Why your fantasy football team won’t end the same as it started

Barry Gipson
4 min readAug 29, 2023
One of the major reasons that The Wire receives so much attention from audiences is because it’s just as focused on its criminals as it is on those called to serve and protect.

HOW TO WIN YOUR LEAGUE ON THE WAIVER WIRE

In the early 2000s, HBO launched the series “The Wire.” Which looked at the narcotics scene in West Baltimore through the eyes of law enforcers as well as drug dealers and users.

How did the HBO series get its name? Central to the structure and plot of the show is the use of electronic surveillance and wiretap technologies by the police — hence the title The Wire.

When it comes to “The Waiver Wire” however this season in fantasy football here are a few important things you need to know. For one, this Sunday when I draft my 3 rosters I know for a fact they will not end as they started.

What exactly does that mean? Well, if you’re a rookie this season on the beat understanding the waiver wire is important. How to use it to your advantage will be key. Most leagues are won on the wire by keeping ahead of your competition with the help of modern technology.

One of the major reasons that The Wire receives so much attention from audiences is because it’s just as focused on its criminals as it is on those called to serve and protect.

Here is a snapshot from my “BDG Diversity League” ESPN league manager dashboard. I am currently second on the waiver wire. Each week these rankings change as mentioned above.

THE 53-MAN ROSTER DEADLINE TODAY

Today all 32 NFL teams will cut their rosters down from 90 to 53 men. This Sunday I will be participating in 3 ESPN fantasy football drafts. Each roster allows me to draft 16 active positions and one injured reserve player.

Those 17 you start with won't be the 17 you likely finish with. What does that mean exactly? After each Game Week in the regular season, the waiver priority list is reset: The new rank is determined by the reverse order of the current league standings (the manager with the lowest league standing gets 1st rank). When playoffs begin, the waiver priority list stops resetting.

The ability to manage your rosters each week is a big part of becoming a fantasy football owner in your league. The successful owners who capitalize on the waiver wire each week keep their lineups fresh and productive.

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Barry Gipson

A Father, Dallas Cowboys fan, and veteran sharing advice and more for the '24 NFL season. A pivot in content.