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The Long Game: Busting Inflation

Erik Siegrist

Erik Siegrist is an FSWA award-winning columnist who covers all four major North American sports (that means the NHL, not NASCAR) and whose beat extends back to the days when the Nationals were the Expos and the Thunder were the Sonics. He was the inaugural champion of Rotowire's Staff Keeper baseball league. His work has also appeared at Baseball Prospectus.

Whether you've played in keeper leagues before, or are joining an existing league for the first time this season, the one wild card that can make a total mess of all your preparation is inflation. In re-draft leagues, most players will end up with salaries around their projected auction values. In keeper leagues, particularly ones with structures that are very prospect-friendly, projected auction values are only useful for letting you know what pitifully small returns you can expect to get on your auctions buys. If you aren't ready for what's to come, participating in an auction with high inflation can make you question your life choices, or at least your sobriety, when you find yourself throwing out bids that might have seemed absurd just a few hours before.

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