I know that this will be a somewhat trying thread to respond to, so to those that do reply, you have my heartfelt gratitude.
Background: This is a keeper league heading into its third season. The league details are as follows:
30 Man MLB roster of which we currently keep 15 based on their previous draft position or FA add.
22 Man MiLB roster, all kept without penalty.
Categories - R, H, RBI, HR, SB, BB, AVG, OPS, IP, W, S, H, K, ERA, WHIP, K/BB
Positions - C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, CI, MI, LF, CF, RF, OF, OF, OF, U, U, SP, SP, SP, SP, RP, RP, P, P, P, P, DL, DL, DL
While I am an experienced fantasy player, I have zero experience with auction leagues. We've been increasing the value on our keepers by increasing their draft value in each year they are kept. After some reviewing of how things were progressing, found that this set up was going to end in extreme difficulty and increasing amount of work for me, the commissioner. I instead want to move the league to an auction league, and in that process, attempt to carry over the player valuations that we've made via draft rounds into dollar values. So this becomes somewhat of a two part question:
1) How to set up and run an auction league, from the most basic information, down to the very specifics of how to run it, where to run it, etc.
2) Ideas on how to transfer the valuations.
For 1, honestly, I'm looking for any and all advice on how to do this. Ideally, I'd like to have a salary cap, varying contracts, and ideally a weekly FA auction. However, it's actually hard to find information on this kind of stuff. If you do know where to find this kind of information, feel free to tell me where it is and call me stupid. Additionally, information on how to actually run the league, what sites are good for running the auction and league, etc. Any kind of anything I'm looking for. Even if you think it's stupid.
For 2, an example should better explain what I'm talking about. I own Geovany Soto, and picked him up as a FA add in the 2007 season. This meant I could redraft him in the 28th round in 2008. I believe I then get to redraft him at 23 this season. We need to preserve these valuations in the transfer, or no one is going to want to go along with the transfer. However, because the league is full of teams with a tremendous amount of round 1-5 picks, there needs to be a slight adjustment to the players round valuations. Another example would be Delmon Young. A leaguemate foolishly drafted him with his first round pick in 2007. I traded for him. While he does need to be stuck with this valuation, there needs to be a real market value adjustment that decreases his value somewhat (same with Soto, his value should be increased slightly) respective to other first round picks who are worth much more.
Now, say all first round picks start out (Assuming say a 260 budget) at $35 or something (I honestly don't know what a first round pick goes for, on average, on a 260 budget, this is just a guess). What I was thinking is that we'd have a pre-auction post-keeper turn-in valuation auction, where we use hypothetical money and everyone bids on the keepers to create their adjusted value off of their preset round value. Make sense?
Anyway, hopefully this wasn't too confusing. I've done writing for a few sites (including this one!) and would be more than willing to help you out with an in depth answer to a question of your own in return for your assistance. Thanks!