Like a great polish explorer, I’m venturing into uncharted territory this weekend — jzak’s big fantasy football auction draft will be my very first auction draft.
Not completely sure how to prepare, but I told myself this morning that I was going to write this before reading what any of the experts have to say. I have picked up some residual knowledge over the years, so I know there are some steps to take.
The first thing I did was make up a list of all the things I need to take with me to the draft:
- A sheet to keep track of the draft
- One to keep track of my $200 budget and everybody else’s budgets
- A good cheatsheet with auction values and some sleepers/busts/prospects scribbled into the margin
- A sheet to track everyone’s rosters.
I also wrote “a plan” near the top of the list.
How much should I spend on running backs? Quarterbacks? Kickers? What kinds of late-auction $1 and $2 steals will be available? It’s a dynasty keeper league, so how much do I pay for upside prospects compared to steady vets who’ll help me win now?
A lot of questions need to be answered between now and Sunday. Luckily I’ve been monitoring free agent signings, and Terrell Owens soap operas along the way, so knowledge — a ninja’s No. 1 fantasy weapon — is good. I’ll be fine.
Meanwhile, fantasy baseball team previews have spilled into the National League realm with a Braves preview this morning. You can easily find all the previews so far at the team preview page under the fantasy baseball tab above our header.
And since there’ll be a lot of drafts going down the next few weekends, I’m going to post a quick ranking sheet before finishing all the team previews. Don’t want to leave all our loyal ninjas out there without their second most deadly fantasy draft weapon.
How do you prepare for you auction drafts? Do you target all young/upside playersin dynasty drafts? How many veterans is too many? Let us know in the comments.