As deep as the receiver position can be in fantasy football, it’s never fun to be without some key players. In recent weeks, Kenny Golladay, Deebo Samuel, Allen Lazard, and T.Y. Hilton have all been out of action, but if they return in Week 10, fantasy owners will have a lot more options in key start ’em, sit ’em decisions. They would improve the depth of our Week 10 fantasy WR rankings, as well, so needless to say, any updates about their potential availability will be huge.
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Is Kenny Golladay playing this week?
Golladay (hip) missed the Lions’ Week 9 loss to the Vikings, and his status moving forward is unknown. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport had referred to Golladay’s injury as “week-to-week,” so Golladay is probably more “doubtful” than “questionable” for the Lions’ Week 10 tilt against Washington.
It is good news that the Lions chose not to put Golladay on IR, as that indicates that the team believes that he won’t miss three or more games. So, if that timeline holds true, he should be back in action either this week or next for the team. He’ll need to be watched closely in practice after he didn’t log any action last week, and his Wednesday status will be especially important toward setting the tone for the week.
If Golladay can’t play again, Marvin Jones will continue to be the No. 1 receiver for the Lions and TE T.J. Hockenson will see more targets, as well. Danny Amendola, who saw a team-high 10 targets and caught seven passes for 77 yards against the Vikings, also could be a viable flex option against a Washington defense that has been good on receivers but can be weak up the middle at times.
Is Deebo Samuel playing this week?
Samuel (hamstring) has played in just four games for the 49ers this year after dealing with a couple of injuries. Right now, his hamstring is bothering him, but it appears that he may be back in action soon.
According to Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle, 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said that Samuel has a “chance” to play against the Saints in Week 10. That would provide a boost to the San Francisco offense, and Samuel would likely garner a lot of touches even with Brandon Aiyuk also returning to action from the COVID list.
If Samuel plays, feel free to trust him as a top-20 WR in a game that’s sure to have a lot of passing on the 49ers’ end. If he’s out, fire up Aiyuk as a top-20 starter.
Is Allen Lazard playing this week?
Lazard (core) was nearly able to play for the Packers against the 49ers in Week 9 and even flew with the team to San Francisco to see if he could give it a go. Ultimately, the Packers decided to play it safe, as they have done recently with their star players, and Lazard ended up sitting out.
We’re now 14 days into Lazard’s 21-day practice window (as of this writing), so Lazard has a week to be officially activated from IR. That should bode well for his chances of playing in Week 10 against Jacksonville considering how close he was to being ready last week and given that the Packers could use his presence.
If the Packers play it double extra safe, then Lazard might not sure up, but it sure looks like he’ll be returning to action either this week or next. If he’s out this week, Marquez Valdes-Scantling will get one more crack at being the No. 2 receiver, but he’s just a potential DFS streamer and a low-level flex.
Is T.Y. Hilton playing this week?
UPDATE: Hilton said on Tuesday he’s “very close” to returning, but the ultimate decision on his Week 10 status will be up to “the coaches and the doctors.”
With the Colts playing on a short week, it’s fair to wonder whether Hilton, who missed last week’s game with a groin injury, will play. It looks like the answer to that question will be yes, Hilton will play.
Hilton was listed as a full participant in Monday’s estimated practice report. Of course, because that’s just an estimate, it will be important to see if Hilton actually can get on the field for the Colts’ walkthrough that will take place on Wednesday.
If Hilton can’t play, the Colts will have to rely mostly on their TEs and RBs to carry their offense, as their dearth of receiving talent won’t produce any fantasy-relevant options. That would mean a stock up for Trey Burton, Mo Alie-Cox (knee), and the trio of Jonathan Taylor, Jordan Wilkins, and Nyheim Hines if Hilton is out of action.