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Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Sleepers for Week 5

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 5, owned in less than 30 percent of Yahoo! fantasy football leagues, come into play.

1. Diontae Johnson, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers (7% Owned)

Since moving into the Pittsburgh Steelers' starting lineup along with QB Mason Rudolph in Week 3, Diontae Johnson is tied for the team lead with 12 targets. He has converted those looks into nine receptions and 129 yards, also finding the end zone in each game. This offense isn't an especially exciting one, and Johnson has benefited from a couple of soft matchups, but slotting in as the Steelers' No. 2 WR makes him an intriguing fantasy option moving forward.

2. Keke Coutee, WR, Houston Texans (18% Owned)

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Kenny Stills went down with a hamstring injury in Week 4, opening the door for Keke Coutee to step back up as the Houston Texans' No. 3 WR. Coutee's 58 percent snap share in Week 4 was the highest single-game mark either he or Stills has seen in any game this season. Coutee has only seen seven targets on the year, but the Texans' passing attack is likely to become a lot more fantasy-friendly over the next couple games. Houston has matchups against the Atlanta Falcons (Week 5) and Kansas City Chiefs (Week 6), who have both allowed above-average fantasy production to opposing wideouts in 2019.

3. Deebo Samuel, WR, San Francisco 49ers (27% Owned)

Deebo Samuel is one of only two San Francisco 49ers wideouts (along with Marquise Goodwin) to play at least 50 percent of the team's offensive snaps in any of their three games. Samuel has done it twice, and he's only 10 snaps behind Goodwin for the lead in the group. He's also been a lot busier on those snaps, racking up 14 targets to Goodwin's eight, sitting behind only tight end George Kittle for the team lead. He's also been one of the 49ers' more efficient pass-catchers, averaging 10.5 yards per target, something that could earn Samuel an increased role in the team's offense moving forward. The second-round pick could very well be in for an uptick in volume with the potential to establish himself as San Fran's top wideout in the near future.


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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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