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Last updated: September 2 at 1:13pm ET.

Auction drafts are a different beast. While it’s relatively easy to simulate a snake draft before the big day, auctions are very difficult to prepare for. That’s because so much of our strategy depends on what our opponents are doing and because we have to react to everything in real time. When our buddy Billy Bob is willing to spend 30% of his budget on Lamar Miller because he’s a huge Texans fan, things are going to change. When we don’t really like Zach Ertz but no one else in the league does either, our strategy will need to be adjusted.

With that in mind, below you will find our suggested Auction Values. Note that these are based on:

* A $200 budget
* A starting roster format of 1 QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, 1 TE, 1 FLEX
* Half-PPR scoring

Our recommended strategy for auction drafts is to focus on your starters. We will be better than our opponents at finding the upside $1 players and we will also be better at grinding the waiver wire. It’s often more valuable to overspend by $5 to ensure we land the top-tier players we want than it is to leave an extra $5 in the chamber to get a $6 player.

All that said, use these values as a rough guide. Be willing to adjust quickly, don’t let your opponents get away with anything egregiously cheap, be aware of how much money everyone has left and have solid list of end-game targets. Good luck!

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Christian McCaffrey RB1 Broke Matt Forte’s record for RB catches (107). Improved O-Line. 59
Saquon Barkley RB2 Already best RB in NFL. Avg’d 4.6 fewer PPR PPG without OBJ last year. 56
Alvin Kamara RB3 32 touchdowns in 31 career games. Saints return 4/5 starters from elite OL. 54
Ezekiel Elliott RB4 Growing indications Cowboys will have Zeke signed & back by Week 1. 53
David Johnson RB5 Will get more space with Kyler Murray QBing Kingsbury’s Air Raid spread. 53
Davante Adams WR1 Leads NFL in red-zone targets (77) & receiving TDs (35) over last 3 years. 49
DeAndre Hopkins WR2 1st & 3rd in Air Yards past two years. One missed game in 6 seasons. 47
Odell Beckham WR3 Baker Mayfield is best QB of OBJ’s career after wasting years with Eli. 44
Julio Jones WR4 1,400+ yards in 5 straight years. Only 3 missed games in last half decade. 44
Tyreek Hill WR5 Back-to-back top-5 WR1 finishes. WRs 1-5 here virtually interchangeable. 44
James Conner RB6 Last year’s RB3 in Weeks 1-10. Steelers return 5/5 offensive line starters. 42
Nick Chubb RB7 Lofty TD ceiling. Receiving outlook enhanced by Duke Johnson trade to HOU. 41
Dalvin Cook RB8 Ongoing injury risk but averaged 104 total yards, 5.7 YPC over last 5 weeks. 41
Travis Kelce TE1 Finished TE1, TE2, TE1 last three years. Dipped slightly after Tyreek news. 40
Michael Thomas WR6 Averaging 6.8 catches for 80.6 yards per game through 3 NFL seasons. 39
JuJu Smith-Schuster WR7 Finished 4th in targets; Steelers missing 5th-most targets from 2018. 39
Mike Evans WR8 Perfect fit with Bruce Arians. Finished 3rd, 1st, 5th, 2nd in Air Yards last 4 years. 39
Le’Veon Bell RB9 Dropped from RB7 amid concerns of slow start based on usage & schedule. 38
Joe Mixon RB10 Dropped from RB6 due to offensive-line losses and A.J. Green ankle surgery. 38
George Kittle TE2 Set records for yards (1,377) & yards after catch (873) by TE. Jimmy G back. 37
Amari Cooper WR9 First full offseason with Dak after in-season trade. Playing for pay day. 37
Keenan Allen WR10 Mike Williams’ emergence, Hunter Henry’s return threaten Allen’s ceiling. 36
Devonta Freeman RB12 Injury flags but big volume upside. Falcons drafted two first-round OLs. 36
Adam Thielen WR11 Coming off career year with Kirk Cousins. 204 catches over last 2 seasons. 35
