Scheduled Departures – Week 12

By James Fotheringham @NFLHypeTrain


The final bye week but with the Chargers, Chiefs, Vikings and Cardinals all taking the week off there’s going to be a lot of fantasy players scrambling for streamers. A lot of benches are reading like an NSYNC song so you’re going to want to keep your eyes peeled for who other players drop as you could grab a steal for the fantasy playoffs if you get ahead of the game.

For this week, here’s a run down of the Sunday games and a small nudge towards some viable options.


Broncos @ Bills

Two decent defences and two hardly potent offences. Josh Allen still has value due to his legs, Singletary should continue to build on his role and John Brown is usually good for points even in a tough matchup.

The Broncos haven’t been much worse under Allen than they were under Flacco, in many ways they are actually better. The lack of potent receivers hurts them and with Phillip Lindsey questionable, Royce Freeman may not be a bad call in a pinch.

Both defences are very good options.


Giants @ Bears

Bad offence vs mediocre defence compared to a mediocre offence against a decent defence. The Bears DST are the best play here and if Saquon is playing he’s obviously a starter.

I can’t decide if the Giants receivers are worth playing since with Shepard back, Tate in the mix and Slayton there’s a lot of uncertainty. Engram and Ellison are out so they have no real TE which means they would all be playable if it wasn’t the Bears.

The Bears themselves are stuck with Trubisky which means only Allen Robinson has receiving value. David Montgomery and Tarik Cohen are startable but not at the top of the pecking order.

The Giants DST is still a legitimate option this week.


Steelers @ Bengals 

I get the sense that last week may light a fire under Mason Rudolph. If only he had some receivers to benefit from it. Juju is out so the load falls on Washington, Johnson and MacDonald. They may well all be relevant, or one could get peppered so it’s a risk, but against the Bengals, I’d be fine with playing any of them and obviously Jaylon Samuels with James Conner out.

The Bengals will struggle against the Steelers defence and I’m even struggling to advise playing Mixon and Boyd unless you really are hamstrung by bye weeks. Steelers DST are a candidate for the #1 DST this week and while many will be advising Cincinnati are a good option, I’m not so sure.


Dolphins @ Browns    

The Browns remembered how to win last week, but with their top defenceman missing, their offence still not fully in sync and competition for touches, I can’t say I have high hopes. There’s talent, but it’s not being realised.

The defence isn’t a sure fire thing against the Dolphins who have resurged a bit under FitzMagic and he should have some relevance once more. There are enough pieces missing for Kalen Ballage to be relevant and Devante Parker should be the main receiving threat.

Those struggling at Tight end might have David Njoku as an option but will definitely have Mike Gesicki as a streaming candidate.


Bucs @ Falcons

If Jameis Winston didn’t turn the ball over so often I’d advise avoiding both defences and playing plenty of offence.

Now that Freeman is doubtful and while Winston is throwing his chance at a future starting spot away, I can’t advise using Brian Hill, but I can give the Atlanta defence some love. They’ve picked it up since beating the Saints and they’re on a little bit of a run. Be aware that Matt Ryan is questionable but if he’s good to go again then Julio and Ridley are musts.

The Bucs may have finally figured out how to use RoJo in the run game and keep Evans and Godwin happy. Outside of those 3 and Jameis, it’s hard to see there being enough production.


Panthers @ Saints

Value to be had on both offences and possible the Saints defence. I like Kyle Allen and his receivers this week as well for the obvious CMC.

The Saints should have Brees, Kamara and Thomas all firing, Jared Cook is starting to get more targets and Ted Ginn is a TD dice throw. This might also be a good game to watch.


Seahawks @ Eagles

Now it gets difficult.

Russell Wilson and Chris Carson are locks for starting places (although the Eagles run defence means if you are stacked at RB, he’s not so critical). After that it depends on how you feel. Metcalf, Hollister, Agholor, Jeffrey and even Ertz aren’t sure fire things. Goedert is eating into Ertz share, Jeffrey still isn’t 100% and Agholor is, well, Agholor. Jordan Howard could be back, but the Seahawks aren’t pushovers and he still has to share with Miles Sanders and potentially Jay Ajayi.

It’s a mess which may have points somewhere but good luck predicting who it will be.


