After 12 seasons of a standard H2H keeper league snake draft, we are changing our format this year to an auction style draft. In addition, we have decided to allow up to 5 keepers per team starting next year and each keeper can be kept for up to 5 consecutive years.
I am interested to hear what other leagues use to determine the value of keepers over multiple years. If you are in an auction league and use multi-year keepers, I appreciate any insight you can offer.
So far, we have discussed using the following options:
- 2nd Yr: Keep player at same cost you paid for them in the previous years auction, or paid for them as a FA using an auction system to acquire FA
- 3rd - 5th YR: Flat increase of some dollar amount ($5 or $10) for each year you keep them.
Example: Player A gets drafted at auction for $15 in 2013
2014 Cost = $15, 2015 Cost = $20, 2016 Cost = $25, and final year 2017 Cost = $30
1. Is $5 too low? Does it allow owners to keep players (like my example above) for the full 5 years in many cases thus keeping those players out of the auction pool every year?
2. Is $10 too high? Does is penalize owners who made smart investments at the draft or FA wire by having to pay a keeper cost in year 3, 4, or 5 that could be above their projected value? Or does this help as now owners HAVE to make decisions on their long term keeper options?
3. Does a flat % increase work better? (say a 10% or 15% flat increase each year) Or does that become more difficult that track/manage?
4. What are your feelings on the idea of no increase in the 1st yr? Good because it rewards the owner for drafting/FA the player? Bad because it keeps the players value low and reduces the chance they get put back in the auction pool?