Vlad the Impaler wrote:This kind of action threatens the integrity of your league. Intentionally playing inferior players in an indirect attempt to lose is a no-no in every major sport. There are a few exceptions in the NFL, including (1) when a team already clinched and doesn't want to risk injury; and (2) when the season is lost and they want to see what their young guys can do. Neither of these justifications is applicable to FF. When a team tanks on purpose for purely selfish reasons, i.e., to get a better draft pick, that kind of action is almost universally condemned in all major sports.
You can't make rules in FF to cover every type of situation that will come up. The teams have to use common sense and at least a baseline level of integrity, or else the league will be stale. One common sense rule that I don't think needs to be written down is that every team must make a good faith effort to win their game each week.
I am a little uneasy about it but I don't think your analogies are good. I think it is more analogous to racing. In WRC racing, a race team often asks one of its drivers to slow down so another driver on the team can pass them. If the faster driver isn't doing as well in total championship points for the year, he may be asked to slow down so the other driver can get maximum championship points which gives him and the team the best chance to win it all.
The difference is, if you intentionally tank, another team can benefit from your tank. Overall, I would say you should play your best lineup and hope for the best.