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Malcolm McMillan (@McLateralFF)
The Lateral Writer
The Lateral Writer
Welcome to the Sunday Morning Preview! Hopefully last night you poured yourself a drink, set your lineup, 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 6 Sunday Morning Preview
Key Injury Updates
John Brown (QUESTIONABLE, Knee): Brown is still questionable, and given the Bills do not play until Monday, it seems that his status will not be confirmed before the 1 pm kickoff of today's games. Unless you absolutely have to, bench Brown, who has already missed a game this season due to injury. Gabriel Davis would be a potential last-minute replacement.
Breshad Perriman (QUESTIONABLE, Ankle): Perriman is expected to play but Jets QB Sam Darnold (OUT, Shoulder) is not, and none of this matters as long as Adam Gase is coaching the Jets. Avoid, avoid, avoid.
Darius Slayton (ACTIVE, Foot): Slayton is expected to play. At this point, I would rate him a FLEX option, despite his WR22 production in PPR. Still, there is a good chance you are going to play him.
Cleveland Browns WRs Jarvis Landry (QUESTIONABLE, Hip/Ribs) and Odell Beckham Jr (QUESTIONABLE, Illness [non-COVID]): Both Browns receivers are expected to suit up, as is their QB Baker Mayfield (QUESTIONABLE, Chest), but unfortunately so is the Pittsburgh defense.
Curtis Samuel (OUT, Knee): Samuel is now OUT!
Julian Edelman (QUESTIONABLE, Knee): Edelman seems to be fine, as the only news on the WR is that he was a limited participant in practices. Denver will not be a great match-up, but with QB Cam Newton back under center, Edelman should be playable.
D.J. Chark (ACTIVE, Ankle): Chark will be a game-time decision, but is trending up and is expected to play. Plan on starting him.
RB Leonard Fournette (QUESTIONABLE, Ankle): Fournette is a game-time decision, and is expected to play in a very limited capacity. Look elsewhere for your desperation FLEX play.
Tyler Eifert (ACTIVE, Neck): Normally I would not even mention Eifert, but he has a high projection for this week, so he merited discussion. Personally, I think there are better options available, so get Eric Ebron, Darren Fells, or Trey Burton instead.
Drew Lock (ACTIVE, Shoulder): Lock will start for Denver in their game against New England.
Key Injury Reminders
Noah Fant (OUT, Ankle): Fant is out for another week.
Melvin Gordon III (OUT, Illness [non-COVID]): Gordon is out for the New England game, and Denver Broncos RB Phillip Lindsay (ACTIVE, Toe) will take his place in the lineup. RB Royce Freeman could be a desperation FLEX play if Lindsay does not simply take on a bell-cow role with Gordon out.
Zack Moss (ACTIVE, Toe): The rookie RB seems finally good to go, but has yet to show the promise that he showed going into the season. Roster him, but keep him on the bench.
Dalvin Cook (OUT, Groin): Cook is out, and RB Alexander Mattison is in. Start him if you got him, grab him if he is available.
Mo Alie-Cox (OUT, Knee): Antonio Gates 2.0 is out and fellow TE Trey Burton will look to continue to soak up the target share at TE in Indianapolis. Definitely a strong streaming option this week.
Diontae Johnson (OUT, Back): Johnson is out, and therefore WR Chase Claypool (aka Captain Canada) should merit a WR3/FLEX consideration in your lineup.
Eagles WRs DeSean Jackson (OUT, Hamstring) and Alshon Jeffrey (OUT, Foot): Both Eagles receivers are sitting out again, which makes WR Travis Fulgham a WR3/FLEX move despite the match-up. Avoid WR Greg Ward.
Jimmy Garoppolo (ACTIVE, Ankle): Time to see if the ankle was really the issue last week, as Garoppolo has had his injury designation removed going into a big game in primetime against division rival Los Angeles.
Dawson Knox (OUT, Calf): Knox being out is only getting mentioned because TE is so shallow. He should not be started even when he comes back.
Sammy Watkins (OUT, Hamstring): Watkins is still out, and you still will not start the right Kansas City WR in your lineup to replace him.
Julio Jones (ACTIVE, Hamstring): Julio is good to go, and given the match-up against the Vikings defense, you probably cannot afford to bench him, even though he is a high injury risk and the Falcons are a mess.
