12-team Mock PPR Auction: Commentary
By Footballguys Staff
July 18th, 2012

Footballguys.com staff members got together and ran a mock auction. After the auction, we asked each participant a few questions about the event.

League Rules

  • Number of Teams - 12
  • Roster Spots - 20
  • Starters - 1 QB, 2 RBs, 3 WRs, 1 TE, 1 flex (RB, WR, TE), 1 PK, 1 defense
  • Offensive Scoring
  • Passing TD - 4 points
  • Passing Yard - 0.05 points
  • INT Thrown - minus 1 point
  • Rushing TD - 6 points
  • Rushing Yard - 0.1 points
  • Receiving TD - 6 points
  • Receiving Yard - 0.1 points
  • Reception - 1 point
  • Defensive Scoring
  • Return TD - 6 points
  • Fumble Recovery - 2 points
  • INT Caught - 2 points
  • Sacked a QB - 1 point
  • Safety - 2 points
  • 0 Points Allowed - 5 points
  • 2-5 Points Allowed - 2 points
  • 6-10 Points Allowed - 1 point
  • David Dodds

    You had a plan for your $200 cap. Did everything go according to it? If not, where did it change and why did you go off-plan?

    I spent $200 so that is always a plus as I HATE ending up with extra cash. I got caught with my hand in the cookie jar trying to enforce a big contract for Brees and got him for $35. That changed my allocations considerably since I had only had planned to spend $21 on three quarterbacks. I decided to build my auction around cheap running backs and tight ends and to stay on target with my initial wide receiver plan. I ended up spending these amounts: quarterbacks ($41), running backs ($67), wide receivers ($80), tight ends ($7), defense ($4), and place kicker ($1). My starters total $164 which is exactly where I was hoping to land.

    How much did you spend on your 10 official starters, and how do you feel about your bench, both from a fantasy value and a bargain value perspective?

    I spent $164 on my official starters, but still have these guys as solid bench adds: quarterbacks Ryan Fitzpatrick and Andrew Luck, running back Isaac Redman, wide receiver Reggie Wayne, tight ends Brent Celek and Greg Olsen. I think I have one of the deeper teams in this despite also having a solid core.

    Did you spend aggressively early or did you sit back and wait for value? Was this your plan or did you change mid-auction? If you changed your plan, why did you and what cued you in as to making the switch?

    I only got Brees super early. I watched others overspend and then came back in the auction when the valuations were more sane. This is how I generally approach every auction. When everyone has a full wallet, I generally am not picking up that many players.

    What values did you get and which players are you most happy with grabbing during the auction?

    I love my cheap running backs of Bradshaw ($20), Jackson ($19), Martin ($17) and Redman ($10). I think at a highly discounted price, this group will do great by watching matchups each week. Gresham ($4), Celek ($2) and Olsen ($1) should also do well by playing matchups. If I didn't get this kind of talent cheaply, I think the Brees selection would really have hurt this team. As it stands now, Brees is a nice luxury to have.

    What was the turning point to your auction (could be going after the last stud running back or quarterback, a key nomination, saving money for just the right time, etc.)?

    Landing Martin ($17) and Redman ($10). Before then, I was starting to get a bit anxious at running back as there were few guys left that I still really liked.

    Outside of yourself, which teams do you like the best?

    Jeff Pasquino has a very good team. He opted for a similar strategy of getting three reliable wide receivers. His QBBC of Roethlisberger and Flacco should be solid as well. Sigmund Bloom was able to piece together a solid wide receiver corps despite paying little for them. He should also be in the mix.

    What were your best values in the auction?

    I love my cheap running backs of Bradshaw ($20), Jackson ($19), Martin ($17) and Redman ($10). I think at a highly discounted price, this group will do great by watching matchups each week. Gresham ($4), Celek ($2) and Olsen ($1) should also do well by playing matchups. Fitzpatrick ($2) was also a solid QB2 value. If I didn't get this kind of talent cheaply, I think the Brees selection would really have hurt this team. As it stands now, Brees is a nice luxury to have.

    What were the best values in this auction (not your team)?

    QB Matt Schaub ($3), RB Willis McGahee ($4), RB Peyton Hillis ($4), RB Donald Brown ($3), RB James Starks ($3), TE Dustin Keller ($1), WR Jeremy Maclin ($15), WR Pierre Garcon ($10), WR Mike Williams, TB ($6), WR Lance Moore ($5), WR Leonard Hankerson ($1), WR Stephen Hill ($1), and Green Bay Defense ($1) all are severely discounted.

    What players went for a lot more than you thought they were worth?

    QB Aaron Rodgers ($42), RB Adrian Peterson ($30), TE Jimmy Graham ($34), WR Calvin Johnson ($40), WR Demaryius Thomas ($23). All could easily be worth these valuations, but I figured with this group participating in the auction that each of these would go for considerably less.

    What's your biggest regret in this auction? What would you redo?

    I wish I had not bid $35 on Drew Brees. I suspected that quarterbacks could go cheap after 8 or 9 were off the board and that's exactly what happened. Brees is elite, but I likely could have banked a lot of valuable cap space and went with a strong committee at quarterback.

    You paid $35 for quarterback Drew Brees. At the conclusion of this auction it appeared that some of the best values were by waiting at quarterback and using a committee approach. Talk to us why you favored going big at quarterback here.

    I actually was left with my hand in the cookie jar here. Rodgers had just gone for $42 and I really thought someone would bid at least $36 to get Brees. My preferred strategy is to wait and grab my first quarterback around the $10-12 range. I think I was able to squeeze value just about everywhere else though so this may actually turn out better than expected.

    You waited forever at running back before grabbing Ahmad Bradshaw ($20), Steven Jackson ($19) and Doug Martin ($17). Additionally, You added only Isaac Redman ($10) and Isaiah Pead ($1) for depth. Talk to us about the "value" strategy you went after at running back.

    Love everyone of these guys in PPR. Getting Steven Jackson and Isaiah Pead locks me into the St. Louis running game as well. This is proof positive that you can piece together a very solid group of running backs without breaking the bank. I employed this strategy so I could end up with at least three very good wide receivers.

    Dodds' Team

    Pos
    Player
    Team
    Price
    QB
    Drew Brees
    NOS
    $35.00
    QB
    Andrew Luck
    IND
    $4.00
    QB
    Ryan Fitzpatrick
    BUF
    $2.00
    RB
    Ahmad Bradshaw
    NYG
    $20.00
    RB
    Steven Jackson
    STL
    $19.00
    RB
    Doug Martin
    TBB
    $17.00
    RB
    Isaac Redman
    PIT
    $10.00
    RB
    Isaiah Pead
    STL
    $1.00
    WR
    Jordy Nelson
    GBP
    $26.00
    WR
    Mike Wallace
    PIT
    $25.00
    WR
    Vincent Jackson
    TBB
    $15.00
    WR
    Reggie Wayne
    IND
    $11.00
    WR
    Titus Young
    DET
    $2.00
    WR
    Brandon LaFell
    CAR
    $1.00
    TE
    Jermaine Gresham
    CIN
    $4.00
    TE
    Brent Celek
    PHI
    $2.00
    TE
    Greg Olsen
    CAR
    $1.00
    PK
    Jason Hanson
    DET
    $1.00
    Def
    Philadelphia Eagles
    PHI
    $2.00
    Def
    New York Jets
    NYJ
    $2.00

    Jeff Pasquino

    Outside of yourself, which teams do you like the best?

    As usual, I like what David Dodds did, as he tends to go for similar strategy and values that I usually target. That aside, I really liked what Chris Smith did out of the gate with going for studs. If you are going to go for the "studs and duds" option, go big or go home and he did just that. Landing four players likely to go in the first round of many snake drafts. Matt Waldman's team looks good if he can get a decent tight end to produce. Stephen Holloway looks strong across the board except at running back, but if Reggie Bush posts big PPR numbers and Jonathan Stewart repeats his 2011 performance then his team is really good with four strong wide receivers.

    What were your best values in the auction?

    Some of the guys I grabbed with RB2 upside were nice values, like DeAngelo Williams ($12), Jahvid Best ( $10), Mark Ingram ($9), David Wilson ($6) and even Tim Hightower ($2). It sure would look like this team could have three running backs (along with Ryan Mathews) in the lineup every week. The other bargains were Reuben Randle for just $1 and Owen Daniels for $3, considering he is essentially the WR2 in Houston and you can flex the tight end spot.

    What were the best values in this auction (not your team)?

    Peyton Hillis for $4 could be a steal. Robert Meachem ($8) and Stevan Ridley ($4) were some of the others that caught my eye. Ryan Williams at $8 seems high, but he could be invaluable if Chris "Beanie" Wells is hurt more than he is telling the media. With a whopping 76 players going for $1, lots of bargains could emerge from that list.

    What players went for a lot more than you thought they were worth?

    I thought the overspending for top quarterbacks (Rodgers $42, Brees $35) was rather high with only four points for a passing touchdown. I was totally taken aback by the love for tight ends (Jimmy Graham $34, Rob Gronkowski $31), even in PPR. Sure you can start more than one due to the flex position, but are stud tight ends worth as much as a stud quarterback or wide receiver? I don't think so.

    What's your biggest regret in this auction? What would you redo?

    I really thought about going harder after a fourth wide receiver or a bigger upside quarterback. It was tough to hold back knowing how much I wanted a balanced team, and had I had full confidence that I would get as many upside running backs late I would have invested more at wide receiver and solidified my fourth wide receiver with another wide receiver in the Top 40-50 area like Denarius Moore ($8) or Lance Moore ($5). I think I got good bargains at wide receiver after my Top 3 but there's much to be said for having a $5-10 guy as your WR4 especially with bye weeks always a factor. If we were going to play this out I'd likely be looking to trade a running back for another wide receiver to balance out the team.

    Outside of Ryan Mathews ($46), you did not spend over $30 on any players. Explain your balanced approach to this auction.

