This article is part of our The Long Game series.
Before we dive into the meat of this article, I want to provide a refresher course for those about to face crucial keeper decisions or their first dynasty draft in the season. Here are some past articles dealing with important draft/auction prep topics:
If there's one piece of fantasy advice which is consistent across all leagues and even sports, it's "Know your league rules". Scoring (OBP or BA?), roster sizes and shapes (one catcher or two?), player acquisition rules (waivers or FAAB? Trade restrictions?), even something as fundamental as how many teams finish in the money each season can affect your strategy and decision-making.
What happens when the rules of the sport your fantasy game is based on change, though?
For this first time in recent memory – really, for the first time since the introduction of the DH in 1973 – MLB has made significant changes to its rules regarding how teams can construct and manage their rosters. That can't help but have a trickle-down effect on how fantasy GMs should approach building their own rosters, and it's worth considering the different kinds of impacts those changes might have before you get to the draft table. While the focus of this column is specifically on keeper and dynasty leagues, GMs in redraft formats will also need to be aware of the new environment around them.
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