Allow locking bench players after their game begins until waivers begin on Tuesday.
Bench players whose teams have played may still be dropped, allowing the team to sign player on teams whose games have not begun. At a minimum, there should be an option to disallow dropping such players, and require them to remain on the roster until waivers begin. While my league likes the Yahoo platform, other platforms allow this option, and we hope that Yahoo could allow such a restriction rather than needing to switch platforms.
Tomer Langer commented
As of now, the default is that Yahoo will allow you to drop players on your bench even after their game has been played (and pickup any non-waiver players in the free agency pool). I'd love for there to be an option to turn this setting off or on based on league preference!
I think not having this optionality allows for a sort of exploit that straddles the line of making the game equitable in terms of waivers/free agencies.
Example: Manager A fills a spot on his bench with a handcuff that's slated to play in the earliest Sunday games. After the game is nearly done, Manager A sees that the main RB has not been injured. He then cycles that roster position to a handcuff that's playing in the next slate of Sunday games and so forth. This 'strategy' allows for them to not really place value in a particular player but more of a hope to get increased value by getting a player before they hit waivers.
Michael francis commented
Yahoo needs to lock all
players at the time of their kickoff. Currently you can make a transaction, with a bench player, even though their game has started or is over. It’s impossible to police as a commissioner and every other platform doesn’t operate this way. Lock players all at their game times or at least give the option in the commish tools. Basically it allows owners to make moves during games and can drop players that get injured in their game for a late start player, which is a sketch, and is the reason waivers exist. It also increases strategy as you can’t go into the 1’ o’clocks knowing you can just drop a bench player for a player’s back up if he’s questionable ina late start time.
I see a real potential problem when it comes to prohibiting the dropping of "bench players" of teams that have already played.
For example, an unforeseen emergency (such as food poisoning) could arise to a player in someone's starting lineup several hours prior to the Monday Night game. This would require picking up a free-agent replacement (assuming one is available); and as such, would likely require dropping a player to make room. One cannot suggest to drop the suddenly injured player; such player may be on the Can't Cut List (and therefore, undroppable). It also may not be possible to put such player on IR, especially if the league doesn't use IR spots. The only other option is to drop one of the other bench players and it's very likely that every available bench player is one whose team has already played earlier that week. One should not be forced to "take a zero" in one's starting lineup spot, especially if there is last-minute help available from the free-agent pool.
David K commented
I just made a post about this. I would like to see some kind of option to change this setting. It's unfair that a team can get a free speculative add if his Thursday guy didn't work out. and the solution is NOT to change the setting to everyone being locked on Thursday so you can't pick anyone up before Sunday. Just lock players so they are undroppable after game time, not too much to ask. ESPN site has perfected this, and right now this is the only flaw I see with yahoo