Waivers of the Future: Week 17

Your guide to making preemptive waiver pickups in the context of dynasty fantasy football.

Welcome to the 17th week of Waivers of the Future! If you won your championship, congratulations! Bask in the glory of it, for it is a truly special thing when you come out on top in a very competitive league.

If you were not so fortunate, fear not. This column is just for you! The writer will endeavor to use this last article of the year to give you stash candidates who may not have been relevant this year but have a greater chance of contributing to our teams in the future.

It cannot be stressed enough how important waiver wire management is, even in short-bench dynasty leagues. Years ago, this author won a staff dynasty league when he started C.J. Anderson and Damien Williams in place of an injured Todd Gurley and James Conner. You never know when these marginal guys could become very important!

Pickups are listed in order of preference. Bid amounts are going to be highly variable from league to league at the end of a year, so use your best judgment. If you feel strongly about a player, do not be afraid to spend the remainder of your waiver budget to get that guy on your squad for next year.

QUARTERBACK

This list is shorter than in most years, simply because the fringe starters that are on waivers are likely to be replaced by a very talented incoming rookie quarterback class. There is little point in picking up and holding guys like Alex Smith, Jarett Stidham, or other quarterbacks on teams with high draft picks that will most certainly think about a quarterback with their pick. Instead, it is better for general managers to focus on picking up backups on teams where an injury or poor play of the starter could grant them an opportunity. Headlining the list is Jameis Winston. Winston wisely chose to rehabilitate his career by signing as a backup in New Orleans. While it is unclear if his opportunity will come in New Orleans or elsewhere, he is worth holding on to prospectively. Josh Rosen is another interesting rehabilitation case. He signed this year with Tampa Bay’s practice squad to work behind Tom Brady. Recently, however, the shorthanded 49ers reached out to Rosen about his interest in coming to work in Shanahan’s system. While Jimmy Garoppollo is signed through 2021, he has not always played the best or been the most durable. It is easy to see a scenario in which Josh Rosen gets a chance and fits well into a very productive system that is just one season removed from a Super Bowl appearance. Buffalo fans may not want to hear this, but despite some growth, Josh Allen is not the long-term answer for the Bills. His poor decision-making and recklessness with his body has yet to catch up to him, but as they say, the rent always comes due. Jake Fromm is not as physically gifted, but he is a more sound decision-maker and could keep a very efficiently run team on track should he be tasked with starting. Trace McSorley and P.J. Walker are unlikely to replace Lamar Jackson and Teddy Bridgewater respectively due to poor play, but injuries are certainly a possibility. Both quarterbacks have shown in limited work that they can operate the offenses that they both inhabit and do damage running the football. Those are both things we value in fantasy quarterbacks and make these two worthy of stashing in 40+ roster formats.

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