How do the waiver wire bid groups work?

This only applies if your league is setup to use blind bidding for free agents.

When making your waiver wire player bids you will be able to create a bid groups for each player on your roster you wish to replace. Each bid group consists of a primary replacement player bid and as many contingent replacement player bids as desired.

Here is a detailed description of how the player awards and drops are handled:

Player Awards:

  • The first player awarded will be the player with the highest primary bid, regardless of contingent bids.
  • Once a player has been awarded, all losing bids for that player will be cancelled.
  • If a primary bid is cancelled, the first contingent bid will become the new primary bid for that bid group.
  • After the first award and all losing and contingent bids are cancelled, the second player will be awarded to the highest remaining primary bid.
  • Again after the second player has been awarded, all losing bids for that second player will be cancelled.
  • If a primary bid is cancelled, the next in line contingent bid will become the primary bid for that bid group.
  • This process repeats until all bids have been awarded or cancelled.
  • You will receive at most one player from each bid group.
  • Once a player from the bid group has been awarded to your team, all remaining contingent bids in the group will be cancelled.
  • Contingent bids in a bid group will not be considered before the primary bid has been awarded or cancelled.
  • If “Bypass primary bid and use contingent bid first if necessary.” is selected any contingent bid in the group will be used if needed to win the player.
  • If a team places several bids on the same player, the highest bid will be used.

Player Drops:

  • Players will be dropped ONLY if necessary to make room for the player being awarded.
  • Drops will be evaluated in order, considering as many potential drops as listed to make room for the waiver claim on your teams' roster.
  • If a player on your drop list has already been released, the next player down on the list will be considered for release.
  • If no drops are listed and your roster is full, you will not receive the waiver claim as there would be no room on your roster.

Further explanation of "Bypass primary bid and use contingent bid first if necessary."

If checked the system will look at all bids in your bid group in case one of the contingent bids (bids at the bottom of your bid group) would win a player that is about to be awarded to another team. The system will process the bids in that bid group out of order if necessary to get that player.

If not checked the system will evaluate your bids strictly in order. This means you must fail on your primary bid before the system will even consider your #1 contingency bid. You must then fail on your #1 contingency bid before the system will even consider your #2 contingency bid. Your bids in a bid group will be processed in order and no other way.

If you submit a bunch of $3 - $5 bids in your group, then one desperation $100 bid at the very bottom of a group you probably want to check the box. You will end up spending the $100, but you will get that player (if you have the highest bid). If you don't check the box you must fail on all your $3 - $5 bids before the system will even consider your $100 bid and you likely will not get the player.

Rule of Thumb

If you are going to put lower bids at the top of the bid group with bigger ones at the bottom and you expect to win with one of those bigger bids, you had better check the “Bypass primary bid and use contingent bid first if necessary.” box or you will be disappointed.

Example Scenarios

Scenario 1: Tim must have a player, prefers Schaub even if it costs some money.

Tim's Bid Group “Replace QB”:

 Primary: $50 Matt Schaub
 Cont #1: $5 Alex Smith
 Cont #2: $3 Andy Dalton
 Cont #3: $1 Russell Wilson
 Cont #4: $1 John Skelton
 Cont #5: $1 Jay Cutler
 Cont #6: $1 Christian Ponder
 NOT CHECKED - "Bypass primary bid and use contingent bid first if necessary."

Dave's Bid Group “Get Me a QB:

 Primary: $62 Matt Schaub
 Cont #1: $8 Sam Bradford
 NOT CHECKED - "Bypass primary bid and use contingent bid first if necessary."
  1. Award ⇒ Dave gets Matt Schaub for $62 because he had the highest bid.
  2. Award ⇒ Tim gets Alex Smith for $5
Scenario 2: Tim wants to risk getting a player, and be as cheap possible.

Tim's Bid Group “Replace QB”:

 Primary: $5 Andy Dalton
 Cont #1: $3 Alex Smith
 Cont #2: $103 Matt Schaub
 NOT CHECKED - "Bypass primary bid and use contingent bid first if necessary."

Dave's Bid Group “Get Me a QB:

 Primary: $62 Matt Schaub
 Cont #1: $8 Sam Bradford
 NOT CHECKED - "Bypass primary bid and use contingent bid first if necessary."
  1. Award ⇒ Dave gets Matt Schaub for $62 because Tim's bid on Dalton and Smith have not been processed so the Schaub bid is not even considered.
  2. Award ⇒ Tim gets Andy Dalton for $5
Scenario 3: Tim must have a player, at all costs.

Tim's Bid Group “Replace QB”:

 Primary: $5 Andy Dalton
 Cont #1: $3 Alex Smith
 Cont #2: $103 Matt Schaub
 ** CHECKED ** - "Bypass primary bid and use contingent bid first if necessary."

Dave's Bid Group “Get Me a QB:

 Primary: $62 Matt Schaub
 Cont #1: $8 Sam Bradford
 NOT CHECKED - "Bypass primary bid and use contingent bid first if necessary."
  1. Award ⇒ Tim gets Matt Schaub for $103 because he checked the box and is saying use any of my bids if necessary to win a player.
  2. Award ⇒ Dave gets Sam Bradford for $8.
 
waiver-wire-bid-groups.txt · Last modified: 2015/08/05 16:44 by tim