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Fantasy Football Mock Draft - Performance / 12-Team / Auction
June 8, 2006

The following mock draft was conducted considering a standard performance scoring system and with no players retained for the following season. This mock draft was conducted by FantasyAuctioneer.com using their online auction software. The auction assumed 20 man rosters and a $200 salary cap per team with a starting lineup of QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, TE, PK and DEF. The Auction in last year’s Fantasy Football Handbook was turned into a best-ball league that was eventually won by George Del Prado of FantasyAuctioneer.com.

If you use the auction format, check out the Fantasy Auctioneer at www.fantasyauctioneer.com for a free trial of their robust tool.

Positional Values by Player

  $   QUARTERBACK   $   RUNNING BACK   $   WIDE RECEIVER   $   KICKER
27 Peyton Manning IND 73 Larry Johnson KC 36 Steve Smith CAR 5 Adam Vinatieri IND
22 Eli Manning NYG 71 LaDainian Tomlinson SD 32 Chad Johnson CIN 5 Neil Rackers ARI
20 Tom Brady NE 69 Shaun Alexander SEA 31 Terrell Owens DAL 3 Jason Elam DEN
18 Carson Palmer CIN 55 Clinton Portis WAS 30 Randy Moss OAK 3 Jeff Reed PIT
18 Donovan McNabb PHI 53 Steven Jackson STL 30 Torry Holt STL 3 John Kasay CAR
18 Matt Hasselbeck SEA 52 Tiki Barber NYG 29 Larry Fitzgerald ARI 3 Josh Brown SEA
15 Jake Delhomme CAR 50 Ronnie Brown MIA 28 Marvin Harrison IND 3 Mike Vanderjagt DAL
14 Aaron Brooks OAK 46 Edgerrin James ARI 26 Reggie Wayne IND 3 Shayne Graham CIN
13 Drew Bledsoe DAL 44 Rudi Johnson CIN 25 Anquan Boldin ARI 3 Todd Peterson ATL
13 Marc Bulger STL 43 Carnell Williams TB 25 Roy Williams DET 2 David Akers PHI
12 Brett Favre GB 43 LaMont Jordan OAK 23 Darrell Jackson SEA 2 Jay Feely NYG
12 Michael Vick ATL 38 Domanick Davis HOU 21 Hines Ward PIT 2 Jeff Wilkins STL
11 Ben Roethlisberger PIT 38 Willis McGahee BUF 21 Santana Moss WAS 2 Lawrence Tynes KC
10 Drew Brees NO 35 Willie Parker PIT 20 Chris Chambers MIA 2 Matt Stover BAL
9 Kurt Warner ARI 29 Brian Westbrook PHI 19 Javon Walker DEN 2 Nate Kaeding SD
8 Brad Johnson MIN 27 Julius Jones DAL 17 Donald Driver GB 2 Seb. Janikowski OAK
8 Daunte Culpepper MIA 24 DeShaun Foster CAR 17 Koren Robinson MIN 1 John Carney NO
8 Trent Green KC 24 Tatum Bell DEN 16 Plaxico Burress NYG 1 Josh Scobee JAC
7 Jake Plummer DEN 22 Joseph Addai IND 15 Joey Galloway TB 1 Kris Brown HOU
6 Byron Leftwich JAC 21 Corey Dillon NE 14 T.J. Houshmandzadeh CIN 1 Mike Nugent NYJ
6 Chris Simms TB 21 Reggie Bush NO 12 Andre Johnson HOU 1 Olindo Mare MIA
5 David Carr HOU 20 Jamal Lewis BAL 12 Deion Branch NE 1 Paul Edinger MIN
4 Jon Kitna DET 20 Kevin Jones DET 10 Joe Horn NO 1 Phil Dawson CLE
3 Billy Volek TEN 20 Warrick Dunn ATL 10 Lee Evans BUF 1 Rian Lindell BUF
2 Philip Rivers SD 19 Thomas Jones CHI 10 Rod Smith DEN 1 Ryan Longwell MIN
