The Hype Train Station – Week 8 Waivers

By James Fotheringham (@NFLHypeTrain)

Bye Weeks: None

We’ve made it. No more bye weeks and it is fantasy playoffs time (if you haven’t started already). The injury headlines were dominated by QBs this week, predominantly Lamar Jackson. Terry McLaurin and his goose egg, Kareem Hunt and Austin Ekeler are players to be looking out for in reports early in the week. The well is very dry when it comes to options and you can’t even suggest going after the backups to those 3 should they be rules out as they aren’t great options and it’s hard to really determine who gains the most. I just hope you have your roster set, late injuries could be brutal in the playoffs this season.

1st Class Ticket

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

Mike Davis – RB – Atlanta Falcons – @SF – Ownership Percentage: ~50%

Recommended FAAB Budget: 2%

This week is awful for RBs on the wire. So many teams have lost their starters but no backup has really stepped up to fill the void or in some cases, each week a different player goes off in a rotation of 3 while the other two are duds. As a result I’ve jumped to 50% and gone for Mike Davis here as in the last 2 games he’s scored over 13 PPR points mainly thanks to the receiving game. When Cordarelle Patterson is your main RB but Davis is your main receiving back you do feel something in Atlanta is broken but, with any luck, now bye weeks are out of the way you have your roster set for the playoffs.

Rashod Bateman – WR – Baltimore Ravens – vsGB – Ownership Percentage: ~25%

Recommended FAAB Budget: 5%

Wide Receiver has a few more options but the level of predictability is so low. Will GB use MVS or Lazard more, will DPJ be good, will KJ Osborn haul in a long bomb. The one I feel reasonably comfortable suggesting is Rashod Bateman as regardless of which QB plays he should get some work. 7 receptions on 8 targets this week for 103 yards was a breakout week and this should be the boost to see his usage increase more permanently.

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.

Josh Reynolds/Amon-Ra St Brown – WR – Detroit Lions – vsARI – Ownership Percentage: ~10%

Recommended FAAB Budget: 2%

Having a Lions receiver here feels weird, let alone 2! Josh Reynolds has had 3 solid weeks in a row and I’d forgotten the fact that he and Jared Goff will have existing chemistry from the Rams. He seems to be guaranteed 3+ receptions and 50+ yards each week. Meanwhile St Brown has had 2 monster weeks in a row now with 8+ receptions and 70+ yards with TD upside. They may be aiming for the #1 pick but they are still willing to fight and put up some fantasy points, it’s great.

Austin Hooper – TE – Cleveland Browns – vsLV – Ownership Percentage: ~35%

Recommended FAAB Budget: 1%

The ravens had a bad time trying to guard Hooper and the Raiders are themselves in freefall so this could be a nice matchup. Baker Mayfield may be injured but he’s doing fine, especially with fewer options in the passing game. Hooper saw 7 targets in week 14 and if Hunt misses time that could still increase.

Other players of note (approx. % owned):

RB: Rashaad Penny (SEA ~6%), Ty Johnson (NYJ ~23%), Boston Scott (PHI ~20%).

WR: Rondale Moore (ARI ~25%), TreQuan Smith (NO ~5%), KJ Osborn (MIN ~26%), Donovan Peoples-Jones (CLE ~10%).

TE: Gerald Everett (SEA ~13%), Albert Okwuegbunam (DEN ~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.

Jimmy Garoppolo – QB – San Francisco 49ers – vsATL – Ownership Percentage: ~30%

Recommended FAAB Budget: 1%

Jimmy G has been bashed and maligned a lot this season and probably was written off more in the pre-season after the 49ers drafted Trey Lance. Yet here was are, in week 15 and Trey Lance hasn’t seen significant snaps since week 5 and Garoppolo has had 2 consecutive 290+ yard games with 2TDs despite injuries elsewhere on the roster. His next 3 games are Atlanta (2nd worst against QBs), Tennessee (3rd worst against QBs) and Houston (just bad overall). A very handsome lineup of games.

Other low rostered options at QB to consider are: Baker Mayfield (CLE vsLV ~30%), Tua Tagovailoa (MIA vsNYJ ~35%), Mac Jones (NE @IND ~20%).

Minnesota Vikings – DST – @CHI – Ownership Percentage: ~40%

Recommended FAAB Budget: 0%

I picked a team against Chicago last week and I’ve repeated that this week as the Vikings are no slouches and after 3 games in a row with over 9+ points this seems a good matchup. The Jags and Texans could be a terrible game but good for defences while the Dolphins are plum options vs the Jets but they are much higher owned after their recent run.

Other low rostered options at DST to consider are: Dolphins (vsNYJ ~45%), Texans (@JAX ~5%).

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.

Seattle – DST – Seattle Seahawkss – Ownership Percentage: ~50%

Recommended FAAB Budget: 2%

With bye weeks over and the playoffs beginning there’s not really any time to wait on players and with the number of late injuries you need to have the strongest bench possible at all times. There are very few injured players who might come back in time for your playoffs so there should be very little “dead wood” on redraft rosters. As a result I’m dropping this to one player and it’ll be artistic license as to how I use it. This week if you do have a bench spot burning your pocket I think the run in for Seattle is worth noting. If you make your fantasy SF they play the Bears and in finals week they play the Lions.

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By James Fotheringham (@NFLHypeTrain)

Fantasy Football Podcaster and Analyst

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