Waivers of the Future: Week 8

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 eight of Waivers of the Future! 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.

This week, we should be thinking about our goals for the rest of the year. Half of the year is almost in the books and we should have a pretty good idea about our playoff chances at this point. If you are in it, are you stashing players that might play a depth role for your team down the stretch? If you are out of it, are you stashing players that don’t have significant roles today, but may in future years? Those are important things to think about because planning ahead in dynasty formats is one of the edges an owner can gain over his opponents.

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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