Cold Chicken wrote:I have a few questions regarding an existing keeper league and changing it over to the auction process.
1) What would you recommend using as the salary or auction value of the players kept from last year's roster?
As a league, choose one source for values, either a magazine or website. Use those values but subtract out $3 or $5 a player to create value for players kept. I suppose you could also use 2007 auction values without an adjustment which is a bit more realistic... either way, it doesn't really matter, as long as everyone is on board with an agreed-upon method.
Cold Chicken wrote:2) In not sure I am completely understanding the in-season salary cap structure. I get that you would use an auction cap ($260 for this example) and then people are recommending anywhere from $300 to $1000 for in-season acquisitions. Where I get confused is what is your total cap and do you use the auction value for your players against that cap (300-1000), or is it more like that 300-1000 is just a limit on what you can spend in season with no bearing on the cap. (i just confused myself more by typing this question)
Well, there's two different caps that people are talking about.
The first is a FAAB (Free Agent Acquisition Budget) cap. That is if you want to let free agents, during the season, go via auctions instead of waivers.
The second is an in-season salary cap, using the auction values that you got in the draft. It is common to have some sort of limit, although it should be higher than the $260. The idea is that you want to create some constraints so one team can't just get all the high-priced players dumped into their roster and trade awa the future... you create a limit. I would recommend anywhere between $290 to $310 if your auction limit is $260. So that allows people to take on an additional $30 to $50 in auction salary. It creates a limit to all the things that can be traded without being overly constrictive.
Cold Chicken wrote:3) What values are used moving into the next season (2009 in this case)? Do you maintain your in-season cap into next year?
I have more questions, but they may be answered in the responses I get to this post, so I'll save them
Maybe it's best to simply go through the steps.
1) Players are assigned keeper prices via a common source, described above.
2) Teams (generally simultaneously or to the commissioner) announce who it is they're keeping.
3) You go to the auction where everyone has $260 to spend, minus the total price of their keepers.
4) Season starts. People have an in-season salary cap of whatever, say $310.
5) People trade, people pick up waiver wire guys, etc., etc. They just have to keep their team salary under $310 so if they trade a $1 player for a $50 player, they can't take on any more salary without trading an equal value away.
6) Season ends. Someone wins. Yay.
7) Player values go up. You should announce ahead of time what your escalations are... I recommend an increasing escalation. We use $3 the first year, $5 the second year, and $10 every year after that (all those values are cumulative so it's really $3, $8, $18, etc.). You can work out what increases feel right to you.
8) Teams look at their rosters and figure out who has the most value to be kept.
9) Teams announce keepers.
10) Go back to step 3.
0-3 to 4-3. Worst choke in the history of baseball. Enough said.