SSSQ is a weekly look at under-the-radar fantasy players to consider starting and potential busts you should leave on your bench. We also identify breakout candidates to stash on your roster and players you can safely cut.
Carson Wentz, Eagles
It’s been an up-and-down season for Wentz, but coming off the Eagles’ bye week, his offense should be the healthiest it’s been all year with a full complement of weapons, including Miles Sanders, Dallas Goedert, Travis Fulgham, Jalen Reagor, and Alshon Jeffery.
Despite all the injuries that Philly has been dealt, Wentz is still averaging the 12th-most fantasy points among quarterbacks. He posted over 30 fantasy points in two of his last three outings, including one against the Giants, who he’ll face again this week.
Boone’s projection: 291 passing yards, 3 TDs, 19 rushing yards
Other QBs to start
- Tom Brady at Panthers
- Jared Goff vs. Seahawks
- Derek Carr vs. Broncos
Duke Johnson Jr., Texans
It’s still possible that David Johnson clears concussion protocol and suits up for Sunday’s game, but it’s seeming increasingly unlikely with each missed practice. That leaves Duke to handle the bulk of the Texans’ running back touches against his former team, the Browns.
After a strong start to the year, Cleveland’s run defense has sprung a leak, allowing at least 96 yards from scrimmage and/or a touchdown to seven different backs in the past five contests.
As we mentioned in Monday’s waiver wire column, Duke delivered 73 total yards and a score in relief duty last week and should see a similar workload as an RB2 in fantasy for this game.
Boone’s projection: 61 rushing yards, 34 receiving yards, TD
Other RBs to start
- Antonio Gibson at Lions
- D’Andre Swift vs. Washington
- Leonard Fournette at Panthers
Jarvis Landry, Browns
With Odell Beckham Jr. out for the year, the Browns need Landry to re-emerge as their top receiver the rest of the way. That’s been difficult up to this point, as the 27-year-old has been playing through hip and rib injuries of his own. But after resting up during the Browns’ bye, we should get the healthiest version of Landry we’ve seen all year in a matchup he can capitalize on.
Houston has surrendered the seventh-most fantasy points to opposing wideouts, and its secondary has been annihilated by No. 1 receivers in the last two weeks.
Landry is a top-20 fantasy receiver this week and might sneak into that range on a regular basis if he’s back to 100 percent.
Boone’s projection: 89 receiving yards, TD
Other WRs to start
- Tyler Boyd at Steelers
- Jerry Jeudy at Raiders
- John Brown at Cardinals
Eric Ebron, Steelers
The Bengals are giving up the second-most fantasy points to tight ends – which helps Ebron‘s Week 10 projection – but it might not even matter at this point.
Ebron is becoming a matchup-proof fantasy starter in Pittsburgh.
The 27-year-old has at least 43 yards and/or a touchdown in every game since Week 2 and has been a top-12 fantasy tight end during that stretch. He’s also seen his playing time increase to over 80% of the team’s snaps in each of the last three contests.
Ebron deserves to be treated as a TE1 moving forward.
Boone’s projection: 57 receiving yards, TD
Other TEs to start
- Austin Hooper vs. Texans
- Mike Gesicki vs. Chargers
- Robert Tonyan vs. Jaguars
Cam Newton, Patriots
As fun as it was to watch Newton carve up the Jets’ defense Monday, it’s important to remember … it’s the Jets’ defense.
That was just the second time that Newton topped 200 passing yards in seven outings with the Patriots. And he’s only thrown two touchdown passes, both of which came in the opening three weeks of the season.
Though his rushing production has kept him afloat in fantasy, it’s hard to trust him in a tough matchup with the Ravens’ defense, which has held the last four opposing quarterbacks to 227 passing yards or fewer.
Find yourself a better streaming option this week.
Boone’s projection: 187 passing yards, 2 INTs, 39 rushing yards
Other QBs to sit
- Joe Burrow at Steelers
- Matthew Stafford vs. Washington
- Kirk Cousins at Bears
Devin Singletary, Bills
It’s a repeat appearance for Singletary on the “Sit” list, and sadly, he’s inching closer to the “Quit” section.
