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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 three 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.
Jameis Winston, NO| 89% rostered on MFL
Mike Davis, ATL| 97% rostered on MFL
Ty'Son Williams, BAL| 86% rostered on MFL
Elijah Mitchell, SF| 84% rostered on MFL
Marquez Callaway, NO| 79% rostered on MFL
IN THE WATER
Sam Darnold, CAR| 58% rostered on MFL| Contending 5%, Rebuilding 1%|
Darnold has looked reinvigorated since landing in Carolina and has lots of great weapons with which to work, something that could not be said at any prior point in his NFL career. It is not out of the realm of possibility that Darnold could continue to have a Ryan Tannehill-like resurgence in his new environment. To his credit, he scored two touchdowns and led a 99-yard touchdown drive against the stingy Saints defense last week. Things will get easier again in week three when the Panthers face the Texans. The week four matchup against a questionable Cowboys secondary is an additional incentive to keep rolling him out there.
Teddy Bridgewater, DEN| 57% rostered on MFL| Contending 4%, Rebuilding 1%|
As we saw in Carolina, Bridgewater is not extremely exciting at this point in his career, but he will take care of the ball, which will be a relief for general managers playing in leagues in which interceptions are heavily penalized. Additionally, Bridgewater has some very quality options in Courtland Sutton and Tim Patrick. Denver has a good week three matchup against the Jets, but a much tougher draw against the Baltimore Ravens.
Taylor Heinicke, WAS| 33% rostered on MFL| Contending 3%, Rebuilding 1%|
Ryan Fitzpatrick is on injured reserve with a hip subluxation and will not be back for some weeks, if at all this season. Taylor Heinicke has familiarity with the system and started under Ron Rivera when Cam Newton was hurt in Carolina. He also had one start last year. He will not be anything special, but he could be serviceable in certain matchups. The Bills contest in week three is not one of those times. The Falcons in week four promises to be a better opportunity for Heinicke and Washington.
Tyrod Taylor, HOU| 45% rostered on MFL| Contending 3%, Rebuilding 1%|
It should be noted that Taylor is dealing with a hamstring injury and may be out in the upcoming contest against the Panthers. When healthy, he will continue to hold down the fort until the Texans decide they want to see what they have in Davis Mills. Taylor was more productive earlier in his career than in the recent past, but he cannot really be blamed for the medical accident in week 2 of 2020 and Justin Herbert’s emergence that closed the door on his return to the starter role.
Carson Wentz, IND| 63% rostered on MFL| Contending 1-5%, Rebuilding 1%|
We will need to see if Wentz can go after leaving the week two contest due to an ankle injury. He has earned the injury-prone label and has not played particularly well the past couple of years. It should also be noted that Wentz has chosen not to vaccinate and is at greater risk of missing time due to that fact. However, he is back with the head coach, who was the offensive coordinator for the Eagles in Wentz’s career year. The Eagles did a great job that year of disguising Wentz’s weaknesses and playing to his strengths. Perhaps we can see that version again in Indianapolis. If he plays in week three, he will get a very soft Titans secondary. In week four, he will draw the Dolphins, whose secondary did not perform the best against Josh Allen last week.
Davis Mills, HOU| 15% rostered on MFL| Contending 1-5%, Rebuilding 5-10%|
Mills relieved Tyrod Taylor in the second half of the contest against Cleveland after Taylor rolled his ankle. Mills could get a start or two in while Taylor heals. Mills is a rookie on one of the worst-managed organizations in football, so we cannot expect too much, but there is more upside in the unknown than in some of the other prospects on this list. The Panthers are up next and gave us some pause with how they shut down the Saints last week. The Bills in week four is an even more daunting prospect.
Jacob Eason, IND| 17% rostered on MFL| Contending 1%, Rebuilding 1%|
We will need to see if Wentz can go, but if he cannot, it will be Eason against a very soft Titans secondary. In week four, if Wentz still is not better, Eason will draw the Dolphins, whose secondary did not perform the best against Josh Allen last week. Eason did not inspire confidence by throwing an interception in relief of Wentz last week, but given the quality of the team he is playing, he should be serviceable if called into action.
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