jackson may not be “Watch List” material, it is panic mode time in most leagues. With Melvin Gordon sidelined for the next few weeks, Jackson could be handling the bulk of the carries. Austin Ekeler may out-snap him and take over passing downs, but Jackson looks to be the preferred runner. Jackson averaged over eight YPC on his seven rush attempts against the Cardinals. He’s not a great option to plug into your lineup right away, but is worth adding if you are looking for help at the running back position.

 Jeff Wilson Jr., San Francisco 49ers RB

 It looks as if the 49ers have pulled the plug on the Alfred Morris project. With Morris being a healthy scratch on Sunday, UDFA Jeff Wilson Jr. stepped in. Wilson saw his first NFL action this week, turning seven carries into 33 yards. If the 49ers don’t plan on dressing Morris for the remainder of the season, it will be Wilson sharing touches with Matt Breida. We all know Breida has had trouble staying on the field this season, so if anything were to happen, you’d have to imagine Wilson would take over.

 Ryan Switzer, Pittsburgh Steelers WR

 Brought in primarily to be the punt returner, Ryan Switzer is now carving himself a role in the Steelers’ offense. Switzer had his most productive game of the season this past Sunday in Denver catching six of eight targets for a season-high 67 yards. Though Switzer is not a top option in this offense, he could provide a nice floor to finish out the season in PPR formats. He is a safe check down option for Roethlisberger and has shown the ability to get open. Keep an eye on Switzer in the upcoming weeks.

 Auden Tate, Cincinnati Bengals WR

 The 2018 season is not playing out the way the Bengals had hoped. They have now lost Andy Dalton for the rest of the season, leaving third year quarterback out of Louisiana Tech, Jeff Driskel, as the team’s starter. With AJ Green battling a toe injury, rookie Auden Tate has progressively become more involved in the offense. This past week, Driskel targeted Tate five times in the fourth quarter, while only completing just two of them. Though it wasn’t anything special, Driskel was looking his way, and if the Bengals continue to use Tate, he could have some upside moving forward.

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