I have taken my first foray into the auction draft format. One as a redraft and one is a keeper. It has been an interesting learning experience.
It has also helped me with my standerd type leagues. Especially with the lesser known players. When you get past the top players in each position an auction league makes you spend more time researching the backups, and rookies to see who you would like to have when it gets down to everyone having 1 or 2 bucks to spend per player left on their rosters.
You also need to go into the draft with more of a plan of action on who you like and what you are willing to spend on either particular players and/or by position.
You could think of government workers like teenagers. You pay them an allowance, but do you get any work out them? They eat the food, put their feet on the furniture and complain loudly whenever they are unhappy.