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2013 Draft Prep: All about auctions

Senior Fantasy Writer
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Most everyone would love to have Adrian Peterson on their Fantasy teams. And Peyton Manning. And Julio Jones. And throw in Reggie Bush for good measure.

If you're in a regular snake draft, you have no chance to have a lineup this loaded. But in an auction draft where you bid on players for your Fantasy team with fictional dollars (or real dollars if you roll that way), it can happen if you want it to.

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Auctions are more fun than snake drafts. They do take longer but the process of bidding on players, nominating sleepers and duds and otherwise being the guy who wants a player more than everyone else in the league makes for an awesome experience -- better than a regular draft. You can get anyone you want and you can spend as freely or as cheaply as you want.

But that's where the auction fun begins. Just like the strategies you'd take with you into a regular draft, there are strategies to consider in auctions.

Auction strategies

Tiers: More important in auctions than snake drafts. My No. 1 piece of advice for auctions is to put players by position into separate groups based on expected production. When the best-available tier is down to two or three players, get in there and bid on them. You'll get players with a specific expectation and probably pay a few bucks less for them than the ones that got bid on earlier.

Oh yes, there will be bargains. It will pain you to see your pals pick up incredible bargains if you spend money early in an auction. By spending early, you have to budget the rest of your money on low-end players. Then again, most of the time the best players are nominated early on so if you pass on them you're left without a stud. Assume that after the first 60 or so nominations the Bargain Zone will begin. If you have even one-third of your budget left by then you should be in line for some deals.

Nominations count. When an auction kicks off, put the high-priced big names out there that you want nothing to do with. Later, once you fill a position you're satisfied with, start nominating the players at that position that will fetch a few bucks from your opponents. It saves you money while the other people spend. Then when the Bargain Zone kicks in, start nominating (and winning) the players you DO want. This is the time to spend the extra dollar or two to get a lower-end player you'd like.

Take note of other people's money. If you know what your max bid is, you should know what your rivals' max bids are too. You can get an edge, particularly in the Bargain Zone, if you need a tight end and the only other guy that needs one is someone whose max bid is $2. You'll probably win him for $2 if you nominate him, $3 if you don't.

It all starts with you. I suppose you would never take a player you don't want in a standard draft but sometimes there's a player you don't love that surprisingly falls to you. That might compel you to take him. In an auction you don't have to worry about that, just bid on who you like and let everyone else bid on the players you don't like.

Furthermore, you get to decide how you want to spend your money. If you win the bids on a couple of expensive players you won't have much left for the rest of your roster. If you go with a balanced approach and not spend too much on any given player you'll have a balanced roster without any major gamebreakers. Either way, remember this isn't real life and you don't have to be a penny-pincher.

OurAuction Results

An important note: We had a weird but very real dynamic in our draft: Several owners went big on running backs while several Top 10 quarterbacks were left without a nomination. Those quarterbacks didn't go up for bid until late and ended up being some of the best bargains we've ever seen in an auction.

On one hand, it makes the auction results a little lopsided because the passers shouldn't ever go that cheap. On the other hand, it's proof that there's a deep talent pool at every position except running back and people were willing to pay for the rushers. As such, other positions created steals, but none quite like these quarterbacks. As is our advice for taking quarterbacks in snake drafts, be patient to land one in an auction.

These results should be an excellent source for you to determine what the best auction strategy is for you.

We had 12 people with $100 each for 15 roster spots, starting one quarterback, two running backs, two wide receivers, one tight end, one Flex, a kicker and a DST. The scoring is standard -- all touchdowns worth six, all turnovers worth minus-two, 10 yards rushing or receiving worth one, 25 yards passing worth one and typical scoring for kickers and defenses.

Here are our owners and nomination order:

1. Jamey Eisenberg, Senior Fantasy Writer
2. Dave Richard, Senior Fantasy Writer
3. Al Melchior, Data Analyst
4. Nando Di Fino, Senior Fantasy Writer
5. Chris Towers, Fantasy Writer
6. Igor Mello, Fantasy Writer
7. Jeff Tobin, Associate Managing Editor
8. Joe Polito, Social Media Coordinator, Fantasy Sports
9. Mike Freedman, Video Producer
10. Michael Hurcomb, Fantasy Editor
11. Peter Madden, Editorial Director, Fantasy Sports
12. Scott White, Senior Fantasy Writer

