2020 Season: Week 2 Saturday Nightcap


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Charles Herrmann (@HermsNFL)
The Lateral Chief Editor

One down, fifteen (or sixteen if your league plays Week 17) to go.

The big slate of Sunday games for Week 2 is one measly sleep away. In order to help you get prepared, The Lateral is here to give you a rundown of whatever we feel you need to know to be prepared for Sunday. I am personally a big believer in going to sleep knowing that your lineup is set to the best of your ability so you can enjoy the Sunday games more rather than being left scrambling and making last minutes decisions, so that's the point of this weekly Saturday nightcap. 

Injuries of note, solid matchups to exploit, and last minute waiver moves are the name of the game here. As far as start/sit questions go, you can always tweet at myself (handle above) or my fine partner Malcolm McMillan (@McLateralFF) and we'll do our best to help ya out. And don't forget to look out for Malcolm's Sunday piece giving you whatever last minute news you need to know as well. 

Alright, enough talking. Let's get into it:


INJURIES OF NOTE

Some big names are going to be missing action tomorrow. I would anticipate the primary beneficiaries of Thomas' absence would be TE Jared Cook and RB Alvin Kamara, but there is a case to be made for WR Emmanuel Sanders to be a big winner. Sanders is widely rostered already, but perhaps WR Tre'Quan Smith is available in your league if you want to take a risky stab. Similar to last week when WR Mike Evans was limited, Tampa Bay WR Scotty Miller should see elevated opportunity with WR Chris Godwin out in a fabulous matchup vs Carolina.

Kittle being out leaves the door open to oft-injured TE Jordan Reed to take his place. The risk of him getting hurt in-game is always present, but there are worse options if you're in a pinch. As far as the pair of Jets, their absences probably means avoiding any Jets players, but TE Chris Herndon and WR Breshad Perriman both represent big swings if you feel lucky.

The weakening of the Steelers offensive line puts a damper on the prospects of RB James Conner on top of the ankle injury that kept him out of the majority of the MNF game last week. In the same game, Lindsay being out boosts RB counterpart Melvin Gordon a touch. Lastly, A.J. Brown missing time gave WR Corey Davis good opportunity last week against the Broncos and could be a sneaky play this week against the Jaguars.


TOP GAMES TO TARGET/EXPLOIT

Each of these games are the ones I have identified as good opportunities to look for easy points in:

  • Carolina Panthers @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  • New Orleans Saints @ Las Vegas Raiders

  • New York Giants @ Chicago Bears

TOP PPR WAIVER OPTIONS AT EACH POSITION

For these, I'll be taking a look at their ownership % on ESPN and Yahoo:

QUARTERBACK:

  • TEN Ryan Tannehill (vs Jacksonville) 34.4% owned/45% owned Yahoo

  • *Favorite Play of the Week* CHI Mitchell Trubisky (vs Giants) 10.8% owned ESPN/7% owned Yahoo

RUNNING BACK:

  • JAX James Robinson (@ Tennessee) 60.6% owned ESPN/67% owned Yahoo

  • LAC Joshua Kelley (vs Kansas City) 26.4% owned ESPN/38% owned Yahoo

  • DET Adrian Peterson (@ Green Bay) 46.2% owned ESPN/61% owned Yahoo

  • *TD DEPENDENT* NE Sony Michel (@ Seattle) 46.7% owned ESPN/67% owned Yahoo

  • *Stash & See* MIA Myles Gaskin (vs Buffalo) 11.7% owned ESPN/13% owned Yahoo

WIDE RECEIVER:

  • TEN Corey Davis (vs Jacksonville) 49.8% owned ESPN/36% owned Yahoo

  • IND Parris Campbell (vs Minnesota) 51.8% owned ESPN/47% owned Yahoo

  • *Favorite Play of the Week* TB Scotty Miller (vs Carolina) 20.2% owned ESPN/36% owned Yahoo

  • NYJ Breshad Perriman (vs San Francisco) 37.4% owned ESPN/15% owned Yahoo

  • *HIGH RISK/REWARD* NO Tre'Quan Smith (@ Las Vegas) 15.5% owned ESPN/10% owned Yahoo

TIGHT END:

  • *Chasing TD Upside Pick* WAS Logan Thomas (@ Arizona) 39.9% owned ESPN/29% owned Yahoo

  • NYJ Chris Herndon (vs San Francisco) 37.7% owned/46% owned Yahoo

  • SF Jordan Reed (@ Jets) 3.5% owned ESPN/5% owned Yahoo

  • TEN Jonnu Smith (vs Jacksonville) 29.3% owned ESPN/66% owned Yahoo


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