I figure I'll take this opportunity to consolidate the points made in my previous posts and hash out why I view waivers as a necessary obstacle to acquiring a dropped player.
First off, I'll bring up the worst case scenario factor. In August, there may, for whatever reason be hard feelings among players in this league. I hope that there isn't, but no waivers leaves the window for collusion wide open. I'll drop my best players at 2AM, take them, and make a title run, is a hypothetical situation that has happened before.
In addition, in the event that an owner incidentally, and by mistake drops an elite player, the commissioner can take measures to ensure that this player is not acquired by another team. No one is going to intentionally drop Nomar Garciaparra, barring season ending injury, but it HAS happened before. In this case, a manager with a "card layed is a card played" attitude is going to be a tough sell to relinquish a player like this, if he is fortunate enough to be the first to notice.
Even if we were to assume that we can count on the ethics of total strangers, and I can already make that presumption with some of you, having spoken during the draft, there is an additional competitive reason to use waivers. This is simply that the first person to notice a player should not necessarily be the one who gets the first and in many cases, only shot at that player.
Sure, the more active you are, the more likely you are to be that person, but let's say for instance that manager A and B live on the West Coast, manager C is more active, but lives on the East Coast. A valuable player dropped by player A after 9:00 PM PT is thus much more likely to go to player B, simply because of the time zone discrepency.
One might also note that Yahoo Sports operates on Pacific time, so that players who are added are added at Midnight Pacific, so barring unusual sleeping habits, the ambitious owners out west have a huge advantage in grabbing new players.
Ok, I won't bore you with any further rambling, but I think you'll see my point. I think we kind of have to have waivers, but this league is so deep, it doesn't figure to make a huge difference, but it COULD, and it COULD get UGLY. As in a manager dropping all of his players ugly, who incidentally wouldn't be on waivers.
I've seen it before folks.
What do you think?