Hype Train Station – Week 12

By James Fotheringham (@nflhypetrain)

The Last Good Bye… week of the season. The Cardinals, Chiefs, Chargers and Vikings will be watching on from the Platform as everyone else catches up. After this it’s the crucial games leading up to the fantasy and real life playoffs. The waiver wires get thinner, trade deadlines kick in and



If you didn’t grab him last week, Guice is a must pick-up this week. He’s 50% owned but after this set of waiver wires it will be closer to 80%. Tarik Cohen (60%), Jaylen Samuels (60%) may be out there and are also worth looking for. However, if they are all gone in your league then here’s some other options to look for:


jonathan williams 0%

nyheim hines 30%

With Marlon Mack looking questionable with a hand fracture there are carries to be had in Indianapolis. Williams and Hines will probably see most of the work but maybe in a close split, so don’t be expecting miracles. With their main start out, can these Colts fill those shoes?


raheem mostert 10%

jeff wilson 0%

Mostert was dropped from many teams as the Coleman/Breida combo returned. This week Jeff Wilson got a crucial TD and Breida was out. Mostert had a disappointing day but with time to recover from injury he might be the better bet for next week, but Wilson is a very good, deep option. Who must start? Will soon know.


Kalen Ballage (MIA) – 30%


He may be a mediocre player on a terrible team, but he is getting the touches and is often a TD option. The Miami guy is good if you’re in a vice.


Lookout for injury returners as well as replacements. Will Fuller (60%) and John Ross (10%) may well return this week.


Josh Reynolds (LAR) – 10%


We don’t know what the issue is with Robert Woods and while he and Cooks are out it leaves Kupp and Gurley to receive. Clearly Goff is going to need more options, even if he uses them sparingly. He’s a great option but the risk is that too many Cooks May spoil his outlook.


James Washington (PIT) – 20%


The Steelers will be angry after the defeat to the Browns and with the whipping boy Bengals in town, anyone is an option. If there’s no Juju or Dionte then Washington will be capital to the Steelers success.


Deebo Samuel (SF) – 30%


If you didn’t pick him up last week you really have to now. Options for Garoppolo are thin on the ground and Samuel is starting to establish himself. Will they team up and form the Garoppodeebo?



MASON RUDOLPH (PIT @ CIN) – 10%


He has enough chips on his shoulder currently to supply a small fast food chain, so the Bengals may get toasted. He will need help from Vance McDonald and Washington but as one Rudolph goes on bye, it’s time for another to take the reigns.


SAM DARNOLD (NYJ VS OAK) – 10%


This seems an icky play but the Raiders do give up points to the QB and with the receiving corps starting to show signs of life, it’s not a bad time to plug him in. Let’s see if he wins the battle against Derek Carr; Mono y Mono.


RYAN GRIFFIN (NYJ VS OAK) – 0%


The Jets play the Raiders and with a pretty weak pass defence, Griffin becomes a useful asset. I can’t use the same punchline as last week so let’s see if Griffin can raid Oakland for points.


JACOB HOLLISTER (SEA @PHI) – 10%


I mentioned it last week, Hollister seems to be cool in Seattle and provides Russell Wilson with an outlet to keep his MVP level season going. We’ve had body spray and cool dude puns, so this week let’s see if he can fashion a good fantasy day.


TITANS (TEN VSJAX) – 40%


Remember the Titans, they were in bye last week. The Jags have pretty much knocked themselves out of the running so it will be a bit of a learning curve coming up. In this situation the Titans tend to smash the Jags so there are worse options.


GIANTS (NYG @CHI) – 0%


The Giants DST is terrible, but Trubisky feels worse.


LIONS (DET @WAS) – 0%


Near enough the same scenario as the above. Terrible defence, worse offence.



These are the last advanced tickets of the season, from next week the article gets shorter as we get towards the business end and the playoffs.

I can’t see people dropping Kyler Murray or Pat Mahomes, Rivers has been awful, but Kirk Cousins has the Seahawks, Lions and Chargers in his next 3 games. Not a terrible draw.


