Fantasy Football Auction – Thrifty Draft Strategy
Shopping For Fantasy Football Auction Players Like Your Grandma Buys Toilet Paper – Cheap Deals!
Looking for fantasy football auction values in 2014? Want to know how to do some fantasy football auction budgets and find some sleepers and high upside players in your fantasy football auction draft? Well have a look at how MrBlistr can put together a sweet little team while saving some cash in his draft at the same time. What do you think of this draft strategy? We want to know! Tweet us @fantasyauction – You can find your own deals from looking at our Auction Values and our Player Rankings
Every year you will hear a debate on how to draft your auction team. Boom or Bust. Deep bench. Studs and duds. Whatever your strategy, you never really know how successful it will be until the very end. Last year my big dollar buys were Julio Jones and CJ Spiller. We all know how that worked out. This year myself and the boys at the FFA have already completed numerous drafts. One thing that continues to resonate, there are 19-20 players that will cost you over $40 and many over $50 and into the $60 range. Those players include at QB: Peyton Manning, at TE Jimmy Graham, at WR Calvin Johnson, Julio Jones, Demaryius Thomas, Dez Bryant, AJ Green, Brandon Marshall, and at RB Eddie Lacey, Matt Forte, Adrian Peterson, Jamaal Charles, LeSean McCoy, Marshawn Lynch, LeVeon Bell, Montee Ball, Demarco Murray, Gio Bernard, and Doug Martin. No doubt you would be happy with all these guys on your squad. Unfortunately, you will probably only be able to afford three of them at most. After a recent auction, I jotted down a few notes to see what a team would look like if I tried to limit myself to a maximum of $25 for a player. I won’t list all the players, just some that I am sure would look good on any roster.
Fantasy Football Auction Values
So, yes that was one draft. All drafts will vary but in reality, the prices are not going to vary a whole lot. You may see a swing of as much as $5 more or less, but these are the names that are going to be available to you for less money than the big studs. I think that if you look through that list, you will agree there are names that you could easily see in the top 10 at their position. So for the thrifty shopper, you could have a squad that looks like this:
Thrifty Fantasy Football Auction Budget Roster
Starters Cost: $115 which leaves $85 for the bench. Typically a bench may have 8 spots.
1) Trent Richardson $10
2) Emanuel Sanders $9
3) Steven Ridley $11
4) Terrance Williams $12
5) Zach Ertz $4
6) Matt Ryan $4
7) Rashad Jennings $18
8) Cordarelle Patterson $16
Bench total: $84
Thus I have a dollar to spare. But look at that squad. Are you ok with not getting a high priced stud at any position? You have great depth. You have the ability to play match ups with proven starters. What often happens, as it did to me last year, when you spend big money on your RB1 or WR1, and you have the bad luck of them getting injured or flat out not producing…you only have the money to put $1 guys on your bench. The problem there is, they are never starters and there is no guarantee those $1 fliers will ever produce. If you look at the bench I could have made with these actual auction results it is quite reassuring.
I have a back up QB who can easily be top ten. Matt Ryan will have Julio back this year and they can air it out and may have to if their D continues to stink it up.
I have a TE that is poised for a breakout year. Ertz is expected to take a big leap this year.
At RB, I have T-Rich, Ridley and Jennings. All three are the teams starters. If T Rich can find the form of his rookie year…he was a top 10 back only two years ago. If Ridley can get his fumble issues under control, I have another top ten back from two years ago. Plus, he does not have Blount to take carries away from him this year. Jennings is another number one back for the Giants. With this budget I was able to draft 6 starting RB’s!!!!
At WR, I have Sanders, Williams and Patterson. Wow! Patterson is expected to be huge this year. He finished last year strong and it is expected Norv Turner turns him loose. Sanders is only going to the best Offense in the league to replace Decker and Williams gets to play across from Dez in single coverage. The ‘boys have been in need of a healthy and consistent number two, and Williams appears to be a great fit.
You know those names are all hot on the draft boards. Will they all pan out? Well, maybe not, but if you spend $10-12 on a player, and he flops, it doesn’t hurt your squad like a $60 flop. When you spend the big dollars on a stud you typically do not have much on your bench. Your bench will consist mostly of $1 players with a few $2 players. These are guys that only become relevant if the guys in front of them go down. So with a bench that costs you $8-15 you have a bunch of guys that need a lot of help to be able to contribute to your fantasy team. In comparison, the bench I mentioned above that cost me $84, I can plug and play those guys any week as I know they will be playing and I know they will contribute.
You also have some flexibility with this draft choice. You could submit a stud in the mid $40 range if you like (Peyton, Jimmy, AJ, Dez, Brandon, etc) and have a little less depth on your bench. Fact of the matter is this, the big name studs will draw a lot of money out of your competitions’ pockets. You know they can afford 2-3 studs but that is it and after that, there depth will not be great. Try a few mock auctions to see what your team could look like. These numbers and these players have really opened my eyes as to what I could have for a team sans the studs…..time to draft again!
Thanks for reading. Follow me on Twitter @Mrblistr and send me any questions you have. Also, if you take this strategy into an auction draft, send me your team and the dollar values. I would love to see how it turns out.
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