2 Rex Grossman CHI 18 Chester Taylor MIN 9 Derrick Mason BAL 1 Steph. Gostkowski NE
2 Steve McNair TEN 16 Deuce McAllister NO 8 Eddie Kennison KC $ DEFENSE
1 Alex Smith SF 16 Samkon Gado GB 8 Ernest Wilford JAC 7 Bears CHI
1 Chad Pennington NYJ 15 Dominic Rhodes IND 7 Antonio Bryant SF 5 Panthers CAR
1 Charlie Frye CLE 14 Reuben Droughns CLE 7 Donte' Stallworth NO 4 Broncos DEN
1 Gus Frerotte STL 12 Cedric Benson CHI 6 Jerry Porter OAK 4 Colts IND
1 J.P. Losman BUF 11 Frank Gore SF 6 Keenan McCardell SD 4 Falcons ATL
1 Kerry Collins OAK 10 DeAngelo Williams CAR 6 Muhsin Muhammad CHI 3 Buccaneers TB
1 Mark Brunell WAS 10 Laurence Maroney NE 6 Nate Burleson SEA 3 Jaguars JAC
1 Matt Schaub ATL 10 Marion Barber DAL 6 Reggie Brown PHI 3 Seahawks SEA
1 Patrick Ramsey NYJ 9 Ron Dayne DEN 6 Terry Glenn DAL 3 Steelers PIT
1 Vince Young TEN 8 Curtis Martin NYJ 6 Troy Williamson MIN 2 Cowboys DAL
$ TIGHT END 8 Fred Taylor JAC 5 Corey Bradford DET 2 Dolphins MIA
18 Antonio Gates SD 8 LenDale White TEN 5 Kevin Curtis STL 2 Eagles PHI
13 Jeremy Shockey NYG 7 Ahman Green GB 5 Matt Jones JAC 2 Giants NYG
13 Tony Gonzalez KC 7 Chris Brown TEN 5 Michael Clayton TB 2 Lions DET
10 Todd Heap BAL 6 Brandon Jacobs NYG 4 Joe Jurevicius CLE 2 Patriots NE
9 Alge Crumpler ATL 5 Chris Perry CIN 4 Laveranues Coles NYJ 2 Ravens BAL
7 Chris Cooley WAS 5 Mike Anderson BAL 3 Bobby Engram SEA 2 Redskins WAS
5 Jason Witten DAL 4 Mewelde Moore MIN 3 Drew Bennett TEN 1 Bengals CIN
5 L.J. Smith PHI 3 Cedric Houston NYJ 3 Eric Moulds BUF 1 Bills BUF
5 Randy McMichael MIA 3 Greg Jones JAC 3 Isaac Bruce STL 1 Chargers SD
4 Ben Watson NE 3 Kevan Barlow SF 3 Keyshawn Johnson CAR 1 Chiefs KC
3 Heath Miller PIT 3 Priest Holmes KC 3 Mark Clayton BAL 1 Saints NO
3 Jerramy Stevens SEA 3 T.J. Duckett ATL 3 Michael Jenkins ATL 1 Texans HOU
2 Ben Troupe TEN 1 Brian Calhoun? DET 3 Robert Ferguson GB 1 Vikings MIN
2 Dallas Clark IND 1 Duce Staley PIT 2 Amani Toomer NYG      
2 Jermaine Wiggins MIN 1 J.J. Arrington ARI 2 Antwaan Randle El WAS      
2 Joe Klopfenstein STL 1 Marshall Faulk STL 2 Brandon Stokley IND      
2 Kellen Winslow CLE 1 Maurice Drew JAC 2 Braylon Edwards CLE      
2 Marcus Pollard DET 1 Maurice Morris SEA 2 David Givens TEN      
2 Vernon Davis SF 1 Michael Bennett NO 2 Roddy White ATL      
2 Zach Hilton NO 1 Michael Turner SD 1 Arnaz Battle SF      
1 Alex Smith TB 1 Ryan Moats PHI 1 Ashley Lelie DEN      
1 Bubba Franks GB       1 Brandon Lloyd WAS      
1 Daniel Graham NE       1 Chad Jackson NE      
1 Erron Kinney TEN       1 Charles Rogers DET      
1 Jeb Putzier HOU       1 Eric Parker SD      
            1 Marty Booker MIA      
            1 Peerless Price DAL      
            1 Samie Parker KC      
            1 Santonio Holmes PIT      
            1 Shaun McDonald STL      
            1 Sinorice Moss NYG      

