Everyone is going to be blowing their waiver priority or FAAB on Trey Lance and Damien Williams this week. And for good reason, Williams and Lance are our top waiver wire adds of the week. But fantasy football is often won on the margins, and savvy managers are scouring the waiver wire looking for the more unheralded options.
With that in mind, here are the top waiver-wire sleepers heading into Week 5.
Waiver Wire Sleepers Week 5
Note: Only players rostered in fewer than 20% of Yahoo! fantasy football leagues are in consideration for this list.
3. Darrel Williams, RB, Kansas City Chiefs (10% Rostered)
Darrel Williams is slowly carving out a real role. Even the smallest of roles are worth taking note of when you're playing on an offense as explosive as the Kansas City Chiefs. Starting off with a 22% snap share in Week 1, Williams' role has grown each week, checking in at 36% in Week 4. Consequently, he's increased his touches on a weekly basis as well, coming off a 12-touch game in Week 4. If his role continues to expand, he could offer some low-end FLEX value in deeper formats. And he's also an excellent handcuff for Clyde Edwards-Helaire, who had injury troubles last year.
2. Van Jefferson, WR, Los Angeles Rams (5% Rostered)
Robert Woods and Matthew Stafford just haven't built a connection yet, and Van Jefferson continues to take advantage of that. He's coming off back-to-back 6 target games, averaging 5.0 catches for 66.0 yards with 1 touchdown during that span. Jefferson appears to have a non-zero chance to emerge as the No. 2 option in this elite passing attack, giving him some real rest-of-season upside.
1. Rashod Bateman, WR, Baltimore Ravens (25% Rostered)
Rashod Bateman isn't technically eligible for this list (25% rostered), but we'll make an exception. The Baltimore Ravens' rookie has a chance to make his debut either this week or next. With the inconsistent play of both Sammy Watkins and Marquise Brown, it's absolutely possible that Bateman earns a huge role right away. Go get him this week, but it's probably best to take a wait-and-see approach before throwing him into any starting lineup.
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