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fleafounder Admin Aug 06 '09

We released a new feature today that allows waiver claims to be resolved using a blind bid auction instead of (often rank-based) priority.

How it works

In the past claims for the same player were awarded to the team with the best waiver position.

Now you can use a blind-bid auction system. Here, players are awarded to the team that submits the highest bid (if there is a tie, the player will be awarded to the team with the worst rank). Each time one of your claims is processed, the bid amount will be deducted from your remaining budget.

How to set it up

Edit your league's waiver claim options and select the initial budget for each team (also editable on a team-by-team basis throughout the year).

You can manage your claims as usual on your team's waiver claims page.

How to test it out

If you are curious as to how this works or you want to help test this for football, create a baseball league. The waiver options are exactly the same as in football.

Let us know if there are any problems or if you have any suggestions.

Thanks.

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FantasyGuru1965 Aug 18 '09

Funny thing about the blind bid waiver thing is this. In every league I am in, it has been put to a vote to either keep waivers at worst to first or switch to the new option and very few like the idea and want to switch. It seems 90% like the worst to first option... just sharing an observation.

DARKSEID Aug 18 '09

True, I was hoping it would pass in your league so I could give it a try but that doesn't look like it is going to go through.

fleafounder Admin Aug 18 '09

It didn't pass in my most important keeper league either.

It doesn't make sense to me. The whole point of waivers is to allow equal access to free agents. Blind bid auctions are better in that regard.

Volt Aug 18 '09

I think there are a couple reasons why people prefer the normal waiver system. For one, it lets the worst teams have a better chance at improving their rosters. That is good to increase competition throughout the season.

Another reason is because people don't like to try new things. Some may be intimidated by having to make extra decisions on how much to bid, how much to keep available for later, etc. People have become lazy because of the internet (just look how bad people spell these days, even with auto spellchecks in most web browsers). The extra math may scare some away.

On the topic of bidding, it would be great to add auction leagues some time. Any chance at something like that in the near future?

FantasyGuru1965 Aug 20 '09

I guess the time spent on the blind bids should have gone towards the logo's roflmao.... hehehehe

fleafounder Admin Aug 20 '09

Yeah definitely would love to add it for next season.

Volt Aug 20 '09

That would be a great addition. I will be waiting for that for sure.

Volt Aug 20 '09

Yeah, so much for hoping the threads about logos would go away. They have practically increased tenfold since being made available.

comedic_imp Aug 28 '09

I would pay for this feature.

Mister_T Aug 18 '10

People get freaked by the word 'auction'. Auction drafting is serious stuff. It's not for novices nor the faint of heart.

Auction waivers, OTOH, are easy, intuitive, super fun and super fair. People just don't realize that are are afraid to try it.