By James Fotheringham
First of all, hello to the Full10 community. Some of you may recognise my blog or twitter page @NFLHypeTrain but when I was offered the chance to host my work with these guys, I knew I had get on board.
So, for those who aren’t familiar, I work on the railways in the UK and also love a good pun (explains why the Full10yards guys like me I guess) so my Fantasy articles tend to feature both in some capacity.
This is the Hype Train Station which you can use either for waiver wire suggestions or as a suggestion of some lower cost DFS plays for the week.
The ticket office is open, and it offers up “The Day Return” which is for QB, TE and DST options you either pick up to stream for one week or plug in on DFS if you don’t want to pay big bucks. “The Flex Ticket” is for RB and WR who can play this week but may be able to keep for the longer term. Finally, the “Advanced Ticket” is for some players who are going to be very low owned dart throws but could offer up value to get you where you need to go.
My other article which comes out later in the week is the “Scheduled Departures” which takes a look at all the games happening on Sunday and picks out the Red, Yellow and Green plays and a little blurb on how I can see the game going. There’s also a little hidden set of predictions I give each week which you may want to use or ignore for Vegas betting.
You can find out more by getting hold of me on twitter or looking at my site but from now on I’ll be a part of the Full10yards crew but the “about me” section should still be true.
Anyway, enough build up, it’s time to take a trip to the Hype Train Station and see which tickets to buy for week 10.
On paper, week 10 was always going to be the difficult one. A lot of teams on bye, late in the season and with a wire that’s already pretty thin. In short, there’s not a lot of exciting trains going to places you want to go, but hopefully there’s a hidden gem in here somewhere.
JD McKissic (RB-DET) 10%
With Kerryon Johnson on IR it’s become a committee in Detroit, and it seems McKissic has become a pass catching back, in a James White kind of role. In PPR I can see him having weekly value and more consistency than any other option for the Lions. This week they play the Bears who aren’t the scary proposition we all thought they were.
Kalen Ballage (RB-MIA) 10%
Mark Walton just got a 4 game ban for substance abuse, so that’s his chance blown. Ballage should be the next man up, although he has had chances and not done much. It’s just hard to see them giving the likes of Myles Gaskin a big role straight away. The Colts aren’t the best option to stream against but if you need an RB this is one of the few trains that might go further than the end of the platform.
Devante Parker (WR-MIA) 20%
Wide Receiver has a lot more options and with the disappointing news that Preston Williams is out for the season, it’s now time for Parker to step up. He’s had his own personal Hype Train for years (which never left the station) but this time the wheels aren’t slipping, and he has a route to relevance.
Zach Pascal (WR-IND) 10%
With Hilton out, Pascal should have been a pickup late last week, but he will be available in a number of places. It may be a committee in Indy, but Pascal looks to be at the head of it.
Hunter Renfrow (WR-OAK) 0%
Renfrow has been steadily putting up points, but last week he broke out properly and now the Hunter should be Hunted; especially in dynasty leagues.
Derek Carr (QB-OAK VS LAC) 40%
Carr has quietly been good for a few weeks now and while the Chargers have steadily been getting better on defence, I can see the Bolts being loose against Carr. In a week short of options, he may be the right ticket for the right price. It’s hard to say take the car when you’re at the Hype Train Station but sometimes, you just have to.
Sam Darnold (QB-NYJ vs NYG) 20%
This may look like one of those trains smothered in graffiti and with hard seats but this week it might just get you where you need to go. Against the Giants and with Bell potentially out, it may fall on Darnold to lead the bounce back. Bear in mind if people like Garoppolo, Brissett and even Ryan are available then they are much better options, their availability is just a lot more hit and miss.
Jacob Hollister (TE-SEA @ SF) 0%
This is a bad week for tight ends. The best options are about to go on bye and there’s not many good ones to go around. Hollister has a bad matchup but broke out last week, has Russell Wilson throwing him the ball and one of the best names for jokes. He makes scents.
Chris Herndon (TE-NYJ vs NYG) 20%
If Darnold is going be a good stream, then Herndon needs to be relevant. After being cancelled for a number of weeks with suspension failure and broken parts he’s on track to play and probably just in time.
OJ Howard (te-TB vs ARI) 40%
Play your tight ends against Arizona. It’s been one of the most common phrases of the season. We’ve also watching in horror as OJ Howard has been underused and seen his fantasy value crash and burn. For one week though, he well be worth starting.
Colts D/ST (vs MIA) 40%
The Colts are a decent defence and they get the easy job of playing the Dolphins this week. Miami will return to Tank mode having got one over on Adam Gase, but the Colts should have plenty of horsepower.
Ravens D/ST (@CIN) 40%
The ravens are on the wire in a few places (especially having been up against the Patriots), so it may be Worthing looking for them as they now play the only Winless team in the NFL.
Alex Mattison (rb-MIN) 20%
This may look like a bit of a wrong route but hear me out. Abdullah had a big day as the backup but Mattison is the guy long term and always seems to have relevance. With the additional benefit of being a handcuff to Dalvin Cook, he’s got upside. It’s the time of year where handcuffs have a chance to be league winners, but you need to have the space to house them.
DerRius Guice (rb-WAS) 30%
Guice is getting close to returning from injury into a run heavy offence. The Redskins are on bye but if he’s available in your league and you have a spare bench spot for a flyer then beat the queue.
Olabisi Johnson (wr-MIN) 0%
Singling Bisi Johnson out because with Thielen possibly out again he is the one who seems to get the biggest uptick.
WR General note: Most WRs on teams who have just lost a main target man are options. Colts, Vikings, Dolphins are some examples. The likes of L.Treadwell, C.Rodgers and A.Wilson are options. WR by committee seems to be a thing. Tennessee and Arizona are already at it and the three mentioned here will follow suit.
TE: Darren Fells and Noah Fant are about to go on bye but if you’re really struggling then you may want to give them a look.
So, there you go. A few ideas for waiver pickups and DFS flyers. I’m sure some will get delayed or cancelled on the way but there’s a value ticket to be had.
And finally, thanks to the Full10yards guys for giving me a platform to express myself… I’ll get my coat, I have a train to catch.