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The Long Game: Auction Prep and the Success Cycle

Erik Siegrist

Erik Siegrist is an FSWA award-winning columnist who covers all four major North American sports (that means the NHL, not NASCAR) and whose beat extends back to the days when the Nationals were the Expos and the Thunder were the Sonics. He was the inaugural champion of Rotowire's Staff Keeper baseball league. His work has also appeared at Baseball Prospectus.

Last time out, I looked at how to assemble and finalize your keeper roster. Now let's take a look at what to do with that keeper list, and how to formulate an optimal overall strategy as you head into your auction.

When getting ready for your auction, the first question you need to ask yourself is whether you think you can win it all this season. Sometimes, the answer is a resounding and obvious “Yes!” or “Ugh, no”, but other times you may not be entirely sure where you stand in relation to your league-mates. There are ways you can evaluate the strength of your keeper list, however, and figure out whether you really have a shot this season.

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