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Fantasy Football: 10 Tips For Auction Drafts

Contributed by: Nick Quick
Last Updated: Aug 19, 2012 5:05 PM


Auction drafts can be a tricky thing.  Depending on the skill and aptitude of the other players, a savvy auction participant can make away like a bandit while the other players look at their lineup in despair. 

You don't want to be sad faced when you check out your squad, so take a look at these ten tips. 


1. Don't blow your budget on one guy, period. If you have $200, spending $60+ on one player is going to kill your depth.

If that guy gets injured, you're done for the season. Spending 25 percent of your budget on someone like Aaron Rodgers or Ray Rice is acceptable, but don't get caught up in an early bidding war. 

2. For the first four to five rounds, nominate guys you don't want on your roster but will fetch a high price. For example it's my first round nomination - I know I'm not going to pay the price for Rob Gronkowski, but I also know everyone else will.  I nominate Gronkowski, bidding soars into the $40-$60 range, and the person who wins Gronk just dropped a quarter of their budget. Spend your competitor's money wisely. 

3. This one is the flip side of No. 2. Don't nominate guys you want, or sleepers, in the first five rounds.  Inexperienced fantasy players will just spend to spend early on, and some will think you have a trick up your sleeve if you nominate, say Fred Davis in the second round. You'll end up paying way more for guys you can get on the cheap later on.

4. This is probably the most important tactic I can relay - be patient.  The person who has the most money has the most control in auction fantasy drafts. The value in mid-to-late rounds is incredibly more than in snake drafts.  People will be nominating kickers, defenses, and hometown guys early on, leaving tons of real point producers later in the draft. The more money you have as the draft progresses, the better your roster will be. 

5. Keep an eye out for bidding fatigue. Guys like Tom Brady and Chris Johnson may not be nominated until later on in the draft. If you have the need and a superstar comes up in the middle of the draft, make a stab at the pick. I won Tom Brady for $40 in a recent draft, while Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees went for $50+ because they were nominated early. 

6. Be very very careful about the total amount you bid.  If you manually enter the amount, double check before you submit.  Last thing you want is to drop $125 on a player you meant to bid $25 for. The guy who did that is now known as "125 Fitz".

7. This is kind of shady, but I've seen it work three times this year. In the second or third round, assuming the Vikings' Adrian Peterson hasn't been drafted, nominate "Adrian Peterson FA-RB." People don't pay enough attention, and someone will probably end up spending $10-$20 on the Adrian Peterson that isn't even signed to a team. Use at your own risk, it may backfire and take up a roster spot. But it may also provide a good laugh and screw over an opponent. 

8. There is so much value at the end of the draft. Get Matt Schaub for $1, Donald Brown for $2. If you have the roster spots available at the end of the draft, be prepared to get bargains up the wazoo. 

9. Handcuff your stars that are injury risks. If you have Darren McFadden, get Taiwan Jones. If you have Jamaal Charles, get Peyton Hillis.  Since it's an auction draft, you're guarenteed the ability to handcuff a questionable pick, just need to have the funds. 

10. Pay attention to the other team's rosters. When someone is nominated you don't need, take a look at the rival sqauds. If you know Team A needs a quarterback, and they start to bid on one, drive them up. Team A has obviously waited to get a critical position because they think they can get someone on the cheap later - make them pay for it.  Only way to do that is to know what each team needs. 

Happy Drafting. 

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