Player Stock Ticker
The Wolf's Big Board:     Thursday, August 24, 2017       Tier One - The Big Three ($65 - $75)   1 ) David Johnson (ARI) RB1   2 ) Le'Veon Bell (PIT) RB2   Tier Two - High-end WR1 and RB1s ($50-$65)   3 ) Antonio Brown (PIT) WR1   4 ) Julio Jones (ATL) WR2   5 ) Mike Evans (TB) WR3   6 ) Odell Beckham JR. (NYG) WR4   7 ) LeSean McCoy (BUF) RB3   8 ) AJ Green (CIN) WR5   9 ) Jordy Nelson (GB) WR6   10 ) Melvin Gordon (LAC) RB5   11 ) Jay Ajayi (MIA) RB6   12 ) DeMarco Murray (TEN) RB7   13 ) Michael Thomas (NO) WR7   14 ) Devonta Freeman (ATL) RB8   15 ) Ezekiel Elliott (DAL) RB9   Tier 3 - Remaining WR1s, Potential RB1s, and Gronk ($38 - $45)   16 ) Dez Bryant (DAL) WR8   17 ) Rob Gronkowski (NE) TE1   18 ) Todd Gurley (LAR) RB10   19 ) DeAndre Hopkins (HOU) WR9   20 ) Amari Cooper (OAK) WR10   21 ) Brandin Cooks (NE) WR11   22 ) Isaiah Crowell (CLE) RB11   23 ) TY Hilton (IND) WR12   24 ) Demaryius Thomas (DEN) WR13   25 ) Doug Baldwin (SEA) WR14   Tier 4 - High-End RB2 and WRs (with No.1 upside), Elite TEs ($25 - $35)   26 ) Jordan Howard (CHI) RB11   27 ) Marshawn Lynch (OAK) RB12   28 ) Tyreek Hill (KC) WR15   29 ) Keenan Allen (LAC) WR16   30 ) Martavis Bryant (PIT) WR17   31 ) Davante Adams (GB) WR18   32 ) Terrelle Pryor (WAS) WR19   33 ) Ty Montgomery (GB) RB13   34 ) Christian McCaffrey (CAR) RB14   35 ) Dalvin Cook (MIN) RB15   36 ) Joe Mixon (CIN) RB16   37 ) Leonard Fournette (JAX) RB17   38 ) Lamar Miller (HOU) RB18   39 ) Travis Kelce (KC) TE2   40 ) Michael Crabtree (OAK) WR20   41 ) Larry Fitzgerald (ARI) WR21   42 ) Carlos Hyde (SF) RB19   Tier 5 - Remaining #2 RB & WR options, elite QBs, High-End TE1s ($15 - $25)   43 ) Tom Brady (NE) QB1   44 ) Aaron Rodgers (GB) QB2   45 ) Bilal Powell (NYJ) RB20   46 ) Mark Ingram (NO) RB21   47 ) Eric Decker (TEN) WR22   48 ) Jordan Reed (WAS) TE3   49 ) Golden Tate (DET) WR23   50 ) Alshon Jeffery (PHI) WR24   51 ) Allen Robinson (JAX) WR25   52 ) Greg Olsen (CAR) TE4   53 ) DeSean Jackson (TB) WR26   54 ) Doug Martin (TB) RB22   55 ) Adrian Peterson (NO) RB23   56 ) Spencer Ware (KC) RB24   57 ) Willie Snead (NO) WR27   58 ) Danny Woodhead (BAL) RB25   59 ) Jamison Crowder (WAS) WR28   60 ) Sammy Watkins (LAC) WR29   61 ) Tevin Coleman (ATL) RB26   62 ) Mike Gillislee (NE) RB27   63 ) Jimmy Graham (SEA) TE5   64 ) Tyler Eifert (CIN) TE6   Tier 6 - Flex RBs, Upside WR3s, Quality TE1s and Elite QB ($10 - $15   65 ) Kelvin Banjamin (CAR) WR30   66 ) Julian Edelman (NE) WR31   67 ) Rob Kelley (WAS) RB28   68 ) Theo Riddick (DET) RB29   69 ) Stefon Diggs (MIN) WR32   70 ) Brandon Marshall (NYG) WR33   71 ) Jarvis Landry (MIA) WR34   72 ) DeVante