Man, you gotta stop saying $1000/5. It's so much more confusing than $200/1. Especially with these ancillary rules you're proposing (mandatory minimum wage), which will require a lot of adding and subtracting.TeeKay wrote:The reason to have a minimum price for players is to prevent the top few players from getting an inflated salary from a bidding war. You could see Kurt or water going for like 600 of the 1000 salary if you didn't have any restrictions at all. The problem comes if that player has a real life event come up or they miss a Buncha weeks. Then the team is completely screwed and balance goes out the window and they have no resources at all to balance. The no minimum/maximum works in fantasy because no one suffers from that decision except the fantasy owner. Here, if this happens 8-9 other people suffer for it as well as the league balance suffers. Minimums are needed.
Anyway. this issue is why every decent auction drafter knows not to overspend on a single player, and why I said we'd need to do some mock auction drafts prior to the real thing. The number one rule of auction drafting is to not do exactly what you're worried about. I'll teach people how to auction draft myself, and I guarantee you no one will make such a beginner mistake. With a little draft education and some common sense, this won't be a problem.
If we did have salary limits though. they need to be maximum salary caps per player, not a minimum salary for everyone else. A minimum salary for everyone effectively creates a hard cap for one player through the formula
total team salary pool - (('number of players per team' - 1) * 'minimum salary per player') = 1 player salary cap
But if you do it with minimum salaries, you create a whole host of other problems. For example, all your other players have to be paid equally (the league min), rather than one super expensive player, a few medium players, and remaining cheap players. If you want to cap a player's salary, you need to just directly do it with a max salary. But again, simply educating the owners and creating smart drafters is the better solution.