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 the week one edition of Waivers of the Future! Many of you are making cuts and finalizing your roster in preparation for the regular season. Whether you are a contending or rebuilding team, this report will endeavor to spark some ideas about whom you might want to claim.

RIDE THE WAVE

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

QUARTERBACK

Contending 5%, Rebuilding 1%| Ryan Fitzpatrick, MIA- Fitzpatrick is clearly a caretaker quarterback that will be holding down the fort while the Dolphins develop Tua Tagovailoa. He is also one of the most prolific backups in the league, which is why he has been successful for so long. He is capable of multiple touchdown outings, but he can also throw interceptions with his daring and aggressive style of play. Fitzpatrick matches up against the Patriots in week one. That may sound like a scary matchup, but the Patriots have lost a slew of defensive starters in the offseason to free agency and COVID opt-outs, so it will not be nearly as bad as it sounds. The week two tilt against the Bills will be a much tougher test.

Contending 3%, Rebuilding 1%| Tyrod Taylor, LAC- It is not Justin Herbert's time just yet. Tyrod Taylor will be given the mandate of playing it safe, not turning over the football, and managing the game while the Chargers win close games using their stingy defense. Taylor does have rushing ability, which will give him a little more upside than some of the other quarterbacks on this list. The Bengals should be a matchup in which the Chargers have a little bit more offensive success, but the Chiefs in week two could be more of a problem for Taylor and Co.

Contending and Rebuilding 1%| Dwayne Haskins, WAS- Haskins has hit the waiver wire in some dynasty leagues after tumultuous performances in his rookie year. Washington has named Haskins the starter and will give him the chance to show the new regime he is worthy of being the future of the franchise. While the writer is skeptical that Haskins will be a starter beyond this year, there is no shame in using Haskins in the same manner that the Washington Football Team is using him-- as a stopgap option. It is going to be difficult to produce with the limited cast around him and the week one matchup with the Eagles is not ideal. He will play the Cardinals in week two, however, and that should be an easier contest for the young quarterback.

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