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Jamaal Williams start or sit: Week 5 fantasy football advice

We go over the fantasy football outlook of Jamaal Williams ahead of the Detroit Lions Week 5 matchup against the Minnesota Vikings.

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Update — Williams is officially active for Week 5 vs. the Vikings. Swift is also active.

The Detroit Lions remain winless through the first four games of the season as they most recently fell victim to the Chicago Bears with a 24-14 loss. Their 0-4 start to the 2021 season has the whole team in the hot seat as they search for that first win. They’ll take on the Minnesota Vikings in Week 5.

Fantasy Football analysis: Lions RB Jamaal Williams

Jamaal Williams put in a season-high 66 rushing yards with 14 carries, but didn’t find the end zone and wasn’t targeted by QB Jared Goff. This is the first time that Williams has out-touched D’Andre Swift this season, with Swift only coming in at eight carries and 16 yards. Williams handled the majority of the goal-line touches and put in a decent performance, but with how poorly the Lions are doing he still wasn’t much to chat about among fantasy managers.

Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation

Sit Jamaal Williams as it’s unknown whether he’ll see as much action in Week 5 as he did in Week 4 against the Bears. D’Andre Swift is generally seen as the go-to back and until we know for sure otherwise, that should be the expected case. The Vikings will also be a tough matchup for the Lions, and with both teams in dire need of a win, it could be a low-scoring affair for both sides.