This article is part of our Football Draft Kit series.
There's no "right" way to run a fantasy football league. But if there were, it would be an auction draft. Plenty of words have been written about why auctions are preferable to snake drafts, but the real truth comes down to one point: auctions eliminate victimization. Didn't get the player you wanted? Point the finger at yourself, bubba.
Snake drafts allow an owner to blame forces beyond his control, i.e, draft slot, for compiling a roster that's as productive as the 1922 Hammond Pros. In an auction, it's all on you.
That realization should be motivating – you have a power to improve your team's chances of winning your league that snake-draft owners do not. So, make the most of it. Take advantage of the opportunity, rather than being a passive participant.
There's no one way to navigate a football auction, but the following ideas might help you make better use of your budget and get more out of your roster.
Proper preparation will help you build a competitive roster. Determine what players are worth to you, whether that's using RotoWire's auction dollar values as a guide or coming up with your own valuations. Either way, have a working knowledge of player values. Put simply, you have to know what you're bidding on.
At the same time, do not get hung up on the precise numbers. When the auction starts, your valuations might look out of touch with the way the market shapes up. That is OK.