If you’re new to Draft format Fantasy Football there’s a good chance you’re also new to the Waiver system. Designed to make player transfers as fair as possible Waiver rules can vary between websites but all work on the same basic premise.
On the Sun Dream Team, the Official Premier League’s traditional salary cap style game or similar websites player transfers are either restricted to certain windows or have a limit of so many per week or month. If you didn’t have Romelu Lukaku from the start and you’re regretting it now then it’s pretty straightforward to swop him in for another striker as soon as you can. Simples.
In Draft style Fantasy Football a player who isn’t already in any managers squad in your mini league is known as a free agent. These players can be picked up on a first come first served basis. To pick up a free agent you have to drop a member of your current squad to make room. Choose who you dispose of carefully because whoever you drop will become available to your rival managers.
These free agent transfers are locked once the Gameweek deadline for setting your team lineup has passed, and they remain locked over the weekend whilst the matches are being played. Transfers are then reopened again some time after the games have finished (this reopening time varies from site to site and is explained below).
Now imagine if you were at work or didn’t have access to the internet at the moment the transfers are reopened after that weekends fixtures. You would be at a huge disadvantage because you wouldn’t be able to pick the players you wanted at that time. For example anyone working night shifts would find it a weekly struggle to be online at the time free transfers became available.
To stop this happening players are placed on “Waivers” over the weekend. This means that if there are any players you want you can put a request in for them at any time over the weekend, from the time free transfers get blocked to the time they reopen. These waiver transfer requests are then processed automatically meaning that our friend on the nightshifts can request a player when he/she is awake and doesn’t have to be online when they get sorted out.
Sometimes 2 managers may request the same player. To make the process fair there is a “Waiver Queue“. Whichever manager is closer to the front of the queue gets the player. The order of the queue is generally decided in 2 ways outlined below. In both methods if you request 2 or more players off waivers then each request is processed separately. After each successful waiver request you are immediately moved to the back of the queue so somebody else gets their turn at the front.
Method 1, The reverse order of your mini league table: each week whoever is at the bottom of your mini league is at the front of the queue, whoever is second bottom of your mini league is second in the queue and so on. With this waiver queue method whoever is at the top of your mini league gets last pick of the available players. This promotes squad equality throughout the league, stops the league leader running away from the pack and gives those at the bottom of the league chance to catch up. The queue order is reset each week to reflect the standings in your mini league.
Method 2, The reverse order of your draft: whoever had the last pick in the draft is at the front of the Waiver queue, whoever picked second to last is second in the queue etc. With this waiver queue method whoever had the advantage of picking first in the draft starts the season with the last pick of the available free agents. In this method the queue is never reset and continues throughout the season.
Here we explain the details of how Waivers work on 3 popular draft websites.
Free agency is active until the Gameweek Deadline. Players are then placed on Waivers until 24 hours before the next Gameweek Deadline at which time free agency starts again. Any player dropped by a manager is blocked from free agency and will be on waivers until the following deadline. Any player on waivers who isn’t requested by a manager before the deadline becomes a free agent. The waiver queue order is the reverse of the mini league standings and is reset each week.
Free agency is active until the Gameweek Deadline. Players are then placed on waivers until Tuesday at 10am GMT (11am BST). Any player dropped by a manager will be on waivers until Friday at 10am GMT (11am BST). If he is dropped within 12 hours of the waiver deadline he will be blocked until the following deadline. For example a player dropped at 9am Friday morning will be blocked until Fridays deadline and then placed on waivers until Tuesdays deadline. Any player on waivers who isn’t requested by a manager before the deadline becomes a free agent.
The league chairman has the option to choose which waiver queue method to use and this will be clearly displayed upon joining a league.
Free agency is active until the Gameweek Deadline. Players are then placed on waivers until 24 hours after the conclusion of the Gameweek. Once the waivers have been processed then any remaining players (including those who have been dropped) are available immediately as free agents until the next Gameweek deadline. The waiver queue order is the reverse of the mini league standings and is reset each week.
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