If you’ve read much of my work here at DLF, you’ll know a couple of things. One, I’m cursed as a can’t-quit-you fan of the Chicago Bears. And yes, I actually DID try to quit the Bears in the early 90s, making an attempt to glom on to the Randall Cunningham led Eagles – but it just didn’t take. (To be fair I was ten in 1985, so I at least have SOME memories of a championship.) You’ll also know that I’m a big fan of Keeper Leagues. Don’t get me wrong, I love dynasty, but my true gateway drug to my current Dynasty lifestyle was a keeper league. Redrafts may have whet my appetite, but it was a keeper league that set me up for long-term, serious dynasty league play.
And one of my absolute favorite aspects of a good keeper league is the hybrid draft. I refer to it as a hybrid since I believe it sits somewhere between an old-school redraft and a dynasty-based rookie draft. And while I do also enjoy the rookie draft as part of my dynasty leagues, the keeper league draft is overall much more interesting and exciting. If you want more on why I like the keeper draft so much, you can read a whole article here. That article will also highlight some deeper strategies you can use to help prepare and perform in your keeper league draft.
But I also thought it would be useful to provide a few concise, quick-hitting tips to help you win your keeper league draft. So get out your permanent markers, roll up your sleeve, and write these down on your arm before you head into the draft room (or log in or whatever it is you do.)