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Fantasy Football Auction Draft strategy: Tips, advice for spending your 2020 player budget wisely

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Fantasy Football Auction Draft strategy: Tips, advice for spending your 2020 player budget wisely

When it comes fantasy football formats, the thought of trading in a snake draft for an auction draft can seem intimidating to lifelong snake drafters. But it also can be refreshing and more rewarding. When you’re lucky enough to pick No. 1 overall in a snake draft, you’re thrilled that you will get Christian McCaffrey at the top, but you are also annoyed that you need to wait a 23 more picks before drafting a second player. With auction drafts, the appeal comes from the fact you can get the top two players in the rankings, McCaffrey and Saquon Barkley, to lead your backfield. That’s enough to blow up anyone’s cheat sheet.

Similar to the free agent acquisition budget (FAAB) that many leagues use post-snake draft for the waiver wire, auction drafts add the element of considering a budget and the true value of a particular player’s projected numbers going into a season.

DOMINATE YOUR DRAFT: Ultimate 2020 cheat sheet

Thinking about doing your first auction draft in 2020? Have some auction experience but need some advice on how to navigate the prices to put together a winning roster? Here are some basic tips and advanced strategy to help you get rolling:

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Fantasy Football Auction Draft Tips, Strategy

Know your budget and how much players are worth

For our purposes, let’s consider a 12-team, half-point PPR auction draft. You are given $200 to spend on 20 players for your roster. Let’s then look at the value of McCaffrey in relation to that. According to Fantasy Pros’ running back auction values, he is worth $65. That means for the consensus No. 1 player in fantasy football, investing 32.5 percent of your budget isn’t considered unreasonable. 

But would you rather have McCaffrey, or based on the matching value of $65, a combination of Austin Ekeler and Chris Carson? Looking at back on 2019, McCaffrey averaged 25.8 points per game, while Ekeler and Carson combined for 30.7 points per game. If you think you can land a cheap overachiever to supplement him well later, McCaffrey might be worth it to lead your backfield, especially if you think Ekeler and Carson will both slide in production more than he will. With that in mind, you will know whether you want to even bid more than $65 to get McCaffrey.

Roughly, you should allocate about 40 percent of your budget, or $80, for running backs. The recommended number of backs to draft is six, or 30 percent of your roster, an average of $13 per back. The bottom line is figuring what starter and bench composition will yield you the most points over the course of the season. That part isn’t different from snake drafts. You are just managing a budget vs. draft capital.

Know where you want to spend your money

If you are going with six running backs, with two starters and four backups, it follows that you should have eight wide receivers, with three starters and five backups. That’s another 40 percent, or $80, to allot, this time on 40 more percent of your roster. That should leave about 10 percent, or $20 each, on both quarterback and tight end, two-player positions where you will start one and bench one.

Within that framework you can adjust. Like you would in snake drafts, operate with a overall rankings cheat sheet, this time with 240 players. Across positions, look for tiers and drop-off points. Adjust based on where you think there is scarcity or surplus of studs or steals. 

The action of the auction can be fast and furious. Having both a positional and player-specific plan with your budget puts you in prime position to attack the best values and avoid the overpriced players.

2020 STANDARD FANTASY RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker | Superflex | Top 200

Know why you are nominating a player

There’s a general feeling that when you get the chance to open the bidding, you’re doing it to start driving up the price of a player you don’t want. That’s a good early strategy to make some other drafter exhaust his or her budget while you keep more for you a player you really want.

But at some point, when there are more limited budgets to go around for all drafters, you can flip the script to nominate a player you do want. You might see that your fellow auction participants are forced to be tighter with their budget for running back or wide receiver, and you can take charge knowing you can reasonably outspend in the end.

You’re either nominating a player that you have no intention of drafting to inflate his price or a player you do want to control his price. Randomly throwing out a player so someone else can get him for what exactly he’s worth wastes this opportunity.

2020 PPR RANKINGS:
Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | Superflex | Top 200

Know that you should still wait on a quarterback

Lamar Jackson ($28) and Patrick Mahomes ($24) are the the highest-priced QB commodities in 2020 auction drafts. Given our 10 percent allocation for two quarterbacks — $20 total on the position — neither is a good value at those prices. With even a low-end backup, you’re already headed to upping that QB allocation to 15 percent. That extra five percent of $200, or $10, might not seem like much, but you can get a strong TE1 or steal RB2 or WR3 with that.

