Fantasy football beware: 5 players expected to return in Week 5

The fantasy football community will be welcoming back five familiar names in Week 5.

Cooper Kupp returning to the Los Angeles Rams in Week 5 is a possibility.
Cooper Kupp returning to the Los Angeles Rams in Week 5 is a possibility. / Kevin Sabitus/GettyImages
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Jameson Williams escapes with the ball against the Chicago Bears. / Nic Antaya/GettyImages

#3. Detroit Lions WR Jameson Williams

After his recovery from a torn ACL limited him to a six-game rookie season in 2022, Jameson Williams was suspended four games for violating the NFL's gambling policy in 2023. Although Williams is super talented, his fantasy football hype is built on potential and not production.

The former Alabama superstar managed to play in six games in 2022 after getting healthy, but only managed one 41-yard touchdown catch on nine targets across those six games. In addition, Williams had the lowest route participation of any Detroit Lions receiver in each of those six games. He also had a target share of greater than five percent just twice (six percent in Week 14 and seven percent in Week 17).

Three of Williams' nine targets came on play action passes, and finished his six-game cameo with an average depth of target of 19.25 yards. The Lions featured the 22-year-old almost exclusively as a deep threat, and he may have to settle for a similar role if Josh Reynolds continues to play well.

There are targets to be had in Detroit's offense; since Week 1, Marvin Jones has had target shares of zero, zero, and four percent. Reynolds had an 18 percent share in Week 2, a goose egg in Week 3, and then a season-high 23 percent on Thursday. The former Los Angeles Rams receiver has had chemistry with Jared Goff dating back to the duo's days there, and that could be enough to keep Williams from making a huge impact, especially in fantasy football.

Fantasy managers should definitely consider adding the reinstated Williams, but it's very easy to be enticed by the talent. Until we see the usage and the production, let's pump the brakes for now.