Auction drafts are a hot trend in fantasy football this year. People will be bidding large sums of money on star running backs like Adrian Peterson and Arian Foster. But what can the budget-conscious player do?
In this article, we assembled a "dollar menu" fantasy football team that should be competitive in the 2013 season. The term dollar menu is both relative and absolute in this article. There will be mentions of players who actually can be bought for a dollar at certain positions. At other positions, such as running back, a dollar won’t go very far. At running back and wide receiver it will be more relative.
The dollar menu team was built through an auction draft in a 10-team league with a $200 budget and positional requirements of a quarterback, two running backs, two wide receivers, a tight end, a flex player, a kicker, a defense and six bench players.
The team we assembled features two quarterbacks who threw for at least 4,000 yards and 25 touchdowns each. Our running backs include a receiving dynamo, a back who finished just shy of consecutive 1,000-yard seasons, another one who almost racked up 1,100 rushing yards and a couple of players with high upside.
The wide receivers feature a pair of players who finished with more than 1,000 yards each. Two of our top three wide receivers scored double-digit touchdowns last season, and the third one had nine scores.
Sounds like a solid team? It is. The best part is that we only spent $102 out of a $200 auction budget on this team. Auction values were based on the current list at ESPN.com.
Let’s roll up to the speaker box and place our dollar menu order for our fantasy football team. Yes, we’d like fries with that.