By Rob Schwarz, Jr. (@ChiRuxinDFS)
This is the second of my Ins and Outs articles. You can find the first one that explains what to expect during a dynasty slow startup auction by clicking here. Now that you know what to expect, you should start to prepare for the auction itself. A key factor in doing this is managing your bankroll.
In my opinion, there are two ways to go when building a dynasty team in a slow startup auction. Most leagues I have been in do not require you to draft a starting lineup let alone a complete roster. This allows you to attack the auction a little differently and leads into the first way to attack the draft.
If we look at this as a league with 20 roster spots and 10 starters, big spending would be using more than 50 percent of your auction budget on five players. That is 50 percent of your budget on only one quarter of your team. If you are familiar with DFS strategies, this would be closer to a “studs and scrubs” approach.
Some of you may be thinking, why would you do this? Well, let us think of it another way. If you are in a snake draft and are the first through third pick in the draft, your team will likely come out similar to this strategy. You get the big stud with your first pick. Let us say it is Todd Gurley. You don’t get to pick again for awhile. When you do, you are likely to get at least two more solid players. However, by the time your fourth and fifth picks come around, your options are no longer what many would call “studs”.
In my first slow startup auction, I spent 70 percent of my budget on four players. I went a little crazy and that is why I think if you keep it between 50 and 60 percent you are better off. Those players though were Jameis Winston, Mike Evans, Jordan Howard and Brandin Cooks. Those players at the time had a combined age of 23 years old. That to me was a solid foundation to build a team. I was also lucky enough to add Jared Goff for relatively cheap. (I was a Goff believer despite his horrible stats in his rookie season) My goal was to spend big on quality players who were young and should be playing for multiple years at a high level.
Note: I actually traded Winston and Goff during the offseason in this league
As I became more educated on the process, my drafts became even better. Remember, you do not have to build a championship team the first year. My goal is to build a contending championship team for multiple years. One way to do that is to spend big on important positions and add quality depth via trades or waivers.
A Balanced Diet
The other, more conservative approach to slow startup auctions is to go with a more balanced approach. If your startup auction has a $1000 blind bidding budget, and we use the 20 player roster with 10 starters, you would have $50 to spend on each roster spot. I am not recommending you do this. Although I say balanced, you still need to hit on some quality players. Those players will cost you more. However, this could be done by not blowing your budget on the Gurleys of the world, but rather targeting guys like Jordan Howard, Devonta Freeman, etc. If you can land two or three RB2s with RB1 upside, that is not a bad way to go either.
Within this approach, I like to target slightly older, but reliable quarterbacks. I’ll look at landing guys like Philip Rivers or Matthew Stafford opposed to Carson Wentz. Typically Wentz will go for around three times the cost of both the other two. In fact, in one of my super-flex startups this offseason, Wentz went for $210 and Rivers and Stafford combined for $215. You will need to get younger at quarterback at some point, but future rookie drafts and trades work wonders!
The key to this approach, and probably the biggest hurdle in any of these slow auction drafts is to have patience! You cannot get caught up by bidding up a player you do not want just because you think that player should go for more or a price enforcer (will touch on this in a different article) convinces you to do so. I suggest setting a budget and creating a spreadsheet to help you stay on task. I do this for EVERY slow auction draft I am a part of. It does not matter if the auction is a startup or rookie only. You should have a basic budget to follow to keep yourself from falling into the traps set forth by your opponents.
No matter what approach you go with, I recommend not worrying about filling all 20 roster spots. If I end up with 15-17 players who I believe are better than what I would have ended up with if I tried filling all my spots in the auction, I am happy. I will attempt to round out my team with $1 or $2 bids, but after the auction, you can always try to add players via waivers. Typically you can get those guys for $1 or $2 too.
Next up, I will breakdown how I plan my budget spreadsheets
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