Since Zack Moss returned to the lineup in Week 6, Singletary’s playing time has decreased every game as the rookie takes on a bigger workload.
After getting a season-low two carries in Week 9, there’s no reason to let Singletary anywhere near your starting lineup. He’ll need another injury to Moss in order to be fantasy relevant again in 2020.
Boone’s projection: 31 rushing yards, 19 receiving yards
Other RBs to sit
- Damien Harris vs. Ravens
- DeeJay Dallas at Rams
- Dolphins RBs vs. Chargers
Marvin Jones Jr., Lions
Jones has been held to 43 yards or fewer in each of the past two games but managed to salvage his fantasy lines with three touchdowns during that span.
Unfortunately for him, Washington’s defense is allowing the fewest fantasy points to receivers and has conceded just three touchdowns to the position this year.
Due to the challenging matchup, Jones is a risky WR4 and better left on fantasy benches this week.
Boone’s projection: 44 receiving yards
Other WRs to sit
- Marquise Brown at Patriots
- Darius Slayton vs. Eagles
- A.J. Green at Steelers
Tyler Higbee, Rams
For as thin as the tight end position has been in fantasy this year, you shouldn’t be desperate enough to consider using Higbee – even in a game that projects to be a shootout.
Higbee has been a nonfactor in the Rams’ passing attack aside from his three-touchdown outing in Week 2, managing over 50 yards in just one other game this season.
The Seahawks are also the sixth-hardest matchup for fantasy tight ends, further complicating his outlook.
To the 53% of fantasy managers still rostering Higbee entering Week 10, all we can do is ask … why?
Boone’s projection: 32 receiving yards
Other TEs to sit
- Jimmy Graham vs. Vikings
- Logan Thomas at Lions
- Irv Smith Jr. at Bears
Troymaine Pope, Chargers
Kalen Ballage was the latest beneficiary, but he only got his opportunity because Pope (6% rostered) was out with a concussion. Pope has since cleared protocol and should return as the temporary starter until Jackson or Ekeler are healthy.
Prior to the concussion, Pope totaled 95 yards from scrimmage on 15 touches against the Broncos in Week 8.
Devontae Booker, Raiders
As bye weeks pass and your bench spots free up, you’d be wise to fill them with high-upside backup running backs since their value gets the biggest boost when late-season injuries occur.
Booker has racked up over 60 rushing yards in two of his last four outings, including 68 yards and a score in Week 9.
Devonta Freeman, Giants
Freeman (52% rostered) has missed the last two games with an ankle injury that he reportedly aggravated in Thursday’s practice, putting his Week 10 availability in doubt.
Even when he returns to the field, Freeman will be hard to trust behind a struggling Giants offensive line that has limited him to just 3.2 yards per carry this season.
Take a chance on someone with more upside.
Matthew Stafford, Lions
While there are individual pieces of the Lions’ offense you’ll want to start, Stafford (63% rostered) isn’t one of them.
In five of his next seven games, Stafford will face defenses that rank inside the top-10 in fewest fantasy points allowed to quarterbacks.
Source: – theScore
Hockey Canada suspends world junior selection camp after positive COVID-19 tests – CityNews Toronto
Hockey Canada has temporarily shutdown national junior team selection camp following the confirmation of two positive COVID-19 tests among players.
Hockey Canada announced on Wednesday that players, coaches and staff at the camp have entered a 14-day quarantine retroactive to Monday. All camp activities will be paused until Dec. 6.
The original announcement of the positive player tests came on Tuesday – three days after Hockey Canada said a “non-core member” of the team’s staff also tested positive. Hockey Canada said it was suspending all camp activities for the day, including a scheduled intrasquad game, at the time.
Both players and the staff have been in quarantine at the team’s hotel in Red Deer, Alta.
Players, coaches and staff all took mandatory COVID-19 tests upon arrival at the camp and have been tested regularly while there.
Hockey Canada is in the midst of their selection camp ahead of the 2021 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships in Edmonton that opens on Christmas Day.
