How much should you pay for Andrew Luck in an auction draft?
Here at AthlonSports.com our team of fantasy contributors have been working on tiers, rankings, strategy posts and undervalued and overvalued players for the upcoming season. In this post though I am going to do something that has been difficult for myself to find in the past, and hope it can benefit everyone.
I am using the awesome FantasyPros rankings tool to rank my players both overall and positional, adding in tiers and AUCTION VALUES! That is right, everything in one neat little widget and cheat sheet.
One thing I always found frustrating when prepping for auction drafts was having only the estimated values available from top to bottom. This works, but it didn’t consider player rankings or tiers. I am definitely going to be using my latest efforts in my upcoming drafts, and especially my auction draft.
There is nothing worse than bidding on an overhyped player and winning him only to have a player you like more go three picks later for far less because you were using a dollar value rankings sheet.
Obviously there is much more strategy involved in auction drafts than just dollar values and rankings, but having a list of players and how they are ranked, tiered and valued is extremely useful.
As I mentioned in my “5 Tips to Help You Dominate Your Fantasy Football Draft,” have your own spreadsheet, and feel free to use my rankings and values as you see fit. Go ahead and disagree with them, that is fine too.
Be sure to ask some basic questions prior to drafting, and using the rankings and values.
* Does your league keep players which skews values for the upcoming draft? Then you will need to adjust these as you see fit.
* Look at previous season history. Did quarterbacks, or elite players sell for 25 percent or more of owners’ budgets? If so you will need to inflate my values accordingly.
These values are based on average sell price in auction drafts so far this year on MyFantasyLeague.com. They are also posted on FantasyPros under my name if you would rather combine them with other experts, or compare notes.
This is your draft, your league and I hope this is useful, but I can’t cover every base. That is YOUR job, and I must admit, you are making a great first step coming to AthlonSports.com to help you with your draft prep.
— Written by Chris Meyers, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and a member of the FSWA. Meyers' work appears on many other sites, including socalledfantasyexperts.com. Follow him on Twitter @FantsyChillpony.