Stefon Diggs WR12 Expect vertical usage to expand under Gary Kubiak after low-aDOT season. 34
Aaron Jones RB13 Immense talent but knee injuries, off field have cost him 8 games in 2 years. 34
Leonard Fournette RB14 Major injury concern but coming at major discount in drafts this year. 33
Kerryon Johnson RB15 Last year’s RB15 before knee injury. Lions still look committed to RBBC. 32
Antonio Brown WR13 Faller amid turbulent start to OAK tenure. Big quarterback downgrade. 32
Julian Edelman WR14 156 targets in last 16 games; would have ranked No. 6 in NFL last year. 31
Todd Gurley RB16 Boom-bust pick. Rams moves suggest legit concern with Gurley’s knee. 31
Chris Godwin WR15 Bruce Arians’ new slot machine. Bucs missing 4th-most targets from ’18. 30
Chris Carson RB17 Finished No. 5 in NFL in rushing. Separated from Rashaad Penny in camp. 29
Tyler Lockett WR16 Coming off breakout year with opportunity peaking post-Doug Baldwin. 29
Zach Ertz TE3 NFL’s premier route-running TE. Led all tight ends in red-zone targets last year. 28
Brandin Cooks WR17 Career-high 1,204 yards in first year with Rams. Still only 25 years old. 27
Tyler Boyd WR18 A.J. Green out multiple games. Boyd’s arrow up after breakout season. 26
Robert Woods WR19 Safe WR2 but usage will take step back with Cooper Kupp returning. 26
Derrick Henry RB18 Taylor Lewan suspension, foot injury lowered confidence in Henry. 26
Mark Ingram RB19 High rushing ceiling but minimal receiving projection in deep RB stable. 25
David Montgomery RB20 Became evident in mid-August he’d sewn up Bears No. 1 RB job. 25
Sony Michel RB21 Avg’d 18.7 touches with 12 TDs in final 14 games. Healthy all camp. 25
Marlon Mack RB22 Plummeted with Luck’s retirement, severely capping Mack’s upside. 24
Josh Jacobs RB23 Being overdrafted in suspect offensive environment with below-par OL. 24
Duke Johnson RB24 Skyrocketed with trade to Houston, Lamar Miller’s ACL/MCL tear. 24
O.J. Howard TE4 Bucs target distribution has narrowed. May be most talented TE in NFL. 24
Austin Ekeler RB25 Signs continue to point toward Melvin Gordon sitting ’til midyear. 23
D.J. Moore WR20 2nd among rookie WRs in yards/route run. Panthers likely No. 1 WR. 22
Kenny Golladay WR21 Lions see Kenny G as No. 1 WR, but more target competition now. 22
Allen Robinson WR22 Year two with Trubisky after fast finish & playoff eruption vs. Eagles. 20
Miles Sanders RB26 Over hamstring scare, outplayed all other Eagles RBs in training camp. 19
Tevin Coleman RB27 Favorite to lead 49ers in touches following Jerick McKinnon setback. 19
Evan Engram TE5 Averages 2.2 more targets/game sans OBJ. Golden Tate suspension helps. 18
Mike Williams WR23 Won’t sustain 10 TDs on 43-reception pace but warrants more targets. 17
Cooper Kupp WR24 On pace for 80 catches, 12 TDs before ACL tear. Glowing rehab reports. 17
Josh Gordon WR25 Skyrocketed when reinstated. 14th among 96 WRs in YPRR last year. 16
Damien Williams RB28 Job security severely threatened by LeSean McCoy’s signing. 16
LeSean McCoy RB29 Couldn’t have landed in better spot, commanded real money ($3-4M). 16
Tony Pollard RB30 Value heavily contingent on whether Zeke Elliott reports by Week 1. 15
Phillip Lindsay RB31 UDFA superstar’s workload at risk under Broncos new coaching staff. 14
Hunter Henry TE6 Recovered from 2018 ACL tear. No. 2 among TEs in yards/route run in ’17. 13
Calvin Ridley WR26 See Mike Williams. TDs (10) will fall but room for target (92) growth. 13
T.Y. Hilton WR27 Andrew Luck’s retirement sent Hilton from fringe WR1 to boom-bust WR3. 13
Robby Anderson WR28 Once healthy, formed exciting bond with Sam Darnold down stretch. 13
Will Fuller WR29 Ongoing injury risk but 11 TDs over last 16 games and Coutee already hurt. 13
Sammy Watkins WR30 Injury risk. But including playoffs, 2016 16-game pace was 78/1,106/5. 13
