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13 Apr 2009

Traditional vs. Auction

I've participated in both traditional and auction drafting leagues, and they both have their advantages and disadvantages. What do people think is the better draft method?

Posted by: tester on 13 Apr 2009

6 replies , Last at 10 Jul 2009, 6:40am by roto.box@verizon.net

Re: Traditional vs. Auction
by Who are you (not verified) :: Mon, 04/20/2009 - 12:50pm


Re: Traditional vs. Auction
by andrew :: Mon, 04/20/2009 - 7:52pm

I thought these were gonna be verified only?

or is it verified only to start threads?

or is your name actually "Who are you (not verified)"?

I'm all for traditional. Traditional you're trying to beat your opponents. Auction you're trying to beat the system.

Re: Traditional vs. Auction
by MCS :: Tue, 04/21/2009 - 7:15am

Auction adds another level of complexity. An auction helps balance the team because no one person can afford all the best players. This works especially well in the smaller leagues.

Re: Traditional vs. Auction
by Mental (not verified) :: Thu, 06/11/2009 - 2:06pm

I think that Auction is the truer test of projection and team-building skills. You can have every player you want as long as they all fit in your budget. There's also far more strategy in the Auction format (which is not to say there is NO strategy in a Snake Draft -- there certainly is.).

Auctions are a pain, though. Tough to set up; tough to get a group of 10-12 guys who are all on board with the complexity; timely to complete; harder to devise a fair keeper format, etc.

Re: Traditional vs. Auction
by Marcumzilla :: Mon, 06/15/2009 - 4:34pm

I love playing in both, but I think if I lost out on playing, the auction is what I would miss more. I would like to add another auction league to play in, one without keepers because of how skewed our values end up. The nice thing about snakes is how easily you can hop in and draft. I suppose that's part of the appeal of the auction - feeling even more of a sense of ownership after the more grueling process of filling your roster.

I do agree with above though about the keeper format. Our is you can keep up to five players at the prior year's cost plus $3, so rosters end up half-filled with the RB backups who broke out. It's nice in its own way (especially when you have some good ones locked up), but I would like to try other formats.

Re: Traditional vs. Auction
by roto.box@verizon.net :: Fri, 07/10/2009 - 6:40am

Once I did an auction, I've never gone back. I agree with all of the advantages mentioned. I'd also add that it's the "no excuses" format. Getting randomly assigned a draft position and having to wait upwards of 20+ picks limits your ability to truly pick your own team. With an auction, you have no one to blame but yourself for what you got. Plus it is just more fun to be involved in every player nominated versus mindlessly crossing names off a list until your turn is up.

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