It's Fantasy Football Auction Day at CrabAppleLane. After 10 years of drafting, the CFFL is trying an auction for the first time. I'm a little excited but also very nervous about it.
First, I'm not wild about having an auction this early in the preseason but everyone in the league has to deal with it so no one is at a disadvantage. The reason I don't like them this early is because you're not sure who is going to be ready at the start of the season. Aside from the very real possibility that one of your players might get hurt before the season, a lot of players are simply being held out of practice or held out of early preseason games. The Saints left 9 players home when they traveled to Arizona this past week, including at least three players expected to be taken in our auction today. Deuce McAllister, Marques Colston, and Devery Henderson all stayed in Jackson. Colston is OK. Not sure why he was left behind. He'll command a good price today. Deuce is coming off of a second major knee injury. Everyone says he's in great shape but I'd like to see him take a few hits before I take a chance on him. Henderson's roster spot is in real jeopardy. The knock on him is he drops way too many passes. Still, people's schedules are what they are and it couldn't be helped this year.
Second and more importantly, the league's members were very comfortable with the draft. I wasn't. In the 10 years we've been playing, all of our champions drafted 9th or higher and only last year's champ drafted 9th. I think it's possible for someone to draft 10th, 11th, or 12th and still win a championship but I think their chances are greatly diminished. In an auction, everyone is on equal footing. Everyone has a chance at any player they want. I like everything about an auction over a draft. Salary cap management, market forces, and the dynamics of the auction are all preferable to a draft. The only downside is it generally takes longer.
My buddy, Dave, who quoted moi the other day, gave me some insight into his Vikings, which I will not share here. :) I do the same for him with the Saints. In my perfect world, I'd have a friend representing every NFL team. Fans keep up and are current with their team. Magazines and national sportswriters don't and aren't.
I offer one today from the CrabAppleLane living room appropriate with today's theme:
The Big Board
25 days until football season ...
Quote of the Day
Most people who ever try auction instead of draft swear by it. I have been in an auction-style league for about ten years and in my opinion, it's the only way to go.
Blog of the day here.
Quote from said blog: "omg. this is so much more fun than a regular draft."