Fanball NFL Auction Breakdown: Week 9 – Tuesday, October 30th

Hey everyone, welcome to the Fanball NFL Auction breakdown. If you haven’t played on this site before, it’s a product unlike anything you’ve ever seen before in DFS. They will be offering an Auction-style format drafting with four players on the board at all times, meaning you have to be on your toes and be aware of what is going on, because split-second mistakes can be costly.

Each team must draft 1 QB, 2 WR, 2 RB, and 1 TE. No player can be left on the board at the end of the draft, so if you are the last player not to draft a TE, then when the last TE goes on the board you will autodraft them for $1.

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There are four players up for auction at all times, so you need to be able to adlib on the fly if someone goes drastically over or under what you are projecting to pay for them. You can find the full scoring system for Fanball NFL here.

Be sure to check out Kevin Cole’s overall look at his projected values before my breakdown below.

Tuesday, October 30th

Quarterback

Jared Goff – $6
Kirk Cousins – $4
Matt Ryan – $4
Russell Wilson – $2
Alex Smith – $1
Case Keenum – $1

QB is pretty easy in today’s player pool. In all other positions, we have several players that are currently way worse than the rest, while at QB, there isn’t a drastic different between the top and the bottom. Goff is the one guy who is clearly better than the rest here, but there’s always the possibility that Gurley eats up most of his points. For me, I’m just going to mostly ignore any of the bottom three QBs when they go on the board and try an snag Goff, Ryan, or Cousins for around $2-$3.

Running Back

Todd Gurley – $33
Christian McCaffrey – $24
Kareem Hunt – $24
Phillip Lindsay – $16
Kerryon Johnson – $15
Tevin Coleman – $13
Chris Carson – $12
Mark Ingram – $12
Alex Collins – $5
Austin Ekeler – $4
Ito Smith – $4
Jamaal Williams – $1

Gurley – as with any draft that Gurley is in, he basically dictates how you should approach the draft. There are some drafts where he can go as high as $45, and there are some drafts where you can get him at the end for $25. You simply need to be cognizant of when he goes on the board here in this player pool. If you are saving your money to bid on him, you need to make sure you have enough to win, or else you may end up with $30+ left over at the end of the draft and a clear losing team.

McCaffrey and Hunt – These guys are clearly worse than Gurley and clearly better than the rest of the player pool. With the likes of Ito Ekeler, and Willlams sitting there at the bottom, my plan is to go pretty hard for both McCaffrey and Hunt. Your strategy should be to get on of these RBs for your RB1 if you aren’t spending up for two top tier WRs.

Lindsay, Johnson, Coleman, Carson, Ingram – If you don’t have one or two of the top three RBs, this is where you should focus your money on. These RBs are far above the rest on the list and you are likely able to get one or two of them at a drastic discount. If one of these RBs go on the board early, you should plan on bidding on them as you will likely be able to get one of them for single digits early on.

Collins, Ekeler, Smith – I don’t like any of these RBs and will try to not get stuck with any of them if I can. They are all an upgrade over Williams by a significant amount, but well below every other RB on the board by a wide margin.

Williams – Just don’t get stuck with this guy. He can legitimately sink your entire lineup.

Wide Receiver

DeAndre Hopkins – $20
Julio Jones – $20
Mike Evans – $18
Emmanuel Sanders – $15
Keenan Allen – $15
Robert Woods – $15
Brandin Cooks – $12
Kenny Golladay – $8
Sammy Watkins – $6
Tyler Lockett – $6
Marvin Jones – $5
Mike Williams – $1

Hopkins, Jones, Evans – These are the premium WRs today, but with decent WRs at the bottom (with the exception of Williams) they are not worth throwing in most of your bankroll on. I don’t have a huge preference over any of these guys here, so my plan is to just bid as they come on the board and get whichever one I can at a discount. (note: you should give priority on the top RBs over the top WRs in this draft).

Sanders, Allen, Woods, Cooks – This is where I will probably end up with both my WRs in this player pool. Each of these guys will likely go for way less than the top three WRs and allow you to get 2 of the top RBs. You should plan on trying to snag any of these guys for single digits as they come on the board.

Golladay, Watkins, Lockett, Jones – Your plan at the beginning of each of these drafts should be to try and get one of these guys for $1-$3 early on. People will likely be saving their money for later, so they will likely ignore each of these WRs if they go on the board early. Each of these players is projected for drastically more points than Williams at the bottom.

Williams – Other than Jamal Williams, Mike Williams is the only guy that you should go out of your way to make sure he’s not in your draft.

Tight End

Travis Kelce – $16
Austin Hooper – $5
Jordan Reed – $5
Trey Burton – $5
Vance McDonald – $3
Chris Herndon – $1

Kelce – Kelce may be underpriced in my projections above. He is a good six points above every other TE in this player pool, but I have him at $16 because that’s what you can likely get under that price later on in the draft. If he comes on the board early on, you should snag him up for up to $18 if you can. Just keep in mind. If you blow too much money on him early on, you need to grab up one of the cheap WRs or RBs as you will likely not be able to build a completely balanced team with Kelce in your lineup.

Hooper, Reed, Burton, McDonald – This is where you need to get stuck with at TE if you don’t get Kelce. Each of these players is drastically better than Herndon, and from what I’ve seen in drafts so far, you can likely get either Hooper or McDonald in drafts for $1. I plan on bidding $1-$2 on every TE that comes on the board early on and just hoping for the best.

Herndon – Don’t get stuck with this guy. It won’t sink your lineup nearly as bad as either of the Williams at RB and WR, but he is definitely a big downgrade.

The Stack Spots

As we all know, in football DFS, pairing your QB with a WR or TE can have a drastic effect on your upside in any given competition and auction-style like this is no different. As you can clearly see from the player pool, each QB has WRs and/or TEs which you can pair with them to raise your upside. Below is my favorite stacking spot.

Case Keenum & Emmanuel Sanders – I do like stacking Goff with one or two of his WRs, but that is going to be tough in this player pool and could end up killing you if Gurley goes for all the TDs. Keenum is a QB you can likely get for $1 and Sanders can easily be had for single digits in some drafts.

Remember guys, keep an eye out for what’s happening in your draft and if guys are going for way less than they are projected for here, you should know that some of these prices may be too low. Likewise, if guys are going for higher than the above price early on you can get a lot of these guys at a huge discount.

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  • Grant Neiffer (gneiffer07)

  • One of the most vibrant and interesting personalities in all of DFS, Grant Neiffer, aka gneiffer07 has economics and accounting degrees from Azusa Pacific University. He’s been playing DFS since 2013 and fantasy sports from the ripe old age of 10. He has qualfiied for countless live finals and is routinely at the top of the RotoGrinders rankings in all the major sports. He can frequently be found on GrindersLive shows and podcasts and producing written expert analysis for RotoGrinders users.

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