The Hype Train Station – Week 12 Waivers

Bye Week – N/A

As alluded to in last week’s article, the regular Hype Train drive, James, is currently on paternity (a massive congratulations to the Fotheringham family!) and I’m here as a replacement – thankfully not a bus replacement!

With many trade deadlines past, the waiver wire becomes that smidge more important and those who saved their FAAB budget will likely be out in force. Be careful not to overpay for this reason but, equally, be prepared for players that you want to go for fetch that little bit more budget from this week and beyond.

Don’t forget to keep your #EyesPeeled for the weekly recap podcast where we discuss some of our favourite waiver wire targets in a bit more detail.

1st Class Ticket

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

Nelson Agholor – WR – Las Vegas Raiders

Ownership Percentage: 21%

Recommended FAAB Budget: 5%

Agholor’s targets have increased week on week since week 8 and in week 11, he saw his season high – 9. Since the week 6 bye, he’s averaged 5.4 targets per game and only Darren Waller has seen more looks from Derek Carr in this time.

During this 5 week span, Agholor has been the WR20 in standard leagues having had 3 TDs and 258 receiving yards. His stats are hampered slightly by that rain game in Cleveland.

With nice matchups against Atlanta and the Jets coming up, his schedule does tail off slightly towards the playoffs. However, currently playing as the WR1 in Vegas, he’s always got a big play touchdown up his sleeve.

Carlos Hyde – RB – Seattle Seahawks

Ownership Percentage: 44%

Recommended FAAB Budget: 5%

Already 2 players in and I can tell that I’m more frivolous with my FAAB than James. Back from injury himself, Hyde took the lead back responsibilities for Seattle in Carson’s absence and posted top-10 fantasy numbers.

Carson is tipped for return in week 12 but I fancy that they’ll ease him back and the work will be shared between the 2. This give Hyde the unique position of being a solid handcuff for the latter part of the season whilst getting work himself. Both backs will be playable in the New York double header in weeks 13 and 14.

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.

Corey Davis – WR – Tennessee Titans

Ownership Percentage: 48%-72%

Recommended FAAB Budget: 8%

Davis is a funny one with his ownership fluctuating so drastically from site to site. Definitely one to see if is available, you may be able to get cheaper than the recommended 8% with everybody still reeling over AJ Brown’s catch against the Ravens.

Had he played a full slate of games, Davis would be on track for 110 targets, 78 receptions. 1098 yards and 6 TDs – not bad for a WR2 on a run first team. Davis has been a model of consistency this season and has only posted a PPR score of less than 10 once this season. Ironically, this was a goose egg against the Bears in week 9. With that kind of consistency, he’s the kind of player than you can put in your lineup and almost forget about.

Kirk Cousins – QB – Minnesota Vikings

Ownership Percentage: 40%

Recommended FAAB Budget: 1%

This pick is 10% because you should pick him up from waivers and 90% for yet another excuse for me to watch this video.

In all seriousness, Cousins has thrown 8 TDs throughout his past 3 games and is the QB7 over this time period. There’s plenty of terrible QB situations out there with Denver, Jacksonville, Cincinnati, Miami, Dallas, New York Jets, Washington, New Orleans, Carolina, San Francisco and Chicago all spending time without their starting QB through injury or poor performance and you could do a lot worse than Cousins.

Other players of note:

QB: Derek Carr (LV-33%), Taysom Hill (NO-46%)

RB: Frank Gore (NYJ-12%), James White (NE-48%), Devontae Booker (LV-21%)

WR: Tim Patrick (DEN-34%), Damiere Byrd (NE-4%)

TE: Jordan Reed (SF-27%)

Day Return Ticket

This section will highlight the 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.

Baker Mayfield – QB – Cleveland Browns@JAX

Ownership Percentage: 32%

Recommended FAAB Budget: 0%

It will be great to see Baker not have to play in a rainstorm. The weather in Cleveland has been tempestuous of late and that doesn’t make for great passing conditions.

His matchup this week is fantastic and last time we saw Baker not have to play in the rain he threw for 5 TDs and 30 fantasy points. The Browns will still run the football, but expect them to kick Mayfield’s tyres in what should be an easy win.

Gus Edwards – RB – Baltimore Ravens

Ownership Percentage: 28%

Recommended FAAB Budget: 15%

This is a simple one. Dobbins and Ingram have COVID and won’t play against the Ravens on Thursday. That being said, with 5 players testing positive, nobody might play against the Steelers on Thursday.

If the game does go ahead, Edwards will see the bulk of the work and even though the Steelers are stingy against the run, James Robinson proved last week that this is a volume game.

Other low rostered options are: Jalen Reagor (48% – vs SEA), Justice Hill (0% – @PIT), Green Bay Packers DST (31% – vs CHI), Cleveland Browns DST (48% – @ JAX).

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.

Darnell Mooney – WR – Chicago Bears

Ownership Percentage: 21%

Recommended FAAB Budget: 0%

It’s a glorious playoff schedule for fantasy wide receivers against the Vikings and the Jags – it’s a shame that their pass defenses are as bad as the Bears quarterback situation really. Whoever is throwing the rock in these matchups, Mooney should see a nice amount of work as he looks to cement his place as the WR2 for the Bears headed into 2021.

Van Jefferson – WR – Los Angeles Rams

Ownership Percentage: 2%

Recommended FAAB Budget: 0%

Granted it was only 1 catch off 1 reception for Van Jefferson against the Buccs, but it was in the end zone and he did score a TD. Another rookie WR, there’s enough of a target share to support 3 WRs in this offense and matchups against the Jets and the Seahawks are TASTY.

Jimmy Graham – TE – Chicago Bears

Ownership Percentage: 38%

Recommended FAAB Budget: 1%

Two Bears in a fantasy column? Their playoff schedule must be good. Admittedly it’s not as good as it was earlier in the season, but Graham does face up against two teams who average as giving the 10th most points to tight ends. Graham has also had a sneaky good (well, for a tight end in 2020) season and should finish strongly.

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

David Davenport
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