By James Fotheringham (@NFLHypeTrain)

Bye Weeks: None

I’ll be honest, when the bye weeks ended I thought we were on easy street. I knew the wire would be thin but I wasn’t quite ready for Omicron to make a mockery of predicting the week ahead in terms of player availability. In short, because of the ever changing situation, waiver wires having to move and players going on and off COVID lists like it’s the hokey-cokey it feels impossible for me to really give advice on who to drag off the waiver wire and how much to spend for your fantasy Semi-Finals or in some cases Finals. What I will do is give some advice in general but without the deep dive I usually do. So here’s something maybe a little bit different.

1st Class Ticket

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

Injury Replacements

Some teams have seen players go down this week who may not make it back on the field for your fantasy championships, the next men up could be very hand waiver wire pickups but in many cases it’s hard to call who is the “next man up”.

Here is my shorthand list of injuries and potential pickups in the flex positions:

Running Back:

Leonard Fournette (TB) -> Ronald Jones

Joe Mixon (potentially) (CIN) -> Samaje Perine

Wide Reciever:

Rondale Moore (ARI) -> AJ Green / Christian Kirk

Mike Evans / Chirs Godwin (TB) -> Tyler Johnson, OJ Howard/Cameron Brate (TE)

Julio Jones (TEN) -> Nick Westbrooke-Ikhene

Sterling Shepard (NYG) -> Don’t bother, Jones is ruled out for the year too.

There will be many more to keep an eye on but these were the ones that immediately came to mind.

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.

Tactics Talk

Rather than throw out players that later test positive anyway I’m going to offer some bits of advice for this time.

  1. Have backups handy – Your bench is vital and if you have a thin waiver wire, make sure you have the handcuffs for your own starters, be they QBs or RB’s.
  2. Make sure your flex is the latest game scheduled – As games get rescheduled make sure you have any players for the last game in the flex in case you have make a last minute change. That is of course if you are able to, many people have been stuck with only 2 playable RBs.
  3. League Rules – Each league will have a different plan for this situation so make sure you know what potential substitution rules there are or whether days may not include results.
  4. Waiver wire day – In many leagues it will move along 24 hours but in others it wont. Be careful with adds drops as games often dont like messign with active gameweeks.
  5. Keep an eye on reports – Injury reports, media reports, sleep pings, twitter, use what you can to get an understanding of who should be able to play.

Remember, your opponent is likely to be hurting as badly as you.

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.


In case you have that luxury called choice here’s a few matchups to not for the streaming positions:

Detroit @ Atlanta – Matt Ryan is a strong option. Goff likely missing through COVID.

San Francisco @ Tennessee – Jimmy G is a great play.

Jacksonville @ New York Jets – Both offences including QBs are in play.

Chicago @ Seattle – Seahawks may be a top 5 option.

LA Chargers @ Houston – Chargers are a good pickup.

Atlanta/Detroit/Jacksonville/NY Jets – Each from the above could also be good for DST.

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.

Final Words

Considering the situation and how this week has turned out, this will likely be the last Hype Train Station of the season.

Hopefully next season can have a bit less drama in championship weeks but for now just keep your eyes peeled everywhere and make the best adjustments you see and own your calls.

Every league is different and the deeper it is the harder it gets so while I miss some better ploayers who may be on your wire, I hope it’s still a useful resource as always any feedback is appreciated, either through comments or via twitter.

It’s been a pleasure to be your ticket officer, driver, conductor, assistance and station manager this season and I wish everyone luck in their fantasy championships.

But for now all that’s left to say it #ChooChoo .

By James Fotheringham (@NFLHypeTrain)

Fantasy Football Podcaster and Analyst

Full 10 Yards Fantasy

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