Then consider the price of Kyler Murray ($12). His value is more than 57 percent less than that of Jackson. Even before thinking Murray’s production will get a nice bump with DeAndre Hopkins this season, Murray’s weekly scoring average (18.6) was only 34 percent less than Jackson’s (28.1) last season. 

The fact that QBs such as Tom Brady ($8), Drew Brees ($7) and Carson Wentz ($6) have values below $10 means you should be more comfortable allocating as low as 7.5 percent of your budget on two QBs. It’s better to have that extra 2.5 percent, or $5, to help you get a player you want at running back or wide receiver in another bid.

2020 FANTASY SLEEPERS:
6 QBs | 16 RBs | 14 WRs | 10 TEs | 5 D/STs | One from each team

Know when to be aggressive and splurge 

This part of the auction model is more daily fantasy football than snake drafting. In DFS, tournament roster constructions call for a few “stars” who can explode for big points living up to their big prices, rounded out by several “scrubs” who will still have a nice return on their lesser investments. In cash games, you will lean toward more balance where your rosters have more players with higher floors and fewer players with higher ceilings.

In either case, you won’t find many winning lineups that don’t feature two or three elite players at running back and wide receiver. In a snake draft, after you get McCafffrey, you won’t get another top 20 player when you pick at No. 24. The whole reason to the auction pivot is eliminating that limitation. While you don’t want to go nuts and end up spending a combined a $145 on McCaffrey, Derrick Henry and Chris Godwin, using $99 on Miles Sanders, Josh Jacobs and D.J. Moore to have three top-25 young players with massive upside might be worth it for a third of your starting lineup.

DRAFT STRATEGY AND RANKINGS TIERS: 
Quarterback | Running Back | Wide Receiver | Tight End | D/ST

Know to keep your emotions in check

Don’t get frustrated if you’re not getting the players on whom you had heart set and not everything is going according to plan. Keep your head up, and keep considering how to best use your remaining budget. The speed of auction drafts doesn’t allow for getting too low or too high about the process.

FANTASY DRAFT STRATEGIES: 
Snake draft | Best ball | Dynasty | IDP

Know that it’s not a bad thing to be overbid

You might be edged out for several coveted players during your auction and feel like you have no shot at studs. But the more that other owners at your auction spend early, the less they will have later. Stick to your maximum price points and don’t suddenly go over budget just for the satisfaction of a winning bid. This is still season-long fantasy football, where the early long game, regardless of auction or draft, remains critical. Be patient knowing you will get several great values at some point.

Know the tendencies and spending of others

Keep track of what positions are starting to get filled on other rosters and keep monitoring how much everyone else has left with their budgets. Also, pay attention to your competitors’ approach to the auction, whether they are reckless spenders, conservative bidders, or downright homers. After a while, this can play to your huge advantage in both knowing what players to nominate and how much to bid.

Know that you should spend next to nothing on defense and kicker

There’s no reason to give up more than the minimum bid of $1 on each position. Both positions are only five percent of your roster and you can play the easy streaming game with both. You won’t find any source of sneaky scoring value at either position, and every extra dollar counts toward running back and wide receiver.

Know that you should try to spend all of your money

This isn’t like FAAB, where you hope to have a little money left in the late weeks of the season when there is injury attrition and there are some high-demand players on the waiver wire. In auction drafts, as the old saying goes, “you can’t take it with you.” You will regret it if you have even a dollar left over that could have won you a late bid.

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Raptors coach Nick Nurse discusses long-term deal: ‘I love being here’

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Raptors coach Nick Nurse said he did not have to think about signing a new deal as the NBA Coach of the Year heads into another uncertain offseason.

Nurse agreed to a “multiyear” contract extension earlier this month and a year after guiding the Raptors to their first championship.

He was unable to repeat the title feat this season; the Raptors lost to Celtics in the Eastern Conference semifinals at Walt Disney World Resort outside Orlando, Fla.

In his first public comments since re-signing with the club and seeing the title defense come to an end, Nurse told reporters Thursday: “I don’t know if it’s a load off my mind or anything.

“Obviously, man, I love being here and love the job, and there’s nothing not to love, man. I think it was just pretty much, it was time to renew a contract, and that’s what we did. It was really, really easy, you know?”

