Rally Cat wrote:Thought I would bump this . My draft is Sunday. Being a new AL only auction player I can use all the help I can get.
Best advice is to not blow your wad on the top players, and make sure that you have steady if unspectacular producers at each lineup spot. Instead of blowing $45 on Mike Trout and then getting a few $2 scrubs to fill out your OF, you might spend $10 apiece on 5 mid-level OFs like Nick Markakis. Not only does this give you way more at-bats, but you don't have all your eggs in one basket. You will NOT be able to acquire many, if any, full time players from waivers. The teams that have 4-5 stars and 8-9 fringe/platoon players in the starting lineup will lose 100 times out of 100. You simply need to maximize your AB total.
Also, completely ignore position scarcity. If people are overspending on SS then don't get a SS until the price comes down near the end of the auction. You are going to have bottom-tier players on your team, so it might as well be at the positions that have the highest premium put on them. Look at it as paying that 25% "scarcity tax" on a $3 player instead of a $30 player. Replacement level for every position is basically the same, anyway: zilch.
Also in AL/NL Only leagues that use only one catcher, often once everybody has filled the catcher spot in their lineup they will completely ignore the position. This leaves two or three full time catchers that will come very cheap. And anybody that gets full time ABs and comes cheap is your friend. They are obviously not the best hitters but since people are ignoring them they go way below value. I quite often end up with a catcher in my Util spot. The bonus is that catchers get regular days off and if you know in advance you can slot in your second catcher from the util spot and put somebody from your bench into the util spot.