Resulting Teams

George del Prado - FantasyAuctioneer.com Ben Ice - TalentedMrRoto.com
Pos Player $ Team Pos Player $ Team
QB Michael Vick 12 ATL QB Tom Brady 20 NE
QB Jake Plummer 7 DEN QB Chris Simms 6 TB
QB Matt Schaub 1 ATL QB Philip Rivers 2 SD
RB Domanick Davis 38 HOU RB Clinton Portis 55 WAS
RB Corey Dillon 21 NE RB Carnell Williams 43 TB
RB Thomas Jones 19 CHI RB Ron Dayne 9 DEN
RB Cedric Benson 12 CHI RB LenDale White 8 TEN
RB Laurence Maroney 10 NE RB Priest Holmes 3 KC
TE Jason Witten 5 DAL TE Chris Cooley 7 WAS
TE Heath Miller 3 PIT TE Zach Hilton 2 NO
WR Steve Smith 36 CAR WR Javon Walker 19 DEN
WR Plaxico Burress 16 NYG WR Donte' Stallworth 7 NO
WR Drew Bennett 3 TEN WR Michael Clayton 5 TB
WR Michael Jenkins 3 ATL WR Antwaan Randle El 2 WAS
WR Robert Ferguson 3 GB WR Brandon Lloyd 1 WAS
K John Kasay 3 CAR WR Samie Parker 1 KC
K Todd Peterson 3 ATL K Shayne Graham 3 CIN
K Paul Edinger 1 MIN K Ryan Longwell 1 MIN
DEF Giants 2 NYG DEF Buccaneers 3 TB
DEF Eagles 2 PHI DEF Seahawks 3 SEA

What was your strategy going in and how do you think you did?
I always try to de-emphasize the QB position while building a deep and balanced team everywhere else.  With this in mind, I was looking to buy one or two of the RBBCs in the league and was happy to get Chicago’s Jones/Benson and New England’s Dillon/Maroney for $31 each.  I’m also happy with getting Vick/Plummer for $19, but should have spent for a 3rd QB.  I paid $3 for a number of $1 WRs because those still in the money at that point also needed WRs. 

Who were your best/worst deals?
Two passing offenses I think will take quantum leaps forward this year are the Giants’ and the Steelers’, so getting Plaxico for $16 and Heath Miller for $3 were my best deals.  My worst would have to be Edinger for $1.  I forgot about the Longwell acquisition, so I wasted a spot there. 

Aside from your team, who is the team to beat?
As I said, I’m a big believer in spending little on QBs while fielding a deep and balanced team; so I like Andy Richardson’s (Fantasy Index) and Jim Wheelock’s (Coachbox) teams.  

What was your strategy going in and how do you think you did? 
I targeted and got Brady, Caddy and Portis to build my team around. Wanted to value shop and did pretty well. I offered up players I thought were over rated or had injury concerns and they were snapped up. 

Who were your best/worst deals?
Hard to say, but getting Lendale White and Ron Dayne for a combined $17 could be steal of the draft. The worse was picking up Priest Holmes. Hadn't seen the latest that his return was now less than 50%. 

Aside from your team, who is the team to beat?
I like the value that both Dave Dorey and Tony Finn got during the draft, but in a best ball format it is hard to tell. Tim at Fantasy Insights would probably get my vote today.   

