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  • Durf Durf Jan 31, 2011 11:00 AM Flag

    Suggestions for New Keeper League

    I am starting up a new league with my friends (we've never done keepers before) and I'm looking for suggestions on the following topics:

    1. In your experiences, what is the ideal number of players to keep? I'm thinking around the 3-5 number.

    2. What is your ideal rules regarding how the players are kept (can keep in the round drafted, subtract x rounds each year, point system, used as your top x picks the next year)?

    3. How do you normally deal with free agent pick-ups in the mid-year and trades regarding where and if a team can keep them for the next year?

    Thanks for any feedback!

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    • good morning mr d. i think 10 is the number you should start a keeper league with. and then only have 10 -12 teams in the league. if u have more then that, you will have too many teams to fill over the year when some teams drop out. therefore start small and then next year you can add on if you wish. always start small. if yo poick a smal woman to marry, then by the time yuohave been married 10 years she will not have put on as much weight as a newly wed weighing more lol

      jim carlson

    • In the keeper league that my brothers and I have been doing for awhile we use these parameters:

      1. Keep up to 4 players that were drafted at the beginning of the year, and 1 player that was a free agent when added to a roster.

      2. Players are kept in the round that they were drafted. We also agree that players cannot be kept out of more than two consecutive drafts regardless of the team keeping him, or whether or not they became a free agent at all during that span.

      3.Free agents picked up during the year are eligible to be kept in the 10th round. Any player that is traded to another team maintains his keeper eligibility in the same round originally drafted as long as he hasn't been kept out of the draft twice already.

      If you have two or more players that are eligible to be kept during the same round (whether because of trade or say a free agent conflicting with your actual tenth round draft pick) you are still allowed to keep both, but must use the previous round for one of them (like using the 9th round for your free agent).

      When a keeper eligible player is dropped and placed on waivers, he keeps the same keeper round if added to a roster. If he isn't claimed off of waivers, he becomes a free agent and would then be a tenth round eligible keeper for any team that adds him.

      I think thats most of the important facts for our league. And there are obviously many variations depending on what your managers like. Hope this helped!

    • Durf - we use the K.I.S.S. method... Keep It Simple Stupid. We are allowed 5 keepers that have to be declared 2 weeks BEFORE the following season's draft. You can choose from ANY player that was on your roster at the end of last season. We do not allow off season trades, FA pickups, etc. (again KISS). We do not bother with slotting the keepers in particular rounds of the draft. The commish assigns them and they're the first players your team drafts the following year. If we have a new manager, he is required to choose from the team's roster that he took over from the previous season. We also have a 14 team H2H league.
      Good luck! Damon

      • 2 Replies to Damon
      • This is a fairly simple method that has alot of upside. messing around with slotting keepers in the round they were drafted is cumbersome.
        We started with 5 keepers, move it up by 1 last year, and 1 more this year. All keepers are put into the last rounds of the draft for us.
        Ditto on using the final rosters as the keeper pool. Ditto on a new manager using the final roster of team he is taking over.
        We will be using a point system to limit how long a team can keep a player, but that's really simple as well.

      • Thanks Damon, I have a feeling this is exactly what most of my managers will vote for when I lay out some choices for the league.

    • Thanks for the feedback everyone!

      I will pose these as examples to the league and take a vote...

    • Any more suggestions out there?

      • 1 Reply to Durf
      • our parameters are similar to damons.
        This year we will have up to 7 keepers (we started with 5)
        Keepers are slotted into the last round of the draft to keep someone from skipping one in order to get the jump on everyone else.
        The draft is in reverse order of finsh in every round.
        We give each team an allotment of 10 keeper points. Every year that you keep a player he accrues 1 point. So theoretically you could keep Pujols for 10 years, but he alone would use your entire allotment. So after a couple of years you have to decide if a player has become to costly to keep. Sort of like a salary cap or free agent system if you will.
        Traded players keeper points reset to zero, encouraging trades. If you expose a player to the draft and then re-draft him his number resets to zero.
        It's simple, and prevents teams from locking up players forever.


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