    When I looked at the likely values for players, I saw that there were likely to be strong values at wide receiver, quarterback and tight end. Given that, my plan was to lock up a Top 10 running back for about $40-45, go with a committee for RB2 and then lock down three Top 20 wide receivers for $15-30 each. My plan was to go for $150-165 for my eight main starters (quarterback, two running backs, three wide receivers, tight end, and a flex), so I needed to be judicious with my spending. In a PPR league with three starting wide receivers and a flex position, having three strong wideouts is a major advantage. As long as I got values at quarterback and tight end and decent options for RB2 with upside, I thought I would have a solid playoff contending team.

    Talk to us about the QBBC of Ben Roethlisberger and Joe Flacco and why you expect it to do well in 2012.

    I just love Ben Roethlisberger this year. The Steelers are going to have issues running the ball with Rashard Mendenhall either on the PUP list or not at 100% to start the season, so I think they will be forced to throw more than run this season. Keeping that in mind, Pittsburgh has Mike Wallace (who will play, one way or another not terribly worried about the franchise tag and contract issues), an emerging Antonio Brown and a nice sleeper wide receiver in Emmanuel Sanders. Throw in Heath Miller at tight end and Jerricho Cotchery as another option and you have lots of targets. Add in that Roethlisberger is a tough guy and can run a bit and I see a strong QB1 with Top 5-8 upside.

    Flacco is a different option but as far as backup quarterbacks go I really like him once the first 10-12 names are gone. He now has two guys that can stretch the field with an underrated Torrey Smith plus the newly added Jacoby Jones to compliment Anquan Boldin. Flacco also has two big tight ends (Dennis Pitta and Ed Dickson) that produced big combined numbers last year, and last but not least Ray Rice can catch a ton of balls out of the backfield and always has a chance of going the distance whenever he touches the ball. Flacco threw for two touchdowns in five of his last six contests last year, a strong uptrend that would make him a solid QB2 in any format should he keep that pace up this season.

    Pasquino's Team

    Pos
    Player
    Team
    Price
    QB
    Ben Roethlisberger
    PIT
    $14.00
    QB
    Joe Flacco
    BAL
    $3.00
    RB
    Ryan Mathews
    SDC
    $46.00
    RB
    DeAngelo Williams
    CAR
    $12.00
    RB
    Jahvid Best
    DET
    $10.00
    RB
    Mark Ingram
    NOS
    $9.00
    RB
    David Wilson
    NYG
    $6.00
    RB
    Tim Hightower
    WAS
    $2.00
    WR
    Greg Jennings
    GBP
    $30.00
    WR
    Dez Bryant
    DAL
    $26.00
    WR
    Steve Johnson
    BUF
    $20.00
    WR
    Kendall Wright
    TEN
    $3.00
    WR
    Danny Amendola
    STL
    $1.00
    WR
    Devin Hester
    CHI
    $1.00
    WR
    Rueben Randle
    NYG
    $1.00
    WR
    Emmanuel Sanders
    PIT
    $1.00
    TE
    Fred Davis
    WAS
    $10.00
    TE
    Owen Daniels
    HOU
    $3.00
    PK
    Alex Henery
    PHI
    $1.00
    Def
    New York Giants
    NYG
    $1.00

    Aaron Rudnicki

    Outside of yourself, which teams do you like the best?

    I think Dodds crushed this draft. He was very patient, but was still reasonably aggressive throughout which helped bid up players without overspending on anyone. He saved his cap space and was able to land the best values at running back and tight end among all teams while still landing a stud quarterback and a really strong group of receivers.

    What were your best values in the auction?

    I wound up having to pay a bit too much for some of the players I targeted this year and that limited the value I was able to pick up elsewhere. As long as he doesn't hold out, I think Matt Forte will prove to be a steal at $35. I probably overspent on his backup but figured $45 to land both Chicago backs was worthwhile. I think Mike Williams at $6 was a value, but he ate up my last bit of remaining cap space when I added him so he was actually kind of costly in that sense.

    What were the best values in this auction (not your team)?

    At quarterback, I think guys like Rivers and Cutler were probably some of the best values as both could potentially be top-5 but they went for backup prices. At running back, I like the guys that Dodds added with Ahmad Bradshaw and Steven Jackson for $20 and $19 respectively. At receiver, I liked Bloom's signing of Lance Moore for $5 and Dodds getting Vincent Jackson for just $15. At tight end, there were a lot of values but Greg Olsen for $1 might be one of the best in the entire draft.

    What players went for a lot more than you thought they were worth?

    Going in, I really thought Fred Jackson would be one of the best values in the draft but wound up having to overpay for him when Mark Wimer kept bidding against me. I think he might still be worth what I paid, but he'll need to stay healthy. Brandon Marshall went for the same price as Roddy White and just $1 less than Andre Johnson, but that seems optimistic for him. Eli Manning at $20 also felt high to me as I'd put him in a tier with guys like Ben Roethlisberger and Philip Rivers more than Tony Romo and Michael Vick.

    What's your biggest regret in this auction? What would you redo?

    I wound up spending a bit too much on players early in the auction and that limited my flexibility later on. I'm not sure I really wanted Trent Richardson bad enough to spend $34 on him, and I probably spent more than I should have on Matt Ryan as well. There were similar players available for quite a bit less if I had just been more patient. The reason I started making moves earlier than expected was because I felt that if I waited too long, then I'd get stuck in a bidding war with the other owners who were also saving their cap space. This is pretty much what happened to me with Percy Harvin and Fred Jackson. I felt they were guys I had to have, but I would have been better off letting them go and just filling those spots with lesser and cheaper players to give myself more depth. Also, if this were a best-ball type league where you don't need to pick a lineup each week, then I would have definitely been more willing to let some key players go and replace them with depth but given the league rules I wanted to make sure my starting lineup was strong.

    You spent just less than half your cap ($99) on a trio of running backs. Talk to us about why you favored a strong running back attack in this auction.

    Well, with this being a league where you need to set lineups each week, I did want to be strong at that position and I felt like Fred Jackson was an ideal 3rd running back. I expected to get him for less than $20 since he lasted until very late and players that are typically valued more like Ahmad Bradshaw and Steven Jackson went for something similar. I kind of got stuck with Trent Richardson early as I was mostly trying to bid him up but wound up getting caught. Both of those signings were too expensive and wound up eating up way too much cap space on my team. Matt Forte was probably the best value of the bunch though and I think that helped offset things a bit.

    You spent just $6 despite grabbing three tight ends (Jared Cook, Kyle Rudolph, and Heath Miller). Explain your thinking here with the tight end by committee approach.

    I waited awhile at the tight end position and probably could have done just as well without spending $4 on Jared Cook. I had no idea that players like Greg Olsen would be going for single $1, but I still like the group I wound up with for the total cost. Since I spent less on my starter than probably almost any other team in the league, I figured adding a 3rd would give me a better chance to hit big on someone. I see both Cook and Rudolph as young players with upside, while Miller is a safe and steady vet who you can rely on. Early on in the season, I'd hope that one player emerges a bit and then you can dump a guy here to free up the roster spot for another position.

    Rudnicki's Team

    Pos
    Player
    Team
    Price
    QB
    Matt Ryan
    ATL
    $12.00
    QB
    Christian Ponder
    MIN
    $1.00
    QB
    Mark Sanchez
    NYJ
    $1.00
    RB
    Matt Forte
    CHI
    $35.00
    RB
    Trent Richardson
    CLE
    $34.00
    RB
    Fred Jackson
    BUF
    $30.00
    RB
    Michael Bush
    CHI
    $10.00
    RB
    Rashad Jennings
    JAC
    $1.00
    WR
    Percy Harvin
    MIN
    $26.00
    WR
    Dwayne Bowe
    KCC
    $22.00
    WR
    Santonio Holmes
    NYJ
    $10.00
    WR
    Mike Williams
    TBB
    $6.00
    WR
    Laurent Robinson
    JAC
    $2.00
    WR
    Davone Bess
    MIA
    $1.00
    WR
    Jordan Shipley
    CIN
    $1.00
    TE
    Jared Cook
    TEN
    $4.00
    TE
    Heath Miller
    PIT
    $1.00
    TE
    Kyle Rudolph
    MIN
    $1.00
    PK
    Dan Bailey
    DAL
    $1.00
    Def
    Buffalo Bills
    BUF
    $1.00

    Andy Hicks

    Outside of yourself, which teams do you like the best?

    It may sound sycophantic, but Dodds is really good at this. He not only got big names at all positions, he got depth at each position and did it with value.

    Greg Russell has fantastic starters, but I worry about his depth.

    Bloom has an interesting strategy in drafting 10 wide receivers, but only 1 Tight End and essentially only 1 quarterback. The waiver wire would be essential for Bloom here, more so than others.

    What were your best values in the auction?

    Getting the Palmer ($3) /Smith ($1) combo at quarterback along with Vick ($20) for less than $25 made me very happy. Tebow for $2 was unnecessary, but I'd seen Dodds walking away with far too much value to let him get away with a $1 nom on a guy who will stat very well once the Jets give up on Sanchez.

    What were the best values in this auction (not your team)?

    At $1, Mario Manningham and Greg Olsen stand out in particular. Jacobs and James for San Fran running back depth for Chris Smith was a nice get as well.

    Jon Baldwin, Vincent Brown, Jacoby Ford and Laurent Robinson for $2 were particularly annoying as I nominated every single one of them at $1 and didn't have enough to go to $3 on any of them. I expect 2 of these guys to break out in a big way and at this stage lean towards Baldwin and Brown.

    Moving up the dollar values, Kevin Smith at $3, Anquan Boldin at $7, Heyward-Bey at $9, Rivers at $12 stand out, while Steve Smith (Carolina) at $19 was a huge steal as the 22nd most expensive wide receiver and Steven Jackson/Isaiah Pead for $20 is almost insane. Jackson ranks 20th in price for a running back.

