Fantasy Baseball: The Five Commandments of Auction Drafts, Pt. 2

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On Wednesday I went over my First Commandment of Auction Drafts, which included not participating in a fantasy baseball draft while simultaneously changing a baby’s diaper.  Today, we’ll delve into Commandment No. 2…

COMMANDMENT #2: Have a Plan, and Then Have Another Plan

Even though you have more control in an auction draft than you do in a snake draft, they share one common entity — they both involve people.

People are crazy.

There’s going to be that guy who will stop at nothing to get Mike Trout.

Some fantasy baseball leagues will have their studs go for $50, while others will never have a player go over $35.  No matter what you plan, it will go awry.  That’s why the best plans are flexible — but if you’re too flexible, you’re just limp, and then you might as well have no plan at all.

When planning your auction, first figure out where your money’s going.  Don’t break it down by position, just break it down by bats vs. arms.  The most common split tends to be in the neighborhood of $170 for bats, $60 for starting pitching, and $30 for bullpen.  That’s a good place to start.  I tend to spend less on the bullpen, chucking that extra ten bucks into bats.

Don’t break it down by position.  If you budget yourself $30 for third base, but Miguel Cabrera, David Wright, Adrian Beltre, and Evan Longoria all go over $35, you either overspend big for Josh Donaldson, or you start readjusting all of your calculations on the fly.  There’s far too much stuff that requires your attention during a draft for you to have to start unnecessarily mathing all over the place.

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