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My commish has his dad in the league. The other day his dad dropped Cliff Lee and the commish picked him up. They said they had an agreement that he can have any player he wants, but he only took Lee so far. I said it was cheap and cheating. Would anybody agree with my comments and thinks that doing something like that is a pretty low thing to do esp. in the playoffs? Thanks
Here is the way it works. If it was a release and then recovery on a legal waiver, and the Dad released the player and took another player to definitely better his own team and his son just happened to have waiver priority for the pickup, then that would be legal. But that said, all forms of collusion are strictly forbidden in the yahoo leagues. So if the father released the player on purpose to make his son's team better knowing the waiver priority would give the player to his son or any predesignated manager, which would be obvious collusion and an unfair unsportsmanlike action, then yes it is cheating.
Moving players in the playoffs always will be questioned and draw some ire of the opponents. But if it is a legal pickup to make ones own team better and also not done to just help another team (which is an obvious violation) then we must just consider that playing within the rules. Competition and trying to win is what makes the league fun. I would much rather play in a league where the teams were over-managed with player movements in a desire to win than in a league with dead unfilled rosters and poor competition. But one must "compete" in every sense of the word. One must play to win as hard as you can against every team and not use any type of collusion or buddy system to achieve that.
Every league I run includes the setting "league vote" for any trades. Of course, this sounds like an underhanded planned drop and grab deal. The other thing you can insist on is that every player dropped is automatically on Waivers for 2 days. That way anybody can try to grab 'em but it differs to your position on the waiver list.
Good luck with that. I'd play with someone more respectable!
- 1 Reply to Guy A
Guy A, your advice is excellent. League votes for trades and waivers make this kind of thing much more difficult.
Honestly, it's almost funny to hear about people cheating in a fantasy league. Sorry, man.
If you like, email me (click on my user name, it will show my yahoo profile and email). I've been running leagues for a few years. I'd be happy to add you to my list whenever we start another league.
Yes, he cheated.
From the Yahoo Rulebook under Fair Play and Sportsmanship:
Even though fantasy games are meant to be a competitive experience for all involved, it is important to us that our users not lose sight of the rules of fair play and good sportsmanship.
To this end, each Public League fantasy team owner (Custom Leagues are controlled solely by the League Commissioner) agrees that, by joining the game, they will abide by the following regulations:
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.
While Yahoo! will not remove teams from leagues after they have drafted, any failure to follow all of the items listed above may result in the limitation or removal of playing privileges for the offending owner. These restrictions may include:
The suspension of specific game privileges (trading, message board posting, etc.) for the remainder of the season.
The suspension of ALL playing privileges for the remainder of the season.
The complete deactivation and removal of the corresponding Yahoo! account.
Any other action that Yahoo!, at its sole discretion, feels is necessary to restore fair play to the league.
It is the responsibility of team owners to monitor activity within their leagues. If, as an owner, you notice any suspicious or collusive activity in your league, please notify us at once so that we may investigate and take the appropriate action—if any is deemed necessary—against the offending team(s) and/or account(s).
- 1 Reply to brownsbasher
i commished a league and yu can lock a team from transactions and edit their rosters but that doesn't help you in this situation...since it was private you are kinda of screwed..you can contact yahoo but that's not really going to help you now...sounds like the whole league is screwed if you are the only guy griping...i think most of us have been in leagues and we are the "new" guy and there is b.s.moves and transactions...chalk it up to experience and compete the best you can and ditch the league and look at the profiles of the guys in the league before you join a new group...i don't join a group if the guys in the league have won trophies as commish but they have horrible winning percentages..if they have not played in many leagues is another red flag...
- 1 Reply to Artisen
cliff lee is the best pitcher in baseball , you dont just drop him out of no where, he has a 9 game winning streak and his next start is against the royals. wouldnt you want the best pitcher in baseball who is facing one of the worst teams in baseball on your fantasy team ?
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