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The Watch List: Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Sleepers to Stash Ahead of Week 5

Jason Schandl
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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. That's especially true early in the year, with bye weeks still not playing much of a role in Week 5.

The following three players, all owned in 15 percent or less of Yahoo! Fantasy Football leagues, may not offer much fantasy appeal in Week 5, but their long-term upside could make them worth a roster spot.

1. Jamaal Williams, RB, Green Bay Packers (12% Owned)

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Jamaal Williams took a scary hit on Thursday night in Week 4, and he looks unlikely to suit up in Week 5. Don't let that injury overshadow the fact that he was injured while getting the first touch out of the backfield though, starting the game after out-snapping presumed No. 1 RB Aaron Jones 35 to 22 in Week 3. Through three full games Williams had handled 38.4 percent of the Green Bay Packers' backfield touches. When he returns, Williams is in line to play a serious role in this timeshare.

2. Paul Richardson, WR, Washington Redskins (14% Owned)

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Paul Richardson's ownership spiked with Terry McLaurin on the shelf in Week 4, but he flopped and was dropped in most leagues. It's not time to quit on him just yet, though. Even with McLaurin healthy, Richardson saw at least seven targets in two of his first three games, also posting double-digit PPR scores twice during that span. The Washington Redskins get a brutal matchup in Week 5, but things get a lot easier in Week 6 against the Miami Dolphins.

3. Mark Walton, RB, Miami Dolphins (0% Owned)

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Speaking of the Dolphins, they're on bye in Week 5, but there looks to be a shift going on in their backfield. Kalen Ballage has seen his snap share fall significantly since he played 40.8 percent in Week 1, only getting 15.4 percent in Week 4. Meanwhile, Mark Walton played a season-high 25 percent in that outing.The Dolphins are an absolute mess, but that makes Kenyan Drake a potential trade piece this season, while he's also not likely to be leaned on as a workhorse if they keep getting blown out. That means their No. 2 back should see plenty of volume, and Walton looks to be on his way to taking over that role.

4. Mason Rudolph, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers (11% Owned)

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Mason Rudolph racked up a season high 16.9 fantasy points against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 4 after posting 14.5 in his first start of the season in a tough matchup against the San Francisco 49ers. A matchup with the Baltimore Ravens makes him a shaky Week 5 play, but his next two games are against the Los Angeles Chargers and the Miami Dolphins. The game against Miami looks particularly intriguing, as the Dolphins are currently surrendering the most fantasy points per game to opposing QBs.


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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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