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Waivers of the Future: Week 4 - Footballguys

Your guide to making preemptive waiver pickups in the context of dynasty fantasy football. 

Player value in dynasty football reminds me of watching ocean waves. They ebb and flow, always in a state of flux. Competitive dynasty players anticipate these movements before they happen and act by picking up, buying, or selling players as the situation demands. Dynasty general managers have previously been at the mercy of regular waiver segments to assist in dynasty pickups, but these fail to account for the long-term view necessary to dynasty success. This weekly column will focus on identifying assets that will help dynasty teams build for the future, as well as players that may plug a hole at a position of need on an otherwise strong squad.

Welcome to the Week 4 edition of Waivers of the Future! We’re starting to see the waiver wire constrict as we now have three complete weeks of data on which to base our pickups. It will only get thinner as the season wears on, so we want to critically pay attention to the preemptive guys we can still get while they are free or of little cost.

IN THE SKY

Players on this list have previously appeared in this article as pickups, but have had value spikes at points in the season that make them unlikely to be out there in your league. If they are still available and you need help contending, consider spending 30-50%+ of your budget on them.

Here are other players that have been featured in this article that are likely to be owned, but are worth only a smaller percentage of your budget.

RIDE THE WAVE

(These are plug-and-play options who might patch a hole on your team in the short-term.)

QUARTERBACK

Contending 1-5%, Rebuilding 1%| Joe Flacco, BAL- As sad as it is to say, Flacco is probably one of the better starting options that are still out there on a few dynasty waiver wires. He’s had at least one touchdown in every start this year, which is something. Though it’s a rivalry game, the Steelers’ poor pass defense is a favorable draw for Flacco if you need to put him in there.

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