I'm in five fantasy football leagues of which two are snake drafts, two are conventional auctions, and one is a dynasty league with a free agent auction that is obviously limited as far as the available talent. I enjoy the auctions more than anything else all season. We turn them into a party on a Saturday night with drinking, food, and large amounts of trash talk. Here are my thoughts on fantasy football auctions in general. Hopefully some of this will help.Thanks a bunch for the detailed advice. I believe it's an automated situation but will confirm. We have 14 teams with 13 spots so it's 182 picks total. That is in contrast to my other league of 8 teams with 16 picks. Quite the difference in number drafted.
- Are you going to do an analog auction with guys shouting out bids or raising bid cards, or will you be using the online auction room of a service like ESPN, Yahoo or CBS? If it's the latter, it is very much to the advantage and enjoyment of everyone if ALL team owners are logged in and placing bids themselves for the entirety of the auction as opposed to going to a movie that night and letting the computer auto bid.
The computer knows no subtlety. The following applies to ESPN, but may as well to other services. If the best player available happens to be Aaron Rodgers when it's the turn of the person who's auto bidding, but it might not be timely for Rodgers to be on the block, the computer will bid for him. If the person who is auto bidding has an open starting RB spot, already has Todd Gurley and needs a QB and WR, but someone else nominates Adrian Peterson, the computer will start bidding big bucks for Peterson. The computer will always bid to the average value of any nominated player if the person auto bidding needs to fill that position. It's extremely annoying and after going through this one year when someone just decided not to come to the auction and do something else instead, my auction leagues all set a firm rule, with punishment by dismissal if broken, that all parties participate in the auction.
- Too many people treat an auction like a draft. The person who bids first nominates Todd Gurley. The next person nominates Adrian Peterson. Then the next person puts out Odell Beckham. And so on. That's foolish thinking. The last thing anyone should do in the early part of an auction is nominate the elite players. Not only will the best guys go off the board, but anyone who gets them will spend a ton of dough while everyone else has a depleted talent pool to swim in. The best thing to do is nominate mid level guys who people will overbid for due to the rush of the auction starting while the top players remain available while people have less dough to spend.
- On that note, the player you nominate doesn't have to be and often shouldn't be someone you want. Just because it's your turn, you need a WR, and Julio Jones is available, that's no reason to nominate him if the circumstances aren't right. I often just toss out some WR2 or WR3 or maybe a K that I wouldn't mind getting or wouldn't care about losing. It's all about timing.
- Yellowdog is right on about budgeting. If you go big for an elite QB, WR, and RB, but then find yourself with no money left and then a bunch of scrubs, it's not doing yourself a favor in the long run.
- Spend all your money if possible. It's okay to be frugal, but if you have $200 to spend and are left with $28 left over dollars, you'll end up with a weaker team than you could have had.
- Regarding league size, my two traditional auction leagues are set up as follows:
10 teams with QB, RB, RB, WR, WR, TE, Flex, K, D/ST, and six bench spots.
12 teams with QB, RB, RB, WR, WR, TE, K, D/ST, and eight bench spots.
You want neither too many teams nor too many roster spots, or worse to have both. The reason is you need people to be engaged and run their teams. The worst thing is when the guy who's 1-6 or who has lost a key guy to injury then checks out and winds up starting injured guys or people on bye. The key to keeping people involved is hope that a turnaround is possible. To turn things around good players must be available for pick up. If there are 14 teams with QB, RB, RB, WR, WR, WR, TE, Flex, K, D/ST, and ten bench spots, everyone loses because with rare exception like Devonta Freeman last year or Josh Gordon a few years ago, there's no one to pick up who will make any difference. At that point the owners of teams that suck will bail and it harms the guys who care. What if you're going for a wildcard spot and are playing a guy whose .500 and doing his best, but your wildcard spot rival is playing a team with 7 straight losses and has no QB because that team owner never bothered to bench the guy due to not checking his team for the past few weeks?
I'll post some more stuff if it comes to me. Sorry if any of this is too obvious or makes me come off like a Matthew Berry wannabe.
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