If you’ve never played with the waiver system known as FAAB (free agent acquisition bidding) you really should try it. In my opinion it’s by far the most fun waiver format since it allows so much more room for strategic play.
Just like normal waivers, there’s pitfalls where you can easily make the wrong moves. I constantly see fantasy owners frivolously overspending and on the opposite end of the spectrum some hold on to most, if not their entire budget waiting for that “must have” add which could never come especially in deep leagues. I’m here to help you navigate the often harrowing FAAB system.
Let’s start with the basics, don’t be afraid to overspend for what you need. If you really need to get your injured stud’s handcuff, go for it! Even if it means blowing a high percentage of your budget. If you’re in a superflex or two QB league and are desperate for a QB, go get your guy. Situations where you’re in desperate need of a another piece and you know you’ll be using that player regularly are an exception for overspending. Sitting on your budget won’t earn you points and that’s what we’re after when all is said and done. With that being said, don’t pay a significant amount for a player who you could very well be dropping the following week for the new exciting add. Chasing the new flavor of the week is an easy way to drain your budget quickly. Try to pick your battles wisely. Don’t be the guy who overpays for a player just because that’s the best available option that week. You never know who will be dropped or what the next week will bring. If you’re just bolstering your bench with stashes and guys with potential, bid what you think is a fair price for him and let your league mates overpay if they want to.
Most of this article can translate to blind bidding or the less common open auction style where you bid for the waiver adds just like you do in an auction draft. This section is for blind bidders meaning you have no way of knowing what your league mates are bidding unless they tell you (they’re most likely bluffing if they do.) It’s way too often that I see my league mates tying with their bids. In that case it uses the waiver order just like usual waivers as the tiebreaker. Unless you’re number one in the waiver order you need to avoid tying or you could painfully lose out on a player. In the grand scheme of things, what’s one more dollar?
Just last week I saw three of my league mates end up in a three-way tie for Andy Dalton at $100. Two Quarterback needy owners walked away empty handed because they wouldn’t spend one more dollar. Never bid an even amount like that. $100 should always be $101 or even better $102 or $103. $25 should be $26, $75 should be $76 you get the idea. Just to be safe you should bid a couple of dollars over the popular bids. Earlier in the season I saw a brutal $101 tie for Mike Davis. If a player is worth $1 to you, throw $2 on him, if you want a player, don’t be cheap and try to get him for $0. If you want him than get him. I know the budget needs to last all season but when it comes to a few dollars that’s not going to make or break you but missing out on even the cheapest player could become a huge mistake. If you’re broke and every dollar matters, then obviously be as stingy as possible.
I hope this article helped you with the sometimes daunting FAAB waiver system. Thanks for reading and as always, stay true.