Average Auction Values - Footballguys

Summarizing average auction values for 2018

More and more fantasy football leagues are making the move to auction formats. I have written extensively about auctions, and I cannot tell you how much fun they are, once you take the leap into the format.

I have been asked by many subscribers to go out and find some Average Auction Values (AAVs) for auction leagues, which are the equivalent of ADP for an auction league. As many auction league players know, every auction is different and AAVs are just a guideline for relative value. Some leagues love to bid up quarterbacks, while others deeply discount them - but the relative value for all of the quarterbacks remains the same. That means QB5 will be about the fifth-most expensive quarterback, regardless of budget or league, give or take a spot or two.

The values below are based on a 12-team league with a $200 budget, and also an actual staff mock auction based on the same budget ($200) for players. Any player not listed below is assumed to be worth no more than a few dollars ($1-5), including all defenses and kickers. A few defenses sometimes go for more than $1 (such as Jacksonville), but as with most leagues, scoring differences for defenses vary widely and can impact the value of the top few options - but usually, a team defense should not be more than $2-3 at most. It should also be noted that the Draft Dominator produces auction values based on season-long results (which is why some suspended players have a depressed price).

Without any further delay, here are the values, first listed by overall value, and then sorted by position. I drew a line around $5-10, which results in a list of the Top 100-120+ players for your auction. That should represent most of your cap:

