Guest post by Jeff Sock
This is a little perspective on my experience in the recent dynasty auction league draft for Gods and Generals, a fantasy football experts league run by Chinstrap Ninjas’ co-founder JohnZ.
To have a successful auction draft you must set budgets for all of your positions and stick to them throughout the draft. My budget coming into this draft and the players I expected to see at those budgeted amounts, follows:
- QB1- $40 – Aaron Rodgers
- QB2- $ 1
- QB3- $ 1
- RB1- $40 – Clinton Portis, Marshawn Lynch
- RB2- $30 – Kevin Smith, Ronnie Brown
- RB3- $15 – Cedric Benson, Jamal Lewis
- RB4- $ 1
- RB5- $ 1
- WR1-$35 – 13 Different WR’s
- WR2-$20 – Chad Johnson, Braylon Edwards
- WR3-$ 1
- WR4-$ 1
- WR5-$ 1
- WR6-$ 1
- TE1- $10 – Chris Cooley
- K1- $ 1
- Def $ 1
My goal with this budget was to get Aaron Rodgers at QB because he is the best young QB in football today. A $40 budget for him was plenty of overkill to get him, so I made him my first nomination and landed him for $31. I thought, “$9 extra for the bench, that’s awesome.”
In order to get a decent starting RB for my RB3 slot for $15, I felt I had to get other people to draft other RB3’s and get them on their roster to cheapen the values for the ones I was targeting. I then began nominating players like Fred Taylor, LenDale White, Willis McGahee and Tim Hightower to clear some of the lower-end RB3’s out early. This plan worked: Cedric Benson went for $8 and Jamal Lewis for $5 in the draft, although as you will see later I ultimately did not end up with either of them on my team. Shortly into the draft, LaDainian Tomlinson was barely going in the high $30’s so I bid on him because I felt he was better than Clinton Portis and I landed him for $42, only $2 over my budget there.
A few of the 13 WRs I was shooting for at WR1 for $35 actually went for less than that early, but I was hoping to get a young stud WR so I passed on Randy Moss at $30. It pained me deeply to pass on Greg Jennings who went for $26, but having QB and WR1 on the same team can be a bad thing in fantasy, as I painfully learned in the first round of the fantasy playoffs two years ago when Tony Romo and Terrell Owens each had a bad game. Up comes Marques Colston (He is one of my 13 for WR1) and I land him for $26, a $9 savings. At that point, my draft was going great.
Kevin Smith’s name comes up, and I was surprised to land him for $23, a $7 savings. So now I sit with $23 extra to spend, and assume I could make a run at another RB for $38. Clinton Portis’ name pops up (someone I was targeting at $40), so I figure if I can get him for $38 or less I will do it. I get him for $31 which leaves me with a net savings now of $7. At this point I am ecstatic and the beers and dogs are going down rather well.
Then my biggest mistake of the draft occurred. I am not sure if it was the beers or what, but I began pushing the bid for Roddy White. He was the last of the young stud WR’s left and I felt he should go for $35. John was actually bidding against me and at the time had no WRs on his roster and a ton of money to spend. I was sure he would go to $36, but he stopped and it burned me.
Not only did I lose the $7 savings I had, but I lost $8 for my TE budget slot to boot. I had to regroup and go with a $2 TE and $1 players the rest of the way. I even questioned it when they posted that I only had $2 that I could bid on a player now because I was in shock that I did this to myself.
If I would have stayed the course as planned, Chad Johnson went for $12 and Chris Cooley for $8, so I could have theoretically had $17 to play with for the rest of my bench slots which would have been awesome and I would have had a killer team. Just proves my earlier point — stick to your budget.
As it turned out I was glad to get Ladell Betts for $1 to back up Clinton Portis and get Chris Chambers for my WR3 for $1. John Carlson at TE for $2 is a huge downgrade from Chris Cooley for sure, but he’s not bad for the price tag.
It disappoints me because I was so close to pulling off what in my mind would have been the perfect draft. Overall I am still pleased with my team and feel it will be competitive in this 12-team league for several years while LT and Clinton Portis are still productive.
Hopefully that provides newbies to the world of auction drafting some of what the experience feels like. Thanks to John for the opportunity to participate in this league and to write for www.chinstrapninjas.com. You should see more fantasy football articles from me in the future. The NFL Draft is coming soon.
Jeff Sock, a fantasy football veteran, is playing in John Z’s Gods and Generals experts league.