thehotcorner wrote:mweir145 wrote:I think he wanted the guy with the #1 waiver priority to lose the #1 priority so he could get closer to the top. It looks like he didn't really want Hamels, and just said he did as a ploy to get higher.
Is that correct?
yeah, thats exactly what he's saying.
BUT... how would the person with #1 waiver priority even know if you put in a claim or not. unless you announced to the league that you put in a waiver claim. in which case, you could just lie (if you didn't want hamels that is).
He wouldn't know you used the waiver, but that isn't the only way that the strategy can work. If you are in a league where people covet the top waiver positions, and no one ever claims a player off of waivers, then the FA player always falls to the guy with the quickest draw (who gets up at 4 AM). So, if you use a waiver, even a low one, you force others to fear losing a player that they want. Down the road, other managers will have to use their high waiver. Either they play along or the number 12 waiver is trump.
I just did it in my league. I grabbed Griffey Jr. with the number three waiver, even though I also wanted Hamels, who was avail. the next day. Someone else used a waiver right after I did (believe it or not, to get Freel), and then I used the #11 to get Hamels. I now have the 12th waiver, which will be trump until someone trumps me. The fact that someone used a waiver to grab Freel proves that the concept works. (Managers are getting jumpy.) Still, I don't mind having the low waiver, it is a lot more useful. I can take anyone with it.