5 Tips For A Successful Auction
1. Organization is Key!!
I know this may sound obvious but I can’t stress enough how important organization is. You need to make sure you outline every rule for the fantasy football league and the fantasy football auction draft itself and have them on hand in order to settle conflicts when they arise. I have drawn up a fantasy football league constitution that contains everything from fantasy football auction draft rules to league scoring to how our waiver wire process works. There is a copy waiting at every draft station and we review it as a group every year before we start the draft.
2. If you feed them, they will come.
Don't be cheap with the grub. If you offer a nice spread then people will have a good time. The draft will take a long time so I am constantly making fresh popcorn to snack on as we draft. We always have other snacks such as chips and various forms of salted, cured meats on hand as well that will pair nicely with your choice of ale. We also eat dinner after the draft is over that features cuisine from the winner of the previous year’s drafts favourite NFL team’s city. A few years ago, I smoked 2 pork shoulders and made po boys with slaw and jambalaya because a New Orleans Saints fan won the year before. Once the draft is over, it’s nice to sit around the draft board eating and discussing all the “What the hell were you thinking” results of the last few hours and see who is the pre-season favourite.
3. To drink or not to drink?
I personally encourage you to have alcohol at your draft...it is mandatory for every participant in our draft. It provides comedy and it can help pass the time if you blow your entire budget on your first 3 picks. You will see some of the dumbest picks after some of your buddies have finished off half a case of Coronas. Who gets into a bidding war for Tarik Cohen? I’ll tell you who, the two drunk Bears fans. Plus if your tolerance is higher than your friends then you can reap the benefits as they all overspend. Just make sure your buddies all have a ride home after the draft. You don’t want them sleeping on the floor of your basement bathroom or under your pool table.