gotta admit I've never heard of this 1 before. So knowledgeable owner X bids on Joe Schmo, the "piggyback" bids next figuring he's good. room(bidding) goes quiet, piggyback gets stuck with him. Guess that can't work all auction. piggyback guy(s) fill up position, guys in know then nominate that player. again, you can't do that all night long but I know I almost never nominate anyone I really want first third of auction.
I guess the most logical thing to do would be don't invite the lesser owners back if its really that big/obvious of a problem. Kind of hard to do too with same group of guys for over a decade maybe. There is alot of strategy & scenarios that play out in an auction; a huge part of the night is always going to end in frustration. I'd just think going to a snake after years of an auction is going to be a big change for how the league plays out.
How about doing auction on couch managers with different team names or have commish assign random letters to managers so you don't know which manager is which. Manager A, B C etc then after auction commish reveals who is who & what teams were which letter.
I just know doing an auction in the end usually gives the sharper managers a bigger advantage than a snake, I'd try to do something to keep the auction going
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