You don’t need to be a financial adviser to compete in a fantasy baseball auction draft. However, you do need to know how to properly value players.

On Sunday night, I took part in my first ever Fantasy Baseball auction draft. Before Sunday, I’ve competed in only ‘Serpentine-Style’ Fantasy drafts. Auction drafts are a whole different animal.

Overview of the format:

Each team is given the same allotted amount of ‘fantasy dollars’ to spend on their team. Each team in this case was given $260. With that $260, teams have to form a squad of 21 players and must stay within that budget. Teams consist of 10 offensive starters(1 DH), 7 pitchers(at least two relievers), and 4 bench players. Teams are placed into a random order and can ‘offer up’ any player to be bid on at any time. Each team owner essentially acts as a General Manager which was pretty fun.

Here’s a breakdown of my team:

C- JORGE POSADA($4)

1B- ALBERT PUJOLS($50)

2B- RICKIE WEEKS($4)

3B- PABLO ‘KUNG FU PANDA’ SANDOVAL($21)

SS- RYAN THERIOT($1)

OF- JUSTIN UPTON($34)

OF- ADAM DUNN($17)

OF- ALFONSO SORIANO($4)

DH- RYAN HOWARD($40)

BENCH- GARRETT JONES($1); IAN STEWART($3)

SP- FELIX HERNANDEZ($31); JON LESTER($23); BRETT ANDERSON($7); MATT GARZA($4); BEN SHEETS($2) JORGE DE LA ROSA($1); CARLOS ZAMBRANO($1)

RP- RAFAEL SORIANO($4); CARLOS MAROL($4); BRIAN FUENTES($3)

Draft Notes:

As you can tell, I punted steals and saves in this draft. I easily have the best power team in the league with Pujols, Howard, Dunn, Sandoval, and Upton. I was trying to raise the price early on Howard, but I got ‘stuck’ with him. I can think of other players that would be way worse to get stuck with. Pitching-wise, my team has big-time strike out and win potential. Overall, I’m happy with what I have.

Post Draft Ponderings

I did pass on Alex Rodriguez. I had both Pujols and Howard and was debating on going for A-Rod. Collectively, Pujols and Howard consummated 35% of my budget. Adding Rodriguez for $45 million more would have ultimately broke the proverbial bank and I’d be sitting next to Madoff in prison.

Late in the draft, a lot of great bargains emerged. Braves outfielder Jason Heyward, Rockies pitcher Jorge De La Rosa, and Rangers pitcher Neftali Feliz each went for $1 million.

Overall, I had fun doing this style of draft. It’s something different and gave me something to do during dull moments of WrestleMania XXVI.

Side Note: Resident NFL Draft Expert Adam Poedubicky had a great draft. Here are some of his thoughts:

“I don’t necessarily try to get the best players, but the best ones to give me a shot to win every category. I started spending early with a total of $106 on Mauer (BA), Crawford (Steals, Runs), and Longoria (HRs, RBIs) in the first 15 picks. Then I cooled down a bit and let others make most of the moves in what would be rounds 6 and 7 (I made 0 picks then), but I would still bid up players to make others have to do what I thought was waste money. After that, I had the highest average amount to spend on players in what would be rounds 10-15. I filled my 21-man lineup in the first 15 rounds, as opposed to some players (cite: Kenny Mauss) having 7 players selected in round 19 or later. I think this depth will help my team out in the long run. Also, I won’t have to depend on sleepers to come through with monster seasons just to make my team decent.”

I definitely want to do another auction draft in the future. Any takers?

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