    What players went for a lot more than you thought they were worth?

    DeMarco Murray for $35 was a touch on the expensive side. He got 2 TDs last year and hasn't shaken the injury tag yet. A player I nominated as my first at bat in the Cleveland rookie Trent Richardson for $34 was extremely poor value as well.

    Brandon Marshall, another early nominee of mine for $30 is a big chunk of the budget on such a risky player. Victor Cruz for $29 is a wild swing for the fences, despite last years crazy season and Kenny Britt for $23 is asking for trouble.

    What's your biggest regret in this auction? What would you redo?

    Taking C.J. Spiller for $15 is easily my biggest regret. Helu for $15 I didn't mind so much, but I would have liked to get Hightower as security. Spending $15 on Spiller meant I couldn't afford Hightower for $3, nor many others I would have loved to go one extra dollar on. Spiller was a case of my trying to be too smart in thinking someone would come over the top with another bid. I didn't particularly want Spiller, but had been starved of action for a little while and got caught off guard in bidding Spiller too high. I think I overpaid on Crabtree, Helu and Lloyd as well, but can live with those choices a lot better than the Spiller one.

    You anchored your team with wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald ($34), running back Adrian Peterson ($30), and quarterback Michael Vick ($20). Talk to us about why you favored a balanced approach in this auction.

    Fitzgerald is the 2nd most expensive wideout, Peterson comes in as the 13th most expensive running back and Vick as the 7th highest quarterback.

    Fitzgerald is a pretty safe bet to finish as a top 10 wide receiver and considering he is only, at most, $5 more expensive than the rest of the top 10 wide receivers I think I got a good buy here.

    Peterson is probably the guy that I need to do well more than anyone. Doing this auction 3 months before the season starts, we all have to keep our fingers crossed for a lot of players in this draft. I managed to back Peterson up with Toby Gerhart, so have coverage should he miss the start of the season. The Vikings will want Peterson ready and so will I on opening day though.

    As for Vick, I am counting on him taking one too many risks and missing a few games, but when he plays he'll generally finish as a top 4 points per game option. I therefore needed to take some high upside backups and feel I've done that with Carson Palmer, Alex Smith and Tim Tebow.

    Why did I not go bigger on anyone? Only Maurile and Stephen Holloway have a cheaper "most expensive" player by the way. For all the guys that went over $30, some were only within a dollar or 2 of my top evaluation, so I could have ended up with e.g. Calvin or Chris Johnson, but around 20% of your budget on 1 guy is risky business, more so if you do it for 2 or 3 (or in the case of Greg Russell 4) players.

    You spent $12 each on your tight ends (Jermichael Finley and Jason Witten) while many others opted to go cheap at this position. Explain your thinking here.

    The Flex position allows for any of the tight end, running back, or wide receiver positions to be used. I like getting Finley or Witten here to fill up that flex position for most weeks. The numbers put up by Tight Ends last year easily makes the position a viable option for the flex role and in a lot of cases a better option. I feel with two top 6 Tight Ends on my roster, at a very reasonable price, I can get better scores for the Flex than I could with my WR4 or my RB3 options. Last year both of these guys were statistically better in this format than a bottom end WR2 or a RB2 anyway and there is optimism for both to do better this year. Using Finley or Witten is a very safe way of ensuring solid production from the flex position in almost every week. I don't mind spending a little but extra to get top 6 stats at one position and have the flex position dealt with clearly. Spending $12 to get the 30th best running back or wide receiver, is a much higher risk to me.

    Hicks' Team

    Pos
    Player
    Team
    Price
    QB
    Michael Vick
    PHI
    $20.00
    QB
    Carson Palmer
    OAK
    $3.00
    QB
    Tim Tebow
    NYJ
    $2.00
    QB
    Alex Smith
    SFO
    $1.00
    RB
    Adrian Peterson
    MIN
    $30.00
    RB
    Roy Helu
    WAS
    $15.00
    RB
    C.J. Spiller
    BUF
    $15.00
    RB
    Beanie Wells
    ARI
    $10.00
    RB
    Stevan Ridley
    NEP
    $6.00
    RB
    Toby Gerhart
    MIN
    $4.00
    WR
    Larry Fitzgerald
    ARI
    $34.00
    WR
    Brandon Lloyd
    NEP
    $12.00
    WR
    Michael Crabtree
    SFO
    $8.00
    WR
    Denarius Moore
    OAK
    $8.00
    WR
    Randy Moss
    SFO
    $5.00
    WR
    James Jones
    GBP
    $1.00
    TE
    Jermichael Finley
    GBP
    $12.00
    TE
    Jason Witten
    DAL
    $12.00
    PK
    David Akers
    SFO
    $1.00
    Def
    Denver Broncos
    DEN
    $1.00

    Chris Smith

    Outside of yourself, which teams do you like the best?

    There are two candidates here in my opinion. I love the overall depth of David Dodd's team but have some small concerns of his running back stable heading into this season. Still he has no real holes and as usual did a superb job in the draft. However the team I like the most other than my own was the one put together by Jeff Pasquino. His quarterback duo isn't flashy but a Flacco / Roethlisberger combination will get the job done. He did a super job on his running back position, having six potential contributors, two good tight end options and I see a very solid starting trio at receiver in Dez Bryant, Greg Jennings and Steve Johnson. All in all, his team will be very difficult to beat each week although he'll have to determine which of the six running backs is the best starting option.

    What were your best values in the auction?

    I have a few players I feel are a strong value even though I spent some money on them in this draft. The first is Cam Newton for 24 bucks. He has the potential to put up monster fantasy numbers each week and if a team should happen to shut down the pass, he can put up 20 fantasy points with his legs. I landed him for 11 dollars cheaper than the holding out Drew Brees and 18 dollars cheaper than Aaron Rodgers so I feel that was a good value pickup. I also believe Maurice Jones-Drew at 46 dollars was strong value. He is a durable top-five fantasy weapon and makes it easy to know who I am starting at running back each week. A few others I really thought I had good value is TE Antonio Gates ($15), WR Darrius Heyward-Bey ($9), RB LaMichael James ($1), RB Chris Rainey ($1), WR Arrelious Benn ($1), and TE Kellen Winslow ($1).

    What were the best values in this auction (not your team)?

    I saw lots of late value but for backups, not starters. In terms of starters, the best value is:

    Quarterbacks

  • Matt Ryan for $12
  • Ben Roethlisberger for $14
  • Josh Freeman for $4
  • Peyton Manning for $12
  • Philip Rivers for $12
  • Jay Cutler for $10
  • Running Backs

  • C.J. Spiller for $15
  • Steven Ridley for $6
  • Doug Martin for $17
  • Jahvid Best for $10
  • Willis McGahee for $5
  • Shonn Green for $14
  • Ryan Williams for $8
  • Wide Receivers

  • Mike Williams (TB) for $6
  • Mohamed Sanu for $2
  • Malcom Floyd for $6
  • Sidney Rice for $8
  • Tight Ends

  • Heath Miller for $1
  • Jason Witten for $12
  • Jermaine Gresham for $4
  • Fred Davis for $10
  • Brandon Pettigrew for $12
  • Vernon Davis for $15
  • What players went for a lot more than you thought they were worth?

  • QB Aaron Rodgers for $42… I love Rodgers but more than 20 percent of your budget for a quarterback is too much in my opinion. I landed Newton for $18 dollars cheaper.
  • RB Darren Sproles for $34… He is a good player but there is no much competition for touches in the Saints backfield this season and the entire team is in a bad state right now heading into the preseason.
  • TE Jimmy Graham for $34… I love Graham but that is simply too much money to spend on the tight end position. I was able to pick up Antonio Gates for $15 and Vernon Davis was picked up for the same. Jason Witten was landed for $12 dollars. Brees will almost certainly be under center to start the season but the entire Saints situation scares me to death.
  • RB Fred Jackson for $30… He is an interesting player as you can make an argument he is undervalued at 30 dollars. However he is not a young player and I see C.J. Spiller finally reaching the potential of his high first round pick status. I see a split in playing time and Spiller with his greater upside was grabbed for $15.
  • What's your biggest regret in this auction? What would you redo?

    I am pretty happy actually with how the draft unfolded as my pre-draft strategy went according to plan. I think the only questionable decision I made in this draft was up-bidding the Chargers defense when I did to 2 dollars. I didn't mind paying the 2 dollars as I had budgeted 4 dollars for two players heading into the draft but when I landed the defense, I should have kept those two dollars to use on adding another receiver or running back at end of draft.

    You jumped out early with the popular "studs and duds" auction approach. There is no doubt this team has talent with anchors like RB Ray Rice ($55), RB Maurice Jones Drew ($46), WR Andre Johnson ($31), and QB Cam Newton ($24). Tell us about why you favored this approach in this auction.

    Don't forget Antonio Gates as well. Heading into this draft, knowing I am drafting with 11 other sharks who know exactly what they are doing, I had a feeling the majority of my fellow owners would attempt to sit on their money, waiting for the value players in the middle to later stages of the draft. In a Best Ball fantasy league, this is a wonderful strategy and in fact is the leading strategy for piecing together a killer team. However this was a draft in which you must name the starters each week and due to that, landing studs at all positions is huge in my opinion. Now each week I can simply plug in five parts of my eight players in starting lineups (quarterback, running back, wide receiver, and tight end) and not think twice about it. I also figured (and currently so I may add) than there would be value in the top tier players as owners sat on their money. Starting a Newton, Rice, Jones Drew, Johnson, Gates combo each week is deadly.

    You were one of the teams that ended with a lot of $1 and $2 players. Which of these guys do you expect to elevate their game significantly this season.

