In this edition of the Commissioner’s Perspective, I want to delve into a controversial league setting that creates two completely different types of leagues depending on how it’s set. Yes my friends, today we’re going to argue about Sunday-through-Tuesday waivers. Why now when we’re soon heading into the fantasy playoffs and it’s a moot point for this year you ask? The reason is because Sunday-though-Tuesday waivers might be deciding who’s winning your leagues, and it’s never too early to think about next year.
Every fantasy season, whether in a league with Sunday-through-Tuesday waivers or not, it’s argued for or against by many managers. This setting completely changes the dynamic of the league, and depending on what type of commissioner or manager you are, it should determine whether or not you want to play in a particular league.
You’re probably going to know which way I swing right off the bat because this article is going to sound biased, and that’s fine because I’m completely on one side of the fence, and I want you to know that.
The Sunday-through-Tuesday Waiver Manager
If you’re the type of manager who, quite bluntly, doesn’t have the time or want to put in the time it takes to study and make moves in fantasy football, then Sunday-through-Tuesday waivers is the way to go for you. Now I’m not saying ALL of these types of managers don’t know their stuff, but you can’t argue against the fact that MOST managers based completely on this are, well, amateurs and beginners. Look, I understand the argument that some of the most knowledgeable fantasy football managers today don’t have the same amount of time to spend looking at fantasy resources and studying the game as others. I get that. But, I would argue that a lot of this knowledge and experience comes from the time and effort you can put in, so in most cases, the time and effort you can put in is directly proportional to your knowledge and experience.
The biggest problem I have with the Sunday-through-Tuesday waivers is the fact that it doesn’t weed out the amateur, weaker, lazier managers like a league without Sunday-through-Tuesday waivers does. For the most part, I know most of the managers I play fantasy with very well, and I know who knows their stuff, who puts in the effort, and who doesn’t. Most people can probably say this about their fellow managers as well. Now, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve played in Sunday-through-Tuesday waiver leagues where amateur and rookie managers only needed to look at ANYTHING fantasy-related once a week (the night the waiver period ends) and did quite well in the league. At the same time, there were guys who looked at and studied fantasy football every single day, and were struck with bad luck or injuries, and couldn’t overcome it no matter how hard they tried because of the Sunday-through-Tuesday waiver period. Now how fair is that? Shouldn’t fantasy be like anything else, whether it’s work, school, relationships, etc: the more time and effort you put into it, the more you should get out of it? Of course, time and effort spent helps you regardless of the league format, but it helps exponentially more in a league without Sunday-through-Tuesday waivers.
I’m quite keen to the fact that there are a number of different implementations of Sunday-through-Tuesday waivers, and some are designed to help with the issue I speak of. And while implementing the blind bidding scheme does require more thought, it still doesn’t really alleviate the problem.
The Non-Sunday-through-Tuesday Manager
If you’re the type of manager who does have the time and the willingness to put forth the effort and study fantasy football, you don’t want to play with Sunday-through-Tuesday waivers. These managers are hawks (or sharks), always looking for the latest breaking news on injuries, who’s starting, stats, weather, etc. Most of the time, these managers are simply more knowledgeable and more diligent. Shouldn’t that have the biggest an impact on who is successful for a given league?
Granted, not all managers have exactly equal access and time to access the internet, and they never will, but it’s more equal now than it’s ever been before, and that equality will only increase over time.
If a manager happens to obtain breaking news about an injury or sees slightly hidden potential in a player in the available pool before the other managers, they shouldn’t have to wait around another day so that every other manager can hear the news or see that potential in that player and be able to make the move just because they happen to have a higher waiver priority or more bidding money at that particular time.
If you think about it, not having Sunday-through-Tuesday waivers decreases the luck factor because key injuries are likely to be revealed or confirmed around this time right after the games, and whoever just happens to be at the top of the waiver priority or have the most bidding money at that time would be considered lucky. As well, not having Sunday-through-Tuesday waivers promotes league participation and fun because you don’t have that dead period where no one can make transactions and managers just don’t need to care about fantasy football in general.
Additionally, Sunday-through-Tuesday waivers increases the chance of unnecessary managerial behavior, for example, managers with lower waiver priorities might suggest to other managers with higher waiver priorities to put in waiver requests over other managers to gain an advantage in a number of ways I won’t get into here.
Time is Relative
One can also argue that time is relative when it comes to different people. For example, guys that complain that they don’t have the time might really have the time, but they choose to spend that free time doing nothing, sleeping, being lazy, watching TV, etc. In other words, they have the time whether they realize it or not, and they choose not to use any of that time on fantasy football. On the other hand, you could have a manager who has the same amount of free time that chooses to study fantasy football with that time, but he’s perceived as having more free time because he chooses to study fantasy football with that time. It’s analogous to work or school: your boss and your professor don’t care what you have going on outside work or school. You either do what you need to do to succeed or not. As well, some people just sleep a lot less than others, which give them more time to do things like work, school, or fantasy. Generally, you’ll find these people succeed at these things more often than not, which is the way it should be, right?
By reading this article, hopefully you should know what type of commissioner or manager you are when it comes to Sunday-through-Tuesday waivers. What makes it difficult as a commissioner is that most leagues have a combination of the two types of managers. But the bottom line is that you shouldn’t want to increase the chance that less capable and less diligent managers have a chance to succeed. As with any other aspect of life, the harder you work at it and the more you put into it, the more you should get out of it.