The setup of your league is a big factor in your auction decisions, and you simply have to consider them before you make your first bid. The size, setup, and scoring of your league matters at least as much - if not more - in your auction. Below are descriptions of several types of leagues and what are the important details to remember for each on Auction Day.
Standard Leagues - This covers both PPR and non-PPR leagues. By standard here we mean that the league is your typical fantasy league where you have 10 or 12 teams that play head-to-head matchups each week and then the best four to six teams all make the postseason. A typical league would have one quarterback, two running backs, three wide receivers, a tight end, a kicker and a defense in the starting lineup. The bench could range in size but would be usually 6-10 players deep. Normal auction planning rules apply here (be sure to review Section 5 - Strategies for Building an Auction Team).
Expanded Starter Leagues (1-3 flex) - Leagues where you can flex one or more players into your starting lineup change the value of all your players. Why? Because your starting lineup is that much bigger each week (and as a result, your bench is shallower). Your backups (RB3, WR4, TE2, and possibly even your second quarterback) are going to count for your team score now, so you better have a player that is a few tiers better than a $1 bargain. With more starters, the stud players may decrease in value slightly, but more often than not the difference between having more $1 players in a standard league to this type of league where you have to bid more for backups usually comes from lower bids in Phase 2 (Conservative Cash) across the board. That means more players are going to go for $3-15 than usual, so plan for that in your budgeting before the auction.
Note that the phases of the auction will be covered in Section 8 - Auction Day.
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