    I am quite happy with my late pickups. In fact in my opinion it could not have gone better. I found a dependable backup quarterback for one dollar is Matt Cassel and he will plug in when I need him. I found four one-dollar receivers I believe can have an impact in Doug Baldwin, Arrelious Benn, Eddie Royal and Andre Caldwell. All four of them have talent and could emerge as good fantasy options if the cards flip the right way. Tight end Kellen Winslow for one dollar could be huge as obviously the Seahawks see something they like in him and finally my rookie running back combo of Chris Rainey and LaMichael James are both in positions to contribute a lot in their first professional season.

    Smith's Team

    Pos
    Player
    Team
    Price
    QB
    Cam Newton
    CAR
    $24.00
    QB
    Matt Cassel
    KCC
    $1.00
    RB
    Ray Rice
    BAL
    $55.00
    RB
    Maurice Jones-Drew
    JAC
    $46.00
    RB
    Pierre Thomas
    NOS
    $3.00
    RB
    Brandon Jacobs
    SFO
    $1.00
    RB
    LaMichael James
    SFO
    $1.00
    RB
    Chris Rainey
    PIT
    $1.00
    WR
    Andre Johnson
    HOU
    $31.00
    WR
    Darrius Heyward-Bey
    OAK
    $9.00
    WR
    Brian Hartline
    MIA
    $3.00
    WR
    Doug Baldwin
    SEA
    $1.00
    WR
    Arrelious Benn
    TBB
    $1.00
    WR
    Andre Caldwell
    DEN
    $1.00
    WR
    Eddie Royal
    SDC
    $1.00
    TE
    Antonio Gates
    SDC
    $15.00
    TE
    Kellen Winslow
    SEA
    $1.00
    PK
    Randy Bullock
    HOU
    $1.00
    Def
    Chicago Bears
    CHI
    $2.00
    Def
    San Diego Chargers
    SDC
    $2.00

    Greg Russell

    Outside of yourself, which teams do you like the best?

    I think most of the teams came out fairly even. Most teams have a few strengths and a few holes. David Dodds team is the deepest though I think he'd have been stronger allocating some roster space differently. There are a number of teams like Chris Smith who if they can manage to hit a break out player in the right position could be extremely strong.

    What were your best values in the auction?

    I believe running back Chris Johnson is likely to return to the elite running back ranks this year, so I thought $38 was at least around $10 less than he should have gone.

    I was hoping no one would nominate tight end Tony Gonzalez until most teams had already taken a starter. I was able to pick him up for $8 as the 10th tight end auction off, and I believe he'll probably outscore half of the players taken ahead of him for higher salaries.

    What were the best values in this auction (not your team)?

    Cam Newton at $24 could end up being a steal and worth the risk of a second year slump at that price. Marshawn Lynch for $29 was a player I wish I'd been in a situation to take but I'd already filled my running back needs. Though they likely won't be major fantasy performers, I still have to love the value of Mark Wimer getting Donald Brown and Delone Carter for a combined $4. Not often someone wraps up an NFL backfield for so cheap.

    What players went for a lot more than you thought they were worth?

    I wasn't a fan of running back Trent Richardson at $34 nor Reggie Bush at $25 with so many doubts about those teams overall offenses. Wide receiver Greg Jennings for $30 was a player I avoided because Green Bay has so many talented receivers that I don't know if Jennings can be counted on to produce consistently enough to be tied for the fourth highest paid receiver. Receiver Torrey Smith at $17 is a gamble as well.

    What's your biggest regret in this auction? What would you redo?

    The biggest regret is preparation. I don't normally produce projections this far in advance of training camp. With projections one can walk into an auction knowing exactly what price each player is worth given beliefs about the player. Without, you have to look at average auction values and what players are going for as the auction progresses and then try to adjust in your head as you see what players are going for, which is what I did. But that's not ideal; you leave value on the table. In terms of what single player do I most regret, it would have to be Aaron Rodgers. While I believe he is worth the price I paid, the quarterbacks after him went for much cheaper than I expected.

    You went to the wall and paid $42 for quarterback Aaron Rodgers. At the conclusion of this auction it appeared that some of the best values were by waiting at quarterback and using a committee approach. Talk to us why you favored going big at quarterback here.

    While I did plan to get a couple of elite players early on, I had expected the elite quarterbacks to go for higher prices than they did. Even Rodgers I had thought would go for a few dollars more, and in this case I was caught bidding him up more than it was a strategy to take Rodgers specifically. I thought it more likely I would end up with Brees or Brady.

    You jumped out early with the popular "studs and duds" auction approach. There is no doubt this team has talent with anchors like QB Aaron Rodgers ($42), WR Calvin Johnson ($40), RB Chris Johnson ($38) and RB Darren Sproles ($34). Tell us about why you favored this approach in this auction.

    I did indeed go with studs and duds, for two major reasons. First, as I didn't have projections yet I didn't enter the auction with a set of prices all the way down the positional lists. However I did figure out some auction prices for the top players at each position using beliefs about them and then some reasonable expectations of fantasy points from players further down the list. So I felt as long as I stayed under my values on those top players I would be ok.

    The second major reason for going studs and duds is that I thought it likely we would have a lot of owners with the same thought to sit back too long waiting on good values, which could result in the top few players being better than expected bargains. As I've never used this approach before, it seemed a good time to try it out and get some experience with it. I was hoping to come away with two studs at quarterback, receiver or tight end, and to also land two running backs who would be full time starters and hopefully top twelve performers. If I had it to do over, I would have spent less though on my fourth player taken (Sproles, my second running back) in order to leave a little more money to fill my roster.

    You were one of the teams that ended with a lot of $1 and $2 players. Which of these guys do you expect to elevate their game significantly this season.

    I love Andy Dalton as a $2 player, though since this is not Best Ball format he likely wouldn't start other than on Rodgers bye week. Taiwan Jones is a player I liked gambling on with McFadden having had so many injuries even I have to tag him with the over-used "injury prone" tag. On the opposite side of the coin, I believe Jacoby Ford can be a quality fantasy starter if he can stay on the field. I was very glad to get him late when I'd reserved enough money to be able to pay $2-$4 for most of my final roster spots.

    Russell's Team

    Pos
    Player
    Team
    Price
    QB
    Aaron Rodgers
    GBP
    $42.00
    QB
    Andy Dalton
    CIN
    $2.00
    RB
    Chris Johnson
    TEN
    $38.00
    RB
    Darren Sproles
    NOS
    $34.00
    RB
    Felix Jones
    DAL
    $3.00
    RB
    Mike Tolbert
    CAR
    $2.00
    RB
    Ryan Grant
    FA
    $1.00
    RB
    Montario Hardesty
    CLE
    $1.00
    RB
    Taiwan Jones
    OAK
    $1.00
    WR
    Calvin Johnson
    DET
    $40.00
    WR
    Eric Decker
    DEN
    $13.00
    WR
    Michael Floyd
    ARI
    $4.00
    WR
    Jon Baldwin
    KCC
    $2.00
    WR
    Jacoby Ford
    OAK
    $2.00
    WR
    Mohamed Sanu
    CIN
    $2.00
    WR
    Steve Breaston
    KCC
    $1.00
    TE
    Tony Gonzalez
    ATL
    $8.00
    TE
    Joel Dreessen
    DEN
    $1.00
    PK
    Sebastian Janikowski
    OAK
    $1.00
    Def
    Detroit Lions
    DET
    $2.00

    Mark Wimer

    You had a plan for your $200 cap. Did everything go according to it? If not, where did it change and why did you go off-plan?

    I actually had four players in the first 50, more than I expected. It happened because some of the guys I had targeted were nominated early, and because I won some auctions I thought I might drop out of getting Tony Romo for $22 which was $3 less than I had budgeted. I also got Jimmy Graham for less than budget (paid $34, had $39 budgeted). I spent $29 ($4 more than I planned) for Marshawn Lynch, and $29 for Victor Cruz at first wide receiver ($5 more than I planned). However, I got my second wide receiver, Torrey Smith, at $14 when I budgeted $21 and my third wide receiver, Robert Meachem, at $8, when I had budgeted $20. So the lower prices on second and third wide receiver offset my overspending on my top running back and top wide receiver. My second running back, Michael Turner, cost exactly what I had budgeted, $20.

    What happened with the three players you expected to buy? Did you get all of them, some or none? If you missed some of them, how did you change your strategy during the auction?

    I got all three of the players I wanted to buy I picked up LeStar Jean for $1 at the end of the auction. I paid less than I expected for both Jimmy Graham and Torrey Smith, so I think my plan for the three targeted players worked well.

    Did you do any handcuffs, and if so why? Which "pair" of players did you think make for the best value as a duo despite costing you two roster spots instead of one?

    I actually ended up handcuffing all three of my running backs. Part of the reason for this is the handcuffs came really cheap. For example, Michael Turner cost $20, but I got Jacquizz Rodgers for $4 and Rodgers has PPR value of his own independent of the handcuff if his role develops this year as I expect (hopefully a Darren-Sproles-like role to complement Turner in Atlanta). Rodgers could be a flex play for me some weeks even with Turner starting for the Falcons.

    Since I ended up with Marshawn Lynch at first running back, I added Leon Washington as insurance at just $1. My third running back position developed relatively late in the draft when I snagged Donald Brown on the cheap for $3 and then added Delone Carter for just $1. Part of the reason for the move on Brown/Carter was that later in the auction, the other options available to me that I was willing to consider at running back were Willis McGahee and Peyton Hillis who are both on bye week seven, along with Michael Turner and Jacquizz Rodgers. So I went with Brown/Carter (bye week four). All told I spent just $6, or 3% of the cap, on running back handcuffs a reasonable price to protect my starters.

    How much did you spend on your 10 official starters, and how do you feel about your bench, both from a fantasy value and a bargain value perspective?

