Auction Success in a Running Back Crazy World: Part 2

Players to target in an auction when running backs are expensive

Before you get started here, if you haven't done so already, please check out my auction series.

If you have not read Part I yet, please click here to go there first.

So the questions that started Part 1 have been answered, but what players can you use in 2020 to enact this strategy? Keep in mind that auction targets can be serpentine targets too, but more often than not an auction target differs in one important facet: You can get that player in an auction for cheap when otherwise you wouldn’t be taking that player in a snake draft because that necessarily shuts you out from the other talent at that spot in the draft. As a quick example, you may not want Cam Akers in a serpentine draft because you must take him in the fifth round to get him. Players like Courtland Sutton, DK Metcalf, and Robert Woods are all being drafted in the same area and have fewer question marks and less bust potential. But if you could have both Akers AND one of those receivers? That’s your sweet spot. In fact, this article argues that you can aim even higher.

For this final section, auction values are going to be expressed as an exact dollar value, but the caveat is that you must think of the values as a range and let the deals come to you. Here are some excellent targets to be looking at when executing the wide receiver heavy strategy. Ideally, you will come out of the draft with three of the top-15 or four of the top-24 wide receivers to be able to use the advantage properly. Then it’s time to have some fun and nab a top tight end.

Numbers based on 12 teams, PPR scoring, 1 Quarterback, $200 cap:

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