So I'm trying to move a league I created this year to a keeper league. It's simple to do, but I'm getting push back from people in my league. They want to do another draft with no keepers and then make it a keeper league. Their main argument is that my roster is stacked (I'm 10-2), which by my standards it is not stacked but certainly an upper level roster. No one mentions the other 10-2 team in our league who should win this whole thing when I look at his roster compared to mine. They're saying that because I have a larger pool of talent to pull from and they don't that's it's unfair for me to make it a keeper league. I personally don't see how doing another draft before selecting keepers is going to alter how anyone drafts for the upcoming year or prevent me or anyone else from obtaining the roster with the most talent throughout the year.
Now here are the settings currently for the 8 team league:
Roster: 2 QBs, 2 RBs, 2 WRs, 2 TEs, 1 D/ST, 1 K, 1 RB/WR, 1 WR/TE, and 4 bench spots
Scoring: .04 per passing yard, .1 per rushing and receiving yard, 6 per TD for everyone, .1 per return yard (likely changing to .04 per return yard), and the defensive and kicker scoring isn't really relevant since no one can or should keep a kicker or defense.
My proposal for keepers is this: 4 total keepers per team and no more than 2 keepers at any 1 position (ex. QB, RB, WR, and TE or QB, QB, RB, and WR or RB, RB, WR, and WR but not RB, RB, RB, and WR)
My roster breakdown is as follows:
QBs - Brady, P. Manning
RBs - Foster, Lynch, Sproles, Moreno, Rodgers
WRs - Marshall, Cruz, Decker, Edelman
TEs - Gronkowski, Graham, Tamme
D/ST - Patriots
K - Tynes
I would likely be keeping Brady, Foster, Gronkowski, and 1 of Manning, Marshall, Cruz, and Graham.
The most recent complaint I received was that it "sounds like a shitty deal for people that don't have their pick of the prime right off the bat like [I] do. I'm failing to see their reasoning because as much as they don't have access to my 4 keepers unless they want to trade I don't have access to anyone that they would select as keepers as well, and there are plenty of players on other rosters I would love to have on mine. At the same rate, when you draft you are relegated to wherever your draft position is so it's not like the "prime" talent is available to everyone when it's their turn to select a player. Keepers help you retain your best talent in order to build your team around them in the draft next season. I've been able to identify a minimum of 3 people on each roster that I would keep if it were my roster in order to help me build that team going into next season. I feel like the people complaining are undervaluing their players based on their wins and losses rather than on the talent of the players and at the same rate severely over valuing mine based on me being 10-2.
Now I will admit, the talent level is far from balanced across every roster, but that's because people failed to draft well or use the waiver wire consistently or even update their rosters from week to week to play the best possible lineup. My team and the other team at 10-2 had fairly decent drafts. He still has 9 players (probably soon to fall to 8 because he has DeSeasn Jackson who is on IR) that he drafted and I have 8 left that I drafted. I used trades and the waiver wire to build my team which everyone has access to each week just the same. I've made 32 player adds thus far in the season (I've really had to play with my lineup basically every week) because of injuries and trades (by contrast the other 10-2 team has only made 9 with 0 trades which to me proves the stability of his roster). I'm having a really hard time sympathizing with them and letting them do another draft with everyone being available when they didn't seem to make the most of the draft or the free agent market.
So am I crazy for not understanding their argument against going to a keeper league this year? I don't believe it matters if we do another draft before selecting keepers because everyone had the same number of picks each round and thus should have 4 people on their team that they would take in the first 4 rounds next year. Is drafting again before selecting keepers really going to change how people draft going into the season? Furthermore, there's the same probability that I manage to obtain the largest talent pool to select keepers from next year as there was this year, so do the same people complaining now complain again then?
Would one or all of the following changes help?
Maximum of 1 keeper at QB per team
Drop one TE slot from the starting roster and either eliminate it altogether or make it a bench slot
Maximum of 3 total keepers per team
Only 1 keeper per position per team
Set draft order the reverse order of the final standings
I would love to hear as many opinions on this as possible.