Lions @ Redskins

If Matt Stafford was in at QB I’d be enjoying the idea of Marvin Jones, Kenny Golladay and Danny Amendola. As it stands with Jeff Driskel, I like them, but not as much. The RB situation with McKissic and Scarborough will dominate a lot of bye week ruined teams this week and hopefully Scarborough can pull off a similar feat to what Jonathan Williams did for Indy on Thursday night.

The Redskins now have an offensive piece you can consider in Derrius Guice and he and AP are playable against the Lions. McLaurin has got some overhyped projections on some platforms so be careful.


Raiders @ Jets

Oakland are threating a playoff run now. Derek Carr is looking solid, despite the lack of receivers, Darren Waller is a league winner and Josh Jacobs is odds on for ROTY. It’s a mix that will serve them well in Vegas when the move happens, but they may leave Oakland in some style. All of the above are playable, as is Tyrell Williams.

The Jets are a bit of a mess but seem to be on a slight elevation in terms of altitude. The Oakland pass defence is very porous, so the likes of Anderson, Crowder, Griffin and Lev Bell are in the frame. Darnold and Carr are actually good streams this week for those in a pinch.


Jaguars @ Titans

Nick Foles will step up his return this week which could be good news for Dede Westbrook and DJ Chark. Since they have lost 3 starting tight ends the offence has dipped and teams have zeroed in on Fournette and Chark. They are still playable against the Titans but don’t expect a huge haul.

The Titans are better under Tannehill, but Derrick Henry is the only player I’d have confidence in. He does usually dominate the Jags so he could be a very handy DFS option, but beyond that, I quite like both defences here.


Cowboys @ Patriots

Daks back and this time he faces the Patriots defence which has been stellar, although this is the toughest test, they’ve faced not named the Ravens. Dak, Cooper and Gallup are a force, Zeke is Zeke and Jason Witten can pop in when he needs to. It’s potent and it’s effective, the Patriots may struggle to find an answer, much like when they faced Lamar.

The Patriots themselves need Edelman to recover from his shoulder injury otherwise it could be tough sledding.

The Cowboys aren’t the greatest defence, but they are solid enough and the Patriots are not at full strength. They tend to find a way, but Bill doesn’t usually care about your fantasy team anyway.


Packers @ 49ers

The final game sees the Packers and 49ers square off in a matchup between teams who are doing well, but you’re not quite sure how.

Aaron Rodgers is doing enough to win games, despite the lack of receiving talent outside of Davante Adams. Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams have picked up the slack but face a tough test in the 49ers defence. If Adams is covered and Jones is prevented from running, it’s going to be a long day.

The 49ers defence is stout, but the offence is not so stable. If Kittle is fit to play then he also improves the prospects for Deebo Samuel, Jimmy Garoppolo and the running backs. As it stands, Tevin Coleman is a strong starting choice, although the Packers defence isn’t one to write off.


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Proceed

QB – Derek Carr (OAK @ NYJ) – I like both QBs in this matchup but again, the Hype Train is advocating using a Carr… scandalous.

RB – Derrick Henry (TEN vs JAX) – Henry tends to hoover up the Jags, I can’t see him sucking this week.

WR – DJ Moore (CAR @ NO) – It’s a tough week for receivers. I tried not to go obvious so I had to think a bit Moore.

TE – Ryan Griffin (NYJ vs OAK) – Again, I like both TE’s in this game, but with Carr at QB in this list I thought I’d put Griffin to the TE slot.

DST – Steelers (PIT @ CIN) – The Bengals are going to caught up against something as hard as Iron and tough as Steel.


Caution

QB – Tom Brady (NE vs DAL) – He will probably find a way to win the game, but Tom terrific isn’t going to be so good for fantasy.

RB – Brian Hill (ATL vs TB) – Freeman may be missing but I don’t think Brian will take them over the Hill this week.

WR – Terry McLaurin (WAS vs DET) – Haskins still isn’t ready, and McLaurin may be fast but he’s more and F1 choice than an A1 choice.

TE – Zach Ertz (PHI vs SEA) – Goedert is eating into his share and it Ertz for his owners.

DST – Panthers (CAR vs NO) – They’ve been good this season and the Saints have been inconsistent, but this is not a week to be cute.


