I love auction leagues. I started my fantasy football trek 15 years ago with an auction league. They are finally finding popularity. Even the “Four Letter Network” is promoting the auction league. If you are the adventurous type and want to try your hand at the auction, here are a few tips you need to know.
1) Throw out players you do not covet. This is especially true for the first 2/3rd of the draft. If you throw out that rookie you really want early in the draft, then the other owners will drive the price up on those players. Save them for later.
This also applies to the stud players you are seeking. If you hope to get Adrian Peterson, it is best not to throw him out early. His price will be high anyway but it will be higher in the first couple of rounds.
If you know that another owner desires a certain player, then throw them out as early as possible. When other owners are less efficient with their cash, the more your cash will buy.
2) Spend all of your money. I can not tell you how many teams will leave money on the table. This is only hurting your team if you do not spend all of your fantasy dollars. Do not wait until the end of the draft to start spending the money.
3) Go Ahead and bid big money for those stars. This is related to # 2. To win, you need to have those stars on your team.
4) Save some money for the bargains. In the last 1/3 of an auction, you can usually find quality players for discounted rates. It is helpful if you have some money to pick up these players.
5) Know how much money all the owners have at all times. This is very important. There is strategy in knowing if you have the money to out bid someone for a player or not and what their needs are .
6) Do not pay more than a dollar or two for any defense or kicker. Defenses and kickers are a dime a dozen.
7) Know your off weeks. Nothing is worse than having a backup with the same off week as your starters. There is always someone that has to get a third kicker because of off week issues. Do not let it be you.
8) Never bid more for a player than you are willing to pay for them. It is great to bid owners up that really want that player. But every owner has a value that they will not pass. If you are trying to bid up a player, make sure you are willing to pay it for that player or you might just get him anyway.
9) Pick dollar players with up side. At the end of an auction, a lot of players start going for a dollar. It might be all you have. You will face the choice to throw out that below average player or that rookie that might do nothing. I always go with the guy with the most upside. Last year I was able to pick up Steve Slaton for a dollar and he had a great season for me.
10) Know your rules. Your auction values do change with the rules of a league.
The Counselor is OUT: