murphysxm wrote:Trading a player shouldn't remove their draft keeper status. I actually prefer to take an extra step and you lose a round on a keeper. So in your scenario, Crabtree costs your 4th round pick.
My league costs 2 rounds to keep a player, that way, if someone drafts a player like Jordy Nelson in the 9th round, rather than him eternally costing a 9th to keep (unreal value), he will cost a 7th this year, a 5th in 2013, etc. The rationale is that a team that picks someone who "breaks out" is still rewarded, but not forever.
I don't know if you've established a rule yet, but also consider setting a draft round value to free agents. Again, my league values all waiver wire pickups as an 9th round pick, so it costs a 7th to keep them the following year, a 5th the year after, etc.