John Garber – Homegrown Sports Jim Wheelock – Coachbox.com
Pos Player $ Team Pos Player $ Team
QB Peyton Manning 27 IND QB Jake Delhomme 15 CAR
QB Mark Brunell 1 WAS QB Kurt Warner 9 ARI
QB Chad Pennington 1 NYJ QB Jon Kitna 4 DET
RB Steven Jackson 53 STL RB Julius Jones 27 DAL
RB Tatum Bell 24 DEN RB Warrick Dunn 20 ATL
RB Fred Taylor 8 JAC RB Reuben Droughns 14 CLE
RB Marshall Faulk 1 STL RB Marion Barber 10 DAL
TE Randy McMichael 5 MIA RB Mewelde Moore 4 MIN
TE Daniel Graham 1 NE TE Todd Heap 10 BAL
WR Terrell Owens 31 DAL TE Jeb Putzier 1 HOU
WR Reggie Wayne 26 IND WR Marvin Harrison 28 IND
WR Derrick Mason 9 BAL WR Hines Ward 21 PIT
WR Arnaz Battle 1 SF WR Ernest Wilford 8 JAC
WR Charles Rogers 1 DET WR Antonio Bryant 7 SF
WR Santonio Holmes 1 PIT WR Muhsin Muhammad 6 CHI
K Jason Elam 3 DEN WR Troy Williamson 6 MIN
K Kris Brown 1 HOU K Jeff Reed 3 PIT
K Mike Nugent 1 NYJ K Lawrence Tynes 2 KC
DEF Falcons 4 ATL DEF Colts 4 IND
DEF Bills 1 BUF DEF Bengals 1 CIN

What was your strategy going in and how do you think you did?
I had intended to spend somewhere between $80 and $100 on two running backs and then wait for the value players with my remaining money. When Manning went to me for $27 it changed my whole draft. I hadn’t expected him to be available at that price. 

Who were your best/worst deals? 
Obviously from the previous question, I think Manning at $27 was a good pick but  I actually like Mark Brunell for $1 as probably the best value pick I made. I paid too much for Steven Jackson but there were very few clear feature backs left at that point in the draft and I needed to get one. I would say Talented Mr Roto, assuming Javon Walker returns to form. 

Aside from your team, who is the team to beat?  
I would say Talented Mr Roto, assuming Javon Walker returns to form.   

What was your strategy going in and how do you think you did?
I waited to spend so as to look for value in quantity; this best-ball format demands roster depth at the key positions so I purposely looked for late deals at RB and WR.  My 3 top RBs (J Jones, Dunn, Droughns) were 16th, 22nd (in a 3-way tie), and 30th in salary rank among RBs.  WRs Harrison and Ward were ranked 7th and 12th in salary so I was able to save money for later #1-caliber WRs, getting Wilford, Muhammad, and Bryant for $21 combined.   

Who were your best/worst deals?
Droughns for $14 was a steal; he ranked around #10 among RBs in many scoring formats last year but was only the 30th highest salary in this auction.  I probably overpaid for Barber, who at $10 was among the highest priced handcuff players in the auction. 

Aside from your team, who is the team to beat? 
Tim Van Prooyen’s team has the depth I admire with nice depth at all positions, but especially at WR since the league starts 3 and allows for no transactions from auction to championship.  And, as always, auctioneer George del Prado has assembled a formidable team.    

Andy Richardson – Fantasy Index Tim Van Prooyen – Fantasy Insights
Pos Player $ Team Pos Player $ Team
QB Brett Favre 12 GB QB Matt Hasselbeck 18 SEA
QB Ben Roethlisberger 11 PIT QB Brad Johnson 8 MIN
QB Vince Young 1 TEN QB Billy Volek 3 TEN
RB Rudi Johnson 44 CIN RB Willie Parker 35 PIT
RB Brian Westbrook 29 PHI RB Kevin Jones 20 DET
RB Reggie Bush 21 NO RB Chester Taylor 18 MIN
RB Chris Perry 5 CIN RB Ahman Green 7 GB
RB Brian Calhoun? 1 DET TE Tony Gonzalez 13 KC
TE Ben Watson 4 NE TE Marcus Pollard 2 DET
TE Jermaine Wiggins 2 MIN WR Anquan Boldin 25 ARI
WR Larry Fitzgerald 29 ARI WR Koren Robinson 17 MIN
WR Joey Galloway 15 TB WR Terry Glenn 6 DAL
WR Eddie Kennison 8 KC WR Jerry Porter 6 OAK
WR Matt Jones 5 JAC WR Corey Bradford 5 DET
WR Roddy White 2 ATL WR Laveranues Coles 4 NYJ
WR Eric Parker 1 SD WR Amani Toomer 2 NYG
K Matt Stover 2 BAL K Mike Vanderjagt 3 DAL
K Phil Dawson 1 CLE K Jay Feely 2 NYG
DEF Panthers 5 CAR DEF Broncos 4 DEN
DEF Patriots 2 NE DEF Lions 2 DET

What was your strategy going in and how do you think you did?
I wanted to come out of the draft with three solid starters at RB, a top WR or two with good depth behind them, and top-10 starters everywhere else. Prices got a little out of whack on some of the RBs I was targeting, but I ended up with 3 of our top 15 there and 3 of our top 20 WRs, so I'm relatively pleased with how things worked out.

Who were your best/worst deals?
The best value was Bush, who we'd priced about $10 higher. He may not be a starter, but I have no doubt he'll play a lot and put up better numbers than any of the other backs who went in his price range. Strictly off our numbers I overpaid slightly for Rudi Johnson, but it was the only way to land a top-10 RB in this auction, and I managed to grab Chris Perry later to protect the pick. 

Aside from your team, who is the team to beat?
Not surprising considering he outbid me on several players I wanted, I like FantasyGuru's team. He might be a little thin at wideout but he looks strong everywhere else. I thought GroganSports did a great job of building a pretty solid team even while spending big on Larry Johnson.

What was your strategy going in and how do you think you did?
As always, in auction drafts, I work with a budget because spending too much on one player will strap you later on.  I think I overspent on a couple, but got a few steals.

Who were your best/worst deals? 
My best deals have to be Kevin Jones and Chester Taylor for a combined 38 bucks, and Gonzalez for 13.  Worst would be Koren Robinson - an "oops" hit of the bid button to be honest.

Aside from your team, who is the team to beat? 
Gridiron Grumblings and FootballDiehards, both tough rosters.   

Kirk Bouyelas - FootballDiehards.com Tony Finn - ProFantasySports.com
Pos Player $ Team Pos Player $ Team
QB Eli Manning 22 NYG QB Carson Palmer 18 CIN
QB David Carr 5 HOU QB Donovan McNabb 18 PHI
QB Steve McNair 2 TEN QB Daunte Culpepper 8 MIA
RB Shaun Alexander 69 SEA RB Willis McGahee 38 BUF
RB Frank Gore 11 SF RB DeShaun Foster 24 CAR
RB Ryan Moats 1 PHI RB Jamal Lewis 20 BAL
RB Maurice Morris 1 SEA RB Dominic Rhodes 15 IND
RB Maurice Drew 1 JAC TE Alge Crumpler 9 ATL
TE Jerramy Stevens 3 SEA TE Kellen Winslow 2 CLE
TE Joe Klopfenstein 2 STL WR Deion Branch 12 NE
WR Chad Johnson 32 CIN WR Lee Evans 10 BUF
WR Roy Williams 25 DET WR Nate Burleson 6 SEA
WR Joe Horn 10 NO WR Joe Jurevicius 4 CLE
WR Rod Smith 10 DEN WR Isaac Bruce 3 STL
WR Peerless Price 1 DAL WR Braylon Edwards 2 CLE
WR Marty Booker 1 MIA K Jeff Wilkins 2 STL
K Olindo Mare 1 MIA K Nate Kaeding 2 SD
K Stephen Gostkowski? 1 NE K Rian Lindell 1 BUF
DEF Saints 1 NO DEF Steelers 3 PIT
DEF Vikings 1 MIN DEF Jaguars 3 JAC

What was your strategy going in and how do you think you did?
An auction style draft affords the opportunity to draft anyone you want, as long as you have the cap money.  It can lead to a big disparity in team strength. Some believe that team depth is most important. I disagree. Good players sitting on your bench don't score any points. That said, I wanted to draft at least one impact player at the QB, RB and WR positions.  In turn, I wanted to land some solid (maybe undervalued) players to complete my lineup.  

