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  • Robbo Robbo Jan 24, 2013 12:42 PM Flag

    How difficult is it to set up & maintain a keeper league?

    I'm in two keeper leagues that actually have the same keeper rules which work really well. I'm the commish of one league, and it does take a lot of effort to maintain it, but I've got a pretty good system worked out. I agree with making the number of keepers smaller because you are much more likely to be able to find replacement managers if needed. Also, with a large number of keepers, you can easily lose the interest of some managers who miss on their draft success early and then have to suffer for a few years to come. If you lower the number of keepers, that mitigates that, which also mitigates the likely need to find replacements. We don't do an auction league, but the thing that I really like about our keeper rules is that it takes into account round value. We allow a player to be drafted and then subsequently kept for three additional years before they go back into the draft pool. We allow only up to 3 keepers per year. In year two of the league (first year to keep), you are allowed to keep a player in the round that they were drafted in in the previous season. If the player was picked up out of free agency, then you get to keep that person in the last round. If you trade for a player, you inherit the keeper rules that were assigned to the previous owner. In year 3 of the league (second year to keep), you are allowed to keep the player based on an average of the round you drafted him in the previous year with his average draft round in the current year. For example, in 2011, I drafted Granderson in the 11th round. In 2012, I was able to keep him in the 11th round. If I choose to keep him this year, it will be in approximately either the 7th or 8th round (depending on the avg draft round per Yahoo Fantasy Baseball at a date that is to be determined later). If Granderson is averaging in round 3.9 this year, then I would keep him in the 7th round ((11+3.9)/2 = 7.45 which rounds down to 7). This works out really well in my opinion because as long as you choose to keep a player, you can get the benefit of a great value pick from previous years. It sounds like it might be difficult to track, but it really only takes a short time during the offseason to prepare it. Again, we use this model in two different leagues, and it has worked out really well for us.

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