Parker(MIA) WR35   73 ) LeGarrette Blount (PHI) RB30   74 ) Ameer Abdullah (DET) RB31   75 ) CJ Anderson (DEN) RB32   76 ) Zach Ertz (PHI) TE7   77 ) Hunter Henry (LAC) TE8   78 ) Martellus Bennett (GB) TE9   79 ) Jeremy Maclin (BAL) WR36   80 ) Cameron Meredith (CHI) WR37   81 ) Emmanuel Sanders (DEN) WR38   82 ) Pierre Garcon (SF) WR39   83 ) Drew Brees (NO) QB3   84 ) Matt Ryan (ATL) QB4   85 ) Delanie Walker (TEN) TE10   Tier 7 -Elite Bench Plays, Last Startable WRs and RBs, Quality QB1s   86 ) Derrick Henry (TEN) RB33   87 ) CJ Prosise (SEA) RB34   88 ) Donte Moncrief (IND) WR40   89 ) Terrance West (BAL) RB35   90 ) Thomas Rawls (SEA) RB36   91 ) James White (NE) RB37   92 ) Tyrell Williams (LAC) WR41   93 ) Randall Cobb (GB) WR42   94 ) Corey Davis (TEN) WR43   95 ) Frank Gore (IND) RB38   96 ) Jonathan Stewart (CR) RB39   97 ) Paul Perkins (NYG) RB40   98 ) Derek Carr (OAK) QB5   99 ) Jameis Winston (TB) QB6   100 ) Marcus Mariota (TEN) QB7   101 ) Kirk Cousins (WAS) QB8   102 ) Ben Roethlisberger (PIT) QB9   103 ) Philip Rivers (LAC) QB10   104 ) Cam Newton (CAR) QB11   105 ) Dak Prescott (DAL) QB12   106 ) Russell Wilson (SEA) QB13   107 ) Duke Johnson (CLE) RB41   108 ) Kareem Hunt (KC) RB42   109 ) Andrew Luck (IND) QB14   110 ) Tyrod Taylor (BUF) QB15   111 ) Jack Doyle (IND) TE10   112 ) Kyle Rudolph (MIN) TE11   Tier 7 - High End "Penny Stock" Bench Assets   113 ) Jamaal Williams (GB) RB43   114 ) Eddie Lacy (SEA) RB44   115 ) Joe Williams (SF) RB45   116 ) Robby Anderson (NYJ) WR44   117 ) Zay Jones (BUF) WR45   118 ) John Brown (ARI) WR46   119 ) Jamaal Charles (DEN) RB46   120 ) Eric Ebron (DET) TE13   121 ) D'Onta Foreman (HOU) RB47   122 ) Taylor Gabriel (ATL) WR47   123 ) Jacquizz Rodgers (TB) RB48   124 ) Darren Sproles (PHI) RB49   125 ) Marvin Jones (DET) WR48   126 ) Ted Ginn Jr (NO) WR49   127 ) Mike Wallace (BAL) WR50   128 ) Kenny Golladay (DET) WR51   129 ) Jonathan Williams (BUF) RB50   130 ) Alvin Kamara (NO) RB51   131 ) Samaje Perine (WAS) RB52   Tier 8 - Remaining "Penny Stocks" to consider   132 ) Josh Docston (WAS) WR52   133 ) Corey Coleman (CLE) WR53   134 ) Adam Thielen (MIN) WR54   135 ) Marlon Mack (IND) RB53   136 ) Julius Thomas (MIA) TE14   137 ) Austin Hooper (ATL) TE15   138 ) Jared Cook (OAK) TE16   139 ) OJ Howard (TB) TE17   140 ) Eli Manning (NYG) QB16   141 ) Andy Dalton (CIN) QB17   142 ) Matthew Stafford (DET) QB18   143 ) Carson Palmer (ARI) QB19   144 ) Matt Forte (NYJ) RB54   145 ) Branden Oliver (LAC) RB55   146 ) Kenny Britt (CLE) WR57   147 ) Cordarelle Patterson (OAK) WR58   148 ) Rex Burkhead (NE) RB56   149 ) Tarik Cohen (CHI) RB57   150 ) Nelson Agholor (PHI) WR59  

