So on my long-time league in which I'm the commissioner, we had an issue come up the other day. Not too long ago we cut back our rosters to 17 players, and we only have a 16 player draft, so people have some flexibility to pick up a player later. We used to have 4 extra spots, but it's been cut down to 1 extra spot.
The problem is this.
We are a keeper league, so you can protect 2-3 players, and if you only protect 2 players you can enter into a supplemental round before the main draft.
A team traded two players away last season before the trade deadline for draft picks. So that team had an extra 2nd and 4th round pick.
Based on that, he would finish the draft with 18 players. Rather than have that happen, I said that he forfeited his final draft pick (13th round). One of the other owners argued that the 13th round draft pick should still be his, and he should be able to trade it. At the time, we were basically at the end of the 12th round, and I told him no, the pick was forfeit and if we wanted to discuss a change in the rules after the draft, we could.
But it got me thinking, that if he had traded a different draft pick, then he would technically still be able to use his 13th pick. So I think his 13th pick would only be forfeit if he had filled his roster by the time he was getting to the 13th round. But should he still be able to trade that pick until the end of the draft, even if he can't use it because it's forfeit?
I think the other owner that was arguing it should be allowed to be traded was doing so just to cause trouble, but I wasn't sure how to handle this draft pick that the owner couldn't use because he already had his roster limit of players.