West wrote:I don't really agree with these rules. Just consider a scenario: About 3 weeks ago, the second place guy in one of my leagues had Lidge, and I made a speculative pick-up of Madson a few days before Lidge lost his job. I already had 5 closers and had no intention of really using Madson unless he was playing on a day that my other closers didn't have a game. I merely picked him up to take the saves away from the competition, as we were in a tight battle for saves, and the second place manager, owning Lidge, would be the most likely person to add Madson. So I was making a roster move specifically to take potential stats away from the second place manager, with no real intention of using Madson, unless one of my closers lost his job or there was an open spot for some reason. Should that be against the rules? I don't think so, but maybe some people feel different.
It's just my opinion, but I feel like unless managers are acting collusive or dumping, people should be able to make whatever free agent and waiver claims they want. A more blatant example of unfair play would be to add and then drop all the Oct. 4 probable starters one at a time so they are all on waivers the last day of the season and no one can load up on them to max out on their innings cap. I don't agree with this one, which I think is one of the reasons some league put a cap on moves that you can make.
But the Madson move wasn't done "solely" to hamper his play, only "mostly". If you'll use Madson if one of your closers loses his job, or when your other closers have an off-day, it's not at all against the rules. I'll pick up lots of guys (at the end of year, at least) who I only might use. I had 7 closers (with only 5 spots) in one league about a month ago, and about 7 or 8 outfielders in one league yesterday. And going against a streamer late this week, I was well ahead on saves, so I dumped some closers and loaded up on decent Saturday/Sunday stream starters. It's true that I was partially preventing him from grabbing good starters, and it's true that I never used any of them -- BUT, if he had a couple miracle days in a row and pushed his era below mine, I would have used them. There's nothing wrong with picking up just-in-case players. It's only if you are absolutely certain you won't use them that it becomes a problem with the rules.