How to Approach an Auction Draft

There are numerous ways to approach an auction. I am going to highlight 3 ways that I have found successful. This is assuming a total of $100, 16 roster spots, PPR league.

1. Shock and Awe – Similar to a “studs and scrubs” approach in a keeper league. Overbid your competition to guarantee greats. An example would be paying $35 for AP, MJD, or Ray Rice.

Then “doubling down” and overpaying for a great WR. Maybe $25-30 on AJ, Randy Moss, or Roddy White. Of your $100 you have spent roughly $60 on two GREATS. This leaves you only $40 for 14 other roster spots.

Now you must sit patient and wait till the mid to late rounds to load up on  value picks. 

  • QB sleepers – Jason Campbell, Carson Palmer, Dmac, and Henne.
  • WR sleepers – Gaffney (Seth’s fav), Darrius Heyward-Bey, Santana Moss, Johnny Knox, Devin Hester, and Malcolm Floyd.
  • RB sleepers who catch the ball – Tim Hightower, Reggie Bush, Michael Bush (doesn’t catch the ball but my exception to the rule), and CJ Spiller.
  • TE sleepers – Marques Branson and my previous post.

Now you don’t have to always go GREATS and SLEEPERS. Sometimes depending on how the dollars spend you may be able to get some mid range players. In all honesty playing this approach you will probably only be able to grab two. I would look for slow and steady mid-rangers to add stability to your team- Donald Driver, TJ Housh, and Derrick Mason.

Playing this strategy is like russian roulette. You are either the zero or the hero. It is not an approach for the faint of heart.

2. Assigning dollar values – This approach is simple. Do your homework and assign dollar values to players. There are tons of websites that do this for you. Cbssportsline is one example.  The key is to approach this within reason. If Ray Rice is about to go for $33 and you really want him then feel free to bid up to $35. But you must have a low end and high end number going into the draft. $40 would be too much for Ray Rice. This is the conservative “tried and true approach.” The person who executed this last year won in my auction league.

3. Sit on your hands until the first 20 picks are off the board. A flukie follower AC Slater is a big proponent of this approach. Let all the big dogs spend their cash. By pick 20 value begins to emerge. This approach lets you load up on value and mid range players. The approach here may not give you GREATS but it allows you to speculate on players that may have break out years. Golden Tate and Dez Bryant are two players that come to mind. You will have value that you can flip into a big trade if need be to “get you over the top” as Sly Stallone would say.

I hope these 3 approaches give you the confidence you need to have a successful auction draft. I will be auctioning this evening and will give you a synopsis of what approach I used tomorrow.

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One Response to “How to Approach an Auction Draft”

  1. A C Slater says:

    You made some great points Fanatsy Fluckie. Do you think Luke Mckown is worth drafting?

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