Pos
Player
Team/Bye
ESPN
FBG Mock
DD PPR
DD non-PPR
RB
Todd Gurley
LAR/12
57
63.2
75.3
78.81
RB
LeVeon Bell
Pit/7
56
61.2
65.79
63.95
RB
Ezekiel Elliott
Dal/8
47
59.8
68.3
75.78
RB
David Johnson
Ari/9
49
57.2
60.86
60.19
WR
Antonio Brown
Pit/7
56.3
55
47.57
41.11
RB
Saquon Barkley
NYG/9
45
54.5
41.05
42.79
RB
Alvin Kamara
NO/6
52
52.6
63.08
57.48
RB
Leonard Fournette
Jac/9
42
47.4
49.04
54.54
WR
Julio Jones
Atl/8
47.7
47
34.92
32.28
WR
Odell Beckham Jr
NYG/9
46.7
47
37.2
31.79
RB
Kareem Hunt
KC/12
37
46.2
45.57
47.9
WR
DeAndre Hopkins
Hou/10
48.9
44
45.22
40.27
WR
Keenan Allen
LAC/8
40.4
43
35.76
28.3
RB
Melvin Gordon
LAC/8
46
42.9
50.56
51.34
RB
Dalvin Cook
Min/10
36
42.9
41.94
45.56
WR
A.J. Green
Cin/9
37.2
40
28.89
25.35
WR
Michael Thomas
NO/6
39.5
38
32.13
25.68
RB
Christian McCaffrey
Car/4
39
35.6
39.67
34.36
RB
Devonta Freeman
Atl/8
28
35.2
36.96
39.09
RB
LeSean McCoy
Buf/11
26
34
10.33
12.96
WR
Davante Adams
GB/7
34.5
33
25.6
22.01
WR
Mike Evans
TB/5
31.4
32
24.45
21.73
WR
T.Y. Hilton
Ind/9
26.6
31
28.45
27.04
WR
Larry Fitzgerald
Ari/9
25.2
27
23.19
14.77
WR
Tyreek Hill
KC/12
24.5
26
21.85
20.27
RB
Jerick McKinnon
SF/11
23
25.7
35.3
32.94
TE
Travis Kelce
KC/12
27.6
25
24.29
20.22
TE
Rob Gronkowski
NE/11
34
25
31.95
30.37
RB
Jordan Howard
Chi/5
24
24.8
24.09
28.66
RB
Joe Mixon
Cin/9
27
24.1
23.01
24.85
WR
Doug Baldwin
Sea/7
22.4
24
13.68
11.69
WR
Jarvis Landry
Cle/11
14.8
23
11.71
6.98
WR
Stefon Diggs
Min/10
24
23
19.82
17.59
WR
Amari Cooper
Oak/7
17
22
16.64
15
WR
Josh Gordon
Cle/11
17.9
18
7.95
8.5
WR
Adam Thielen
Min/10
26.8
18
24.89
21.02
QB
Aaron Rodgers
GB/7
21
17
39.89
51.03
WR
Brandin Cooks
LAR/12
12.9
17
16.91
18.12
WR
JuJu Smith-Schuster
Pit/7
14.4
17
11.29
13.81
WR
Marquise Goodwin
SF/11
3.2
17
13.4
15.46
WR
Corey Davis
Ten/8
6
17
4.63
3.81
RB
Kenyan Drake
Mia/11
18
15.9
22.03
22
RB
Derrick Henry
Ten/8
14
15.3
19.64
25.45
WR
Allen Robinson
Chi/5
18.6
15
10.8
12.71
WR
Demaryius Thomas
Den/10
19.9
15
17.44
10.1
WR
Golden Tate
Det/6
16.6
15
15.44
8.86
WR
Marvin Jones
Det/6
12.2
15
9.7
11.48
TE
Evan Engram
NYG/9
6.8
15
10.14
7.87
WR
Sammy Watkins
KC/12
5.7
14
6.74
6.77
WR
Chris Hogan
NE/11
6.9
14
6.96
6.64
TE
Zach Ertz
Phi/9
22.5
14
15.18
11.81
RB
Royce Freeman
Den/10
20
13.6
11.4
12.66
RB
Rashaad Penny
Sea/7
3
13.6
5.5
5.5
RB
Jay Ajayi
Phi/9
13
13.4
16.17
19.57
QB
Cam Newton
Car/4
8.4
13
26.68
34.04
TE
Jimmy Graham
GB/7
8.9
13
10.84
10.43
WR
Robby Anderson
NYJ/11
2.8
13
7.23
7.15
WR
Alshon Jeffery
Phi/9
15.8
13
5.53
5.52
RB
Alex Collins
Bal/10
23
12.8
20.65
23.33
QB
Deshaun Watson
Hou/10
11
12
30.73
39.24
WR
Cooper Kupp
LAR/12
3.1
12
6.35
6
WR
Julian Edelman
NE/11
4.7
12
2.87
2.02
RB
Mark Ingram
NO/6
15
12
11.67
12.24
TE
Delanie Walker
Ten/8
6.6
12
7.95
6.04
WR
Michael Crabtree
Bal/10
7.2
11
15.01
9.78
WR
Emmanuel Sanders
Den/10
