Bid High on These 7 Fantasy Football Auction Tips!
If you have never done a Fantasy auction instead of a draft, you’re really missing out. It’s like if you only dated brunettes and never tried a blonde, or if you only drank Budweiser and never tried out craft beers! [Both of those analogies make no sense at all.]
But if you ever do get a chance to play in an auction, I thought I’d share my lucky seven Fantasy Football auction tips with you, so you won’t be going in blind. Or blonde. Or whatever.
Every summer, I take part in “The Huddle Fantasy Expert Auction,” hosted by TheHuddle.com. So I thought I’d share with you some of the Fantasy auction tips I live by.
My first tip, though, before we even get into this, is to run the “Fantasy Football Auction Calculator” to get the best values for your scoring system and league setup.
7 Fantasy Football Auction Tips
These seven auction tips partially come from my “Fantasy Football Auction Strategy: 26 Dos and Don’ts” article.
1. Nominate Players From Positions You Already Own
Once you win a player or two from one position, make sure you nominate the best remaining players at those positions immediately, in order to make sure that those players don’t come off the board later on as bargains. You want people to spend money while they have it — on positions you already spent money on.
2. Don’t Bid $8, When You Can Bid $9
Psychology tells us that people have a problem spending money when it rolls past the “9” mark, which is why you always see prices in stores that are $9.99 or $19.99. So if you are bidding back and forth on a player with another owner, and you are the person bidding the even numbers, rather than bid $8 or $18 or $28 on a player, bid $9, $19 or $29, forcing that owner to think about breaking the “9” threshold.
3. Pay Attention to Who You Beat For a Player
Whenever you win a player, try to remember to write down the name of the owner that had the last bid before your winning bid. Later in the season, if you need to trade a player, you’ll know you can go to this owner and he likely values that particular player like you do.
4. Don’t Get Chatty in the Chatroom
The more you are distracted, the easier chance you have to miss a bid on a player you want. This is obviously if you are doing an online auction. If you’re in a live auction, make sure you don’t sit next to the obnoxious guy in the room. He’ll distract you and you’ll miss out or accidentally bid on a player you don’t want/need. Auctions happen fast, folks!
5. Stay Away From the Plus-1 Button
Again, some of these Fantasy Football auction tips are for online auctions only. Most auction services online have a “Plus-1” button that allows you to just go $1 above whatever was previously bid. Unfortunately, if someone jumps the bid from $14 to $30, and you hit Plus-1 right after, thinking you’ll bid $15, you’ll be on the hook for a $31 bid. And commissioners will not/should not stop the auction or back it out for you. That’s just tough luck. Type in your bids each time and it will help you think deeper on each pick.
6. Nominate Kickers Immediately
By nominating kickers early, in order of their rankings from best to worst, you can either trick someone into spending more than $1 on a kicker in order to outbid you for the best available kicker. Or they’ll avoid overbidding on a kicker, and you’ll get the best available kicker left on the board — for just $1. If you wait until the end of the draft, when everyone’s trying to get a kicker, you’ll be too late to the party.
7. Change Up Your Bidding Rhythm
This sounds stupid, but don’t ALWAYS bid at the same time. Sometimes, it’s OK to wait for the “Once, Twice” to be announced before you bid again. This keeps your opponents on their toes and they never know whether you are at your ceiling or if you’re going to bid another dollar or three.
These are just some of my 26 Fantasy Football auction tips, and I hope these tips help you win the players you want and avoid the players you don’t want! Remember to use the “Fantasy Football Auction Calculator” to help set your player dollar values. I’d bid $100 for it!
Auction Photo Credit: Larry Washburn, Getty Images
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