Great "collusion" story from my other fantasy baseball league. If the term is new to you, collusion is defined as "Secret or illegal cooperation or conspiracy, esp. in order to cheat or deceive others."
Last week, the guy in second place traded Ian Kennedy and Jayson Werth, getting Felix Hernandez in return (Felix Hernandez was the 22nd pick in the draft, Kennedy was 108 and Werth was 208, and is hurt). I never vote to veto trades, even if they are extremely lopsided, because I think people have the right to like and dislike certain players. Maybe the guy with Felix Hernandez hates the Mariners and thinks Ian Kennedy is going to be a stud? Maybe he's related to Jayson Werth? So the trade went through, as crappy as it was. Whatever.
Then a couple days ago, the same two teams agreed to two trades. Five of the best players on the crappy team went to the guy in second place, and he got rid of five of his worst players to complete the deal. Collusion is now obvious, so I voted to veto the trades. We need four votes to make a trade null, and I know at least half of every fantasy league doesn't pay close enough attention to cast a veto vote. I even posted in the league message board, "Let's play fair guys," thinking maybe a guilty conscious would take over, and they would vote to veto their own trade. Two other owners replied to my "fair play" message about how ridiculous it was, but we never got that fourth veto vote, so the trades went through. Dude's team was so stacked. I have never seen a team with so many 100% owned players. I considered quiting, but my competitive nature won't allow it. I can at least play for second.
I wake up this morning, and ESPN has reversed the last two trades. Someone must have complained. It will be interesting to see what happens now. Maybe ESPN locked their accounts? Maybe they aren't allowed to trade with each other anymore? Either way, the cheaters got caught, and that makes me happy. What kind of person cheats in fantasy sports?
Why did everyone stop posting in this thread? Is it because the league was over two months into the season? 80 points usually wins a 10 team rotisserie league. As you can see by the last standings posted here, 73.5 points was in first place. That is not unheard of. Winning several categories is tough to do. It's rare to finish first in steals and Home Runs, because guys who steal don't hit HRs, and vice versus. If you want more wins and Ks, you have to risk your WHIP and ERA. It's a balancing act to maximize your points in each category while minimizing the potential damage to other categories. The highest winning total in a 10 team rotisserie league I've seen is about 87 points. I've never seen 90.
I won nine categories, and finished third in the tenth category, for a total of 98 points out of a 100 max. It's the most dominant fantasy team nearly anyone alive has ever seen.
Yeah, you dominated big time. I stopped looking at it in September because I was so furious with the Mariners that I didn’t want to look at baseball. Next year I really need to try to separate being a Mariners fan and doing fantasy baseball. You will still probably dominate but I might be more competitive.