While it’s important to identify players to spend your valuable free agent bucks on, it’s equally as necessary to know when to pass on a player and let your leaguemates overextend themselves. Here are a few players to avoid when making your fantasy football waiver wire pickups. And here is all of our fantasy football waiver wire advice for Week 5.
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Waiver Wire Pickups to Avoid
Terrace Marshall caught 9-of-10 targets for 56 yards against the Vikings on Sunday, but Marshall’s role will shrink when Jonathan Mingo comes back from the concussion that kept him out of action in Week 4.
One of these years, the Colts will have some clarity at the TE position. This is not the year for that. Ogletree had 3-48-1 against the Rams on Sunday, but he played only 43.8% of Indy’s offensive snaps and ran only eight routes. He’s not worth adding — at least not yet.
Curtis Samuel is a useful player in real life, but he’s a hard-to-manage fantasy asset. He’ll have a handful of useful fantasy performances every season, but good luck guessing when they’re coming. He had one such game on Sunday, with 7-51-0 receiving to go along with a 1-yard touchdown run. But the biggest mistake you can make in fantasy football is chasing last week’s points — which is what you’d be doing by spending FAAB money on Samuel.
Successful In-Season Fantasy Football Management
Once your fantasy football team is drafted, the work is not over. Successful in-season management is crucial to a winning fantasy football season. Here are some tips to help you manage your team effectively throughout the season:
Stay up to date on player news
Keep track of player injuries, suspensions, and other news that may impact their performance. This will help you make informed decisions about which players to start each week.
Monitor the waiver wire
Keep an eye on the waiver wire and be ready to pick up players who may be undervalued or overlooked by other teams. This can provide valuable depth to your roster. Use our waiver wire assistant to view optimal lineups, waiver and trade suggestions, and league analysis.
Analyze the upcoming matchups for your players and opponents to determine which players to start in your lineup each week. Look for favorable matchups and take into account the strength of the opposing team’s defense.
Stay active in trades
Be open to trading players with other teams if it will benefit your team. Analyze the potential impact of a trade before making a decision and negotiate with other teams to find a mutually beneficial agreement.
Be prepared for bye weeks
Plan ahead for bye weeks by having backup players ready to fill in for your starters. Avoid having too many players with the same bye week, which can leave your team short-handed.
Don’t overreact to one bad week
Avoid overreacting to one bad week of performance by a player. Take a long-term view of their performance and evaluate their potential moving forward.
Continuously evaluate your roster
Continuously evaluate your roster throughout the season and make adjustments as needed. Be willing to drop underperforming players or make changes to your lineup if necessary.