We launched the League in 2009 and have always had 7 keepers, which were the first 7 picks of a team's draft. However, after a few seasons, what we've realized is that the bottom-feeders tend to have a serious up-hill climb to be competitive due to the quality of the top-tier teams' keeper lists. We're trying to incent all 10 teams to be active and to have a vested interest in pursuing their fair share of the 4-figure pot at the end of the season.
*** New Keeper Rules ***
Beginning at the conclusion of the 2012 season, all keepers will be kept in the round in which they were originally selected, in the season they became a keeper. This will allow all teams to make keeper decisions based not just upon the player, but also upon the "cost" of keeping the player. Keeping David Price in the 21st round is a no-brainer...so is NOT keeping David Wright in the first round.
My questions for the Cafe are:
- Is 7 too many keepers for a 24-man roster league?
Does your league have a "term limit" on how long a team may keep their keepers? If so, what is the limit and why?
Does your league increment the round at which a player is kept, i.e. drafted in Round 7, kept at Round 6?
What happens when players have the same keeper value? We are just starting this rule, so several rosters have multiple guys kept at Round 8, or Round 9, or Round 10?
What about waiver pick-ups? Can those players become keepers? If so, at what round?
If a player is traded, does his keeper value follow him? I think it has to follow him, and it is an element of consideration in the trade, but I have to ask.
If you've made it this far, thanks for reading. I look forward to your comments.