I an the commish in a 10 team keeper league heading into year four. We keep 8 players and have no restrictions on keeper length. The only rule is that each team must keep one player who is under 25 years old.
We have the problem that two teams, mine and one other are completely loaded with the best players in the league. Among the two of us we have Cabrera, Pujols, Tulo, Bautista, Cano, Kemp, Votto, Longoria, HanRam and J. Upton, all arguable first rounders. Then add in Lincecum, Teixeira, Bruce, Strassburg and Lester and our teams are STACKED.
In the three seasons we've both finished 1-2 in the regular season and 1-2 in the playoffs. All of our trades were legit and fair, they just worked out VERY well for us.
There are also a few teams that have next to no good keepers, they are keeping guys like Choo, Ike Davis, or Bourjos...It's simply not fair.
I am searching for some way to even out the league and bring everyone closer to an even playing field. It's fun winning, but there is no competition at this point.
Has anyone had this happen before? What did you do?
My one idea was, after this season, limit everyone to 2 keepers. Then have the draft order be based on the order of finish. So the winner gets the best pick and on down. This would reward the strong teams, prevent tanking, but still bring the skill gap much, much closer. Then go back up to 8 after that.
I do not want a full re-draft, I want to keep some players, I just need some ideas from people who may have had this happen.