While there are tons of place to get rankings that are very good, the ADP (Average Draft Position) and AAV (Average Auction Values) that are reported should not be used as we have no idea how old they are or whether the league they were drafted for corresponds with what YOU need.
What I like is real draft information, and you can find some articles that will give you isolated examples. Even harder to find are real money league auction values, so I thought I would share the auction prices from a just concluded 12-team, PPR league where the starting lineups are QB/RB/RB/WR/WR/WR/TE/K/DST.
To get the most out of this information, STOP reading now and get your current rankings or cheatsheet. Then you can mark the prices next to each name and it gives you a better idea of where some drafters got value and what true market perception is regarding auction pricing.
I will give you the top 12 quarterbacks and tight ends but expand to 24 running backs and wide receivers and any other players I thought were particularly interesting. Ready?
QUARTERBACKS – I think people tend to overpay for the top quarterbacks but that is why there are 31 flavors.
Foles especially was a great value in this auction. There were also a few QBBC attempts that were quite good – one team getting Jay Cutler for $5 and Ben Roethlisberger for $4 which is likely better than my Carson Palmer for $4 paired with a $2 Ryan Tannehill. Funny that Tom Brady, who barely makes the top ten quarterbacks in rankings and most high stakes drafts still commands a higher price.
RUNNING BACKS – The very best are very expensive and the next group isn’t cheap, so some prices are a matter of preferred team composition.
Prices seem normal although I must credit one of my opponents who nominated Dri Archer for a dollar early in the draft and got him for that price before the cloud of news was out about Bell and Blount.
WIDE RECEIVERS – Yes, in PPR leagues the very best cost as much as the top running backs and the mid prices extend longer in leagues where you start three (or more). I added a few extra names you might be interested in.
The interesting thing to me was a change also seen in some drafts now with Saints rookie wideout Brandin Cooks having more market value than the Bills’ Sammy Watkins, who went for just $4.
TIGHT ENDS – This is where there is even more of a market split – especially after the top four were off the board.
Remember that “sleepers” is really a term that shouldn’t be used with so much information available on the internet, but in case you thought they were much cheaper, Zach Ertz went for $3, Travis Kelce went for $4 and Ladarius Green also escaped dollar days at $2.
Hope this helps whet your auction appetite. If there are specific players not mentioned, you can ask below or in the Forums.