Gopher Posted November 16, 2009 Share Posted November 16, 2009 This is actually a multi-part question... Something that hasn't gotten too far out of hand in a league that I commish, but I'm wondering what I can do about it before it potentially does. First, let's assume that this is a keeper league in which the worst team gets the #1 pick the following year. There is a potential for some teams to keep many players (there is no keeper limit), but every player is kept for a cost (both a pick and blind bidding dollar amount). Therefore, our draft is not serpentine... In other words, the owner with the #1 overall pick would also get the #1 pick in every subsequent round as well. So, there is a pretty big advantage for having the top draft slot, and that's the way it is intended, since there may be a fairly large gap between the best teams in the league, and the worst, given the keeper rules. Questions: 1. What do you consider to be tanking, in terms of roster submission? I realize that "tanking" is a fairly subjective term, which is why I am asking this question. Is it enough for an owner to just submit a complete lineup, and ensure that they don't have any bye-week players in their lineup? Or, should it be assumed that they must also not start any players who are out for the year (Owen Daniels), out for the week (Jermichael Finley), or who just simply aren't going to play much either way (Chad Simpson), assuming they have better options (John Carlson, Jason Witten, and Marshawn Lynch, respectively). My personal opinion is that it's not fair to the rest of the league, when certain owners intentionally submit a crappy lineup to improve their future draft position. On the other hand, like I said, it's fairly subjective, and I don't want to get into having to "interpret" what is an intentionally submitted poor lineup, versus one that was not submitted intentionally. Plus, who am I to decide who is going to score more points for another owner? So, ultimately, I would like to establish some sort of rule... black and white, with no gray area. 2. What rules have you seen used to ensure that owners have an "incentive" to submit the best lineup possible? We use blind bidding for this league, so I'm tossing around a couple of ideas. The first would be to create a rule where the low score for the week pays a "fine" of a couple of BB dollars. This is fantasy money, not real, but it does roll over from season to season, so there is an incentive to keep it. My fear is that such a rule would not necessarily penalize the right owners... luck determines who scores the least on most weeks. Plus, I'm not sure this would be much of a deterrant, anyway. Another idea would be to determine future year's draft order in a tiered system, where the worst team doesn't necessarily get the top pick. Not sure how this would work, exactly, but it would be something where the highest point-scoring team of the non-playoff teams gets the #1 pick, or something to that effect. Not sure how that would work, exactly, and I can already see that it would not be a perfect system. 3. This is somewhat unrelated, as it doesn't affect this particular league, but where do you draw the line in dynasty leagues, where it literally may be impossible to submit a complete lineup each and every week? Example: In a 16-team dynast league where EVERY QB or kicker may be owned on any given week, what should an owner do on a week where both of their QB's or kickers are on a bye? Should said owner feel compelled to trade for another kicker, just for a bye-week solution, even if it is at an abnormally high cost? Or, in this instance, is it "OK" to start bye-week players, because you have no other choice? Getting back to my league... Obviously, before I make any drastic changes, I would have the league vote on them. Just wondering what some of the other commissioners out there would do, or have done, to "maintain the integrity" of their leagues. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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