Overview of Waivers in Fantasy Football

New to Fantasy Football, or just not sure how your placement on the waiver wire is determined? We'll break down everything you need to know about waivers. 

About waivers

During certain time periods, unclaimed players become subject to a waiver system that allows every team owner a fair shot to pick them up.

After the draft, each owner is assigned a waiver priority (usually in reverse order of draft position) for use in making waiver claims.

While a player is on waivers, every owner is provided the same opportunity to claim him for their roster.

The owner with the highest waiver priority making a claim on a player gets to add him to their team, and in Public or Pro leagues, they're subsequently moved to the end of the waiver priority order.

If no one claims a player before the end of the waiver period, he'll become a free agent and can be added by any owner.

Waiver periods

In Public and Pro leagues, unclaimed free agents are subject to waivers at specific times during the season.

Weekly waivers

  • Free agents playing in a game - Waivers begin once their game begins and end at 11:59pm Pacific Time on Tuesday.
  • Free agents on a bye week - Waivers begin at 5:30pm PT on Monday and end at 11:59pm PT on Tuesday.

Other waivers

  • Post-draft - 2 days
  • When a player is dropped by an owner - 2 days
  • When a player is added to the game by Yahoo Sports - 2 days

Once a waiver period is over, claims will process and display on the league's transactions log within a few hours. During the lag time, free agent acquisitions won't affect the waiver priority order.

  Did you know? Private league commissioners can define their own custom waiver settings -- like FAAB waivers -- or even exclude waivers altogether.


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