ed wrote:about churning: I agree with Buser that a season long limit doesn't have anything to do with churning. a non-churning rule should be imposed.
However, churning must be defined specifically. if a weekly transaction limit is imposed, then basically, you are allowed to churn up to that transaction limit. but with transaction limits, then it really isn't churning per se.
If you go back and read Chrisy's post, the idea isn't to "prevent" churning per se, but to allow a manager to decide for himself how best to utilize his alotment of add-drops for a season. A manager could use more of his moves early hoping to get some "breakout" FA's, or he could pursue a strategy of saving up his add-drops just in case he needs to make a furious late-season push to get himself over the top. A "no-churning" rule would be nice, but could lend itself to all sorts of different interpretations. Example: I had an H2H league this last season where Manager 1 in the Playoff Finals accused Manager 2 of churning when Manager 2 dropped 4 "name" players due to injury (faked or real) and made 2 other moves b/c his targeted scrubs weren't performing well. 6 moves and he got called out for "churning." Was it churning? Some would say yes, others would say no. Either way, it would've exceeded our weekly H2H move limit of 5.
If we went without a full-season add-drop limit we'd leave it open to the "its not cheating if its not against the rules"
argument, which is correct in a technical sense. I'm not sitting here saying we need to keep a full-season limit, I'm just suggesting that to do otherwise is potentially dangerous, and a general "no-churning" rule could potentially be ambiguous.
The argument Chrisy made for ditching the weekly limit but keeping the season limit is basically a laissez-faire type deal where each manager can do whatever they want w/in the season limit -- i.e. he could blow all his moves in Weeks 1 and 2 if he so chooses, or use none weeks 1-21 (thereby failing to get any breakout FA's) and churn to his hearts content during the fantasy playoffs (which we've essentially only made as valuable as any other week under our rules).
I only used 20 or so moves on the season for my Octagon H2H team that pulled off a 2nd place finish, but thats just my style: to hunt and peck for a few emerging FA's and let them play. My inclination is to propose we raise the season limit to 50 moves (roughly an average of 2 moves per week over 24 weeks) and go with no per-week limit and see how it works.
My thinking with raising it to 50 is for the benefit of a manager like bokzg who was decimated by injuries this year and kept struggling to find emerging players (who proceeded to also get injured). He was really giving it the old college try to get back into contention but ran up against the 40 move limit toward the end and at that point it was a lost cause for him.