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2011 Draft Prep: Our 12-team, $100 auction

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For some Fantasy owners, snake drafts just aren't exciting. For them, there are auctions.

Auctions give every Fantasy owner the same opportunity at every NFL player. Auctions make for a more challenging way to build a Fantasy team. Auctions favor the bold -- the highest bidder gets the player, for better or for worse.

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It's a fun enhancement that Fantasy drafters should consider (CBSSports.com even has mock auctions, in case you'd like to try it out). But it's not without strategy, just like any other Fantasy Football draft.

Shop smart. If you spend too soon, you'll have no shot at the inevitable bargains that exist late in every single auction. If you don't spend early on, you'll have no shot at the stud players inevitably nominated in the first few minutes in every single auction. Knowing who you want, and more importantly, knowing what the players you want should go for, is absolutely vital to Fantasy success. Consult our auction values to get a good idea of what the going rate is from player to player.

Be ready for the bargains. Like in snake drafts, the bargains in auctions generally happen late, not early. If you want in on some of those bargains it's a good idea to save at least 30 percent of your overall budget for the last third of your auction.

Don't drive up bids or mistakenly bid on players you don't need. Bid on the guys you want, not the guys other people want. If you own Antonio Gates, don't bid on Dallas Clark just so they go at the same price. It's better to let another owner get a bargain than for you to clog your roster with too many players at the same position.

If you're on the fence, spend. Bidding the extra dollar or two to get the player you want is always advised so long as you're not going to be forced to add $1 players to more than four roster spots. The difference between getting quality starters and a couple of $2 steals that someone else might otherwise get for $1 is negligible.

Follow the money. Fantasy dollars are not unlimited -- you're on a budget. As such, you'll have to know what your maximum bid is at all times, and if you're really good, you'll want to keep track of what the max bid is for your rival owners too. Typically, no player will go for more than 35 percent of a total budget, and every team will end up with at least a handful of $1 players.

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Early on, nominate players you don't want: If you're trying to cut back on spending, or if you just want other owners to drain their funds, nominate players who you have no intention of winning. For instance, if you just won Aaron Rodgers, you're set at quarterback. But if you nominate Michael Vick and start the bidding at a dollar, someone else will start unloading their money. The more your opponents spend, the less they'll have to take bargains from you later on. You could even look over the roster of the owner with the biggest budget left, uncover their needs and nominate players they might flash their cash for. When the draft enters the bargain zone, that's when you'll want to nominate the players you want and potentially bid an extra buck or two to sway opponents from taking the player you like.

Check out our auction!

To give you the feel of this kind of format, CBSSports.com rounded up 12 experts with auction experience. On Aug. 24, we gave everyone $100 to spend on 15 roster spots, starting one quarterback, two running backs, two wide receivers, one tight end, one flex, one kicker and one DST.

