2020 Season: Week 3 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 3 Sunday Morning Preview

Key Injury Updates

Julio Jones (INACTIVE, Hamstring): Julio is out for Week 3 against Chicago per Ian Rapoport. Start Russell Gage if you have him.

A.J. Brown (OUT, Knee): According to Adam Schefter, the knee bruise is trending down for Brown, so Corey Davis and Adam Humphries should be added not only for this week but going forward.

Tyrod Taylor (OUT, Chest/Ribs): While Taylor's injury is nothing new, it now seems he is expected to miss Week 4 in addition to Week 3. Get Justin Herbert on your roster while you still can.

Deebo Samuel (OUT, Foot): Not important for Sunday's games, but with Samuel likely to be back for a solid match-up against the Miami Dolphins on October 11th, add him as a stash if he is still available in your league.

Duke Johnson (OUT, Ankle): Not a major update, but D. Johnson being out should further solidify the other D. Johnson's dominance in the Houston backfield.

Davante Adams (DOUBTFUL, Hamstring): Looks like a true game-time decision, so proceed with caution.

Darren Waller (ACTIVE, Knee), Josh Jacobs (ACTIVE, Hip), Kenny Golladay (QUESTIONABLE, Hamstring), Jerry JEUDY (QUESTIONABLE, Ribs): All are expected to play per Ian Rapoport and Adam Schefter. Waller and Jacobs were declared active as I typed this.

Key Injury Reminders

Honestly, there are a lot of injuries this week, so I recommend revisiting the "2020 Season: Week 2 Injury Mega-Article" and checking out the "2020 Season: Week 3 Nightcap" from last night to refresh your memory.

Top Waiver Players Yahoo

Mitchell Trubisky (QB) [10% Rostered Yahoo/13.4% Rostered ESPN]: Look, Trubisky was not good in Week 2 against a bad New York Football Giants DST, and that is concerning. However, the key stat here is not the poor 15.20 points against New York in Week 2, but instead, it is that the average finish for QBs against the Atlanta Falcons DST this year has been QB1. Russell Wilson in Week 1 and Dak Prescott in Week 2 finished with 31.78 and 39.80 points respectively. This is just too good a match-up to pass on.

Jeff Wilson Jr. (RB) [22% Rostered Yahoo/13.7% Rostered ESPN]: Look, I know Rex Burkhead is the sexy pick here, but he is behind Cam Newton and Sony Michel for rushing attempts, and despite James White being out last week, Burkhead did not light it up. Frank Gore is a potential volume option, but he seems to not be doing much with the workload he has been given. So give me Jeff Wilson Jr., who seems to be a prime candidate to fall into the end zone. Last year he scored 4 times on only 27 attempts (just under a 15% TD rate), and the Giants are due to give one up to an RB. 

Corey Davis (WR) [47.2% Rostered Yahoo/48% Rostered ESPN]: With A.J. Brown out again this week (and for the foreseeable future), the Corey Davis show should continue. Yes, last week the train was a little slower getting out of the station, but 14.9 PPG is still a solid performance through two weeks. Look for Davis and teammate Adam Humphries to continue to be viable WR2 plays against a Minnesota DST that seems completely lost.

Jordan Reed (TE) [28% Rostered Yahoo/20% Rostered ESPN]: Recommended picking up Reed in this week's "Waiver Wire" column, and apparently some of you listened. Or at least I hope you did because with George Kittle now confirmed out for Week 3's game against the New York Football Giants, Reed should be an easy streaming option with TE1 upside.

Washington Football Team (DST) [16% Rostered Yahoo/13.8% Rostered ESPN]: Somehow Baker Mayfield looks okay against an awful Bengals DST and suddenly we think that that Riverboat Ron's Fightin' Football Team should be written off? I do not care how good that rushing attack is, Baker is still throwing at least a pick and I would not be surprised if the Washington front seven brings Baker down behind the line a couple times. Pick up the Washington DST and enjoy as Chase Young reminds Ohio what is has been missing.

Rodrigo Blankenship (K) [25% Rostered Yahoo/42.3% ESPN]: I do not even have enough space to link all the time's this week I have talked about Blank the Tank, but click here for his initial appearance in the waiver wire article.

Top Waiver Players ESPN

Justin Herbert (QB) [14.9% Rostered ESPN/21% Rostered Yahoo]: Herbert handled his baptism by fire pretty well last Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs, finishing QB13 with 23.24 points. Would have been higher except for an unfortunate interception, but it was good to see the rookie QB add a score with his legs and look calm in the pocket. Game script could be rough against a Carolina Panthers defense that is abysmal against the run, but I think it will be tough for the Los Angeles Chargers to be even more run-heavy at this point.

Dion Lewis (RB) [37.6% Rostered ESPN/55% Rostered Yahoo]: First, the bad: The New York offensive line is garbage, Devonta Freeman will be available for the Week 3 match-up against San Francisco, and as bad as the Niners' rash of injuries has been, they are still more than a match for this awful Giants team. The good news? Lewis should look to get a fair amount of passing down work, and thankfully this is PPR so that matters. This is a FLEX play at best, but there just is not much out there this week.

Marquez Valdes-Scantling (WR) [32.6% Rostered ESPN/43% Rostered Yahoo]: Davante Adams is likely out for Green Bay's Week 3 match-up against New Orleans, and Valdes-Scantling has been a slight (but clear) number two ahead of Allen Lazard. If Valdes-Scantling can do a little more with the targets he has been getting WR2/WR3/FLEX numbers should not be a stretch, even against a tough Saints DST.

Logan Thomas (TE) [18.2% Rostered ESPN/33% Rostered Yahoo]: I cover this in this week's "Movers & Shakers," but if you like the player and you like the match-up, it is usually an easy call. This is no exception.

Tennessee Titans (DST) [29.3% Rostered ESPN/48% Rostered Yahoo]: Minnesota has looked bad this season, with Kirk Cousins leading the NFL in interceptions and interception percentage. As an added bonus, Tennessee's offense should be able to fire on all cylinders against a Minnesota DST that has been second-worst in the league through two weeks, which means the Titans defense will have to do less and will be fresher when they have to take the field. This combination of factors should make Tennessee an easy streaming option in ESPN leagues.

Daniel Carlson (K) [8.5% Rostered ESPN/10% Rostered Yahoo]: My pick this week for a "Boom" performance, Carlson is still widely available if you need a kicker.

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