MLB Waiver Wire – Weekly Fantasy Pickups & Adds
Whether you are in a 10-man league or a deep 16-team league, our waiver wire articles have you covered. Your fantasy team starts with your draft, but the waiver wire is where championships are won. Injuries and down years will force you to make moves throughout, which is unavoidable. Each week our expert analysts dive into low-owned waiver wire priorities, locating the best fantasy adds across all positions that will perform in the future.
What is the MLB Waiver Wire?
Each league will have a waiver wire, where prior owned players that were dropped go to the player pool. Now some players could just be listed as free agents, because they were not on a prior owner’s roster. That would be where you need to act quickly because it is free game for anyone. The purpose of a waiver wire is to give equal opportunity to fantasy owners, even if their are priority rankings. Picking up players can range from trying to replace a struggling player, an injured player, or just simply picking up a thriving bat or arm to bolster your lineup. Rankings will be dictated by league rules, but if you drafted near the bottom or are struggling in the standings, you likely have higher priority on the waiver wire. If you are doing well in the league or drafted high, your priority is going to be a little lower.
How To Perform Waiver Wire Analysis?
If you are curious as to what to look for when reading these articles, you need to first examine your needs. Replacing an injured or struggling player, you will want to narrow down the positions in need for your lineup. If you are looking to pick up a hot bat to bolster your lineup, you can dive into players that are performing well over the last two weeks, and continue to project well. Each player suggested is going to have some positives to their game, otherwise why would we be suggesting them? However, some players do well in one category over another. If you need a bat that provides a strong OBP, then a low average power bat isn’t going to be the solution. Knowing your positional and statistical needs is important. Ownership percentages will suggest whether a player is available in your league or not. If you are in a 12+ man league, the waiver wire might be thinner compared to a 10-man league. If you are in more of an advanced league, owners are usually ahead of the curve. We target players less than 40% owned, but will mention names that are higher owned at times. We also will target players that are less than 20% owned for those deep or advanced leagues.
Waiver Wire Rules
There are a few site specific waiver wire rules that should be mentioned. Now this one is pretty universal, but players that were previously released off of a fantasy owner’s team will move to the waiver pool. Each site will have different times for when these are processed, so be sure to make sure you know when that time is. There are a few ways that waiver wire rankings can be set up. If you did a snake draft, your order can dictate the ranking. If you were drafting 12th out of a 12-man league, you could have the number one priority on the waiver wire. Waiver wire rankings could also be dictated on league standings to try and create a fair playing field for the league.