Keeper leagues work in much the same way as single-season leagues, but they last three seasons. Participants retain three (3) players each season, holding a new draft for the remaining players upon the release of each new season's game.
Note: Winning your keeper league means that you'll earn the last draft pick as well as be placed on the bottom of waivers for the following year.
Here's a breakdown of how it works for leagues entering their first season:
Get your team
Individual keeper league teams can be purchased for a one-time cost of $49.95 and last three (3) seasons (i.e. 2006-07, 2007-08 and 2008-09).
Note: Owners who purchased and played a keeper-league team last season are entering Year Two and do not need to purchase a new team for this season.
Preseason, Year 1
After your team is purchased, you can access your team and choose to create or join a keeper league in the League Directory/League Index. You also have the choice to join a live-draft league via the Waiting Room.
Keeper leagues have the same flexibilty offered to single-season leagues, specifically the size of the league (8, 10 or 12 teams), scoring type (rotisserie and head-to-head) and draft method (multi-list, single-list or live draft).
Rank players on your team's clubhouse page in preperation for the upcoming draft.
Draft Day, Year 1
Live Draft: Access your live draft from the Fantasy Basketball frontapge at least 15 minutes before the scheduled draft time. The draft order is randomly determined and the draft lasts until each team has a valid roster of 12 players. The league's initial waiver order is set to the inverse order of the draft.
Single-List Draft: Your team will automatically be drafted until you have a valid roster of 12 players. You will receive an email upon completion of the draft and the league's initial waiver order is set to the inverse order of the draft.
Multi-List Draft: Your team will automatically be drafted until you have a valid roster of 12 players. You will receive an email upon completion of the draft and the league's initial waiver order is set.
Season, Year 1
The regular-season schedule, scoring and prizes work exactly the same as single-season leagues.
The "League Production" value will be ranked relative to ALL other leagues in the game, not against only keeper leagues. The same is true for individual team rankings.
For head-to-head leagues, your keeper league's draft order for the subsequent season is set based on the system described in the chart below. This system encourages owners in the consolation bracket to continue managing their team during the fantasy playoffs. The draft order for rotisserie leagues is simply the inverse of the final standings.
8 Team Keeper League example:
FINISH 2007 DRAFT POSITION
After the FBA season is complete (at the start of the NBA Playoffs):
Waivers/free agency are opened for the duration of the offseason. The initial waiver order resets with the same rules as during the regular season. During the approx. five-month fantasy offseason, teams can trade players and claim players without restriction. Free agency never locks and the Commissioner's Office remains open for trade reviews. No new players (namely rookies from the draft) will be added to the player pool during the offseason.
Three weeks before Fantasy Basketball 2008 (next season) launches (exact date TBD):
Team owners will be sent an email notification that three (3) players must be designated as keepers for the next season by an assigned date TBD. This will be done via a web-based service much like "Change Active Roster".
One week before Fantasy Basketball 2008 launches:
The three (3) players who were designated as keepers will remain on your team's roster, while the eight unprotected players will be automatically dropped from your team and moved to waivers. If any team fails to designate keeper players, the three (3) players on their roster who ranked highest on the FBA Player Rater will automatically be kept. Three (3) players MUST be kept and if, for example, only two (2) are designated as keepers, the system will keep the highest-ranked player remaining on the team's roster. At this time, free agency will lock, and all league transactions will remain frozen until the draft is conducted.
**On the date that FBA 2008 launches (the SECOND SEASON begins!)**
Pre-Season, Year 2
Your league will automatically appear on the game's League Directory/League Index page, where you and the other members can begin the process of voting on a proposed time and draft method (live or single-list). The voting will take place on the League Referenda page, and it will take a majority vote (5 owners in an 8-team league, 6 in a 10-team league, 7 in a 12-team league) to set the draft's date/time and draft method. Keeper teams in their second season CANNOT draft via the Waiting Room. Once a draft time is finalized, you will receive an email notification detailing the league's settings for the upcoming draft.
Your team's Clubhouse page will convert into preseason mode, giving you the chance to rank the non-keeper players in your league. Rookies will be added to the player pool at this time. The three (3) players you designated as keepers and your team's position in the draft will also be displayed on your team's Clubhouse page.
Draft Day, Year 2:
Live Draft: Access your live draft from the Fantasy Basketball frontpage at least 15 minutes before the scheduled draft time. At the beginning of your draft the three (3) players you designated as keepers will automatically be drafted onto your team. Essentially, the first three rounds of the draft are already run, and the actual draft starts in the fourth round. The draft order works in the order described above, and the draft lasts until each team has a valid roster of 12 players.
Season, Second Year:
Rules remain the same as in Year 1.
Last year's standings and links to the previous year's games/records will be available as well. Year 2 into Year 3 works the same way as Year 1 into Year 2.
End of Year 3:
In order to continue playing, you will need to create a new league and have all the necessary team owners join. We hope you decide to keep ESPN as your fantasy games provider in future seasons.
**Dead Team Note** We understand there is nothing worse than a dead team in a league and for Keeper Leagues we will make every effort to contact the AWOL team owner. If repeated email attempts fail, and the team owner does not log into the system for over 30 days (starting on the day that Year 2 starts), we will be distributing keeper teams to other owners to continue the integrity of the league.