vincent854 wrote:It appears that the other people in the league don't want to add any extra players. That would leave 12 starters and 6 bench. I personally don't think that is enough. As the commissioner should I leave that alone even though I don't agree with it? Or should I add the 2 extra players that I want? There will always be plenty of available defensive players. No one will ever have to make any tough roster choices because they can always grab another stud off the waiver wire. Sorry for all the questions but I am pretty new at this and I have never really taken ownership of the league which I am trying to do this year.
No need to apologize for all the questions! That's what the forums are for.
I agree that a 6 man bench with 12 starters is definitely not enough, but if that's what the league wants...I'd go with it. In the leagues that I commish/co-commish, we always do everything like a democracy. We vote on everything and we always do what the league wants. I've seen too many commishes treat the position as a dictatorship, and that usually ends up pissing off other owners. But you know the owners in your league. Maybe they won't put up a fuss if you just added the 2 bench spots against their wishes. If you did that, I think they might end up thanking you later.
With that said, I think you should do your best to convince the rest of the league that a 6 man bench is too small. Some reasons you can mention are that "standard" leagues start 9 and have a 7 man bench. Small benches take away what's probably the best (and most frustrating thing at times) thing about fantasy football...deciding who to start each week. Small benches will force owners to drop good players for a bye week fill-in that will most likely only be used for 1 week. Why would your owners want to drop a good player for a bye week kicker or D/ST? Small benches also take away one of the best things about the draft...those late round fliers that might end up leading you to a championship. Also, with only a 6 man bench, I bet almost none of the owners will put any IDP's on their benches because there's just not enough room. So why would they want to be forced to drop a stud IDP or an offensive player when their IDP's are on their bye weeks?
So I would do my best to convince your owners that having 12 starters should require at least an 8 man bench. If you can't convince them, and you decide not to just add the 2 spots against their wishes, then I'd play out the year with a 6 man bench, and hope that some (or all) of your owners "wake up" and agree that a 6 man bench is too small. Then you can add the bench spots next year.