Thanks for the response bigmck. The random yelling method you described is something I witnessed in an NBA fantasy draft a couple of years before I started my baseball league in '94. A housemate of mine held the draft at our place, and even though I wasn't in the league, I hung out to see how it went. It was chaos. Guys were arguing that they had made a bid before someone else throughout the whole thing. (I said $20 before you...that kind of thing...and there were a lot of ties for bids, especially on what would be the last bid that some were willing to make) The commish tried to keep it moving but guys would get in 5-10 minute arguments. I had been thinking about running a fantasy baseball league ever since I read the books about the original Rotisserie guys in New York in the early '80's. So I figured watching the NBA draft would give me ideas on how to run my future league.
What it told me was that the random auction way was probably going to be a problem. And with so many more players in a baseball draft we couldn't afford to lose time with people arguing. So I went to the circle method like you described with a twist. If someone wasn't sure if they wanted to bid when it came to them, they were allowed '1 pass'. When it came around to them again, they had to bid or were out. I described the 'random yelling' method and the 1 pass' method to all in the league and it was decided unanimously to go with the 1 pass way. And everyone was happy except for the time it took.
So, after describing all that, I guess what I'd like to know is how your leagues have avoided the constant arguing over who had the last bid, even when there were ties for who called out the last bid. And how did you deal with sore feelings? Thanks.