Who were your best/worst deals?
Both are probably found at the QB position. I really did not want David Carr for any price, but ended up drafting him for $5 as a back-up. While I did not overpay for him, he's just not a good option. Right after drafting Carr, I was able to land McNair for $2.  Many fear McNair's situation, but he could be a steal when he solidifies a starting job

Aside from your team, who is the team to beat? 
Actually, George Del Prado has a very solid squad even though he picked two kickers who may not to play this year. A simple faux pas that could be fixed via free agency. Did well to get the backfield for New England and Chicago.     

What was your strategy going in and how do you think you did?
Draft strategy is difficult to plan or outline; like most drafts be it auction or serpentine - fantasy leaguers must get a feel for the owners that are participating and make an attempt to bid on players that offer value. In a best ball format, balance and depth across the board offers the best chance of seasoning ending success.

Who were your best/worst deals?
DeShaun Foster [24] and Duante Culpepper [8] were my best buys; while I spend too much on Dominic Rhodes [15].

Aside from your team, who is the team to beat? 
HomeGrown Sports.    

Scott Pianowski - FantasyGuru.com John Georgopolous – Gridiron Grumblings
Pos Player $ Team Pos Player $ Team
QB Drew Brees 10 NO QB Aaron Brooks 14 OAK
QB Trent Green 8 KC QB Kerry Collins 1 OAK
QB Byron Leftwich 6 JAC QB Patrick Ramsey 1 NYJ
QB Rex Grossman 2 CHI QB J.P. Losman 1 BUF
RB Tiki Barber 52 NYG RB Edgerrin James 46 ARI
RB LaMont Jordan 43 OAK RB Deuce McAllister 16 NO
RB Curtis Martin 8 NYJ RB Samkon Gado 16 GB
RB Mike Anderson 5 BAL RB Kevan Barlow 3 SF
RB Greg Jones 3 JAC RB Michael Bennett 1 NO
RB Cedric Houston 3 NYJ RB J.J. Arrington 1 ARI
TE L.J. Smith 5 PHI TE Antonio Gates 18 SD
TE Dallas Clark 2 IND TE Alex Smith 1 TB
WR Chris Chambers 20 MIA WR Randy Moss 30 OAK
WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh 14 CIN WR Santana Moss 21 WAS
WR Keenan McCardell 6 SD WR Donald Driver 17 GB
WR Eric Moulds 3 BUF WR Kevin Curtis 5 STL
K Josh Brown 3 SEA WR Ashley Lelie 1 DEN
K Sebastian Janikowski 2 OAK K Adam Vinatieri 5 IND
DEF Ravens 2 BAL DEF Chargers 1 SD
DEF Dolphins 2 MIA DEF Texans 1 HOU

What was your strategy going in and how do you think you did?
I wanted to get at least two strong running backs with solid depth behind them, go with a committee approach at quarterback (given the best-ball format), and think more about values than stars at wide receiver. I’d be really pleased with the results if I hadn’t miscounted my bench spots and gotten just one wideout reserve (a significant mistake as this is a no-maintenance league).  

Who were your best/worst deals?
I think spending $95 for a Tiki Barber-LaMont Jordan tandem in the backfield was reasonable. I was content to drop $20 on Chris Chambers and $14 on T.J. Houshmandzadeh given a lot of owners still had resources. I think the timing was right when I bid on Trent Green, a relative bargain at $8, and I’ll be very surprised if L.J. Smith isn’t worth $5. My regrets were more about roster management than actual prices; I could live without Rex Grossman and Cedric Houston.  

Aside from your team, who is the team to beat?
George del Prado (Fantasy Auctioneer) and Andy Richardson (Fantasy Index) graded out best when I picked through the results.   

