I’ve been stressing the importance of the waiver wire to your success as a season-long fantasy player (baseball, or football). Now, let me support my contention. I am currently in the Miami Roto League, a 10-team league baseball formed at the beginning of the season. I chose this league randomly and know none of the players.
There are 25 roster spots on an ESPN fantasy baseball team. Of the 25 players on my team, only six were drafted. There are 19 free agents. The second-place them has 18 free agents and seven drafted players. The third-place team has 10 drafted players and 15 free agents. The fourth-place team has eight free agent total.
Go to the bottom of the standings, and you’ll find that the ninth and tenth teams have one free agent combined. What does this tell you? It should tell you there is a direct correlation between success and free-agent acquisitions. In the past week, there have been 22 adds and drops in our league. Twenty of them were mine.
That’s not to say that every free agent works out. I have picked up and dropped many players during the season. Some of them were dropped too soon (i.e. Scooter Gennett – boy do I wish I had him back). But I can defend my aggressive approach because it’s working. After all, isn’t a general manager always looking for new talent?
Tomorrow: Are you ready for some football?