Our nomination order
1. Bill Passonno, Fantasy Writer 7. Al Melchior, Data Analyst
2. Ed Gauna, Fantasy Writer 8. Jeff Tobin, Associate Managing Editor, Fantasy
3. John Garcia, Fantasy Writer 9. Eric Kay, Associate Managing Editor, CBSSports.com
4. Scott White, Senior Fantasy Writer 10. Jamey Eisenberg, Senior Fantasy Writer
5. Nathan Zegura, Fantasy Writer 11. Adam Aizer, Podcast Host
6. Dave Richard, Senior Fantasy Writer 12. Sergio Gonzalez, Fantasy Writer
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2011 Fantasy Auction Draft (sortable)
OrderPlayerPriceBid Won by
1Vick, Michael (QB PHI)$20Sergio Gonzalez
2Rodgers, Aaron (QB GB)$22Al Melchior
3Foster, Arian (RB HOU)$30Scott White
4Steelers (DST PIT)$3Eric Kay
5Peterson, Adrian (RB MIN)$30John Garcia
6Rackers, Neil (K HOU)$2Jeff Tobin
7Rivers, Philip (QB SD)$18Nathan Zegura
8Charles, Jamaal (RB KC)$27Jeff Tobin
9Hartley, Garrett (K NO)$1Eric Kay
10Manning, Peyton (QB IND)$15Eric Kay
11Gostkowski, Stephen (K NE)$1Adam Aizer
12Johnson, Chris (RB TEN)$26Sergio Gonzalez
13Bowe, Dwayne (WR KC)$11Adam Aizer
14Finley, Jermichael (TE GB)$7Ed Gauna
15Gore, Frank (RB SF)$18Jeff Tobin
16Brees, Drew (QB NO)$18Bill Passonno
17Blount, LeGarrette (RB TB)$17John Garcia
18Janikowski, Sebastian (K OAK)$1Dave Richard
19Packers (DST GB)$4Ed Gauna
20Rice, Ray (RB BAL)$31Eric Kay
21Hillis, Peyton (RB CLE)$13Scott White
22Turner, Michael (RB ATL)$24Al Melchior
23Mendenhall, Rashard (RB PIT)$16Scott White
24Gates, Antonio (TE SD)$12Jeff Tobin
25McFadden, Darren (RB OAK)$17Dave Richard
26Fitzgerald, Larry (WR ARI)$19Dave Richard
27Jennings, Greg (WR GB)$19Adam Aizer
28Stafford, Matthew (QB DET)$11Jeff Tobin
29Brady, Tom (QB NE)$22Ed Gauna
30Wayne, Reggie (WR IND)$14Al Melchior
31Nicks, Hakeem (WR NYG)$17Dave Richard
32Williams, Mike (WR TB)$12John Garcia
33Mathews, Ryan (RB SD)$9Nathan Zegura
34Jones-Drew, Maurice (RB JAC)$21Sergio Gonzalez
35Freeman, Josh (QB TB)$4Dave Richard
36Clark, Dallas (TE IND)$8Dave Richard
37Jackson, Steven (RB STL)$17Ed Gauna
38Gould, Robbie (K CHI)$1Ed Gauna
39Amendola, Danny (WR STL)$5Jamey Eisenberg
40White, Roddy (WR ATL)$21Al Melchior
41McCoy, LeSean (RB PHI)$28Jamey Eisenberg
42Johnson, Andre (WR HOU)$26Jamey Eisenberg
43Crosby, Mason (K GB)$1Al Melchior
44Johnson, Calvin (WR DET)$27Bill Passonno
45Welker, Wes (WR NE)$10Scott White
46Green-Ellis, BenJarvus (RB NE)$9Adam Aizer
47Romo, Tony (QB DAL)$8John Garcia
48Benson, Cedric (RB CIN)$9Sergio Gonzalez
49Ingram, Mark (RB NO)$10Jamey Eisenberg
50Greene, Shonn (RB NYJ)$12Nathan Zegura
51Best, Jahvid (RB DET)$12Bill Passonno
52Wallace, Mike (WR PIT)$16Jamey Eisenberg
53Jackson, Vincent (WR SD)$17Adam Aizer
54Ryan, Matt (QB ATL)$7Ed Gauna
55Forte, Matt (RB CHI)$23Ed Gauna
56Bradshaw, Ahmad (RB NYG)$16Nathan Zegura
57Johnson, Steve (WR BUF)$6Eric Kay
58Lewis, Marcedes (TE JAC)$1Jamey Eisenberg
59Manning, Eli (QB NYG)$3Scott White
60Manningham, Mario (WR NYG)$7Scott White
61Jackson, DeSean (WR PHI)$13Eric Kay
62Witten, Jason (TE DAL)$7Bill Passonno
63Thomas, Daniel (RB MIA)$7Adam Aizer
64Eagles (DST PHI)$2Adam Aizer
65Austin, Miles (WR DAL)$13Nathan Zegura
66Bush, Michael (RB OAK)$4Nathan Zegura
67Moreno, Knowshon (RB DEN)$9Dave Richard
68Williams, DeAngelo (RB CAR)$11Nathan Zegura
69Holmes, Santonio (WR NYJ)$10John Garcia
70Schaub, Matt (QB HOU)$6Scott White
71Roberts, Andre (WR ARI)$1Adam Aizer
72Bryant, Dez (WR DAL)$9Bill Passonno
73Grant, Ryan (RB GB)$4Adam Aizer
74Burress, Plaxico (WR NYJ)$5Jeff Tobin
75Bush, Reggie (RB MIA)$4John Garcia
76Jets (DST NYJ)$3Bill Passonno
77Davis, Vernon (TE SF)$4Al Melchior
78Ravens (DST BAL)$2Ed Gauna
79Giants (DST NYG)$1Al Melchior
80Boldin, Anquan (WR BAL)$7Sergio Gonzalez
81Jones, Felix (RB DAL)$12Bill Passonno
82Roethlisberger, Ben (QB PIT)$7Adam Aizer
83Marshall, Brandon (WR MIA)$11Eric Kay
