skeeze24 wrote:We are converting our league to an auction style keeper league and one concern that has been expressed is how to avoid keeping teams from tanking.
For example, if in H2H week 17, a team is already eliminated from the playoffs, what is to keep a "smart" owner from dropping the majority of his team in and effort to pick up prospects through the FA auction wire for $1 or $2? By doing this, the owner gets a jump on their keeper options for the next season.
The negative of course is the potential influx of "good" players into the FA pool right before the start of the playoffs. I don't want a team to have a decided advantage late in the season simply because another owner who was out of the playoffs decided to drop all their star players to try and reload with keeper prospects.
Any other league deal with this issue?
This is a problem in all keeper leagues pretty much. Doesnt matter if its auction or not. The guys competing for the playoffs cant stack their benches with prospects. Someone that knows they are out of it doesnt need anyone on the bench except prospects. Also some teams are out of it early and they know it. Especially when like 4 make playoffs in 12 team. There will ussually be 4 or 5 teams out of it. With 6 teams make the playoffs maybe 2 or 3 are out of it.
The main thing ive done in the past that sorta prevents this is to go with keeper leagues with a very small number of keepers. It doesnt strickly prevent it but if you have a keeper that only allows 1, 2 or 3 keepers then there really isnt a giant need to stack prospects. Just think of the difference between that and like a 10 Keeper league.