Fantasy Football Basics, Part 5 – Dynasty and Keeper Leagues

In “Fantasy Football Basics, Part 4 – Drafting Your Team,”you learned there are two types of drafts: standard or serpentine and auction. In this article, you will learn about dynasty and keeper leagues – an important roster variation which a growing number of fantasy football leagues have begun to incorporate.

With the introduction to the terms dynasty and keeper leagues, you may recall from the article “Fantasy Football Basics, Part 1 – Leagues and Teams,” that I stated there are two types of leagues: Head-to-head and Points-only. Does this mean there is a third type of league? Again, no. Just as PPR (Points per Reception) referred to a scoring variation, the term dynasty league or keeper league refers to a roster variation. This variation can be incorporated into both, head-to-head and points-only leagues.

So what is a dynasty or keeper league? Basic fantasy football leagues are redraft leagues. This means that every year fantasy football owners draft an entire roster for that season. In a dynasty or keeper league, owners are able to keep some or all of the players on their current roster and carry them over to the subsequent season.

The Dynasty Format

In a dynasty format, all players on a fantasy football team remain on that team’s roster from year to year unless the player is dropped or traded. The only players drafted each year are rookies. League rules determine draft order, how roster space is made available for rookies and how many rookies can be drafted.

The Keeper Format

In keeper leagues, only a designated number of players may be “kept.” Each player kept costs a draft pick in the subsequent year’s draft. Typically, a kept player will cost a draft pick two rounds higher than the player was drafted the previous year.

For example, Todd Gurley, the running back for the now Los Angeles Rams, was drafted by a team owner in the eighth round in 2015. If that owner, who still has Gurley on his roster at the end of the 2015 season, wants to keep him for the 2016 season, then that owner would have to give up his sixth-round pick for him. Still, what a great deal! In redraft leagues, Todd Gurley will most assuredly be a first-round draft pick in 2016.

Similarly, if a player was not drafted in 2015, like Kirk Cousins, the quarterback for the Washington Redskins, then a league’s rules would determine what round draft pick will be required to keep him. Usually it is an eighth- or ninth-round draft pick.

The one aspect that makes organizing a dynasty or keeper league challenging is holding the league together. If, for some reason, an owner quits, then the league must find a replacement owner or resolve the issue in a way that satisfies the remaining league members.

This article is the last in my series, “Fantasy Football Basics.” The series was designed to provide general information to readers who are new to the concept of fantasy football. Fantasy Football Impact is full of useful information and strategies to help you dominate your fantasy football league. Dig in and enjoy all the articles. (Please don’t forget the last article of Fantasy Football 101 entitled “Fantasy Football Team Owners – What Do You Control?” It’s all about managing your team roster.) The more prepared you are, the more successful you will be, whether it is in your fantasy football draft or the decisions you will make during the season. Thanks for reading and Good Luck!

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