The Hype Train Station – Week 14 Waivers

By James Fotheringham (@NFLHypeTrain)

Bye Weeks: IND, MIA, NE, PHI

We’ve made it. The final bye week of the season and for most fantasy leagues this is the last regular season week before the playoffs begin in week 15. It’s good that no teams are on bye during the playoffs but if you are in a “win and in” situation but are relying on the likes of Jonathan Taylor or Jaylen Waddle to get you points your playoff status could rest on your waiver pickups or you current bench depth. When it comes to injuries Adam Thielin was the headline in week 13 with Miles Sanders, Corey Davis and Logan Thomas also going down and likely to miss time.

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/Dontrell Hilliard – RB – Tennessee Titans – vsJAX – Ownership Percentage: ~30%

Recommended FAAB Budget: 5%

There’s a lot of potential options this week at RB but there’s a lot I really can’t make a call for. Seattle have 3 secondary RBs and no guarantee any will be the primary but at Houston they any of Peterson, Homer, Dallas or Collins could be good, but I can’t pick which. Rex Burkhead has opportunity but on a terrible team, Sony Michel might be back to fighting for carries with Darrel Henderson back and Tevin Coleman I can’t even think about.

All that considered, I’m pinning my hopes on the Tennessee Tandem that broke out before their bye week in Foreman and Hilliard. They have a plum matchup with the Jaguars and both can be relevant.  

Marquez Valdes-Scantling – WR – Green Bay Packers – vsCHI – Ownership Percentage: ~20%

Recommended FAAB Budget: 5%

Again it feels like slim pickings but the Packers are trying to make a run at the superbowl and they will need more than Davante Adams to get there. MVS seems to have been the number 2 option but that options is a long bomb from Rodgers that goes to the house. If it happens (and of late, it has been happening) he gets you plenty of fantasy points.

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.

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

Recommended FAAB Budget: 2%

I put NWI in the advanced fare section last week, he gets the bump up to 2nd class this week as there won’t be a lot of alternatives in Tennessee this week and even if Julio were to return Westbrook-Ikhine will have a big role and against Jacksonville, it’s a great matchup.

Gerald Everett – TE –Seattle Seahawks – @HOU – Ownership Percentage: ~30%

Recommended FAAB Budget: 1%

Houston give up the 6th most points to Tight Ends and the Seahawks are trying to turn things around and make a run at the playoffs. Everett had a bad week 13 but prior to that he was looking solid in the offence.

Other players of note (approx. % owned):

RB: Matt Breida (BUF ~40%), Tevin Coleman (NYJ ~40%), Mike Davis (ATL ~40%).

WR: Rondale Moore (ARI ~25%), TreQuan Smith (NO ~5%), Josh Reynolds (DET ~2%).

TE: Jared Cook (LAC ~45%), Cole Kmet (CHI ~25%).

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.

Taysom Hill– QB – New Orleans – vsNYJ – Ownership Percentage: ~35%

Recommended FAAB Budget: 5%

Apologies for how badly last weeks suggestion went with Tyrod Taylor, I wasn’t aware of how bad the injury was and I think the missing pieces caused havoc. Anyway, this week I have another injury risk but Taysom Hill is expected to play through his Mallet Finger injury status and considering he racked up fantasy points with it last week and he plays the Jets this week, it’s easy to back him.

Other low rostered options at QB to consider are: Teddy Bridgewater (DEN vsDET ~20%), Taylor Heinicke (WAS @DAL ~35%), Ben Roethlisberger (PIT vsMIN ~30%).

Green Bay Packers – DST – vsCHI – Ownership Percentage: ~33%

Recommended FAAB Budget: 0%

There are a whole host of great defensive matchups and the list below could easily have been doubled, but for the marquee pick I’ve gone for Green Bay against a weak Bears team who should yield points regardless of who is in at QB.   

Other low rostered options at DST to consider are: Broncos (vsDET ~45%), Titans (vsJAX ~25%), Saints (@NYJ ~45%), Seahawks (@HOU ~10%).

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.

Boston Scott – RB – Philadelphia Eagles – Ownership Percentage: ~20%

Recommended FAAB Budget: 2%

This depends on the Sanders injury but if he’s likely to miss multiple games Scott comes back into the lead role against WFT and the Giants and after 13+ points against the Giants last time, it’s not a bad shout.

Kadarious Toney – WR – New York Giants – Ownership Percentage: ~40%

Recommended FAAB Budget: 2%

We are reaching that time of the season where keeper and dynasty league managers might think about pickups for next season. Either long term IR players or rookies who have potential. That may only work if you have a deep bench but regardless of bench depth a good option is Toney as he has long term potential but he also could return this season and would have Chicago in week 17. If you have issues come the fantasy final, he could be someone to dig you out of a hole, or someone who if you allow a rival to have, could dig them out of a hole.

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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