Waivers of the Future: Week 1

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 Waivers of the Future! Whether you are a contender or rebuilder, this article will seek to help you put yourself in the best position to have success in your dynasty league by helping you to make preemptive pickups.

Budget percentages are to give the reader guidance regarding how the writer would prioritize these players. However, you know your league best. If you think you can get away with bidding less than recommended or nothing at all, go for it!

RIDE THE WAVE

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

QUARTERBACK

10-15%| Nick Foles, JAX- Foles was a quarterback this column recommended stashing away last year. Jacksonville opted not to franchise tag Foles and he signed in free agency with the Jaguars to become their starter. Though the offense tends to be conservative and relies heavily on the run, one can see how Foles is an upgrade to Blake Bortles and will at least be serviceable for those fantasy general managers who need a quarterback

5-10%| Joe Flacco, DEN- With Lamar Jackson clearly the future in Baltimore, Flacco went to a team that needed a bridge option until Drew Lock is ready to go. Flacco won’t put up gaudy stats, but on a team with decent offensive weapons and an above-average defense, a season of 20-25 touchdowns and 3,500 passing yards is within reach. As a bye week or injury fill-in, that may be enough to keep a contending team afloat in the short-term.

1-5%| Eli Manning, NYG- You’ll probably be making the patented Manningface if you have to roster him, but he’s available on many dynasty waiver wires. At least he’ll have some quality surrounding talent in Evan Engram and Saquon Barkley.

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