Originally Posted by sliderfish
I've never heard of "bench points" you get points for not playing the right guys? Just use fractional points and you won't have ties. I like just having bench open, if you want two D's so be it. And if you think there is no difference in having a good D or picking up the scraps for a week then you must have a league with 4 people in it.
Bench points in an ESPN league still SHOW the points those you didn't play get. We have the total of you bench players as a tie breaker. In 4 years running the league it's only come into play once. It really makes you think more about your WHOLE team than just your starters.
Fractional points suck IMO
12 team league. Any given defense CAN have a stellar week (except CLE, OAK, and DET hahaha), but the difference is minimal usually. The spread from the 1st ranked D to the 10th ranked D is slim. The spread from the 18th ranked RB to the 1st ranked D can be huge. A starting RB, on ANY week, has more potential to gain fantasy points than any D. Sure there are exceptions but very few.
Example: Let's say I start my 3 best RB's. 2 in the RB positions and 1 in the slot position. That leaves 1 of my 4 RBs on the bench. For this example we'll say my 4th RB is ranked 32nd overall but is splitting carries on his team. He does so and scores 13 points total. So that's 10 points toward my bench score.
If I had a 2nd D on my bench we'll say they're ranked 7th overall. They play the Saints and score me 7 points. Not bad, not great for a D. If the D is taking the spot of the RB it could cost me the game.
I'd rather have the 32nd ranked RB sitting in that spot then the 7th ranked D.
I hope that makes sense. If your league is set up different than a different strategy may make sense but to me, and again this is just my opinion, having 2 D's is about worthless.