Award waiver claims first, then release all remaining players to free agents! Players locked with no claims..
Players are being locked in the waiver system even when they are not claimed by anyone. At 1am, most players that are not claimed move to free agents. This morning it kept several players, including Matt Bryant and Cameron Brate locked in the waiver system, even though no one claimed them. Then, apparently after waivers were awarded at 2:21am, they became free agents. It would be beneficial for all fantasy team owners if Yahoo would lock all players until waiver claims are awarded and then release all unclaimed players to free agency at the same time. Doing it in different waives and different order screws up those looking to add free agents that are locked for no apparent reason and also those who have put in waiver claims, but do not know if they will get their player, all while everyone else has an opportunity pick up the free agents. Yahoo - Please change this. Award all waiver claims first, then release all remaining players to free agency in that order! Thank you...
Nick Oliviero commented
Here's what happened:
A player made multiple claims, but because their earlier request was accepted their requests for Brate & Bryant weren't processed. So someone DID put in a claim, causing them to be locked.
i.e. maybe a manager had an open roster spot. Then they had 3 claims: 1) Player X, 2) Matt Bryant 3) Cameron Brate. If they were awarded Player X, their roster is now full and Bryan & Brate were not picked up.
I still agree with your point though. Players shouldn't become FAs until the waiver wire processes.
john remigio commented
I think this is an exploit on Yahoo's system. I ran into this issue too. But I think it's because those players have a claim on them... then the manager just cancels the claim after the deadline, but before the waiver is processed - allowing the manager to know when the player drop into the player pool as a Free Agent. Then the manager adds with no cost to their waiver claim.
Also, I think collusion could be a part.
If managers put claims on 1 player, but the manager cancels after the deadline. The remaining manager takes the chance by cancelling their claim - hoping nobody else claimed the players. Then they can see that the player is now a Free Agent... that manager immediately pounces on this.
The only way to eliminate this is by not allowing managers to cancel claims after the waiver deadline and/or processing the waivers immediately after the deadline - removing this awful wait time for some players to become Free Agents almost 2 hours after the Waiver deadline. It's ridiculous.
Andy Foss commented
This MUST be done. My league was ruined this morning because of the ineptitude of Yahoo. Teams with pending claims were locked not knowing if their claims were successful or not. The players they were potentially dropping were locked. Meanwhile, other teams without pending claims went in and took all of the free agent players an hour early! Its unbelievable that literally every Yahoo employee can be this ******* stupid.