By James Fotheringham (@nflhypetrain)
It’s been a while. We were put in the shed for a while but after a bit of WD40, oil and some gentle coaxing the Hype Train is back rolling and here to give you some waiver wire advice. For those of you seeing this for the first time, I’m James @NFLHypeTrain and I’m one of the F10Y fantasy podcasters and contributors on twitter. I’m here to help you in picking up the right ticket at the right price each week to give you the best chance of making it to your destination… your fantasy Championship! Whether you are streaming a position, trying to replace an injured stud, or simply trying bolster your line-up, the waiver wire is a crucial tool in your bid to winning your fantasy championship. I’m here to signal you the right way.
Your league will either use rolling waivers, reverse standing or a FAAB budget waiver system and, using this article, we’ll guide you through using each method to help you conquer your fantasy league.
Don’t forget to keep your #EyesPeeled for tomorrow’s podcast where we’ll be discussing our favourite waiver wire targets in detail.
1st Class Ticket
The 1st class ticket section covers players who will be the top targets on the wire and the hot ticket. Prior to week one this isn’t easy to determine as everyone is fresh from drafting their teams and the only new data is roster updates and waivers (which have been quieter than usual du to COVID). I was hoping to be able to put Devonte Freeman but as he isn’t signing for the Jags (meaning another RBBC) this is going to be injury related.
Dallas Goedert -TE (PHI)
Ownership Percentage: 26% – Recommended FAAB Budget: 2
With Alshon Jeffrey likely to be missing for a few weeks, Rookie Jalen Reagor doubtful for the game and only deep threat DeSean Jackson as a recognisable wide receiver I’m expecting they’re going to have to use Goedert a lot in these early weeks. Expect a lot of 2TE sets with Ertz and both being fantasy relevant. They start against a troubled Washington Football Team.
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 Flexi ticket, if you must.
Allen Lazard – WR (GB)
Ownership Percentage: 25% – Recommended FAAB Budget: 0
Much has been made of Green Bay’s unwillingness to add any receiving weapons for Aaron Rodgers. With Davante Adams a clear number 1, A-Rod can’t throw every ball to him and of the supporting cast remaining, Lazard looks like the most trustworthy option. The matchup isn’t great against the Vikings but if the Packers are going to win, they will need more than Rodgers, Adams and Aaron Jones.
Darrynton Evans – RB (TEN)
Ownership Percentage: 10% – Recommended FAAB Budget: 0
To ensure I have a running back in this article, Evans is still not heavily owned and while people are trying to guess the Jags starting RB, Evans is the #2 to Derrick Henry who is going to need some of the weight taking off his shoulders at times. Evans is the only other RB on the Titans roster so there’s no sharing carries with a 3rd back. He has the potential to become a starter in his own right, but in this scenario, he has a role which is a bit clearer than most RBs who are less than 25% owned.
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.
Ryan Fitzpatrick – QB (MIA)
Ownership Percentage: 2% – Recommended FAAB Budget: 0
Fitzpatrick has been announced as the Miami week 1 starter and against a Patriots defence which saw a number of opt outs and needing a bit of work, Fitzmagic may cast a spell on this one.
Other low owned options at QB to consider are Phillip Rivers @JAX (16%); Gardner Minshew vs IND (15%); Tyrod Taylor @CIN (3%).
Tennessee Titans – DST
Ownership Percentage: 13% – Recommended FAAB Budget: 0
The Titans just strengthened their defensive line with the addition of Jadeveon Clowney and now have a serious amount of talent on their defence. They’re underrated as a defence despite relying heavily on them last year on their way to the AFC Championship game. Denver are still getting used to their new look offence with rookie Jerry Jeudy and the addition of Melvin Gordon changing the dynamic a bit. The lack of a true pre-season means I fancy the strong defence over the new offence.
Other low owned options at DST to consider are: Lions vsCHI (5%), Washington vsPHI (2%).
Now, we look at somebody who may take a few weeks to come into fantasy relevance but, nevertheless, will certainly rise to fantasy fame. You may be able to grab them anytime over the next couple of weeks so ensure you beat your rivals to pick them up before it’s too late.
JJ Arcega-Whiteside – WR (PHI)
Ownership Percentage: 1% – Recommended FAAB Budget: 0
I’m back with the Eagles because if JJ Arcega-Whiteside can stay healthy he has an incredible opportunity to become a key part of the Eagles offence. The former 2nd round pick has had poor luck with injuries, but while he is the healthy one in a sea of unfit receivers, he has a chance to carve a role.
Olabisi Johnson – WR (MIN)
Ownership Percentage: 1% – Recommended FAAB Budget: 0
And finally Bisi Johnson. The Vikings trades Stefon Diggs to the Bills this off season and while they drafted Justin Jefferson to be their new receiver to work with Adam Thielin, Johnson is currently the #2 on the depth chart and is going to see a fair chunk of the ball. Nobody really has belief in him, but if Jefferson isn’t ready, you may be able to get a step ahead of your rivals.
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By James Fotheringham (@NFLHypeTrain)
Fantasy Football Podcaster and Analyst
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