Find out the pros and cons to different types of fantasy drafts and which one works best for your league

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#7 rjfisher83 2014-07-23 10:24
Great article, Glen!
#6 finminer 2014-07-23 10:02
I am a HUGE fan of auction drafts, especially in combination with keepers/dynasty rules. In my main money league, we have an auction draft where the winning bid becomes the salary. Any player obtained in the auction can be signed to a 5-year contract at that price. On top of that, we have a prospect roster; when promoted, they can be signed to a 5-year entry level deal at $5. So for example, I had Stamkos and Giroux as prospects, so I had 5 years of them at $5 vs a market value of say $50. At the end of a season, we also have a parity draft, where the bottom 8 teams each pick one unprotected player from the top 4 teams. This all ensures turnover of the top players and allows everyone a chance to win every year. Too many leagues don't have a mechanism to do this, so you wind up with stacked teams and less competition.
#5 Magicstew 2014-07-23 09:49
i remember our original auction draft, - took over 12hrs - now the annual auction takes about 5 hours. Is a good time of year, connect with some guys you only see once a year. Sometimes your strategy gets blown out of the water when someone over bids on a guy you target or prospect (most teams are on Dobber now). Auction is my favorite but am liking dynasty as well as you now have to know your prospects. Thanks Dobber community.
#4 buan 2014-07-22 16:28
I like the protect/unprote ct pre-draft. Regarding the increasing salary, I assume you have a limited amount of money at your disposal. Sounds interesting.
#3 bullwinkle 2014-07-22 16:10
We have used an auction draft for 27 years. Each team can protect 8 players going into the next year. In order to help the lower teams, we hold an Equalization Draft prior to the Auction Draft. In that draft the higher placed teams have to unprotect some of their 8 players. The lower teams can pick in two rounds, having to drop one of their 8 guys to put the new guy into their roster. No team can lose more than 2 players.

We also have contracts, which go up each year. It's a great league!
#2 buan 2014-07-22 14:41
First off, thanks for the nice overview including the respective downside. I am a big fan of the auction draft, the only thing that gets a bit messy (besides the mentioned time frame) in keeper leagues is how you are handling the money situation in the future. Because if anyone gets the same money, weaker teams/GMs have a tough time to catch up. But I have no "perfect" formula to define some spread. Another possibility would be the introduction of a cap but then there is the question of its height and whether it should be static or in some way dynamically adjusted. Would be interested in experiences with solutions to this.

#1 Pengwin7 2014-07-22 14:35
Beauty refresher.
Is it August 1st yet?
October 1st?
I'm ready to draft RIGHT NOW!

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