mak1277 wrote:If your league allows the trading of draft picks, then this is a perfectly valid strategy I think. Once you are in this situation, you have to evaluate each individual trade (either at the league level or from the commissioner's chair, whichever is the practice in your league).
I will tell you that allowing draft pick trades can become a real headache. I've done it in one of the leagues I run, and it becomes a pain in the butt to monitor and police. We do a slow draft over email (takes 2-3 weeks) so there is plenty of opportunity for guys to trade players and picks.
Once you allow it, though, I think you should also allow trading pre-keepers for picks. You don't end up "adding a keeper" as some people have mentioned, because you only have a limited number of roster spots.
For example, say you have a 22 man team with 4 keepers. That means you have 18 open draft slots. If a team trades a pre-keeper player for a draft pick, that would give him 19 draft slots, which is too many. You then would have to adjust and eliminate that team's last draft pick to even it out at 18 again. So, there's no "extra" keeper, he's just moving up in the draft order in exchange for the player he traded away.
I like you, mak, but I gotta disagree here.
Say one guy isn't doing so well a year ago, so he trades away a player who can help a team for a 1st round draft pick in 2011. And then this year he isn't doing well again so he trades away 2 more players for 1st round draft picks next year. So next year he starts the year with 4 keepers and 4 1st round draft picks. Those 3 extra 1st round picks absolutely function as 3 extra keepers, or at least very very close to it.
My problem with this is that it creates a situation where you almost have
to compile picks in order to make a run at it. And instead of every year, every team having a chance with some teams having a slight edge, you would have a small number of teams who were out of it in the past with a concentration of value to start the year. It's just a bad idea and defeats the purpose of limiting keepers in the first place.
0-3 to 4-3. Worst choke in the history of baseball. Enough said.