The Hype Train Station – Week 13 Waivers

By James Fotheringham (@NFLHypeTrain)

Bye Weeks: CAR, CLE, GB, TEN

Apologies for the lack of a week 12 article. It was written, it was scheduled and for whatever reason the train did not depart, it didn’t post, it failed. Who’d have thought timetabling would be a problem for a train themed series?

Anyway, 2 more bye weeks to go but this is another pretty big one with 4 teams. It’s not the greatest waiver wire and indeed all season it’s been somewhat rough going. A lot of stars have been missing from games but either the backups just haven’t lived up to the expectations, the duties have been shared or the calls have been so late that backups just aren’t ready and fantasy owners aren’t really prepped to put them in. If you have short benches or no IR slots decisions are made all the most difficult. And with the fantasy playoffs coming soon, it could get even worse at a crucial time.

1st Class Ticket

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

Jamaal Williams – RB – Detroit Lions – vsMIN – Ownership Percentage: ~40%

Recommended FAAB Budget: 5%

Williams is up here because De’Andre Swift looks to have had one “Questionable” labelled week too many and missed most of the Thanksgiving game against Chicago. Williams had 15 attempts for 65 yards and 5 receptions for 18 more. Having had his own injury issues Williams might be the “fitter” option and on a team with only pride to play for there’s a chance they rest Swift a bit more which would benefit Williams stock. Swift may miss time and with Hubbard on bye before replacing CMC, Mattison over 50% owned and nobody appearing to want to run for Seattle, maybe you’ve got to catch Jamaal.

Van Jefferson – WR – Los Angeles Rams – vsJAX – Ownership Percentage: ~40%

Recommended FAAB Budget: 20%

With Robert Woods out and OBJ still finding his feet, Van Jefferson looks set to benefit from the increased targets and with 3 for 93 and a TD against the Packers he backed up the logic. Next week the Rams are at home to Jacksonville… that’s enough to put him in the 1st class section. Brandon Aiyuk is too highly owned again to be featured but if he’s there he’s a better train to catch.

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.

Matt Breida – RB – Buffalo Bills – vsNE – Ownership Percentage: ~25%

Recommended FAAB Budget: 10%

When Zach Moss was announced as a healthy scratch my mention of Breida in the Advanced ticket section last week felt justified. He then went on to beat Singletary in fantasy points with 9 rushes for 26 yards and 2 receptions for 29 yards and a TD. He offers something the Moss/Singletary combination doesn’t and the coaches seem to like it. If you weren’t sure if this was a long term situation after the Jets and Colts games, 3 in a row is too hard to ignore.   

Cole Kmet – TE –Chicago Bears – vsARI – Ownership Percentage: ~25%

Recommended FAAB Budget: 1%

Kmet isn’t the kind of player I like to go for here, however, against the Lions he had 11 targets and caught 8 of them. He only managed 65 yards and no TDs from those 8 catches but that’s a lot of targets and it’s hard to ignore.

Other players of note (approx. % owned):

RB: Matt Breida (BUF ~20%), Boston Scott (PHI ~25%), Ty Johnson (NYJ ~20%).

WR: Rondale Moore (ARI ~20%), Cedrick Wilson (DAL ~10%), TreQuan Smith (NO ~5%), Kendrick Bourne (NE ~25%).

TE: James O’Shaugnessy (JAX ~25%), Jack Doyle (IND ~1%).

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.

Tyrod Taylor – QB – Houston Texans – vsIND – Ownership Percentage: ~10%

Recommended FAAB Budget: 0%

Tyrod has been in pretty decent form since the bye week. Ignoring his first game back from injury he’s had 2 solid games while many better QBs have tanked. 2 rushing TDs against the Titans and then 2 in the air against the Jets have helped his stock and in a week where we’re not sure on injuries and opposition, he’s probably as stable as you can get currently, even if it’s not spectacular.

Other low rostered options at QB to consider are: Teddy Bridgewater (DEN @KC ~20%), Taylor Heinicke (WAS @LV ~35%), Tua Tagovailoa (MIA vsNYG ~33%).

Minnesota Vikings – DST – vsDET – Ownership Percentage: ~17%

Recommended FAAB Budget: 0%

It’s not the team playing the Jets!!! That would be the Eagles who are a little too highly owned to be the feature but I’ll pop them below to keep the streak going. The Vikings finally scored more than 10 against the 49ers after down weeks against the Chargers and Packers. When they face less powerful opponents they tend to score well. Who do they have this week? Oh Detroit… perfect.

Other low rostered options at DST to consider are: Dolphins (@NYG ~40%), Eagles (vsNYJ ~50%).

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.

D’Onta Foreman/Dontrell Hilliard – RB – Tennessee Titans – Ownership Percentage: ~20%

Recommended FAAB Budget: 2%

If they weren’t on bye this week, this pair would have been a stone wall first class ticket and I’d have felt a lot more excited about it. Having a bye after your breakout confirmed is rough both had excellent performances against New England despite the loss and with minimal competition for touches and the receiving options struggling, they are potential league winners on a team trying to go all the way. Chuba Hubbard fits here too and anyone else who will be a replacement for a stud who will fall this week.

Nick Westbrook-Ikhine – WR – Tennessee Titans – Ownership Percentage: ~20%

Recommended FAAB Budget: 2%

Again, if it wasn’t for the bye week he would be in the first class ticket section. With AJ Brown on IR and Julio Jones missing he became the primary target and was really the only WR who was relevant and even this it was mostly because he caught the TD pass. 2 receptions for 25 yards on 5 targets suggest he has a lot to learn, but when it comes to opportunity, this is too much to ignore.   

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By James Fotheringham (@NFLHypeTrain)

Fantasy Football Podcaster and Analyst

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