Sneaky Fantasy Football Players to Start in Week 5

Jason Schandl
Carolina Panthers v Arizona Cardinals
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We're a quarter of the way through the fantasy football season, and with the heavy dose of change the NFL seems to bring us every week, most fantasy teams have been shaken up significantly since draft season. Injuries, duds and bye weeks have all been wreaking havoc, leaving holes in plenty of starting lineups.

Whatever the case, here are three sneaky players to start in fantasy football in Week 5, all of whom are owned in fewer than 25 percent of Yahoo! Fantasy Football Leagues.

1. KeeSean Johnson, WR, Arizona Cardinals (2% Owned)

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Christian Kirk is expected to miss Sunday's game with an ankle injury, and Damiere Byrd is unlikely to play through a hamstring ailment. That leaves a massive void in one of the NFL's most pass-heavy offenses. Kyler Murray's 169 pass attempts are the third most in the NFL through four weeks, and Kirk (36) and Byrd (18) have both accounted for significant target totals. Rookie KeeSean Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald will be the only healthy Week 5 wideouts in Arizona that have played at least 50 percent of the team's snaps this season. Johnson's already fourth on the team with 19 targets, and with so many vacated, he should be in for some serious volume in a terrific matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals.

2. Tyler Eifert, TE, Cincinnati Bengals (21% Owned)

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You can't ask for a better matchup than a tight end against the Cardinals right now. The Cards have allowed 32 receptions, 431 yards and six touchdowns on 40 targets, giving up over eight more PPR points per game to the position than any other team. Tyler Eifert has notched at least five targets in three of his four games this season, and while he's not playing a full complement of snaps in 2019, that receiving volume should be more than enough to allow him to take advantage of this matchup.

3. Cole Beasley, WR, Buffalo Bills (19% Owned)

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Cole Beasley and Cooper Kupp are the only players in the NFL to see double-digit targets in each of the last two weeks. Beasley has led the Buffalo Bills in both targets (36) and receptions (24) this season, quietly averaging 12.2 PPR points per game despite not yet finding the end zone. He will probably get a downgrade at QB this week, with Matt Barkley expected to replace the injured Josh Allen, but an average of nine targets per game is not the kind of volume you're usually going to be able to find when you're scrambling for a WR late in the week. That's enough to make Beasley a viable play against the Tennessee Titans on Sunday.

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