i think we almost had a quorum at moacir's place on saturday to make some fantasy decisions, but in light of all the drinking perhaps the blog is the way to go.
everyone seems down with the idea of keepers. the only questions seems to be how to balance b/t rewarding smart pickups and not destroying the fantasy economy.
suggestion: everyone gets a certain number of contracts (3? 2 1 years, and a 2 year?). you put your dudes under contract at the end of the season (or immediately before the draft, for maximum drama...). at the end of a contract period, the player has to go back into the general draft pool (meaning that no one can sit on grady sizemore for the next 6 years)
pick compensation would work like this: you could exercise your contracts on any of your players. you'd sacrifice one pick for each contract. value (round) of the pick would be judged by the value of the player. personally i'd suggest one of two ways: first (and i think best?), we'd print out a list of the value of all the true value of guys at the end of the season according to all our stats (through yahoo) and then divide that into rounds (1-10 first round, 11-20 second, etc.) if the guy you contracted was the overall 43rd best player, you lose your 4th round pick. advantages: rewards research/baseball prospectus science about breakout seasons, but doesn't lock mr sizemore as a 17th rounder in perpetuity (which would fuck everything up 4 years from now.) disadvantages (i'd argue these are minor): rookies who only played half a season (they'd be valued low) and guys that got hurt during the year (same).
or we could use one of the preseason rankings (ESPN?). disadvantage would be that it wouldn't reward you quite as much for picking up ryan howard a year before everyone realized he'd be good. thoughts?