Auction strategiesby Jeffrey Gross
March 11, 2011
Josh Shepardson and I just wrapped up a 42-minute podcast covering various auction strategies, their logic, their weaknesses, and when they work best and worst. We also explore ways to disrupt the drafting strategies of others. For those looking for an auction strategy primer, this podcast should be a useful tool. Click here to download the auction strategies podcast (it is currently hosted for free on MediaFire).
Here is a rundown of the topics addressed in our podcast:
Auction draft strategies
- "Spread the wealth"
- "Stars and scrubs"
- LIMA (Low-investment mound aces)
- "Punt a category or two, win the rest"
- Tossing out (hot) prospects early
- "Bid Chicken" and the Sidney Ponson theory of drafting
- "The Great Ryan Braun caper" and other ways not to get invited back next year.
Quick addendum note to the podcast: Whenever playing "stars and scrubs," you generally have to avoid injury risks.
In an auction, no matter what strategy you employ, it is important that you, above all, remain flexible and adapt to the market at all times.
What are some of your favorite auction strategies and why? Sound off in the comments below!
Jeffrey Gross is an attorney (and die-hard Cubs fan) who currently resides in Green Bay, Wisconsin. In addition to writing for The Hardball Times, he also reviews tasty adult beverages as part of a side project titled "saBEERmetrics." He previously worked for The Daily Illini and Northern Star newspapers as a film critic and sportswriter (respectively). You can reach him by email at saBEERmetrics AT gmail DOT com.
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