Waivers of the Future: Week 2

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 week two of 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.

This is the week when overreaction or underreaction to what has happened in week one’s slate of games will become a temptation for owners. There are three things that will help general managers as they approach waivers this week:

1. Take time to process what happened. Ignore the box scores and highlight plays. If you have time, go back and watch the games. If you don’t have time, make sure you are listening to voices that are taking the time to do detailed, film-based analysis. Footballguys’ Matt Waldman is one of the very best at this particular aspect of review.

2. Consider the contextual information. This also will take some digging. Looking at snap counts to determine a players’ usage, reading post-game press conferences for player and coaching staff insights, and considering other performance-related data that may be available can be helpful. If you do not have time to do this, I suggest following someone like Footballguy Dwain McFarland, who responsibly looks at trends and presents them with the necessary context.

3. Act accordingly. Both paralysis or cutting players who did not perform to expectations will put a general manager in a bind. This column and many others on Footballguys this week will strive to give you actionable advice on what to do one way or the other.

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!

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