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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.

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

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Texans' O'Brien: WR DeAndre Hopkins can 'be one of the best'
by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(12:28 am ET) Texans head coach Bill O'Brien is very encouraged by the performance of wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins last season, per ESPN. O'Brien went as far as to say that Hopkins can be one of the best.

"He had a really productive year," Texans coach Bill O'Brien said. "The thing that we really like about Hop and that we want him to continue to do is his work ethic. He’s a hungry player. He works every single day. He came into the spring a year ago and he was learning the offense and thinking out there, then all of a sudden you could see all the work he put in and learning, he just took off."

Due to the departure of wide receiver Andre Johnson, the progression of Hopkins will be under the microscope as he is now the focal point of the passing offense.

"We just want to see him continue and progress," O'Brien said. "We think he can be one of the best, we think he is one of the best. We have a lot of confidence in him and we’re looking forward to seeing him progress when the offseason program starts."

In two years with the Texans, Hopkins has reeled in 128 receptions for 2012 yards and eight touchdowns.


Giants won't rush WR Victor Cruz back to the field
by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(12:12 am ET) Although Giants head coach Tom Coughlin is hopeful that wide receiver Victor Cruz will be ready by training camp, the team will not rush him back, reports ESPN.

"I shouldn't say this, because medically I really don't have a definite answer, but by training camp hopefully, even if it's just to bring him," Coughlin said. "We're not going to just throw him to the wind. He'll work his way through. But I hope that would be the target."

Cruz tore his patellar tendon in week six of the 2014 season, causing him to miss the rest of the year. Coughlin is hopeful that he'll return to be the player that he was before the injury.

"I think he'll be the player that he was, and hopefully better," Coughlin said of Cruz. "But as far as when, I would be careful of what I would say there. Hopefully it's the first game. But if it isn't, you know we've done that one before. We just went through it. But I'm hoping it would be."

The former undrafted free agent has tallied 264 receptions for 3,963 yards and 24 touchdowns.


Lions QB Matthew Stafford to take more chances through the air
by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2015) Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford was in new offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi's system for the first time last season. The team plans on taking more chances down the field in Stafford's second season in the new offense, Lombardi said, according to the team's official website.

“In his second year (in the offense) he’s going to be that much more comfortable,” Lombardi said.

“We’ll be able to tailor the offense a little bit more to what he likes and what he’s good at. I thought he played smart football and sometimes to a fault. We’ll look for him to maybe take a few more chances this year with the football.”

Although Stafford didn't take many shots down the field, he did throw a career-low 12 interceptions in 2014. 

The former first overall draft pick has thrown for 21,714 yards with 131 touchdowns and 85 interceptions during his six-year career.


Colts OLB Robert Mathis plans to be ready for training camp
by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2015) Colts outside linebacker Robert Mathis is not ready to run yet, he told Alex Marvez of SiriusXM NFL. Mathis added that he plans to be ready for the start of training camp.

“It’s not going as fast as I would like to, but we are getting well and we should be clicking in camp,” Mathis told Sirius.

Mathis was suspended for the first four games of last season due to violating the league's substance abuse policy. He then suffered a torn achilles, forcing him to miss all 16 games of the 2014 season.

During his 11-year career with the Colts, Mathis has collected 487 total tackles, 111.0 sacks, 15 passes defensed and 48 forced fumbles.


Lions TE Eric Ebron has been working out with Matthew Stafford
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(3/31/2015) Lions offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi said that tight end Eric Ebron has been working out with quarterback Matthew Stafford in Atlanta this offseason, reports the Detroit News. Lombardi also said that the plan is to have Ebron be the No. 3 weapon in the passing game this year.

Ebron, 21, finished his rookie season with 25 catches for 248 yards and one touchdown. 


Cowboys' Tony Romo: DeMarco Murray asked me to take a pay cut
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2015) Eagles running back DeMarco Murray was really hoping to remain with the Cowboys this offseason. So much so, he asked quarterback Tony Romo to take a pay cut to remain with the team, Romo said on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas on Tuesday, per the Dallas Morning News.

"DeMarco ended up asking me, 'Why don't you take a pay cut?' I said, 'I will. I would take a pay cut to go do this,'" Romo said. "I was like, 'They're going to restructure me.' That's the same thing in some ways, just for the salary cap purposes. He was like, 'OK, now we're back to being friends again.' I would take $5 million less if meant getting him back.

