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2014 Fantasy Football Auction Strategy Kit: Part One – Preparation and Resources


This week, each day, I will be posting one of our five parts of Sportsfascination’s 2014 fantasy football auction strategy kit. 

I thought nothing could enhance my pro football fandom experience like the introduction of fantasy football drafts. But fantasy football auctions increased my thrills tenfold.

If you’ve never run a fantasy football auction, check out this article. Also, be sure to read this Sportsfascination article for a few tips on how to make your auction more fun and efficient.

That said, the key to a successful, satisfying, and fun auction is always preparation. This is way more difficult for auctions than for drafting, because each auction is unique like a snowflake, or a bone-showing knee injury. That said, it’s important to RIGIDLY PLAN TO STAY FLEXIBLE!

I have a folder I bring in to each of my auctions for the past 14 years. In this article, I will share with you the contents of this folder. You can also do this on a laptop, obviously, I just prefer a folder because doing math in my head is fun. Math is my only friend.

Also, be sure to check out the end of this article for lots of resources for fantasy strategy, both from Sportsfascination and other, non-affiliated websites.

My folder has five sections:

1. A full player list with my auction values, ordered by tier

2. A blank spreadsheet with each team name and each position

3. A list of sets of possible budgets for each position

4. A list of players I am super-interested in, by tier

5. A list of the players I would like to nominate

 

1. A full player list with my auction values, ordered by tier

2014 fantasy football auction kit

This is the most important part of the folder. It allows me to see which players have been taken, when a tier is starting to dry up, and how much I value each position. I’ll get in to figuring out how to assign a player an auction value later in the week. An important thing to note is that you can’t just cut and paste from a popular list of auction values: Each league will have different settings and you need to tailor your values to your league settings. The best way to do this is to make your own projections of what each player’s number are going to be for the season.

 

 

2. A blank spreadsheet with each of your leagues team names and each position you can start

2014 fantasy football auction kit

Not only does this allow you to keep track of your team and how much money you have remaining, it allows you to do so for every other team, as well. Save some room at the bottom to write in the amount each team has left to spend.

This sheet becomes doubly important in the last half of the draft, as positions start to fill up. It’s important to know, for instance, if a lot of teams already have their starting QB set, or if there’s going to be a big bidding war between QB-less teams.

 

3. A list of sets of possible budgets for each position

2014 fantasy football auction kit

This is where the flexibility comes into play. I’ll list 4-7 possible sets of budgets, based on position. As I get players, I’ll make a note of whether I got the player for a little more or less than a budget allows, or I’ll remove a budget entirely if it doesn’t account for that player at all. This is my top tool in staying in control of my team and judging the flow of the draft.

 

4. A list of players I am super-interested in, by tier

2014 Fantasy football auction kit

This is sort of redundant, because all the information it contains is also listed in my full player list. But, in the drunken heat of battle, it can be hard to keep track of all the players I actually want, so it’s great to have a nice list that keeps them all neatly ordered.

 

5. A list of the players I would like to nominate

2014 fantasy football auction kit

Sure, nominations can and should be based on the ebb and flow of a draft. For instance, I’ll usually start by nominating quarterbacks I don’t want, tro fill up that slot on other team’s rosters. But once I get my QB, I’ll switch to nominating some other position. That said, I am using all the brainpower I can focusing on the other aspects of the draft, I don’t want to have to stop what I’m doing once a round and figure out a nomination. If I’m especially busy trying to calculate something, I can just flip to my list and shout out the next name at the top.

Putting all of this info into a nice folder has made my fantasy auctions much smoother, which increases the fun and rate of success. Tomorrow, I’ll discuss setting up team budgets (part three of my folder), and I’ll answer some mailbag questions.

Be sure to check out all five parts of this 2014 fantasy football auction strategy kit:

Part Two

Part Three

Part Four

Part Five

For more study material, I recommend all of the following links:

5 Easy Ways to Screw up Your Fantasy Football Auction

5 Ridiculous Corporate Attempts to Cash in on Fantasy Football

Don’t Sour Your Fantasy Football Playoffs with Poor League Settings

Fantasy Football Auction Draft Strategies

Fantasy Football Auction Strategy: 25 Do’s and Don’ts

Auction Draft Strategy

Tips and Tricks to Winning Your Auction League

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