ayebatter wrote:Have each team protect 14 keepers and let the new guy pick his 15 keepers from the remaining players (his roster+the 14 unprotected keepers).
My initial thought is similar to this... but with a tweak.
Have all of the other teams name their 15 keepers. Once those are set in stone, of those 15 players they must leave 5 of them 'unprotected.' You can pick the best number of unprotected keepers - I just suggested 5 based of my line of thought. Then the owner taking over the team can select a maximum 1 'unprotected keeper' from each team to build his/her roster.
Stipulate that he doesn't need to select a player from every roster per se. Let him determine how many players he wants to select from the 'unprotected keepers' versus how many players on his current roster he wants to keep.
Once the new owner selects his new roster, any owners who lost a player can then name a replacement keeper from their remaining players who they didn't name as keepers initially.
This would ensure that the new owner has a chance to get some decent talent... not just every other team's 15th keeper, who might be a borderline keeper anyway.
Plus, there would be some strategy involved by the other owners in determining which 5 keepers they will leave unprotected. Knowing that they will most likely lose an unprotected keeper and have to replace them, some owners may leave a sleeper keeper off their initial keeper list to ensure that they don't lose him, knowing that they can add him as their 15th keep after the new owner selects his players. But there's a risk involved... because if none of your unprotected keepers get selected then you aren't able to replace your 15th keeper.
In terms of how to stop this going forward... that's a whole different issue and is definitely no easy fix or sure thing unfortunately.