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2014 Draft Prep: 12-team auction

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12-team mock draft | 10-team mock draft

A plea: If your league has always gotten together to do a snake-style draft, and you haven't drafted yet this summer, please, for the love of George Halas, Ralph Wilson and Lamar Hunt, change it to an auction. Please! Please! Please! With edible FieldTurf on top!

A snake draft is basic, where everyone gets a turn to pick a player. In an auction, there's no order to how players get selected. You spend fictional dollars and can get anyone you want!

A snake draft is short, it'll probably be over in a couple of hours. An auction takes longer -- which is good because anything Fantasy Football is better when it's longer.

A snake draft means developing a strategy for the first few rounds. An auction forces you to adopt a strategy for the entire exercise. How much should you spend on Player A at one position versus Player B at another position? And if Player C goes for $20, shouldn't Player D go for $15? There is a clear domino effect which you can either kick off or take advantage of ... or both.

A snake draft creates the opportunity for every owner to build a fair and balanced roster. An auction takes fair and balanced and throws it on its head! You can conceivably land Adrian Peterson and Calvin Johnson on the same team if you wanted to. Or you could get consensus second-round picks Le'Veon Bell, Zac Stacy, Julio Jones and A.J. Green all on the same roster.

A snake draft is simple and easy to do on the computer. An auction can be done just as easily on CBSSports.com. Here, check out a mock auction for yourself.

Basically, there is no good reason not to try an auction unless you're boring and lame and you stick with what you've always done and don't like change and are scared to try new things because you're a scaredy cat.

Basic auction strategy

Your typical auction gives every owner the same amount of bidding dollars, then one by one players are put on the block. The owner who bids the most on a player wins. This process repeats until everyone has a full roster.

To maximize how you spend your dollars, take some time before you pick and create tiers of players at each position based on expectations (just like we do with quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers and tight ends). This is especially important for auctions -- when the best-available group of players is down to one of two guys left, bid if you have a need there. Not only will you get a player you have certain expectations for, but you'll know what other players in the same tier went for previously and should be able to get that player at a slight discount.

You should also be aware of how much you spend in the early going because once the auction hits the 60th nomination or so, bargains are going to fly off the board. We're not talking about a Round 5 player going in Round 6 or anything like you'd find in a snake draft ... we're talking about getting someone you might have expected to pay $10 for going for $4! It's all the more reason to not make it rain with your bid bucks from the get-go. Aim for a third of your budget to be spent on bargains.

There's a bit of bookkeeping that goes into auction strategy too. By keeping tabs on how much dough everyone has left as well as what their needs are, you'll be able to figure out how much your rivals can afford to bid on certain players. This comes in handy once you're at that 60th or so nomination and bargains begin coming off the board. It is not a fun experience to have a max bid of $3 (because you already spent so much) and watch five players you need for your team go for $4 or $5.

Auctions are for the selfish

We often talk about "personal choice" when it comes to certain strategies for building a Fantasy team. For auctions, it really is all about what you want and how you want to build your team. Think it's important to have a stud quarterback, a stud running back and get by everywhere else? You can do it. Or maybe it's better to spend a steady amount ($15 or less on every player)? You can do it. Auctions are as personal as it gets in Fantasy Football.

That includes who you nominate during the auction. Most leagues let owners take turns putting players up for bid. In those formats it pays to nominate players you don't want early (so other people burn up their money) and then bid on who you do want later on (so you don't get outbid on sleepers, bargains, etc.).

But the most important auction advice is to strictly bid on players you want. Never bid up a player and get stuck with him because you're trying to get someone else to overpay. And don't add a player you don't like because ... well, you don't have to. Sometimes in a snake draft you end up taking someone you need, but in an auction you can just focus on the guys you like and fill needs that way.

Auction Results

Twelve Fantasy vets gathered and spent about two-and-a-half hours bidding against each other for Fantasy dominance. Armed with a $100 budget to fill 15 roster spots, we deliver what should be a very good example of what to expect come your own auction.

We'll start 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's our lineup:

Adam Aizer, Podcast/Video Host
Jamey Eisenberg, Senior Fantasy Writer
Adam Flango, Video Producer
Mike Freedman, Video Producer
Michael Hurcomb, Fantasy Editor
Eric Kay, Associate Managing Editor
Peter Madden, Editorial Director
Al Melchior, Data Analyst
Joe Polito, Social Media Coordinator
Dave Richard, Senior Fantasy Writer
Jeff Tobin, Associate Managing Editor
Scott White, Senior Fantasy Writer