    I spent $159 on the seven starters I built the $174 budget around (Tony Romo, Marshawn Lynch, Michael Turner, Victor Cruz, Torrey Smith, Robert Meachem, and Jimmy Graham) which gave me a nice reserve of cash in the middle part of the auction. I guess I'd consider Antonio Brown ($14) my likely flex player week 1, Robbie Gould is the place kicker ($1) and the Texans D is my defensive team ($2). All told, my 10 starters came in at $176.

    I absolutely love my wide receiver bench, with Nate Washington ($4), Lestar Jean ($1) and Antonio Brown Washington is a reliable veteran with either the mercurial, injury-prone Kenny Britt or rookie Kendall Wright across from him. Antonio Brown plays on a high-octane passing offense, is just now coming into the prime of his career, and was voted team MVP by his teammates despite only starting three games last year (the Steelers were still starting Hines Ward out of respect for Ward's distinguished career). Brown is just starting to make waves in the NFL. Lestar Jean may wind up the second wide receiver in Houston across from Andre Johnson if that works out like I hope it will, Jean will be an absolute steal at $1. Jean is the sort of swing-for-the-fences fantasy player I like to roster at the end of my wide receiver bench.

    I'm not so thrilled with my third running back combination of Donald Brown and Delone Carter, but Brown did start looking competent in the second half of the season, and this year he won't have Joseph Addai around vulturing touches from Brown. The pass offense was awful-to-mediocre last year, meaning there wasn't a lot of room for Brown to roam. If Andrew Luck is everything we've been told, by the time I need to plug in Brown/Carter (week seven), the Colts' youth-movement offense should be past the worst of Luck's rookie learning curve.

    Jacquizz Rodgers might end up being the star of the running back bench the team is planning on expanding his role, and in a PPR league he has good prospects in a Darren-Sproles-like role. I can definitely see Rodgers in at flex/starting some weeks, depending on matchups and Michael Turner's health.

    I'm comfortable with Matt Schaub/Josh Freeman behind Romo, but given Schaub's tender foot I really consider Schaub more of a second-half-of-the-season play. If he's healthy, Schaub can be a top-12 fantasy quarterback, but there are questions about his readiness for the start of the season. That's why I got him so cheaply at $3 in this early-preseason auction. Josh Freeman ($4) cost me a little more, but I think he is devalued due to the sophomore slump he endured last year rather than on his outlook for this year. With Vincent Jackson and Dallas Clark now in town, the potential for some explosive weeks for Freeman is definitely there if he can get back to throwing confidently, I have another potential top-12 fantasy quarterback on the bench in Freeman. He is an accomplished scrambler/runner, which could add a nice pop of fantasy points from time to time he put up 55/238/4 rushing last year in a down year).

    I really like my tight end bench, with Peyton Manning's new starting tight end, Jacob Tamme ($2) and Luck's college teammate at Stanford, Coby Fleener ($1). Tamme might be a flex play for me some weeks if he has a strong chemistry with Manning in Denver, and Fleener offers upside for the second half of the season and youthful constitution (and the quick-healing the goes with being young).

    What was the turning point to your auction (could be going after the last stud running back or quarterback, a key nomination, saving money for just the right time, etc.)?

    Saving my money for the mid rounds where I could scoop guys like Robert Meachem, Matt Schaub and Josh Freeman for relatively little in cap. Romo has a good shot at outperforming his $22 price point, too but not as much as Meachem, Schaub and Freeman may. If this league were to be played out, I have nice trade bait potential at quarterback after Romo and Freeman's week five bye late enough in the year to have some desperate owners with injuries or suspension problems at quarterback, but early enough that even the desperate owners still have hope of the playoffs. If Freeman bounces back this year he might net me a stud at another position where I need just enough help to put this team over the top. Also, after week five Schaub's foot will hopefully be stabilized enough that I'd be willing/able to trade either him or Freeman.

    Outside of yourself, which teams do you like the best?

    Maurile Tremblay's team looks strong across all positions with good depth, too. His running back stable with Frank Gore/Kendall Hunter SF; BenJarvus Green-Ellis/Bernard Scott CIN; and Willis McGahee DEN is solid and Brandon Saine GB could be a diamond in the rough.

    David Dodds' team with explosive wide receivers (Vincent Jackson, Jordy Nelson, and Mike Wallace) is really scary especially with Drew Brees as his lead quarterback. Ahmad Bradshaw, Doug Martin and Isaac Redman form a very nice 1-2-3 at running back, and Dodds has Steven Jackson to plug in on bye weeks and when the matchups favor Jackson, even though he's stuck on the unimpressive Rams' offense. Dodds will likely have a running back for flex most weeks. Also, he's got a nice trio of tight ends to choose from each week (Brent Celek, Jermaine Gresham, Greg Olsen).

    What were your best values in the auction?

    I thought Robert Meachem at $8 was outstanding, and Matt Schaub at $3 could really be a big value if his foot is OK by the start of regular season. If Schaub is well by September, then I'll have two top-12 quarterbacks to choose from between Schaub and Romo. I also love having the potential second wide receiver in Houston, Lestar Jean, at only $1.

    What were the best values in this auction (not your team)?

    Ryan Fitzpatrick at $2 for Dodds is quite a steal he may finish in the top-12 among fantasy quarterbacks at years' end. Laurent Robinson at $2 for Aaron Rudnicki could be outstanding if Blaine Gabbert plays better in 2012 (and it'd be hard for him to play worse).

    Maurile Tremblay may have an outstanding fantasy tight end in Ed Dickson, and he only paid $1.

    What players went for a lot more than you thought they were worth?

    Matt Forte at $35 seems to be REALLY expensive for a player currently holding out and who has a very capable challenger for playing time in 2012 in the person of Michael Bush Aaron did manage to grab Bush as well for $10 but I think $45 for the Chicago backs is a really large investment for just one potential starter each week and the Chicago offensive line doesn't inspire a lot of confidence in my mind, so coming by $45 worth of fantasy points from that run offense is problematic at best.

    Antonio Gates' foot problems scare me it seems to be a chronic issue that flares up regularly at this point so even though the word out of San Diego is that he's at the top of his health and his game would put me off Gates. I think Chris Smith (who spent BIG on a few guys in this auction) invested a lot of his scarce cap in an injury-prone, aging guy there.

    What's your biggest regret in this auction? What would you redo?

    I shouldn't have targeted Fred Jackson in a draft in which Aaron Rudnicki was bidding. I almost overpaid for Jackson, and in waiting on him I missed out on aggressively pursuing some wide receivers and backs that I would, in retrospect, have liked to add to this team. One of the rules of successfully navigating any given fantasy draft is to know your opposition, and I know that Rudnicki has a lot of esteem for successful players from his favorite NFL franchise. I should have expected him to go 'all-in' to get Jackson (which he did, at $30).

    You went big for tight end Jimmy Graham ($34) while many others opted to go cheap at this position. Explain your thinking here.

    Graham is in the top 10 of my overall list for PPR leagues (such as this one) currently, he's at #4 overall on my board. The reason for going big here is that Graham's value relative to 30 other NFL tight ends (excluding Rob Gronkowski) is so much higher than the value of the elite tier at the other fantasy positions, yet because he's a tight end the perceived value of Graham in an auction was less than the 'elite' players at other positions (Calvin Johnson cost $40; Arian Foster went for $58; Aaron Rodgers went for $42). A rookie running back, Trent Richardson, also cost $34, yet he hasn't proven his NFL value and upside in the same way that Graham has in Graham's two NFL seasons. I think that Graham's fantasy value is VERY likely to maintain itself this year in New Orleans, despite the coaching staff turmoil in my book, Graham is one of the 'safest' elite-level players in the league, with little prospect of a drop-off in production on the talented and explosive Saints' offense. He's the anchor of this fantasy team.

    Outside of tight end Jimmy Graham ($34), you did not spend over $29 on any other players. Explain your balanced approach to this auction.

    When I designed the budget for this team, it was with the expectation that I'd be able to roster players that I have high regard for - much higher for than most of my peers at this early point in the preseason at relatively bargain prices. For example, I have Torrey Smith at ninth on my PPR wide receiver board, well above the next-highest ranking as of May 29 (next-highest ranking on Smith now is 24th on the PPR wide receiver board, average is 26th). As the auction unfolded, I was able to roster Smith for $17, a real bargain for a guy I think will finish in the top-10 at his position. Similarly, I have Robert Meachem at 22nd on my board, while the consensus average is 35th Meachem cost me a mere $8. So I thought there was a lot of value to be had at wide receiver, allowing me to spend big on Graham, but then go relatively inexpensively on my wide receiver roster. Victor Cruz is sixth on my PPR wide receiver board, but 13th consensus ranking, allowing me to spend a relatively-modest $29 on Cruz, which was on the low end of salary cap expended for top-10 wide receivers (from $40 for Calvin Johnson to $28 for Julio Jones).

    Wimer's Team

    Pos
    Player
    Team
    Price
    QB
    Tony Romo
    DAL
    $22.00
    QB
    Josh Freeman
    TBB
    $4.00
    QB
    Matt Schaub
    HOU
    $3.00
    RB
    Marshawn Lynch
    SEA
    $29.00
    RB
    Michael Turner
    ATL
    $20.00
    RB
    Jacquizz Rodgers
    ATL
    $4.00
    RB
    Donald Brown
    IND
    $3.00
    RB
    Delone Carter
    IND
    $1.00
    RB
    Leon Washington
    SEA
    $1.00
    WR
    Victor Cruz
    NYG
    $29.00
    WR
    Torrey Smith
    BAL
    $17.00
    WR
    Antonio Brown
    PIT
    $14.00
    WR
    Robert Meachem
    SDC
    $8.00
    WR
    Nate Washington
    TEN
    $4.00
    WR
    Lestar Jean
    HOU
    $1.00
    TE
    Jimmy Graham
    NOS
    $34.00
    TE
    Jacob Tamme
    DEN
    $2.00
    TE
    Coby Fleener
    IND
    $1.00
    PK
    Robbie Gould
    CHI
    $1.00
    Def
    Houston Texans
    HOU
    $2.00

    Matt Waldman

    You had a plan for your $200 cap. Did everything go according to it? If not, where did it change and why did you go off-plan?

