Waivers of the Future: Week 16

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 16 of Waivers of the Future! Are you playing for a championship this week?! If so, congratulations! Contending for a title is special and each opportunity to do so should be cherished. If you got knocked out in recent weeks or were out of the playoffs entirely, there is something in this article for you as well. In Week 17, this segment will be completely dedicated to stash players that general managers can put on their rosters during what is likely the last waiver period of their league year.

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 20-25%, Rebuilding 1%| Mitch Trubisky, CHI- While Trubisky has his faults as a passer, his scrambling ability makes him more attractive than many of the options currently on waiver wires. Trubisky 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. The Jaguars matchup is a very easy one currently, making Trubisky the most appealing widely-available quarterback plug-and-play for championship week.

Contending 1-10%, Rebuilding 1%| Dwayne Haskins, WAS- Alex Smith hurt his leg in the past contest and is unlikely to be able to go for the next week. Dwayne Haskins is the last man standing, so he relieved Smith and will probably start until Smith is healthy enough. In Week 16, the team will take on the Panthers, who have been easy to pass on for most of the year.

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