Fantasy football keeper leagues are a fun hybrid of the traditional redraft and dynasty formats where you get to carry over players from one season to the next. While these leagues come in all shapes and sizes, the decision on which player to keep can often be a tricky one. If you’re faced with keeper decisions this year, we have a few tips that can really help you out.
For starters, don’t be too concerned with age. Since you typically decide on which players to keep each year, age isn’t as big of a factor as in dynasty leagues. For example, David Johnson is a player who is getting close to the end of his dynasty window at 27 years old. Dynasty owners may want to look to trade him heading into this season. However, Johnson is an extremely strong option in keeper leagues.
If you’re in a league where there’s no penalty for keeping players, your decision is fairly easy. Simply keep the players who are ranked the highest. So if you have the choice between Johnson and Odell Beckham, you’ll see that Johnson is ranked higher than Beckham in all four major fantasy formats in the PFF fantasy football rankings.
Of course, some leagues aren’t this simple. If you’re in a league where you lose a specific round pick for keeping a player, it can be challenging to figure out each player’s values. That’s especially true when the have different round penalties. The good news, is that we have you covered in the PFF Keeper Value Chart that you can find below. Using value over replacement numbers, we calculated not only player keeper value, but also the keeper value of specific picks as well. Using this chart will help you out as you make your 2019 fantasy football keeper decisions.
Before you dive into the chart, here are a few tips on how to use the chart:
- Find the player you're considering keeping.
- Find the player's value score for your scoring setting (ex – Ezekiel Elliott‘s value score is 80.7 in PPR).
- Find the value score of the pick you're considering keeping the player at (ex – the value of pick 2.03 in PPR is 51.0).
- Subtract the pick value score from the player's value score (ex – Elliott's score (80.7) minus pick 2.03 score (51.0) equals a keeper value score of 29.7).
- Repeat the process for other players.
- Keep the player with the highest keeper value score.
- You can also see the value of your player plus any round pick by adding the player score and pick score (ex – Saquon Barkley in a .5 PPR plus pick 8.05 equals 100.1. Damien Williams plus pick 1.08 in the same format equals 97.3). Use this method to compare the value of the player and the round lost for the other keeper choice.
- If it’s close, err toward the higher-ranked player.