Jim, I think this particular point of yours is specious. It's much harder to sandbag over a 2 year period and takes real effort and determination on the part of the captain... which kinda defeats the purpose of cheating (i.e. winning without putting in the effort). It also takes great cooperation and patience on the part of the player. Plus, the bar for getting bumped up is lower than the bar for getting DQ'd - meaning, you can avoid being DQ'd but still get bumped at the end of the year. So the 2-year sandbagging plan requires a much higher level of tanking that the 1-year plan. No doubt about it, making self-rates ineligible for playoffs will reduce sandbagging. Whether you think the result is worth the other potential negatives is the only real argument.