I know I'm repeating myself, Kal (if you got my PM earlier), but I just feel this needs to be out there in discussion.
I get where I made the mistake earlier regarding when the time period for bidding on a player is up. It's 24 hours after
the last bid was made - in other words, a manager doesn't win a player until 24 hours goes by without another bid on that player. I thought it was 24 hours from the time a player was first nominated
. So I'm clear on that now.
Let's say I've got a good chunk of my mle tied up in the bid for a player (which I do in this case), then I want to place a bid on another guy who's up for auction and is within my budget. It seems conceivable to me that other managers could tie me up in the bidding process for the first player for several days. Maybe not intentionally, but it could happen.
And if I want to bid on another player, I could make either one of my bids invalid in one of two ways:
I could end up winning the first player using more of the mle than I thought I would have to - in which case, I would win the first player and just void the second bid, I get that.
I could win the second player because the 24 hour period on him would end sooner - thus, the first bid would be invalid because I could no longer afford it - this could happen if managers just keep re-upping the bid on the first player every 12-23 hours or so.
So the problem I'm having with this is simple - what if the guy I want takes me 3 or 4 days to get - and in that time frame, other players get nominated and won, for contracts that I COULD HAVE
afforded because I still had room with my mle. I see a serious handcuff here
- it was going to be hard enough for me, and others in my situation, to pick up players who could at least give me a fighting chance, especially after the mle runs out - remember, we are over
the soft cap (which is actually stating to look like a bad idea to me to be honest).
But now, I have to wait and see if the one player I have nominated (who I really do want) will get bid on again for another 14 hours or so - and if someone does come in and place bid, and I then immediately re-up that bid, it'll be another 24 hours after that?!? In the meantime, another player who I would like to see if I can pick up, may just come and go, simply because I can't take the chance on spending any of my mle and "losing" the first player.
And if I don't
get the guy I want (in other words, if I lose the first player's auction), then I'll have 6M of the mle to work with - but no one worth spending it on?!?
This is really not making any logical sense to me, guys. And again, I'm sorry if it's coming out only just now, but I had to actually see it in action to understand how it works. And it's starting to make me feel a bit frustrated, since it seems I'm going to have a difficult time getting serviceable players to fill roster spots this season, which is required
in the rules.
At least in a standard snake draft, guys in the 8th, 9th, and 10th rounds can be used on a roster, somewhere
- the rest are adds and drops. Here, I'm going to be stuck with minimum contract players who no one wants (because that's all I will be able afford after I use up the mle), just so I can have the required number of players on my roster for any given night. And to top it off, I can't really use my mle for anything but one or two players - and it looks like I may miss out on a couple of guys who I might actually
be able to afford, simply because I have to wait and see if I'll have enough of the mle left.
I'm sorry if this seems like I'm just rambling on or dumping on the league and all - and I'm not the type to be inactive or defeatist - but it looks more and more like I'll just sit out the rest of free agency until everyone has their fill, then just grab a bunch of scrubs at the last minute, and let the chips fall where they may. I couldn't be any worse off then where I'm at now.
And I've got a better understanding why silentjim feels this auction will take forever.