    I didn't expect our league to devalue running backs at the top as significantly as it did. When Arian Foster went at $15 less than I projected and Ray Rice went for $11 less, I knew I was going to pursue a stud back and I got LeSean McCoy for $19 less than my projected value for him. When I jumped in to bid up Demarco Murray at $35 when the pace of the bidding slowed down, I was pleasantly surprised to land him at that price - $9 below my projected value of him. My only regret is I didn't jump in with Marshawn Lynch at $9 because I had him valued at $50.

    What happened with the three players you expected to buy? Did you get all of them, some or none? If you missed some of them, how did you change your strategy during the auction?

    I expected to target a tight end like Aaron Hernandez or Antonio Gates. However, once I saw that the prices for these players was 2-3 times my expectation, I decided to hold off and take my chances with some surprise dollar picks at the very end. There are some rookies and young vets without proven production that I like enough to take a chance on and I figure I'll also find value on the waiver wire if I don't make the right picks for a dollar.

    Did you do any handcuffs, and if so why? Which "pair" of players did you think make for the best value as a duo despite costing you two roster spots instead of one?

    I took a shot at Bryce Brown, the seventh-round rookie who has a chance to earn time behind LeSean McCoy. The only back as heralded as Brown in the recruiting class that arrived to college football at that time was Trent Richardson. Brown is already impressing with his quickness in Eagles camp and at this point of spring, I'll take the bet that he'll emerge the primary backup this year.

    How much did you spend on your 10 official starters, and how do you feel about your bench, both from a fantasy value and a bargain value perspective?

    I spent $190 on my 10 starters and I actually feel better about my bench than I expected, but let's get real here: I'll be playing the waiver wire early and often to acquire bench players and possibly making a trade for running back depth. I like the talent of my bench players, but their situations may not be conducive to great fantasy production.

    How did your nomination strategy work out? If you could make one change in your nominations, what would it have been and why?

    At the end of the draft there were 2-3 players I would have waited longer to nominate with the hope of landing them at $1: Alshon Jeffery, Austin Collie, and Randy Moss. Not sure they would have lasted long enough for it to happen, but they were close. Otherwise, my nomination strategy was fine. I don't mastermind a plan late at night in my dungeon when it comes to nominating players so all I can say is that my early nominations allowed me to assess the market and my late nominations could have been times a little later to get a few players I wanted that I didn't'.

    Did you spend aggressively early or did you sit back and wait for value? Was this your plan or did you change mid-auction? If you changed your plan, why did you and what cued you in as to making the switch?

    As I mentioned in Question No.2 in the pre-auction section, I saw the value in mid-tier receivers, but my plan was to adjust to the actual market values when the auction was taking place. Once runners were valued much lower than my projections, I jumped on the chance to get top runners and receivers and shoot for potential values at tight end and quarterback.

    What values did you get and which players are you most happy with grabbing during the auction?

    I already mentioned McCoy and Murray, who were a combined $28 less than I expected to spend for a duo of its caliber. This afforded me the chance to take three stud receivers that I didn't expect to land. I got Brandon Marshall for the exact value I projected him ($30), Hakeem Nicks for $7 less than my value of him and this allowed me to target Steve Smith (Car.), who I landed for $2 less than my projected value. Nicks got hurt the day after the auction, but there's a chance he'll be fine for the season. If not, I have no regrets picking him because when healthy, which he was the night of the auction, he's a solid WR1. In fact, all three of my receivers are WR1s.

    What was the turning point to your auction (could be going after the last stud running back or quarterback, a key nomination, saving money for just the right time, etc.)?

    Once I saw I had a chance to land Smith just below my value of him, I knew I was damning the torpedoes and going all-out studs and duds. In my estimation, McCoy, Murray, Marshall, Nicks and Smith are all good bets to exceed 50 receptions and three of those players could exceed 80 catches.

    Waldman's Team

    Pos
    Player
    Team
    Price
    QB
    Peyton Manning
    DEN
    $12.00
    QB
    Robert Griffin III
    WAS
    $9.00
    RB
    LeSean McCoy
    PHI
    $50.00
    RB
    DeMarco Murray
    DAL
    $35.00
    RB
    Bryce Brown
    PHI
    $1.00
    RB
    Mike Goodson
    OAK
    $1.00
    RB
    Danny Woodhead
    NEP
    $1.00
    WR
    Brandon Marshall
    CHI
    $30.00
    WR
    Hakeem Nicks
    NYG
    $29.00
    WR
    Steve Smith
    CAR
    $19.00
    WR
    Juron Criner
    OAK
    $1.00
    WR
    TY Hilton
    IND
    $1.00
    WR
    Mario Manningham
    SFO
    $1.00
    WR
    Andre Roberts
    ARI
    $1.00
    WR
    Jerome Simpson
    MIN
    $1.00
    TE
    Martellus Bennett
    NYG
    $1.00
    TE
    James Casey
    HOU
    $1.00
    TE
    Dallas Clark
    TBB
    $1.00
    PK
    Matt Prater
    DEN
    $1.00
    Def
    San Francisco 49ers
    SFO
    $4.00

    Maurile Tremblay

    Outside of yourself, which teams do you like the best?

    I like the makeup of Bloom's and Wimer's teams. At both running back and wide receiver, Bloom has a great mix of solid starters combined with high-upside backups, and he's solid at quarterback and studly at tight end. Wimer has a decent committee at quarterback, good starters with handcuffs at running back, and a strong group of wide receivers along with a stud tight end. I would have preferred to see a seventh wide receiver instead of a third tight end for Wimer, but you can't argue with the value he got with his backup tight ends. There are two other teams I really like except for the fact that their tight ends are weak, and in a PPR league I think that's a significant drawback. Waldman and Dodds both have very strong, deep wide receiver corps, but their weakness at tight end leads me to rank Bloom's and Wimer's teams higher.

    What were your best values in the auction?

    I thought it was difficult to find value in this auction. I was happy to get Tom Brady for $31. I had loosely allotted $37 for my quarterbacks, figuring I'd spend $35 or $36 on a starter, and I thought that would be either Brady or Brees. I ended up paying $5 less on my quarterbacks than I expected, and I got the guy I wanted. (I have Brady ranked higher than Brees, who went for $4 more.) The other value I got was Willis McGahee. I had no intention of grabbing McGahee, but I expected him to go for about $9, so when I bid on him at $5 just because it was a position of need at great value, I was very pleasantly surprised that the bidding stopped there.

    What were the best values in this auction (not your team)?

    Two of the best values in this auction went to Dodds when he got running back Steven Jackson at $19 and wide receiver Vincent Jackson at $15. I thought those two players would go for $30 and $23, respectively. The other pick I love is wide receiver Steve Smith (CAR) going for $19 when I thought he'd go for $26.

    Honorable mention to Will Grant's selection of Peyton Hillis, who went at a greater than 50% discount, IMO. He went for $4 when I think his fair value was $9.

    What players went for a lot more than you thought they were worth?

    Both of the Buffalo running backs went for more than I expected. I had Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller valued at $20 and $10, respectively, and they went for $30 and$15. I was also disappointed that Frank Gore got bid up so high. I'm very high on Gore this season compared to the other staffers, and I would have been willing to pay a max price of $28 for him; but I expected him to go for $19. Instead, he got bid all the way up close to my max price when I finally got him at $27. He's somebody I figured I'd end up with since I've got him ranked so much higher than the consensus, but I wish I could have paid the consensus price for him instead of my own max value.

    What's your biggest regret in this auction? What would you redo?

    Even though I really like my top three wide receivers, I was left with only $1 to spend on each of my next five wide receivers, and the drop-off from the $2 and $3 guys to the $1 guys was substantial. If I'd known that I'd be able to save $4 by grabbing Steve Smith (CAR) instead of Demaryius Thomas, or to save $8 by grabbing Vincent Jackson instead of Demaryius Thomas, I would have been happy to be able to spend $2$3 each on the rest of my wide receivers instead of $1. Instead of Jason Avant, Leonard Hankerson, Stephen Hill, Mohamed Massaquoi, and DeVier Posey, I could have had Nate Burleson, Brian Hartline, Randall Cobb, Laurent Robinson, and Titus Young. That's a HUGE difference for just a buck or two more per player.

    You ended up with a lot of guys just off the elite talent level at their positions (QB Tom Brady at $31, WR Roddy White at $30, WR Julio Jones at $28, RB Frank Gore at $27, TE Aaron Hernandez at $26 and WR Demaryius Moore at $23). Explain your approach in this auction.

    I wanted to be as strong as I could be at each of the seven main starting positions: one quarterback, two running backs, three wide receivers, and one tight end. I wasn't going to spend more than a buck each on defense and a kicker. I was satisfied that if I spent between $1 and $5 on my remaining four running backs and five wide receivers, I could find a decent flex starter among them. With a strong starter at quarterback and tight end, I wouldn't spend more than $1 or $2 on backups there.

    So my thinking was to allocate about $35 to a starting quarterback, about $50 to two starting running backs, about $75 to three starting wide receivers, and about $20 to a starting tight end. At those amounts, I wasn't going to get any of the super studs at the very tops of their positions, but I was going to get the best players I could on that rough outline of a budget. It allowed me to fill up my starting roster with guys who should be solid, every-week starters if things go to plan.

    Half of your roster are players at $1. Which of these guys do you expect to elevate their game significantly this season.

    I think Brandon Saine has an outside shot at being a fantasy factor. And I think Kevin Kolb could put up good fantasy numbers if he wins the starting job in Arizona. (If he doesn't, I'll be the first in line to grab John Skelton off of waivers.) I got five wide receivers for $1 each, but I'm not super optimistic about any of them. As I mentioned in my previous answer, I'd be a lot happier with $2 and $3 players there instead.

