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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 8 Sunday Morning Preview
Key Injury Updates
Mark Ingram (OUT, Hamstring): Ingram is now officially out for Week 8 against the Steelers, and is feared to have a high-ankle sprain. He is droppable at this point.
Damien Harris (ACTIVE, Ankle): Harris will play, and is worth a look for those in need of an RB.
Chris Carson (QUESTIONABLE, Foot): Carson is a game-time decision. At this point, avoid the entire Seahawks backfield in a bad match-up.
Dalvin Cook (ACTIVE, Groin): Cook is good to go and should be his usual bell-cow self.
Phillip Lindsay (QUESTIONABLE, Concussion): Lindsay is thankfully expected to play, and should continue to have decent volume.
Tim Patrick (QUESTIONABLE, Hamstring): Despite the questionable tag, signs point to Patrick sitting this one out. I would leave him on the bench regardless against Los Angeles.
Mo-Alie Cox (ACTIVE, Knee): Antonio Gates 2.0 is playing, but unlikely to be noticed by Frank Reich despite the promising start to 2020.
Tyler Higbee (ACTIVE, Hand): Playing, but I am with Charles in saying you should stay away.
Mason Crosby (ACTIVE, Calf): Crosby will play against Minnesota.
Bryan Edwards (QUESTIONABLE, Foot/Ankle): May play but not worth risking, even if the Browns defense was awful. Agholor has jumped over him.
Adam Shaheen (ACTIVE, Shoulder): Shaheen is active and while you probably cannot play him, he can probably ruin your Gesicki play as well.
Gardner Minshew II (DOUBTFUL, Hand): This is for Week 9, as the JAGs are on bye in Week 8. Minshew Mania seems to have come to a sad end, and the Mustachioed Marvel is likely OUT for Week 9.
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) Jimmy Garoppolo [38% Rostered Yahoo/26.5% Rostered ESPN]:
The San Francisco QB and People Magazine's Sexiest Man Alive is my boom pick for Week 8. Definitely a good option against the weak Seahawks defense.
(RB) La'Mical Perine [41% Rostered Yahoo/29.6% Rostered ESPN]:
We like Perine a lot here at The Lateral, and this could be the week he pulls away from fellow RB Frank Gore. Even in a mediocre match-up against Kansas City, he has FLEX value and is a great speculative add for ROS.
(WR) Sterling Shepard [41% Rostered Yahoo/55.7% Rostered ESPN]:
Shepard has a tough match-up against the Bucs defense, but he is a must-add regardless. Shepard showed last week why fantasy managers loved his draft value, with a PPR WR17 performance against the Eagles. Plus, the Bucs are so good against the run I did not even recommend Wayne Gallman as an RB add, despite likely getting the start with Devonta Freeman out for Week 8. That should mean more work for Shepard, who will be a decent play in PPR.
(TE) Harrison Bryant [8% Rostered Yahoo/19.0% Rostered ESPN]:
Talked about Bryant in "Week 8 Movers & Shakers" and he should have a great opportunity in Week 8 against the Raiders with TE Austin Hooper and WR Odell Beckham Jr out. Cole Kmet is also available if you want a boom/bust option.
(DST) Green Bay Packers [35% Rostered Yahoo/13.9% Rostered ESPN]:
(K) Randy Bullock [42% Rostered Yahoo/66.9% ESPN]:
Top Waiver Players ESPN
(QB) Derek Carr [46.8% Rostered ESPN/42% Rostered Yahoo]:
(QB) Derek Carr [46.8% Rostered ESPN/42% Rostered Yahoo]:
Charles' boom pick for Week 8 is still on the board and should be a good option against the Browns.
(RB) Damien Harris [29.9% Rostered ESPN/46% Rostered Yahoo]:
With the sudden possibilities of Chris Carson and Tevin Coleman playing, I decided not to recommend any of the Seahawks and 49ers RBs, though if you want to play that game, I recommend DeeJay Dallas and JaMycal Hasty, who I talked about earlier in the week.
Instead, I recommend you snag Patriots RB Damien Harris, who has clearly been the best RB at running the ball in New England since Sony Michel went out. If Belicheck can recognize that in what is a must-win game against division rival Buffalo, Harris provides FLEX/RB2 value.
Also, Sony Michel is barely rostered, and officially off the COVID-19 reserve list, so consider him as a speculative add in deeper leagues or leagues with deep benches as a ROS play.
(WR) Corey Davis [36.0% Rostered ESPN/45% Rostered Yahoo]:
I have been reminding you all week to go get Corey Davis, who seems to be fully back post-COVID-19.
(TE) Dallas Goedert [40.6% Rostered ESPN/58% Rostered Yahoo]:
Goedert is active and is not only a must-roster but a must-start. Get him now.
(DST) Miami Dolphins [12.2% Rostered ESPN/15% Rostered Yahoo]:
The Dolphins are my boom pick for Week 8, and they are widely available this week. Plus, they have real potential as a ROS play, so go ahead and grab them.
(K) Brandon McManus [32.0% Rostered ESPN/32% Rostered Yahoo]:
I like McManus at home against a tough defense. Should be plenty of chances for some long field goals. I will also mention Jason Myers here, who is Charles' kicker of the week and widely available.
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