"He knew that. It was just funny how he was literally worried about that part of it for a week. I'm like, 'That's not the reason.' I'm like, 'Obviously I'll restructure. I would even take a pay cut.' He was like, 'OK, we can be friends again.' It's amazing what you think about in those moments."


Giants QB Eli Manning wants to take offense 'to another level'
by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2015) Giants quarterback Eli Manning is entering the second year in offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo's system. Manning is ready to take the next step now that he is familiar with the system, reports the NY Daily News.

““This year will be a much easier transition, knowing that we have been through so much of it already,” said Manning, who recently had been working out at Ole Miss with some of their receivers and alumni. “It’s definitely a different starting point. I feel good about it. I feel that I have a good understanding of it.

“But there is still room to grow and that is why I try to keep it as fresh in my mind as possible. Looking at old game-plan sheets and calling plays in my head – throwing routes with receivers trying to call out plays to myself, so you don’t let it slip away. It was new last year and it wasn’t something I have been doing for 10 years, so you want to keep it fresh and go through your reminders and all your checks. So when we come back I haven’t taken a step backwards and have to re-learn things. It is still all there. There will be new stuff and we will be taking it to another level.”

Manning has started all 16 games in each season since 2005, throwing for 39,755 yards with 259 touchdowns and 185 interceptions.


Saints TE Josh Hill wants to grow into new role
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(3/31/2015) After trading trading Jimmy Graham to the Seahawks, tight end Josh Hill is ready to step into his new role with the Saints, according to the team's offical website.

“I think it might open a few opportunities for me as I continue to grow in my role and just do everything they ask me to do,” Hill said when asked about the trade of Graham to the Seahawks.

Hill recognized that Graham helped him transition from college to the professional level.

“It’s a big difference, especially coming from a smaller school and a smaller city," Hill said. "He was always there for me. We became pretty good friends over the past few years so it will definitely be different without him.”

Head coach Sean Payton believes that Hill is ready to step up.

“Josh Hill is a player that we value a lot," Payton said last week at the NFL annual meeting. "He’s not on anyone’s fantasy first three rounds, I promise you, but he’s a real good tight end. He’s versatile in the running game, in the pass receiving game, a special teams player.”

Hill, heading into his third year in the NFL, has recorded 20 receptions for 220 yards and six touchdowns. 


Cowboys QB Tony Romo excited about this offseason
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(3/31/2015) Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is excited about what the offseason holds for him, according to ESPN.

“This is the first offseason where I’ve been able to kind of get after it this early and be able to kind of improve in a lot of different areas that I think you aren’t able to until you get healthy enough to attack it,” Romo said on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas on Tuesday. “I’m just excited about that, really.”

Romo, 34, is encouraged by the fact that he is able to do a lot of different things during the offseason process while working out.

“Now I’m able to do that while actually doing functional strength training through different versions of squats,” Romo said. “I’m not putting anything on my back and doing stuff like that but you are doing a lot of single-leg stuff and different things that I started getting into during the season that helped a lot. Now it’s nice to be able to do that in the offseason.”

Romo has thrown for 33,270 yards with 242 touchdowns and 110 interceptions in his 12-year career. 


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"I have a chance to revitalize myself," Bowe, 30, told ESPN.com via telephone Tuesday. "Just sit back and watch."

Browns general manager Ray Farmer has familiarity with Bowe from their time with the Chiefs. The two sat down and watched tape from the 2010 season when he racked up 15 touchdown receptions.

"Him knowing what I can do, seeing me in practice, making crazy plays, splitting the safeties, he knows I still can do that," Bowe said. "I couldn't showcase that last year. He was pulling up old plays, saying, 'We are going to use you just like that.' Moving around, going on motion, trying to hit the deep ball, trying to break plays."

The 30-year-old wideout appreciated his time with the Chiefs and he has no regrets.

"It's been up and down, but it's been fun," Bowe said. "I don't regret nothing. People can talk about the NFL and playing wide receiver -- I feel I still have a good four more years in me."

Over his eight-year career, he has totaled 532 receptions for 7,155 yards and 44 touchdowns.


 
 
 
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