2020 Season: Week 4 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 4 Sunday Morning Preview

Key Injury Updates

Cam Newton (OUT, COVID-19): Newton's positive test yesterday rocked an already reeling NFL, and despite the Patriots vs Chiefs game being played on Monday night, Newton will be out Week 4 and likely Week 5.

Chris Carson (QUESTIONABLE, Knee): Carson is now expected to play Week 4, while fellow RB Carlos Hyde (QUESTIONABLE, Shoulder) is a game-time decision and trending towards "OUT."

Joe Mixon (QUESTIONABLE, Chest): Ian Rapoport says that the Bengals RB is good to go for Week 4, as the injury is relatively minor.

Terry McLaurin (QUESTIONABLE, Thigh): Rapoport says McLaurin will put on the pads (good news!) against the Baltimore Ravens defense (bad news).

DeAndre Hopkins (QUESTIONABLE, Ankle): Despite the claim that he is "officially a go," it is not truly official yet, so I could not list him as "ACTIVE." Still, this is good enough for me.

Christian Kirk (QUESTIONABLE, Ankle): Still a game-time decision, but Adam Schefter says Kirk is expected to play. Still, no word if he is expected to play well.

Kareem Hunt (QUESTIONABLE, Groin): Hunt is expected to play per Rapoport, and expected to frustrate Nick Chubb owners per me.

Davante Adams (QUESTIONABLE, Hamstring): Adams is still a game-time decision, but given Allen Lazard is out indefinitely (along with whoever is linking tweets for Rotoworld), you should pick up Marquez Valdes-Scantling anyway against an awful Atlanta Falcons defense.

The Atlanta Falcons WR Corps: Julio Jones (QUESTIONABLE, Hamstring) and Calvin Ridley (QUESTIONABLE, Ankle) are both trending upwards, and Russell Gage (ACTIVE, Concussion) is good to go for Week 4 against Green Bay.

Key Injury Reminders

As always, check out The Lateral Editor-in-Chief Charles Herrmann's Saturday Nightcap to get his takes on the injuries we have been monitoring going into Sunday's games.

Top Waiver Players Yahoo

(QB) Gardner Minshew II [46% Rostered Yahoo/45.9% Rostered ESPN]: Look, we keep talking about Minshew, who despite everyone souring on him after one bad week is still QB15, ahead of Deshaun Watson, Thomas Brady, Drew Brees, and Matthew Stafford. Buy low this week ahead of what should be a good match-up against Cincinnati.

(RB) Malcolm Brown [37% Rostered Yahoo/51.5% Rostered ESPN]: There are better options if you just need a weekly fill in (like Jeff Wilson Jr.), but for a long term play Brown is not a bad option. While this seems to be Darrell Henderson's backfield, for now, Henderson and fellow Rams RB Cam Akers have been dealing with injuries in 2020, and Brown would be in line to take over the run-heaviest offense in the NFL if one of them goes down.

(WR) Hunter Renfrow [40% Rostered Yahoo/36.1% Rostered ESPN]: The Slot Machine had a good week last week, recording 20.4 PPR points against a talented New England secondary. Buffalo should provide a similar type of match-up, and given the absence of Bryan Edwards and Henry Ruggs III, Derek Carr is going to target Renfrow early and often. Another option to consider here Tre'Quan Smith, who could thrive against Detroit with Michael Thomas out, but he remains a risky boom/bust play.

(TE) Jimmy Graham [49% Rostered Yahoo/54.2% Rostered ESPN]: Jimmy Graham was TE1 in Week 3, and while the 24 PPR points are unlikely to be a weekly occurrence, the starter-worthy performances should keep coming with Nick Foles under center. The talent is there, and whether it is throwing them a TD pass or them throwing him a TD pass, Big Dick Nick loves the TE. If Graham is not available in your league though, may I interest you in some Mo Alie-Cox? Do not sleep on Antonio Gates 2.0.

(DST) Los Angeles Chargers [39% Rostered Yahoo/38% Rostered ESPN]: As long as there is a Bosa brother still on this team, I believe in their potential. The performance against Carolina was not great, but I think the talent on this unit could provide a weekly starter. Buy low and thank me later.

(K) Joey Slye [47% Rostered Yahoo/15.1% ESPN]: This is not the first time I have talked about Slye, and if you keep sleeping on him, it probably will not be the last.

Top Waiver Players ESPN

(QB) Ryan Fitzpatrick [28.0% Rostered ESPN/33% Rostered Yahoo]: We have covered Fitzpatrick pretty heavily this week, so check out what I said about him, or what Charles said about him. Take your pick.

(RB) Jeff Wilson Jr. [45.1% Rostered ESPN/41% Rostered Yahoo]: With Raheem Mostert out for Week 4, everything I said about Jeff Wilson Jr. in Week 3 remains true in Week 4. Yes, if you listened to me you would have missed out on Rex Burkhead's 34.8 PPR points, but I am sure you were consoled by Wilson's not too shabby 21.9 PPR points.

(WR) Tee Higgins [25% Rostered ESPN/32% Rostered Yahoo]: Covered Tee Higgins in this week's "Boom/Bust" article, so go take a look if you want the skinny on the speedy Bengals WR. Greg Ward is also worth considering, which I swear someone mentioned last week, but his match-up against the Niners is tougher than Higgins' match-up against the JAGs, and Higgins is likely to provide better ROS value, so he gets the nod from me.

(TE) Dalton Schultz [32.6% Rostered ESPN/49% Rostered Yahoo]: Charles covered it pretty simply in this week's "Boom/Bust," and if you need more convincing I covered it earlier in the week in "Movers & Shakers." The volume is just too good despite how low Schultz is on the totem pole in Dallas.

(DST) Kansas City Chiefs [23% Rostered ESPN/69% Rostered Yahoo]: It seems that the Chiefs will be able to play their Week 4 match-up against the New England Patriots. This has been a Top-10 DST through 3 weeks in 2020, and now they get a match-up against Brian Hoyer instead of Cam Newton. Seems like a no-brainer to me.
(K) Rodrigo Blankenship [45.7% Rostered ESPN/43% Rostered Yahoo]: See our "Week 3 Waiver Wire" article to read me wax poetic about Blank the Tank. The nickname may never stick, but my take on him probably will.

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