Trading draft picks in keeper leagues
Here are some tips for commissioners considering allowing the trading of draft picks in their keeper leagues, and how to view the traded picks in the current year's draft order.
The league's commissioner decides whether trades involving draft picks are allowed in a keeper league. However, they must keep the following guidelines in mind when doing so:
- Commissioners have complete discretion in placing keeper players in whichever spot in the draft order they wish to accommodate offline keeper rules. By doing this, they should take into account draft pick trades (for certain rounds) that were made the previous season.
- Example: Your league rules call for keepers to be placed in the first two rounds of the draft. You will need to advise league managers not to trade picks in Rounds 1 or 2. If someone traded one of these rounds and no longer has these picks, you will not be able to place a keeper there. You will need to decide whether to place their keeper in a later round or give their keeper pick to the team they traded to.
- If you select to place keepers automatically in the opening rounds of your draft, keepers will be placed in the first X number of picks available to each team.
- Example: Your league has three keepers. Team A traded its first-round pick to Team B. If you choose to place keepers automatically in the "opening rounds", Team A will have keepers placed in Rounds 2, 3 and 4, while Team B will have keepers placed in both first-round slots and in Round 2.
- To adjust your draft order to correct any trades that involved keeper rounds, a commissioner can use the Edit Draft Order & Assign Keeper Players tool.
- If you use an odd number of keepers in your league, you will need to reverse the draft order. This will allow the team with the first overall pick to make the first selection when new players are drafted. This would apply if you use a snaking draft order and the keepers are put in at the beginning of the draft order. This would give the first draft pick to the team that should have the first draft pick after the keeper rounds.
- It's possible for commissioners to enter in a different amount of keepers for teams. If done, the teams that have more keeper players entered will have fewer draft picks during the live draft, and vice versa.
- If you delete a team from your league that traded a pick the previous season, this will not allow you to import any traded picks from the previous season.
Please Note: Draft pick trading is not available for auction draft leagues.
Viewing traded picks
When looking at your team's keepers and traded picks prior to the draft, the Round page shows pick-by-pick how the draft proceeds, while the Team page shows all picks and keepers owned by each team.
If your team has traded picks, the number of the pick will not necessarily correspond to the round in which the pick takes place.
In this example, Hoosier Daddy traded for an extra pick in Round 7, giving it the first and sixth picks of the round, as shown above.
However, when viewing draft results by team, the second pick in Round 7 displays as Hoosier Daddy's eighth pick (Pick #66 overall).
The number in parentheses next to a keeper player corresponds to the overall pick number that player occupies. For example, Prince Fielder is in Pick #15 overall in the draft.
For more detailed information about keeper leagues, please check out these articles:
Keeper management tools
- Enabling or disabling keeper tools
- Choose Keepers tool
- Confirm Keepers tool
- Edit Draft Order & Assign Keeper Players tool
Setting up a keeper league
- First-year and transfer keeper leagues
- Re-associating managers to their keeper league teams
- Auction keepers
- Offline keepers
Managing a keeper league