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Waivers of the future will focus on making decisions that improve our odds of our dynasty championship. The back of your dynasty roster should be flexible, with preferences made for players you can use in your lineup during the season.
Among the quarterbacks, there are two types of waiver options: those moving up this week and veteran backups.
Justin Fields suffered a dislocated thumb in week six, leaving Tyson Bagent to play in relief. Head coach Matt Eberflus said Fields is doubtful for week six and has no timetable for his return. Bagent took over for Fields and went 10 for 14 for 83 yards and an interception. Bagent is an undrafted free agent out of Division II Shepherd and only warrants an addition in the deepest of quarterback premium leagues.
Malik Cunningham was activated from the practice squad for week six to serve as the backup quarterback behind Mac Jones. Cunningham signed a three-year contract when activated from the practice squad, a sign the team has a commitment and wants to protect him from other teams. Jones has struggled and is on a shorter leash, so Cunningham's contract is notable. Cunningham warrants a deeper league consideration as a stash in the event Jones continues to struggle, and the team looks for a different option at quarterback.
Malik Willis entered week six in relief of Ryan Tannehill, who suffered an ankle injury, and his status is not certain. Tennessee is on a bye week in week 7, giving time for Tannehill to recover before week 8, but this marks a turning point in the Tennessee offense. The team is 2-4, having lost two straight games, and has only thrown for more than 227 yards once this season. Willis was the active backup in week six, but the team could also use the opportunity to audition the team's second-round pick, Will Levis. In deeper quarterback premium leagues, both are likely rostered. However, in shallower leagues, both warrant roster and waiver consideration.
As a general rule, you should have a limited amount of backup quarterbacks on your monitor list. With roster spots tight, optimized dynasty rosters under 25 spots in Superflex or quarterback premium. If you are in 25 to 35-man rosters and have a roster spot, these quarterbacks are the premium backups:
- Mike White, MIA
- Tyler Huntley, BAL
- Cooper Rush, DAL
- Jacoby Brissett, WAS
- Taylor Heinicke, ATL
- Teddy Bridgewater, DET
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