Position by position
Quarterbacks
Order Player Price
20 Aaron Rodgers, GB $20
4 Drew Brees, NO $19
3 Peyton Manning, DEN $18
12 Tom Brady, NE $16
50 Cam Newton, CAR $10
114 Matt Ryan, ATL $8
122 Matthew Stafford, DET $7
74 Robert Griffin III, WAS $6
24 Russell Wilson, SEA $5
49 Colin Kaepernick, SF $5
123 Andrew Luck, IND $5
126 Tony Romo, DAL $3
5 Michael Vick, PHI $2
86 Eli Manning, NYG $1
95 Jay Cutler, CHI $1
128 Andy Dalton, CIN $1
153 Sam Bradford, STL $1
160 Matt Schaub, HOU $1
180 Carson Palmer, ARI $1
Running backs
Order Player Price
10 Adrian Peterson, MIN $37
11 C.J. Spiller, BUF $35
41 Trent Richardson, CLE $34
22 Doug Martin, TB $33
9 Jamaal Charles, KC $30
21 LeSean McCoy, PHI $30
48 Marshawn Lynch, SEA $30
40 Alfred Morris, WAS $29
58 Ray Rice, BAL $29
34 Arian Foster, HOU $26
60 Matt Forte, CHI $24
8 Chris Johnson, TEN $23
43 Steven Jackson, ATL $19
47 Stevan Ridley, NE $19
13 Maurice Jones-Drew, JAC $18
72 Reggie Bush, DET $17
23 David Wilson, NYG $14
42 Frank Gore, SF $14
82 DeMarco Murray, DAL $13
57 Darren Sproles, NO $12
64 Darren McFadden, OAK $12
7 Lamar Miller, MIA $11
39 Giovani Bernard, CIN $10
31 Ryan Mathews, SD $8
17 Shane Vereen, NE $7
29 Daryl Richardson, STL $7
38 Eddie Lacy, GB $7
55 Rashard Mendenhall, ARI $6
91 Mark Ingram, NO $6
102 Ahmad Bradshaw, IND $6
19 Montee Ball, DEN $5
2 Chris Ivory, NYJ $4
6 Le'Veon Bell, PIT $4
18 Ben Tate, HOU $4
37 DeAngelo Williams, CAR $4
51 Bilal Powell, NYJ $4
79 Ronnie Hillman, DEN $4
54 Danny Woodhead, SD $2
73 DuJuan Harris, GB $2
85 Fred Jackson, BUF $2
117 Andre Brown, NYG $2
134 Jonathan Stewart, CAR $2
62 Toby Gerhart, MIN $1
84 Knowshon Moreno, DEN $1
105 Bryce Brown, PHI $1
109 Pierre Thomas, NO $1
115 Zac Stacy, STL $1
116 Shonn Greene, TEN $1
121 Bernard Pierce, BAL $1
124 Jacquizz Rodgers, ATL $1
129 BenJarvus Green-Ellis, CIN $1
131 Vick Ballard, IND $1
135 Jonathan Dwyer, PIT $1
137 Christine Michael, SEA $1
138 Michael Bush, CHI $1
143 Kendall Hunter, SF $1
144 Denard Robinson, JAC $1
145 Daniel Thomas, MIA $1
147 Lance Dunbar, DAL $1
150 Knile Davis, KC $1
151 Johnathan Franklin, GB $1
156 Isaiah Pead, STL $1
158 Roy Helu, WAS $1
162 LaRod Stephens-Howling, PIT $1
163 Mike Tolbert, CAR $1
168 Joique Bell, DET $1
175 Isaac Redman, PIT $1
Wide receiver
Order Player Price
16 Calvin Johnson, DET $27
32 Dez Bryant, DAL $22
28 A.J. Green, CIN $20
52 Julio Jones, ATL $19
44 Demaryius Thomas, DEN $17
26 Brandon Marshall, CHI $16
46 Larry Fitzgerald, ARI $16
33 Danny Amendola, NE $15
53 Andre Johnson, HOU $14
59 Randall Cobb, GB $12
70 Vincent Jackson, TB $11
76 Roddy White, ATL $11
65 Dwayne Bowe, KC $10
69 Victor Cruz, NYG $10
35 Eric Decker, DEN $9
88 Reggie Wayne, IND $9
1 Wes Welker, DEN $8
78 T.Y. Hilton, IND $6
67 Steve Smith, CAR $5
71 James Jones, GB $5
81 DeSean Jackson, PHI $5
90 Hakeem Nicks, NYG $5
112 Marques Colston, NO $5
118 Jordy Nelson, GB $5
140 Torrey Smith, BAL $5
68 DeAndre Hopkins, HOU $4
106 Pierre Garcon, WAS $4
130 Antonio Brown, PIT $4
75 Mike Williams, TB $3
77 Kenny Britt, TEN $3
92 Ryan Broyles, DET $3
98 Cecil Shorts, JAC $3
99 Golden Tate, SEA $3
89 Justin Blackmon, JAC $2
96 Anquan Boldin, SF $2
103 Lance Moore, NO $2
113 Mike Wallace, MIA $2
120 Tavon Austin, STL $2
132 Chris Givens, STL $2
133 Josh Gordon, CLE $2
141 Michael Floyd, ARI $2
101 Greg Little, CLE $1
110 Rueben Randle, NYG $1
119 Emmanuel Sanders, PIT $1
136 Steve Johnson, BUF $1
142 Sidney Rice, SEA $1
146 Kenbrell Thompkins, NE $1
152 Miles Austin, DAL $1
154 Greg Jennings, MIN $1
155 Alshon Jeffery, CHI $1
164 Mohamed Sanu, CIN $1
165 Cordarrelle Patterson, MIN $1
166 Aaron Dobson, NE $1
167 Vincent Brown, SD $1
169 Brian Hartline, MIA $1
Tight end
Order Player Price
15 Jimmy Graham, NO $22
45 Rob Gronkowski, NE $12
80 Vernon Davis, SF $5
93 Jason Witten, DAL $5
94 Tony Gonzalez, ATL $5
61 Jordan Cameron, CLE $4
87 Jared Cook, STL $3
97 Jermichael Finley, GB $3
108 Antonio Gates, SD $2
148 Martellus Bennett, CHI $2
66 Tyler Eifert, CIN $1
125 Greg Olsen, CAR $1
149 Zach Sudfeld, NE $1
159 Kyle Rudolph, MIN $1
161 Julius Thomas, DEN $1
Kickers
Order Player Price
14 Phil Dawson, SF $1
25 Stephen Gostkowski, NE $1
56 Blair Walsh, MIN $1
63 Matt Prater, DEN $1
83 Sebastian Janikowski, OAK $1
139 Matt Bryant, ATL $1
157 Kai Forbath, WAS $1
170 Justin Tucker, BAL $1
171 Greg Zuerlein, STL $1
173 Garrett Hartley, NO $1
174 Dan Bailey, DAL $1
172 David Akers, DET $1
DST
Order Player Price
27 Seahawks $2
30 49ers $2
36 Broncos $1
100 Texans $1
104 Bengals $1
107 Steelers $1
111 Bears $1
127 Ravens $1
176 Packers $1
177 Rams $1
178 Browns $1
179 Patriots $1
 
