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Fantasy Football Auction Primer

by Dan Harris | @danharris80 | Featured Writer
May 29, 2018

There’s no right way to approach or execute a fantasy football auction. Google “fantasy football auction strategy” and you can spend days learning various recommended tactics to dominate your league.

Like many fantasy football players, I struggled with fantasy football auctions for a long time. Often time I left myself with too much money on the table, not sure of when to strike and when to back off. In other auctions, I’d spend willy-nilly because I couldn’t decide on a strategy, and would have no sense of when to rein it in.

But eventually, I settled on a strategy that has worked well for me for years, and the best part is that it doesn’t take all that much work to master it. So, although googling will surely bring some great ideas, in my opinion, if you follow the steps outlined below, you’ll be able to confidently enter every fantasy football auction from here on out knowing that you’ll end the day giving your team a chance to compete for the championship.

So, let’s dive in. In my opinion, there are four steps to executing a fantasy football auction.

  1. Create Reliable Auction Values
  2. Divide Players into Tiers by Position
  3. Build a Spending Plan
  4. Adapt and Attack (Note: I’ve struggled with the name for the fourth step for years. We’re trying this one out).

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Create Reliable Auction Values
As you might have expected, having reliable auction values is a pretty significant component of your auction success. I’m personally of the mind that you don’t need to be married to your fantasy football auction values (fantasy baseball is another story). To me, they’re more like loose guidelines to give you the general sense of a player’s worth, but you need to be able to push past them without much hesitation at the right time.


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