Waivers in Fantasy Football
In public and pro leagues, a waiver system is used for unclaimed players to help maintain a competitive balance for roster changes.
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 them for their roster.
The owner with the highest waiver priority making a claim a player gets to add them to their team, and is subsequently moved to the end of the waiver priority order.
If no one claims a player before the end of the waiver period, they'll become a free agent and can be added by any owner.
In public and pro leagues, unclaimed free agents are subject to a waiver periods at specific times during the season.
- Free agents playing in a game - Waivers begin once their game begins and end at 11:59 PM, PST on Tuesday.
- Free agents on a bye week - Waivers begin at 5:30 PM, PST on Monday following their bye and end at 11:59 PM, PST on Tuesday.
- 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 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.