So the UDK sheet is basically telling you the same ADP does in a snake draft… It’s an approx value of what those players should cost… They may cost a few bucks more or they may cost a few bucks less.
Budget for positions not specific players…
So take your starting requirements.
We will use 1QB,2RB,2WR,1TE 1 Flex,1 K, 1 def and 6 bench as an example
Next to QB - $10
Next to RB1 - $65
Next to RB 2 - $25
Next to WR 1- $55
Next to WR 2- $20
Next to TE - $10
Next to Flex - $25
Next to kicker -$1
Next to Def -$1
Then add all those up. $212. Now you know you have $38 to spend on bench
So once you have your budget then when you go into the draft and you have 5 RB1s to target… Well the first one goes for $70… To much you pass. 2nd one goes for $68 too much… 3rd one someone has the bid at $65…go $66 and yes you win him… So now since you over spent just remove $1 from bench spot 1 and now you only have $9 to spend…
Then WR Start getting nominated… You look and there are 3 WR1 You want… The first one goes and you have the bid at $51 and you win it…you saved $4. So now you take that $4 and move it to let’s say RB2 So now you have $29 to spend.
So that is how I approach the budget side of a auction. The above is just an example you play around with different combos and see what you like. As a general rule of thumb I like to spend 75% of my budget on my starters and 25% on my bench.
1.Sometimes the first 1-3 guys of the draft are the biggest discount of the draft as everyone is nervous to spend there money… So don’t be nervous… If lev bell is around $60 don’t be afraid to go get him at $66 and watch DJ Zeke and gurley all go for $70 later in the draft.
Nominate plp early that you DON’T want but have HYPE around them. … So think mckinnon, kamara, Watson, Rodgers … This list is different for each person but nominate them early so $$ is spent on players you don’t want so you can get discounts on players you do want… These aren’t bad players at all… I mean I would love Rodgers for $10 but I know he will go $25+ and I would rather spend $10 on a Matthew Stafford who will score just a couple pts less a week than Rodgers and I was able to save $15-$20 and apply him to a starting RB.
ONLY do this with like the top 3-4 tiers of RB and WR and only top tier of TE and QB… * this changes in the last few picks… Once you are filling out your last 3 draft spots which will go for $1-$5 then nominate who you want so you don’t get stuck with a player who you don’t want for $1 late in the draft *
Don’t be afraid to go over budget by a few $$$ if that is a player you really want or the last of a guy in a certain tier… You will have to adjust your budget but don’t feel like you have to only do $65 on a RB1.
DON’T ever spend more than $1 on kicker or DEF… Just not worth it. And always nominate the JAGS Like round 3-4… Someone will pay $2-$5 for them and hey if they don’t you got the best DEF for $1. Also nominate the kicker and def you want say round 10,11… Don’t wait till the end of the draft… But also don’t waste a nomination early on one as you want plp to spend big $$ early to get their budgets down…
Know your league mates… Are there a bunch of pats fans in your league… Nominate pats players to get them to spend big bucks… Do alot of them do research? Or do they prob just use ESPN… Pop over to ESPN and see what their auction sheet looks like and compare to the ballers… Then you will know what 1/2 of your league mates think they should spend on a player because you know they will be just using ESPN and so you can spend the approiate amount as you are following the UDK.
6… Half way through the draft asses your budget with the player pool left make sure the draft isn’t half way done and you still have $150 left and there are only players that will cost $10 left on your sheet… That means you didn’t spend your money. If you leave your draft with $5-$10 that is fine… If you leave your draft $20-$40 leftover you did something very wrong… So make sure and spend as close to your Max budget as you can.
- Know your other league mates budgets towards the end of the draft… The last few picks only go for $1-$5 usually… And so if 3 other guys only have a Max bid of $3… Don’t start the player off at $1 and then have to pay $4 for him… Go ahead and nominate him for $3 as you know they can’t outbid you.
8…goodluck and have fun… Auctions are the best as you have a shot at EVERYplayer in the draft… If you have any more questions or I didn’t explain something well please ask.