I think there will always be people that will need to be replaced each year and this format will probably have a few more than normal but I am okay with that.
The only way for the top league to have a higher payout is for the lower league to have a lower payout. The format isn’t for everyone. For me, the glory of winning the top league is the real prize and the $20 is enough to keep everyone playing seriously.
I also want to try to set up some other things that make the league fun for everyone and worth the entry even if you don’t win like a website and weekly review. After the draft, I was going to work on these things.