2020 Season: Week 2 Sunday Morning Preview

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Malcolm McMillan (@McLateralFF)
The Lateral Writer

Welcome to the Sunday Morning Preview! Hopefully last night you poured yourself a drink, read our Saturday Nightcap, and woke up feeling refreshed for a full day of watching football while your significant other gives you the side-eye for paying attention to your scores on your phone than the game you are making them watch.

Still, sometimes things change during the night. Players are confirmed "Out" with an injury that was "Questionable" only the day before, people tinker with their lineups while you slept and suddenly there is someone left on waivers that you did not notice before.

That is what this preview is here for! You will find the biggest injury updates and reminders, along with a waiver recommendation at each position for Yahoo and ESPN in case you still have a spot that needs shoring up for today's games.

Week 2 Sunday Morning Preview

Key Injury Updates

Cortland Sutton (ACTIVE, Shoulder): Sutton is officially "Active" for Week 2. High risk of re-injury, but you will probably need to start him.

Phillip Lindsay (OUT, Toe): While a Week 2 absence is not news, the fact that Lindsay is likely out for "Weeks" is a major development. Melvin Gordon III looks likely to dominate that backfield for a while.

George Kittle (OUT, Knee): Unlike with Lindsay, Kittle's update is that he is trending in the right direction. Still out for Week 2, but a Week 3 return is now a distinct possibility.

Justin Jackson (DOUBTFUL, Quadricep): Expect Jackson to be inactive Week 2, further cementing Joshua Kelley's role in the Los Angeles Chargers' backfield.

Michael Pittman Jr. (ACTIVE, Toe): Despite expectations that Pittman would be inactive for Week 2, both he and Zach Pascal (ankle) is now active for their matchup against the Vikings. While Campbell and Hilton should remain the top WRs on the Colts, this widens the range of outcomes for every Indianapolis WR.

Golden Tate (ACTIVE, Hamstring): Tate is officially active, but unfortunately is up against the Bears defense. Still, this should take the pressure off Sterling Shepard, so keep an eye out on how the receivers in New York shake out with the Giants' skill players all healthy for the first time.

La'Mical Perine (ACTIVE, Ankle): The New York Jets' rookie is finally going to see the field in Week 2, though Frank Gore will remain the starter. Personally, I would not start any Jets RBs, but Perine-watch has officially begun for those in deeper leagues.

James Conner (ACTIVE, Ankle): Given the high risk of reinjury for both the injury he sustained in Week 1, his injury-plagued career, and the possibility he will split carries in Week 2 against the Broncos, avoid Conner if you can. Unfortunately, if he is on your roster, you probably cannot. 

Key Injury Reminders

Michael Thomas (OUT, Ankle): Despite what Michael Thomas may hope, he is officially out for Week 2. Expect this same blurb in Week 3.

Chris Godwin (OUT, Concussion): Still working his way through the concussion protocol. Add Scotty Miller if you are still in need at WR and cannot get Parris Campbell or Corey Davis.

A.J. Brown (OUT, Knee): Much like Michael Thomas, expect Brown's name to be here again next week. This means Corey Davis is a must-add if you have the roster spot and he is available.

Kenny Golladay (OUT, Hamstring): He may be close to returning, but he will not be returning this week. Despite a poor Week 1, I would start Marvin Jones this week.

Le'Veon Bell (OUT, Hamstring): Turns out, there was something wrong with his hamstrings. Would not be shocked if he is done in New York once he comes off of the injured reserve list.

Jamison Crowder (OUT, Hamstring): Crowder's absence bodes well for Herndon and potentially the RB group, but bad for the New York Jets.

Top Waiver Players Yahoo

Garnder Minshew II (QB) [31% Rostered Yahoo/19.3% Rostered ESPN]: QB13 in what was a high scoring week for QBs, Minshew does not make a ton of mistakes and adds value with his legs. The match-up is not great, but Trubisky is impossible to trust, and Tannehill could potentially have the game script working against him, so Minshew gets the nod here.

Joshua Kelley (RB) [38% Rostered Yahoo/38% Rostered ESPN]: If Kelley continues to get double-digit touches, he has to be a FLEX consideration, especially with Justin Jackson likely out for Week 2. Add the fact that the Chiefs gave up 5.4 Y/A and 2 Rushing TDs in Week 1, and Kelley should have a solid match-up despite the lack of passing work.

Parris Campbell (WR) [48% Rostered Yahoo/51.8% Rostered ESPN]: Campbell hopefully cemented himself as the WR2 in Indianapolis, leading the team in both targets and yards in Week 1. Given that Campbell was talked about ad nauseam last week, it is a shock to see him still this available. 

Chris Herndon (TE) [46% Rostered Yahoo/40.3% Rostered ESPN]: Herndon turned a slow start into a respectable TE20 finish in Week 1, but the real stat to look at was a second-best 7 targets amongst all New York Jets receivers, behind Jamison Crowder and his 13 targets. Given Crowder's absence for the Jets' Week 2 match-up against the San Francisco 49ers, Herndon should be a viable starter despite a bad match-up and an even worse head coach.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (DST) [48% Rostered Yahoo/42.5% Rostered ESPN]: Week 1 was a bad performance from what many expected to be an ascendant defense, but a closer look shows that Tampa simply got crushed in the turnover battle. Week 2 should be a vast improvement against Carolina, who does not have either the offense or the defense that New Orleans had.

Josh Lambo (K) [8% Rostered Yahoo/16.9% ESPN]: Check out The Lateral's "Week 2 Waiver Wire" for the scoop on Lambo.

Top Waiver Players ESPN

Jared Goff (QB) [37.7% Rostered ESPN/62% Rostered Yahoo]: A better QB than Dwayne Haskins could have easily torched the Eagles DST, who did not look good in Week 1. Given the Eagles are better against the run than the pass, Goff could be a could volume play for Week 2.

Adrian Peterson (RB) [47.0% Rostered ESPN/61% Rostered Yahoo]: Peterson looks to be a serious contender to lead the RBBC in Detroit, especially after 14 carriers and 3 receptions in Week 1. Detroit could find themselves needing to pass a lot if Green Bay comes out to an early lead, but Peterson is a solid FLEX option for Week 2 given his RB2 potential.

Corey Davis (WR) [27.2% Rostered ESPN/39% Rostered Yahoo]: Davis was already riding high on an excellent Week 1 performance that saw him finish WR21. Then the news came out on Friday that A.J. Brown will be out for at least Week 2. Davis should be a must-start as a FLEX unless you are truly stacked.

Jonnu Smith (TE) [38.6 Rostered ESPN/66% Rostered Yahoo]: How Jonnu Smith is still available in ESPN leagues is beyond me. To avoid repeating myself, just read what I said in this week's "Movers & Shakers." 

Arizona Cardinals (DST) [33.9% Rostered ESPN/45% Rostered Yahoo]: I will be honest, this recommendation has scared me, which is why I have spent most of the week avoiding it. The Cardinals defense was middling in Week 1 against an abnormally bad San Francisco team they were lucky to beat and as bad as Washington QB Dwayne Haskins looked at times, Washington had zero turnovers against the Philadelphia Eagles despite a fumble from Haskins. Yes, Haskins could be a candidate for regression in Week 2, but the Cardinals are not a good DST, so this is strictly a match-up dependent play.

Mason Crosby (K) [46.4% Rostered ESPN/45% Rostered Yahoo]: Check out The Lateral's "Week 2 Movers & Shakers" for the scoop on Crosby.

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