Fantasy Baseball: The Five Commandments of Auction Drafts, Pt. 3

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Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Over the past two days, I have been going over the dos and don’ts (mostly the don’ts) of the fantasy baseball auction draft process.

Today I’ll be continuing with Commandment No. 3, and after reading it, you will respect the nomination process!!  Sorry, didn’t mean to yell there.

If you haven’t yet read the first two commandments, please click the links below:

Commandment #1: Do Your Homework

Commandment #2: Have a Plan, Then Have Another Plan

And now on to No. 3…

Commandment #3: Respect the Nomination Process

In a fantasy baseball auction draft the major action takes place when all of the GMs try and outbid, outfox, and outmaneuver one another.  The strategy that usually gets overlooked is deciding the order in which the players will be fought over.  When you put a player on the block you’re in control and you’re dictating the pace of the draft.  Use that power wisely.

For instance, let’s say that you absolutely love Josh Donaldson this year and getting him is one of your prime objectives.  We’re in the third round and so far the only third basemen who have been purchased are Miguel Cabrera for $45 and Adrian Beltre for $32.  It’s your turn to nominate.  Your choices could be to:

A) Nominate Josh Donaldson

The upside:

At this point in the draft most GM’s are interested in big time studs so by striking early you could end up snagging him for a bargain price.  Also, you’ll know going forward if you’re drafting according to your original plan with Donaldson at the hot corner, or if you have to go to a plan B and wait for an “Ado” (Manny MachADO, Martin PrADO,  Nolan ArenADO).  The less variables you have to worry about the better.

The downside:

People still have money in their pockets and they’ve been waiting for weeks or months to draft, so they want to spend.  There’s a good chance you’re going to have to pay a $5 tax to get this variable out of the way.

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