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23 Aug 2013

Auction Strategy using KUBIAK

Hey All,

I'm a long time KUBIAK user for regular Fantasy snaking drafts so I understand and have a pretty good strategy/method for using KUBIAK for those kind of drafts. However, I'm in a league this year that is doing an auction for the first time. I've never done an Auction draft before and I'm looking for any help/tips/etc. specifcally with how to use KUBIAK as a tool.

The KUBIAK output looks pretty weird to me so far. Basically, I could only get 1 or 2 top tier guys and most of my money is gone so I'm just not sure how to think about it and strategize and also, using KUBIAK, how much to pay for guys (i.e. should I really pay up to what KUBIAK is telling me to pay?)

Here are the basics: 12 team league, 1QB, 2RB, 2WR, 1TE, 1K, 1Def, 8bench (a lot of bench). $200 budget, $1 min

Scoring minimizes QBs a little more then most:
Passing = 1pt per 50yrds and 3 for TD
Rec and Rush: 1pt per 20yrds and 6 for TD

Thanks in advance for your help!

Posted by: kjo1080 on 23 Aug 2013

1 reply , Last at 23 Aug 2013, 7:48pm by jrbdmb

Re: Auction Strategy using KUBIAK
by jrbdmb :: Fri, 08/23/2013 - 7:48pm

One opinion: I generally use a "value" based drafting strategy - spend my money on those who are the most undervalued. I look at the auction values KUBIAK comes up with and compare them to "standard" values put out by Yahoo / ESPN / CBS. The most undervalued players generally become my targets in the draft.

Now you have to use some judgement when doing this. For instance I still want an RB1 and RB2 no matter what, so I will target a RB1 and RB2 even though they may not be as undervalued some RB3s that KUBIAK is high on. But at least I'm hoping to get the most bang for my buck for that RB1 and RB2. The goal is to get an RB1 that is worth $60 but only pay $45 for him, a $30 QB for $20, and hopefully some $5 bench players for $1.

KUBIAK is well known for predicting busts as well - so I may throw out a bust candidate when it's my turn to nominate just to get some money off the table.

Have fun with your auction, I think it way more fun than a standard snake draft.

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