5 Reasons Why Auction Drafts Are More Fun Than Snake Drafts | 2018 Fantasy Football

Trader Tim is back to tell you why he prefers Auction Drafts over Snake Drafts.

Hello everybody, welcome to a new season of fantasy football. You may remember this article from last year and, in fairness, most of the article has stayed the same. Auctions are still more fun than snake drafts and the reasoning hasn’t changed much. The information has been updated to reflect the new year and is worth a read for both new readers and those who read the original.

Here are the 5 reasons:

1. No Waiting Around

In a snake draft, you can spend upwards of 25-30 minutes just sitting around and scratching yourself. If you have the first or last pick in the draft, you get your pick(s) and then do literally nothing for 20 or so picks in between. You’re forced to sit there and watch others fill out their rosters while you do nothing other than play with your phone or drink. While that may be fine for some, it is not how real drafting is meant to go. In an auction every player is live, so the action never dies down. You have the option of bidding on any and every player (until you run out of money) so you have a reason to be engaged and pay attention the whole draft. There is no better feeling than capitalizing on your buddies’ mistakes when they let you snag a player on the cheap because they weren’t focused and you were.

2. You Can Use Actual Strategy

To be fair, there is strategy in every form of fantasy sport and draft including snake drafts. However, snake strategies are limited to either “take the best available player” or “take x of this position and x of that position by round 5”, this is not the case in an auction. If you want to go heavy on first round running backs and take $1 wide receiver flyers, you can. If you want to go even across the board, you can. If you want to invest heavy in your tight end and quarterback, you can do that too while still saving enough money to take on some other high end players whereas in a snake draft you might have to forego a quality back to get a guy like Rob Gronkowski. Most importantly, you have the option to roster both Ezekiel Elliott and David Johnson whereas if you have pick 6 in a snake draft, you likely won’t be able to get either one.

3. Literally Everyone is Available (at least to start)

As I said in the last point, you have the option of taking anybody regardless of arbitrary draft position, which is huge. If you want two first rounders or three second rounders on your team, you have the power to do it. You will likely have to overpay to get a top guy, so be ready for that, but as long as you have a good plan for your late round guys, you should be fine. It’s like being at a strip club, some guys are throwing their paper around at any ass that waves in front of them while other guys hoard their dollar bills as if they were gold. Figure out which one you are and do what feels natural.

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4. You Get Rewarded More For Being Prepared

You can roll into an auction without being prepared but usually those are the guys that spend 90% of their budget in the first five minutes and sit around for three hours because they didn’t have a plan and budgeted wrong. Maybe you can get lucky with three studs and all $1 players but more likely, one or two of those studs will bust or get hurt and you’ll end up screwed. The better bet is to at least map out a general plan of how you want to spend your money. Not specific players necessarily, but $10 on QB, $100 on 3 RB, something like that. If you have actual numbers to look at draw from, then it will help you stay on budget and help you jump over the scrubs in your league who didn’t prepare.

5. The Draft Lasts A Bit Longer

Let’s face it, the best part about any fantasy sport is the draft. There’s always the excitement about who you’re going to be able to roster and the bargains you’re going to be able to exploit and how stacked your team is going to be. Then the season starts and most of your plans go to hell and by week 3, you’ll be swearing at the tv screen because some scrub is going off against you for your opponent while your first rounder rolled his ankle only 5 minutes into the game. Why not savor the good stuff? In many cases I only see certain people in my life once a year, on draft day. I want to spend more time with those friends and I want to soak in more draft time and an auction lets me do both of those things. A longer draft is not usually better when it’s a snake draft because it just means that people are taking too long to make their picks and that can be maddening. A longer draft in an auction just means that the bidding is fast and furious and everybody is engaged and having fun. Give me the auction please!

As always feel free to holler in the comments below if you have anything to add to these reasons or new reasons of your own. If you’re new to auctions and want some advice or help, I’m here for that too!


  • As a 20 year veteran of fantasy sports, I have seen everything and tried every strategy. I have learned that the keys to winning are preparation and focus. I am here to share my experience and preparation with all of you! My biggest strengths are drafting, trading and add/drops because they all require good preparation and knowledge of what you are doing. I will share my advice and my reasoning while hopefully sprinkling a little entertainment along with it.


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