Waiver Wire Strategy:
Fantasy Nation, we are in the midst of week 3 in the
National Football league. As a lot of us have already learned, injuries can
happen anytime, anywhere and to any team. This past week we saw major injuries
take out the 2 leading running backs from 2015 in Adrian Peterson and Doug
Martin. We also saw Donte Moncrief go down for 4-6 weeks, Danny Woodhead, Josh
Gordon, Corey Coleman and Josh McCown (Sorry Browns fans).
A question I get sometime, is how to use the waiver wire, or
who to drop each week when trying to figure all this out. Well I’ll share a
strategy that I have been using for a few years now that has helped me out a
lot with my team. First off every league is different and in some leagues this
might not be possible. In a standard or PPR scoring setup in Yahoo, ESPN and
NFL.com fantasy leagues this will work.
Usually what I will do is Monday afternoon/night after
getting as much preliminary injury reports as possible, I will drop any player
that is no longer worthy of keeping, say Josh Gordon this week, or Josh McCown
if you had him. Next I will drop my kicker from my roster. And then will look
at my DEF and decide whether I will keep them because they are one of the top 5
DEF or they have a great matchup the next week. (NOTE: sometimes you will have
to wait till Tuesday morning to make these drops).
After this I usually have at least 2 open roster spots,
maybe a third. I’ll go in and make my waiver claims for all the players that I
want. The nice part here is that I don’t have to worry about picking a player
that I will drop to get that waiver claim. I just make the claim, since I have
open roster spots on my team. A big problem with waivers sometimes is that you
have say 2 players that your willing to drop but targeting 4-5 guys on the
waiver wire. Say for this past week you put a claim in for 3 different players
and had dropping the same guy for all three:
ADD: Philip Dorsett and DROP: Josh Gordon
ADD: Charles Sims
and DROP: Josh Gordon
ADD: Tyrell Williams and DROP: Josh Gordon
In this scenario, say you get Dorsett on the waiver wire. You
now are unable to get Sims, or Williams because you can’t drop Gordon again.
Therefore, you had the chance for 2 of your 3vguys but missed because of the
ADD/DROP process. With dropping the kicker and DEF though it could look
similar to this:
ADD: Philip Dorsett
ADD: Charles Sims
ADD: Tyrell Williams
As I said before, because you have at least one open roster
spot you don’t have to worry about placing the waiver claim with a “Drop”
player. Therefore, all you have to do is prioritize which players you want the
most, increasing your ability to get multiple players off the waiver wire.
Now you have your team and its Wednesday morning and you
have no DEF or Kicker but a couple extra WR and RB’s on the roster. Well most
teams on Wednesday and Thursday know what the injury outlook is going to be for
the weekend games and from there you determine who you are going to drop to get
a kicker and DEF for the week.
The Other option is that now you can take your team and try
and trade a couple players for new ones. Trying to execute a 2 for 1 player
trade or a 3 for 2. That way you can upgrade a position of need while opening
up a roster spot for a kicker or defense. Pending on how long the waiting
period is for your league I would make sure you have enough time for the trade
to go through and add a kicker or DEF as needed.
Again I would check you league rules, wavier period, trade
period and so on, but this is something that you can do and try and get a
slight edge in your league and on the waiver game.