    Tremblay's Team

    Pos
    Player
    Team
    Price
    QB
    Tom Brady
    NEP
    $31.00
    QB
    Kevin Kolb
    ARI
    $1.00
    RB
    Frank Gore
    SFO
    $27.00
    RB
    BenJarvus Green-Ellis
    CIN
    $14.00
    RB
    Willis McGahee
    DEN
    $5.00
    RB
    Kendall Hunter
    SFO
    $3.00
    RB
    Bernard Scott
    CIN
    $3.00
    RB
    Brandon Saine
    GBP
    $1.00
    WR
    Roddy White
    ATL
    $30.00
    WR
    Julio Jones
    ATL
    $28.00
    WR
    Demaryius Thomas
    DEN
    $23.00
    WR
    Jason Avant
    PHI
    $1.00
    WR
    Leonard Hankerson
    WAS
    $1.00
    WR
    Stephen Hill
    NYJ
    $1.00
    WR
    Mohamed Massaquoi
    CLE
    $1.00
    WR
    DeVier Posey
    HOU
    $1.00
    TE
    Aaron Hernandez
    NEP
    $26.00
    TE
    Ed Dickson
    BAL
    $1.00
    PK
    Nate Kaeding
    SDC
    $1.00
    Def
    Green Bay Packers
    GBP
    $1.00

    Sigmund Bloom

    Outside of yourself, which teams do you like the best?

    Dodds, Waldman

    What were your best values in the auction?

    Philip Rivers 12, Rob Gronkowski 31

    What were the best values in this auction (not your team)?

    Andre Johnson 31, Cam Newton 24, Antonio Gates 15, Steven Jackson 19, Doug Martin 17, Vincent Jackson 15

    What players went for a lot more than you thought they were worth?

    Frank Gore 27, Eli Manning 20, Aaron Hernandez 26

    What's your biggest regret in this auction? What would you redo?

    Setting the market on stud running backs by buying the first one (Foster) based on my values and not letting the market set itself first.

    You went big for TE Rob Gronkowski ($31) while many others opted to go cheap at this position. Explain your thinking here.

    VBD - Gronkowski didn't just lead the league in receiving touchdowns last year, he was 6th in receiving yards and fifth in receptions. It's like getting to start a top 5 fantasy wide receiver at tight end, when most teams will start a tight end whose numbers wouldn't even rate them as a WR2.

    You jumped out early with the popular "studs and duds" auction approach. There is no doubt this team has talent with anchors like RB Arian Foster ($58), RB Jamal Charles ($33), and TE Rob Gronkowski ($31). You then waited forever and controlled the action in the middle and late. Explain your strategy here.

    It was improvised. I had Foster as being worth 35% (70) and thought 58 was going to be a solid value. Instead, everyone was more conservative about paying for studs and I left myself little choice but to attempt to win at other positions via depth and values. Getting a stud tight end and stud RB2 were still cornerstones of my strategy. I felt quarterback and wide receiver were deep enough to go without a top option at either position, so that element of the team was somewhat by design.

    How much did you spend on your 10 official starters, and how do you feel about your bench, both from a fantasy value and a bargain value perspective?

    I spent $176 on my starters. I like my young running back trio of Leshoure, Vereen, and Hillman, and also believe a good starter can emerge from Collie and Moore.

    What was the turning point to your auction (could be going after the last stud running back or quarterback, a key nomination, saving money for just the right time, etc.)?

    Getting Foster as the 2nd player for what seemed like a bargain but was actually overpaying.

    Bloom's Team

    Pos
    Player
    Team Price
    QB
    Philip Rivers
    SDC
    $12.00
    QB
    Jake Locker
    TEN
    $1.00
    RB
    Arian Foster
    HOU
    $58.00
    RB
    Jamaal Charles
    KCC
    $33.00
    RB
    Ronnie Hillman
    DEN
    $6.00
    RB
    Mikel Leshoure
    DET
    $3.00
    RB
    Shane Vereen
    NEP
    $2.00
    WR
    Jeremy Maclin
    PHI
    $15.00
    WR
    Pierre Garcon
    WAS
    $10.00
    WR
    Greg Little
    CLE
    $7.00
    WR
    Malcom Floyd
    SDC
    $6.00
    WR
    Lance Moore
    NOS
    $5.00
    WR
    Austin Collie
    IND
    $3.00
    WR
    Vincent Brown
    SDC
    $2.00
    WR
    Randall Cobb
    GBP
    $2.00
    WR
    Brian Quick
    STL
    $1.00
    WR
    Steve Smith
    STL
    $1.00
    TE
    Rob Gronkowski
    NEP
    $31.00
    PK
    Rob Bironas
    TEN
    $1.00
    Def
    Seattle Seahawks
    SEA
    $1.00

    Stephen Holloway

    How much did you spend on your 10 official starters, and how do you feel about your bench, both from a fantasy value and a bargain value perspective?

  • Top QB $16 planned - Actual Cutler for $10 very disappointing
  • Top 2 RBs $38 planned - Actual Reggie Bush $25 and J. Stewart $15 disappointing
  • Top 3 WRs $56 planned - Actual AJ Green $27, Colston $23 & Britt $23 spent more, but strong trio
  • Top TE $11 planned - Actual Pettigrew $12
  • Top Flex $15 planned - Actual Austin $21 and/or S. Greene $14
  • Top DST $3 planned - Actual Pittsburgh $2
  • Top PK $2 planned - Actual Crosby $1
  • Starting roster is not close to top of the league with a poor quarterback & middling running backs. I like the wide receivers, tight end, flex position, defense and kicker, but the lack of an elite player at the other two positions would likely cause this team to struggle. Depth at running back is poor with only Mendenhall and Miami RBBC behind the top three.

    Did you spend aggressively early or did you sit back and wait for value? Was this your plan or did you change mid-auction? If you changed your plan, why did you and what cued you in as to making the switch?

    I followed the plan to watch and wait early, but was a little too aggressive in the middle of the draft when I acquired the bulk of my receiving starters. My biggest regrets of the auction were spending $10 on Cutler when I should have been able to get one of Roethlisberger, Ryan, or Rivers at $14 or so. I think that the drop from them to Cutler is significant and after missing out on Ryan, Rivers and Roethlisberger, I should have waited and gone really cheap with a QBBC trio of Bradford, Smith, Schaub, Luck level players.

    Outside of yourself, which teams do you like the best?

  • David Dodds solid value and strength at all positions
  • Jeff Pasquino probably not the best at any position, but can compete at all
  • Will Grant wide receivers not abundantly strong after Welker, but I like most of his value selections there
  • Andy Hicks top tight ends and has a lot of potential value at running back
  • Mark Wimer strong everywhere except wide receiver
  • What were your best values in the auction?

  • A.J. Green $27, 11th most expensive, but ranked 7th in PPR and only 67% of cost for top wide receiver, Calvin Johnson
  • Marques Colston $23, top wide receiver for Drew Brees with Saints' defense being potentially much worse and Robert Meachem gone
  • Miles Austin $21, because I am just not on-board the Dez Bryant bandwagon. Austin could continue to be Romo's top wide receiver option
  • Dustin Keller $1 and I suspect that he will challenge for top ten tight end
  • Sam Bradford $1 and Matt Flynn $1, because I expect both to provide much better production than expected at practically no expense
  • What were the best values in this auction (not your team)?

    Quarterback

  • Philip Rivers $12, he could easily finish as QB6 and cost one-third of Brees
  • Matt Ryan $12, similar to Rivers bargain price and top ten potential
  • Ben Roethlisberger $14, ditto the above at $2 more
  • Matt Schaub $3, probably QB11 or so at bargain basement price
  • Josh Freeman $4, slightly less value than Schaub
  • Running Back

  • Steven Jackson $19, 20th most expensive currently ranked at #12
  • Doug Martin $19, expect a huge role for the rookie
  • DeAngelo Williams $12
  • Willis McGahee $5
  • Peyton Hillis $4, will Charles be fully healthy? Cheap handcuff
  • Felix Jones $3, do not trust D. Murray and Jones even cheaper than Hillis
  • Mikel Leshoure $3, could he eventually be the lead dog in Detroit
  • Wide Receiver

  • Steve Smith (CAR) $19, still the top option in Carolina
  • Vincent Jackson $15, gaining value by the day it seems
  • Reggie Wayne $11, his quarterback will be rookie Andrew Luck, much better than he had a year ago
  • Sidney Rice $8, cheap rate based on injury history
  • Alshon Jeffrey $2, one of my top late targets in every draft this year
  • Tight End

  • Antonio Gates $15, healthy and less than half the cost of Graham and Gronkowski
  • Jermichael Finley $12, athletic, fluid and Aaron Rodgers
  • Jason Witten $12, consistent and abundant targets
  • Jermaine Gresham $4, possibly top value selection in the entire draft
  • Owen Daniels $3, Andre Johnson first and then Daniels
  • What players went for a lot more than you thought they were worth?

    Quarterback

  • Aaron Rodgers $42, my top quarterback, but insufficient separation for the price Brees, Brady, Stafford and Newton all should produce similar and cost $24 to $35
  • Jay Cutler $10, cost two to three times what similar ranked quarterbacks immediately behind went for
  • Running Back

  • Arian Foster $58, offensive line changes alone account for concern and all the top running backs went at too high a price, given the injury potential at the position
  • Ray Rice $55, possible contract situation
  • Demarco Murray $35, just not impressed in a pass first offense
  • Darren Sproles $34, return to the mean in a total RBBC
  • Jamaal Charles $33, how quickly will he be fully healthy and Hillis fits the scheme
  • Fred Jackson $30, he comes off injury, is getting older and has Spiller there
  • Wide Receiver

  • Roddy White $30, sooner rather than later the targets will decrease as Julio Jones takes over
  • Victor Cruz $29, price too high for me as I expect number of passes to drop
  • Dez Bryant $26, all world talent and ten cent head has me waiting for production proof
  • Tight End

  • Jimmy Graham $34, career year forces cost to almost triple really good tight ends
  • Rob Gronkowski $31, Brady has more options for targets and red zone
  • Aaron Hernandez $26, similar to above at slight cost decrease
  • What's your biggest regret in this auction? What would you redo?

