Fantasy Baseball: The Five Commandments of Auction Drafts, Part One

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“All this can be yours for only $45. Give or take.” Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Auction drafts are my favorite.  What’s more fun than having a shot at every single player you want on your fantasy baseball team?

Want to have Mike Trout and Miguel Cabrera on the same team?  Go for it.  Want to have zero first round picks and five third round picks?  Here’s your chance.

Auction drafts offer an insane amount of freedom in how you construct your roster, and if you’re the type of person who gets off on draft preparation, the prep that goes into an auction can be as mind-bogglingly in-depth and complex as you want it to be.

Three years ago I competed in my first ever auction league and I got trounced, coming in third to last with a top-heavy and injury-ridden squad of stars and scrubs.  If there’s one thing that I do well in fantasy baseball, it’s that I learn from my mistakes.  Ever since that first beating I have finished in first every time I’ve had the pleasure of participating in an auction.

Last Sunday I sat down at my computer to defend the belt in my 15-team keeper league.  Unfortunately, I was playing double-duty on that day: I had to navigate my auction and care for my four-month-old daughter.

The bedlam that ensued was by far my worst auction of all time, one of my worst drafts in a decade, and four hours of sheer stress and misery.  By the time I had paid for my last reliever I slammed the laptop closed, changed the baby for the eightieth time, and immediately started making plans to find a babysitter a year from now.

Let’s take a look at the Five Commandments of Auction Drafts and how they pertained to my epic fail.

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