Fantasy Baseball 2012: 5 Tips for Winning Online Auction Drafts

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Fantasy Baseball 2012: 5 Tips for Winning Online Auction Drafts
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All things evolve and fantasy baseball is no exception.  The internet has been one such evolution that has made the game more easily accessible to the masses and far simpler to play.  However, for the last several years it has also been a little bit of a hindrance. 

League settings, while adjustable to some extent, are largely dependent on the formatting of the website provider.  And really who is to complain?  The sites provide normally free use of their servers and statistical calculators and have made it so the only thing you have to worry about is actually managing your team. 

No more sifting through box scores in the newspaper or making phone calls to landlines to wheel and deal with your competition.

The one hold up has been that to get these perks, you have to do it their way…and we all know a better way right?

Luckily for us, there is enough competition for the advertising dollars coming into fantasy sites that the providers have been forced to expand over the last couple of years.  Sites now offer stat tracking, variations on the standard waiver wire rules and to the delight of the hardcore fantasy enthusiast, the auction draft.

If you’ve never participated in an auction draft, I would strongly advise giving it a shot.  The possibilities of how you shape your team are endless.  No longer do you get into the draft room and immediately know that Albert Pujols will not be suiting up for your club or dread the fact that you’ll be watching helplessly as 28 players fly off the board between your picks if you’re stuck at the turn. 

Any player that you could possibly think of can be yours…for the right price.

With these endless possibilities also comes a much higher degree of draft management.  Now instead of just focusing on filling out your roster with the best of what’s available, you need to pay attention to things like salary cap used and one-player maximums an owner can spend.  Here are a few tips on how to best manage the auction format and come out in the best possible situation to start your season.

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