If you’re reading this article then you’ve probably made your fantasy playoffs and either won in week 14 or had secured the bye – congratulations! If you’re not in the playoffs or you lost, then I applaud your arrogance. As the final destination approaches, may I remind you to check to ensure that you have all of your personal belongings and we hope that you enjoyed the ride.
At this stage, the waiver wire becomes all that more important and every player you select now should be in contention for your starting lineup or you should be blocking a rival from playing a certain player in their lineup. Any remaining FAAB budget should be carefully spent in an attempt to win your Championship.
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.
Jalen Hurts – QB – Philadelphia Eagles
Ownership Percentage: 17%
Recommended FAAB Budget: 15%
It wasn’t an aerial performance to write home about from Hurts on Sunday, but his efforts both through the air and on the ground were enough to lead the Eagles to an upset win against the Saints. After coming in for the benched Wentz the previous week, Hurts was named the starter and impressed. Keeping the Saints from winning the division (well, for at least this week anyway), Hurts has already been named the starter against Arizona in week 15 and could actually lead the Eagles to a division title of their own.
Hurt’s damage was done on the ground last week. 18 rushes for 106 yards meant his average passing day resulted in 18.28 fantasy points against a tough Saints DST. Hurts should have an easier time against the Cardinals and I’ll definitely be starting him. If Hurts can make Alshon Jeffery relevant in 2020, he sure as hell can make my fantasy team relevant.
Chad Hansen – WR – Houston Texans
Ownership Percentage: 4%
Recommended FAAB Budget: 5%
Hansen has, quite possibly, the most American name possible. For the second straight week, Hansen was targeted 7 times and managed to haul in all 7 for 56-yards. Not a prolific day for the 3rd year wideout, but enough to secure him double digit fantasy points in back-to-back games.
With Deshaun Watson’s receiving options limited, Chad has enjoyed an uptake in work and I’m liking this trend of consistency. Of course, this could all come crashing back down to earth, especially if Brandin Cooks returns to the lineup. However, if he sees another 7+ receptions against the Colts this week, I’ll have no qualms in starting him in the Championship week.
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.
Dan Arnold – TE – Arizona Cardinals
Ownership Percentage: 3%
Recommended FAAB Budget: 5%
3 touchdowns in 2 weeks for Arnold and I am all aboard the hype train. Granted, he’s only had 7 targets in those two weeks, but these should increase if Kyler can rely on the big man. He’s posted double digit fantasy points in consecutive contests and has a tasty week 15 matchup against the Eagles. His fantasy season ends with the 49ers so this might just be a one week wonder.
T.Y. Hilton – WR – Indianapolis Colts
Ownership Percentage: 59%
Recommended FAAB Budget: 20%
I am SO glad that Eugene is back. Finally, that talk from his Grandmother has paid off and Hilton has found the end zone 4 times in the past 3 games. With fantasy scores of 18.10, 25.00 and 25.60, Hilton has rolled back the years and I am so on board with his rebound. He’s got a great matchup against Houston this week and I fancy him doing well against Pittsburgh the week after, too. Heck, I even doubled the recommended FAAB budget whilst writing this up and am strongly considering moving him into the 1st class ticket section.
Other players of note:
QB: Mitchell Trubisky (CHI-12%)
RB: Cam Akers (LAR-57%), Lynn Bowden (MIA-3%)
WR: Tim Patrick (DEN-43%), Keke Coutee (HOU-26%), Nelson Agholor (LV-41%)
TE: Logan Thomas (WAS-51%), Irv Smith Jr. (MIN-15%), Cole Kmet (CHI-6%)
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.
Drew Lock – QB – Denver Broncos (vs BUF)
Ownership Percentage: 27%
Recommended FAAB Budget: 2%
Quarterbacks help you win football games… who knew? Lock had his best game of the season in week 14 against the Panthers and has a nice matchup against the Bills in week 15. It was the first time he didn’t throw an interception in… forever and his 4 TDs certainly helped finished off a nice fantasy day. Maybe with Courtland Sutton back, a second year Jerry Jeudy and no injuries, Lock might just be the answer in Denver after all..
San Francisco 49ers – DST – (@ DAL)
Ownership Percentage: 43%
Recommended FAAB Budget: 0%
Despite losing 23-15, the 49ers didn’t concede an offensive touchdown on Sunday. 2 defensive scores (pick up the Football Team if they’re available in your league) and 3 field goals were enough to sink the men in red and gold. 2 sacks and an interception was enough to get them a respectable 8 points and it’ll be another nice fantasy week against Dallas.
Other low owned options: Derek Carr (48% – vs LAC), Daniel Jones (48% – vs CLE), Dwayne Haskins (3% – vs SEA), Cardinals (21% – vs PHI), Bills (35% – @ DEN), Bears (45% – @ MIN), Browns (39% – @ NYG), Raiders (11% – vs LAC)
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