Bargain QBs like Michael Vick, Andy Dalton may help you win your fantasy football auction

      August 19, 2013 @ 15:05:00 PDT


The Huddle Expert Auction

Date: Aug. 15

Salary cap: $200

Full auction results

LU
Player
POS
TM
$
QB
Matt Ryan
QB
ATL
$22
RB
Chris Johnson
RB
TEN
$34
RB
Darren McFadden
RB
OAK
$19
WR
Brandon Marshall
WR
CHI
$35
WR
Victor Cruz
WR
NYG
$27
WR
Kenny Britt
WR
TEN
$12
TE
Tony Gonzalez
TE
ATL
$15
Flex
Lance Moore
WR
NOS
$9
PK
Matt Prater
PK
DEN
$1
D/ST
Cleveland Browns
DT
CLE
$1
BN
Ronnie Hillman
RB
DEN
$5
BN
Bryce Brown
RB
PHI
$6
BN
Emmanuel Sanders
WR
PIT
$5
BN
Rashad Jennings
RB
OAK
$3
BN
Zach Sudfeld
TE
NEP
$1
BN
Bilal Powell
RB
NYJ
$1
BN
Stedman Bailey
WR
STL
$2
BN
Brandon Weeden
QB
CLE
$2

In auctions, I tend to play the middle, but also I try to buy "sure things" or players who might give me an advantage. I almost went to $31 on Jimmy Graham.

I overpaid for Ryan because he clearly stood out among QBs remaining at the time. I felt validated when a few from lower tiers went for $18 or $19 and probably wouldn't have earlier.

The rest of the auction prompted me to wonder why I don't seriously consider altering my strategy.

Quarterbacks didn't cost much, especially if folks bought at the right time. Aaron Rodgers ($25) was most expensive. Tony Romo ($13) was a decent bargain. Andy Dalton ($2), Michael Vick ($3) and Eli Manning ($4) could be steals.

That's not unusual. In one-QB leagues, people almost universally pay very little for backup passers, in my experience.

Alternatively, they do pay for depth at running back and wide receiver, particularly if they're believers in the nominated players. A couple of us in my dynasty league have a saying -- which isn't exactly Zen but does sum up the scenario succinctly: It takes only one other.

That dude who'd say, "Awww, you sniped me!" in your snake draft after you'd reach for one of your favorite upside plays? He's the same one who'd take a bidding war to several dollars -- or more -- above what you hoped to pay for that player.

In that way, football auctions don't align well with serpentine drafts once you get into what would be considered the second half of a draft.

It begs fantasy owners not to pay top dollar for a signal caller, as long as they execute accompanying tactics properly. You could target, say, Romo and a favored backup, or three low-cost sleeper QB2s whom you have evaluated thoroughly and have projected to earn double-digit dollars. If you hit on one of them (and if you're doing your homework, you most certainly should), you have a lot of money to allocate to RBs and WRs.

What an enticing idea that is.

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About Nicholas Minnix

Minnix is baseball editor and a fantasy football analyst at KFFL. He plays in LABR and Tout Wars and won the FSWA Baseball Industry Insiders League in 2010.

The University of Delaware alum is a regular guest on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio and Baltimore's WNST AM 1570.

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