This article is part of our Fantasy 101 series.
Advocates of auctions often cite similar reasons for preferring the format over traditional snake drafts. An auction allows an opportunity for any team to acquire any player – whereas the owner with the 10th overall pick in a draft this spring will not have an opportunity to own Bryce Harper. That flexibility alone is often enough to convince a group of owners to try an auction for the first time, and there are few instances where a league goes back to a snake draft after making the switch.
The rigors of draft day change considerably when you are forced to think in terms of dollars and budgets, rather than simply filling the spots on your roster one at a time when your turn comes up every few minutes. Whether you are going to participate in an auction for the first time this season, or you have been trying your hand at them with varying levels of success for years, there are always opportunities to refine your approach with the hope of coming away with the best roster possible on Day 1.
Map Out Your Projections and Dollar Values in Advance
The fast-paced nature of auctions will require that you make decisions in a matter of seconds regardless of whether you want to bid on a particular player. Without having a clear understanding of what each player in the pool can offer you – both in terms of dollars earned and in categorical terms – it is easy to subject