Keeper fantasy football leagues have entered the mainstream as a unique spin on traditional redraft and dynasty formats. The typical structure allows fantasy players to keep a set number of players from one season to the next, typically based on previous seasons’ salary value or draft status.
Most keeper leagues do have a penalty assigned to players being kept, where a player drafted in the fifth round the previous year would then count as a fourth-round pick in the upcoming season. If a salary draft is utilized, a player is typically kept for 1.5 times the salary amount from the prior draft.
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While there are many different formats and ways to play a keeper league, the most pressing offseason decision often comes down to which players to keep.
So, if you’re participating in a keeper draft this year, this article focuses on providing actionable advice for you to dominate your league.
Using value over replacement numbers, we calculated every player’s keeper value and the keeper value of specific picks. Using PFF’s keeper value chart will help you as you make your 2021 fantasy football keeper decisions before heading into the all-important draft.
Before diving into the chart, here are a few tips:
– Find the value score of the pick you're considering keeping the player at (e.g., the value of pick 2.01 in PPR is 51.0).
– Subtract the pick value score from the player's value score (e.g., McCaffrey’s score (88.6) minus pick 2.01 score (51.0) equals a keeper value score of 37.6).
– Repeat the process for other players and compare the keeper value score to find the best keeper for your roster.
– You can also see the value of your player plus any round pick by adding the player score and pick score (e.g., Austin Ekeler in a PPR plus pick 6.07 equals 69.6. Chase Edmonds plus pick 1.11 in the same format equals 76.1). Use this method to compare the player's value and the round lost for the other keeper choice.
Editor's note: PFF's 2021 Fantasy Football Draft Kit includes links to every article, tool and chart to best prepare you for your fantasy football draft. This will be updated regularly between now and Week 1 of the 2021 NFL season.