This article is part of our The Z Files series.
It won't be long now; the baseball season starts in less than a month. Granted, it'll be just the Seattle Mariners and Oakland Athletics, but still… baseball. Soon after that, all 30 teams will be in action.
Hopefully, you've begun your fantasy prep, especially in keeper and dynasty leagues. Some leagues have already had an initial cutdown or dispersal draft for new teams entering the league. Today, we're going to discuss some of the thinking behind generating a freeze list.
Before getting into the process of determining keepers, the terms keeper and dynasty are often juxtaposed. There should be a distinction. Unfortunately, with infinite league iterations, there can't be a definitive definition for each. In fact, many leagues feature characteristics of both.
It's an oversimplification, but the primary difference between keeper and dynasty formats is the frequency of player pool turnover. In keeper leagues, expiring and cost-prohibitive contracts avail a generous supply of top-end talent each season. In dynasty formats, the draft or auction consists primarily of back-end roster filler as well as prospects.
As mentioned, many leagues are a hybrid where there is some, but not a lot, of elite players available each season. In most cases, this is due to contracts being renewed on a year-to-year basis, with a small escalating increase. Often, players drafted as a prospect can enjoy a solid 10-year career with their original fantasy team and never be available in the regular auction or draft.
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