On August 18th, seven members of the Footballguys staff, along with five highly regarded writers in the fantasy football community, got together to complete a 12-team, 18-round auction mock draft. Before the auction, each of the participants answered questions regarding strategies, players they coveted and how they planned to attack the auction. To top it off, Footballguys' Dan Hindery provided an evaluation of each team's roster strengths and weaknesses, chronicling the strategies and decisions that were made by each participant.
The goal of this article is to give you a look into the minds of fantasy experts throughout the auction. This includes preparation, decision-making, and execution. What was their plan? How did they follow it? Why did they make the decisions they made? Some drafters had similar strategies and players of interest, but how they executed their plan and built their roster, varied from person to person.
We hope you will uncover or discover a strategy that might work for you in your draft(s) this year. Learn what players the experts are targeting and why. At Footballguys, when you win, we win! If we can help give you the tools and know-how to build a winning team, we've done our job.
- 12 teams
- 20 roster spots
- Starting Lineup
- 1 quarterback
- 2 running backs
- 3 wide receivers
- 1 tight end
- 1 flex (either a running back, wide receiver, or tight end)
- 1 team defense
- 1 Kicker
- Offensive Players
- 4 points - passing touchdown
- 6 points - rushing/receiving touchdown
- 0.05 points - passing yard
- 0.1 points - rushing/receiving yard
- 1 point - reception
- 3 points - 30-yard field goal, then 0.1 points every 1 yard thereafter
- 1 point - extra point
- Team Defense
- 6 points - touchdown
- 2 points - turnover recovered
- 2 points - safety
- 1 point - sack
- 12 points - Offensive points against: 0-0
- 8 points - Offensive points against: 1-6
- 5 points - Offensive points against: 7-10
- 0 point - Offensive points against: 11-99
- 6 points each - Number of Defensive and Special Teams Touchdowns
- $200 of auction dollars were available to all 12 teams
- Players were nominated in a rotation cycle beginning with team 1 through team 12 and back to team 1 repeating the rotation again until all 12 teams filled their 20-man roster.
- 15-second timer upon nomination was used to determine the winning bid. The timer was also 15 seconds for each subsequent bid
- Teams had 40 seconds to nominate a player when it was their turn in the rotation.
THE ROTATION ORDER
- Jeff Haseley, Footballguys
- Drew Davenport, Footballguys
- John Di Bari, Dynasty League Football
- Rich Hribar, Sharp Football Analysis
- Heath Cummings, CBS Fantasy
- Alex Miglio, Footballguys
- Howard Bender, Fantasy Alarm
- Daniel Simpkins, Footballguys
- Bill Riccette, Panthers Wire / Bengals Wire
- Devin Knotts, Footballguys
- Dale Demott, Eat. Sleep. Fantasy
- Justin Howe, Footballguys
Jeff Haseley, Footballguys - Bio
1. What is your strategy heading into this auction? How do you anticipate spending your $200 cap by position?
My strategy is to draft a balanced team by keeping quarterback, tight end, defense, and kicker low and spending about $80-$85 each on wide receivers and running backs.
2. How much are you willing to spend on a running back that would normally be a 1st round pick in regular drafts?
I'd like to keep my top running back under $35, preferably less. My goal is to have a few backs in the $10-$30 range.
3. How much are you willing to spend on a wide receiver that would normally be a 1st round pick in regular drafts?
I'm willing to go as high as $45-$47 on a top wide receiver. My WR2 will likely be in the $20-$27 range.
4. In your opinion, what is the key to having a successful auction?
Have a plan in terms of spending by position and be able to adapt if you have to. Keeping QB, TE, Def, and K low definitely helps. It's difficult to keep your budget and target specific players. If a player is nominated that you covet, it's ok to go after that player, but know your range and don't overpay. You can always make a bid on someone else and not burst your budget.
5. It's easy to make a mistake in an auction. What would you tell people not to do in an auction-style draft?
Several mistakes can be made in an auction, but I'd say - don't spend too much of your money right off the bat. Generally, the winning bid prices come down the longer the auction goes on. It's important not to spend too much too soon or you'll be left with a low budget for several key roster places. It's important to get your top player at either running back, wide receiver, or both before the last of the best are left. Otherwise, you'll find yourself in a bidding war.
6. Name a player from each position that you will target in this auction.
- Quarterback - Lamar Jackson or Russell Wilson
- Running Back - Kenyan Drake or Damien Williams / Darwin Thompson
- Wide Receiver: Curtis Samuel, Kenny Stills, Chris Godwin
- Tight End: Evan Engram, Kyle Rudolph, Austin Hooper
- Defense: Denver, Dallas, New Orleans
- Kicker: Michael Badgley (Week 12 bye)
7. What's a good strategy that you can share with others about the bidding process?
Don't start your nomination bid off with a price too high, but don't make it too low either. Have an idea what the winning bids were for similar players and start the bid off with $5-10 less.
8. Name a few cheaper players that you will be targeting, perhaps later in the draft.
$21 for Pat Mahomes or $11 for anyone else. I'd prefer to keep it $6 or less.
10. What's the maximum amount that you would spend on your TE1?
No more than $12
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