Set up a Keeper League

Unlike other fantasy leagues, where all managers start with a blank slate, Keeper Leagues let managers retain player ownership season to season. This can give the league a more life-like experience. As the league's commish -- you manage the Keeper settings, approve your manager's Keeper selections, and assign which draft pick each Keeper player fills.

Turn on Keepers

You can only turn this on pre-draft for leagues that you've renewed from a previous season.

In Fantasy Basketball or Hockey:
  1. From Yahoo Fantasy, mouse over Fantasy | select a sport.
  2. Click the Commissioner tab.
  3. Click the Draft & Keepers tab.
  4. Click Edit Keeper settings.
  5. Select "Yes, enable Keeper League Management tools".
  6. Click Submit.
In Fantasy Baseball or Football:
  1. From Yahoo Fantasy, mouse over Fantasy | select a sport.
  2. Click the Commissioner tab.
  3. Under "League Management," click Edit Keeper Settings.
  4. Select Yes, enable Keeper League Management tools.
  5. Click Submit.

Set a Keeper declaration deadline

After you've enabled Keepers, set a deadline for when managers must select their Keeper players.

In Fantasy Basketball or Hockey:
  1. From Yahoo Fantasy, mouse over Fantasy | select a sport.
  2. Click the Commissioner tab.
  3. Click the Draft & Keepers tab.
  4. Click Edit Keeper settings.
  5. Select a date prior to your league's draft.
  6. Click Submit.
In Fantasy Baseball or Football:
  1. From Yahoo Fantasy, mouse over Fantasy | select a sport.
  2. Click the Commissioner tab.
  3. Under 'League Management,' click Edit KeeperSettings.
  4. For 'Select Keeper Declaration Deadline,' set a date before the draft.

Approve a manager's Keeper selections

After you've finalized your team list and the declaration deadline has passed, approve your manager's Keeper selections or make adjustments as needed. You must do this at least 1 hour before draft time.

In Fantasy Basketball or Hockey:
  1. From Yahoo Fantasy, mouse over Fantasy | select a sport.
  2. Click the Commissioner tab.
  3. Click the Draft & Keepers tab.
  4. Click Confirm Keeper Players.
  5. Review the selections.
  6. Optionally, click Edit Keepers beneath a manager's roster to make adjustments.
  7. When you're done reviewing, click Approve All Keepers.
In Fantasy Baseball or Football:
  1. From Yahoo Fantasy, mouse over Fantasy | select a sport.
  2. Click the Commissioner tab.
  3. Under 'Keeper Management,' click Approve Keeper Players.
  4. Review the selections.
  5. Optionally, click Edit Keepers beneath a manager's roster to make adjustments.
  6. When you're done reviewing, click Approve All Keepers.

Replace draft picks with Keeper players

Each Keeper takes the place of a draft pick. Pre-draft, you define which draft pick is taken per player. During the live draft, managers who have a Keeper instead of a draft pick will be skipped for that round.

Assign Keepers for a Live Standard Draft

If you have an odd number of Keepers and place them in the opening round, reverse the draft order to let the manager with the 1st overall pick to make the 1st selection for new players.

  1. From Yahoo Fantasy, mouse over Fantasy | select a sport.
  2. Click the Commissioner tab.
  3. For Basketball or Hockey leagues, click the Draft & Keepers tab.
  4. Click Edit Draft Order & Assign Keeper Players.
  5. Select Custom Order and Keeper League Players.
  6. Make any other adjustments you'd like.
  7. Click Continue.
  8. Select the round you want the player assigned to.
  9. Highlight the player you want to assign.
  10. Click the Move icon Image of the Assign Player icon. to assign them.
  11. Continue until all Keepers are assigned.
  12. Click Submit.

Assign Keepers for a Live Auction Draft

  1. From Yahoo Fantasy, mouse over Fantasy | select a sport.
  2. Click the Commissioner tab.
  3. For Basketball or Hockey leagues, click the Draft & Keepers tab.
  4. Click Assign Auction Keeper Players.
  5. Select the team from the drop-down menu.
  6. Click on the pick number where you want to place the player.
  7. Click the player's name, then click the Move icon Image of the Assign Player icon. to assign them.
  8. Optionally, adjust the 'Cost' field value, which is deducted from the manager's budget.
  9. Click Save & Exit.