zippytrash wrote:So, the league that I run is a 10-team H2H, 6X6 league w/ holds and OPS and we get t keep six for up to 3 keeps. there are no restrictions on penalty of keepers other than that we set the maximum amount of years kept at 3. I am curious about introducing a different set of keeper rule such as the draft round that they were drafted in ... maybe + 1 round or something like that.
I am curious about any successes, or failures, that anyone has had trying to change the keeper setting in their league. The is the leagues 7th season, and I feel that great draft picks (or WW pickups) are devalued greatly in the settings we have now, and the same core of players are kept year to year instead of value being taken into account.
Any thoughts or comments?
For years we just had a rule like "everyone can keep 5 players". We eventually wanted to introduce some cost-based system to add more strategy and encourage the flow of players back into the player pool. The system we settled on values players by "years of service". Every time a player is kept, his years of service goes up one year. Each owner is allowed to protect 20 years of service (except the winner who gets to keep 8, because that's how we roll).
This system has worked fine and is very interesting, but as you've noticed, the transition is the awkward part. The way we did it originally is we had a one year bump where we said something like, "Anyone drafted in the first 3 rounds costs 4 after this season. Anyone drafted in rounds 4-7 costs 3. Rounds 8-10 costs 2. Everyone else costs 1." That one year was a bit weird of course, but everyone agreed we should go to something more sophisticated, and was willing to deal with a bit of strangeness to make it happen. Certainly glad we did.
Given the system you have in mind, you could ease into it a bit by saying something like, "The 3 guys you protected last year will start with a cost of a 2nd, 3rd, and 4th round pick." Or 2nd, 4th, and 6th, or whatever. That means everyone gets a bit of a buffer to adjust and doesn't immediately lose all their keepers, but will also encourage the redraft of all players within a few years. Just one idea.