Nobody wins a fantasy football league without working the waiver wire. Players get hurt. Starters get benched. Wideouts don't get many targets. A fantasy squad at the end of a season could look radically different than it did in Week 1. The draft is when you do all your trash talking, but the waiver wire is where you win your league.
There are slightly different ways how the waiver wire works depending on your league settings. In most leagues, all players are placed on waivers when games begin for the week (or when a player's team starts its game) and remain there until Wednesday. Owners place bids for players, who are assigned to teams based on waiver priority.
In some leagues, there are no waivers; every player is just a free agent. Don't be afraid to take advantage of the rules if you're lucky to be in one of these leagues. If you see
If you're finding yourself remarkably thin at a position already, don't fret. Unless you're in a 14-team league (and maybe even then), there are players available. Let's take a look at some players who may have fallen through the cracks of the draft.
How do you possibly not have a quarterback? Did you forget to draft one? Did you draft
There might not be much out there for Week 1, but if you need a running back you might be able to grab one of the running backs recently installed as starters or seemingly headed that way.
If you need a wideout, you're in luck: Wide receivers are plentiful! Even starters in need of a home are likely to be found.
With only one tight end on each starting roster in almost every league, it's usually pretty easy to find a decent one.
You should have drafted a defense. If you didn't, or accidentally drafted the Rams' defense, don't panic. There are 31 teams besides St. Louis; there is bound to be a solid defense available, especially early in the season.
Some leagues don't even have kickers. In other leagues, owners don't even draft kickers and simply drop an offensive player before the first week of the season to acquire one. There are always kicking options out there if you need a guy.