If we did contract to 12 teams, would expanding rosters be something anyone would be interested in? Contracting to 12 teams and increasing roster sizes might be the best of two worlds. I will allow those of us who dont want to redraft the entire league to keep our teams intact, but would give those owners who do want to redraft an opportunity to do kind of a "mini- start up draft". Like I said upthread I'm in 7 other Dynasty leagues and the league with the next smallest roster size is 30 players. 22 roster slots is just really tiny for Dynasty IMO. It allows almost no room for developmental guys, I did a quick count and IMO there are easily 30 guys on the two rosters that would be contracted that IMO should be rostered in a 12 team league. Add that to the incoming rookies and thats a huge talent influx.
Some things that we might want to consider:
1) Mild: Contract to 12 teams and bump rosters up to 25. That would give each owner 3 extra roster spaces. For 1 year only, bump the rookie/FA draft up to 8 rounds (5 normal draft picks plus three to fill the extra roster spaces). Such a large talent pool must be drafted, not distributed via the WW afterwards.
2) Medium:: Everything in #1 AND eliminate kickers. I used to be steadfastly in favor of kickers, but after playing in a couple of leagues that dont use them, I am a zealous convert. Kickers add nothing but headaches and in those leagues i dont miss them a bit. This would give everyone 4 extra roster spaces (Rookie/FA draft would need to be 9 rounds).
3) Hot:Everything in #1 and #2 plus eliminating DST's: What i said about kickers in #2 i could say about DSTs as well. A couple of my other leagues dont use them, and its very freeing. This would give everyone 5 extra roster spaces. (Rookie/FA draft would need to be 10 rounds)
4) Ghost pepper infused insanity: Everything in #1 thru #3 plus we add in IDP's. Im playing in my first season in a league with IDP's and its pretty fun. Not for everyone, but im enjoying it. You'd have to open up rosters and the draft even more. Maybe a lot to do all at once, but damn it would be pretty awesomely chaotic.