FantasySportsMaven wrote:Seems to me that this is possibly another issue where right and wrong comes down to intent?
I saw you write something about this re: churning. But it'd be nice to have you explain your concept better.
And in most leagues, right and wrong are determined by "the rules," almost SPECIFICALLY because they try to prevent problems and worthless debates over contested subjects like this. The majority opinion is that "churning" is indefensible. It's worth considering that majority encompasses the dudley do-rights as well as the jerk-face d-bags. It's against the spirit of the game to take advantage of functions in the software. And it IS a software thing. If this were still a pen and paper game you couldn't churn unless you're the commish, and I'm SURE you'd get your butt kicked by the owners for doing so.
I am always trying to improve my teams, regardless of their opportunity to make the playoffs or even with regard to winning that weeks matchup. So, if Westbrook, or Tolbert or Henne is on FA, and they are potentially better than a player they will replace on my roster, I am gonna pick them up even if they never start a single game for my team. But, I am not picking them up to keep them from another team but instead to give my team depth.
Then why would that even relate to the thread? I think this thread is largely confused by people who refuse to nail down their terminology. ROSTERING A PLAYER to HELP YOUR TEAM is not related to churning or any rule violation. Rostering a player for most of a week, and dropping him at the last minute is taking advantage of an option that's available in your software, not strategy. Some leagues prevent this by not allowing you to drop those pickups without informing the commish. And none that I've ever been in would allow you to exhibit a pattern of behavior where you do this more than once, regardless of "intent."
I also am guilty of occasionally picking up a player who is a handcuff to a newly injured stud, by dropping my kicker.
This isn't against the rules, but it's sketchy as hell, IMO. The whole league is probably watching you like a hawk to see who you drop to pick up your kicker.
Then, depending on the severity of the injury reports to the stud player, on Sunday morning I either drop the newly acquired handcuff for a kicker
That's why it's sketchy. It's totally unsportsmanlike to do this, IMO. I don't think this is strictly POSSIBLE to do purely without being a form of churning, taking advantage of timing that's afforded to you by the automation of the game, as opposed to the strategy in the game. But I appreciate your input on this, because it's something I know a few of us will bring up to our commishes over the summer to add to the rules. I don't want to play in a league where someone will extend their roster by a slot to stop another team from being able to get a player.
or make a decision to drop someone else for one.
That's kosher IMO, as you're paying your way... you're keeping the player you picked up. That's totally normal.