How I Did Okay In The Steak League Auction

Usually, I title this “How I Botched the Steak League Auction,” and then go on to do well, but last year I really did botch it and missed out on buying double steaks by only one point. (Thankfully Josh Ross was in the league.) This year, I did some things well and some things poorly. For some background, it’s a 14-team, 1-QB, 2-RB, 3-WR, 1-TE, 1-FLEX, non-PPR league with three IDPs. Here are the results:

 

No. Schoenke Pos $ No. Martinez Pos $ No. Siegrist $
16 Davin Cook RB $44 8 Todd Gurley RB $38 3 Andrew Luck QB $9
28 Odell Beckham WR $46 24 Joe Mixon RB $43 29 George Kittle TE $27
31 David Montgomery RB $27 40 Landon Collins S $3 45 Tyreek Hill WR $47
84 Lamar Jackson QB $9 51 Luke Kuechly LB $2 46 JuJu Smith-Schuster WR $48
92 Jared Cook TE $9 60 J.J. Watt DE $5 80 James White RB $7
95 DJ Moore WR $25 67 Julian Edelman WR $20 85 Tony Pollard RB $6
114 Tarik Cohen RB $5 78 Chris son RB $30 101 DeMarcus Lawrence DE $1
121 Damon Harrison DT $1 89 Brandin Cooks WR $27 105 Justin Jackson RB $4
127 Latavius Murray RB $10 106 Vance McDonald TE $7 119 Kenyan Drake RB $12
132 Robby Anderson WR $12 148 Marvin Jones WR $6 123 Calvin Ridley WR $24
135 Harrison Smith S $1 152 Larry Fitzgerald WR $2 129 Demario Davis LB $1
177 Darwin Thompson RB $6 155 Ben Roethlisberger QB $4 156 Geronimo Allison WR $4
191 C.J. Mosley LB $1 162 Jaylen Samuels RB $6 157 Dak Prescott QB $1
205 Rashard Higgins WR $1 176 Robbie Gould K $1 161 Matt Breida RB $6
218 Quincy Enunwa WR $1 204 Dion Lewis RB $3 171 Jake Elliott K $1
229 Chase Edmonds RB $1 209 Marquise Goodwin WR $2 199 Kam Chancellor S $1
234 Adam Vinatieri K $1 228 Giovani Bernard RB $1 213 Qadree Ollison RB $1

 

No. Doria Pos $ No. Liss Pos $ No. Erickson Pos $
4 Stephen Gostkowski K $2 2 Melvin Gordon RB $24 9 Darius Leonard LB $5
18 Drew Brees QB $3 17 Travis Kelce TE $39 12 Justin Tucker K $3
41 James Conner RB $46 19 Harrison Butker K $2 15 Budda Baker S $2
54 Lavonte David LB $2 20 Deshaun Watson QB $18 26 Zach Ertz TE $27
56 Davante Adams WR $45 32 Ezekiel Elliott RB $55 34 Le’Veon Bell RB $47
65 A.J. Green WR $14 68 Aaron Donald DT $3 52 Derrick Henry RB $30
73 Bradley Chubb DE $2 96 Kwon Alexander LB $1 62 Cam Newton QB $9
76 Tom Brady QB $4 124 Keanu Neal S $1 72 Alshon Jeffery WR $14
81 Tyler Lockett WR $22 126 Darrell Henderson RB $8 86 Chris Godwin WR $27
102 Lamar Miller RB $9 138 Dede Westbrook WR $11 97 Sony Michel RB $21
113 Robert Woods WR $27 140 Duke Johnson RB $11 107 Cameron Jordan DE $2
115 Derrius Guice RB $12 141 Kyler Murray QB $7 145 Emmanuel Sanders WR $7
116 David Njoku TE $6 160 John Brown WR $4 197 Keke Coutee WR $2
130 Shawn Williams S $1 164 Dante Pettis WR $5 211 Donte Moncrief WR $1
144 Kareem Hunt RB $3 179 Marquez Valdes-Scantling WR $7 224 Damien Harris RB $1
186 Greg Olsen TE $1 180 Deebo Samuel WR $3 231 DJ Chark WR $1
214 Parris Campbell WR $1 221 Terry McLaurin WR $1 236 Mohamed Sanu WR $1

 

No. Schuler Pos $ No. Ilk Pos $ No. Thornbury Pos $
11 Greg Zuerlein K $3 27 Alvin Kamara RB $60 7 David Johnson RB $56
14 Saquon Barkley RB $66 48 Aaron Rodgers QB $11 37 Bobby Wagner LB $5
23 Leighton Vander Esch LB $3 50 Mike Evans WR $42 44 Russell Wilson QB $10
42 Leonard Fournette RB $41 58 Blake Martinez LB $2 47 Michael Thomas WR $44
63 Myles Garrett DE $3 70 Aaron Jones RB $36 66 Keenan Allen WR $34
64 T.Y. Hilton WR $31 104 Cooper Kupp WR $13 83 Mark Ingram RB $31
71 Evan Engram TE $17 137 Jarvis Landry WR $12 122 Trey Flowers DE $1
90 Carson Wentz QB $6 142 Kevin Byard S $1 151 DK Metcalf WR $4
128 Jordan Poyer S $2 165 Courtland Sutton WR $5 190 Adrian Peterson RB $4
134 Christian Kirk WR $12 169 Carlos Hyde RB $5 192 Mecole Hardman WR $2
146 Len McCoy RB $5 170 Akiem Hicks DT $1 198 Tre’Quan Smith WR $2
150 Jackson WR $5 175 Jordan Howard RB $6 202 Andy Isabella WR $2
174 Mitchell Trubisky QB $1 184 Trey Burton TE $1 219 Ito Smith RB $1
206 N’Keal Harry WR $2 200 Devin Funchess WR $2 230 Jason Myers K $1
216 DeVante Parker WR $1 212 Willie Snead WR $1 235 Antoine Bethea S $1
227 Mike Davis RB $1 225 Jimmy Garoppolo QB $1 237 Philip Rivers QB $1
233 T.J. Hockenson TE $1 232 Matt PraterK $1 238 Kyle Rudolph TE $1

