Pablo975 wrote:Hey guys, I have a new 12 team 5x5 roto mixed league starting up next month with family and friends. I've never done a keeper league before so I need some good advice on picks. We get to keep 4 batters and 4 pitchers each year, and I have first pick to start it all off.
I'm thinking of taking Prior. A-rod is a safer short term lock, but he has been around 10 years now....is Prior a better pick for the future?
Any other good suggestions or advice?
I think the kiss of death in a keeper format is to look to the future too much. You say that your league is family and friends, so I assume that trading will probably be brisk. Take the best players for next year. Draft for talent, trade for balance and youth.
I think a lot of people new to the keeper format fall into this trap. For every pick the question "but what will this guy do for me in 3 years?" pops into their head. Take this advice, chase it out of there. It is a factor, sure, but not so much that it should be a driving force. Chances are your keeper list in 3 years will look nothing like it does this season. Always play for this year and then trade yourself into position to be set for the following year.
By the way, how did you arrive at that keeper format, 4 and 4? And have you considered keeper year limits? That can add to the strategy a great deal, and increase the edge for the smart player.
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