noseeum wrote:Q: Should there be such a thing as a consideration of, "competitive balance" in fantasy leagues?
A: No. So long as you come up with some criteria for question 1, then no. "Competitive balance" is a myth, created by people to justify preventing other owners from improving their teams. It sounds like a just cause in theory, but in practice, it is ALWAYS ABUSED. Any league I've ever been in that has allowed trades to be blocked for "competitive balance" reasons, has been eventually reduced to nothing. People develop grudges, blocking each other's trades because of past offenses. If you're in a public league, you have to accept these annoying restrictions because you can't trust anyone. If you're in a private league, and you're still worrying about "competitive balance" than I don't understand why you can't trust your fellow owners to always be trying to make their teams better.
Funny. I was just thinking of this exact point yesterday.
In the real baseball discussion above, I talk about how real baseball GMs won't do really stupid trades because they'll lose their great job and also, something I didn't mention, is that they're normally decently vetted. They don't pick a guy off of the street and put him in as GM (although Mets fans bitter about Kazmir might disagree). And when you have a private league with people you know and people who know the game you can be very, very, very hands off. I've never even seen a vetoed trade, much less done one, in any of the leagues I do with friends of mine. The two leagues I've done in the last few years where I didn't really know anybody there were vetoes because in one we found out one guy actually was running two of the teams (this was a league advertised through the Cafe but I didn't know the guy) and in the other one of the guys was just bitter about other stuff so was flipping the bird to his friends that he didn't like (I only knew one of the guys from grad school; it was all his high school friends).
And I think people over project this stuff when giving veto/no veto advice to other people. Really, the first question in a veto discussion shouldn't be, "What's the players" but, "How well do you know these people?" If one guy in my league said, "I'm a Votto believer" and it's a keeper league and he does Votto for Manny, I'd say fine. Because those are guys I trust and they know what they're doing. But when people ask for advice on the boards, I don't know who they're playing with and nobody else does, either. So you give advice based off of that.