Fantasy Baseball 2012: A Case Study on an Online Auction Draft

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Fantasy Baseball 2012: A Case Study on an Online Auction Draft
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With so many new people trying their hand at online auction drafting, the fantasy draft room can be a scary place.

Quite frankly, owners new to this format have no idea what to expect. This season I decided to enter into a random Yahoo auction draft public league with standard five-by-five roto settings including a $260 salary cap.

While this may seem like a writer wanting to show off his alleged great draft, I really believe we can find valuable lessons about what you will face going up against a random assortment of competitors.

In this one draft, I was able to see just about every auction strategy you can think of in action.

Using this draft as a case study, I’ll argue how well each owner did, what overall strategies they used, and how the league projects to play out assuming everyone sticks with it and goes for the championship.

Keep in mind that the draft took place on Wednesday, March 14th, so any injuries that happened after that date will have to be ignored and chalked up to bad luck.

The League URL is:

Without further ado, on to the first team!

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