This is my annual () request to allow leagues to set their own custom keeper deadline. More than anything, this would allow each league to set a much later deadline much closer to their auction date, which essentially gives leagues the ability to extend the off season and trade up until the later deadline, and better avoid (or at least prepare for) common Spring Training injuries.
There are many small things my league mates and I wanted to be different from the Ottoneu Leagues, so we made a custom league at CBS. It’s not ideal, you have to do a ton of work to make a custom league happen on their platform, they just give you the freedom to manually modify everything, but we love the league format we came up with that was inspired by Ottoneu. Not to sound like I am encouraging you to leave Ottoneu, but that’s one solution. Maybe as an additional league?
I defected from CBS years ago and have no plans to go back. I’m confident some of these customizations will come to Ottoneu as it grows.
A common calendar is one of the biggest drivers of the Ottoneu community - decisions made around the same time every year. I can see a power-user case for customized deadlines and even a regular user argument for more general flexibility, but making deadlines flexible actually removes some of what I think is special about Ottoneu.
Maybe the answer is moving back the deadline to 2/15 (example) then - for everyone?
I just remember a lot of uproar a couple of years ago when lots of leagues kept an expensive Darvish at the 1/31 deadline, only to see him go down with TJS 20 days later (I don’t remember the exact date). Don’t want to over generalize based on that one example, but a keeper deadline closer to the start of the season would seem to help not hurt.
Still have to leave enough time for all leagues to select a draft date, of course…
As someone who plays in a bunch of different leagues I like the uniform deadlines and dates. If each league had their own dates I would miss really important deadlines and that would suck for me and everyone in the leagues. If dates are universally pushed back I’d be cool with that, but I definitely don’t want them to be different in every league.
The keeper deadline is way too early. No league is drafting in February. Why has the end of January been arbitrarily decided to be the keeper deadline? It makes no sense.
Actually, some leagues do indeed draft in February. We drafted on Feb. 12th last year. It is somewhat painfully early, but it does indeed occur.