Fantasy Football Auction Draft Recap

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National Fantasy Football Draft Weekend has passed and on Sunday, I took part in a 12 team auction draft. This league is half PPR and has a unique roster construction with 1 QB / 1 RB / 2 WR / 1 TE / 2 FLEX/ 1 DST. Teams are able to roll with 1, 2 or 3 RB/TE on any given Sunday.

Before the draft, I downloaded auction values with my specific league setting from FantasyFootballAnalytics.net. Now, let's take a look at all those drafted for $10+ dollars and see which players were over/under valued.

Quarterbacks
Player Proj Cost Diff Team Franchise
Deshaun Watson 14.2 33 18.8 Hou DreDayALLDAY
Aaron Rodgers 24.6 31 6.4 GB Dinged Up
Tom Brady 16.7 24 7.3 NE O'Doyle Rules
Cam Newton 9.6 19 9.4 Car HeHateP
Russell Wilson 12.9 12 -0.9 Sea Terrible Terry Tate
Drew Brees 7.3 12 4.7 NO matt's Team
Deshaun Watson being the most expensive QB is very interesting. The upside is there as we saw in a small sample last year. He was the 23rd player nominated so it is not like DreDayALLDAY was using up extra budget - he wanted his guy. Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, Drew Brees and Russell Wilson were priced right, while Cam Newton was selected at nearly 2x his projected auction value.

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Running Backs
Player Proj Cost Diff Team Franchise
Le'Veon Bell 65.4 66 0.6 Pit HeHateP
Todd Gurley 66.8 66 -0.8 LAR HeHateP
David Johnson 61.3 66 4.7 Ari Erectile Dysfunction
Saquon Barkley 56.4 65 8.6 NYG Billy Yenzen
Ezekiel Elliott 63.8 63 -0.8 Dal Terrible Terry Tate
Kareem Hunt 51.4 59 7.6 KC Johnny's Team
Alvin Kamara 57.0 57 0.0 NO O'Doyle Rules
Melvin Gordon 49.7 51 1.3 LAC matt's Team
Leonard Fournette 50.1 50 -0.1 Jax KarlChildersRevenge
Dalvin Cook 46.4 45 -1.4 Min #AllReceptionsMatter
Christian McCaffrey 37.5 42 4.5 Car DreDayALLDAY
Jordan Howard 27.4 40 12.6 Chi Chris's Team
Devonta Freeman 36.3 40 3.7 Atl O'Doyle Rules
Jerick McKinnon 28.2 25 -3.2 SF matt's Team
LeSean McCoy 31.6 22 -9.6 Buf DreDayALLDAY
Joe Mixon 24.1 20 -4.1 Cin KarlChildersRevenge
Derrick Henry 15.6 19 3.4 Ten DreDayALLDAY
Kenyan Drake 17.9 18 0.1 Mia #AllReceptionsMatter
Jay Ajayi 12.0 18 6.0 Phi Terrible Terry Tate
Alex Collins 13.1 18 4.9 Bal Dinged Up
Mark Ingram 11.9 13 1.1 NO #AllReceptionsMatter
Royce Freeman 11.1 12 0.9 Den matt's Team
Sony Michel 4.6 11 6.4 NE Billy Yenzen
Dion Lewis 6.7 10 3.3 Ten KarlChildersRevenge
Using projected auction values, Jordan Howard had the largest different in actual auction price at $40, compared to a $27 projection. LeSean McCoy was the only RB who went for a discounted price greater than $5 compared to projected value. 18 of the RBs auctioned for $10+ fell between +/-$5 of their projected value.

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Wide Receiers
Player Proj Cost Diff Team Franchise
Antonio Brown 60.5 64 3.6 Pit Chris's Team
Julio Jones 49.6 57 7.4 Atl Erectile Dysfunction
DeAndre Hopkins 53.7 57 3.3 Hou Johnny's Team
Odell Beckham Jr. 51.4 50 -1.4 NYG Chris's Team
Michael Thomas 43.6 48 4.4 NO Billy Yenzen
A.J. Green 38.1 47 8.9 Cin #AllReceptionsMatter
Keenan Allen 42.6 46 3.4 LAC Billy Yenzen
Mike Evans 35.3 42 6.7 TB Terrible Terry Tate
Davante Adams 38.4 41 2.6 GB Dinged Up
Tyreek Hill 27.5 31 3.5 KC O'Doyle Rules
Adam Thielen 27.9 30 2.1 Min Dinged Up
T.Y. Hilton 25.2 29 3.8 Ind KarlChildersRevenge
Doug Baldwin 22.5 28 5.5 Sea KarlChildersRevenge
Stefon Diggs 19.5 26 6.5 Min DreDayALLDAY
Josh Gordon 12.9 24 11.1 Cle Dinged Up
Larry Fitzgerald 24.8 23 -1.8 Ari Johnny's Team
JuJu Smith-Schuster 16.8 19 2.2 Pit matt's Team
Amari Cooper 14.9 19 4.1 Oak Dinged Up
Allen Robinson 13.6 17 3.4 Chi Erectile Dysfunction
Jarvis Landry 12.9 14 1.1 Cle matt's Team
Demaryius Thomas 17.8 13 -4.8 Den #AllReceptionsMatter
Brandin Cooks 9.5 13 3.5 LAR Dinged Up
Robert Woods 4.4 12 7.6 LAR matt's Team
Golden Tate 12.1 12 -0.1 Det Terrible Terry Tate
Corey Davis 5.1 11 5.9 Ten matt's Team
Alshon Jeffery 10.1 11 0.9 Phi O'Doyle Rules
Most franchises did not overpay for a WR as Josh Gordon was the only player above $9 difference in actual vs projected value. A.J. Green, Robert Woods, Julio Jones, Mike Evans and Stefon Diggs were the only other $5 above projected value. Interestingly enough, Antonio Brown and Odell Beckham were had BELOW their projected value. No WR was had a discounted price more than Demaryius Thomas who was projected to go for $17 but was auctioned for just $13.

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Tight Ends
Player Proj Cost Diff Team Franchise
Rob Gronkowski 34.1 40 5.9 NE Erectile Dysfunction
Travis Kelce 28.2 38 9.8 KC Johnny's Team
Zach Ertz 21.1 26 4.9 Phi Terrible Terry Tate
Evan Engram 7.1 24 16.9 NYG Chris's Team
Greg Olsen 8.3 19 10.7 Car DreDayALLDAY
The top 5 TEs came at a premium as all of them went above projected value. Evan Engram's $24 price tag is just insane. Even better is that all five of these TEs were drafted in the first 30 picks!

Fantasy Football Auction Draft Recap