baizboll wrote:Keepers can work fine with contracts which doesn't necessarily require an auction.
I disagree, because without an auction and salaries, you have to put a timelimit on how long an owner can keep a player.
To address your comment about time limits: You can set up contracts based on draft position. For example, players drafted in rounds 1-6 are assigned 2 year contracts and defined as A players . Players drafted in rounds 7-15 are assigned 3 year contracts and defined as B players, etc.
An example of a player's contract status would be 3A2 = drafted 3rd round this year has 2 years left on contract; or a B player drafted 2 years ago in the last year of his contract 12B1. A team is allowed to keep a specified number of players from each contract group - A, B, or C - as long as there is time left on his contract.
So my point remains that you don't necessarily need to have an auction to run a keeper league and accomplish what you are striving for which is not being able to hold onto a player forever. I'm not saying one method is better than another, only that there are multiple ways to handle keepers.