Fanasty Football: One Man's Road Through an Auction Draft

Jeff SockContributor IIJuly 5, 2009

GREEN BAY, WI - DECEMBER 07:  Quarterback Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers drops back to pass against the Houston Texans during the first quarter at Lambeau Field on December 7, 2008 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Texans defeated the Packers 24-21.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

This is a little perspective on my experience in a Dynasty Auction League Draft.


I feel in order to have a successful auction draft you must set budgets for all of your positions and stick to them throughout the draft. My budget coming into this draft was as follows along with players I expected to see at those budgeted amounts:


            QB1- $40 – Aaron Rodgers

            QB2- $1

            QB3- $1

            RB1- $40 – Clinton Portis, Marshawn Lynch

            RB2- $30 – Kevin Smith, Ronnie Brown

            RB3- $15 – Cedric Benson, Jamal Lewis

            RB4- $1

            RB5- $1

            WR1-$35 – 13 Different WR’s

            WR2-$20 – Chad Ochocinco, Braylon Edwards





            TE1- $10 – Chris Cooley

            K1-    $1

            Def    $1


My goal with this budget was to get Aaron Rodgers at QB because I think he is the best young QB in football today. I felt that a $40 budget for him would be plenty of overkill to get him so he was my first nomination and I landed him for $31. I thought, "$9 extra for the bench, that’s awesome."


In order to get a decent starting RB for my RB3 slot for $15, I felt I had to get other people to draft other RB3’s and get them on their roster to cheapen the values for the ones I was targeting. 


I then began nominating players like Fred Taylor, LenDale White, Willis McGahee, and Tim Hightower to clear some of the lower end RB3’s out early. This plan worked as Cedric Benson went for $8 and Jamal Lewis for $5 in the draft, although as you will see later I ultimately did not end up with either of them on my team.


Shortly into the draft LaDainian Tomlinson was barely going in the high $30’s so I bid on him because I felt he was better than Clinton Portis and I landed him for $42, only $2 over my budget there.


A few of the 13 WR I was shooting for, WR1 for $35 actually went for less than that early, but I was hoping to get a young stud WR so I passed on Randy Moss at $30.


It pained me deeply to pass on Greg Jennings who went for $26, but having your QB and WR1 on the same team can be a bad thing in fantasy, as I painfully learned in the first round of the fantasy playoffs two years ago when Romo and Owens each had a bad game, costing me a run at the championship that season.


Up comes Marques Colston—one of my 13 for WR1—and I land him for $26, a $9 savings and I figure this draft is going great so far.


Kevin Smith’s name comes up, and wow, I land him for $23, a $7 savings. So now I sit with $23 extra to spend, and I think I could make a run at another RB for $38.


Clinton Portis’ name pops up (someone I was targeting at $40). So I figure if I can get him for $38 or less I will do it. I get him for $31 which leaves me with a net savings now of $7. At this point I am ecstatic and the beers and dogs are going down rather quickly.


Then my biggest mistake of the draft occurred somehow. I am not sure if it was the beers or what, but I began pushing the bid for Roddy White. He was the last of the young stud WR’s left and I felt he should go for $35.


The person that was actually bidding against me at the time had no WR’s on his roster and a ton of money to spend. I was sure he would go the $36, but he stopped and didn’t bid any more. I was burnt on that deal. 


Not only did I lose the $7 savings I had, but I lost $8 for my TE budget slot to boot. Now I would have to regroup with a $2 TE and $1 players the rest of the way. I even questioned it when they posted that I only had $2 that I could bid on a player now because I guess I was in shock that I did this to myself.


If I would have stayed the course as planned—Chad Ochocinco went for $12 and Chris Cooley for $8—I could have theoretically had $17 to play with for the rest of my bench slots which would have been awesome and I would have had a killer team. 


Just goes to show what I said earlier: you must stick to your budget throughout the draft and not get carried away at pushing the bid on players that you do not want.


As it turned out I was glad to get Ladell Betts for $1 to back up Clinton Portis and get Chris Chambers for my WR3 for $1. John Carlson at TE for $2 is a huge downgrade from Chris Cooley for sure, but he’s not bad for the price tag.


It disappoints me because I was so close to pulling off what in my mind would have been the perfect draft. Overall I am still pleased with my team and I feel it will be competitive in this 12-team league for several years while LT and Clinton Portis are still productive players.


Hopefully this provides an understanding of what an auction drafting experience feels like. Auction drafts have a lot of twists and turns in them, but overall they are a lot of fun. I highly recommend every fantasy player try it. Once you do, you will probably want to do away with the snake draft forever.


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