Many years ago I met the woman who would become my future wife while we were standing in line to get into a bar. While I had been to that bar on a few occasions before, I was only there because a friend of mine had been invited to a toga party on the following night by a coworker of his and asked them if I could come along since I was new to the area and he wanted to meet me first. As I was waiting to enter the establishment, I heard the woman in front of me talking about this party. I looked up to see the most beautiful woman standing in front of me, so I used the party as an opening.
“You’re going to a toga party?” I asked. “I’m going to a toga party too! I hear it is like a frat house. I can’t wait! It should be crazy.”
That is when I got the answer I was not expecting.
“IT’S NOT A FRAT HOUSE! THAT’S MY HOUSE!” She informed me at the top of her lungs. She would spend the next few hours verbally assaulting her brothers that had been promoting this party. It was not how I envisioned our introduction going, but obviously it worked out.
This is very similar to how the first installment of this series went for me. With the best of intentions, I thought I was introducing something fun and different to Rotographs. Some people loved it. Some really hated it. That is ok because I am going to keep pushing on and hope it all works out for the best.
If there is a player in your league that has stopped updating their lineup because either they are out of contention or have been distracted (work, vacation, etc), is it unethical to send them an email reminding them to update their lineup during the week they are facing one of your top competitors in a H2H league? – @Thealsonwheels
I think it is. If everyone else has had the benefit of getting to beat up on the inactive team then your competition should be afforded that same opportunity. Does it suck when that costs you a playoff spot or seeding? Sure, but asking someone to do something for you that you weren’t willing to do for everyone is borderline collusion. How would you feel if the shoe was on the other foot?
H2h playoffs, is it ethical to change how you’ve been playing all season and start streaming SPs? -Darren F
I don’t know why it wouldn’t be. As long as there are not any rules against it I think it is fine. I used to play in a H2H league that had a maximum limit on transactions for the season, so I would hoard all my moves until the playoffs and then use them all there. Just because you played one way throughout the season doesn’t mean you can’t adjust or completely change your strategy later on.
I play in a league with a limit of four free agent acquisitions per week. Going into the last day of the first round of our head-to-head playoffs, the team that I wanted to face in the second round was winning. The only way that he could lose was if his opponent went for broke and added every streamer he could to try and steal the QS category. I had a free roster spot and four moves remaining, so I tried to make his life difficult and attempted to put the four best streamers on waivers by adding and dropping them. Yahoo! has a mechanism to prevent just that, it turns out, but am I a d%#$ (as my friends say) or was this good strategy? -Gavin I.
I think it is a little bit of both. I have no issue with you adding the player to keep them away from your competition, but the attempt at picking them up momentarily just to drop them would be a bit too far and that is why sites like Yahoo and ESPN don’t allow you to get away with it. The thought process was great, but the execution was flawed and failed.
Justin is the co-host on The Sleeper and The Bust Podcast and writes for Rotographs covering the Roto Riteup as well as random topics that float into his juvenile brain. In addition to his work at Rotographs, Justin is the lead fantasy writer/analyst and co-owner for FriendswithFantasyBenefits.com, owner of The Great Fantasy Baseball Invitational, and a fantasy football and baseball writer for Fantasy Alarm. He is also a certified addiction treatment counselor. Follow Justin on Twitter @JustinMasonFWFB.