Playing the waiver wire

Posted by By at 23 November, at 20 : 02 PM Print

If you are lucky  enough to be playing in a Fantasy league that doesn’t max the number of moves you can make, then the question must be asked: DO you play the waiver wire?

Drafting a team of quality players is only the first part of a long and grueling season. Players get injured and players underperform far too often. As such, it is important to keep your ear to the ground and follow player news and team updates in order to make the right moves when picking up free agents.

Far too many times we add a player only to find out that they are a temporary fix or that incredible stat stuffing game was nothing more than an anomaly. Breaking down a players stats isn’t as easy as evaluating their points per game and rebounds. It’s about understanding scoring trends, playing time, team system, hot streaks/cold streaks and more importantly the track record of the career of each player. It’s a fairly safe to say that you’re not the only one in your league that is obsessive-compulsively checking the waiver wire for the next great steal. The question is whether or not it is an actual steal.

A lot of other factors are to be taken into consideration when deciding whether or not to add a player off of the waiver wire including:

1) Are you in a head-to-head, rotisserie or salary cap league?
2) Is the player filling in for an injured player, and if so how long will the player be out for
3) What has the specific players stats been in relation the needs of your team roster
4) Will dropping a player and picking the waiver wire player up weaken your team in another area?
5) Most importantly, is the player a good fit or just an excuse to prevent another GM from picking him up?

The waiver wire is a dangerous place to be building your team as it’s never consistent and rarely provides you with the long term fix we so desperately desire in order to correct your team’s weaknesses. Each team has 1 or 2 guys that game and game out will garner 25-30 minutes of playing time a game. It’s just a matter of whether or not they cash in this playing time in to functional statistics that will enable you to gain ground on the other GM’s in your league.

The thrills of the waiver wire change like the weather and what may seem like gold today may end up being coal tomorrow!


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  1. dabowse, 9 years ago Reply

    Which Third Part are you referencing?

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