Position by position
Quarterbacks
Order Player Price
15 Peyton Manning, DEN $22
9 Drew Brees, NO $16
42 Aaron Rodgers, GB $16
88 Matthew Stafford, DET $10
6 Colin Kaepernick, SF $8
14 Nick Foles, PHI $6
18 Cam Newton, CAR $5
43 Andrew Luck, IND $5
83 Robert Griffin III, WAS $5
98 Matt Ryan, ATL $5
7 Jay Cutler, CHI $4
90 Tony Romo, DAL $4
96 Tom Brady, NE $4
126 Philip Rivers, SD $2
135 Andy Dalton, CIN $1
136 Carson Palmer, ARI $1
141 Ben Roethlisberger, PIT $1
168 Russell Wilson, SEA $1
Running backs
Order Player Price
32 LeSean McCoy, PHI $36
3 Jamaal Charles, KC $35
21 Matt Forte, CHI $32
34 Adrian Peterson, MIN $26
39 Eddie Lacy, GB $26
58 DeMarco Murray, DAL $23
33 Montee Ball, DEN $22
51 Le'Veon Bell, PIT $21
8 Giovani Bernard, CIN $20
75 Alfred Morris, WAS $20
2 Marshawn Lynch, SEA $15
13 Doug Martin, TB $15
63 Toby Gerhart, JAC $15
49 Andre Ellington, ARI $14
46 Zac Stacy, STL $13
35 Arian Foster, HOU $12
29 Bishop Sankey, TEN $10
61 Ryan Mathews, SD $10
85 Shane Vereen, NE $10
47 C.J. Spiller, BUF $9
104 Reggie Bush, DET $9
115 Terrance West, CLE $9
19 Rashad Jennings, NYG $8
69 Stevan Ridley, NE $8
137 Khiry Robinson, NO $8
26 Chris Johnson, NYJ $7
68 Joique Bell, DET $7
80 Frank Gore, SF $7
127 Devonta Freeman, ATL $7
59 Trent Richardson, IND $6
95 Bernard Pierce, BAL $6
25 Ray Rice, BAL $5
99 Lamar Miller, MIA $5
103 Pierre Thomas, NO $5
20 Maurice Jones-Drew, OAK $4
37 Ben Tate, CLE $4
102 Andre Williams, NYG $4
140 Fred Jackson, BUF $4
110 Jeremy Hill, CIN $3
118 Carlos Hyde, SF $3
120 James White, NE $3
122 Christine Michael, SEA $3
124 Knowshon Moreno, MIA $3
157 DeAngelo Williams, CAR $3
23 Steven Jackson, ATL $2
113 Danny Woodhead, SD $2
163 Dexter McCluster, TEN $2
171 Ka'Deem Carey, CHI $2
60 Ronnie Hillman, DEN $1
74 James Starks, GB $1
86 Stepfan Taylor, ARI $1
114 Charles Sims, TB $1
125 Jonathan Grimes, HOU $1
147 Tre Mason, STL $1
150 Lance Dunbar, DAL $1
151 Darren Sproles, PHI $1
152 Mark Ingram, NO $1
155 LeGarrette Blount, PIT $1
158 Knile Davis, KC $1
159 Donald Brown, SD $1
166 Chris Ivory, NYJ $1
167 Darren McFadden, OAK $1
170 Bryce Brown, BUF $1
180 Ahmad Bradshaw, IND $1
Wide receivers
Order Player Price
10 Calvin Johnson, DET $25
27 Dez Bryant, DAL $21
30 Julio Jones, ATL $21
17 Demaryius Thomas, DEN $20
22 A.J. Green, CIN $19
41 Brandon Marshall, CHI $18
70 Jordy Nelson, GB $17
109 Antonio Brown, PIT $17
55 Alshon Jeffery, CHI $14
45 Randall Cobb, GB $13
31 Michael Crabtree, SF $12
123 Terrance Williams, DAL $12
16 Roddy White, ATL $9
72 Cordarrelle Patterson, MIN $9
79 Larry Fitzgerald, ARI $9
36 Vincent Jackson, TB $8
52 Keenan Allen, SD $8
57 Pierre Garcon, WAS $8
64 Michael Floyd, ARI $8
87 Andre Johnson, HOU $8
119 DeSean Jackson, WAS $8
40 Victor Cruz, NYG $7
76 Emmanuel Sanders, DEN $7
91 Wes Welker, DEN $7
138 Rueben Randle, NYG $7
73 Percy Harvin, SEA $6
133 Marques Colston, NO $6
142 Mike Wallace, MIA $6
48 Jeremy Maclin, PHI $5
53 Julian Edelman, NE $5
93 Kendall Wright, TEN $5
81 Golden Tate, DET $4
101 T.Y. Hilton, IND $4
117 Brandin Cooks, NO $4
56 Kelvin Benjamin, CAR $3
84 Sammy Watkins, BUF $3
108 Torrey Smith, BAL $3
145 DeAndre Hopkins, HOU $3
156 Mike Evans, TB $3
160 Eric Decker, NYJ $3
165 Jordan Matthews, PHI $3
24 Kenny Stills, NO $2
28 Riley Cooper, PHI $2
134 Reggie Wayne, IND $2
139 Hakeem Nicks, IND $2
148 Dwayne Bowe, KC $2
149 Danny Amendola, NE $2
161 Jarrett Boykin, GB $2
172 Kenny Britt, STL $2
65 Rod Streater, OAK $1
94 Mohamed Sanu, CIN $1
106 Brandon LaFell, NE $1
112 Justin Hunter, TEN $1
129 Tavon Austin, STL $1
146 Cecil Shorts, JAC $1
164 Robert Woods, BUF $1
169 Doug Baldwin, SEA $1
176 Markus Wheaton, PIT $1
179 Harry Douglas, ATL $1
Tight ends
Order Player Price
5 Jimmy Graham, NO $25
1 Rob Gronkowski, NE $19
62 Julius Thomas, DEN $18
11 Dennis Pitta, BAL $6
44 Vernon Davis, SF $5
54 Zach Ertz, PHI $5
97 Jason Witten, DAL $5
143 Jordan Cameron, CLE $5
144 Ladarius Green, SD $5
100 Jordan Reed, WAS $4
132 Greg Olsen, CAR $3
128 Eric Ebron, DET $2
105 Kyle Rudolph, MIN $1
154 Charles Clay, MIA $1
174 Antonio Gates, SD $1
Kickers
Order Player Price
50 Stephen Gostkowski, NE $1
78 Phil Dawson, SF $1
89 Matt Prater, DEN $1
107 Justin Tucker, BAL $1
116 Blair Walsh, MIN $1
121 Mason Crosby, GB $1
130 Matt Bryant, ATL $1
153 Dan Bailey, DAL $1
162 Steven Hauschka, SEA $1
173 Robbie Gould, CHI $1
175 Shaun Suisham, PIT $1
177 Alex Henery, PHI $1
DSTs
Order Player Price
4 Seahawks $2
12 Cardinals $1
38 Rams $1
66 Patriots $1
67 Panthers $1
71 49ers $1
77 Broncos $1
82 Steelers $1
92 Chiefs $1
111 Saints $1
131 Jets $1
178 Bears $1
 
