The Cosmopolitan Outlaw League has an elaborate and unique structure for keepers to help maintain quasi-equality from year to year. I’m against socialism and all, but it seemed like a more fair means of keeping teams from being too good. The basis for the tiers to be used in this exercise is the initial pre-season rankings as determined by ESPN at the rankings summit after the NFL draft.
- Each team is entitled to SIX (6) keepers.
- Each team can keep up to TWO (2) players that are ranked in the Top 5 of their position.
- Each team can keep up to THREE (3) players that are ranked in the Top 15 of their position (if no Top 5 players are available, additional Top 15s may be selected).
- The final keeper will be outside the top 15 of their respective position.
- If a player is franchised, he will not count against any tier.*
- If a player is coming off of his rookie season, he will not count against any tier.
*A player may be franchised upon their 3rd consecutive keeper ceremony on the same team assuming the team has owned him the entire time. If a player is not franchised upon the 3rd ceremony, it will count as the 1st ceremony for future franchising purposes.