The Hype Train Station – Week 3 Waivers

The Ticket office here at the Hype Train Station is as busy as a San Francisco MRI scanner. This could be one of the craziest waiver wire runs in history. As a travel advisor, my job is to find you the best fares. There’s going to be a lot of trains vying for your attention and your FAAB budgets, but some of them aren’t the hot ticket you may think you are buying.

Don’t forget to head over to iTunes or Spotify to listen to our latest podcast where we’ll be discussing 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.

Jerrick McKinnon – RBS.Francisco 49ers -Ownership Percentage: 19%

Recommended FAAB Budget: 25%

In a week where there will be a rush to pickup the backups to injured players, McKinnon is the one I most want. Lewis will have value but he can’t do Barkley’s job, Davis likewise can’t cover McCaffrey’s production while CMC is out. If you want a review on those then there’s going to be planty of content out there, I just think there are better tickets. McKinnon meanwhile already had a good size role and with Coleman and Mostert both nursing injuries and potentially missing time, he’s going to see an uptick into the back we were perhaps expecting when he joined from the Vikings in 2018.

Jonnu Smith – TETennessee Titans -Ownership Percentage: 40%

Recommended FAAB Budget: 10%

Smith started off in the shadows of Delanie Walker and he’s taken time to develop but with Tannehill as QB we are finally witnessing his coming of age. The game against the Jags was incredible and while he wasn’t exactly flush with targets they were all where it mattered in fantasy. He has very high TD potential and bog play potential on a weekly basis and it’s only improved with the AJ Brown injury concerns and the lack of a 2nd RB to Henry. He’s set to be a TE1 and possible a top 6.

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.

Darrel Henderson – RBL.Angeles Rams – Ownership Percentage: 45%

Recommended FAAB Budget: 10%

A week ago I may have said on a podcast that Henderson could be the most dropped player. This week he’s going to be decently picked up. Cam Akers going down injured does clear up that backfield and when Henderson took over duties he looked good. 87 yards and a TD on the ground. 2 catches for 40yds in the air. He’s got upside in PPR, opportunity due to injuries and is on a team who are 2-0.  

M. Pittman Jr – WRIndianapolis Colts – Ownership Percentage: 14%

Recommended FAAB Budget: 2%

Parris Campbell looks set to miss a lot of time with a PCL injury and with Doyle and Burton absent to its effectively TY Hilton, Pittman and Pascal. If you look at targets and hype you have to give the edge to Pittman as the WR2 and with Hilton seemingly slowing a bit, Pittman has a chance to ascent rapidly. Pascal is a good pickup this week too with that in mind, as is my next option…

Mo Alie-Cox – TEIndianapolis Colts – Ownership Percentage: 1%

Recommended FAAB Budget: 5%

An injured Jack Doyle allowed Alie-Cox to be the TE1 with no TE2 to back him up. He didn’t even find the end zone and yet had a dominant fantasy performance. 7 catches for 131 yards is both an impressive stat-line and a vote of confidence in his abilities. If Doyle is down for a while Alie-Cox will get a heavy workload, get on board.

Other players of note:

RB: Mike Davis, Dion Lewis, Myles Gaskin, Chris Thompson, Darwin Thompson.

WR: Jalen Reagor, Russel Gage, N’Keal Harry, Braxton Berrios, Keelan Cole, Zach Pascal, Golden Tate.

TE: Logan Thomas, OJ Howard.

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.

Mitchell Trubisky – QBChicago Bears – Ownership Percentage: 11%

Recommended FAAB Budget: 0

I genuinely can’t believe I’m writing positively about Mitchell Trubisky (this may never happen again) but he is against Atlanta and their defence just keeps getting gashed and after capitulating against Dallas they may well be demoralised. Trubisky has been putting it together with A-Rob, Miller, Mooney and Graham, and support from the running game with Montgomery and Cohen. Oh and a reminder that the Bears are 2-0…

Other low owned options at QB to consider are Joe Burrow @PHI (45%), Gardner Minshew vsMIA (19%) and Phillip Rivers vsNYJ (16%).

LA Chargers – DST – Ownership Percentage: 25%

Recommended FAAB Budget: 1

So the Chargers defence made the powerhouse Kansas City Chiefs sweat a bit and even without Derwin James they still have some incredible personnel. This week they are against a CMC-less Carolina team… For reference I use ESPN rostered stats for my % numbers, but with DST it changes from site to site so I can’t even trust that 25%, but simply if they’re there, grab them.

Other low owned options at DST to consider are: Broncos vsTB (50%), Titans @Min (35%), Football Team and Browns against each other.

Advanced Ticket

Advanced fares are tricky but this week I have some options where you’ll need to watch out for developments and in one case, get on board now before everyone else in your league does. It may already be too late to avoid the price hike that’s about to happen.

Devonta Freeman – RBFA (possibly NYG) Ownership Percentage: 8%

Recommended FAAB Budget: 7%

Freeman currently doesn’t have a team, but as a healthy running back with some good history means he is hot property and while last week he was set for Philly, he’s now flying to New York. Don’t expect him to hit the ground running straight away. He may not even sign before next week, but in a few weeks’ time he’s going to be in a position to allow the Giants to recover some of what they lost when losing Barkley. This is the reason why I cannot advise grabbing Dion Lewis as a direct replacement but he will be a pass catching option and get some carries, certainly more than he had.

Darnell Mooney – WRChicago Bears – Ownership Percentage: 0.1%

Recommended FAAB Budget: 0

Mooney has provided the Bears with a much needed, legitimate WR3 to go with Robinson and Miller. Now it appears Trubisky has taken a step up it’s helping everytime in the offence and Mooney should only grow over time. Chase Claypool could easily have been my WR here but a lot of his production was one big play and he may be more sought after on the waiver wire but hit and miss in your line-up.

Mike Thomas – WRCincinatti Bengals – Ownership Percentage: 0.1%

Recommended FAAB Budget: 0

It’s funny how we lose one Mike Thomas and I can now advise about another. The Bengals wide receiver has been seeing targets and making plays. Burrow is enjoying throwing the ball around and with AJ Green struggling it appears to be Thomas who is becoming a Burrow go to.

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James Fotheringham
James Fotheringham

Fantasy Football Podcaster and Analyst

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