Team by Team
Adam Aizer
Player Position Price
Tom Brady, NE QB $4
Ben Roethlisberger, PIT QB $1
Montee Ball, DEN RB $22
Reggie Bush, DET RB $9
Stevan Ridley, NE RB $8
Lamar Miller, MIA RB $5
James White, NE RB $3
Steven Jackson, ATL RB $2
Ronnie Hillman, DEN RB $1
Brandon Marshall, CHI WR $18
Cordarrelle Patterson, MIN WR $9
Pierre Garcon, WAS WR $8
Jordan Reed, WAS TE $4
Matt Bryant, ATL K $1
Cardinals DST $1
Jamey Eisenberg
Player Position Price
Matt Ryan, ATL QB $5
Eddie Lacy, GB RB $26
Andre Ellington, ARI RB $14
James Starks, GB RB $1
Stepfan Taylor, ARI RB $1
Mark Ingram, NO RB $1
Chris Ivory, NYJ RB $1
Jordy Nelson, GB WR $17
Alshon Jeffery, CHI WR $14
Emmanuel Sanders, DEN WR $7
Eric Decker, NYJ WR $3
Jordan Cameron, CLE TE $5
Greg Olsen, CAR TE $3
Stephen Gostkowski, NE K $1
Rams DST $1
Adam Flango
Player Position Price
Cam Newton, CAR QB $5
Jay Cutler, CHI QB $4
DeMarco Murray, DAL RB $23
Ryan Mathews, SD RB $10
Ka'Deem Carey, CHI RB $2
Lance Dunbar, DAL RB $1
Donald Brown, SD RB $1
A.J. Green, CIN WR $19
Antonio Brown, PIT WR $17
Randall Cobb, GB WR $13
Mohamed Sanu, CIN WR $1
Tavon Austin, STL WR $1
Kyle Rudolph, MIN TE $1
Shaun Suisham, PIT K $1
Steelers DST $1
Mike Freedman
Player Position Price
Peyton Manning, DEN QB $22
Bernard Pierce, BAL RB $6
Ray Rice, BAL RB $5
Ben Tate, CLE RB $4
Knowshon Moreno, MIA RB $3
Darren Sproles, PHI RB $1
Demaryius Thomas, DEN WR $20
Mike Wallace, MIA WR $6
Kelvin Benjamin, CAR WR $3
Riley Cooper, PHI WR $2
Danny Amendola, NE WR $2
Rob Gronkowski, NE TE $19
Jason Witten, DAL TE $5
Mason Crosby, GB K $1
Jets DST $1
Michael Hurcomb
Player Position Price
Drew Brees, NO QB $16
Le'Veon Bell, PIT RB $21
Alfred Morris, WAS RB $20
Shane Vereen, NE RB $10
Dexter McCluster, TEN RB $2
Darren McFadden, OAK RB $1
DeSean Jackson, WAS WR $8
Marques Colston, NO WR $6
DeAndre Hopkins, HOU WR $3
Jordan Matthews, PHI WR $3
Reggie Wayne, IND WR $2
Markus Wheaton, PIT WR $1
Ladarius Green, SD TE $5
Dan Bailey, DAL K $1
Saints DST $1
Eric Kay
Player Position Price
Robert Griffin III, WAS QB $5
C.J. Spiller, BUF RB $9
Terrance West, CLE RB $9
Trent Richardson, IND RB $6
Pierre Thomas, NO RB $5
Jeremy Hill, CIN RB $3
Christine Michael, SEA RB $3
Calvin Johnson, DET WR $25
Terrance Williams, DAL WR $12
Wes Welker, DEN WR $7
Percy Harvin, SEA WR $6
Kenny Stills, NO WR $2
Dennis Pitta, BAL TE $6
Justin Tucker, BAL K $1
49ers DST $1
