This is from a message I just sent to my league. We are debating whether to move from a fee/transaction league to a flat fee league. Does your league do anything to keep teams from keeping inactive players in their line-ups or do you have any general opinions about flat fee vs per transaction fees?:
"Unfortunately there is something I consider to be broken with the current system. We reward teams for fielding non-competitive rosters.
Right now we have no rules with regard to having active players on active line-ups. This makes some sense in the current system as we don't want to force rebuilders to spend $10.50 by DL'ing Carlos Santana when the best available free agent is Paul Bako. But there's a sinister side to this as well
Rebuilders can purposely leave dead players on active line-ups to get lower in the standings for a better waiver priority... sometimes even leaving productive players on their taxi to either avoid the fees, to purposely sabotage their team, or both.
Sometimes this can really make the difference in some categories. I think Brent traded for Kendry Morales, Jordan Zimmermann, and Joe Nathan pretty early in the year(?).
What if he had left them in his active line-up the rest of the year? That's a lot of missed stats. We have nothing in place preventing him from doing this even though it's against what I consider the spirit of competition and the spirit of our league.
And we're not just talking about the 19th, 20th, and 21st teams here. We are a league of 21 that pays out seven slots. So at some point in the season we could have over half the teams in the league controlling their losses.
So how could a flat fee help us with this problem? If transactions are no cost, then it is no risk for the rebuilder to make moves. We could even have a rule that gives a team a week to do something with a player that's been DL'd or sent down with the penalty being moved to the bottom of the priority list (not sure how that would be enforced with daily transactions). One con to this is that they could still pick up worthless players, but hopefully they go for guys that could turn into trade bait or possible keepers for the following year."