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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 Fourteen edition of Waivers of the Future! Whether you are a contending or rebuilding team, this report will endeavor to spark some ideas about whom you might want to claim.
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 20-50%+ of your budget on them, depending on your league.
Carson Wentz, IND| 89% rostered on MFL|
Latavius Murray, BAL| 72% rostered on MFL|
Alexander Mattison, MIN| 95% rostered on MFL|
Tony Pollard, DAL, DAL| 93% rostered on MFL |
Marquez Callaway, NO| 68% rostered on MFL
Tim Patrick, DEN| 70% rostered on MFL|
Donovan Peoples-Jones, CLE| 48% rostered on MFL|
IN THE WATER
Cam Newton, CAR| 60% rostered on MFL| Contending 15-20%, Rebuilding 1%|
Newton is probably the best of the available options still left because of his rushing ability. Newton will play the hapless Falcons when he returns in Week 14. Then he will face a much tougher test from the Bills in Week 15.
Gardner Minshew, PHI| 21% rostered on MFL| Contending 5-10%, Rebuilding 1%|
We will see how long Jalen Hurts’ ankle injury sidelines him, but Minshew is one of the more valuable backups in the league and has just enough passing and rushing ability to be an above-average fantasy starter. The Eagles have a bye in Week 14, but Washington and the Giants are next on the schedule and both are great matchups for Minshew until such time as Hurts is able to play.
Teddy Bridgewater, DEN| 63% rostered on MFL| Contending 5-10%, Rebuilding 1%|
Bridgewater has been better in Denver than he was at his previous two stops. He takes care of the ball, which is a delight to those playing in leagues in which interceptions are heavily penalized. Bridgewater has some very quality options in Courtland Sutton, Tim Patrick, and Jerry Jeudy. Fantasy general managers starting Bridgewater in Week 14 should be licking their chops, because there are not many better matchups than the Lions. The Broncos will face a tougher test in the improving Chiefs defense in Week 15.
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