Fantasy Football Auction Strategies: Budgeting for Success

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Participating in building the ultimate fantasy football team is a common interest and hobby for avid football fans. The idea of building a football team through placing bets on players has become so popular, one can only assure a solid fantasy team through careful use of auction strategies. Michael Beller describes a situation where placing bets close to true personal value is only part of building a successful strategy.

“The benefits of budgeting for an auction are clear. Let’s say you know that no matter what, you’re getting two top-15 backs, at least one of whom would go in the first round of a traditional draft. If that’s an immutable part of your strategy, then you know you need to set aside $75 to $85 for your starting running backs. If you know you’re going to spend somewhere in that range on backs, you can avoid the nerves that will undoubtedly affect some of your leaguemates when the best backs start coming off the board. Even if you don’t get Adrian Peterson or Arian Foster, you can rest comfortably knowing that there are still a handful of backs that fit your strategy and your budget.”

In order to further plan out a successful strategy, one must first allocate an over dollar amount for stars. This is done by budgeting how much is spent on every starting position, wide receivers, running backs, and so forth. There should be another sum set aside for the players who give the flexibility to transfer money in between positions as well. This will help move around the position-by-position budget without ruining the original strategy.

Secondly, a wise bet on the quarterback is very important. Of course all players have their stats on how well they play, thus a larger sum of money is placed; however, choosing a player that isn’t praised as well as the others would be a wise pick since that player can easily perform at the level of a top-five quarterback and the bet will be lower.

Lastly, budgeting more on starting positions than the bench warmers is key. The bench should include players who are not too costly, but certainly not worth only $1. This saves money and give better allocation of bets placed.

Something that was left out was the importance of personal value for each player. Placing bets close to one’s personal value of the player will help depict how much money is worth betting on a single player, thus providing a better map of how much to spend and who to pick.
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