10 Do’s and Don’ts: The Art of the Auction Draft.

It’s June 7th, 2020, and I’m assuming a lot of you, like myself, are wanting to get out of your comfort zone when it comes to being quarantined. I haven’t written anything on here since last February. To be honest working up the courage to try my hand at it again took longer than I anticipated when I stopped. I’d be lying if the current climate we live in regarding the USA didn’t lead to further hesitancy, but here I am. The last few months have been anything but normal, not only for myself but also for anyone that reads this. I am wanting to try and find an escape of sorts from the mundane reality that is my typical day. My days are all the same to the point that I usually don’t know what day it is. I’m sure I’m not the only one who has had that problem since quarantining started.

I am looking forward to going to get a beer with friends while watching football again. Or maybe go to the lake. Even thinking of that reminds of the time Larry Fitzgerald called my friends and I while we were on the way to the lake. He posted on Twitter that he was calling fans. So I jokingly put the phone number of one of the friends I was with, I never actually expected him to call but he did. Well, my friend put him on speaker and he talked football for a few minutes. Even though it was probably a little gesture to him, it’s something I won’t soon forget. And speaks volumes to the type of character Mr. Fitzgerald has. I decided to tell a little about my past and myself because I think a lot of the best fantasy writers add little tidbits about their lives regardless of whether it’s good or bad. So, whenever I do decide to write something that’s what I am going to try and do. Hopefully, it didn’t make you leave the blog before you got to why you were here in the first place. So here it is, the 10 Do’s and Don’ts of a Fantasy Football Auction Draft.

1. Do use tiered rankings to help you with your draft. They have tiered rankings on the Internet that you can find, just make sure you trust the source that they come from. You can also just use your regular rankings and tier them yourself. Using this type of rankings system will allow you to see how you should value certain players.

2.Don’t be the last person to draft players at the end of a tier. This will not only lead you to be nervous you didn’t get certain players, but it will also lead you to spending more than you potentially have to. Unless you’re playing with people who don’t know what they are doing, everyone will notice the drop off in talent. You always want to try and find players you like when in the middle of tiers. This will essentially allow you to find good values in comparison to players who fall into the same tier.

3. Do nominate the best kicker you can with your first nomination, if your league uses kickers. Look, I know this might sound ridiculous but with the way an auction draft works, the order in which a player is nominated is kind of irrelevant. If you aren’t low on money you can bid whenever you want. If it’s your first nomination there’s a good chance you still haven’t spent much, if any at all. Doing this will do one of two things. It will either allow you to get the best player at a position early or it will make someone else spend more than a dollar on a kicker, which you should never do. So it’s a win-win no matter what happens. Be prepared to get made fun of for it, but you’ll be playing chess while they’re playing checkers, trust me.

4. Don’t mindlessly keep bidding a dollar at a time to raise the price. If the price point has gone higher then you would be willing to pay, then just let it go. If your end goal is just to raise the price for others, then that could end up backfiring on you in a big way. It could lead you to have someone on your roster that you didn’t want at a higher price point you’re comfortable with. On multiple occasions, I have had league mates accidentally hit the max bid button. Only to then get bailed out by someone else just because they were not fully paying attention. Due to the fact they are just trying to raise the price a dollar at a time. Which leads me to my next point.

5. Do pay attention at all times during your auction draft. If you lose focus for even 15 seconds you could miss out on an opportunity to find a value. In an auction draft values can be found at any point, regardless of how far into the draft you are. Because of the nature of an auction draft, any player can be put up at any time. So you have to be constantly paying attention, otherwise, you could miss out.

6. Don’t be the guy who tries to only find values in your draft. In my experience, there’s always that one guy who only bids to find values on players. Don’t get me wrong, it is important to try and have values come to you. But if your team is full of only mid-tier players, you will likely be having a long season. And one in which you won’t be competing for a championship.

7. Do go get the players you feel the most strongly about. If you think CMC will be the best player in fantasy football again, go get him. Every good team will likely have at least one elite player on their roster. More than likely, they will have two or three of them. Since the order isn’t as important in an auction format, everyone will be at your disposal to bid on. So even if you have the ninth nomination you can still land CMC on your roster, you just have to do whatever it takes to get him.

8. Don’t leave any money on the table. If you start a draft with $200 then you better leave it with $0. Cause the result of leaving money on the table means you could have likely spent those few extra bucks when you got into a bidding war with someone else. To only then lose cause you thought you would need the money later. Always spend the entire amount of money you are given, period.

9. Do nominate players of high value that you don’t necessarily want on your team. This helps lower the total number of players to fill your opponent’s starting lineups. It will also make others use up some of the allotted money they are given at the beginning of the draft. If you didn’t want them anyway, it’s no harm no foul.

10. Don’t spend more than a few bucks on the QB position. This is the equivalent of the late-round QB strategy. The position is so deep that unless you’re playing in a 24-team league or something crazy like that, you will be able to easily find a replacement. This likely means you won’t get QBs like Mahomes Or Jackson. You’ll still be able to get by with whom you do select however and you’ll love having depth at more important positions. Even Mahomes and Jackson were late-round QB choices in the last couple of years. So the strategy works, you just have to hinge on the fact you pick the right QB.

Bonus: If you ever have any auction draft questions feel free to dm me on twitter at FF_Tinkis24. Hope you enjoyed the blog.

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