On August 31, the Official Fake Teams Auction went down. Eklevine and I, the fantasy football writers for Fake Teams, participated along with eight others from SBNATION. The first round of the auction became a little muddled as an Internet connection was lost and we did some backtracking. All of the timeouts allowed for pausing the auction were used up to reset things and then the auction proceeded smoothly through to the last nomination. The auction chat was lively and humorous, something that really adds to the draft/auction experience. If you still haven't tried an auction, you really should. In an auction, you have a chance at every player, if you nominate and bid wisely.
It was very interesting to see the different strategies used and see which players went for more than expected and what steals were available. Some teams came out very strong at certain positions, while others tried to obtain solid players across their roster. You can see the draft results below following a brief summary of how each team did. After the rosters, check out my picks for best and worst value.
Phoenix Thunder laid low for the first few rounds of the auction. He then went on to put together a solid roster with a definate taste for Green Bay and Houston players (grabbing three of each). Matt Schaub is a solid starting quarterback but Phoenix failed to take a back up quarterback which was an interesting move.
The Rochester Razorsharks set pre-bids for his players because of a prior commitment but he was able to join us in the sixth round. That would explain the two kickers that were taken early. A solid team with studs at QB and RB in Drew Brees and Chris Johnson (making up $107 of his budget).
Evil Empire came out very strong in his bidding. It seemed as though he wanted two stud RB's and he locked those up right away (Adrian Peterson and Maurice Jones-Drew for $116). He is also very strong at QB with Peyton Manning and Philip Rivers.
All Day (which was myself) was involved with the bidding throughout. I missed out on a lot of the big name players in the first two rounds but was proud to have stuck to my strategy of not overpaying. My RB's are weaker than many of the teams but I looked for value and upside in the later rounds.
Hopelessly Trent (my fellow Fake Teams football writer- eklevine) spent heavily in the first six rounds, had some solid buys in the middle four rounds and looked for steals and value in the final six rounds. He definately had his own strategy in mind and bid strong when he had to. The bottom part of his roster leaves a lot of room for flexibility.
Dez's Whore House knew what he wanted to do and stuck to his plan. From his messages, I know he likes auctions alot more than regular drafts and it showed. He didn't go with any youth but many times young players are overrated and veterans are the way to go.
The Gold Standard went with a mix of player values. For the most part his team is based upon youth and potential. If the players on his roster continue to grow and improve like they already have in their first few seasons, his team will be a force to reckon with.
Stone Cutters also has a relatively young team but went with a few players who have past issues (performance, injuries or suspension). His team is solid and could come together to surprise, especially later in the season. The Stone Cutters liked their Pittsburgh Steelers, adding three in round 10.
AZ Lobos got some nice deals at QB in McNabb and Flacco. Their RB's and WR's also look great and they made some nice buys. Depth may be the problem that the Lobos encounter.
The Oregon Bengals put together a great first half of their roster. Then for the next 8 picks, looked to complete their roster with mostly Bengals. I guess it's only fitting and shouldn't have been a surprise.
|*Teams are listed in nomination order.|
|Dez's Whore House|
|The Gold Standard|
Worst Auction Values
RB Chris Johnson- $70 -Rochester Razorsharks
Maybe, I'm wrong but should Johnson have gone for 35 percent of the total budget. He will put up some great numbers but it seems as though he could have gone for less. Then again this was an auto-bid pick and maybe he will have a bigger season than last year.
RB Ray Rice- $62 - The Gold Standard
Ray Rice is also a stud running back but he does have a few things working against him. Last year, many of the Raven touchdowns that could have been his were vultured by McGahee, who is still around. And the passing game should be even better than last year with Boldin being added. For those reasons, Rice is not worth more than AP, MJD and Gore, who are all their team's workhorse RB.
RB Steven Jackson- $50 -Hopelessly Trent
Jackson was the last of the stud RB's left. On the other hand, he comes with alot of question marks. Will the Rams be any more competitive than last year and add to his value? Can Jackson withstand another year of being the Rams sole weapon and overused one at that? Will Jackson be able to find the end zone more frequently in 2010? Too much uncertainty for $50, when Turner and Gore went for less.
Best Auction Values
WR Santana Moss- $1 -Evil Empire
Moss should have a nice bounce back season with McNabb as his QB and Shanahan running the offense. He is a great value at $1 and could be a consistent flex play all season. A true veteran value.
WR Mike Wallace- $4 -Evil Empire
As a rookie receiver in the Steeler offense, Wallace far exceeded fantasy expectations in 2009. With Santonio Holmes being shipped out, look for Wallace to continue to put up big numbers. He will provide a return on a four dollar investment.
WR Vincent Jackson- $4 - Rochester Razorsharks
I believe Jackson will play this season. Entering his fifth season, Jackson is among the top receivers in the game. Even if he doesn't play another down with the Chargers, whomever he plays for, he will put up numbers. Jackson is a stud and $4 is a high reward/low risk price.
I want you to tell me who has the best team, which team has a weakness that needs to be fixed and which rookie was the best value. Let me know if there is anything else that stands out to you in the comments.