tsuthar wrote:In my keeper league, we're having a discussion on teams that suck trading away their best players for next year's draft picks. The trades are not one-sided, but rather pretty fair.
I would never allow the trading of draft picks. In all keeper leagues, you're going to run into some sort of "win now" versus "win next year" mentality, but allowing the trading of draft picks almost forces it in order to win, unless you have serious pain associated with losing now as Spodog does.
Say you start the season and Team A announces that he's not really interested in this season; he drafted Tom Brady with his first pick and he's really slammed at his job and will be through the spring. So he's willing to sell off his team for next year's draft picks. Now Team B has a pretty good team this year and doesn't care much about next. So he trades away all of his prime draft picks to Team A. So, in this year, every team playing against Team B is effectively playing against Team A and
Team B and next year, every team playing against Team A is playing against Team A and Team B. At that point, you've almost forced people, if they want to win it all, to do this kind of trade so that they can win it in at least some year instead of encouraging everyone to be competitive in every year. It's just bad stuff.
As I mentioned, keeper leagues are always going to be like this a little bit, but that's why people are careful and consider how many and what restrictions they put on keepers. Then there's a limit on how much one team can concentrate their power for next year.
I agree with your league; you should ban the trading of players this year for draft picks next year. If, during next year's draft, owners want to swap picks for the same draft for whatever reason (say someone's 1st and 5th for someone else's 2nd and 3rd) then that's perfectly fine.