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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 four 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| 82% rostered on MFL
Mike Davis, ATL| 96% rostered on MFL
Ty'Son Williams, BAL| 89% rostered on MFL
Latavius Murray, BAL| 86% rostered on MFL|
Alexander Mattison, MIN| 78% rostered on MFL|
Tony Pollard, DAL, DAL| 90% rostered on MFL |
Marquez Callaway, NO| 65% rostered on MFL
IN THE WATER
Sam Darnold, CAR| 65% 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. The week four matchup against a questionable Cowboys secondary is an additional incentive to keep rolling him out there. The week five contest versus the Eagles is also no reason to be afraid of starting him.
Teddy Bridgewater, DEN| 67% rostered on MFL| Contending 4%, 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 and Tim Patrick. Hopefully, he will add Jerry Jeudy to that list when Jeudy is able to return from injury. Denver has a much tougher draw against the Baltimore Ravens in week four. The Steelers are ahead in week five and they have been middling in the pass defense category.
Taylor Heinicke, WAS| 40% rostered on MFL| Contending 3%, Rebuilding 1%|
Ryan Fitzpatrick is on injured reserve with a hip subluxation and will not be back for several 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 Falcons in week four promise to be a better opportunity for Heinicke and Washington. The contest with the Saints in week five is not a favorable matchup for Washington.
Carson Wentz, IND| 60% rostered on MFL| Contending 1-5%, Rebuilding 1%|
He has earned the injury-prone label and has not played particularly well the past couple of years. He is dealing with two sprained ankles currently. 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. In week four, he will draw the Dolphins, whose secondary does not look very good right now. The Baltimore matchup in week four is much more daunting.
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