Saturday, August 18, 2012

Fantasy Football Auction Draft Strategy: The TWO-FIVE AUCTION

  I had my first fantasy football auction draft of the season on August 12, 2012. I was surprised on how much people were willing to spend on names such as: Aaron Rodgers, Ray Rice, LeSean McCoy, etc. (Approximately 1/3 of their total money!). This auction got out of hand very quickly, people were throwing around money like it was going outta style. I too got caught up in the hype and drafted MJD for a whopping $52 (the dude hasn’t even signed yet).

 So, the next time you see your draft on a spending spree, don’t follow the hype, follow the strategy below.

  The TWO-FIVE AUCTION. Draft your entire starting line-up with guys who would normally be selected in rounds two through five and who are also in their 2nd through 5th season. The strategy here is the player already grown into their roles, you have a decent understanding of the health risk, and they should only be on the rise in their young career.

  I put my theory to test using your draft results (yes, hindsight is 20-20), but by using the TWO-FIVE AUCTION, you’ll only be in a bidding war with half the teams (since the other half used a third of their money to get a stud RB).

Here are my results using your draft listed and the monetary value:

QB Cam Newton $31
RB Marshawn Lynch 27
RB Darren McFadden 24
WR Julio Jones 29
WR AJ Green 27
TE Brandon Pettigrew 4
FLEX Jordy Nelson 15

  This filled my entire starting roster excluding a defense and kicker for a total of $157, leaving me with $43 to fill my nine remaining roster positions, which I think any fantasy team would be thrilled to have to add solid depth to their bench.

 The TWO-FIVE AUCTION will not make you look like the big winner before the season starts, since every person who ends up with Rice, McCoy, or Foster will walk away thinking, “it’s in the bag” (we all know that idiot). But YOU will end up beating the fool in the playoffs and looking like the fantasy genius.

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