Fantasy Football: Playing the waiver wire for Week 5

Moving to Week 5 now, here are some fantasy football waiver wire adds to consider.
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WR Jameson Williams, Detroit Lions

Williams' gambling suspension has been shortened, and he's now eligible to play Week 5 against the Carolina Panthers. On Monday Lions' head coach Dan Campbell confirmed Williams will be on a snap count if he plays this week, and perhaps beyond.

Williams played in just six games as a rookie last year after he suffered a torn ACL in his final college game. He had at least 40 yards on both of his touches in limited action (a catch and a carry) last season, but that one catch came on nine targets.

Williams can't be in fantasy lineups for at least the next two weeks, if not a little longer. But he makes great sense as a high-upside stash in leagues with 12 or more teams, with an eye on him being fully ramped up and a difference maker later on.

ESPN Ownership: 16.3%
Yahoo! Ownership: 32%

WR Curtis Samuel, Washington Commanders

Samuel had seven catches (on eight targets) for 51 yards against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 4, along with a rushing touchdown. He has over 50 receiving yards in three of four games this season, with double-digit PPR points twice. He's second on the Commanders in receptions (17) and yards (178) thus far.

Week 5 brings a nice matchup against the Chicago Bears. Week 6-11 is not too bad either (Atlanta Falcons, New York Giants, Eagles again, New England Patriots, Seattle Seahawks, Giants again).

Samuel is easy to overlook, and there is always the risk of a dud game. But he is well worth a look as a flex streamer in PPR formats this week, and through bye weeks he could be viable in deeper leagues.

ESPN Ownership: 12.6%
Yahoo! Ownership: 9%

WR Terrace Marshall, Carolina Panthers

While you surely weren't looking, Marshal has 14 receptions on 18 targets over the last two weeks (nine catches for 56 yards against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 4). That volume has only yielded 91 combined yards, but with rookie Jonathan Mingo (concussion) out against the Vikings, Marshall's volume is hard to ignore.

A report Sunday morning suggested the Panthers are looking to trade for a wide receiver, which is weird for a team that's now 0-4 with two veterans (Adam Thielen, DJ Chark) already in place. It would seem to make more sense to give younger players (Mingo, Marshall) more run as time goes on and losses likely pile up.

In deeper PPR leagues, Marshall is worth a look as a high-upside waiver wire add/stash.

ESPN Ownership: 0.4%
Yahoo! Ownership: 1%