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Waiver Wire 101... The Value of Waiver Position?

Postby kweiss » Thu Apr 02, 2009 9:59 pm

One thing I don't think I've ever mastered in my fantasy baseball career is the use of the waivers effectively. It seems like every year I get impatient and blow a good waiver position on a player, only to see a better player dropped a few days later. And it seems like I often pass up on a guy because I don't want to head back to waiver spot #12, only to wait and see nobody else of note ever gets dropped.

So what's you're policy on waivers? How much do you value each of the different waiver priorities? What goes through your head when you see a good player dropped?
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Re: Waiver Wire 101... The Value of Waiver Position?

Postby Grounded Polo » Thu Apr 02, 2009 10:05 pm

I scour the player database and figure out who are the best prospects not on Yahoo. This year, they added basically all of the notable ones already but there are still some guys like Gordon Beckham who are intriguing and not there yet. I compare the top prospects to the value of the established player being dropped and go from there.
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Re: Waiver Wire 101... The Value of Waiver Position?

Postby j24jags » Thu Apr 02, 2009 10:14 pm

Grounded Polo wrote:I scour the player database and figure out who are the best prospects not on Yahoo. This year, they added basically all of the notable ones already but there are still some guys like Gordon Beckham who are intriguing and not there yet. I compare the top prospects to the value of the established player being dropped and go from there.

That's a good way to go about it. It must have been a great feeling for whoever had the #1 priority when Braun came up...
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Re: Waiver Wire 101... The Value of Waiver Position?

Postby brotherbird » Thu Apr 02, 2009 10:20 pm

Gut feeling. Use it or lose it. Especially sitting late at 14 out of 14, (like, duh-uh). Somebody dropped J Upton. I don't need another OF, but I need John Lannon less. 5 reserve B, no reserve P. Trade it out later, maybe. I woulda pulled the trigger on that kind of talent if I had the 1 position.
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Re: Waiver Wire 101... The Value of Waiver Position?

Postby silverZ » Thu Apr 02, 2009 10:28 pm

As a Lyon owner I think I might waste a #3 waiver on Ryan Perry...there doesn't seem to be an uber prospect this year worth saving it for.
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Re: Waiver Wire 101... The Value of Waiver Position?

Postby DaShiz23 » Fri Apr 03, 2009 5:53 am

I am a mess when it comes to using WW priority effectively. This is something that I will keep a very close eye on this season.

BTW, with all these new features on Yahoo, is the trading of WW priority available/possible?
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Re: Waiver Wire 101... The Value of Waiver Position?

Postby os_gamejunkie » Fri Apr 03, 2009 6:40 am

brotherbird wrote:Gut feeling. Use it or lose it. Especially sitting late at 14 out of 14, (like, duh-uh). Somebody dropped J Upton. I don't need another OF, but I need John Lannon less. 5 reserve B, no reserve P. Trade it out later, maybe. I woulda pulled the trigger on that kind of talent if I had the 1 position.


Yeah, that's pretty much it. Last year I was in a 14-Team, NL-only, 30-Man roster league and used my #1 WW on Jacque Jones when he signed with the Marlins. I was last in the league in runs and it was assumed he was going to bat lead-off.

Sabathia was traded to the Brewers a few weeks later. %-6
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Re: Waiver Wire 101... The Value of Waiver Position?

Postby HunglikeChampions » Fri Apr 03, 2009 8:11 am

os_gamejunkie wrote:
brotherbird wrote:Gut feeling. Use it or lose it. Especially sitting late at 14 out of 14, (like, duh-uh). Somebody dropped J Upton. I don't need another OF, but I need John Lannon less. 5 reserve B, no reserve P. Trade it out later, maybe. I woulda pulled the trigger on that kind of talent if I had the 1 position.


Yeah, that's pretty much it. Last year I was in a 14-Team, NL-only, 30-Man roster league and used my #1 WW on Jacque Jones when he signed with the Marlins. I was last in the league in runs and it was assumed he was going to bat lead-off.

Sabathia was traded to the Brewers a few weeks later. %-6


Ya I played in a AL only league last year and horded the #1 spot once I got it until the trade deadline and was able to pick up teixera when he was traded to the angels. I have the #2 pick this year, and without something studly being availalable, I will probably wait until the deadline this year too because those types of pickups are just soo huge in h2h leagues, especially AL/NL only leagues
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Re: Waiver Wire 101... The Value of Waiver Position?

Postby rentz » Fri Apr 03, 2009 9:37 am

j24jags wrote:
Grounded Polo wrote:I scour the player database and figure out who are the best prospects not on Yahoo. This year, they added basically all of the notable ones already but there are still some guys like Gordon Beckham who are intriguing and not there yet. I compare the top prospects to the value of the established player being dropped and go from there.

That's a good way to go about it. It must have been a great feeling for whoever had the #1 priority when Braun came up...


i remember that year fondly, i held onto my ww priority tightly waiting for braun.
i believe it was the preceding year i got hamels my stashing my priority.
too bad neither was a keeper league
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Re: Waiver Wire 101... The Value of Waiver Position?

Postby ayebatter » Fri Apr 03, 2009 12:49 pm

As of right now, I've seen 3 'lucky' waiver pick ups listed, Braun-Tex-CC, and although they would have been nice to get, I'd imagine that they were also picked in 1000's of leagues by guys that didn't have the #1 waiver position. I say if you see a player than can help right now, you must use you pick, why wait for that 1000 in 1 chance for a stud.
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