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bigmck wrote:Hi -- I have been running an Auction League for 17 years so I have been through everything that you are talking about. You have things in good order of how the league should be run. == The salary escalation is good. This stops owners from keeping players too long and makes your spring auction always have good players. == I believe that if you keep less than five players each year, it takes away the effect of an aucton league. We keep a max of eleven but can keep fewer. There are always good players in the spring auction. Your member that wanted it unlimited is just not thinking , that would destroy the league. == The positions are good. I don't think the number of required SP is that critical but 4 SP, 2 RP and 3 P is a good mix. My league is just 9 P and it works fine. == As far as your bench, don't make it too big. I would say five is a good number. == Now your Auction Budget. The normal is $260 for 23 players. If you decide on 22 active and 5 bench you would prorate the $260 and 23. $260 divided by 23 times 27 would give you $305 for 27 players. Now the In Season Cap is important, must have that. My league has the $260 auction day and $290 in season. This gives room to make a dump trade or two, but not enough to go crazy. I would suggest for your league $40 above the Auction Day cap you are using. == One thing you didn't mention is how your in season free agents will be picked up. We bid on every pickup with the FAAB. == You also made the statement about the In Season Cap "If the league even wants one". I like to let my league vote on almost everything, but when forming a league, you have to sometimes just do something because it is right. You are forming the league and if you don't get it right to start with it is hard to get the guys to change things later. Stick to your guns and put in the things that you think are needed. You will be thankful later. Good luck on the league.
MTUCache wrote:In-season salary cap and FAAB are probably the last two major items that you need to address.
1.) I like the salary escalation, and "lots of keepers" vs. "lots of turnover" is really more about what your particular players want, not what's "best". If owners in your league like a dynasty feel to the league, then let them keep whoever. If they just want to hang onto their all-stars to stay connected to their team year after year, limit it to five keepers or so. Either way I think it works out, as long as people are getting what they expect.
2.) SP/RP/P spots really doesn't make a huge difference in a 5x5 roto league unless you've got a crazy IP-limit that somehow makes either starters or closers much more valuable. Assuming you're using a reasonable limit I think you should just leave it all up to owners what pitchers they want. If they want to stock up on closers and lock up Saves that's fine, if they want to punt saves and start 8 pitchers, that's fine too... it's one less thing for you to worry about and less whining when player SP/RP eligibility becomes an issue.
I personally am not a big fan of the CI/MI/5xOF setup, but not having a second catcher is definitely a plus. It all depends on the player depth you're going for... in a 12 team league I don't think it's a problem either way. Even if 14 it's not too bad, but any bigger than that and you start having trouble just finding replacement players with playing time.
3.) I'd be looking more into this... if you're using standard auction budgets I think it would be a pretty simple thing to find a good FAAB budget that somebody else is using. You've obviously got to allow some "rebuilding" teams to trade away their keepers, but that in-season cap is going to be crucial to limit people from trading away future draft-picks to stock up on all-stars. I'd also be setting ground rules now about how far in the future you're allowed to trade picks (I'd say next year's picks only, if any draft picks at all can be traded.) and whether those picks need to be "paid for" or not before you ditch your team and we have to find someone else to take over a crippled team with no decent keepers or draft picks.
Sounds like a pretty good foundation you've got here... I like.
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