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12 Aug 2013

Keepers in a Traditional Draft League

Is there any way to adjust for keepers in a traditional draft league? some of the best RB's are keepers so it makes the remaining ones a bit more valuable.

What is the best way to handle the keeper players?

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Posted by: nemi91 on 12 Aug 2013

2 replies , Last at 17 Aug 2013, 6:29am by NVJackalope

Re: Keepers in a Traditional Draft League
by alien1rock :: Mon, 08/12/2013 - 5:35pm

Does it make them more valuable? The baseline (i.e. the projection of the last player that would make a roster) stays the same. If 10 players are kept, just act as if those 10 players were the first 10 players drafted, and proceed from there.

Re: Keepers in a Traditional Draft League
by NVJackalope :: Sat, 08/17/2013 - 6:29am

I have the same issue and I solved it by 'graying out' the keepers and then plotting the projected rounds. This gave me a reasonable approximation for draft position. Ours changes immensely based on those keepers. I've found that estimating the rounds is critical though, for understanding true value.

For instance, Boldin pops up as a 4th round pick in KUBIAK-AK (adjusted for keepers), but I was able to acquire him for a 7th round pick. Good value IMO.

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