Adrian Peterson (ACTIVE, Illness [non-COVID]): Peterson lost his injury designation and is out there as a FLEX consideration, despite having a ceiling only slightly above his floor.
Davante Adams (ACTIVE, Hamstring): Adams and the Packers both agree that he will be back this week, a positive development given last week's drama.
Tampa Bay WRs Chris Godwin (ACTIVE, Hamstring) and Mike Evans (ACTIVE, Ankle): Both of Tom Brady's top weapons are good to go against the Packers.
A.J. Green (ACTIVE, Hamstring): Green is good to go, but given that nobody believes he was injured, does it matter? Sit him on the bench.
Kyle Allen (ACTIVE, Arm): Allen is expected to play and should remain Washington's starter going forward barring disaster. Insert, "So you're telling me there's a chance" meme here for the Dwayne Haskins stans.
Jordan Akins (OUT, Ankle/Concussion): Akins is out, so go grab Darren Fells if you need a TE.
Top Waiver Players Yahoo
(QB) Ryan Fitzpatrick [47% Rostered Yahoo/60.1% Rostered ESPN]:
Fitzpatrick was the best on the board in this week's Movers & Shakers, and if you are in a Yahoo league you may just be lucky enough to still get him if you need a QB.
(RB) J.D. McKissic [11% Rostered Yahoo/22.7% Rostered ESPN]:
McKissic was also available after roster moves settled on Thursday, and is probably the safest bet still widely available in Yahoo. If you are feeling risky though, take a shot at La'Mical Perine as a longer-term stash. Read what Charles has to say on the rookie Jets RB here.
(WR) Chase Claypool [49% Rostered Yahoo/% Rostered ESPN]:
Given that Diontae Johnson is officially out for Week 6, Claypool is officially a must start, let alone a must roster. Which is why I mentioned him back on Thursday.
(TE) Trey Burton [18% Rostered Yahoo/5.2% Rostered ESPN]:
It is officially slim pickings in Yahoo leagues, but Burton should be a solid option given the steady target share (5+ targets since returning to the lineup), and the absence of Mo Alie-Cox. Burton also has a bye in Week 7, so that may deter people from grabbing him a streaming option, but he is one of the better streaming options this week.
(DST) New York Giants [36% Rostered Yahoo/31.6% Rostered ESPN]:
The Dolphins are no longer available, so I am going to recommend taking Charles' pick from "Week 6 Waiver Wire." You could honestly also take the other side of this match-up as the Giants offense has been bad and the Washington DST has shown some signs of life.
(K) Jason Sanders [48% Rostered Yahoo/68.5% ESPN]:
ESPN fantasy managers got the memo, but apparently, Yahoo managers still have reservations. Read here, and then go add Sanders.
Top Waiver Players ESPN
(QB) Andy Dalton [24.4% Rostered ESPN/30% Rostered Yahoo]:
(QB) Andy Dalton [24.4% Rostered ESPN/30% Rostered Yahoo]:
Go read up on the Red Rifle in our "Week 6 Waiver Wire."
(RB) Damian Harris [43.5% Rostered ESPN/63% Rostered Yahoo]:
I said it on Thursday, but Harris is your last shot at a high volume RB on waivers. go get him while you still can.
(WR) Laviska Shenault Jr. [45.2% Rostered ESPN/46% Rostered Yahoo]:
This is probably the last week you can get Shenault Jr., especially if Chark is out for Week 6. Good thing I have been telling you to get him for a while now.
(TE) Dalton Schultz [42.3% Rostered ESPN/60% Rostered Yahoo]:
I declared Schultz a streaming option in "Week 6 Start/Flex/Bench," and given he is the only Top-12 TE still widely available, you should pick him up despite the uncertainty with QB Andy Dalton under center.
(DST) Tennessee Titans [22.6% Rostered ESPN/40% Rostered Yahoo]:
See "Week 6 Movers & Shakers," for why I think the Titans are a good add this week.
(K) Joey Slye [20.1% Rostered ESPN/69% Rostered Yahoo]:
Saunders is no longer widely available, so Slye really is the best kicker still out there for ESPN leagues.
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