I think the "higher seed" idea blows. It doesn't resolve anything about the game in question.
Yes it does; it resolves the tie.
I disagree. It decides a winner based on something that has nothing to do with the lineups, rosters, or player performances during the week in question. That is the opposite of what fantasy football is normally about, in my opinion.
So your argument isn't that it resolves nothing, because the tie breaker's intent is to resolve the tie, and that's exactly what it does. Your argument is that it does not resolve the tie in the game by using statistics only from that individual game
My question is why do you feel it is better to resolve a tie by "double dipping" into stats or other information from an individual game? You don't like the idea of using the seeding, whch is a culmination of the entire season that puts one team above another, but you do like using something that is related to just the individual week.
The suggestions you made are to use bench, or an individual bench player. There is a reason those players are on the bench - it's because you did not want them in your starting lineup. I don't see how a player you chose not to start is more valid for what his points would have been that week if he did start.
Another idea you posted was to use total points scored and/or total yards gained. Isn't that already what the points came from that created the tie? This is what I meant by "double dipping" above. You are using the same stats that created the tie to try to break the tie. If you ignore yardage and go back to just points scored (not sure if this is what you meant) then you are saying one part of your scoring system is more important than another part.
As we said early in the thread, there is no right or wrong answer - it's all a matter of personal preference and what works for your league. I'm just curious about the thought process on these tie breakers as I personally see them as less relevant. At the same time, I can understand someone not liking the seeding idea because it automatically gives one team the tie breaker before the game starts. While it isn't perfect, I live with that idea as one that was earned through the season.