I decided that the way to make the league competitive was to essentially double the rosters. (so the WW plays like 12 team league). IMO you need to expand the rosters when you have a small league, otherwise you run into having damn good players out there...
There are great
players out there. But we thought it would be better to force people to make pretty fine discriminations among the top tier players, rather than expand the benches and possibly really upset the balance of power -- for example, there were five of us "at" the live draft and 3 who auto-drafted. Bigger benches, the five of us could have really padded our roster with players we thought the auto-drafters would prefer to their own picks, but doing so would have meant seriously disrupting our own roster. Same thing with call-ups, guys coming back from injury, etc -- they don't necessarily go to the guy who just happens to be online the most because you dont' have any sort of real back-end players you can readily drop. I know most of the guys really agonize over their waiver wire moves.
I see what you're saying though, and would be curious how that's played out. I would love to expand our rosters, one bench slot does indeed drive me nuts.