People telling other people who to start/sit via the smack talk box
I really don't see anything wrong with this. Fantasy football is not about fair play or sportsmenship, it's FANTASY football. Giving advice to help another team beat an opponent in the smack talk section is totally fair, in fact it's probably the best smack talk I've ever heard about. Lots of people get advice on message boards, comment sections, expert articles and friends, this is not all that different. The reasons behind the advice are not altruistic, but as long as there is no blatent cheating it seems very heavy handed and controlling to try to stop this. I find it to be good gamesmanship, similar to picking up a player you have no intention of starting just so your opponent can't get him. I've also made trades targeting teams matched up against other good tougher teams in hopes of helping them win thus increasing my chances in the standings. I'm not making unfair trades, or picking up a crap load of guys on Friday to keep them on waivers through the weekend, there is a line...but the line you are drawing seems to be on the very conservetive side of things. Unless teams are making unfair trades or under the tables drop/adds its not necessary to bring the commish foot down.
Ace. you wrote: "Fantasy football is not about fair play or sportsmenship, it's FANTASY football."
of course it's about fairplay and sportsmanship. the problem lies in determining what's fair and what's not. as much as connor, john d. and i disagree on some aspects of this topic...i don't think that either of them would agree with this part of your statement. ridiculous.