I never had much luck with the stars and scrubs...I've played auction and slary leagues for a while (not claiming to be an expert here ha ha, just sayin')
As soon as I started to lay down concrete salary caps for each player, as soon as I started tier-ing my players (pre-auction), as soon as I took all my emotions out of the $$$...I started drafting better and started to win.
I tier every player. Then I "mini-tier" OFers and SPs. I assign a top dollar amount to these players, and I do not go above that price.
To solve the need to "Go Nuts" (and blow more $$$ than logic says, on a player I may have a "hunch" on), I budget that into my tiers.
For example, last year I budgeted $24 for Votto (I live in Chattanooga, he hit the ball hard here in the minors). It got to $24, $25, but I had given myself an extra $$$ "kitty," so I got to spend $29 and get him.
This method gives you both the 1. Rigid discipline, but also 2. Fun in taking a couple chances b/c that's what fantasy baseball is all about
Just my 2 cents. And no, I didn't know Votto was the next big thing, I just liked him in Chattanooga