Danger

QB – Daniel Jones (NYG @ CHI) – The Bears might just smother Jones in this one. Danny Dimes may lack a few cents here.

RB – Jordan Howard (PHI vs SEA) – A crowded backfield, a return from injury and a decent opposition. Howard you like that? Not very much.

WR – Courtland Sutton (DEN @ BUF) – Tough sledding, especially with an inexperienced QB. I’d not fancy having him Sutt-on my starting line-up.

TE – Jimmy Graham (GB @ SF) – The 49ers defence should crunch the packers. Graham won’t be a cracker.

DST – Jets (NYJ vs OAK) – IF I like the offensive pieces then it’s obvious I’ll hate on the defensive ones. The Jets DST will likely remain grounded.


That’s it for another week. Apologies for the pun level at the end, some of those were terrible. More of the same next week!

Scheduled Departures – Week 11

By James Fotheringham (@nflhypetrain)

ALL ABOARD! Trains for week 11 are about to depart.

WARNING: Lineups may close up to 30 seconds prior to kickoff.



There are no trains for Tennessee, Green Bay, New York (Giants) and Seattle this week so you may have a few different routes to take on your way to points, but don’t worry. The departure board is here to guide you where to go. Let’s take a look.


Falcons @ Panthers


Despite their victory against the Saints last week, I still feel the Falcons are a team to stream against.

The Saints are bitter rivals and the team played out of their skin defensively to beat them. The offence is still shaky and losing Austin Hooper hurts them, but it may be a spark for Julio and Calvin Ridley.

The Panthers as usually have CMC but Kyle Allen has been quietly improving and now DJ Moore and Curtis Samuel might also be playable in addition to Greg Olsen, who frankly has always been an option when you look at how sparse the TE position is now.       


Cowboys @ Lions


Matt Stafford will miss another game, so Jeff Driskel takes on the mane role for the Lions. It limits how good Golladay and Marvin Jones are but from last week’s evidence they should be serviceable.

The Cowboys are strong against the run and with options limited JD McKissic is playable but not with a lot of confidence. The Cowboys DST looks a good play while the opposite is true for the Lions.

Dak, Cooper, Gallup and Zeke should all feature and Zeke is going to be heavily owned in DFS. He is a guy to pay up for so it’s time to send Zeke to the buffet car so he can eat.


Jaguars @ Colts


This game is huge in the AFC South. If the Jags lose that’s the end of their hopes, if the Colts lose, they look shaky.

Brissett may well be back but not 100%, which against the Jags defence, is not what you want to hear. Hilton isn’t back and Pascal hasn’t been as good now people have put expectations on him. The Tight Ends for Indy may be the most fantasy relevant assets, along with Marlon Mack.

The Jags will again rely heavily on Fournette who has been good value this season when you consider how many busts there have been. Nick Foles returns and may well be a decent streaming option. Foles’ return also improves the prospects for Dede Westbrook and DJ Chark.

I was hoping to use Seth DeValve as a safety valve but now he’s ruled out I’ve had to reduce the pressure on that one.


Bills @ Dolphins


The Dolphins are on a resurgence and the Bills are maybe not the locking for the playoffs people thought they might be.

This game will probably return both teams to their usual scripts as the Buffalo defence is still strong.

It’s not a week to fish for points in Miami but it may be a big week for the Bills offence, especially Josh Allen who may be a decent options for DFS line ups looking to save money on QB.                  


Texans @ Ravens


This is a juicy matchup where quite simply, I want the offensive pieces on both teams and I’m not sure I’d want to risk either defence. Keep an eye on Will Fuller who is unlikely to play, which usually means goods things for DeAndre Hopkins.

Short and sweet.


Broncos @ Vikings


The Vikings again appear to be Thielin-less so it may be time to find Diggs again. Dalvin Cook will once again feature heavily on the menu and Kyle Rudolph might be a redzone reindeer once more.

The Broncos are still not looking great on offence and I wouldn’t want to play the defence against Minnesota.      


Jets @ Redskins

No first class available here.

Two dire teams. Derrius Guice returns for Washington but the Jets did completely stuff Saquon last week. Haskins and McLaurin still haven’t really clicked while the defence isn’t quite what we expected it to be.

