Keeper draft tonight 

I’m in can’t-think-about-anything-else mode for the big event at 7pm tonight, the draft for our keeper league, which is now entering its fifth season. It takes time and effort to build up a mature keeper league with 12 dedicated participants, but it’s so worth it for the long-term strategic element keepers bring.

Each team can keep up to three players, and you give up your pick in the round that’s two higher than the one the player was drafted in the previous year (so if the player was drafted/kept in the 8th round in 2009, you can sacrifice your 6th-round pick to keep him in 2010). If the player was undrafted, you give up your 12th-round pick to keep him. Brandon’s giving up his 2nd, 11th and 12th picks to keep Ray Rice, Mike Wallace and Jermichael Finley, while I’m giving up my 8th, 10th and 12th picks for Dwayne Bowe, Steve Breaston and Mike Sims-Walker. It’s obviously all about maximizing value by getting to draft your keepers much later in the draft than you’d be able to get them otherwise, and on that count I think we’ve both done pretty well here.

In unrelated but kind of awesome news, a real live football player is following us on Twitter. Weird: