Waivers of the Future: Week 12

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 12 of Waivers of the Future! As general managers head into the stretch before the playoffs, there have been some significant injuries that are sure to send shockwaves across rosters. Joe Burrow appears to have torn his ACL and Rex Burkhead has seemingly met the same fate. La'Mical Perine left the game with a knee injury. Both Randall Cobb and Kenny Stills exited Sunday’s contest with leg injuries. While this is unfortunate for general managers who were counting on these players, there is no choice but to replace them in lineups and keep on keeping on. This column will offer some suggestions for those who are in the thick of the race and need to patch up their teams, as well as suggestions for those who are out of contention and need ideas for players to stash for future seasons.

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.)

QUARTERBACK

Contending and Rebuilding 1-10%| Taysom Hill, NO- Hill has been named the starter for the injured Drew Brees, so his outlook has improved significantly. We should see some Winston sprinkled in, but Hill will still be the more valuable of the two to play. The depleted Broncos defense in Week 12 offers Hill a better-than-normal chance for scoring. The Falcons in Week 13 also should scare no one away from starting Hill if needed. This is probably the last week you have to get Hill if he is still out there in your league.

Contending and Rebuilding 1-5%| P.J. Walker, CAR- Teddy Bridgewater has a knee injury and it is unclear if he will be able to play going forward. XFL standout Walker will take his place in the lineup should he be unable to suit up. Walker has demonstrated in limited duty that, while not as efficient as Bridgewater, he can still do many things that support the offense. The Vikings in Week 12 have gotten more formidable in the last few weeks and could be problematic for Carolina’s offense. The Panthers will have a bye in week 13.

Contending and Rebuilding 1%| Nick Foles, CHI- Despite getting carted off on Monday night football, it appears Foles avoided serious injury and is likely to be the starter when the Bears take on the Packers in Week 12. In Week 13, they will play the Lions, who are giving up a ton of pass yards. Foles is an inconsistent and streaky decision-maker, but he has some quality weapons such as Allen Robinson and Anthony Miller who can help elevate his play.

Contending and Rebuilding 1%| Alex Smith, WAS- His comeback story has been amazing and he will get the chance to start for at least a couple more games with Kyle Allen’s ankle dislocation. The banged-up Cowboys secondary is not one to fear in Week 12. In Week 13, however, the Steelers present a frightening matchup that should be avoided at all costs.

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