Deshaun Watson QB1 Averages 1.5 more YPA & 1.5 more TDs per game when Will Fuller plays. 13
Patrick Mahomes QB2 2018 leader in touchdown passes & TD Rate will face some regression. 12
Matt Breida RB32 Another McKinnon setback locks Breida into 1b role behind Tevin Coleman. 11
Vance McDonald TE7 2nd in line for Ben Roethlisberger’s targets behind JuJu Smith-Schuster. 10
Melvin Gordon RB32 Keeps sinking as contract-related holdout with Chargers intensifies. 10
Christian Kirk WR31 Should overtake Larry Fitz as focal point of Kliff Kingsbury’s spread. 10
Alshon Jeffery WR32 Targets up with Carson Wentz last 2 years. Rare surgery-free offseason. 9
Curtis Samuel WR33 Panthers camp star is sneaky bet to lead team in 2019 WR targets. 9
Dante Pettis WR34 High-end talent being forced to “prove it” under Kyle Shan coaching staff. 9
Dede Westbrook WR35 Easy bet to lead Jags in targets with Chris Conley, DJ Chark outside. 9
Marquez Valdes-Scantling WR36 Easily highest ceiling of Packers non-Davante Adams WRs. 9
Kenyan Drake RB33 Breakout candidate hasn’t earned true workhorse role since high school. 8
Latavius Murray RB34 Expect 10-12 touches/game with goal-line carries in New Orleans. 8
Darrell Henderson RB35 Rams traded up for Henderson at No. 70, compared him to Kamara. 7
James White RB36 Topped 10 touches twice in final 10 games. Pats RBs deeper than ever. 7
Rashaad Penny RB37 Outplayed by Carson. Likely to open year as Seahawks clear No. 2. 7
Tarik Cohen RB38 Additions of David Montgomery/Mike Davis will keep Cohen in niche role. 7
A.J. Green WR37 Expected to miss multiple games after surgery to repair torn ankle ligaments. 7
Jarvis Landry WR38 Career-low 81 catches in Browns debut. Beckham will vacuum looks. 6
Marvin Jones WR39 No. 2 WR behind Kenny Golladay on run-first Lions. Low-ceiling WR3. 6
Courtland Sutton WR40 Broncos No. 1 outside WR coming off 700+ yard rookie campaign. 6
Larry Fitzgerald WR41 Even in decline phase, likely to vie for Cardinals team target lead. 6
Jared Cook TE8 Third in line for Drew Brees’ targets behind Michael Thomas & Alvin Kamara. 6
David Njoku TE9 Inconsistency alert. Avg’d just 4.6 targets/game with Freddie Kitchens as OC. 6
Sterling Shepard WR42 Giants No. 1 WR’s early-season upside raised by Golden Tate ban. 5
Royce Freeman RB39 Broncos intent on limiting 184-pound Lindsay, increasing Freeman’s role. 5
Derrius Guice RB40 Needed 3 additional procedures after ACL surgery. Skins backfield is deep. 5
Devin Singletary RB41 Candidate to be overdrafted after Shady release. Still RBBC in Buffalo. 5
Baker Mayfield QB3 QB7 under Freddie Kitchens in Weeks 9-17. Sky-high ceiling with OBJ. 5
Aaron Rodgers QB4 Last year’s 4.2% TD Rate lowest since replacing Favre. +Regression. 5
Justin Jackson RB42 Melvin Gordon increasingly likely to miss time. Would be 1b to Ekeler 1a. 5
Corey Davis WR43 Adam Humphries, A.J. Brown, Delanie Walker damage his target projection. 5
Donte Moncrief WR44 Moncrief locked up No. 2 WR role on league’s pass-heaviest team. 5
Geronimo Allison WR45 Quietly on 1,156-yard pace in first month before injuries ruined year. 5
Justice Hill RB43 Preseason riser should open season in change-up role behind Mark Ingram. 5
Michael Gallup WR46 Late-August riser due to big camp/preseason, Amari Cooper foot injury. 5
Kalen Ballage RB44 Competing with Kenyan Drake to start. Big, fast, explosive, can catch. 5
Jordan Howard RB45 Likely extremely TD dependent in backfield ruled by Miles Sanders. 4
Kareem Hunt RB46 Suspended first 8 games. Only draftable in best-ball/deep-bench leagues. 4
Damien Harris RB47 Patriots third-round pick expected to challenge Sony Michel’s touches. 4
Jaylen Samuels RB48 Combo back second in line for Steelers touches behind James Conner. 3
DeSean Jackson WR47 Led NFL in yards/catch (18.9) in Tampa last year. Ideal best-ball pick. 2