    I enjoyed watching several top tier quarterbacks being auctioned off and nominated one myself to help burn through what I considered as the top eight. However, my plan to acquire one of Romo, Ryan, Rivers or Roethlisberger fell apart as I struggled with the software to get bids accepted. My pre-draft plan was to get one of those four at a cost of $16 or less. Ryan and Rivers were both sold for $12 each while I continued to press the "Add $1" button. With visions of Jeopardy flashing through my head, I pressed on, pun intended. Same thing happened a little later when Pasquino bought Roethlisberger for $14. Without a doubt, my biggest regret was a short time later when I bought Cutler at an inflated price of $10. I like Cutler to improve, but he is an entire tier below the previous named four R quarterbacks and I am not a huge fan. I regretted the winning bid immediately and decided to buy a third quarterback at the expense of the wide receiver position, following that player purchase.

    Talk about your approach.

    Since this was my first ever auction, I planned to be conservative early, focusing on getting value at quarterback and tight end while I measure the pricing structure. I wanted to get one of Rivers, Ryan, Romo or Roethlisberger and spend much less than others spent on the usual top six quarterbacks. I planned all along to go cheap at running back because that position, more than any other losers players to injury and since that combined with the league moving to increased passing attempts, I wanted my team strength to be wide receiver.

    I discussed my quarterback regrets above, but really like how the wide receiver value fell in the middle of the auction. Since I refused to bid higher than planned on running back, I will need two of Reggie Bush, Jonathan Stewart, Shonn Greene and Rashard Mendenhall and my quarterback by committee trio to over produce their current projections to compete.

    Holloway's Team

    Pos
    Player
    Team
    Price
    QB
    Jay Cutler
    CHI
    $10.00
    QB
    Sam Bradford
    STL
    $1.00
    QB
    Matt Flynn
    SEA
    $1.00
    RB
    Reggie Bush
    MIA
    $25.00
    RB
    Jonathan Stewart
    CAR
    $15.00
    RB
    Shonn Greene
    NYJ
    $14.00
    RB
    Rashard Mendenhall
    PIT
    $5.00
    RB
    Daniel Thomas
    MIA
    $4.00
    RB
    Lamar Miller
    MIA
    $2.00
    WR
    A.J. Green
    CIN
    $27.00
    WR
    Kenny Britt
    TEN
    $23.00
    WR
    Marques Colston
    NOS
    $23.00
    WR
    Miles Austin
    DAL
    $21.00
    WR
    Anquan Boldin
    BAL
    $7.00
    WR
    Santana Moss
    WAS
    $5.00
    WR
    Earl Bennett
    CHI
    $1.00
    TE
    Brandon Pettigrew
    DET
    $12.00
    TE
    Dustin Keller
    NYJ
    $1.00
    PK
    Mason Crosby
    GBP
    $1.00
    Def
    Pittsburgh Steelers
    PIT
    $2.00

    Will Grant

    Outside of yourself, which teams do you like the best?

    Chris Smith went hard for Maurice Jones-Drew, Ray Rice and Andre Johnson right out of the gate. He grabbed Cam Newton and Antonio Gates shortly after. I think this puts him in a great position to dominate every week if these guys stay healthy.

    Matt Waldman caught a bad break with the injury to Hakeem Nicks just days after the draft. But before that injury, he had Nicks, Steve Smith, and Brandon Marshall as his three wide receivers, combined with LeSean McCoy and DeMarco Murray. That's like having two first, two second and a high third round pick in a draft league.

    Sigmund Bloom started with Jamaal Charles and Arian Foster. The he went big on Rob Gronkowski and surrounded them with a pile of wide receivers that could all be solid performers in a PPR league. If he can pick the right combo of wide receiver each week, he's going to be tough to beat.

    What were your best values in the auction?

    I was very happy to land my #2 defense and my top place kicker for $3 and $2 respectively. I took a shotgun approach to my RB2/RB3 position and think I landed a nice pile of running backs for under $4 each.

    What were the best values in this auction (not your team)?

    When you see Arian Foster, Ray Rice and LeSean McCoy all go for $50 or more, Jamaal Charles feels like great value for only $33. Nice one Bloom.

    I think Ahmad Bradshaw is solid value at $20, given there are 14 backs who went for over $30. In a PPR league, I feel like Bradshaw should easily make the top 15 for fantasy backs.

    What players went for a lot more than you thought they were worth?

    Jimmy Graham, Rob Gronkowski, and Aaron Hernandez are rock solid tight ends. However, seeing guys like Jason Witten and Jermichael Finley go for $12 each, paying more than $25 for the top three tight ends seems like a lot to me. I'd love to have any of those guys on my team, but I don't feel like my team is significantly worse by landing Vernon Davis at just $15.

    What's your biggest regret in this auction? What would you redo?

    I talk about this below as well, but over-valuing quarterbacks was my biggest mistake. If I had another shot at this draft, I'd have taken Stafford for $27 and run, landing a backup for $3-5 instead of Manning at $20.

    My other regret was waiting so long for my second running back. I held out early to land Darren McFadden and was happy to get him for very close to what I had him valued at ($35 compared to the $38 I paid). After that, I 'lost' a lot of backs because I held strong to my valuations. Seeing guys that I would have been happy with as my #2 back go for the same $2-3 more than what I valued them at made me regret not going after RB2 a little harder.

    In a draft league, I don't think I would ever choose to draft three rookie wide receivers. When the dust settled here, I had Justin Blackmon, Greg Childs and Alshon Jeffery. I like all three of those guys, but I would have rather had one of them and two other more proven players at the wide receiver position.

    You spent $47 to land Matt Stafford ($27) and Eli Manning ($20) while most other people opted to go cheap at quarterback. At the conclusion of this auction it appeared that some of the best values were by waiting at quarterback and using a committee approach. Talk to us why you favored going big at quarterback here.

    Without a doubt, my biggest mistake of the draft was over-valuing quarterbacks. I knew that they would be folks who would lay off of them because of the four points for passing TD, but I didn't realize how much. When I hit Stafford at 27 compared to Aaron Rodger at $42 and Drew Brees at 35, I felt like I landed solid value. Manning came up and when he slowed down in the high teens, I figured I would grab him for value too and lock up my quarterback position for the rest of the draft. As the draft wore on, the bottom dropped out of the quarterback market and guys were picking up their backups for single digits. I feel like if I came out of a draft league with Stafford and Manning as my two quarterbacks, I'd be pretty happy, so I won't regret this too much though. I spent more on my quarterbacks than Andy did, but I like my combo of two much better than his QBBC of four.

    You controlled the middle to end of the auction and surprising walked away with no $1 players. Talk to us about your approach here.

    Aside from my quarterbacks, I feel like I hit my valuations pretty well, and most of my key targets either went for the value I expected or just a dollar or two more. After I recognized the quarterback mistake, I took a harder line on my valuations and once a guy climbed dollar or two over my evaluation, I cut him loose unless he was the last player in that 'tier' that I really wanted. As it came down to the bottom of the draft, I realized that I had managed my money well, and that most of the guys were down to just $1 per player. With about five players to go, I re-ran my budget calculations spending no less than $2 at any position and decided I would outbid anyone who nominated a player that I liked or would nominate my player at $2 and wouldn't chase anybody. After that, I think the only guy I missed out on was Randal Cobb because I couldn't hit the +1 fast enough.

    It also allowed me to lock up the two primary backs from GB (at least in May anyway) for $3 and $2 each which was good because I felt like my running back depth was pretty poor for a long time.

    What guys were you able to get that could be solid producers for you despite their low cost ($2-4)?

    At some point between 50-70 players, I noticed that people started getting a bit conservative on who they were spending money on. Dodds was able to push a defense or kicker (can't remember which) through for minimal cost. I decided to take my top rated defense and kicker and nominate them for more than the minimum, but less than I valued them for. It worked both times and I landed Baltimore defense for $3 and Stephen Gostkowski for $2. This will give me another few points per week more than most of the other teams for just and additional $1 or $2. I already talked about the Green Bay backfield for $5. I also like Peyton Hillis, LeGarrette Blount and Kevin Smith for less than $4 each. These guys all have the potential to contribute solid points for very minimal value. Between them and Green Bay, if just one of them hit, I have a solid RB3 for very minimal money.

    Grant's Team

    Pos
    Player
    Team
    Price
    QB
    Matthew Stafford
    DET
    $27.00
    QB
    Eli Manning
    NYG
    $20.00
    RB
    Darren McFadden
    OAK
    $38.00
    RB
    Ryan Williams
    ARI
    $8.00
    RB
    Ben Tate
    HOU
    $5.00
    RB
    Peyton Hillis
    KCC
    $4.00
    RB
    Kevin Smith
    DET
    $3.00
    RB
    James Starks
    GBP
    $3.00
    RB
    LeGarrette Blount
    TBB
    $2.00
    RB
    Alex Green
    GBP
    $2.00
    WR
    Wes Welker
    NEP
    $30.00
    WR
    DeSean Jackson
    PHI
    $14.00
    WR
    Justin Blackmon
    JAC
    $9.00
    WR
    Sidney Rice
    SEA
    $8.00
    WR
    Nate Burleson
    DET
    $3.00
    WR
    Greg Childs
    MIN
    $2.00
    WR
    Alshon Jeffery
    CHI
    $2.00
    TE
    Vernon Davis
    SFO
    $15.00
    PK
    Stephen Gostkowski
    NEP
    $2.00
    Def
    Baltimore Ravens
    BAL
    $3.00
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