good question - is this for money? it's a great incentive to play hard
not sure i agree with punishing those who finish last. sometimes winning is just not in the cards, and i don't fault someone for intentionally looking to improve their lot next year. its unfortunate that some teams set their rosters once every few weeks... any chance of voting these managers out and giving their teams to other people
what about tweaking the keeper rules? a keeper league should be a decent relief valve for this kind of situation --trading talent to contenders in return for draft picks seems legit to me.