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There are many different approaches you can take at an auction draft, and you just have to pick the one that you like the most. Getting AP or Foster isn't something I would do, but that doesn't mean it's wrong.
It's all about personal preference.
Personally, I go into most auctions or mock auctions targeting Aaron Rodgers, Antonio Gates and a top-four wide receiver.
I love Aaron Rodgers this year because he scores a ton of points and he's a guy you can trust. I'm a little concerned about concussions, but I really don't think it will be that big of a problem. He still gets rushing yards, but he's safer than Michael Vick.
The Packers don't run the ball all that much, and the Packers are behind in the fourth quarter more than the Eagles or Patriots, so Rodgers is going to throw tons of passes. For less than $50, I think Rodgers is a reliable option that puts you well ahead of the field at quarterback.
Gates is the best at his position by about 100 times, yet he's only going for about $20. He is a game-changer and he gives you at least a few points per game above the competition at that position. I would probably go close to $30 before I let someone else take Gates.
I recently wrote an article on why I believe you must have Gates on your team if you want to win championship. He's a crucial component of any fantasy team, and I can't recommend picking him highly enough.
You can find that post here—I really think it could be of value to you.
The reason I recommend taking a top wide receiver is that I believe they are reliable. Barring injury, I think Roddy White, Andre Johnson, Calvin Johnson and Hakeem Nicks are all locks to have dominant fantasy seasons. I also feel that way about the top-five running backs.
The difference is, you have to pay at least $55 for a top RB while you're only paying $37 for a top wide receiver.
I probably won't be paying $44 for Andre Johnson or $41 for Roddy White, but I would pay $33 for Nicks or Calvin Johnson. Maybe even Fitzgerald would be okay if you can get him in the $20 range.
If you add all that up, you're spending about half your budget on three players. That may seem crazy not having a running back and all, but if you haven't noticed, I favor a method that puts a premium on quantity rather than quality when it comes to running backs.
They're just too injury prone, and backups come out of the woodwork to dominate too often. I don't trust any of them.
A sample team for this method could include the following:
QB: Aaron Rodgers
RB: Shonn Greene, Felix Jones, Mark Ingram, Ryan Mathews, Daniel Thomas
WR: Calvin Johnson, Santonio Holmes, Mario Manningham, Chad Ochocinco
TE: Antonio Gates
Those players would probably cost you somewhere between $175-$190. You might have room for one other good backup and then roster fillers.
Obviously the team is weak at running back, but if just two of those guys are good, you're fine. You have the No. 1 players at QB and TE while also having a solid receiving corps. I believe this is a winning strategy, but that's just my take.
You just have to pick a plan that works for you. The best advice I can give you is just to have a plan in the first place, or Slide 1 could doom you. And believe me, you really, really do not want that to happen.
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