The Z Files: How To Create an Auction Budget
The Z Files: How To Create an Auction Budget

This article is part of our The Z Files series.

The cardinal sin in auctions is leaving money on the table, followed closely by overpaying for mediocre talent, lest you leave money on the table. Today, I'll detail a process designed to facilitate optimal spending followed by some general thoughts about budgeting.

A few weeks back, the notion of using tiers in auctions was briefly discussed. As described, tiers are less strategy and more bookkeeping. The principle is all players within a tier are close enough that order doesn't matter. The problem is even though tiers have boundaries, they're fluid. That is, the players at the bottom of one tier are exchangeable with the top of the next. This is more a bug than fault. If you understand this, the ability to visualize the player pool in terms of tiers is far more helpful and being too rigid within each tier is less of a pitfall.

The key is entering the auction with a spending plan, or even multiple plans. Using the standard 14 hitters, 9 pitchers with a $260 budget as the model, I usually start with the following pathways:

Player A B C D
H1 40 35 30 25
H2 35 25 25 25
H3 30 20 20 20
H4 20 20 18 20
H5 15 15 15 15
H6 15 15 15 15
H7 10 10 12 15
H8 5 10 10 10
H9 5 5 10 10
H10 5 5 5 5
H11 3 5 5 5
H12 3 5 5 5
H13 2 3 3
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Todd Zola
Todd has been writing about fantasy baseball since 1997. He won NL Tout Wars and Mixed LABR in 2016 as well as a multi-time league winner in the National Fantasy Baseball Championship. Todd is now setting his sights even higher: The Rotowire Staff League. Lord Zola, as he's known in the industry, won the 2013 FSWA Fantasy Baseball Article of the Year award and was named the 2017 FSWA Fantasy Baseball Writer of the Year. Todd is a five-time FSWA awards finalist.
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