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Auction Draft Strategy

Auction Draft Strategy
by Ray of

In life, you have to budget. You usually have a finite amount of funds to work with, and you must allocate them accordingly. While it sure would be nice to take a $10,000 tropical vacation every month, if you only have $11,000 to work with in your budget, you can't go overspending because you need to allot funds for eating and putting gas in your car. If you don't, this is a recipe for disaster. Something has to give, so you prioritize, do some cost analysis and project future costs. You budget.

Yes, the process of budgeting is often painful and things change for the better and worse. It is not, and should not be 100% binding. But it does give you a good idea of where you stand and what you are working with. You could find hidden value by budgeting, or it is possible you will find you are in better position than you think. Most importantly it provides guidance. So if you do it with your personal finances, then why wouldn't you budget for your fantasy baseball draft?

If you are in league that uses an auction style draft, the only difference in your league compared to others is how players are acquired on draft day. Everything else is the same. You must do your homework, evaluate and rank each player and develop your plan. However, instead of thinking about it in terms of what you will do with each draft pick, you must think about allocating your funds amongst both players and categories.

A benefit to an auction as compared to a snake draft is that within reason you can plan out what players you want on your team. If you have a list of 10 players that for whatever reason you need to have on your team and players you think will provide good value this season, it is possible you will get all 10. Or at least, you will be able to get 8 out of those 10. In a snake draft, it is possible that you might only get 2 or 3 of those players. An auction format does make it easier to target specific players.

While you are of course constricted by a finite amount of funds (usually $260 auction dollars) to fill out your team's roster, there is some wiggle room here. You obviously aren't going to get the 20 best players on your roster, but having 5 of them is certainly possible. But that will obviously impact and hinder the rest of your team depending on how much you spend on them. These are decisions you need to make before heading into the auction.

So you have done all of your prep work. Players are ranked and tiered. Your sleeper candidates are highlighted. By looking at last year's standings, you have been able to figure out where you need to be statistically in each category. But how will this work? The most important characteristic about your auction prep work is figuring out to accomplish this task.

Every league is different, just as every owner is different. There are too many budgeting strategies to count, in all honesty. Your budgeting and spending will also greatly be impacted on whether or not you are in a keeper league. If you are keeping players at substantially below market value, this allows you to truly alter your budget. The most important thing though, is to be fluid. You must be able to adapt during the auction. Remember that your budget is just a plan, not a binding contract. The work has been done. You know what you need to do. Build the best team money can buy and do so by finding value.

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