The RotoViz Guide to Value Based Auctions – Part I
The flip side of the coin is that precisely because auctions have that ebb and flow that snake drafts do not, they can be very tricky. Where should you spend your money? Do you go with the stud QB? Should you stockpile running backs and wide receivers? What’s the best way to gain an edge over your leaguemates? They seem like difficult questions, but I have some answers for you.If you’re doing the prep work yourself, you may have tried taking some pre-season projections and some average auction values from any of the sites out there and created a Points-per-Dollar calculation. This is a logical way to look at things, since you’re trying to maximize the points on your roster, given your budget. Here’s what the top players from each position look like on the points-per-dollar (PPD) metric. (To keep things standardized I’m using the projections and 10 team auction value data from FantasyPros.com that feed the Salary Cap App, and I’ve set the scoring to 0 PPR for a “standard” league.)
|Player||Projected Points||Proj Auction Value||Points/$|
|Aaron Rodgers (GB, QB)||350.62||$44||7.97|
|Adrian Peterson (MIN, RB)||274.35||$63||4.35|
|Calvin Johnson (DET, WR)||225.11||$49||4.59|
|Jimmy Graham (NO, TE)||170.66||$34||5.02|
The initial (and natural) reaction might be “I should be sure to get Aaron Rodgers because he’s the best use of my dollars.” I’m going to show you not only why that logic is flawed but also why Aaron Rodgers is actually the worst use of your auction dollars out of these four players.