The other day I went over my fantasy baseball strategy for snake drafts.Â Lots of you know my auction tips already, but some of you just joining us — hey, close the door behind you! — may not.Â Lots of the strategy for my snake drafts also applies here.Â If you ask me â and you kinda did ask me by reading this shizz â auction drafts are where itâs at, yo!Â You get in a room with your best fantasy baseball buddies.Â The guys you havenât seen since last yearâs draft.Â The guys you donât want to see until next yearâs draft.Â A few guys you actively despise.Â One guy, and thereâs always one, has his phone on vibrate just in case the missus calls about Petey, their sick Schnauzer.Â Then you have the guy who will go the extra dollar for (fill-in favorite player from his favorite team).Â You know heâs his favorite player because heâs wearing his jersey.Â You have the guy who brings only Cheetos and turns everything he touches orange, and, if he touches something that was already orange, he makes it oranger.Â Finally, you have the guy who made plans at 5PM and begins to yell at everyone at 4PM that theyâre taking too long.Â And, it always turns out, this day is the best day of the year.Â Auction draft day is better than your wedding day.Â As for online auction drafts, theyâre just aâight.Â Anyway, hereâs some tried and true tips to help you through your auction fantasy baseball draft:
1. Early in the draft, throw out guys that you know you have no interest in that will cost others a lot.
Say Joe Mauer snuck into a 21 and under club with Joe Jonasâs ID and took your babyâs mama home.Â Now you refuse to draft him.Â So the first name you should nominate is Mauer and let others overspend on him.Â You donât want high-priced pitching?Â Nominate Lincecum.Â You think Carlos Gonzalez is overrated?Â Nominate him.Â You get the idea.Â Moving onâŚ
2. Go the extra dollar if you really want someone.
When you get to the end of the auction, no one has any flippinâ idea what they spent to get a guy.Â If you want J.J. Putz and every auction value article youâve read says heâs worth $6 and the biddingâs just gone to $7, go to $8 if you need a closer.Â Itâs your team; you need certain guys whether theyâre overpriced or not.
3. You want to be ârichâ with auction money.
You wonât always have the most money at the draft, but, whenever possible, you want to.Â The more money you have A) The better leverage you have attaining any guy you might want. B) You can get great buys late in the draft when no one else has any money.Â Invariably, someone will throw out, say, Dexter Fowler for a dollar (or some player that they think they can sneak through).Â Then you get Fowler for $2 and everyone in the draft room groans, wishing they still had some money.Â At your draft, you want to be like the little tuxedoed guy from Monopoly.Â In fact, dress like him for your draft.
4. Decent catchers and closers are even easier to acquire in auctions.
In a snake draft, you never know when the Arencibia, Iannetta, Putz, Nathan or whoever is going to be drafted.Â The beauty of the auction is you can have anyone.Â In my experience, you should wait until most of the teams have filled up their closers or catcher(s) slot then you nominate some one dollar beauts.
5. Keep track of who other people want.
The beauty of the auction is you know exactly what everyone else is thinking.Â If Joe Schmohawk goes to $10 on Espinosa and you get him for $11, keep JS in mind when youâre looking to trade Espinosa after his hot April.Â If someone groans when you get Raburn, keep it in mind.Â Unless itâs the same guy whoâs been eating nothing but Cheetos for ten hours.Â Then it might just be gas.