Another day, another mock draft. This one was an auction, which requires fantasy owners to nominate and bid on players rather than make selections over the course of several rounds. It takes longer than a snake draft, but it can also be a lot more enjoyable. In fact, I'd advise anyone who hasn't tried one to sign up for an auction or at the very least get into a mock auction on NFL.com. You very well might find it to be more exciting than the standard drafts, as you have a chance to get anyone you want on your final roster.
When it comes to auctions, the best advice is to allow a certain amount of your total budget (in this case, $200) to players or positions that you want to focus on. For example, I will spend more on running backs and wide receivers but not quarterbacks and tight ends. If a bid on a certain player you want gets out of hand though, don't be afraid to pass and wait to bid on another player at the same position who has similar value. If you wanted Jay Ajayi but bidding on the Dolphins runner went into the mid- to high-40s, for example, then go after DeMarco Murray or Jordan Howard when nominated. With that said, you don't want to be too timid in the bidding process because you never want to finish the auction with lots of unspent dough.
Otherwise, I like to follow the advice of Guns 'N' Roses and have ... "Patience." Let the rest of the owners in your draft run through their cash like Montgomery Brewster in the underrated flick "Brewster's Millions," because I promise that you'll be able to land ridiculous bargains in the latter portion of the auction.
All right, here's how this squad ended up and a few notes on how I compiled it pick by pick, in order of the player costs. Enjoy.
Mike Wallace, WR, Baltimore Ravens ($5): Wallace was the last player I spent more than a dollar on at the end of the auction, and he's the fifth wideout on this particular roster.
Alvin Kamara, RB, New Orleans Saints ($1): Kamara could be buried behind Mark Ingram and Adrian Peterson, or he could see a Darren Sproles role. For $1, there was no risk with him.
Stephen Gostkowski, K, New England Patriots ($1): I like to bid $1 on an "elite" kicker at the start of the auction. Either someone bids more, or I get a solid starter for a buck.
Robert Woods, WR, Los Angeles Rams ($1): This was a flier. Woods could wind up being the most targeted wide receiver in the Rams offense, and he's the sixth wideout on this roster.
Charles Sims, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers ($1): I passed on bidding on a defense in favor of a sixth running back. Sims was the best runner on the board and would be my final choice.