7.7
11
7.64
5.75
WR
Sterling Shepard
NYG/9
2
11
4.17
3.23
QB
Russell Wilson
Sea/7
7
11
22.87
29.14
RB
Marshawn Lynch
Oak/7
18
10.9
7.44
10.87
TE
Greg Olsen
Car/4
8.7
10
11.59
9.52
WR
Robert Woods
LAR/12
7.8
10
5.33
3.21
QB
Tom Brady
NE/11
16.2
10
19.19
24.4
WR
Tyler Lockett
Sea/7
10
2.58
2.78
QB
Jimmy Garoppolo
SF/11
3
10
10.82
13.64
WR
Devin Funchess
Car/4
4.5
9
8.22
7.58
QB
Matthew Stafford
Det/6
2.2
9
9.79
12.31
WR
Will Fuller
Hou/10
4.7
9
3.97
4.4
QB
Drew Brees
NO/6
5.6
9
14.92
18.9
TE
Trey Burton
Chi/5
1.8
8
3.64
2.92
WR
Randall Cobb
GB/7
4
8
6.15
4.25
QB
Philip Rivers
LAC/8
1.7
8
6.32
7.84
WR
Kenny Stills
Mia/11
8
8.51
8.29
TE
Kyle Rudolph
Min/10
4
8
6.28
4.42
WR
Jamison Crowder
Was/4
1.7
8
10.07
7.78
RB
Lamar Miller
Hou/10
11
7.5
20.06
20.23
RB
Dion Lewis
Ten/8
11
7.3
13.85
11.5
WR
Mohamed Sanu
Atl/8
1.2
7
2.36
0
TE
David Njoku
Cle/11
1.9
7
3.14
2.66
WR
Nelson Agholor
Phi/9
1.5
7
4.71
3.88
WR
Kelvin Benjamin
Buf/11
2.8
6
4.43
4.48
QB
Jared Goff
LAR/12
2.5
6
7.67
9.58
TE
Jordan Reed
Was/4
3.6
6
4.49
3.76
QB
Matt Ryan
Atl/8
2.5
5
6.74
8.38
RB
Duke Johnson
Cle/11
7
5
10.72
4.67
WR
Allen Hurns
Dal/8
5
2.74
2.35
WR
Kenny Golladay
Det/6
1.3
5
3.24
3.74
TE
Jack Doyle
Ind/9
2
5
5.34
4.69
QB
Carson Wentz
Phi/9
7.2
5
8.93
11.21
QB
Ben Roethlisberger
Pit/7
2.5
5
8.34
10.44
WR
Pierre Garcon
SF/11
5.2
5
5.04
3.59
TE
O.J. Howard
TB/5
0
5
QB
Marcus Mariota
Ten/8
2.5
5
4.24
5.17
RB
Tevin Coleman
Atl/8
8
4
14.24
14.81
QB
Andrew Luck
Ind/9
3.7
4
7.33
9.14
QB
Patrick Mahomes II
KC/12
2
4
5.91
7.32
WR
Jordy Nelson
Oak/7
2.9
4
6.58
5.2
TE
Jared Cook
Oak/7
1.6
4
TE
George Kittle
SF/11
1.5
4
1.93
2.06
RB
Isaiah Crowell
NYJ/11
8
3.4
15.31
17.38
RB
Kerryon Johnson
Det/6
11
3.1
6.6
8.68
TE
Austin Hooper
Atl/8
0
3
TE
Charles Clay
Buf/11
1.2
3
QB
Mitchell Trubisky
Chi/5
2.6
3
3.09
3.69
TE
Tyler Eifert
Cin/9
1.3
3
QB
Dak Prescott
Dal/8
2.4
3
5.52
6.81
RB
Marlon Mack
Ind/9
7
3
15.81
16.36
TE
Austin Seferian-Jenkins
Jac/9
0
3
WR
DeVante Parker
Mia/11
2.8
3
2.93
2.63
QB
Kirk Cousins
Min/10
3.7
3
10.39
13.08
TE
Cameron Brate
TB/5
1.3
3
1.81
1.93
RB
Tarik Cohen
Chi/5
9
2.6
12.86
7.04
RB
Rex Burkhead
NE/11
15
2.6
12.13
10.32
RB
Chris Thompson
Was/4
11
2.3
16.56
8.16
RB
Jamaal Williams
GB/7
12
2.1
11.03
11.81
WR
Calvin Ridley
Atl/8
1.8
2
2.09
2.42
RB
Chris Carson
Sea/7
6
1.9
6.88
7.85
RB
Carlos Hyde
Cle/11
13
1.7
17.81
18.11
RB
Ty Montgomery
GB/7
3
1.7
5.04
0
RB
Chris Ivory
Buf/11
1.5
5.29
6.2
RB
Peyton Barber
TB/5
1.5
9.98
13.29
RB
C.J. Anderson
Car/4
2
1.4
4.22
5
RB
Giovani Bernard
Cin/9
3
1.4
8.5
5.93
RB
Devontae Booker
Den/10
1.2
7.99
7.48
RB
James White
NE/11
1.2
8.99
6.44
QB
Derek Carr
Oak/7
1.7
1
2.89
3.43
WR
John Ross
Cin/9
2.04
2.29
TE
Eric Ebron
Ind/9
2.55
1.79
WR
Tyrell Williams
LAC/8
2.21
3.1
WR
Rishard Matthews
Ten/8
1.94
2.07
QB
Alex Smith
Was/4
1.7
9.27
11.64

