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 14 September 2010

Well, you made it through the draft and now you have seen how your team performed in week 1.  Don’t be discouraged if your players didn’t live up to the hype.  Week 1 in the NFL can be full of flukes and slow-starts.  If you are concerned that Carson Palmer is your starting quarterback and his team was just throttled by New England – don’t worry about it (although that was no fluke—New England is a tough team, so it matters what team your players face from week to week).  By Week 2, most players have found a rhythm and will start to perform up to their potential.

However, you may have realized by now that not everyone on your roster deserves to be there.  To remedy this situation, you will need to use the waiver wire.  Basically, each week all players that are not on an active roster in your league will be placed on “waivers.”  This means that any team can claim them, but there is an order of precedence set by the league.  Some leagues have a continual waiver ranking and some reset it each week.  In either case, the team that has the highest waiver ranking has first dibs, and so on.  Take a look at your league rules for more clarification.

Now, the idea here is to take advantage of the available players by placing a “claim” on any player that you want, provided that he is available.  Just be aware that if you are “awarded” a player, you will have to clear a roster spot by dropping another player from your team (hopefully a bad one).  There are numerous sites out there that can give you tips on waiver claims or you can research for yourself by looking at the statistics for available players.  My tips this week:  If for some reason Texans Running Back Arian Foster is available, make a claim for him NOW.  This relatively obscure player single-handedly demolished the vaunted Indianapolis Colts on Sunday (I love seeing the “Peyton face” – the clear sign of fear in the star quarterback’s eyes (check out this site for an example: www.manningface.com), racking up over 200 yards rushing and scoring three touchdowns – a HUGE fantasy day.  Other possible candidates for the waiver wire are Eagles Quarterback Mick Vick and whoever backs up Packers Running Back Ryan Grant – as the starters in front of them were injured on Sunday.

That’s it for this week.  Good luck in Week 2.  Next week we’ll talk about maximizing starting line-ups based on matchups.

Terminology:

Bye week:  A week that a team does not play a game.  For example, the NFL season is seventeen weeks long, but teams only play sixteen games because during one of the weeks, they will have a “bye.”

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