Kensat30 wrote:Do a snake draft. You obviously don't understand the implications of a non-snaking draft. If I was an owner picking at the end I would be pissed too.
I respectfully disagree.
The idea of a snake draft is premised upon equaling value across the draft.
In a keeper, you already have unequal value as a starting point. So if you want to create some parity then having a level-opportunity draft does not further your cause but merely perpetuates the already inherent inequality. Think of it this way: in a league with five keepers it's very possible that a top team could have 3 of the top 12 players. Is that "fair" to someone joining the league? That the other team got three first round picks? No. It's not fair. And the draft is set up to address the inequality from the starting point so it's not necessary to be fair in and of itself. This is why all of the real sports leagues have non-snaked drafts. They're not looking to keep the draft as a value-neutral tool. They're looking to use it as a means for team promotion and leveling. In a redraft league, sure. Snake it. But in a keeper league, no. At least a few rounds of non-snaked make good, solid sense.
Also, for what it's worth, the magnitude of difference in non-snaking a draft is much less in a keeper league versus a non-keeper because most of the differential in value is in the early rounds. I.e. there's a large difference in value between pick #1 and pick #10 but between pick #51 and pick #60 or pick #81 and pick #90 it's not so great. So it might be annoying but it's not really that big of a deal.
Incidentally, I'm in a keeper league with my brother where I wonder why the other guys even bother to show up. In a 10-team league we have for keepers: TO, Holt, Fitz, Gates, Rudi, and Lamont (got him after trading away Priest beginning of last year). Most years our six keepers are all top 25 or 30. Does it matter if the draft is snaked or not? No. We can pick up a flex player, random defense, random quarterback, and still roll over everyone else. And we don't begrudge the league for not snaking the first few rounds of the draft, which the commissioner has done the past couple of years.