Its definitely a fine line. I'm our league commish and we're having the same problem with our basement team.
- For this season there is nothing you (or the commish can do). Its unfair to set a "rule" on rosters being filled out/anti-tanking this late in the season when it wasn't done earlier. Needs to be set prior to the start of the season so everyone knows up front.
- I'd be curious to hear how other commishes deal with tanking, because that can also be subjective at times. You can make the argument in some cases that as long as that owner is checking their roster and making their own decisions, its up to them. We don't force the guy who drafts Josh Cooper in the 2nd round just because he's a Browns fan to take it back. But in a case where Aaron Rodgers is getting benched in favor of Brady Quinn, thats obvious.
We're still trying to decide the best way to determine when a commish should step in and take over a roster. Just a few ideas:
- Owner fails to fill bye week spots 2 weeks in a row and does not respond back to email/text/whatever
- Owner fails to replace/plays players on IR
One thing we do in our league is award the #1 pick in the draft to the person who wins the consolation bracket. It gives more incentive for someone NOT to tank the season, or at minimum the playoffs.
The scores from previous weeks need to stand, and you can't just give free wins despite his crappy lineup. Thats why they play the games, you never know what can happen. Either way, I'd kick him out for good after this season.