Team by Team
Al Melchior
Player Position Price
Drew Brees, NO QB $19
Andrew Luck, IND QB $5
Alfred Morris, WAS RB $29
David Wilson, NYG RB $14
Jonathan Dwyer, PIT RB $1
Denard Robinson, JAC RB $1
Mike Tolbert, CAR RB $1
Brandon Marshall, CHI WR $16
Steve Smith, CAR WR $5
Cecil Shorts, JAC WR $3
Greg Jennings, MIN WR $1
Brian Hartline, MIA WR $1
Antonio Gates, SD TE $2
Matt Prater, DEN K $1
Bears DST $1
Chris Towers
Player Position Price
Aaron Rodgers, GB QB $20
Trent Richardson, CLE RB $34
Daryl Richardson, STL RB $7
Christine Michael, SEA RB $1
Lance Dunbar, DAL RB $1
Isaiah Pead, STL RB $1
Andre Johnson, HOU WR $14
Dwayne Bowe, KC WR $10
Kenny Britt, TEN WR $3
Greg Little, CLE WR $1
Cordarrelle Patterson, MIN WR $1
Jordan Cameron, CLE TE $4
Greg Olsen, CAR TE $1
Greg Zuerlein, STL K $1
Packers DST $1
Dave Richard
Player Position Price
Eli Manning, NYG QB $1
Sam Bradford, STL QB $1
Adrian Peterson, MIN RB $37
Steven Jackson, ATL RB $19
Toby Gerhart, MIN RB $1
Kendall Hunter, SF RB $1
Joique Bell, DET RB $1
Isaac Redman, PIT RB $1
Demaryius Thomas, DEN WR $17
Pierre Garcon, WAS WR $4
Justin Blackmon, JAC WR $2
Rueben Randle, NYG WR $1
Rob Gronkowski, NE TE $12
Phil Dawson, SF K $1
Patriots DST $1
Igor Mello
Player Position Price
Michael Vick, PHI QB $2
Carson Palmer, ARI QB $1
Marshawn Lynch, SEA RB $30
Ahmad Bradshaw, IND RB $6
Le'Veon Bell, PIT RB $4
Danny Woodhead, SD RB $2
Jonathan Stewart, CAR RB $2
Michael Bush, CHI RB $1
A.J. Green, CIN WR $20
Julio Jones, ATL WR $19
Torrey Smith, BAL WR $5
Martellus Bennett, CHI TE $2
Tyler Eifert, CIN TE $1
Kai Forbath, WAS K $1
49ers DST $2
Jamey Eisenberg
Player Position Price
Cam Newton, CAR QB $10
C.J. Spiller, BUF RB $35
Stevan Ridley, NE RB $19
Eddie Lacy, GB RB $7
Pierre Thomas, NO RB $1
Bernard Pierce, BAL RB $1
Wes Welker, DEN WR $8
DeAndre Hopkins, HOU WR $4
Golden Tate, SEA WR $3
Chris Givens, STL WR $2
Josh Gordon, CLE WR $2
Michael Floyd, ARI WR $2
Jermichael Finley, GB TE $3
Stephen Gostkowski, NE K $1
Seahawks DST $2
Jeff Tobin
Player Position Price
Peyton Manning, DEN QB $18
Darren Sproles, NO RB $12
Rashard Mendenhall, ARI RB $6
Mark Ingram, NO RB $6
Montee Ball, DEN RB $5
Ronnie Hillman, DEN RB $4
Zac Stacy, STL RB $1
Calvin Johnson, DET WR $27
T.Y. Hilton, IND WR $6
Jordy Nelson, GB WR $5
Ryan Broyles, DET WR $3
Lance Moore, NO WR $2
Jared Cook, STL TE $3
Matt Bryant, ATL K $1
Ravens DST $1
Joe Polito
