I have spigots on all my fermenters, and have completely eliminated siphoning except for transferring wort from my kettle to the fermenter. I don't think that a spigot poses any danger of infection because the wort is flowing out of the fermenter, not in. If a bug were to travel back thru the spigot and into the fermenter, then you have a leak in the spigot and wort on the floor.
I let all my beers sit in the fermenter for 2 weeks, then rack and bottle. If I am dry hopping, I add the hops and let it sit for another 5 to 7 days, rack to another fermenter with a spigot, and bottle. And believe it or not, I rarely if ever check final gravity.
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