commence8 wrote:In my 16-team keeper league, we have 2 playoff brackets. The bottom 8 teams are in the consolation bracket.
The winner of the consolation bracket gets 1st pick, 2nd place of the consolation bracket gets the 2nd pick. The other teams in the consolation bracket are guaranteed at least a top 8 pick.
The teams in the championship playoff bracket are guaranteed that they won't get any better then the 9th pick in next year's draft.
This system does not promote tanking, because if you tank, you won't do good in the consolation bracket. However, it doesn't hurt the worst teams (if they tanked or not) because they are still guaranteed at least the #8 pick.
I'm just starting a keeper league this year and I've been thinking how I'm going to seed the draft next year. I like this method a lot. I was going to do a lottery where 16th place gets 16 entries into the draft lottery, 15th gets 15, etc., 1st place gets 1...and then pick out of a hat to determine the order. But realistically the bottom few teams in a 16-team league are going to be guys who didn't try that hard and I don't like the idea of rewarding managers like that with a better chance at a high draft pick. Instead I think I'll do what you said...have the winner of the consolation bracket get first pick with the rest of the consolation bracket following in order of finish, followed by the championship bracket in reverse order of finish (1st place gets last pick). I also like this method because it makes the consolation bracket more exciting than simply a competition for 7th place.