Peter Madden
Player Position Price
Aaron Rodgers, GB QB $16
LeSean McCoy, PHI RB $36
Adrian Peterson, MIN RB $26
Andre Williams, NYG RB $4
Knile Davis, KC RB $1
Bryce Brown, BUF RB $1
Ahmad Bradshaw, IND RB $1
Julian Edelman, NE WR $5
Golden Tate, DET WR $4
Brandon LaFell, NE WR $1
Robert Woods, BUF WR $1
Harry Douglas, ATL WR $1
Antonio Gates, SD TE $1
Alex Henery, PHI K $1
Bears DST $1
Al Melchior
Player Position Price
Colin Kaepernick, SF QB $8
Andy Dalton, CIN QB $1
Giovani Bernard, CIN RB $20
Arian Foster, HOU RB $12
Jonathan Grimes, HOU RB $1
LeGarrette Blount, PIT RB $1
Julio Jones, ATL WR $21
Victor Cruz, NYG WR $7
Torrey Smith, BAL WR $3
Dwayne Bowe, KC WR $2
Rod Streater, OAK WR $1
Cecil Shorts, JAC WR $1
Julius Thomas, DEN TE $18
Matt Prater, DEN K $1
Broncos DST $1
Joe Polito
Player Position Price
Matthew Stafford, DET QB $10
Chris Johnson, NYJ RB $7
Frank Gore, SF RB $7
Devonta Freeman, ATL RB $7
Maurice Jones-Drew, OAK RB $4
DeAngelo Williams, CAR RB $3
Michael Crabtree, SF WR $12
Andre Johnson, HOU WR $8
Jeremy Maclin, PHI WR $5
Kenny Britt, STL WR $2
Doug Baldwin, SEA WR $1
Jimmy Graham, NO TE $25
Vernon Davis, SF TE $5
Blair Walsh, MIN K $1
Chiefs DST $1
Dave Richard
Player Position Price
Nick Foles, PHI QB $6
Carson Palmer, ARI QB $1
Toby Gerhart, JAC RB $15
Zac Stacy, STL RB $13
Khiry Robinson, NO RB $8
Carlos Hyde, SF RB $3
Danny Woodhead, SD RB $2
Charles Sims, TB RB $1
Dez Bryant, DAL WR $21
Vincent Jackson, TB WR $8
Keenan Allen, SD WR $8
Rueben Randle, NYG WR $7
Zach Ertz, PHI TE $5
Phil Dawson, SF K $1
Patriots DST $1
Jeff Tobin
Player Position Price
Andrew Luck, IND QB $5
Jamaal Charles, KC RB $35
Bishop Sankey, TEN RB $10
Joique Bell, DET RB $7
Fred Jackson, BUF RB $4
Tre Mason, STL RB $1
Larry Fitzgerald, ARI WR $9
Michael Floyd, ARI WR $8
Kendall Wright, TEN WR $5
T.Y. Hilton, IND WR $4
Brandin Cooks, NO WR $4
Mike Evans, TB WR $3
Eric Ebron, DET TE $2
Steven Hauschka, SEA K $1
Panthers DST $1
Scott White
Player Position Price
Tony Romo, DAL QB $4
Philip Rivers, SD QB $2
Russell Wilson, SEA QB $1
Matt Forte, CHI RB $32
Marshawn Lynch, SEA RB $15
Doug Martin, TB RB $15
Rashad Jennings, NYG RB $8
Roddy White, ATL WR $9
Sammy Watkins, BUF WR $3
Hakeem Nicks, IND WR $2
Jarrett Boykin, GB WR $2
Justin Hunter, TEN WR $1
Charles Clay, MIA TE $1
Robbie Gould, CHI K $1
Seahawks DST $2

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