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Nick Mariano's Auction Draft Strategies and Tips (Premium Content)

Dollar Day Auction Targets for Fantasy Baseball Drafts

The latter part of an auction draft is arguably the most fun part. All of the obvious players to own are long gone, and now owners must go searching through the coal to find the one diamond that will make the difference for their team. Owners were patting themselves on the back after finding $1... Read More

1 year ago

Auction Draft Strategy: The Value of Using Tiers

Estimating value and worth can be a pain. You know what’s worse than just figuring it out for yourself? Doing that for your whole league, on the fly, as the draft is happening. You’ll kill yourself if you’re actively trying to figure out everyone’s valuations moving forward, so don’t sweat that. What you can do... Read More

2 years ago

Auction Strategy: Use All Of Your Money

Don't Get Caught Watching The last installment of my four part series on auction strategy is all about the money. Specifically, you should spend all of it. Your plan and budget are set, and now it is time to start drafting. You set a lovely, structured plan. Now you're immediately challenged by other owners spending... Read More

4 years ago

Auction Draft Strategy: How to Manage Your Budget

We previous looked at Part 1 (How to Prepare for Auction Drafts) and Part 2 (Five  Key Mistakes to Avoid Making) of our Auction Draft Strategy series. Today we look at how to budget your team's salary. The most important strategy for auction drafts is how to budget your allowance. Keeping track of how your dollars are... Read More

4 years ago

Auction Draft Strategy: Five Key Mistakes to Avoid at the Auction Table

There are many ways your auction can blow up before your eyes. Part Two of my strategy for auction drafts is focused around five key mistakes to avoid making in auction drafts. This list of five is comes from my own experience at the auction table in more than a few auction leagues over the years. These... Read More

4 years ago


Auction Draft Strategy Part One: How to Prepare for Auction Drafts

Going Once, Going Twice... An auction is the most exciting way to draft in fantasy baseball, but it can also be the most difficult. For this article and the three to follow, I will be using the assumption that your league’s standard settings give you a $260 allowance. For those unfamiliar with the process, that is... Read More

4 years ago

Draft Strategy: Player Nomination Tactics For Auction Drafts

Draft day is the most important day of the year for fantasy owners. Forget about your birthday, your significant other's birthday (well maybe not that one, unless you like couches or hotels) and holidays because none of them compare to the adrenaline rush of an auction fantasy draft. A successful draft does not guarantee a... Read More

4 years ago

Auction Draft Strategy: Using Rankings Tiers To Your Advantage

Conventional fantasy baseball rankings are pointless. There I said it. A set of tiered rankings, on the other hand, now that makes a lot more sense. What a simple numerical set of rankings (from one through let's say 300) fails to account for is the skills and production gap between the players it is ordering.... Read More

4 years ago

Top 5 Rules For Auction Leagues: Draft Strategy

Many fantasy baseball players are hesitant to use the auction format during draft season because it is an admittedly more complicated and strategically focused format than your standard snake draft. By removing the natural randomness inherent in a snake draft, having a proper fantasy draft strategy is more important than ever. This level of control... Read More

5 years ago