A fellow owner in my league has been streaming pitchers all season. In fact, his only SP all year has been Jose Fernandez. In the process, he's gone way ahead of pace in IP limit. For a while, what he was doing with the extra spots was holding rookies like Billy Hamilton while waiting for them to hold up.
In this last week or so, however, he's started using the following strategy:
1) At 12:00 AM on the dot, he'll pick up the best 3 or 4 starting pitcher for the upcoming day.
Example: Ogando starts on 9/27. He'll pick up Ogando at 12:00 AM on 9/26 since he qualifies to start the next day.
2) At 11:59 PM, he'll release the said player and pick up a player he either wants to use the following day or one that he wants to initiate a waivers process on.
Example: He'll drop Ogando and pick up Darin Mastroianni.
3) One minute later, at 12:00 AM on 9/27, he'll pick up another SP who's starting on 9/28 while dropping the player he just picked up one minute before.
Example: He'll drop Darin Mastroianni and pick up Joe Kelly.
He'll do this with 3-4 pitchers on a given day (though I'm actually surprised he's not done it to the top 10 since he easily has the room to do it). He won't actually start them. In the process, this is it what happens.
1) The first player picked up at 12:00 AM (Ogando) is unusable for his start since he can't be picked up for his start.
2) The player picked up at 11:59 PM (Mastroianni) is unusable for the following 4 days because he's going through waivers.
3) None of the players above start for the team in question.
Multiply out (4 players every day time 7 days a week) and you get him blocking about 28 potential pickups every week as the end of the season approaches.
What do you all think about this? Is is legal? Should it be legal? Does it fall into the unwritten rule category?
Seems to me like it violates Rule 4 of Yahoo League Rules:
All league-related transactions will be executed with the intent of improving the owner's team and/or its standing within the league.
No owner may drop or "dump" players from their team for any reason other than improving their own team and/or its standing within the league.
No owner will engage in any action that may be deemed to be collusive (two or more owners agreeing to make moves that benefit one team, but not the other).
No owner will make any roster moves (including waiver claims, trade proposals, etc.) whose sole purpose is to hamper the play of other owners.
No owner will take any action whose purpose is to, in any way, interfere with fair play in a league.
Benching your entire roster for a Fantasy week to ensure another team a victory would be an example of this behavior.
Then again, it's a private league. Anyway, vote and respond. I think it's an interesting question and think we could really benefit from getting some outside opinion.
Thanks in advance to everyone!