Damien Williams has a shot at a resurgence if he stays healthy but could be a drop candidate for some teams.


Mike Williams may be a heavy drop and he has disappointed many this season. So much so, he will probably turn up for the fantasy playoffs and win leagues. Keep an eye out. Diggs, Thielen, Hill and Kirk won’t fall off benches and not a lot else is worth a pickup so no help here.


Kyle Rudolph is getting an enlarged role with Thielen out and even when he returns, the chemistry is back up and running and it’s simply been working. Henry and Kelce won’t drop and the Cardinals TE’s are nearly all still on the wire.

Fantasy – Waiver Pick Ups – Week 7

by Rob Grimwood – @FFBritBaller

How can we already be nearly half way through the fantasy season? Crazy, isn’t it. Nonetheless, as bye weeks hit full throttle with a plethora of elite fantasy talent ineligible for your week 7 rosters, waiver pick-ups over the next week or two are pivotal to maintaining winning weeks for your teams.

Let’s get to it…


Quarterback – Gardner Minshew II, Jacksonville Jaguars55% owned ESPN


With Jameis Winston and Baker Mayfield on bye in week 7 (should you somehow still be trusting these QB’s in your fantasy teams!) Minshew has a great match-up in Cincinnati, and will be a great plug and play this week for any owners that need QB help.

Despite only putting up 4 fantasy points in week 6, Minshew had given fantasy owners no less than 15 points per game since the beginning of the season. Look for a bounce-back here from currently the most popular man in the NFL, especially as the Bengals are leaking the 4th most points to opposing QB’s on a week to week basis.


Running Back – Benny Snell Jr, Pittsburgh Steelers2.1% owned ESPN


I could be telling you to pick up Adrian Peterson here like the majority of analysts will likely be doing this week. Peterson has a very hard schedule coming up, and one good week versus the hapless Dolphins does not sell me i’m afraid.

Yes, I know Benny Snell is on bye this upcoming week, but after the bye the Steelers face the aforementioned hapless Dolphins. With Jaylen Samuel still likely out and James Conner yet to break 55 rushing yards in a game this season, Snell could well be playing himself into a decent workload for Pittsburgh. 17 carries for 75 yards against the Chargers in week 6 says he’s ready to prove his worth.


Wide Receiver – Golden Tate, New York Giants 63.2% owned ESPN


I can’t believe Tate is still available in more than a third of leagues. You realise he is literally the only proven receiver in that organisation right now with Sheperd and Engram out, right?

With those pair still likely questionable at best in week 7, and with a favourable match-up against a Cardinals secondary that gives away 23 standard fantasy points to receivers on average each week, Tate is a solid pick up and play for the Godwin/Evans/Moore/Juju/OBJ owners.

It’s a mini bye-nado this week with all of those elite fantasy stars out on a bye week, so if you’re still on the hunt, also consider Dede Westbrook (70% owned) who faces the Bengals, Dante Pettis (26.2% owned) whose target share increased last week and faces the porous Redskins or John Brown (57% owned) who currently is a fringe WR2 in fantasy that has that juicy inter-division match-up against Miami in week 7.


Tight End – Jordan Akins, Houston Texans7.6% owned ESPN


It’s pretty skinny, as always on the Tight End waiver front. But Akins has been seeing his fair share of targets over the last 4 weeks including a breakout game against the Chargers (3 receptions for 73 yards and 2 TD’s) in week 3.

The schedule is the most intriguing factor behind this pickup. Indianapolis and Oakland both find themselves in the top 5 for most fantasy points given away to opposing tight ends so far this season. With the Colts coming to Houston next week and the Raiders being the Texans opposition in week 8, Akins could have some fantasy relevance.

Quick mention to Hunter Henry, who is some of the more casual leagues will be on your waivers. Make sure you invest a heavy dosage of FAAB on the Chargers’ tight end, especially if you are short in this position.

Eyes peeled.