Sunday, August 23, 2015

2015 Brothers Keeper 9 Post-Keeper Pre-Draft Sheet

All of the keepers have been reported and declared for the 2015 Brothers Keeper 9 league year. The following draft sheet reflects what has been reported to the League Commissioner. Thank you for being prompt and for selecting what round they belong in.

The following spreadsheet is available for use for the draft (and for download). The draft order and keeper values all need to be verified by you. The spreadsheet should be pretty firm however. If you see any errors please notify the League Commissioner or League Historian for an inquiry. At this juncture there were three matters to be resolved on the Yahoo! version of the post-keeper pre-draft sheet.

Please keep vigil for a notice on the draft time and location. Saturday, September 5th is the draft day. Be there or make plans to skype in live. Thanks.

Good luck!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

2015 Pre-Keeper Values

Decisions. Decisions. With the countdown to the Brothers Keeper declaration date marching ever closer (2 days! [Saturday, August 22, 2015 at 8 PM!) we have to weigh the values of or final 2014 rosters for the upcoming season. Who will we keep? Who will we throw away?

Every year owners struggle tremendously with this and this year is no different. If it isn't difficult, that means your team has no depth of talent! And that's okay, because you won't have the anguish others will feel for throwing players into the draft pool. Therefore it would be beneficial to the league to post the keeper values for each team's final roster from 2014.

This is has been done in the past on a team by team basis when I post reviews for each team. Last year I had less time and therefore made it just one post with less commentary. This year will be the same. If you are unable to see the values for your team please consult the Yahoo page for your team last year and do your own calculations. You can see some information there and on previous posts here.

I will review the information to see if it is correct. If you see anything that is incorrect please let me know and I will look into it and fix it if need be. However, in my estimate it is pretty accurate. The onus is on you to verify the info is correct. I will verify it again when the keepers are announced and declared.

This year we have the information to know who is and who is not developmental so be sure to review it. Thanks Ryan (Sloppy Butts)! If you think a player is please consult the Canons (section II. B.) as some players may have been started on another fantasy team last year and those starts were'nt included in your calculations.

The draft date is Saturday, September 5th. I hope you had a good offseason and wish you all the best as we stare down the beginning of league year activities.

Here is the link to the spreadsheet. From there you might be able to sort the information by team to see your team more succinctly. Otherwise, you also have the visual below.

Please be reminded that if you keep two 1st Round Keepers you will not have a second round pick. Also remember that if you keep two or more from the same round after the 1st round you will need to select a player to move up a round. For instance, one year Yer X-MOM kept two folks who were a 10th round pick. The owner had to choose which player became a 9th round pick from those two. So be sure to indicate this to the Commissioner when you report your keeper selections to him.

If a player was a keeper last year he will move up a round if kept again this year. This reflected in the chart below. The value of players you did not draft but were drafted by another team in 2014 are also reflected in the chart. Please feel free to ask the League Historian or the Commissioner about any clarifications of the Brothers Keeper Canons you may need help with.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The 2015 Brothers Keeper Draft Order

Four years ago, as a result of the new 6 team playoff format, discussion arose about what to do with the draft order. After a number of participants gave their input a new draft order was researched and proposed for implementation for the 2011 season. It was accepted and utilized and four competitive seasons ensued.

Following the 2011 draft order equation research and based off the Final 2014 Brothers Keeper 8 fantasy football season final standings, regular season winning percentage, and regular season total points scored (see the box above), the upcoming 2014 draft order would be as follows (if the method is still accepted by the league and the Commissioner without modification; here's the link to the Google Doc version of the spreadsheet):

As you can see, because the regular season winning percentage and point total matter for two thirds of the equation the draft order looks pretty solid even considering the fact that it needs to be modified by dropping the champion Legion of Boom (M Peltonen) to last pick overall.

So here's the final draft order for the upcoming 2015 Brothers Keeper 9 season:

1. First to Worst (M R Smith)
2. Holy Smoke (R Johnson)
3. Ghost (B Garner)
4. Yer X-MOM (P Smith)
5. Points ON the Bench (D Kessler)
6. Rmm's Golden Eagle (D Pilcher)
7. Forever Tide (M Mohler)
8. Game of Pwns (R C Smith)
9. Yankinfowlsandfeline (J Smith)
10. Legion of Boom (M Peltonen)

Remember: In order to create league parity we want the worst team drafting first as it is the most advantageous draft position to draft from to better their team (see the research here). League parity creates more competition. We are regularly seeing new teams compete for playoff spots very late into the regular season. It's all about making it to the championship bracket!

Fundamentally it is the championship bracket that means most. Anything that promotes the regular season chances of the majority of teams to make the playoffs should be more important than who wins or loses a four team consolation bracket. The current draft order contributes to that. People want a great chance to make the playoffs to win the championship. The regular season does that and a 6 team playoff is way better than an 8 team playoff. How does one keep all of these prominent? At this juncture the league's canons seem to maneuver these issues very well and very intelligently.

If another draft order needs to be proposed I am all ears and would like to see the research. Over time this league has changed its draft order because of the update from an 8 team playoff format to a 6 team playoff format from an earlier discussion. But the main thing the 3 Factor Power Ranking Draft Order does is keep the league competitive by rewarding weaker teams with better draft picks for next year so they can have the best chance to advance and not remain weak thus creating parity within the league. It is a model for many other keeper leagues to follow. We've hammered out the issues and it is fun.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

2014 Brothers Keeper 8 Draft Results

The draft was a great success last year. Thanks for the Skype connection for the one who missed. It went great.

Sorry for the really really late posting.

Here are the draft results for each team (and the link to the spreadsheet).