BritSox wrote:I would say this is more true in good leagues, where guys pay more attention to WW priority, but I got King Felix in my public league just because no one else paid attention, so it's probably a general thing.
Eh, I don't think you can really look at strategy in a public league. If you're lucky maybe 3 other managers in a public league are actually taking things seriously. Most private leagues with the majority keeping up on things will be watching the waivers like a hawk.
I think in a keeper league that teams tend to hold on to their waiver priority a bit more just to maybe snag a late season callup. That strategy can bode well for you in a redraft too, like in the case of Felix last season. But I've also seen guys late in the year blow their #1 priority on BJ Upton, so it can be a bust as well.
Also there's the fun waivers game in an AL or NL-Only league at the trade deadline. You never know who will switch leagues so waiver priority can be huge.
I tend to err on the side of caution with waiver pickups. It basically has to be a player that would be a noticeable improvement over the player I'm currently starting.