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By Jonathan Bales

Breaking Down My Pro Football Focus Auction Team

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In an attempt to see if there is anything less interesting than listening to someone else talk about their fantasy team, I’m going to bore you to death right. . .about. . .now.

I recently competed in an auction draft for Pro Football Focus. I have some auction experience, although like most owners, I’m much more confident in traditional snake drafts. Nonetheless, I much prefer auctions. There is so much strategy and the degree to which game theory rears its beautiful head is greater than in traditional drafts.

Today, I took a look at the best and worst value for each team. Here’s my roster:

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Budget $200
1. (17) Dan Bailey(Dal – K) $1
2. (19) Chris Johnson(Ten – RB) $47
3. (20) San Francisco(SF – DEF) $2
4. (26) Larry Fitzgerald(Ari – WR) $38
5. (28) DeSean Jackson(Phi – WR) $12
6. (56) Jordy Nelson(GB – WR) $20
7. (73) Reggie Bush(Mia – RB) $22
8. (76) Tony Romo(Dal – QB) $17
9. (105) Brandon Pettigrew(Det – TE) $7
10. (113) Sam Bradford(StL – QB) $3
11. (121) Darrius Heyward-Bey(Oak – WR) $13
12. (127) DeAngelo Williams(Car – RB) $6
13. (149) Daniel Thomas(Mia – RB) $3
14. (161) Rashard Mendenhall(Pit – RB) $2
15. (167) Laurent Robinson(Jac – WR) $3
16. (170) Ed Dickson(Bal – TE) $2
Unused $2

This is a 12-team PPR league, and the cap was $200. I’m thrilled with my top back (Chris Johnson) and wide receiver corps (Larry Fitzgerald, Jordy Nelson, DeSean Jackson, Darrius Heyward-Bey, and Laurent Robinson). I actually paid too much for Tony Romo because he was the last quarterback left in my second tier, and Reggie Bush is a risk as a second running back, even in PPR. I have some good running back depth, however.

I didn’t talk about auction strategy in my book Fantasy Football for Smart People, but I’m going to add a few chapters on it in next year’s edition.

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