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Malcolm McMillan (@McLateralFF)
The Lateral Writer
I am currently on day two of waiting for my COVID-19 test results. That is my weekend in a nutshell. Wear a damn mask, people.
In football news, my Niners have fallen apart, so I am just hoping we tank and add a top draft pick next year to a team that was in the Super Bowl only this past February. Luckily, there are still some exciting matchups this week! Cardinals vs Bills and Broncos vs Raiders should be fantasy football feasts for those in need of a game to watch. In fact, most of the matchups are pretty interesting from a fantasy perspective other than Ravens at the Patriots, which I think could be uglier than we are anticipating. Definitely a disappointment given that this matchup used to be the best game of any year, but here we are.
Below you will find some key updates for those of you who do not use the Fantasy Life app (you should) and my recommendations at each position for players you can still add to get the win today. Trying a new format this week, so please send us some feedback if you liked it or hated it.
Week 10 Sunday Preview
Key Player Updates
Lamar Miller: Miller has been activated from the practice squad and could play on Monday night. I like him as a speculative add, but he is not a playable RB for me this week.
T.J Hockenson: Hockenson is ACTIVE against the Washington Football Team today.
Golden Tate: Tate is officially ACTIVE, but I would only play Sterling Shepard this week out of all the Giants WRs.
Matt Brieda: Brieda is still OUT this week, but I would still stay away from the Miami backfield unless a Howard on yard TD run from your FLEX is enough for you to win.
Mark Ingram: Ingram (QUESTIONABLE, ANKLE) is expected to play against the Patriots tonight, meaning the Ravens RBs are no longer playable.
Jerry Jeudy: Jeudy (QUESTIONABLE, SHOULDER) is expected to play, which slightly downgrades Tim Patrick and K.J. Hamler, but not enough to change my recommendations on them, which I cover later in this piece.
Kenyan Drake: Drake (QUESTIONABLE, ANKLE) seems to be a true game-time decision. Downgrade RB Chase Edmonds to a FLEX just to be safe, but you should still be able to play him. This matchup should be good enough to play either Cardinals RB.
Damien Harris: Harris (QUESTIONABLE, ANKLE/CHEST) is also a true game-time decision. However, I do not need to wait to make the decision to bench any Patriots RB this week against the Ravens. Bench them all.
Top Waiver Players Available
Drew Lock is an obvious add this Sunday, and my boom pick for QB this week. Unfortunately, you likely missed out on Jared Goff, who we labeled as an obvious add this week, but you can still add my waiver pick Tua Tagovailoa in what should be a good matchup against the Los Angeles Chargers and their surprisingly mediocre defense. If you are unable to add these players, Nick Foles is a potential streamer against the porous Vikings DST.
If you are still looking for an RB this week you missed out on our waiver pick J.D. McKissic. Also, I am recommending that you stay away from the unpredictable mess that is the Chargers backfield of Troymaine Pope, Kalen Ballage, and Joshua Kelley, but if you have to add one of them I recommend going in that order. Pope was the lead back in Week 8 when he was healthy, and then Ballage took over in Week 9 when Pope was out. Stay away from Kelley, who has stumbled as a rookie.
The good news? You can probably add Wayne Gallman or DeeJay Dallas instead, who are good volume plays despite tough matchups with Devonta Freeman and Chris Carson out. I even picked Gallman to be my boom performance at RB this week, so start him with confidence. Texans RB Duke Johnson provides a similar opportunity but he was already snagged by most fantasy managers earlier in the week.
Darnell Mooney is the obvious add here and was my boom pick for a second week in a row. Yes, last week was a bust, but the targets were there. Jakobi Meyers was our waiver pick based on long-term viability, but he could still be a volume play against the Ravens if Patriots QB Cam Newton continues throwing the ball to him significantly more than anyone else.
Otherwise, there are a couple matchups that provide good streaming options. If you believe in Drew Lock this week, then Tim Patrick and K.J. Hamler are good adds, though I prefer Patrick for the TD upside and because we have a larger sample size for him. If you like Darnell Mooney, then for the same reasons Anthony Miller is worth a flyer. The Seahawks defense is bad enough that Josh Reynolds is playable, though I prefer someone like Raiders WR Nelson Agholor, who has a chance of being the top target on his team against the Broncos pass defense.
Unfortunately, there is nobody at TE this week that is an obvious add anymore, since Austin Hooper was a smash add for a lot of fantasy managers this week. However, if either he, Jimmy Graham, or Eric Ebron is still available in your league you should add them right away. Otherwise, our waiver pick Logan Thomas is still widely available, and the only volume play widely available at this point. You could take a shot on the committees in Minnesota (Irv Smith Jr. and Kyle Rudolph), San Francisco (Jordan Reed and Ross Dwelley), or Houston (Jordan Akins and Darren Fells), but those are truly gambles. If I had to pick one, I would pick Reed, who is the only one we have seen dominate when their counterpart was healthy.
Go add the Miami Dolphins now. There are some streaming options out there, but this is the team to add. They were passable against Kyler Murray last week, and we cannot stop talking about them.
Of the players we talked about this week, Cairo Santos, Randy Bullock, Graham Gano, and Jason Myers are still widely available. Bullock is the obvious add here, but the others all have a shot at good performances this week, including Santos, who was Charles' boom pick for the week.
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