this is what they told me
To eliminate opinion based Values, we base Values on real world stats - in this case - last years results. If we were to add Bob now, so as to not upset the real world ratings, we would put him in the last spot Valued at 1 Mill. Everyone would put them on their team.
For Event 2, we combine the results of the 1st event and last years rankings to come up with a new Value for each rider for the Event. This gives the Rookies a real world Value and they still come in at a good value based on not having a ranking last year - but not at 1 Mill where everyone would grab them.
We did this for Moto with positive results. Ryan Dungey was not available for the 1st event. He finished 2nd and came in Valued in the Top 10 for event 2 - which put him at a Value that was a tougher decision than picking him up at 1 Mill.
And as far as some of the guys not riding - that gives you an advantage by knowing that and that is exactly how fantasy sports work. You should have an advantage by being in the know.
Hope that all makes sense