Besaid_Aurochs wrote:Auction drafts are like communism - looks good in theory, but never works. Theres always a couple guys that always bid up guys and get stuck with them, taking them almost immediately out of the race, and in auction leagues teams are way more unbalanced - i've only played in 5 auctions total - but they've all been 3-4 powerhouse teams and the rest just trying to stay in the race.
Also, auction drafts start off really exciting, but after selling every individual player one at a time, it gets extremely boring. Bunch of guys +$0.25ing each other to get Jeff Wilkins. Snore.
I'd go with snake, just because assuming everyone knows what they're doing - the teams are much more balanced. Sure the top 3 picks get stacked players, but 11th and 12th can still land 2 stud WR and still get a decent back.
I think this maybe a issue of weak auction owners versus strong ones. This is precisely the benefit of auction... the playing field is leveled... but the players are not - strong players are rewarded for their hard work and discipline. It's not a matter of the "next best" available and a random draft order.
Take all those snake mock drafts and blow them up... who do you want on your team and what are you willing to pay for them.
In terms of the .25 bidding... most auctions have minimums... and rarely do kickers go more than 3 times the minimum. If an auction is starting off slow (e.g. $1 dollar increments for LJ up to $70) I'll typically just put a bid that gets the players value to within 20% of where they should go. If I win the bid, fine - great deal... if not, I sped up the process (which was the goal). A lot of times, this actually triggers a bidding frenzy.
Funny thing is that a guy in one of my leagues last year didn't even show up to the snake draft. So we used a ESPN mock for his picks... he wound up leading the league most of the season (lost in the playoffs). Human thought was not even necessary.