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Turf Talk – Auction Draft Advice

Auction Draft Advice

This weekend, I have 2 drafts coming up. One particular draft is a roto auction league. Looking to practice my auction skills, I joined a Yahoo public league. This league gave me a chance to experiment with a draft strategy I had been formulating over the Spring. Before I go into specifics, I will show the team I ended up with.


For Reference here were the players Values: J.T Realmuto $3, Stephen Piscotty $6, Matt Carpenter $22, Maikel Franco $21, Jung Ho Kang $3, Chris Davis $29, David Peralta $6, Delino DeShields $2, Jose Abreu $34, and David Ortiz $18. Total: $142

One thing you may notice with this lineup is the abundance of first basemen eligible players. I went into that draft to try and cause an artificial shortage at first base. It also seemed like some of these guys were undervalued. For example, Anthony Rizzo went for $45. I made the decision early not to bid on him, as Jose Abreu for $11 less is a much better value. Jung Ho Kang was a steal at $3 in the latter half of the draft. The only weakness of this team is speed, Deshields should help somewhat, but that is one category this lineup is likely to lose.

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For Reference here were the player values: Jake Arrieta $33, Carlos Carrasco $20, Zach Britton $8, Delin Betances $3, Francisco Rodriguez $3, Arodys Vizcaino $3, Hunter Strickland $3, Andrew Miller $3, Luis Severino $9, Jake Odorizzi $3, Matt Moore $3, Marcus Stroman $10, and Justin Verlander $2. Total: $103

One thing you will notice is the abundance of non-closer relievers. While Miller will be the closer until Chapman is back, he is certain to lose his job in May. When I participate in auction drafts, I love to grab the Miller/Betances combo. This combo gives me a Sub 2 era, 200k+ pitcher for a combined $6. Thestaff is pretty well rounded when it comes to starting pitchers. One team did go pitcher heavy during the draft, but I would say this team has a top five staff in this particular league. What was interesting was I did not go in planning to bid on Arrieta. Two picks before Arrieta was nominated, Addison Russell was. There was a bidding war between two teams that drove his price up to $25, (for reference Corey Seager went for $21.) This lead me to believe there were two Cubs fans drafting. I nominated Arrieta expecting him to go for a massive amount, but neither team seemed interested in bidding high on Arrieta, which was puzzling. Regardless, Arrieta might be a little expensive at $33, but by no means a massive overpay.

Adding up my total spending, you will notice I left $15 on the table. This is supposedly the cardinal sin of auction drafts. You never want to leave money on the table, and granted I could have been a little more aggressive early. My thought process however, was that I wanted to be able to get every single player I desired in the latter half of the draft. If you notice, There is zero $1 players on the team. At the latter end of the draft, I had the money to overbid every other team. This allowed me to grab my reliever combo, Verlander, Moore, and every other $3 player on my team. This team doesn’t necessarily have the star power of other teams, but I can say with confidence it is the most well rounded team coming out of the draft.