Fantasy Football Auction Strategy: 26 Dos and Don’ts

Have you ever gone to an estate sale? Where a speedy-talking auctioneer sells pieces of furniture and antiques one by one to the highest bidders? If you have, you most likely walked out of there with an elephant table, an Ugly Dickshot baseball card and a pair of bookends from the 1920s. You’ll also know that a Fantasy Football auction get your blood flowing and are much more intense than a regular straight draft.

As a matter of fact, I took part in’s Fantasy Football auction draft a couple weeks ago, and the results can be seen here. This was for a 12-team league, with PPR scoring, three starting wide receivers and a flex position. Passing touchdowns counted for just four points, however. I followed many of the strategies I mention below.

Fantasy Football auction strategies are much different (and more fun!) than straight drafts –- especially if you are doing a live, in-person auction rather than online. Several services are offering auctions, like, as a way to fill your rosters, and while it can be more convenient to do it online, it’s definitely not as fun as in person.

In a straight draft, you’re only able to draft the players that are available to you when your pick comes up. But in a Fantasy Football auction draft, you can purchase the top two players in the league if you want. Granted, you’ll have a bunch of $1 players (scrubs) filling the other six or seven spots in your lineup, but still. You have the freedom to bid on whomever you like –- it’s like going to a restaurant and ordering the lobster as an appetizer, the steak for the entrée and sushi for dessert.

(I’m so bad at analogies, it’s like I’m a giraffe bouncing on a trampoline … See!?!)

If you are thinking of starting up a second league to go with your straight draft league -– definitely consider making it a Fantasy Football auction league.


Acting Out Some Fantasy Football Auction Action

Set what you think is a reasonable price for the top 168 players (14 players, 12 teams) you expect to get drafted, and try to use that as a gauge or you can use Fantasy Football auction values found at several websites, some big and some smaller.

While some sites offer regular auction services, offers extended auction drafts — think eBay for Fantasy Football! It’s awesome! People nominate a handful of players, and each player gets bid on until 24 hours passes from the last bid. In other words, if you bid $45 on Maurice Jones-Drew, and no one bids on him for 24 hours after your bid, then he’s yours!

Fantasy Football Auction StrategiesRemember that once the first few players go off the board, you should mentally adjust your values. If the stars are more expensive than you initially expected, then you know there will be more bargains later on in the draft.

Try to separate players at each position into tiers, and then work on getting the cheapest players (not always the lowest-rated) in the highest tiers possible at each position.

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