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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 eight 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| 85% rostered on MFL
Sam Darnold, CAR| 86% rostered on MFL
Mike Davis, ATL| 95% rostered on MFL
Darrel Williams, KC| 93% rostered on MFL|
Devontae Booker, NYG| 82% rostered on MFL|
Latavius Murray, BAL| 80% rostered on MFL|
Alexander Mattison, MIN| 84% rostered on MFL|
Tony Pollard, DAL, DAL| 89% rostered on MFL |
Marquez Callaway, NO| 78% rostered on MFL
Tim Patrick, DEN| 76% rostered on MFL|
IN THE WATER
Teddy Bridgewater, DEN| 63% 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. The practice window has opened for Jeudy, who was designated to return from injured reserve. The Broncos will get an easier matchup against Washington in week eight. The Cowboys in week nine are a defense that can be passed on.
Taylor Heinicke, WAS| 58% 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 Broncos in week eight are a top-five unit against the pass, so Heinicke is not a recommended play in the short term. The Buccaneers in week nine are a more permissive unit in terms of passing yards allowed.
Carson Wentz, IND| 78% 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 playing through 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. He will face the Titans porous secondary in week eight. In week nine, the Colts will square off with another lackluster pass defense unit, the New York Jets.
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