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Game Planning for Auction Success

If you are new to auction drafts, preparation may seem stressful and daunting. It shouldn’t. Similar to business or investing, if you obtain reliable fact information, then couple the information with well-founded forecasts, you greatly enhance your chances of success. With proper preparation and game planning, you can reduce your stress level and enjoy the unique and fun challenges that auction drafts bring.

Over the last 12 years, I’ve participated in 3-4 annual live high-stakes auctions in Las Vegas immediately prior to Week 1. Based on my observations and experiences, this article explains my game-planning process for high-stakes auctions that increase my chances for success against some of the best players in the country.


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Obtain Player Sale Prices Ahead of Time

To begin game planning, you must obtain the best price information available to know the expected player sale prices for your specific league. Why? The actual sale prices from completed leagues with the same number of teams, lineup requirements, and scoring rules are the most important planning information you can obtain. Several sources for obtaining completed auction prices, in descending order of accuracy and reliability, are as follows:

National Fantasy Football Championship (12 teams, QB/2RB/3WR/TE/1Flex) — The NFFC compiles its own Average Auction Prices for all players purchased in completed online auctions. The AAP provides not only the average mean price for each player but high and low prices for the player for a chosen range of time. The prices are highly indicative of current player prices.

Other online auctions with the same rules as your league — To prepare for my high-stakes FFPC auctions (12 teams, TE premium, QB/2RB/2WR/TE/2Flex), I complete at least three private online leagues with the same rules prior to my auctions in Vegas. I typically find these leagues on message boards such as FootballGuys and networking with

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