84Winslow, Kellen (TE TB)$2Eric Kay
85Harvin, Percy (WR MIN)$7John Garcia
86Green, A.J. (WR CIN)$2Scott White
87Tolbert, Mike (RB SD)$7Dave Richard
88Patriots (DST NE)$1Scott White
89Colston, Marques (WR NO)$7Dave Richard
90Bradford, Sam (QB STL)$5Adam Aizer
91Wells, Beanie (RB ARI)$5Scott White
92Jones, Julio (WR ATL)$7Jeff Tobin
93Lynch, Marshawn (RB SEA)$7Eric Kay
94Bryant, Matt (K ATL)$1Jamey Eisenberg
95Jackson, Fred (RB BUF)$6Al Melchior
96Kaeding, Nate (K SD)$1Sergio Gonzalez
97Lloyd, Brandon (WR DEN)$6Nathan Zegura
98Maclin, Jeremy (WR PHI)$5Dave Richard
99Spiller, C.J. (RB BUF)$4Eric Kay
100Pettigrew, Brandon (TE DET)$2John Garcia
101Daniels, Owen (TE HOU)$4Sergio Gonzalez
102Broncos (DST DEN)$1Dave Richard
103Addai, Joseph (RB IND)$5Adam Aizer
104Cowboys (DST DAL)$1Jeff Tobin
105McGahee, Willis (RB DEN)$3Ed Gauna
106Brown, Ronnie (RB PHI)$1Jamey Eisenberg
107Thomas, Mike (WR JAC)$3Adam Aizer
108Rice, Sidney (WR SEA)$4Sergio Gonzalez
109Collie, Austin (WR IND)$3Jeff Tobin
110Jacobs, Brandon (RB NYG)$3Jamey Eisenberg
111Thomas, Pierre (RB NO)$3John Garcia
112Olsen, Greg (TE CAR)$3Jamey Eisenberg
113Graham, Jimmy (TE NO)$6Adam Aizer
114Stewart, Jonathan (RB CAR)$4Jeff Tobin
115Woodhead, Danny (RB NE)$1Al Melchior
116Moore, Lance (WR NO)$4Nathan Zegura
117Flacco, Joe (QB BAL)$3Bill Passonno
118Cutler, Jay (QB CHI)$1Jamey Eisenberg
119Hightower, Tim (RB WAS)$4Ed Gauna
120Bears (DST CHI)$1Sergio Gonzalez
121Britt, Kenny (WR TEN)$3Bill Passonno
122Edwards, Braylon (WR SF)$3Ed Gauna
123Little, Greg (WR CLE)$1John Garcia
124Gronkowski, Rob (TE NE)$1Scott White
125Hernandez, Aaron (TE NE)$1Nathan Zegura
126Garcon, Pierre (WR IND)$2Ed Gauna
127Ochocinco, Chad (WR NE)$3Eric Kay
128Simpson, Jerome (WR CIN)$1Jeff Tobin
129Gonzalez, Tony (TE ATL)$1Eric Kay
130Kolb, Kevin (QB ARI)$1Jamey Eisenberg
131Floyd, Malcom (WR SD)$1Adam Aizer
132Sanchez, Mark (QB NYJ)$1Sergio Gonzalez
133Ward, Hines (WR PIT)$2Ed Gauna
134Celek, Brent (TE PHI)$1Ed Gauna
135Ford, Jacoby (WR OAK)$1John Garcia
136Evans, Lee (WR BAL)$1Scott White
137Vinatieri, Adam (K IND)$1Nathan Zegura
138Orton, Kyle (QB DEN)$1Dave Richard
139Bess, Davone (WR MIA)$2Jeff Tobin
140Sproles, Darren (RB NO)$1Jeff Tobin
141McCoy, Colt (QB CLE)$2John Garcia
142Moss, Santana (WR WAS)$3Scott White
143Smith, Steve (WR CAR)$1Sergio Gonzalez
144Ringer, Javon (RB TEN)$2Dave Richard
145Jean, Lestar (WR HOU)$2Ed Gauna
146Tate, Ben (RB HOU)$1John Garcia
147Sims-Walker, Mike (WR STL)$2Nathan Zegura
148Lions (DST DET)$1Nathan Zegura
149Jennings, Rashad (RB JAC)$2Jamey Eisenberg
150Crabtree, Michael (WR SF)$1Al Melchior
151Cassel, Matt (QB KC)$1Jeff Tobin
152Driver, Donald (WR GB)$1Eric Kay
153Starks, James (RB GB)$1Jamey Eisenberg
154Jones, Thomas (RB KC)$1Sergio Gonzalez
155Breaston, Steve (WR KC)$1Bill Passonno
156Chargers (DST SD)$1John Garcia
157Torain, Ryan (RB WAS)$1Scott White
158Brown, Josh (K STL)$1Nathan Zegura
159Redman, Isaac (RB PIT)$1Dave Richard
160Tomlinson, LaDainian (RB NYJ)$1Al Melchior
161Branch, Deion (WR NE)$1Jeff Tobin
162Smith, Alex (QB SF)$1Eric Kay
163Saints (DST NO)$1Jamey Eisenberg
164Miller, Zach (TE SEA)$1Sergio Gonzalez
165Henery, Alex (K PHI)$1Bill Passonno
166Carpenter, Dan (K MIA)$1John Garcia
167Cundiff, Billy (K BAL)$1Scott White
168Murray, DeMarco (RB DAL)$1Nathan Zegura
169Morris, Maurice (RB DET)$1Dave Richard
170Garrard, David (QB JAC)$1Al Melchior
171Williams, Ricky (RB BAL)$1Eric Kay
172Williams, Cadillac (RB STL)$1Sergio Gonzalez
173Snelling, Jason (RB ATL)$1Bill Passonno
174Knox, Johnny (WR CHI)$1Al Melchior
175Mason, Derrick (WR NYJ)$1Sergio Gonzalez
176Hester, Devin (WR CHI)$1Bill Passonno
177Helu, Roy (RB WAS)$1Al Melchior
178Cook, Jared (TE TEN)$1Bill Passonno
179Burleson, Nate (WR DET)$1Al Melchior
180Smith, Alfonso (RB ARI)$1Bill Passonno

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