Jamison Crowder WR48 Showed impressive early-camp/preseason rapport with Sam Darnold. 2
Russell Wilson QB5 Concerns are pass volume and regression after career-high 8.2% TD Rate. 2
Carson Wentz QB6 Arguably NFL’s best O-Line/weapons combo. Back injury biggest concern. 2
Matt Ryan QB7 Last year’s QB2 likely to play in fewer shootouts with defensive stars back. 1
Kyler Murray QB8 Aggressive dual threat in Kingsbury offense that could take NFL by storm. 1
Lamar Jackson QB9 QB8 in Weeks 11-17 after replacing Flacco. 1,000 rushing yards in play. 1
Cam Newton QB10 Overall QB5 last Weeks 1-12 before arm injury. Dropped due to foot sprain. 1
Alexander Mattison RB49 Third-round rookie is new 221-pound complement to Dalvin Cook. 1
Austin Hooper TE10 High-floor, low-ceiling fringe TE1 in deep Falcons pass-catcher corps. 1
Jameis Winston QB11 Best-ball stackers should target Jameis-Evans-Godwin-Howard variations. 1
Dak Prescott QB12 QB4 in Weeks 9-17 with Amari Cooper. Rush attempts have risen every year. 1
Ben Roethlisberger QB13 Losing AB84 hurts, but Ben’s supporting cast remains top ten in NFL. 1
Peyton Barber RB50 Two-down plodder still in driver’s seat to lead high-scoring Bucs in carries. 1
Josh Allen QB14 Last year’s overall QB1 in Weeks 12-17. Big upgrades at WR & offensive line. 1
Drew Brees QB15 Concerned about his arm after late-season fade. Adds nothing with his legs. 1
Jared Goff QB16 Abnormally protection-sensitive passer with major turnover on interior line. 1
Philip Rivers QB17 Mike Williams’ emergence & Hunter Henry’s return buoy Rivers’ floor. 1
Mark Andrews TE11 Big-time talent. Concerns: Run-heavy offense and likely TE timeshare. 1
Delanie Walker TE12 Topped 800 yards in 4 straight years before Week 1 ankle fracture. 1
John Brown WR49 Expect ups and downs with Josh Allen but locked into Bills No. 1 WR role. 1
Jalen Richard RB51 Finished 7th among RBs in catches (68). Should complement Josh Jacobs. 1
Dion Lewis RB52 Titans moving to Derrick Henry-centric offense with Lewis as change up. 1
Frank Gore RB53 Not crazy to think he’ll lead Bills in touches after Shady McCoy release. 1
Ronald Jones RB54 2018 second-round flop again failed to beat out Peyton Barber in camp. 1
Deebo Samuel WR50 36th overall pick joins running for 49ers No. 1 WR job with Dante Pettis. 1
Chase Edmonds RB55 Second in line for RB work in offense where play volume will spike. 1
Ty Montgomery RB56 Has taken commanding lead for Jets No. 2 RB behind Le’Veon Bell. 1
Giovani Bernard RB57 Beat writers have suggested role could be bigger than expected. 1
Jordan Reed TE13 Fell due to preseason concussion, the seventh known of Reed’s career. 1
Dare Ogunbowale RB58 Ticketed for passing-down-back duties on pass-heavy Bucs team. 1
DaeSean Hamilton WR51 Stock dropping with Emmanuel Sanders beating expectations. 1
Chris Herndon TE14 Ineligible to play until Week 6 due to 4-game suspension, Week 4 bye. 1
Jimmy Graham TE15 Rookie Jace Sternberger has put no pressure on Graham thus far. 1
Rashard Higgins WR52 Browns No. 3 WR has clear on-field chemistry with Baker Mayfield. 1
Tom Brady QB18 Brady’s stock rose when Josh Gordon was reinstated from suspension. 1
Greg Olsen TE16 Foot injury waiting to happen but should be usable early in the season. 1
Tyler Eifert TE17 Turned in a healthy camp. Lots of early-season opportunity sans AJG. 1
Gus Edwards RB59 Member of Ravens likely 3-way RBBC with Mark Ingram, Justice Hill. 1
James Washington WR53 Saw just one snap with Steelers 1st-team offense all preseason. 1
Darwin Thompson RB60 Cratered from RB39 to RB59 after Chiefs signed LeSean McCoy. 1
Albert Wilson WR54 Didn’t begin practicing fully until late in camp because of hip injury. 1
Chris Thompson RB61 Looks increasingly fantasy viable on Skins team destined to trail. 1