After years of playing with the same guys, we are finally gonna start a keeper league next year. There are many ideas as to how exactly we will determine keepers. I was wondering what your experiences are with keeper leagues and what your preference is. Also any ideas as to certain rules about who you can and cannot keep. I have heard things like any 5 players and 2 players that have less than 3 full years in the league to keeping 4 hitter and 4 pitchers. Any and all ideas are welcome. My league is very undecided so far, so maybe if I have some input I can help sway some of the guys as to how the keeper issue can be handled. There is talk also of making it an auction league, and we're not sure how the keeper system would work with that. Using this years team as an example, I snatched up Aaron Hill off free agencies, so would I keep him for next year for only a dollar? And if so, how long is his value only a dollar? How do you guys handle things like that?
If you're going to make it a keeper league, you should begin with a clean slate. I.e., no guys from this past year. Draft entire new teams.
Go with the auction. It's much easier for keepers. Then you just put in an inflation clause. I use a $5 inflation clause in my longest running league. So if you draft Votto for $20 this year, then you can keep him for $25 in 2011, then $30 in 2012 and so on. This way people all have keepers and eventually all players end up back in the pool of players to get redrafted.
Only keep 5 players.
Use a $260 cap and a $100 FAAB. So you draft with the $260, then you have $100 in season to bid on players once a week.
Make it deep enough with corner and middle infielders or two utility players.
Feel free to ask any of other specific questions...