Chadgo5 wrote:.....Never understood the fun of being able to just pick up the hot hand on the waiver wire 40 or 50 times during the season. I guess I like a little more realism in my fantasy.
My sentiments exactly. I noticed the word churning being used earlier - well if you turn over your entire roster 3 times in a year (25 man roster with 75 transactions) that is beyond churning - that is ridiculous.
The way to alleviate the problem is like you said - large rosters and few transactions. I have no problem with having a waiver wire jockeying ride anticipating a Homer Bailey or Yovanni Gallardo callup when they come up - but picking up a pitcher only because he happens to have two starts in a week and then dumping him after said starts - that by definition is churning.
Even 50 transactions would mean a 25 man roster gets turned over in it's entirety twice during a season.
If you're in a deep enough league though, your bottom 4 or 5 draft picks are going to be "flyers" most likely. So if they don't pan out, you're going out to the wire to find the latest "hot hand" to replace them. How is this a problem?
In the end, it comes down to how much emphasis you want to put on the draft. If you like the draft to mean EVERYTHING, then limit transactions to a small number. If you want to allow some in-season flexibility (my preference) then don't limit them.
And don't talk about "realism" in this context. Do you think there is a limit on the number of transactions that real teams can make during the year? Of course not. By extension, the most "real" would be to not limit transactions at all.