There a little more to it than the subject line... first, we're in a 10 team, 6x6 (add OBP & K/BB) both leagues roto, and we keep only FOUR players year to year. We play 9 positions plus a DH, and 5 SP with 2 RP.
We keep last year's roster over the off-season so that we can do trades until Mid-March, when the four keepers are set, and we draft a week later. Most people's keepers are pretty set, so there's not much trading but there have been a few interesting ones -- they wind up being top players, obviously, since we keep only 40 players total in the league.
Of my top players, listed below, I plan to keep these 4:
...also have Soto, Sabathia, Quentin, Ludwick...
So then yesterday I get a trade offer of his Hanley for my Teixiera and Reyes. Hanley is imo the best there is and a move to 3rd spot should give him a 100+rbi season to go with the rest of his ridiculous stat line (though his steals will drop off a little).
Why I'm considering this is because I get a power upgrade at SS, and the drop in value from Teix to Sabathia (or Soto or Quentin?) who I'll bring in as my new 4th keeper isn't all that much... then I need to look at who I replace Teix with -- I'll likley be able to get Berk, Prince or Morneau in the draft -- which doesn't seem all to bad.
So if I traded I'd wind up with as my keepers:
...then draft from the remaining pool, consisting of all players less the 40 keepers.
******WHIR****** pls just direct me.