Matthias wrote:I would say generally people over-emphasize young and upside in keeper leagues than under-appreciate them. People talk about planning for 3-5 years out or whatever and if you're in a league that's been around for a few years, that might make sense. But most leagues, and most owners, don't last that long. I'm not sure exactly how you draw the line or say that such-and-such is a good emphasis versus bad emphasis or whatever but I wouldn't worry too much about passing up young guys who are great keepers because the natural inclination is too go too far in that direction.
Not only this, but every season brings along several new prospects. There are always these guys out there. If you keep less than 35-40% of your roster, I advise that you keep only the best players for the upcoming season (using potential as a tiebreaker). We only keeper 7 in my auction league. There have been several owners rebuilding for the past 2-3 years. I unloaded all of my freezes two years ago to clinch a championship. This year, I have too many quality options.
For redrafts or anyone looking to make a run this season, draft smart early by selecting good players with solid track records. Take your risks after round 12. By then, your starting lineup should be formed for the most part.