Today marked my first fantasy football draft of the 2013 season.  I’m cutting back this year, down to just two leagues.  I was in four last year, and by about two-thirds of the way through the season, managing that many teams just became work.  That all four of my teams amounted to absolutely nothing didn’t help matters any.  So I begged out of my two online-only leagues and stuck with the ones where I’d be embarrassing myself in front of people I’d actually met.

The draft today was an auction draft, where, instead of being subject to the whims of random draft order selection, you can pay what you want for any player you want, provided you have enough left to draft the rest of your team.  Of course, other teams are bidding for those players, so it becomes a matter of who’s willing to go how high for which players.  To further complicate things, this is a keeper league, so we were able to hold on to players from last season, usually at a much cheaper price than we would have paid for them in open auction.  Add to all of this some good beer and rum, and it’s a perfect way to kill a few hours on a Saturday afternoon.

I tried something a little different today that may end up biting me.  It’s pretty normal practice in these things not to draft backup kickers and defenses.  It’s a waste of a roster spot, since you’ll only need that backup for one week, and most kickers and defenses are pretty interchangeable.  Well, I decided to do the same thing with my quarterback.  You only ever start one, and you only ever need your backup once.  So why use a spot on another one when you can take an extra running back or receiver?  Of course, if my one starter gets hit by a bus or something, I may be a little screwed, but with ten teams in our league and 32 starting quarterbacks in the NFL, chances are good I can get a replacement if I need one.

Then again, my line of thinking has kept me out of the playoffs every year I’ve been in this league, so maybe I’m just an idiot.


2 thoughts on “Drafty

  1. It’s definitely more egalitarian than a traditional snake draft. If you get the #10 pick in one of those, you know certain players are pretty much lost to you. In an auction draft, if you’re willing to outspend someone else, any player can be yours. The challenge comes from knowing when to pursue a high-priced player or when to bail and look for a lower-priced alternative. I really like the format, since it makes a draft much more interactive than just a bunch of people calling out names for a few hours.

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