The Hype Train Station – Week 11 Waivers

By James Fotheringham (@NFLHypeTrain)

Bye Weeks: DEN, LAR

Only 2 teams on bye in week 11 and hopefully we will also see a few good players come back into the fold this week. The last few weeks have seen late cancellations, early exits and nightmare situations for a lot of fantasy teams so having a bench you can rely on but also having those guys in mind, which you can pick up off waivers if there’s a last minute OUT call is becoming more critical. It’s why the “other players to consider” and even the advanced fares are almost more useful than the actual tickets! Speaking of which, let’s get into this week’s tickets to ride.

1st Class Ticket

The 1st class ticket section covers players who will be the top targets on the wire and the hot ticket.

D’Onta Foreman – RB – Tennessee Titans – vsHOU – Ownership Percentage: ~5%

Recommended FAAB Budget: 10%

I will preface this with a small note. If either AJ Dillon or Mark Ingram are available then they take precedence over anyone else I mention here. They are over 50% owned but it’s not inconceivable for them to be out there. If they aren’t then my top RB pickup is D’Onta Foreman. It’s a ‘revenge game’ against Houston (if that really means anything) but he had a good week last week (mainly in the passing game) and has a good matchup this week.

Elijah Moore – WR – New York Jets – vsMIA – Ownership Percentage: ~38%

Recommended FAAB Budget: 20%

Moore had a slow start to his rookie campaign (but then again, it’s the Jets, everyone had a slow start), however since their week 6 bye Moore has been over 10 PPR points in each game with a minimum of 6 targets and ignoring the New England game where he technically had a 19 yard rushing TD, he’s averaged 66 yards and a TD per game. It doesn’t seem to matter who is at QB either which bodes well for his future, and with minimal competition, he may have become top of the depth chart ahead of Crowder and Davis.

2nd Class Ticket

This section covers player who may not be the top option but could be good replacements for bye weeks or just have strong matchups. A Flex ticket if you must.

Brandon Bolden/Rhamondre Stevenson – RB – New England Patriots – @ATL – Ownership Percentage: ~16%/30%

Recommended FAAB Budget: 1%

Over the last few seasons many analysts (including myself) have time and again told you to avoid the Patriots backfield as it’s always a committee approach. With a number of players missing they seem to have settled on the Bolden/Stevenson combination with the latter getting 100 rushing yards on 20 carries against Cleveland with 4 receptions for 14 more yards and 2 rushing Ds for a monster week. Bolden had 3 for 32 on the ground and 3 for 38 in the air.

Tre-Quan Smith – WR –New Orleans Saints – @PHI – Ownership Percentage: ~5%

Recommended FAAB Budget: 5%

I must admit to having a few regrets this season when it comes to fantasy decisions, and dropping Tre-Quan Smith in a bunch of leagues where I wanted to use the IR spot on someone else is one of them. Smith came back into the fold and this week he had 4 receptions on 7 targets for 44 yards and a TD, his 2nd TD in 3 games and he’s had at least 3 receptions in each game. Losing Winston made me want to drop him but he seems to have clicked with Siemian and with Michael Thomas definitely out, he may take up the WR1 position for the Saints.

Other players of note (approx. % owned):

RB: Jermar Jefferson (DET ~0%), Boston Scott/Jordan Howard (PHI ~35%), Ty Johnson (NYJ ~20%).

WR: Jamal Agnew (JAX ~10%), Bryan Edwards (LV ~15%), Kendrick Bourne (NE ~3%).

TE: Dan Arnold (JAX ~28%), Tyler Conklin (MIN ~38%).

Day Return Ticket

This section will highlight the QBs and DST options who you may be able to pickup as a streaming option this week. We often advise people not to draft an early QB and certainly not an early DST so this section backs up that advice.

Mac Jones – QB – New England Patriots – v@ATL- Ownership Percentage: ~15%

Recommended FAAB Budget: 0%

Last week was a horror show for QBs and it turned out Siemien and Jones in the “other options section” may have been as good as you could have picked up. Big Ben obviously went down with Covid just to be even more helpful… This week I’m giving Jones the nod from the outset as Atlanta are their usual disaster again and it’s hard to not back a New England QB against them in any situation. Jones has maybe surprised a few people this season and the talk of the 49ers taking him 3rd overall wasn’t as farfetched as it sounded at the time.

Other low rostered options at QB to consider are: Trevor Siemian (NO @PHI ~5%), Jimmy Garoppolo (SF @JAX ~25%).

Miami Dolphins – DST – @NYJ – Ownership Percentage: ~15%

Recommended FAAB Budget: 1%

Apologies for not noting that Aaron Rodgers would be back last week but it was such a poor game Seattle wasn’t the worst call. Anyway, this week it’s Miami who I’m recommending as they’ve been on fire the last 2 weeks and now they play the Jets. It’s either going to be one of those hard to explain events where a team who is on form against tough teams suddenly fails against a bad team, or it could be a battering.

Other low rostered options at DST to consider are: Titans (vsHOU ~45%), Panthers (vsWAS ~35%).

Advanced Ticket

Advanced fares are for players who you won’t be playing in your line-ups straight away, but keep an eye on developments, and if you’re in deeper leagues, get a bargain by jumping in before everyone else.

Jamal Agnew – WR – Jacksonville Jaguars – Ownership Percentage: ~10%

Recommended FAAB Budget: 0%

I used him earlier as he seems to be an option now but I’d argue in the long run, Agnew has the kind of deep threat, long run and TD potential to be useful. He’s quick, agile and it seems to Jaguars are trying to factor him into their plans more and more. A rare case of a special teams player being so special that they get first team opportunities and then he makes the most of them.

Geoff Swaim – TE – Tennessee Titans – Ownership Percentage: ~0%

Recommended FAAB Budget: 0%

Swaim seems to have climbed above Firkser to be the Titans TE1 and over the last 3 weeks he’s had 4 receptions for at least 20 yards and twice he’s found the endzone. If this trend continues he may be a decent streaming option but right now it’s tough to suggest long term options, especially with the heavy bye weeks out of the way,

For the latest on pick-ups and drops, make sure you checkout @F10YFantasy and @NFLHypeTrain on Twitter. Remember, keep those #EyesPeeled.

By James Fotheringham (@NFLHypeTrain)

Fantasy Football Podcaster and Analyst

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