Here we are, starting the 7th week of the season. In one 12 team league I am in where there are no transaction limits, 6 of the teams have over 35 transactions already. I'd guess that over half of those are for rotating SP's, only two or three moves by each were trades. One manager has 72 (he's in 11th place BTW). The bottom 5 teams have 10, 72, 45, 45 and 36 transactions already. The top 5 teams have 26, 7, 10, 36 and 23 transactions (that's me with 23). The last place team (10 moves) is only there because we needed a 12th team, she doesn't really count and has only made moves when the commissioner prompted her (things like "you know, Mondesi went back to the Dominican, you should probably drop him and get someone else"). We don't let her make trades unless they are reviewed by a few of us so nobody takes advantage of her.
The churning doesn't seem to be working in this league. The leading team (26 moves) and me (23) only make changes in an effort to improve our team for the long haul. The teams with 7 and 10 moves drafted smart and it's paying off. They have made moves only due to injuries, the occasional disappointing drafted player or if someone offered them an incredible trade.
A 40 transaction limit would put half of the managers in this league in DEEP trouble. They wouldn't know what to do with themselves. We do have a trade/transaction deadline (sometime in August I think). I'm thinking most of these guys will be helped by the deadline, since their constant movement is killing them.[/b]
"You can observe a lot by watching" Yogi