Nurse added: “For me, I love coaching. I love the whole setup here we got, everything. For me, I just want to keep doing it. I want to continue to provide this city and this country with a tremendous amount of energy that they can all get behind and be proud of.

“It means a lot to me that everybody loves a team so much and we can go out there and give them, on most nights, something to really be proud of and play hard and look like we’re organized and look like we’re playing together and all that stuff. I love that part of it.

“That’s really I want. I want to keep doing it. I want to do it in a place I want to be — and here is where I want to be — and with some guys I want to coach and with some people I want to work alongside.”

While Nurse’s future is secure, there are doubts over whether Fred VanVleet, Serge Ibaka and Marc Gasol will return as they enter free agency.

Nurse experienced similar uncertainty in 2019 as championship heroes Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green departed for the Clippers and Lakers, respectively, as free agents.

There are also concerns regarding Raptors president of basketball operations Masai Ujiri, who has one year remaining on his contract.

Asked if he was concerned, Nurse replied: “Yeah, for sure. We’ve been together, [general manager] Bobby [Webster], Masai and I, for seven years now. Only a real close working relationship for two, since I became a head coach, and we feel like a team. We feel like a team that leads the organization. So, yeah, there’s a little concern.

“I was never concerned that they were not going to get a deal done for me. I feel the same way about Bobby and the same for Masai. If something changes, we’ll do the best we can. If it changes, it will probably be for a good reason for somebody or a better reason. If not, we’ll just keep working together.”

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NBA Playoffs: Los Angeles Lakers vs Denver Nuggets Game 4 WCF Injury Update, Lineup and Prediction

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The Los Angeles Lakers and Denver Nuggets will lock horns once again on Thursday night for WCF Game 4. Although the Lakers still hold a 2-1 lead over Denver, Game 3 was a forgettable experience for them.

Not only did the Lakers lose the matchup, but the Nuggets also out-rebounded them by 19! The three big-men disappeared on the defensive end for the team. Moreover, the Nuggets’ role player truly dominated the LA bench in scoring.

Jerami Grant was a huge factor in the Nuggets’ victory as he scored a playoff career-high 26 points. And like always, Jamal Murray and Nikola Jokic were the backbones for their victory.

The only positive pointer for the Lakers was a great comeback effort in the fourth quarter. Heading to the fourth quarter, the team was trailing by 20 points. But, at one point they reduced the lead to mere 3 points. Unfortunately, they couldn’t overcome Denver and Murray put the game to bed with an insane three-point shot.

Los Angeles Lakers injury update and lineup predictions

Following the Game 3 defeat, the Lakers have a few concerns to take care of. While LeBron James is still listed as probable from groin issues, Alex Caruso and Danny Green both join him in the list. Caruso experienced some discomfort in his right wrist, while Green has a left ring finger injury.

However, none of the injuries are too lethal and the players will most likely play through them. So the predicted lineup for the Lakers is LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Danny Green, JaVale McGee, and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.

Denver Nuggets injury update and lineup predictions

With a huge Game 3 victory in the books, the Nuggets have brought themselves back in the series. They were nearly automatic from every spot in the victory, and Jerami Grant played a huge role in the triumph.

As far as injuries are concerned, there are no new additions on Denver’s injury list. Will Barton will miss the entire Western Conference Finals and there are no reports of his return soon. So the predicted lineup for the Nuggets is Nikola Jokic, Jamal Murray, Gary Harris, Paul Millsap, and Jerami Grant.

Los Angeles Lakers vs Denver Nuggets Game 4 WCF predictions

Denver Nuggets forward Paul Millsap and Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James battle for a rebound during the second half of game three of the Western Conference Finals of the 2020 NBA Playoffs. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Despite the Nuggets being dominant in Game 3, they might not overcome the mighty Lakers in the next few games. For starters, it’s very rare to see the Lakers being out-rebounded by such a huge margin. Moreover, they almost made a comeback after entering the fourth quarter being down double digits.

If the Lakers play with the same motivation and pace, the Nuggets might struggle in future games. So, the Lakers should bounce back and put Game 4 in the bag.

What do you think? Will the Lakers increase their lead to 3-1 or will the Nuggets tie the series two games apiece?

Aikansh Chaudhary


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