deutschland wrote:I have enjoyed a comfortable lead down the stretch in my 12 team mixed roto $$$ league . The current 2nd place team is way way behind in games started (limit of 180, ESPN league). I am approaching the starts limit, but not there yet. The 2nd place team has been starting about 7 pitchers per day in order to make up ground in categories like wins and K's and will presumably continue do so for the final week of the season to make a run at me. Noticing this, and having calculated his possible improvement in the standings, I have been picking up certain projected starters for the next day's games in order to prevent him from benefitting from their performances, because I think there is a chance he can catch me and win the league. For the most part, I have not been activating those starters that I have picked up, dropping them the next day and picking up new ones. I do not want to cheat to win my league. ESPN's rules do not appear to touch on this issue. Is this unethical? Is it illegal?
Its fairly blatant cheating. From the ESPN fantasy baseball rules:
C: Impeding other owners
Certain transactions made solely to impede other owners are not allowed. In particular, cycling through players in free agency to put them on waivers and make them unavailable to other teams in your league is strictly prohibited and is grounds for expulsion from the game. Please see the waivers and free agency section of the rules for more information.
Yahoo has a similar sportsmanship clause.
If the rules don't prevent or prohibit it, then there's no problem. In this case, the rules prohibit it, but system doesn't prevent it. So, if your league mates always respect the rules, and your conscience doesn't allow you to break the rules even if you they aren't enforced by the commish or by the system, then don't do it.
But, in my personal opinion making rules against this sort of thing is ridiculous. Why not make a rule saying, you shouldn't have any players on your bench for the sole purpose of keeping your opponents from having them? E.g., I have plenty of steals, and I have some extra steals on my bench. Following the spirit of these rules, if I can't trade them, I should drop them in order to allow my opponents to pick them up and use them. Give me a break.
The other team could pick up starters a day in advance of whenever you are picking them up, to prevent you from blocking him. Real-life leagues (which we're trying to mimic, aren't we?) do this stuff. It's one reason many teams don't trade to teams in their division. It's all about winning in real-life, why shouldn't it be the same in fantasy-life?
Having a limit on moves is a really good thing, but not solely to prevent this sort of thing -- if I have enough moves left at the end of the season, and Garret Anderson is available on the wire and starts raking... and I don't need HRs but my closest competition could gain points by picking him up... you think I'm gonna let him sit there? And, I seriously doubt anyone who commented on this thread would either.