Navigating weekly fantasy football FAAB runs is not an exact science. Blind bidding opens the door for outrageous offers such as last week’s $681 for Rob Gronkowski (yes, happened). Fantasy managers have to balance roster needs with (perceived) market forces, all while monitoring the weekly fantasy football hype train driving up prices in leagues across the land.
With four weeks in the books, it’s time to start looking further ahead. Bye weeks are upon us (Green Bay/Detroit in Week 5), and we can expect massive competition for any running backs who move up depth charts on a week-to-week basis (like Joshua Kelley this week). We’re past the biggest runs on rookie WRs, but there are a couple more to consider this week.
Before we dive into the Week 5 FAAB targets and recommended bids, let’s look back at last week’s NFFC Online Championship waiver run to see if there’s any information we can use. (These are full-point PPR leagues with 10-player benches).
NFFC Online Championship Week 4 | 278 Leagues ($1,000 Budget)
|Most-Added Players||Total adds||Max Bid||Min Bid|
|Highest Max Bids||Total adds||Max Bid||Min Bid|
The main takeaway? There are a lot of $1 wins among even the most contested waiver adds of the week. In most deep leagues, now is a good time to fly under the radar with lower bids focused on upside and future plays. I added Anthony McFarland ($22) and La’Mical Perine ($20) last week, missing out on Tee Higgins ($35 bid).
Of course, injuries and bye week issues will force some higher-than-normal bids. Don’t be afraid to pay up if you’re desperate. And, as always, be sure to monitor opponents’ remaining FAAB budgets to keep from overspending.
Consider the following players when setting FAAB bids in fantasy football leagues this week. The first player at each position will be a more widely available player to consider in standard 12-team leagues. Roster rates are from Yahoo public leagues.
Los Angeles Chargers QB Justin Herbert (16% Rostered) at New Orleans Saints