For those amazingly smart Fantasy leagues that have decided to go from an entry draft to an auction, congratulations on being ahead of the rest of the world! I thought I’d share these tricky Fantasy Football auction tips with you, in hopes of making you king of the hill this season.
While the same player analysis basically works for both Fantasy Football auctions and drafts, there are still some bigger steps you can take to give your team a better chance of winning in 2015.
One major difference between auctions and drafts is the value system of one draft pick from the next draft pick.
In other words, going from the 25th pick of the draft to the 26th pick is only one slot, when in reality, the difference between the 25th and 26th players might be a difference of 15 Fantasy points, or like $3 in an auction.
And if you were able to play in auctions that allowed bids in increments of $0.25 — be thankful that you don’t — then you would see most kickers being sold for one quarter, while star running backs are sold for 160 times that.
7 Tricky Fantasy Football Auction Tips
So knowing that values are much different in auction leagues, it’s important to look at your league in a different manner. These auction tips should help you understand what I mean.
1. Quarterbacks Are a Dime a Dozen
You’ve seen Fantasy expert drafts and even some Fantasy Football expert auctions where the quarterbacks go for much less than the running backs and wide receivers. Understand that the difference between the top quarterbacks every season compared to the 10-12th Fantasy quarterbacks is much smaller than the difference between the top RBs or WRs compared to the 22nd through 24th RBs or WRs.
Know this little nugget, there were 17 quarterbacks that scored over 300 Fantasy points last season, compared to 10 in 2009 and just two in 2005. The rise of the NFL passing game has helped quarterbacks, but not the way everyone thinks: helping the best become even better. Instead, it has helped the mediocre close the gap on the very best! Wait on your Fantasy quarterback and only spend a few bucks. You can live with a Tony Romo, Ryan Tannehill or Eli Manning much better when you have that extra money you saved on stars at RB or WR.
2. Nominate Kickers Immediately
Most people are so used to the idea that kickers go at the end of a draft, that when kickers get nominated early, it throws things off. You’ll win either way, though. Always nominate for $1 (or the lowest increment), and NEVER bid over that. Nominate right down your rankings, from the best down to the worst. You’ll either trick someone into bidding more than $1 for the top kickers (not a good idea), or they’ll all pass and you’ll get the very best kicker available for the same $1 that someone else will be paying for the 10th-best kicker.
3. Bid 9 Rather Than 8 During a Bidding War
When you’re going back and forth with another owner or two over a player, make sure you are always the owner that gets to the “9” in the bidding order, whether it’s $9, $19, $29 or $39. If you are on the even cycle of the bids, jump from $8 right to $9, forcing the other owner(s) to break into the next set of 10s. It’s a psychological trick that makes people think twice before making that jump, which is why you always see prices in the store for things that are $19.99, $29.99 and $39.99.
4. Make Note of Like-Minded Owners
When you win a player in a bloody bidding war, make sure you write down the name of the owner you beat out next to the player’s name you just won. Then, when the season starts and you find yourself ready to make a trade, you know which owners value your players close to what you value them at, and they’ll likely give you the best value in return.
5. Nominate Stars at Positions You Already Own
Once you win your top two running backs, nominate the best available running backs next, ensuring no one will get a bargain while there’s still a lot of money left on the table.
6. Spend Early
Don’t get caught up in saving a ton of money for bargains in the middle of the draft. There are only two superstar positions (running backs and wide receivers), which is much different than a Fantasy Baseball auction, where there are stars at every position that can make a big difference. Once you get two or three superstars, sit back and watch the Fantasy Football auction unfold for a while, saving your middle-spending dollars for later, when the bargains do start showing up.
7. Nominate Players You Want For $2 Late in the Game
You don’t want to get caught nominating a player for $1 during the end game, only to have someone else go $2 and you be caught without that extra $1 to go $3. If you really like one of the players left, go right to $2 on the nomination and make people pay up if they want to screw you.
If you’re hungry for more Fantasy auction tips, you can check out the 25 Fantasy Auction Do’s and Dont’s I updated earlier this summer.
Hopefully, these Fantasy Football auction tips will help you come out a winner — both during the draft and at season’s end. But really, I can only help you with the former, as the latter depends on which Fantasy auction values you use. (By the way, the auction value generator over at FantasyPros.com is pretty awesome, so think about trying theirs out.)
Bid high, bid low and everything in between! Good luck in your Fantasy Football auctions, and let us know how you did!
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