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2014 Fantasy Football: 5 Tips For Your Auction Draft

5 Tips For Your Fantasy Football Auction Draft

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It seems that every site has rankings and cheat sheets for one-and-done fantasy leagues. However, there is never enough reliable advice for auction leagues. To help you bridge the gap, here are five tips for having a successful fantasy football auction draft.

5. Mock Drafts

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5. Mock Drafts

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It isn’t exactly easy to do mock rafts in auction leagues, but it is possible. I often try to make a projected team full of players of like, but make sure to keep it under the league’s salary. For the most part, you will be able to see how your team could potentially look like when it is all said and done.

4. Make A Min/Max List

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4. Make A Min/Max List

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Another important tip for building a successful auction strategy is to make a minimum/maximum money list for each player. List out all of the top-tier players and write down the most amount of money you would spend on each player. It will help you budget your money and form a clearer draft strategy.

3. Don't Fall In Love With One Guy

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3. Don't Fall In Love With One Guy

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In fantasy football auction drafts, owners tend to lock onto one guy and pay whatever it takes to land them. However, it isn’t worth falling in love with one player, because there are simply too many other options. If you can’t land one of the elite backs for a reasonable price tag, don’t feel bad about lading the next guy on the list for five bucks cheaper.

2. Prepare A List Of Dollar Derby Players

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2. Prepare A List Of Dollar Derby Players

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In every auction draft, there is a point when every player can be drafted for a only dollar. I like to call this period of the draft the Dollar Derby, because no owner can spend more than one dollar on any single player. This is the perfect spot to lock up some cheap studs, so make a list of a handful of players that will likely fall to the end of the draft.

1. Don’t Spend Big On A Quarterback

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1. Don’t Spend Big On A Quarterback

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The quarterback position has become increasingly deep in recent fantasy seasons. There are 10-plus reliable fantasy options and it simply doesn’t make sense to spend big on a quarterback in auctions anymore. Let someone else call out $50 for Peyton Manning this summer.