jmog wrote:Leaving a starting position "empty" or with someone who is on bye or someone who is known 100% to be injured and out (of course you can't always predict if a "doubtful" or a "questionable" is really going to play) is a forfeit in our league if you win, and if you lose then oh well, especially since total points in our league gets more money than league playoff champ.
Its all about fair play and competition, if you leave a starting spot "open" then thats either not fair to whoever else might need you to win that week, and its not fair competition to the guy you are playing if its because you are worried about negative points.
If there is a rule, then you are abosolutely right. But to have any integrity, the league needs to be predicated on one thing: everyone playing to win within the structure of the rules. To make someone fill out a starting lineup sans rule is MOST unfair to the person whose team it is. You are taking away his ability to make decisions about his lineup. After all, the main point of this game is to win within the rule structure. On a week-to-week basis, the point is to determine from your players the maximium number of points. So if you think that end is compromised by leaving someone in, it certainly is your prerogative to take a player out who is going to hinder your overall goal of winning. Again, that is the point. Make a rule about having a full starting roster if you want. But if there is no rule, I don't know who the hecks business it is other than mine, how I allocate my resources on said roster.
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