Table 1: Average Auction Values for 2018

Please note a few things about the results for both Table 1 and also Table 2 (sorted by position, below). The Draft Dominator results are based on projected auction values and numbers. The Footballguys Staff Auction (PPR) was based on an actual (mock) auction, but some players skewed high (such as Robert Woods) as one owner had extra money at the end of the auction and spent it all to grab his last player. That brings up a very important point - every auction is different. The tables here are best used for RELATIVE value, meaning the Top 4-5 running backs are going to very likely be the most expensive running backs in any auction format - but the actual prices may vary in each auction. I know that MyFantasyLeague's Average Auction Values state that they are based on a $1,000 budget, but the numbers scream a $200 budget. Regardless of the budget, the most value you get from either table are two things:

1. Tiering - Grouping certain players (Such as RB1-5) shows which players are going to go for about the same price, more or less. After the last player of a tier is gone, production drops, and so does the price tag. That is true in any auction format.

2. Bargain time - After the last few players above $5-10 are gone, the player prices are all about fighting over whatever is left. Average auction prices are irrelevant here, and owners are going to spend what they have on players they want. If someone underspent early, he (or she) will overpay for their last few picks.

I would dare say that there is no definitive answer as to the right price or expected price for any player each season. While I am more fond of finding mock auctions for leagues, every auction is different, and the best information for a particular league or auction is the league's history, if available. That will tell you if certain positions are over or undervalued. Just remember to scale accordingly, and use the Draft Dominator to help.

Here is Table 2, with everyone sorted by position:

