Nervous about an upcoming auction fantasy draft? Don’t be. Mastering the draft can be as easy as 1-2-3.
As in three distinct mentalities that seem to drive owners at a fantasy auction draft.
Before you read further, however, it is suggested that you read the series introduction on what an auction draft is and about the first strategy to drafting via an auction … my self-proclaimed Paris Hilton strategy.
Next is the Adolf Hitler mindset to an auction draft.
Hitler, as well all know, was a dictator. He played with the minds of others until he forced his warped ideologies upon them, making thousands upon thousands of decent people do atrocious acts without batting an eye.
Perhaps using Hitler to describe a method of auction drafting is a little strong, but it is impossible not to see the correlations.
The Hitler in your auction draft plays psychological warfare with the other owners. His sole strategy is to dictate the course of the draft by purposely bidding up players he has no interest in taking. This leads to panic and overbidding by owners who would otherwise play it cool when the price starts to escalate on a certain player.
The Hitler usually bids at least a little on most every player, ensuring that other owners pay at least the standard asking price and subsequently draining their draft salary cap.
When nominating players (each owner takes turns nominating a player to bid on), the Hitler rarely nominates a player he is interested in purchasing … instead throwing out other high-interest commodities to again try to control the market and drain spending money from other owners.
This overall strategy can be extremely successful if carried through correctly. However, some potential Hitler strategists sometimes get cold feet if they find themselves stuck with several players they were not planning to purchase.
Downside to this strategy, as just mentioned, is that you take a risk of getting certain players that you originally had no interest in buying after the bottom falls out of the bidding and you can not find another owner to make the final bid.
The key to being successful as a Hitler in your auction-based fantasy draft is knowing player values inside and out and being sure not to bid higher than you’re willing to pay for a certain player. It is also important to watch/listen to the flow of the draft and which players seem to be favorites among other owners in your league … since these players will likely be overbid.
Lastly, you need to be able to bounceback from bad picks without letting one or two ruin your draft. Much like my Tiger Woods strategy to drafting a fantasy baseball team, you need to accept the fact that using the Hitleresque form of taking over an auction draft will likely mean you’ll get stuck with at least one or two players that you wouldn’t otherwise select.
Be sure to check out all three parts of our series on auction-based drafting strategies:
Part 1: The Paris Hilton strategy
Part 2: The Adolf Hitler strategy
Part 3: The Kirk Hinrich strategy