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Postby IVIisfits138 » Sat Apr 10, 2004 5:39 pm

I thought I knew how it worked but apparently I don't. I understand that whom ever has the lower priority would get the player, and whomever has the last draft pick has the best priority. However it is still a little foggy to me. I started off with a waiver prority of 3 and have made 2 pick ups thus far. However I now have a priority of 11. And a guy with 5 moves has a priority of 8.
Also a team with 0 moves has a priority of 2 while a team with 1 move has the number 1 priority. Can someone explain this to me. I always thought the less moves you make, the better your priority is.
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Postby WharfRat » Sat Apr 10, 2004 5:44 pm

Well, I dunno about all that math stuff, but basically, if you pick up a guy off waivers, your priority drops down to 12. Once a guy ahead of you makes a waiver claim, he'll go to 12 and you'll move up to 11, and so on and so forth. You don't necessarily have to make fewer moves--if you're in a league with twelve other guys who constantly are making waiver claims, and you have the #1 priority, but if you make just one claim you're gonna drop, and then it depends on the other guys making claims after you. Hope this helps.
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Postby IVIisfits138 » Sat Apr 10, 2004 5:58 pm

What you said was exactly what I thought was the procedure. But how can a team with 0 moves be at number 2 while a team with 1 move occupy the number 1 spot in priority?
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Postby WharfRat » Sat Apr 10, 2004 6:03 pm

Oh wait, okay....waiver priority is only affected when you make a waiver claim. So if one team picks up ten guys who AREN'T on waivers, they'll be ahead of the team who's only picked up one guy who IS on waivers. Trades don't count against it, and picking up a guy who's not on waivers doesn't count against it either. Make sense?
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Postby WharfRat » Sat Apr 10, 2004 6:03 pm

In other words, that team might have made 2 moves, but they probably weren't waiver claims, so he's got the top spot.
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Postby willieroe » Sat Apr 10, 2004 6:06 pm

IVIisfits138 wrote:What you said was exactly what I thought was the procedure. But how can a team with 0 moves be at number 2 while a team with 1 move occupy the number 1 spot in priority?


(In Yahoo) your waiver priority rank only applies when you are trying to pick up a player who IS on waivers. A player is played on waivers for a limited time (I think the default is 2 days in Yahoo) when he is released by another team. If this player is not selected by a team within the 2-day period, the player clears waivers and becomes a free agent.

The moves that do NOT change your waiver priority rank are those involving the pickup of a free agent.
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