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jbird669 wrote:I am very familar with assigning $ values to the top 240 starters that will be drafted. What is the best way to value the bench players?
MTUCache wrote:jbird669 wrote:I am very familar with assigning $ values to the top 240 starters that will be drafted. What is the best way to value the bench players?
For the most part, bench players in a standard-depth league (like yours) are going to get auctioned for less than $4. There will be some teams who draft guys for specific numbers that won't look at "starters" vs. "bench", and will pay a bit extra for a player like Rajai Davis or Carlos Pena (just looking to shore up a stat they're weak in), but for the most part you're going to see these guys being nominated and bought within two bids.
Last year in my auction league my "bench" players were Stephen Drew ($1), Max Scherzer ($2), Mike Adams ($1) and Luke Gregerson ($1)... obviously not enough money to impact the rest of my auction.
jbird669 wrote:I do have to account for them as they will consume $5-$20 of my $260. So
let's say I predict I'll spend $10 on my bench players. Do I just value my starters with a cap of $250?
CBMGreatOne wrote:I think a big mistake that people make during the draft is considering anyone they draft to be a "bench" guy. Sure I'll come out of a draft knowing who some of my starters are going to be, but I have no idea which players I draft in the last 10 rounds or so will be staples in my everyday lineup, high upside reserves that I wait it out with, or waiver wire fodder to make room for the next big thing in free agency. There's no such thing as a bench player. Only a player who you can't find room in your lineup for on a given day.
If I own a player who is habitually left on my bench, he is there because I have some inkling that he may get hot and become a starter, he may be a guy I only like at home or only like vs RHP, or depending on league depth, vs LHP. I'm drafting for production from the beginning of the draft until the end of the draft. I'm not backing up every position. Why back up 2B with Reid Brignac when I can just pick up a random 2B who has been hot for 2 weeks when my Chase Utley gets hurt?
If you think you know your starters and your bench guys during or just after the draft, you are missing the point.
As such, I've never been in a draft that segregated starters from bench players in the way suggested by someone above. One guy might wait until the end of the draft to pick up a guy who is going to start for him at 3B, while I might be picking my 5th OF in the same round. There are no starters and bench guys, only guys I start every day, guys I start most days, and guys I start some times. As the year goes on, guys play their way from one category to another, and they play their way off of my roster altogether. For that matter, the FA pool is one big farm system for my team. Every day a new top 100 player is born and another top 100 player dies. Being able to recognize these changes and keep your roster current is the very art of fantasy sports.
As far as dollar values, I can't remember leaving an auction with fewer than 3 or 4 players that I got for 1 dollar, and sometimes I'll have as many as 7 or 8 players at the minimum. At the end of the draft there are bargains to be had and if you've still got enough money to spend 5 bucks on the last guy you draft, you probably missed your chance to spend it more effectively. I literally can't imagine leaving an auction draft with fewer than two $1 players.
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