Just want to say, its no coincidence that things are more clear cut at this stage this year imo. We are not playing the handicap system this year and so slow starters or poorly positioned teams are simply not being granted an advantage on waivers. Its led to a less exciting finale to our regular season but (and this is where some will disagree) a fairer result.
Also, I do agree with Simon. While its nice to have studs all over the place I do feel that the skill factor is much more required in deeper leagues and much of the fun is in finding those lesser known players. An example would be Chris Givens. I had my eye on him for about a week now and intended on picking him up tomorrow when places on my current roster unlocked. Then I read some articles today where he was listed as a potential dark horse pickup. With his name now out on the street I had to drop a player I carried for weeks just to grab Givens today. Givens has always had great speed and hands but seemed to become demotivated with the rams. He lost a close friend in the winter which according to him is the inspiration he needed to have a good pre season. He was traded to the ravens in October and now finds himself with a chance of winning the top WR job in Baltimore. In recent weeks he has shown some chemistry with Flacco, the most competent one vision QB in the league and in a team that will be chasing most games due to a flakey secondary. Oh and the other factor that’s inspiring Givens this year? This money first guy is on a contract year ; )
Now that I said all that he may never play another snap. The thing is, with any potential sleeper pickup all we can do is put the facts together that support a pickup and then hope it turns out. Most of the time it does not for me personally but the fun of the research is just great. Anyway at this time of the year all we can really hope for is a solid contributor.
What’s my point? My point is that in 10 man leagues we have next to none of this research, hope, dashed hopes or chuffedness that trying to locate true sleepers can bring. While I love the 2 leagues with playoffs that your idea seems to offer Dean I just don’t know personally if I could get into a league of 10.
Finally Dean, bad luck this week in losing Lewis, picking him up was a great example of an owner picking up an underrated guy that some, including myself were not even looking at. He did great for you, good luck finding his replacement.
Man, I spend too much time on this stuff ; )