The Jets have some decent receivers, Sam Darnold seems to be the issue. Le’Veon Bell isn’t performing either, but this is maybe is his week.                            


Saints @ Bucs

The Saints need a bounce back game and the Bucs are not a bad opponent to have for this. Brees, Thomas, Kamara and even Jared Cook may be a sneaky play at TE.

Jameis Winston and the passing attack are also looking tempting this week. Ronald Jones has become playable so apart from the defences and the Bucs TE’s, it’s a game to play what you have.                     


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Cardinals @ 49ers


The 49ers finally had their unbeaten record ended last week but this team is still “for real” (and I’m not just saying that to wind up Tim, honest…).

Losing Kittle is a huge blow to the offence and with Sanders looking limited if he plays at all, you want the running back who are fit and Deebo Samuel. The 49ers DST may be vital for them to succeed in this game but with the state of the Arizona running game and the passing attack still learning the system, it’s not a bad call.

Kyler should be solid this week, although the 49ers DST does make me scared to play Kirk and co. I’d avoid the backfield as the split between DJ and Drake feels very volatile.                           


Bengals @ Raiders


The Bengals are the only remaining team left who are able to put up a 100% record… of losing. Finley at QB and AJ Green still injured make them an offence to avoid apart from Mixon, Boyd may be a bit of a reach.

The Raiders are threatening to be a playoff team and Josh Jacobs is set to be a league winner for fantasy. He will be a heavily owned DST play again but be warned as it could be a Tyrell Williams game. The Raiders DST are an easy stream option too.


Patriots @ Eagles


After the Ravens derailed the Patriots shot at a perfect season, it’s time to see if the Eagles can continue to send them down the wrong track. This week they signed Jay Ajayi which suggests that Jordan Howard is questionable. Miles Sanders will get a lot of action but how much he will be able to do with it is uncertain. The receiver situation looks awkward as well with Jeffrey out and Agholor unable to catch a cold.

The Patriots will be back to trusting Brady, Edelman and co. You may want the Pats DST back in your line up if you have them.                                              


Bears @ Rams


The final game of the day is the Bears and the Rams. Two strong defences with questionable offences. The Steelers shut down the Rams and the Bears do a good job of shutting themselves down. David Montgomery is questionable so Tarik Cohen may be more worth playing than usual, Allen Robinson is usually relevant but after that you’re only playing the defence.

The Rams seem to only perform when Cooper Kupp is open. The Steelers had his number and Goff didn’t know where else to turn. Expect Kupp and Gurley to be the main men, albeit without particularly high expectations.


Time to take a look in the Signal Box and pick out a few player who are on the right lines and who may be taking a wrong route.


PROCEED


QB – Josh Allen (BUF) – A rushing QB against the Dolphins… do I need to say more?

RB – Josh Jacobs (OAK) – One of the hottest RBs in the league against the worst team in the league…

WR – Michael Thomas (NO) – The Saints disappeared last week, but they are coming back this week.

TE – Mark Andrews (BAL) – The Texans may not have an answer to Andrews.

DST – Cowboys(DAL)  – A somewhat tamed Lions team are going to get rounded up.


Caution


QB – Kirk Cousins (MIN) – He had no Thielin and Cook may leave him stewing.

RB – Phillip Lindsey (DEN) – The Vikings and Royce Freeman may halt Lindseys usefulness.

WR – Robert Woods (LAR) – Unless you’re called Kupp, it’s hard to score for the Rams.

TE – Zach Ertz (PHI) – Goedert’s production and the Patriots defence Ertz his value.

DST – Dolphins (MIA) – The Bills are usually a team to stream against but I think the Dolphin resurgence ends here.


Danger


QB – Carson Wentz (PHI) – The Patriots find Nick Foles harder to crack.

RB – David Johnson (ARI) – A fall from grace to the point where you can’t trust what he may do.

WR – Devante Parker (MIA) – The Bills may not even allow garbage time yards for him.

TE – OJ Howard (TB) – Godwin and Evans prevent TE from being a thing in TB.

DST – Lions (DET) – A weak run D against Zeke… Eeek.


That’s it for this week. Come back next week to see what is standing at the station and which Hype Trains will lead you to points.