I'm the commish of a long time league (>10 years for the core group), and I recently transitioned it to a keeper league. These are the rules that I came up with, but now am getting some people questioning it because "I thought keeper leagues were around keeping your star players" and "it's confusing." Are these rules ridiculous, or am I playing with a bunch of whiny idiots?
- Each team can keep 0-2 players. Players can NOT be at the same position.
- Players drafted in rounds 1-3 cannot be keepers.
- Players can be kept a maximum of two times. The year drafting doesn't count as a "keeper" year. So, you can hypothetically have a player on your team, without re-drafting him, a max of three times.
- For each player you keep, you lose the draft pick two rounds higher than the player's draft position the year before.
- If you keep a player you picked up off of free agency, he will be considered to be a 10th round pick, so you would lose your 8th the following year and 6th in the final year.
- Draft position from year to year will be based on the inverse standings, except #1. The consolation bracket winner will get the #1 pick, and then picks 2-10 will be based on reverse standings. This keeps people from tanking to get the top pick.
- In the event of a trade, the keeper status follows the traded player.
- If a player is drafted, and then at some point dropped and picked up by another manager, he will be considered a free agent acquisition. If the same manager picks him up, he maintains his draft position.