Waivers of the Future: Week 14

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.

Whether you are a contender or a rebuilder, this article will seek to help you put yourself in the best position to have success in your dynasty league by assisting you in making preemptive pickups.

Welcome to Week 14 of Waivers of the Future! If you have made the fantasy playoffs in your league, congratulations! Even in a dynasty league in which you tend to have more year-to-year performance stability across your team, it is an accomplishment to participate in the big dance! This column will do the best to highlight the players you may be able to use to fill in gaps in your lineup as you make your title run.

If you were not so lucky, do not despair. Part of the fun of a dynasty league is taking a team that was not competitive the year before and turning it into a perennial playoff contender. On the list are some players that may not have much value today, but could be worth picking up for a future season. Also, week 17’s iteration of this article will take an even deeper dive into some of the players that you can stash away as you make efforts to improve your team’s future standing.

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!

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.

IN THE CLOUDS

Players on this list are probably also rostered but are worth less than 30% of your budget.

RIDE THE WAVE

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

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