Auction Domination: 5 Mistakes To Avoid In A Fantasy Football Auction

Hello everybody, this is the third and final installment of Auction Domination. This week I’ll be telling you the 5 biggest mistakes to avoid during a fantasy football auction. In addition to the 5 mistakes I’m going to highlight, I would be remiss if I didn’t at least make mention of drinking and drafting. Everybody likes to have a good time at the draft and I’m not going to tell anybody how to have fun, but just keep in mind that you’re stuck with these players for the season so you want to make sure that you don’t get so drunk that you take players who you otherwise would not have. As a general rule I’d say that you want to pace your drinking throughout the draft and then start going heavier afterwards (since most people do some amount of hanging out and/or partying after the draft anyways). It is especially crucial in an auction, where some of your toughest decisions are going to come a few hours into the draft when your money is limited, to make sure that you have your wits about you. Just saying…

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Mistake 1: Avoid Going Crazy On “Must Have” Guys

Everybody has their “guys”. Those players that you love and have to have because they’re home town players or went to the same college as you or won you the league last year. It’s okay to have your favorites, but inevitably others in the league are going to know who you love and will bid you up to no end because they know you’ll pay it (as a side note, never wear the jersey of a player you intend to draft, it’ll cost you more). If you have players that everyone knows you love, consider dropping one on an opponent for an inflated price (I know it hurts to do this) and they’ll think twice about bidding you up on the next guy. Also, try not to zero in on one guy you have to have, but rather focus on a group of guys you’d like to have, it will work out much better. What I mean here is, instead of determining you’ll pay whatever it takes to get Antonio Brown, maybe determine that you want to get at least one of Brown, Odell Beckham, Julio Jones or Mike Evans, with Brown as your main target. That way, if Brown starts going way too high in price, you can always jump out of the bidding because you have other similar options you’re comfortable with. I’m not saying you should never get your favorites, and it is perfectly okay to go a little over price for a guy you love or a guy you think will break out, but you should never go into an auction with such a rigid mindset that you must get an individual player no matter the cost.

Mistake 2: Avoid Entering An Auction Without A Plan

Snake drafts can be pretty simple. Just follow a cheat sheet and you can’t usually screw up too badly. This is not the case for an auction. You have to keep track of a budget and every player is live. While those added factors are part of what make auctions fun and great, they also make auctions more complicated so you need to have at least a general plan going in. If you know you like some sleeper options at Running Back and Quarterback but think Tight End is very thin, then you may want to plan on spending up for a Tight End while planning to pick off late Running Backs and a few cheap QBs. If you just enter the draft without considering anything, you may be tempted to spend big money on a Running Back early which leaves you out of the running for a good Tight End and puts you in a position where you can’t follow your strengths by picking off cheap Running Backs. Always have a plan and be flexible with your plan, but at least going in with a general idea of your budget and your value picks should keep you moving in the right direction and keep you disciplined to execute the best draft possible.

