This off-season on the Fantasy Football Fellas podcast we debuted a segment dubbed “ADP Sniping.” The idea was to take advantage of drafting online by identifying players that were pushed down by specific website rankings. Because we all know that there’s nothing better than sneaking one by your league mates. Well, the fun doesn’t have to end at the draft. One of my favorite tricks in Fantasy Football (you can call it a “life hack” if you want… that’s hot now, right?) is “Waiver Wire Sniping.”
What you’re essentially doing is stealing from right under your league mate’s noses by using an extra roster spot on a flyer or potential streaming option before the next week’s waiver run. There are tons of great resources out there that assist with Waiver Wire pickups (I highly recommend the weekly article on DFF!) that shine the spotlight on the top adds each week. But by using the “Waiver Wire Sniping” strategy, you give yourself a leg up on the competition by getting players a week early.
This plan is simple. Without compromising your roster (of course), look to see if you have an available roster spot or a player that you were holding as a possible fill-in for a week that is no longer needed. Then look a week or two ahead and see if any of your current starters are on a bye or have a matchup you want to avoid. By picking up a player before the weekend action, you can “snipe” that player for free. “Sniping” allows you to eliminate the grueling wait on Wednesday or Thursday morning, hoping your Waiver Wire pickup isn’t grabbed by another team with a lower waiver priority or more FAAB dollars.
Don’t get carried away, but looking a week or two ahead can give you a huge advantage over your fellow owners. This is also an excellent way to stash high upside players ahead of a potential injury. Even if you don’t need a streaming option for the week ahead, stash a handcuff with high upside. Predict who might be the #1 pickup next week and see if he hits. If the injury doesn’t happen, you didn’t lose a thing. But if the chips fall your way, you may have a very valuable piece for the low-low price of NOTHING.
Here are some guys that you might not necessarily need for this week, but might be priority Waiver Wire pickups for week 2.
Week 2 Streaming Options:
Joe Flacco vs. CLE (24% owned) – I know it’s only his second week back from injury but if you’re stuck at QB, you can’t beat the matchup at home.
Blake Bortles vs. TEN (18%) – The Titans were 4th worst against opposing QBs in 2016. We’ll see how they fare in week 1 but I think there’s an opportunity for some classic Bortles garbage time points.
C.J. Fiedorowicz @ CIN (41%) – a low-end stab but CIN was bad against the position last year and will still be without Burfict again in week two.
Jared Cook vs. NYJ (21%) – By no means am I a Cook believer but if you’re in a touchdown or bust situation at TE, I have no problem with Cook as a hail mary play next week. The Jets were 9th worst against the position in 2016.
OAK DST vs. NYJ (37%) – Sacks galore. Simple plug-in-play here with the horrible Jets traveling to Oakland for their home opener.
TB DST vs. CHI (13%) – I’m buying into the TB defense a bit this season. I think they’ll be a solid start vs. the Bears low power offense in week two.
The High-upside Stashes:
Samaje Perine – 39%, James Conner – 10%, D’Onta Foreman – 8%, Matt Breida – 3%, Damien Williams – 1%
Corey Davis – 47%, Danny Amendola – 43%, Tyler Lockett – 44%, Paul Richardson – 4%
Dwayne Allen – 11%
Potential Week 2 Matchups to Avoid: DAL @ DEN, CIN vs. HOU, DET @ NYG
Teams on Bye next week: None – Bye weeks start in week 5.
*All ownership percentages are directly from Yahoo.
Thank you for reading and snipe away.