Here are our keeper rules.
6. Keeper Rules
6.1 Core Rules
Starting in 2008 each owner can keep 0 to 3 players from their roster. Players from any position (QB,RB,WR,TE,K,D) can be kept. Keepers must be declared each year on the Monday before the draft ("Keeper deadline"). Players can be kept a maximum of 3 times. This means a player drafted in 2007 can be kept in 2008, 2009, and 2010, then released back into the draft pool at the keeper dealine in 2011.
For each player you keep, you must give up a draft pick 2 rounds higher from where they were drafted the year before. To help the league track where each player was drafted, a "Keeper Number" (KN) field will be added to each team's roster. This is done by the Commish when the draft results are entered into the web site. For example, if you draft a RB in the 7th round a KN of 5 will be displayed.
Players with a KN of 1 or lower CANNOT be kept, regardless of how long they've already been kept. This means all players drafted in the first 3 rounds will always be available at the following year's draft.
- Example: You draft [QB] in the 12th round in 2007. If you keep him in 2008 he becomes your 10th round draft pick. If you keep the QB in 2009 he becomes your 8th round draft pick. If you keep the QB in 2010 he becomes your 6th round draft pick. In 2011 he must be released to the draft pool.
- Example: You draft [WR] in the 9th round in 2007. If you keep him in 2008 he becomes your 7th round draft pick. If you keep him in 2009 he becomes your 5th round draft pick. If you keep him in 2010 he becomes your 3rd round draft pick. In 2011 he must be released to the draft pool.
- Example: You draft [RB] in the 4th round in 2007. If you keep him in 2008 he becomes your 2nd round draft pick. In 2009 he must be released to the draft pool because his KN is 0.
To help the league track how long a player has been kept, a "Keeper Status" (KS) field will be added to each team's roster. This is done by the Commish after the draft. This field will display one of three values;
1 (has been kept one year)
2 (has been kept two years)
3 (has been kept three years)
A blank field means the player is not a keeper. After a player has been kept by an owner for 3 years the KS field is reset.
6.2 Special situations - Free Agents and Traded Players
If you want to keep an undrafted player (free agent) from the previous year, you must give up your 10th round pick. This means any free agents picked up during the year will be assigned a KN of 10.
Players drafted and then dropped maintain their original KN and KS throughout the season.
If you do not have a draft pick available for the correct round to keep a player, you must give up the next higher round's pick. This can happen if you trade away a draft pick during pre-season or if you want to keep 2 players that have the same KN. The draft pick you give up is your "natural" draft pick. Example: If you have two 3rd round draft picks, one via a trade, your actual natural draft pick is given up, not the one you received in a trade. If you have no draft picks that were originally yours but only those acquired in a trade, the highest pick will be lost.
- Example: In 2007 you draft [QB] in the 12th round. You want to keep him in 2008, which would count as your 10th round draft pick. You also want to keep an undrafted player you picked up as a free agent in 2007. Both kept players require that you give up your 10th round draft pick. Since you only have one 10th round selection, to keep both players, you must give up picks for rounds 9 and 10.
- Example: In 2007 you draft [RB] in the 5th round. If you keep him in 2008 he would be your 3rd round draft pick. But, this same year you also traded away your 3rd round draft pick during pre-season. Therefore to keep the RB, you would have to give up your 2nd round draft pick since you have no 3rd round pick as it was traded away.
- Example: In 2008 you have 2 undrafted players you want to keep. Based on the rule above, you will have to give up a 9th and an 10th round pick to keep each of them. If you want to keep both players in 2009, you would have to give up 7th and 8th round draft picks.
Keeper Numbers (KN) and Keeper Status (KS) stay with traded players.