“Hockey Canada has confirmed that all players, coaches and staff are considered close contacts and are therefore subject to the mandatory 14-day quarantine period under Alberta Health Services,” said senior vice-president of national teams, Scott Salmond.
“Upon learning of the positive tests on Monday, the decision was made to suspend all camp activities and quarantine players and staff immediately. As per Hockey Canada’s safety protocols, all players, coaches and staff members will go through additional testing before resuming any camp activities.”
Canada seeks its second consecutive gold medal at the tournament, which would be its 19th title all-time.
All officials for WJC from Canada only – TSN
EDMONTON — All 26 on-ice officials at the world junior men’s hockey championships in Edmonton will be from Canada.
International Ice Hockey Federation tournaments normally have an international cross section of referees and linesmen.
The IIHF is limiting the pool of officials to the host country to reduce risk of the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
The 10-team world under-20 men’s tournament is scheduled for Dec. 25 to Jan. 5 in the Alberta capital.
“The game officials we would normally choose would have come from many different countries,” IIHF officiating manager Danny Kurmann said Wednesday in a statement.
“Every additional person we bring into the bubble is a risk, so we decided to source the officials locally in order to reduce the risk to travelling personnel and teams.”
The IIHF said all 10 participating countries approved of the decision.
“Special events require special measures, and we are confident that this group will be able to uphold the officiating standards of this tournament,” IIHF officiating committee chairman Sergej Gontcharov said.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 25, 2020.
Diego Maradona, an Argentinian hero and a global phenomenon – Aljazeera.com
The unique gifts of football legend Diego Maradona throughout his career appeared to come from a higher force.
He once infamously referred to a “hand of God” and the unique football talents of Diego Armando Maradona, who died on Wednesday, appeared to come from a higher force.
Born in 1960 and raised in a shantytown on the outskirts of Argentina’s capital, Buenos Aires, Maradona became a national hero and a global football superstar.
Just 1.65 metres tall, stocky and powerful, his dribbling skills and balance made him unstoppable. A prolific creator and scorer of magnificent goals, he is regarded as one of the best footballers – if not the best – ever.
He began playing for his country as a teenager and shone in 1986, when he led a simply good team to football greatness and a World Cup title.
It came after an unforgettable quarter-final against England, where Maradona punching the ball into the net for the first goal – what he was to call “the hand of God”.
Then, he scored a second goal of scarcely believable quality, when he dribbled past almost the whole England team before scoring, widely seen as the greatest individual goal in World Cup history.
Maradona also thrived in club football, playing for Spanish giants Barcelona in the early 1980s, and then for Napoli in Italy, whom he took to its first-ever Italian titles and where he is still treated as a favourite son.
But off the field, there was turbulence for Maradona. He became addicted to cocaine and was banned from both club and international football for failed drug tests.
He was banned again from football worldwide for 15 months after testing positive for doping at the 1994 World Cup in the United States.
In 2004, he spent time in intensive care after a heart attack and his weight fluctuated during his battles with alcohol and drug addiction.
He had two daughters through his marriage with Claudia Villafane that ended in divorce, and a son born outside of the marriage.
In retirement, he was still visible – politically, in entertainment, even on the football field in charity matches.
In 2010, Maradona also managed his beloved Argentinian national team at the World Cup in South Africa.
Many doubted he could get the team to play as a coherent unit, but Maradona defied the critics until the team was defeated by Germany in the quarter-finals.
He dipped in and out of club management as well. Coaching in the United Arab Emirates was followed by a stint in 2018 taking over at Mexican second division club Dorados de Sinaloa.
It was not long before he returned to Argentina to lead Gimnasia y Esgrima in La Plata in 2019.
In true Maradona style, he stepped down after only two months in charge, only to rejoin again two days later.
His last public appearance was at a game on his 60th birthday on October 30, where he appeared frail and left at half time.
A few days later he was admitted to hospital, initially with anaemia and dehydration, but things quickly escalated and he needed surgery to remove a blood clot on his brain.
The operation went well but less than two weeks later, he died of a heart attack.
Whether he is the greatest ever footballer is open to debate, but his incredible talent and contribution to the game’s history make him a phenomenon.
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