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Mr. Irrelevant said:
Next year I am bidding early and aggressively on the first Rb or wr I really like whether its my preferred guy or not. The earlier you grab a stud the cheaper you will pay.
Highlighted for importance, for future FBG'ers conducting forum searches. No matter what year or what format your auction takes, this is typically the one constant.

Every year, almost without exception, the first stud nominated winds up going off the block for less than he would have had he been the last stud off the block. Often he goes for fewer actual dollars than later nominees ranked a tier below him! This usually, but not always, applies to the first stud nominated at each position, as well.

I won't make a blanket statement that "studs and duds" is the way to go - it's very draft-dependent - but I will say that you want a couple of studs on your team no matter what ... and you want them early.
Wasn't what happened in my draft, but then again, Peterson was the first guy on the block. I suppose if it was someone other than the undisputed #1 guy, that may have been true. I look forward to seeing how it goes next year.

And the next.

 
Our auction has a different, interesting dynamic; we use last year's price to seed our list of auction nominations. So, everyone knows the nomination order for everyone except the free agents (which happen at the end of the auction list). This gives a pretty significant advantage to those of us who pay enough attention to craft an auction strategy; the good players are mostly clustered near the top, but because of rookies, last year's injuries, and our keeper rules (keep 2 for up to 2 years, +25% cost), sometimes there are major players coming up after 200+ are already off the board. It makes it easier to mock the auction and figure out where people will be spending and where they'll be squeezed. And it can help predict whether there will be a three guys, one player scenario near the end of the auction (as is often the case).

This year it turned out that almost all the quality was in the first 30 players, so I made sure that I wouldn't exit the top 30 without spending money on major studs (which turned out to be Brees and Peterson to pair with J.Charles and Demaryius Thomas as my keepers). I only had $4.25 left to spend and went 80+ picks without getting another player, but I think I wound up with the best team, depending on whether I can hit on a sleeper/waiver WR.

 
Mr. Irrelevant said:
Next year I am bidding early and aggressively on the first Rb or wr I really like whether its my preferred guy or not. The earlier you grab a stud the cheaper you will pay.
Highlighted for importance, for future FBG'ers conducting forum searches. No matter what year or what format your auction takes, this is typically the one constant.

Every year, almost without exception, the first stud nominated winds up going off the block for less than he would have had he been the last stud off the block. Often he goes for fewer actual dollars than later nominees ranked a tier below him! This usually, but not always, applies to the first stud nominated at each position, as well.

I won't make a blanket statement that "studs and duds" is the way to go - it's very draft-dependent - but I will say that you want a couple of studs on your team no matter what ... and you want them early.
Wasn't what happened in my draft, but then again, Peterson was the first guy on the block. I suppose if it was someone other than the undisputed #1 guy, that may have been true. I look forward to seeing how it goes next year.

And the next.
Oddly enough, we started with AP out of the chute this year as well, and I landed him for $60 of $200. The next four RBs with top-1st-round ADPs that came up - Martin, Spiller, RIce, Lynch - all went for between $55 and $58.

I daresay if I'd asked any of those four owners immediately afterwards whether they'd rather have their guy for their winning bid or AP for an extra $2-$5, it wouldn't have taken them long to decide.

But then again, every auction's different - which is what makes it so much fun.

 
Just a humorous anecdote from my 14 team extended family league that bid last night. It's competitive but not completely. Everybody does homework and uses online resources, but only a couple of us are addicts. The 2-time defending champ is an addict and by far the biggest trash talker even when he's not winning. We love him, but he can be a major pita.

This can only happen in an auction. I have never seen it before.

Last night he overpaid for McCoy, Spiller, Cobb, Torrey and Gronk. He got caught a couple times trying to drive prices a little later. He hit $1 max bid before he had a QB. 14 teams. Deep benches. I have Luck but add Dalton for a buck so he can't have him. He nominates Bradford and I take him for $2 and he starts talking qb trash. The rest of the league picks up on his situation. Everyone starts nominating QBs and getting them for $1. He cannot bid $2. We never relented. He has Chad Henne and Mark Sanchez. :lol:
:lmao:

Results from my 16 teamer last night, all TD's 6, return yardage, no-ppr, start QB RBx2 WRx3 TE FLEX DT PK

Normally everyone overspends on QB, this year it seems they wised up and begin overspending on RB. I ended up spending on QB and TE, I rarely take 3 QB's but after seeing a few teams with just 1 QB I think I might be able to deal one of my extras. We had a lot of drafting issues (happens every year) where commish had to roll back and then he lets certain people have the people they won for a buck and others have to pay full price of what they won the player at, total B.S.

http://i.imgur.com/MccTe8q.png

 
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Ended up with a great team due to a lot of advice in this thread. I went big early in a rb heavy league and ended up with Charles, Rice and Wilson. After that, I had to wait a while on a qb and WRs but didn't wait too long. I didn't get caught up bidding high on mediocre guys late. Thanks, guys.

 
Next year I am bidding early and aggressively on the first Rb or wr I really like whether its my preferred guy or not. The earlier you grab a stud the cheaper you will pay.
Highlighted for importance, for future FBG'ers conducting forum searches. No matter what year or what format your auction takes, this is typically the one constant.

Every year, almost without exception, the first stud nominated winds up going off the block for less than he would have had he been the last stud off the block. Often he goes for fewer actual dollars than later nominees ranked a tier below him! This usually, but not always, applies to the first stud nominated at each position, as well.

I won't make a blanket statement that "studs and duds" is the way to go - it's very draft-dependent - but I will say that you want a couple of studs on your team no matter what ... and you want them early.
Wasn't what happened in my draft, but then again, Peterson was the first guy on the block. I suppose if it was someone other than the undisputed #1 guy, that may have been true. I look forward to seeing how it goes next year.

And the next.
That's how it went down in ours. Peterson went for a ton on the first pick. The rest of the stud rbs went for much less. The top middle tier rbs went for a lot toward the end. I grabbed a couple guys in the middle and it worked out well.
 
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