Please forgive my first rookie commish mistake. I set up a list of expansion draft rules without figuring out what exactly would happen if we followed those rules. Let me tell you, it wasn't at all pretty and it was even less fair. It just puts the two expansion teams WAY behind the eight ball with their only real asset being a top 2 draft pick. Honestly, that's just not going to be enough to make is a fair fight even among the lowest standing teams.
First, I have to remove the "only one player can be chosen from an existing team" rule. I've run three mock expansion drafts with the rule in place and it is just laughable how terrible these teams will be with that rule in place.
So we have a choice:
1) we make the expansion draft protected list *7* players instead of *8*. The expansion teams will have the first two picks in the regular draft as well. Yes, I know, that cuts a little bit into your team, so consider the alternative:
2) we keep the expansion draft list at *8* players BUT we award the top 4 picks overall to the expansion teams. Picks 1 and 4 go to team A and picks 2 and 3 go to team B. to balance things just a bit, they will then receive no second round pick and will pick last in the third round.
Please vote - which of these options would you prefer?