We get questions like this every year, and the same argument breaks out. It's ethical people vs. tactical people. This is probably one of the biggest hot button issues in fantasy football.
All I will do is explain why I said what I said, answering the questions brought up along the way. You can rebut what I say if you want. I won't re-respond.
logan wrote:this rule is pretty subjective though. if i want 3 qb's on my roster that's pretty much my decision whether it hurts another team or not.
The point is that you know why you are picking up a player...you're doing it to screw someone else over, and that's the only reason you are picking the guy up. Would you seriously use Mark Brunell over whatever other QB's you have? That is not cool in my book.
eaglesrule wrote:You are allowed to pick up talent as you see fit. when you get into churning and dumps etc., then I think you have a problem.
Brunell, Losman, Wright, and McCown are talent?
Sure, if some good player like a starting RB is on the wire and can help your actual starting team down the road, go ahead and take them. If your other RB's go down, you just put in the guy you picked up. But, picking up the only remaining options just so your opponents cannot use them is totally wrong.
BESMIRCHED wrote:screw ethics man, its all about winning, if i were you and next saturday rolls around and he still hasnt picked a qb, i would pick and drop all the qbs left and leave all the QBs in the WW instead of FA
Like I said, it's tactics vs. ethics.
IMO, anyone suggesting that roster churning is OK is totally wrong. I don't care if you're in a public or private league. If you can't win by using who you have and not taking every single player off waivers to keep the other person from fielding a full team, then that's pretty bad.
I am for ethics and not screwing people over. That's just the type of person I am. Besides, if you do stuff like that, it makes people less likely to play with you next year and can make the exisiting league owners angry.
So anyway, like I said, if you're in a Yahoo public, that is illegal. If it's a private or any other league that doesn't have those rules in place, you can do it...however, if it were me, I wouldn't.
Roster churning is something that should be completely outlawed. Yahoo now has it set up where if a player is picked up and dropped within a certain time frame, they are immediately put back up for free agency. That's how all sites should have it set up.
There is a parallel in real football, however - teams do sometimes claim a player off waivers so that another team cannot have him (I think someone did that to Deion a few years ago). So, there is a justification...I just don't do it in fantasy football.
As long as there is no rule in place like the one Yahoo publics has, then you can certainly do it.