As we enter the new age of FBL-alytics, league owners have caught on how important it is to match up against your opponent. If your opponent has all closers, you'll want to use all closers; if they have all sp/rp guys, you'll want to do the same. We had a few incidents this year where managers adjusted their lineups and an opponent changed their lineup after the established 'lock time'. What this proposal will do is give one team the certainty of knowing what their opponent's lineup will be without any last-second surprises. Most teams will face off twice, so they'll have the advantage once each, and for the final three weeks, there will be no advantage, both teams lock at the same time. I can see the argument for both sides, so I'm merely proposing it, and if you like it, great. Regardless of what happens, be warned that we're no longer going to accept excuses for missing the lineup lock deadline
I really don't like this idea. With there sometimes being an odd number of weeks in the season, this can't be enforced equally. Especially since some teams play three times, how do we determine which team gets "home field" the extra time?
The teams that play three times, the third matchup will have no 'home team', and both teams would be required to make the changes by the same time deadline.
I understand this won't be popular, but it's a suggestion to lessen the cat-and-mouse tendencies in the last minutes before lineups lock on Monday. Teams have picked up on the importance of adjusting their lineups to what the opponent is trying to do, and it's led to teams waiting until the last minute, literally, to make changes. In this case, there's no way you can ask teams to have their lineups set hours before, because that would be unfair. So what this rule change will do is make the home team have the last chance to make changes. If not, we'll see what happened this year continue to happen more and more: owners will be logged on to the ESPN page looking at their stopwatches and hitting 'submit lineup change' seconds before the deadline, thus not giving the opponent the chance to counter. A significant advantage goes to the team that gets the last change in.
That said, I'm not going to try to persuade any votes one way or the other. This is a suggestion, and each team will have the same advantages/disadvantages.
Regardless of what happens, we're going to have a new rule in place that is very specific, very clear, and very enforceable, about teams making changes once the lineup lock time is set. We're bound by ESPN settings, but we're going to put a stop to teams making changes after the deadline and then claiming they had a legitimate excuse. Lineups locking at 7PM doesn't mean 'make your changes at 6:59PM', it means you have up until 7pm to make the changes, but you can have them done before then'. If you wait until the last minute, or get caught up in the cat-and-mouse that's becoming the norm now, then you better be sure you set your watches and have your internet connection working. If lineups lock at 7:00pm, and a change is made at 7:01pm, the offending owner will suffer competitive consequences.