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Why do a keeper league?

Postby John Galt » Wed Jul 16, 2008 11:55 pm

Im in a keeper league that I won last year and after dismantling my team to get it down to 5 players, I'm a bit sour on the concept. We are starting another league this year and some of the guys want to go the keeper route again. Why would you want to work all year to build a competitive team just to destroy it at years end? Why don't more ppl like the "Dynasty" style league? The other members just tell me they want to keep it competitive and fresh. Do those of you that run "Dynasty" leagues find the same teams winning year after year? If so, doesn't most of the credit go to the top 4 or 5 guys anyway therefore, you would have the same problem in a 5-7 player keeper league?
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Re: Why do a keeper league?

Postby Bobbleheadrusty » Thu Jul 17, 2008 4:57 am

I have one of each and they both have benefits.

The biggest advantage of a keeper league over a dynasty is the draft. I love drafting. A live draft with a group of friends, with the beer, food and music that goes with it, is a hell of an experience. A Keeper draft will run 15-20 rounds usually, meaning you can count on at least a 5-6 hour draft that includes most of the players in the league and a lot of good trash talk over picks. Meanwhile in my dynasty the draft is 5 rounds, mainly of rookies, defenses and kickers (we keep 18 from year to year and most of us dont carry Kickers during the offseason). It takes an hour or so and isnt nearly as fun.

The dynasty league does allow more more long-term strategy decisions, and rewards investing in sleepers, since you carry more depth. It is unfortunate that the bottom couple teams have a hard time moving up from year to year, and when we started we lost two players who didnt see themselves improving any time soon. Its easy to get discouraged when you are keeping Kolby Smith... In keepers usually every team has 4-5 keeper worthy guys.

Ill say this though, teams are a lot more willing to make dump deals in dynasty. While in a keeper its hard (as a bottom feeder) to get someone else to give up a keeper-worthy guy for a couple of vets it seems to happen a lot more in my dynasty. Someone might be willing to give up valuable pieces or future studs for temporary help when its one of 18 keepers versus one of 4-5. Also makes it worthwhile for a bad team to take some risk on some future upside guys late in the season who would never be kept in a keeper league. For example, in 2006 I grabbed LenDale White and Kellen Clemens off the ww near the end of the year as sleeper keepers in my dynasty, and both paid off for me last year (obviously mainly White). I also swapped an aging Terry Glenn to the eventual champion for Brandon Jacobs, who was a bench player for him in 2006 but a starter for me much of last year.
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Re: Why do a keeper league?

Postby John Galt » Thu Jul 17, 2008 12:17 pm

Thanks, that was very helpful.
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Re: Why do a keeper league?

Postby dream_017 » Thu Jul 17, 2008 12:36 pm

Keeper leagues are the lowest on my list. I love re-draft and dynasty leagues. I like the drafting of a re-draft and the ownership/management of a dynasty.
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