Most of the talk with people during the MLB season on sites like ours involve the daily fantasy realm. That realm revolves around the word temporary. As in your lineups are temporary and only last that one day or even that one slate. Temporary is not a word that describes the league formats being talked about in this piece, far from it in fact. Sure there are re-draft leagues and draft and hold leagues but a lot of us play in keeper and/or dynasty formats nowadays which require a lot more of a game plan than any other format.

The main principle behind both league formats is simple: players get kept from year-to-year, however that’s where the similarities end for the most part. The drafts allow you to add on to your roster each year with fresh talent and perhaps even reserves in the form of minor leaguers, which we’ll get to later, but for the majority of teams, the core players are already in place heading into draft day. Sure free agent pickups can help add to the roster too,...