 

No. Ross Pos $ No. Hochberg Pos $ No. Jenstad Pos $
13 Antonio Brown WR $30 5 Sam Darnold QB $3 21 Nick Chubb RB $52
25 Wil Lutz K $2 10 Christian McCaffrey RB $52 57 O.J. Howard TE $17
36 Josh Jacobs RB $46 22 Ka’imi Fairbairn K $2 74 Devonta Freeman RB $31
39 Hunter Henry TE $15 33 John Johnson S $2 82 Jaylon Smith LB $2
43 Joey Bosa DE $5 59 Julio Jones WR $50 108 DeForest Buckner DT $2
53 Roquan Smith LB $2 61 Tremaine Edmunds LB $2 111 Kenny Golladay WR $28
79 Amari Cooper WR $30 88 Khalil Mack DE $3 118 Sterling Shepard WR $17
91 Austin Ekeler RB $11 93 Stefon Diggs WR $30 120 Will Fuller V WR $15
98 Tevin Coleman RB $23 103 Kalen Ballage RB $8 139 Justin Reid S $1
99 Matt Ryan QB $7 117 Mark Andrews TE $6 143 Jared Goff QB $5
110 Jamal Adams S $3 131 Sammy Watkins WR $9 153 Devin Singletary RB $11
112 Miles Sanders RB $14 136 Allen Robinson WR $22 166 Curtis Samuel WR $10
178 James Washington WR $4 159 Kirk Cousins QB $1 167 Jameis Winston QB $3
193 Golden Tate WR $3 183 Jamison Crowder WR $3 181 Mason Crosby K $1
207 Jerick McKinnon RB $2 201 Justice Hill RB $2 188 Anthony Miller WR $2
217 Nyheim Hines RB $2 215 David Moore WR $2 208 C.J. Anderson RB $2
220 Adam Humphries WR $1 226 Delanie Walker TE $3 222 Jamaal Williams RB $1

 

No. Bartel Pos $ No. Crites Pos $
1 Josh Gordon WR $10 6 Patrick Mahomes QB $29
30 Baker Mayfield QB $11 49 Marlon Mack RB $37
35 Kerryon Johnson RB $43 55 Damien Williams RB $38
38 DeAndre Hopkins WR $54 69 Adam Thielen WR $35
77 Danielle Hunter DE $2 75 llip Lindsay RB $17
87 Mike Williams WR $26 94 Calais Campbell DE $2
100 Rashaad Penny RB $13 109 Tyler Boyd WR $17
125 Royce Freeman RB $11 149 Corey Davis WR $10
133 Deion Jones LB $1 154 Malcolm Brown RB $1
147 Eric Ebron TE $3 158 Austin Hooper TE $2
168 Michael Gallup WR $3 163 Cory Littleton LB $2
172 Tyrell Williams WR $7 182 Tyrann Mathieu S $1
173 Ronald Jones RB $7 194 Marquise Brown WR $2
185 Derwin James S $2 195 Alexander Mattison RB $3
187 Peyton Barber RB $5 196 Kenny Stills WR $2
189 Jordan Reed TE $1 210 Josh Allen QB $1
203 Mike Badgley K $1 223 Brett Maher K $1

You can see from the “No.” field the order in which the players were thrown out. I bought a heavily discounted Melvin Gordon for $24, a slightly cheap Travis Kelce at $39 (caught price-enforcing to be honest) and a kicker on the best offense in the league. So far so good, until for God knows what reason I went $18 on Deshaun Watson. Watson is a great player, especially in fantasy, but QBs are so cheap in this format, $18 was about $6 too much. I just flat-put forgot you could get Carson Wentz for $6 or Dak Prescott for $1.

After that I doubled down on risk with Zeke Elliott at $55. Given Saquon Barkley went for $66, and McCaffrey and Kamara are more PPR dependent, it was a fair enough discount. The problem with going big on two holdouts is the upside of winning this league – about $200 – is less than the downside of finishing last and double-buying steaks at dinner – about $300.

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After Elliott, I felt I did a good job saving my money for quality backups with upside like Darrell Henderson and Duke Johnson, and managing to fill in at receiver with players likely to be targeted by their teams – Dede Westbrook, Dante Petttis, John Brown and Terry McLaurin. (I also have Deebo Samuel in case Pettis isn’t the guy, and threw $7 at Marquez Valdes-Scantling who could be the No. 2 in Green Bay.

Probably the oddest buy I had was Kyler Murray for $7 when I already had Watson and could have used another WR or backed up Elliott or Gordon with the money instead. He’s my No. 8 QB right now, but his 80th percentile season is probably QB2, and his 90th, QB1. No one else in NFL history has 800 yards rushing/600-pass-attempt upside, so I took him for the hell of it. But I can’t play both him and Watson, and it’s almost impossible to trade a QB in a 1-QB league.

Roster By Position:

QB: Deshaun Watson/Kyler Murray

RB: Ezekiel Elliott/Melvin Gordon/Darrell Henderson/Duke Johnson

WR: Dede Westbrook/John Brown/Dante Pettis/Marquez Valdes-Scantling/Terry McLaurin/Deebo Samuel

TE: Travis Kelce

K: Harrison Butker

DL: Aaron Donald

LB: Kwon Alexander

DB: Keanu Neal