rib217 wrote:When you are nominating players up for bid that you actually do want do you find it more effective to start at the minimum and see where the bidding takes you hoping for a deal or do you think its more effective to start with a solid competitive bid to weed out some managers?
In first year leagues, I'd start out nominating players who I don't really want, but that will likely sell for $25+, like David Wright this year or top closers. People get excited in auctions and will likely overpay for the players they want early on when they have a lot of money to spend.
For leagues not in their first year, I'd say try to be aggressive early on, and don't be afraid to nominate players you want and make a reasonable bid on them. Owners in these types of leagues are more cautions early on because they already had a year or two of auction experience under their belts and will try not to overpay like they did in their first year. They will be looking for "steals" when everyone runs out of money. The problem is, of course, if everyone is thinking the same way, the bargains will be in the beginning of the auction.
There is a lot of strategy involved in auctions and you can plan the whole off season for it, but you have to also feel how the auction is going and adapt accordingly. If everyone is on a spending spree, then be careful with your money and don't nominate the players you want to own. If everyone is holding back, then be aggressive. Be sure to always track what other owners are doing.