Keeper Leagues can be great. However, you should consider several
1. How stable is the owner makeup of your league? If you're often adding
new owners and losing old ones year to year, it can be a problem. Many
new owners don't want to "inherit" a team. Part of the lure of Fantasy
Sports is having full control. As GM/Owner/Big Cheese, most owners like
to choose all their players. After all, if the team was worth
"inheriting", the owner probably wouldn't be leaving.
2. Are you a fan of Dynasties or Parity? There is something to be said
for free agency. The "worst to first" experience is a lot of fun, and the
more players you keep, the harder this is to accomplish. There is also
something to be said for rewarding long term the owner who does his
homework, drafts intelligently, and makes shrewd trades throughout the
season. I have found that it's easier to keep up interest among all the
owners if they are able to "wipe the slate clean" (or at least a good
portion of it) at the end of each season. There will usually be more
owners that want to start fresh after living through a season of
3. Do you have an Auction or Draft? In my opinion, the keeper players
really become interesting in an auction format, when they are signed to a
"contract" (for an established amount of time) which counts toward the
salary cap of the team. The owners who bought Jeff Blake last year for
the minimum bid can keep him on the team next year at his "contract
salary" and use the spare money elsewhere.
4. Consider your scoring system. Some leagues place an inordinate amount
of value on a particular position. When I first joined my league, The
best QB's regularly scored 2 1/2 times as many points as the best RB's and
WR's. If you didn't have a top 3 QB, you were basically sunk without a
lot of luck. When we decided to go to a keeper format, we adjusted the
scoring where there were more "franchise players". Again, you'll keep
owners happier this way.
In Summary, I like keeper players. Our league is a 12 owner league and
we keep 2 players. I think that's just about the right balance. One
note: If you're going to do it, do it soon. The longer the season goes
on, the more likely owners with poorly performing players will vote to
throw all their players back into the pool for next year.
I hope this helps. Good Luck!
GM Black & Blues Brothers