2013 Auction Draft Strategy

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By John Paulsen (Senior Editor) on August 1, 2013

John was named FantasyPros Most Accurate Expert of 2010, was runner-up in 2011 and finished 4th in 2012 for in-season rankings accuracy. He also won the Fantasy Sports Trade Association award in 2011 for the most accurate preseason rankings. Follow John on Twitter: @4for4_John.

If given the choice in fantasy football, I prefer auction leagues to traditional snake-draft leagues. I have more freedom over how I put my roster together and I'm not beholden to the luck of the draw when it comes to draft position. If I want two of the top five running backs, I can have them -- if I'm willing to pay the price.

For a detailed look at the different approaches to auction drafting, be sure to read Auction Strategy 101. In this article, I'm going to expand on these strategies specifically for the 2013 season.

For our purposes, I'm assuming we're playing in a 12-team PPR league that awards 4 points for pass TDs and has the following starting lineup requirements: 1 QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, 1 TE, 1 K and 1 DT. I'm budgeting 90% of the $400 cap for our starters.

Here's a look at our customized Full Impact Auction Cheat Sheet for this league:

 

Auction

 

Much of our general draft strategy applies to auctions as well, but I'll go position by position and discuss how I'm going to approach my auction this year.

 

Quarterbacks

The quarterback position is deep, so we recommend that you target one of passers in the bottom half of the top 12. But if you absolutely have to get Aaron Rodgers on your squad, our Max Suggested Bid (MSB) is $64, or 16% of your total budget. Conversely, Tony Romo is worth $20 based on our calculations, but you'll probably be able to get him at a significant discount if he's the 11th or 12th QB off the board because you'll have very little competition for his services.

If another owner (who already has a QB) fights hard for the QB you're targeting, and you miss out on the top 12, then it's time to put together a cheaper 2-3 committee. The QBBC Matrix can help you decide who to target.

The main thing to keep at mind at QB is to try to get a player at a discount. I wouldn't have a problem with Peyton Manning or Cam Newton as my starter if I can get either player at 60% of their MSB. It's all about value. I sometimes find myself with a first or second tier QB simply because I refuse to let anyone else have him at a 50% discount.

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Filed Under: Draft Strategy, 2013, Preseason