Izenhart wrote:This is exactly why I like auction drafts instead of snake. You get to cherry pick the value based on what you think. Snake drafts are great when deciding who is the best NEXT pick, but auctions are where you separate the sheep from the pack. If you want a team that has the potential to dominate, auctions drafts are the way to go.
In my opinion the only reason to prefer a draft is because it's faster than an auction. An auction is much fairer, especially for sports like basketball where two players are much better than everyone else. It's not quite so bad in MLB, where the dropoff from elite players is not as steep, but even so when you're picking 10th or so you walk into a draft knowing there are several players you have no chance at owning. An auction is fairer: everyone starts with the same salary cap, and so the same theoretical chance at any one player. And because it's a market for price, talent gaps can be reflected by price differences.
Well, there's one other minor difference: an auction is a little more forgiving if you forget about a good player. If you forget about someone during your preparation, you have some time during the bidding to adjust and make up for it, whereas in a draft if you've forgotten someone you'll never pick him. But that's minor. Auctions are overall much better.