The 2020 Fantasy Football season has been all about grinding, and Week 10 is no exception. Here’s your status report.
• David Montgomery (concussion) is out for Monday’s home game against Minnesota. This sets up some unusual replacement options — Cordarrelle Patterson, Ryan Nall, or perhaps Lamar Miller off the practice squad. Allen Robinson (knee) is listed as questionable but expected to play; he had a limited practice week. One final note on the Bears — offensive coordinator Bill Lazor, not head coach Matt Nagy, will call the plays Monday.
• Irv Smith was a two-touchdown surprise in Week 9, but a groin injury will keep him out Monday. Kyle Rudolph is a deep-league replacement option, as needed.
• Seattle’s backfield cleared up Saturday, when it was announced that Chris Carson (foot) and Carlos Hyde (hamstring) will not play against the Rams. DeeJay Dallas, Travis Homer, and perhaps Alex Collins are the healthy options. Dallas saw 79 percent of the snaps two weeks ago, then fell to 31 percent against Buffalo. Homer had a 10-percent snap share in Week 8, and 48 percent last week. Of course, Seattle might just decide to junk the running game entirely.
• The 49ers are down several starters, as usual, including Tevin Coleman (knee), Deebo Samuel (hamstring), and Raheem Mostert (knee). Jerick McKinnon is the best running bet at New Orleans, with JaMycal Hasty another option. Kendrick Bourne was activated off the COVID-19/reserve list, but Richie James could be the wideout sleeper here. James had a nine-catch, 184-yard explosion last week against Green Bay.
• The Chargers won’t have Justin Jackson (knee) at Miami, and Troymaine Pope (concussion) is listed as questionable. Kalen Ballage is an interesting flier, up against Miami’s shaky rushing defense. It’s also a Ballage revenge game, if that matters to you. Los Angeles has piled up some strange one-score losses en route to a frustrating 2-6 record; only the Steelers and Chargers have yet to lose a game by eight points or more this season.
• The Bengals finally ruled out Joe Mixon (foot) Saturday afternoon. It’s a worrisome development, given that Cincinnati comes off its bye week. Giovani Bernard has been a handy replacement, grading at RB19, RB7, and RB3 over the last three games (PPR scoring).
• Devonta Freeman (ankle) landed on IR, so he’s out for at least three games. Wayne Gallman isn’t the most exciting running back, but he’s collected 193 total yards and three touchdowns over the past three games. Sterling Shepard (toe/hip) is dinged up but expected to play.
• The Steelers activated Ben Roethlisberger (COVID-19/reserve list) Saturday, as expected. He’s fully expected to start Sunday against Cincinnati. Note that the Steelers play in one of the second-wave games; with CBS televising the final round of the Masters, Week 10’s NFL slate has five 1 pm ET games, then six in the second wave.
• Jerry Jeudy (shoulder) and Tim Patrick (hamstring) missed some work this week, but context clues points to them playing against the Raiders. Noah Fant (ankle) isn’t 100 percent but is also trending forward.
• The Patriots injury sheet is crowded, as usual. Damien Harris (ankle/chest) is considered questionable, and there’s a chance Sony Michel will play. Even if N’Keal Harry (concussion) is active, I can’t rank him ahead of surging WR Jakobi Meyers. Of course, the Patriots are still stuck on three touchdown passes as a team. Nick Folk (back) is listed as questionable, and Stephon Gilmore (knee) might not play.
• Miami’s running game has been sluggish without Myles Gaskin (and even Gaskin was ordinary, at 3.9 YPC). Matt Breida (hamstring) has a chance to play, otherwise you might want to pivot to Salvon Ahmed (7-38 rushing last week; he was a college teammate of Gaskin’s). Jordan Howard is the team’s goal-line back but has very little yardage upside.
• Mark Ingram (ankle) has a solid chance to return, which would push Baltimore’s backfield up to three primary guys and make it a fantasy headache again. It’s also the Sunday night game, so fantasy managers might have to make a decision with incomplete information. J.K. Dobbins and Gus Edwards received similar volume the last two weeks; Dobbins is a little more involved in the passing game, but Lamar Jackson hasn’t thrown much to any of his backs. Edwards does have a touchdown run in three straight games.
• Alshon Jeffery (calf) will return for the Eagles but I can’t proactively use him against the Giants. Philadelphia might be more aggressive with featured back Miles Sanders (knee), also scheduled to return.
• Kenny Golladay (hip) is out for another week. Tight End T.J. Hockenson is quietly having a breakout year, in part because of Golladay’s absence — Hockenson has touchdowns in four of his last five games. WR Danny Amendola posted 7-77-0 last week, on 10 targets. The Lions host Washington’s underrated defense Sunday, a unit that ranks sixth in DVOA and No. 1 against the pass.
Lions target distribution in the three games Kenny Golladay has missed:
Danny Amendola - 24
Marvin Jones - 18
T.J. Hockenson - 17
— Graham Barfield (@GrahamBarfield) November 12, 2020
• Kenyan Drake (ankle) did some work this week and is a game-time decision for the second-wave start against Buffalo. Chase Edmonds was busy (28 touches) but inefficient (88 yards) in his Week 9 start. Nonetheless, Edmonds is a reasonable Week 10 play if Drake is ruled out, and even if Drake plays, perhaps he’s not ready for a heavy workload.
• David Johnson (concussion) went on injured reserve, which means he’s out for at least three games. Time to see what Duke Johnson can do, starting Sunday at Cleveland. C.J. Prosise has been added to the active roster.
• Christian McCaffrey (shoulder) was ruled out early in the week, setting up Mike Davis for heavy work against Tampa Bay.
• Robert Tonyan (ankle) was hurt Thursday and missed Friday’s practice. He’s a risky play against Jacksonville. Allen Lazard (core) is a game-time decision; I’d like a show-me week before I proactively dial him up.
• Nick Chubb (knee) had a solid practice week and returns from injured reserve. He’ll presumably be the featured back against Houston, with Kareem Hunt a capable second option.
• Gardner Minshew (thumb) remains out indefinitely, and the Jaguars might belong to Jake Luton at the moment, anyway. Laviska Shenault (hamstring) won’t play at Green Bay. Tight end Tyler Eifert (4-48) was useful last week, and might be worth a shot in deeper formats.
• Although the Buccaneers are in a good bounce-back spot against Carolina — and Tom Brady usually excels after a lopsided defeat —Tampa Bay will be without key OG Ali Marpet (concussion).