I am starting a first year keeper league with a salary cap but I've run into a few problems. Part of the challenge is that there is a mix of friends, some who are sabr friendly, others who likely don't know what OPS is. So I was hoping for some input to solve a few issues:
- How do I first establish values? I've thought about using a cap of $260 and using auction values, but I'm not sure how that would work in the initial year. Is the best thing to use as initial player values strictly based on some $ value based on round? So would the first rounders constantly be valued at x dollars? Or should there not be a cap for the first year (because on some level how could there be without using an auction style)?
- I've done a bunch of research on trying to best use a salary cap structure for future years from the hardball times dated last year. So while I thought I would pass that along, I also would try to walk out a few steps...Pujols and Hanley will presumably be taken 1 and 2, but how can it be done so that whichever team gets them will have some chance to keep them going forward?
- How to establish a salary cap? I was thinking the $260, but I don't know if that really makes any sense if an auction isn't being used.
- Any tips on starting a minor league draft? I am thinking it would be nice to carry 1 or 2 minor league players, but am really not sure how to value these players either. For how long and for how much? Should this be a separate draft? There is a part of me that likes the notion that if somebody wants to draft Strasburg, they are going to have to use that pick earlier, but then I have to figure how to account for these players too.
- Also, and this is more an espn type question, but is there anyway to limit the player pool to exclude players who haven't appeared in the major leagues?
Thanks in advance. Over the last few weeks, using the search feature on this website has been invaluable.
The url for the hardball times article referenced above:http://www.hardballtimes.com/main/fantasy/article/keeper-league-roundup/