Rounding Third: XFL Lessons Learned

Rounding Third: XFL Lessons Learned

This article is part of our Rounding Third series.

The XFL is a hybrid between a keeper and dynasty league — we have 40-man rosters during the season and can keep minor leaguers at $0 cost, but we do have an annual salary cap draft (i.e., auction) and can only keep 15 players regardless of major or minor league status between seasons. Players acquired as major leaguers via the draft or free agency escalate $5 every season, and players acquired who have fewer than 50 cumulative major league at-bats or 20 major league innings pitched (for purposes of this discussion, I'll call them "minor leaguers") escalate $3 every season once they become major leaguers. If you are in the middle of a rebuild and want to keep eight minor leaguers and only seven major leaguers, that's your prerogative, but you don't get to keep 15 major leaguers and extra minor leaguers at no cost. There's a real premium on getting the elite prospects and keeping them as they become stars, all while escalating just $3 per season out of our $260 budget. Ideally you'll have a slew of those players hitting at the same time.

The XFL is also unique in that while there's a slew of fantasy analysts in the league, it's not necessarily a so-called-experts league. Born out of the First Pitch Arizona Symposium, I believe the general idea of the league was created by Ron Shandler and Steve Moyer, to be the first "experts" keeper league, though one need not have a fantasy sports company to

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Jeff Erickson
Jeff Erickson is a co-founder of RotoWire and the only two-time winner of Baseball Writer of the Year from the Fantasy Sports Writers Association. He's also in the FSWA Hall of Fame. He roots for the Reds, Bengals, Red Wings, Pacers and Northwestern University (the real NU).
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