2020 Season: Week 9 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, set your line-up(s), 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 9 Sunday Morning Preview

Key Player Updates

Keenan Allen (QUESTIONABLE, COVID-19): Allen has had two negative tests and seems likely to play per Adam Schefter.

Matthew Stafford (QUESTIONABLE, COVID-19): Stafford also is likely to play after a negative COVID test per Schefty.

Ezekiel Elliott (QUESTIONABLE, Hamstring): Elliott is likely to play, but not a guarantee at this point. I would not expect more than an RB2 performance regardless.

Josh Jacobs (QUESTIONABLE, Knee/Illness): Jacobs seems likely to play per Ian Rapoport.

Tim Patrick (QUESTIONABLE, Hamstring): Patrick is likely to play, and could be in line for a good performance against the Falcons.

Phillip Lindsay (ACTIVE, Foot): Lindsay is playing, but faces a tough time between the timeshare with Gordon and a mediocre match-up against Atlanta.

Calvin Ridley (QUESTIONABLE, Foot): Ridley is not expected to play, and is not warming up at this time. Stay aware regardless; re-injury risk is high.

Michael Thomas (QUESTIONABLE, Ankle/Hamstring): Thomas is FINALLY expected to play.

Chris Godwin (QUESTIONABLE, Finger): Godwin should play, but I would leave him on the bench until we know what Antonio Brown will look like on this Bucs team.

Top Waiver Players Yahoo

(QB) Drew Lock [20% Rostered Yahoo/13.3% Rostered ESPN]

I have been talking about my "lock" for a boom performance all week long. He is available in most of your leagues should you need a "break glass in case of emergency" QB.

(RB) Wayne Gallman [24% Rostered Yahoo/18.9% Rostered ESPN]

With Devonta Freeman sitting out another game, Gallman is both a solid streaming add and a decent ROS speculative add. He has played well when asked to handle the starting role, and Washington's defense, while not a great match-up, is weaker against RBs than WRs. Expect Gallman, Evan Engram, and possibly Sterling Shepard to be the main points of attack for New York in Week 9.

(WR) Darnell Mooney [13% Rostered Yahoo/14.2% Rostered ESPN]: 

Sterling Shepard needs to be mentioned here, as he is still available in 50% of Yahoo leagues and is a must roster. However, since he is not quite so widely available as I would like, I am going with Mooney instead, who is my "boom" pick at WR this week.

(TE) Albert Okwuegbunam [1% Rostered Yahoo/0.7% Rostered ESPN]

TE is shallow this week, especially since the Niners and Packers have already played. So maybe you need a dart throw to give you the edge? Then get Okwuegbunam, who is my "boom" pick at TE this week. Trey Burton is a solid ROS add, but a bad match-up this week makes his timeshare in Indy wholly unappealing.

(DST) Miami Dolphins [31% Rostered Yahoo/20.5% Rostered ESPN]

Just go get the Dolphins already. Trust me

(K) Jason Sanders [16% Rostered Yahoo/19.9% ESPN]

My waiver pick is still on the board and still automatic.

Top Waiver Players ESPN

(QB) Derek Carr [48.1% Rostered ESPN/42% Rostered Yahoo]

I mentioned Carr as an add in this week's Movers & Shakers, and he is still out there if you need him. Definitely prefer Carr ROS to Lock in case you need someone as more than a bye week fill in.

(RB) Tony Pollard [38.2% Rostered ESPN/35% Rostered Yahoo]

This one is pretty simple: if Ezekiel Elliott is out, Pollard should be an RB2. Nobody else other than Gallman is available in the free-agent pool with such a safe floor. This will continue to be true ROS, which makes Pollard a solid speculative add as well. If you do not trust Zeke to be out, look at Gallman, La'Mical Perine, or Dolphins RBs Jordan Howard and Patrick Laird.

(WR) Curtis Samuel [42.4% Rostered ESPN/29% Rostered Yahoo]

Charles' waiver recommendation is still on the board, so get him while you can. Another good performance this week likely makes him a must-add in Week 10.

(TE) Logan Thomas [15.7% Rostered ESPN/37% Rostered Yahoo]

Another one of Charles' picks that is still available. Go and get him.

(DST) New York Giants [35.1% Rostered ESPN/41% Rostered Yahoo]

Charles' DST pick is still available. They likely provide similar value to the Washington DST this week but at a much cheaper price.

(K) Jason Myers [15.9% Rostered ESPN/35% Rostered Yahoo]

Ryan Succop is also still available in over 50% of ESPN leagues (sorry Yahoo managers) and was my recommendation in "Week 9 Movers & Shakers." However, I went with Myers due to wider availability, and the fact that he is the only kicker Charles has talked about this season.

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