Player Position Price
Colin Kaepernick, SF QB $5
Andy Dalton, CIN QB $1
Chris Johnson, TEN RB $23
Lamar Miller, MIA RB $11
Giovani Bernard, CIN RB $10
DuJuan Harris, GB RB $2
Fred Jackson, BUF RB $2
Shonn Greene, TEN RB $1
Larry Fitzgerald, ARI WR $16
Danny Amendola, NE WR $15
James Jones, GB WR $5
Anquan Boldin, SF WR $2
Vernon Davis, SF TE $5
Blair Walsh, MIN K $1
Bengals DST $1
Michael Hurcomb
Player Position Price
Matt Ryan, ATL QB $8
Tony Romo, DAL QB $3
Jamaal Charles, KC RB $30
Arian Foster, HOU RB $26
DeMarco Murray, DAL RB $13
Andre Brown, NYG RB $2
Knile Davis, KC RB $1
LaRod Stephens-Howling, PIT RB $1
Hakeem Nicks, NYG WR $5
Marques Colston, NO WR $5
Tavon Austin, STL WR $2
Vincent Brown, SD WR $1
Kyle Rudolph, MIN TE $1
Garrett Hartley, NO K $1
Browns DST $1
Mike Freedman
Player Position Price
Tom Brady, NE QB $16
LeSean McCoy, PHI RB $30
Frank Gore, SF RB $14
Bryce Brown, PHI RB $1
BenJarvus Green-Ellis, CIN RB $1
Roy Helu, WAS RB $1
Victor Cruz, NYG WR $10
Eric Decker, DEN WR $9
DeSean Jackson, PHI WR $5
Antonio Brown, PIT WR $4
Aaron Dobson, NE WR $1
Jason Witten, DAL TE $5
Zach Sudfeld, NE TE $1
David Akers, DET K $1
Rams DST $1
Nando Di Fino
Player Position Price
Matthew Stafford, DET QB $7
Matt Forte, CHI RB $24
Darren McFadden, OAK RB $12
Ryan Mathews, SD RB $8
Ben Tate, HOU RB $4
Jacquizz Rodgers, ATL RB $1
Daniel Thomas, MIA RB $1
Dez Bryant, DAL WR $22
Roddy White, ATL WR $11
Steve Johnson, BUF WR $1
Alshon Jeffery, CHI WR $1
Mohamed Sanu, CIN WR $1
Tony Gonzalez, ATL TE $5
Justin Tucker, BAL K $1
Texans DST $1
Peter Madden
Player Position Price
Jay Cutler, CHI QB $1
Matt Schaub, HOU QB $1
Doug Martin, TB RB $33
Shane Vereen, NE RB $7
DeAngelo Williams, CAR RB $4
Vick Ballard, IND RB $1
Johnathan Franklin, GB RB $1
Randall Cobb, GB WR $12
Vincent Jackson, TB WR $11
Mike Williams, TB WR $3
Emmanuel Sanders, PIT WR $1
Sidney Rice, SEA WR $1
Jimmy Graham, NO TE $22
Sebastian Janikowski, OAK K $1
Steelers DST $1
Scott White
Player Position Price
Robert Griffin III, WAS QB $6
Russell Wilson, SEA QB $5
Ray Rice, BAL RB $29
Maurice Jones-Drew, JAC RB $18
Reggie Bush, DET RB $17
Chris Ivory, NYJ RB $4
Bilal Powell, NYJ RB $4
Knowshon Moreno, DEN RB $1
Reggie Wayne, IND WR $9
Mike Wallace, MIA WR $2
Kenbrell Thompkins, NE WR $1
Miles Austin, DAL WR $1
Julius Thomas, DEN TE $1
Dan Bailey, DAL K $1
Broncos DST $1

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