Pos
Player
Team/Bye
ESPN
FBG Mock
DD PPR
DD non-PPR
QB
Aaron Rodgers
GB/7
21
17
39.89
51.03
QB
Cam Newton
Car/4
8.4
13
26.68
34.04
QB
Deshaun Watson
Hou/10
11
12
30.73
39.24
QB
Russell Wilson
Sea/7
7
11
22.87
29.14
QB
Tom Brady
NE/11
16.2
10
19.19
24.4
QB
Jimmy Garoppolo
SF/11
3
10
10.82
13.64
QB
Matthew Stafford
Det/6
2.2
9
9.79
12.31
QB
Drew Brees
NO/6
5.6
9
14.92
18.9
QB
Philip Rivers
LAC/8
1.7
8
6.32
7.84
QB
Jared Goff
LAR/12
2.5
6
7.67
9.58
QB
Matt Ryan
Atl/8
2.5
5
6.74
8.38
QB
Carson Wentz
Phi/9
7.2
5
8.93
11.21
QB
Ben Roethlisberger
Pit/7
2.5
5
8.34
10.44
QB
Marcus Mariota
Ten/8
2.5
5
4.24
5.17
QB
Andrew Luck
Ind/9
3.7
4
7.33
9.14
QB
Patrick Mahomes II
KC/12
2
4
5.91
7.32
QB
Mitchell Trubisky
Chi/5
2.6
3
3.09
3.69
QB
Dak Prescott
Dal/8
2.4
3
5.52
6.81
QB
Kirk Cousins
Min/10
3.7
3
10.39
13.08
QB
Derek Carr
Oak/7
1.7
1
2.89
3.43
QB
Alex Smith
Was/4
1.7
9.27
11.64
RB
Todd Gurley
LAR/12
57
63.2
75.3
78.81
RB
LeVeon Bell
Pit/7
56
61.2
65.79
63.95
RB
Ezekiel Elliott
Dal/8
47
59.8
68.3
75.78
RB
David Johnson
Ari/9
49
57.2
60.86
60.19
RB
Saquon Barkley
NYG/9
45
54.5
41.05
42.79
RB
Alvin Kamara
NO/6
52
52.6
63.08
57.48
RB
Leonard Fournette
Jac/9
42
47.4
49.04
54.54
RB
Kareem Hunt
KC/12
37
46.2
45.57
47.9
RB
Melvin Gordon
LAC/8
46
42.9
50.56
51.34
RB
Dalvin Cook
Min/10
36
42.9
41.94
45.56
RB
Christian McCaffrey
Car/4
39
35.6
39.67
34.36
RB
Devonta Freeman
Atl/8
28
35.2
36.96
39.09
RB
LeSean McCoy
Buf/11
26
34
10.33
12.96
RB
Jerick McKinnon
SF/11
23
25.7
35.3
32.94
RB
Jordan Howard
Chi/5
24
24.8
24.09
28.66
RB
Joe Mixon
Cin/9
27
24.1
23.01
24.85
RB
Kenyan Drake
Mia/11
18
15.9
22.03
22
RB
Derrick Henry
Ten/8
14
15.3
19.64
25.45
RB
Royce Freeman
Den/10
20
13.6
11.4
12.66
RB
Rashaad Penny
Sea/7
3
13.6
5.5
5.5
RB
Jay Ajayi
Phi/9
13
13.4
16.17
19.57
RB
Alex Collins
Bal/10
23
12.8
20.65
23.33
RB
Mark Ingram
NO/6
15
12
11.67
12.24
RB
Marshawn Lynch
Oak/7
18
10.9
7.44
10.87
RB
Lamar Miller
Hou/10
11
7.5
20.06
20.23
RB
Dion Lewis
Ten/8
11
7.3
13.85
11.5
RB
Duke Johnson
Cle/11
7
5
10.72
4.67
RB
Tevin Coleman
Atl/8
8
4
14.24
14.81
RB
Isaiah Crowell
NYJ/11
8
3.4
15.31
17.38
RB
Kerryon Johnson
Det/6
11
3.1
6.6
8.68
RB
Marlon Mack
Ind/9
7
3
15.81
16.36
RB
Tarik Cohen
Chi/5
9
2.6
12.86
7.04
RB
Rex Burkhead
NE/11
15
2.6
12.13
10.32
RB
Chris Thompson
Was/4
11
2.3
16.56
8.16
RB
Jamaal Williams
GB/7
12
2.1
11.03
11.81
RB
Chris Carson
Sea/7
6
1.9
6.88
7.85
RB
Carlos Hyde
Cle/11
13
1.7
17.81
18.11
RB
Ty Montgomery
GB/7
3
1.7
5.04
0
RB
Chris Ivory
Buf/11
1.5
5.29
6.2
RB
Peyton Barber
TB/5
1.5
9.98
13.29
RB
C.J. Anderson
Car/4
2
1.4
4.22
5
RB
Giovani Bernard
Cin/9
3
1.4
8.5
5.93
RB
Devontae Booker
Den/10
1.2
7.99
7.48
RB
James White
NE/11
1.2
8.99
6.44
TE
Travis Kelce
KC/12
27.6
25
24.29
20.22
TE
Rob Gronkowski
NE/11
34
25
31.95
30.37
TE
Evan Engram
NYG/9
6.8
15
10.14
7.87
TE
Zach Ertz
Phi/9
22.5
14
15.18
11.81
TE
Jimmy Graham
