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Fantasy Football Auction Primer

Is your fantasy football draft an auction? Here is a primer to give you an edge.

“We’re not ‘foodies’, are we?” I asked my wife recently, on our way to a great local restaurant called… The Local.

She laughed. “Of course we are.”

So it is with auction drafts. Like fine dining is to fast food, auctions are simply an elevated form of fantasy football. It’s scientifically proven. Don’t look it up.

Success in auction drafts is a lot like success in poker. You come in with a plan, adjust to your opponents, smartly manage your bankroll, strike at the most opportune times, and above all else: avoid tilting.

The Basics

Nominate player. Bid. Fill your team. It’s like eBay, but with football players. Simple enough, yes? But what kinds of players should you target? How much money should you spend at each position? What do you do when that one player you really want breaks your budget?

Fantasy owners typically start off with a $200 budget to fill their squad. That is the going rate at the major sites, and that is what we will use as the baseline here. Owners are free to spend those $200 as they see fit. Should you spend money willy nilly, or is there more finesse required? That depends on your style, and you can have equal success by being aggressive or cautious.

The Strategies

There are generally two ancient and hallowed strategies in the auction drafting world--Studs ‘n Duds and Balanced.


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