Wanted to get your guys' input on the matter of a player in my league leaving in bye week players due to carelessness, or not managing his line-up, etc. on a consistent basis.
I had a debate about this with another person in the League. I think it shouldn't be done (at least on a consistent basis), and that it has an overall negative effect on the results of the league. For example, a Win here or Loss there could decide playoff seeding down the line, and a player who leaves in bye week players could swing a certain week one way. Whether this happens in Week 4 or Week 13 is irrelevant; the main point is that doing so has the potential to effect playoff seedings in a way that has NOTHING to do with fantasy football.
The other league member, however, says statistically, that it has no bearing on the W/L matters, and that it should just be considered a random incident, like everything else that occurs in fantasy football.
The reason this argument came to being is because the person guilty of consistently mismanaging his lineup (by leaving bye week players in on at least 4-5 separate occasions) was kicked out of the league. As a commissioner, I decided that this type of player management was not wanted in the league, and that it has the potential to have overall negative statistical effect on the league. However, the person I am debating with thinks that it really has no effect ("independent random occurrence") statistically on the outcome of the league, and that this just boils down to integrity rather than actual statistical effect.
I think that I'm obviously right; however the league mate is arguing this vehemently, and I didn't want to analyze the statistics too in-depth, so I'm wondering . . . am I missing something here?
Please leave any input or experience you guys have regarding this matter. Thanks for your input!