I am the Commish of a 10-team H2H keeper league. We are going through rounds of voting for rules changes. We are looking to expand to 12 teams. Has anyone done this, and if so, how did you handle the expansion draft? We are a 7-keeper league, with rosters of 24.
I actually considered something similar to what MLB did when Colorado and Miami entered the League. Each team can have 5 keepers. That makes 20 players, who would normally be keepers, available in the expansion draft. Both new owners make 4 picks each. After each pick, the team surrendering a player can then freeze another player. No team would lose more than 2 players. Thoughts?
I'd then continue it by giving the new owners the first pick in each of the next 4 rounds of the big draft instead of a snake. Anything you can do to make it more competitive for the new owners the first year is a plus
What I have in mind is similar to what you said. If each team normally keeps 7 players, let them keep 5. Each original team would have 19 players unprotected or 190 in the expansion pool. Most of those would not be any good, but give them the choice of all the players. Like you said, let each team protect a player for each one chosen. When the expansion teams have seven players each then start the regular draft and let the expansion teams pick first in each round. I think you pretty much have the idea on how to do it. Good Luck
I am in a 14 team league that just expanded from 12. We keep a range of 7-10 each year. For the expansion, each team was allowed to "protect" five players. The expansion teams got to pick 2 guys each, then fill out the rest of their team from non kept players. No team could lose more than 1 player, so this would only effect 4 teams.
We do a straight classic draft, but edited the order, so that the expansion teams do a snake. In a 14 team league, the both finished middle of the pack, but were able to steal some quality players. They stole Yu, Greinke, Edwin Encarnacion, and Gio Gonzalez.....one team also drafted Chris Davis which helps. Since they finished in the middle, it shows they started well. They were happy with it.
You're going to want to let each team keep fewer than 5 if you want the expansion teams not to suck. How could a team full of 6's and 7's compete against a team that has 1,2,3,4,5,7,9 for example
1. Each team at first protect 3 players. 2. The two expansion teams get to make two picks each (they must be from 4 of the 10 teams) 3. The four teams that gave up their #4 get to protect 4 more so they will have their 7 protected now. 4. The six teams that did not have a player taken protect two more players for a total of 5 5. Once a team has lost 2 players, they can protect their last two players.
This way, an expansion team will look more like 4,4,6,6,6,7,7 some teams will lose a #4, others will lose a #6 and a #7
There are any number of ways to handle an expansion draft. Seems to me the most important detail is to keep the current managers involved in the process. Come up with two or three options that all could be considered fair, and let your other managers decide. That way no one feels cheated, even if any one manager doesn't love the exact system you chose. "Majority rules" is always a fair way of making such a huge league change, and you will really avoid any bitterness.
As for what kind of options to present... a couple of good ideas have already been posted. It depends on how much importance you want to place on league parity vs butthurt managers getting to keep their favorites. If I were running the league, I would:
1. have the Original Managers keep three keepers 2. let the new guys pick one player each 3. let the OMs keep one more player from their roster 4. let the NMs pick two players each 5. OMs keep one more player (5 total keepers) 6. NMs pick two more players (5 total as well) 7. Start the draft however you would do it if there were no keepers at all.
But ultimately you just need to do what seems fair. Try to imagine it from both the new guys perspective and the om's perspective. Odds are that if both sides feel like they are getting shafted slightly, you've got a fair plan.
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