Hello everyone! I just signed up to this forum after listening to Todd Zola and Derek VanRiper on the Rotowire podcast. This is my first jump into fantasy baseball(I've done football for the last 5 or so years). I have been a baseball fan my entire life, but I'm quickly realizing that doesn't necessarily translate into fantasy success. There is so much more to it than football...at least from what I can tell. And much more of a grind, which I prefer to what seems a bit more like luck in football. Anyway....onto my question(s).
So, I decided I was going to try and get into a league of some sort this year, after failing to get enough friends to join me last season. I listened to a bunch of podcasts and was able to get into a podcast league (nastycast - the fantasy amateurs). I was under the incorrect assumption that it was a typical snake draft. Well, I looked at the settings last week and realized, after almost a month of mostly avoiding auction draft-centric podcasts, that it was an auction draft
So now I'm scrambling - the draft is Monday, and as ill-prepared as I was for a normal draft, I'm even more ill-prepared for an auction. I just don't know where to start, especially since about 5 or 6 of the participants are experts
Here's the details as I know them- 5x5 Roto, traditional except Wins are replaced by Quality Starts and BA is replaced by OBP. Thankfully, the scoring is probably how I'd look at a real life team, so that won't hurt my chances. Also, 15 team mixed league. My main question is - where do I start? I know I don't have time to go through every team's depth chart ( I'm also broke after excessive home heating oil use this winter, so no buying fancy starter kits online
). I'm thinking of going position by position, writing down maybe 5-10 names for each(depending on position), and writing down a max dollar amount I'd be comfortable with. But maybe there are serious flaws with that I'm not seeing. There's definitely players and teams I know more about (AL teams, Blue Jays). I'm hoping I can use that to my advantage without looking like too much of a homer.
So that's basically it. Thanks for reading my long winded question
I look forward to any and all thoughts or suggestions