When the Rotisserie Baseball “Founding Fathers” created their game those many years ago, one of the main draws was the ability to compare the baseball moves and decisions fantasy owners made with those of major league GMs.
Now, the moves fantasy baseball GMs make can never truly be compared to those of real-life GMs but the euphoria that comes from putting together a pennant-winning squad that posted better numbers than your friends and/or opponents is still something all owners willingly chase after.
And while most owners continue to enjoy drafting and competing with a new team year after year, the game we enjoy today continues to be changed and modified to suit the nuances and rule changes owners want to play with – including how long a player remains on your roster.
Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS), has seen an explosion in popularity over the past few years and while I could debate the pros and cons of that format for days on end, I suspect you’re here because you’re interested in something a little more long term, maybe even something that continues past the end of the regular season?
I was personally drawn to keeper leagues because I didn’t want to give up my roster once the season was over. Regardless of the success my roster has in season, I want to know if my roster will hold up in following seasons as well. Injuries happen and I don’t want to miss out on having a certain player on my roster because the one year I got him was the year he spent half the season on the DL.
Another big draw for keeper leagues is how they balance out luck. A good draft, solid in season management and a lot of luck are usually the recipe for winning a single season league but the longer you keep a roster together, the less it is impacted by luck. Again, looking at DFS, luck is just as critical as roster building because any player can have a bad game, you just never really know which game that will be. But as you add more outcomes to your stat totals, those ups-and-downs begin to balance out.
In keeper leagues, this is more apparent as some players may not have just a string of bad games, but an entire season that just doesn’t quite go right. If you believe this player was only suffering an off year and will bounce back, you don’t need to go out and reacquire them, just hold on to him and see how things go in the new season.
Keeper leagues are definitely not for everyone but I think that anyone interested in trying it out should commit for 3 years before deciding if they actually enjoy playing in a keeper league. And if you’re willing to give it a go, make sure you bookmark this site so you get the advice and tips you need for keeper league success. You’ll be glad you did.