GB/7
8.9
13
10.84
10.43
TE
Delanie Walker
Ten/8
6.6
12
7.95
6.04
TE
Greg Olsen
Car/4
8.7
10
11.59
9.52
TE
Trey Burton
Chi/5
1.8
8
3.64
2.92
TE
Kyle Rudolph
Min/10
4
8
6.28
4.42
TE
David Njoku
Cle/11
1.9
7
3.14
2.66
TE
Jordan Reed
Was/4
3.6
6
4.49
3.76
TE
Jack Doyle
Ind/9
2
5
5.34
4.69
TE
O.J. Howard
TB/5
0
5
TE
Jared Cook
Oak/7
1.6
4
TE
George Kittle
SF/11
1.5
4
1.93
2.06
TE
Austin Hooper
Atl/8
0
3
TE
Charles Clay
Buf/11
1.2
3
TE
Tyler Eifert
Cin/9
1.3
3
TE
Austin Seferian-Jenkins
Jac/9
0
3
TE
Cameron Brate
TB/5
1.3
3
1.81
1.93
TE
Eric Ebron
Ind/9
2.55
1.79
WR
Antonio Brown
Pit/7
56.3
55
47.57
41.11
WR
Julio Jones
Atl/8
47.7
47
34.92
32.28
WR
Odell Beckham Jr
NYG/9
46.7
47
37.2
31.79
WR
DeAndre Hopkins
Hou/10
48.9
44
45.22
40.27
WR
Keenan Allen
LAC/8
40.4
43
35.76
28.3
WR
A.J. Green
Cin/9
37.2
40
28.89
25.35
WR
Michael Thomas
NO/6
39.5
38
32.13
25.68
WR
Davante Adams
GB/7
34.5
33
25.6
22.01
WR
Mike Evans
TB/5
31.4
32
24.45
21.73
WR
T.Y. Hilton
Ind/9
26.6
31
28.45
27.04
WR
Larry Fitzgerald
Ari/9
25.2
27
23.19
14.77
WR
Tyreek Hill
KC/12
24.5
26
21.85
20.27
WR
Doug Baldwin
Sea/7
22.4
24
13.68
11.69
WR
Jarvis Landry
Cle/11
14.8
23
11.71
6.98
WR
Stefon Diggs
Min/10
24
23
19.82
17.59
WR
Amari Cooper
Oak/7
17
22
16.64
15
WR
Josh Gordon
Cle/11
17.9
18
7.95
8.5
WR
Adam Thielen
Min/10
26.8
18
24.89
21.02
WR
Brandin Cooks
LAR/12
12.9
17
16.91
18.12
WR
JuJu Smith-Schuster
Pit/7
14.4
17
11.29
13.81
WR
Marquise Goodwin
SF/11
3.2
17
13.4
15.46
WR
Corey Davis
Ten/8
6
17
4.63
3.81
WR
Allen Robinson
Chi/5
18.6
15
10.8
12.71
WR
Demaryius Thomas
Den/10
19.9
15
17.44
10.1
WR
Golden Tate
Det/6
16.6
15
15.44
8.86
WR
Marvin Jones
Det/6
12.2
15
9.7
11.48
WR
Sammy Watkins
KC/12
5.7
14
6.74
6.77
WR
Chris Hogan
NE/11
6.9
14
6.96
6.64
WR
Robby Anderson
NYJ/11
2.8
13
7.23
7.15
WR
Alshon Jeffery
Phi/9
15.8
13
5.53
5.52
WR
Cooper Kupp
LAR/12
3.1
12
6.35
6
WR
Julian Edelman
NE/11
4.7
12
2.87
2.02
WR
Michael Crabtree
Bal/10
7.2
11
15.01
9.78
WR
Emmanuel Sanders
Den/10
7.7
11
7.64
5.75
WR
Sterling Shepard
NYG/9
2
11
4.17
3.23
WR
Robert Woods
LAR/12
7.8
10
5.33
3.21
WR
Tyler Lockett
Sea/7
10
2.58
2.78
WR
Devin Funchess
Car/4
4.5
9
8.22
7.58
WR
Will Fuller
Hou/10
4.7
9
3.97
4.4
WR
Randall Cobb
GB/7
4
8
6.15
4.25
WR
Kenny Stills
Mia/11
8
8.51
8.29
WR
Jamison Crowder
Was/4
1.7
8
10.07
7.78
WR
Mohamed Sanu
Atl/8
1.2
7
2.36
0
WR
Nelson Agholor
Phi/9
1.5
7
4.71
3.88
WR
Kelvin Benjamin
Buf/11
2.8
6
4.43
4.48
WR
Allen Hurns
Dal/8
5
2.74
2.35
WR
Kenny Golladay
Det/6
1.3
5
3.24
3.74
WR
Pierre Garcon
SF/11
5.2
5
5.04
3.59
WR
Jordy Nelson
Oak/7
2.9
4
6.58
5.2
WR
DeVante Parker
Mia/11
2.8
3
2.93
2.63
WR
Calvin Ridley
Atl/8
1.8
2
2.09
2.42
WR
John Ross
Cin/9
2.04
2.29
WR
Tyrell Williams
LAC/8
2.21
3.1
WR
Rishard Matthews
Ten/8
1.94
2.07

Table 2: Average Auction Values Sorted by Position for 2018

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