I started a league on ESPN last year. The intent of the league then (and now) was to make it a keeper league. The league voted and settled on 5 keepers. We also would like to have a salary cap, with each round having a fixed dollar amount. The hope was that if you picked a "diamond in the rough" you should have more flexibility in subsequent drafts compared to someone who is keeping their first 5 picks.
When I emailed this scenario to the ESPN fantasy baseball team, they instructed that the following option is available:
"If a Fantasy Baseball team owner chooses not to keep the maximum number of players allowed, they will draft a new player from the available pool. The available pool will not include any players designated to be a keeper.
I'm guessing that this will mean that I can't have players pick in certain rounds, which was the intent of having giving some advantage who would keep their 10th round pick, as opposed to another manager keeping their top 5 picks. However, doing it that way would not allow any use of a salary cap. The person at ESPN continued:
If this method is not satisfactory, you can change to an offline draft and manually insert the picks anyway you choose.
So, I was wondering if anyone has ever run any draft offline, or an ESPN offline draft and how easy or hard this is. (I've only been a commissioner for one year, and having an offline draft seems like a no-go because the league members live all over country, and I've heard offline drafts are extremely difficult.) Also, any input to this conundrum would be appreciated...I'm concerned that ESPN won't allow me to design the kind of league I want!
Thanks in advance.