gatorman1122 wrote:Let's consider this scenario:
A particular owner (let's call him Gatorboy1122) has pretty much no chance of making the playoffs in his keeper league. Is it okay for that owner to lose the rest of his games on purpose to ensure a high draft pick in next year's draft?
Ironically, the incentive system in the NFL actually encourages NFL teams to do this, as there is very little motivation (other than pride, LMAO) for teams that are setting at 1-9 to bang it out the last 6 weeks.
In a well constructed fantasy league, however, you can and SHOULD put in an incentive structure so that owners DO NOT TANK on purpose once they are out of it.
For instance, install a weekly Win|Loss payout system that makes it financially painful for owners to lose each week. In our long-running league, we have used a formula that each and every week, owners who WIN their game that week draw $x out of the prize pool, and owners who LOSE their games pay $2x into the prize pool. This grows the prize pool incrementally through the season and helps to keep owners with losing records incented to continue winning and actively managing their team.
The x value needs to be set based upon your leagues budget, entry fee, etc, obviously.
Don't play in a league where there is no method to keep teams with 1-8 records at this point engaged somehow.