Mistake 3: Avoid Overpaying For Mediocre Players

Every year there is that donkey in the league who just sits on their hands for the first hour because everybody is too overpriced for their liking. They assume that they’re just going to pick off all of the bargains while everyone else has no money. In reality, what actually happens is they end up getting a handful of decent bargains, but they also get stuck battling it out for mediocre talent. It’s amazing how many times you’ll look back after the draft and see that the 10th best RB and the 20th best RB went for the same price because somebody waited too late and got into a bidding war over the sub par talent. An auction draft is a balancing act, you want to get a few highly talented players on your team while also saving enough money to take advantage of later bargains. Some people wait too long and miss out on the talent which leads to overbidding on lesser talents or even worse, leaving money on the table at the end of the draft. This is why it is so important to have a plan and stick somewhat close to it, so at least you recognize when you have to just go for it to get a quality player and when you should sit back and wait for your bargains. A good goal is to be about middle of the pack in remaining money after an hour or so. If half the other teams have a bit more money than you and half have less, that means you weren’t afraid to get a few studs early but you have enough money to make somebody pay for players later (and scoop up some bargains of your own).

Mistake 4: Avoid Spending Your Whole Budget In The First Five Minutes

The most common mistake for undisciplined owners is dropping 50-60% of their overall budget on two players in the first 5 minutes of the draft. It’s exciting to think about having both David Johnson and Antonio Brown on your roster and I get the temptation to do so, but if it means you have to spend $110 of your $200 budget to get those two players, you have to consider if it’s worth it. With only $90 left for the remaining 14 players, you can expect to have absolutely no depth on your team and you’re going to have to bargain shop. Again, some people may excel at this and that’s fine but I find that most owners will drop so much on two players that they’ll then go all in on the strategy and decide that they want to just get their team over with by overspending on a few more players at which point they’re relegated to $1 players for the final 10 spots on their team. I don’t care how great you are at picking out your scrubs, if you have all of your money invested in only a handful of players and even one of them under performs or gets injured, then you’re essentially screwed for the year. Getting 1-2 studs is fine, but beyond that make sure that you have a distinct budget and plan and that you don’t go overboard early and leave yourself no money to take advantage of the inevitable bargains later. Anytime you can spend $10 for a player that you think is worth $15 that’s almost always going to be better than spending $50 for a $45 player, so make sure you at least leave yourself enough money to afford some of the bargains.

Mistake 5: Avoid Getting Stuck With Players You Don’t Want

Bidding other people up is fun. It’s especially great when you get to see the face of the Aaron Rodgers fan turning brighter and brighter red with every successive bid you make on “their” player. However, it’s not so much fun when they decide they’ve had enough and you get stuck overpaying for a guy you didn’t want in the first place. You only have a limited number of roster spots and a limited amount of money, you want to manage both resources such that you end up with the best team possible. You’re not going to be happy if you were planning to strike on a bargain QB and spend big on a RB but instead find yourself buying bargain RBs because you spent big on the aforementioned Rodgers who you didn’t even want. As a general rule, I always like to bid players that I don’t like up to 80% of the value I have for them and no more. Even if somebody else gets a small bargain on a player, it won’t kill you and at least you won’t risk being stuck with the player. Worst case situation, if you bid a guy up to 80% and they get dropped on you, at least you got a guy for 20% off of what you thought they were worth. It isn’t your job to bid everybody up, there are other owners who will inevitably do that for you and by letting others do the work for you, you’re not risking your roster spots or your money. One final note on bidding others up, make sure that you never try to bid people up on players that totally ruin your roster. What I mean by that is, if you already have 2 QBs on your roster, you should never bid on another QB again, regardless of their price. What do you do if you’re bidding someone up on a QB and they stick you with your 3rd QB? Now you’ve wasted money on a player that won’t help you and you’ve wasted a valuable bench spot on a player that you’ll likely have to drop anyways for RB and WR depth. Bottom line, worry more about your own team and developing your own needs while taking advantage of bargains that present themselves rather than worrying about spending others’ money – you’ll find that it works out better more often than not.

That’s it for the biggest mistakes to avoid in an auction. As I said at the onset, this is the final article in the Auction Domination series, however, I will be bringing you new auction content every Wednesday from now until the start of the season. Expect to see some auction prices soon and some highlighted players to buy into at their expected auction values in the coming weeks. Thank you again for reading and if there are any mistakes I missed or that you want to discuss don’t be afraid to comment below!

One Comment

  1. Vada

    July 30, 2017 at 5:10 am

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