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How to Easily Exploit Your Waiver Wire: 101

The waiver wire is one of the most important pieces of fantasy football and home of the sleepers who turn into stars overnight. In 2015, Devonta Freeman emerged as a clear starter in Atlanta. I quickly picked up the eventual #1 RB in fantasy that year off the waiver wire. I made my way to the top of my league and took over in the playoffs, thus taking home the trophy. This was a championship that wouldn’t have been possible had I written off the waiver wire as irrelevant.

This past season in a dynasty league, I picked up Raheem Mostert the week before he blew up. After a couple weeks, I didn’t see his value going up anymore with the crowded 49ers backfield, so I sent him in a package deal for Amari Cooper. If I didn’t utilize the waiver wire, my assets wouldn’t grow. These are just a couple examples of game changing players who were just sitting on the waiver wire waiting for a team where they could make some noise.

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LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 26: Devonta Freeman #24 of the Atlanta Falcons scores a touchdown in the first quarter during the NFL match between Detroit Lions and Atlanta Falcons at Wembley Stadium on October 26, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images)

How Do I Use FAAB?

If you have FAAB (Free Agent Acquisition Budget), it’s important to learn how to use it. Most leagues give out $100 at the start of the season that lasts through the offseason. The number one rule with FAAB is learning to not overspend on players. A guy in my league used all $100 on one player, Wayne Gallman, after Saquan’s injury. Wayne is now back on our waiver wires. That guy finished second to last in our league with the worst regular season record. The moral of the story is INVEST WISELY.

I would never encourage someone to use more than $20 at a time, but I try to keep my bids between $0 and $6. I don’t get every player I bid on, but most of them end up back on waivers. Bidding $30 on Josh Gordon because the drug tests are taken away is an unwise investment, but maybe bidding $0-$3 is a touch wiser. Bidding $15 on Jared Goff when you need a QB2 is a wise investment. If you don’t know how much money to bid, don’t guess, ask someone. Everyone here at RotoHeat would love to give you our two cents, so don’t hesitate to ask!

A Week by Week Waiver Wire Order

If you start your season poorly, it’s pretty easy to see who the top waiver players are going to be early in the season, so pick them up since you have first dibs. If you have a great start to the season and find yourself last in the waiver order, make sure to do your research. Look for players who could be breakout players. Even though I use FAAB, I got Mostert for $2 because I did my research as he took the leap into the lead role. Either way, the more research you do, the easier the waiver wire becomes. Fantasy football is all about taking risks; who’s a player you should take a risk on this offseason?

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ARLINGTON, TX – APRIL 26: A view of the NFL Draft theater prior to the start of the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Stadium on April 26, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

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