2020 Fantasy Football Auction Draft Strategies to Win Your League

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Top fantasy football auction draft strategies to help dominate your league in 2020. | Tom Pennington/Getty Images

While most fantasy football leagues use the snake draft format, die-hard fantasy players often opt for the more complicated auction draft format.

How Does a Fantasy Football Auction Draft Work?

In an auction draft, there is no traditional "draft order." Instead of picking in order, every team receives a budget or salary cap to work with, and every team has the option to bid on any player.

The only thing a draft order determines in auction drafts is whose turn it is to nominate a player to bid on.

This format takes much of the luck out of the draft process, as you have a chance at drafting any player if you're willing to spend enough on them. That also makes the strategy in an auction draft much deeper. With that in mind, here are three strategies to keep in mind if you want to dominate your auction.

3. Don't Worry About Price Enforcing

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Price enforcing is not a wise fantasy football auction draft strategy. | Jamie Squire/Getty Images

To "price enforce" is to bid on a player simply because you want other owners in your league to have to pay more. The potential upside to this is low — at best you might squeeze a few extra dollars out of that owner. The downside, though, is that you waste a chunk of your budget (and a roster spot) on a player that you don't even want. It's simply not worth the gamble.

2. Nominate Players That You Don't Want

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Nominating players you don't want on your team is a strong move in fantasy football auction drafts. | Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

When it's your turn to nominate a player, especially early in the draft, it's often best to nominate a player that you don't want on your team. Unlike price enforcing, there's no real risk you end up with that player, because the starting bid is just $1. This will allow you to sit back while your opponents spend their money on a player that you don't want, leaving them with less salary to bid against you when a player you are interested in gets nominated.

1. Spend All Your Money

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Make sure to use your whole budget in fantasy football auction drafts. | Patrick Smith/Getty Images

There's no benefit to not spending your whole budget — you can't carry it over to a later draft and you don't get bonus points for being thrifty. Spending a couple of extra dollars to grab the top-end players you really want on your team is often going to be worth it, especially if you have your eye on some under-the-radar sleepers too. There will be less competition for those players that would be late-round picks in snake drafts, since there are so many different options. That means you can usually fill out your roster with players that only cost a couple of dollars, so you really don't want to be sitting with plenty of budget by the time you're picking the last few players on your bench. That money is best used in loading your team up with star players.

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Jason Schandl is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Jason Schandl also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username Jaymun. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in his articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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