What was your strategy going in and how do you think you did?
Coming into the draft, my goal was to try and acquire at least one "Top 5"-type of player at each position; I feel that was accomplished by the acquisitions of Edgerrin James, Randy Moss, Antonio Gates, and Adam Vinatieri.

Who were your best/worst deals?
Collectively, the WR corps seems particularly strong for this team.  Randy and Santana Moss and Driver represent three solid WR1s, while in a "best-ball" format guys like Lelie and Curtis represent the occasional home-run threats. My biggest regret is Brooks at $14; while I think he'll bounce back this year, I got caught up in a bidding frenzy and overpaid.  Getting a Plummer or a Leftwich for $5-$8 was my original goal; the extra $6 would have been put towards a better defense.

Aside from your team, who is the team to beat?
I like the Talented Mr. Roto team. They boast a solid RB tandem (Portis/Cadillac), QB (Brady) and TE (Cooley). Their WRs are a risk, but they have the potential for some big games.    

Paul Shinkawa – Grogan Sports David Dorey – The Huddle
Pos Player $ Team Pos Player $ Team
QB Drew Bledsoe 13 DAL QB Marc Bulger 13 STL
QB Alex Smith 1 SF QB Charlie Frye 1 CLE
RB Larry Johnson 73 KC QB Gus Frerotte 1 STL
RB Ronnie Brown 50 MIA RB LaDainian Tomlinson 71 SD
RB Chris Brown 7 TEN RB Joseph Addai 22 IND
RB Michael Turner 1 SD RB DeAngelo Williams 10 CAR
RB Duce Staley 1 PIT RB Brandon Jacobs 6 NYG
TE Vernon Davis 2 SF RB T.J. Duckett 3 ATL
TE Ben Troupe 2 TEN TE Jeremy Shockey 13 NYG
TE Erron Kinney 1 TEN TE Bubba Franks 1 GB
WR Darrell Jackson 23 SEA WR Torry Holt 30 STL
WR Bobby Engram 3 SEA WR Andre Johnson 12 HOU
WR Keyshawn Johnson 3 CAR WR Reggie Brown 6 PHI
WR Mark Clayton 3 BAL WR David Givens 2 TEN
WR Brandon Stokley 2 IND WR Chad Jackson 1 NE
WR Shaun McDonald 1 STL WR Sinorice Moss 1 NYG
K Neil Rackers 5 ARI K David Akers 2 PHI
K John Carney 1 NO K Josh Scobee 1 JAC
DEF Bears 7 CHI DEF Redskins 2 WAS
DEF Chiefs 1 KC DEF Cowboys 2 DAL

What was your strategy going in and how do you think you did?
In an auction, my objective is to acquire highly rated players (in order of priority):  2-3 RBs, 1-2 WRs, 1 QB, 1 TE, 1 PK, 1 DT.  After acquiring 2 top RBs, I didn't have the budget to go after any "top 10" WRs, so I adjusted and went after a top PK and Defense to make up for the possible points I'm sacrificing at the WR position.   In addition, I needed to increase the number of WRs and TEs on my roster, to increase the likelihood of decent performance from my team.  I'm satisfied with the result. 

Who were your best/worst deals?
My best purchase was Larry Johnson; based on his 2006 projected production, I valued him a lot higher.  I paid more than I budgeted for Rackers and Chicago, but decided to do so because the increase was minimal.  My worst execution was at the WR position because I paid too much for Darrell Jackson and had difficulty developing a balanced WR corp.

Aside from your team, who is the team to beat?
The team whose balance I appreciate is Talented Mr. Roto.  

What was your strategy going in and how do you think you did?
I satisfied my goal of having a top player in each position – Bulger, Tomlinson, Shockey, Holt – but I was caught betting up Tomlinson which was okay but affected my typical “hang back and scoop” strategy. I was also caught on Duckett and while he was only $3, that was a roster spot and money I could have used elsewhere. My initial strategy was to grab one of the RB tandems and though I had Addai and Williams, I missed out on Rhodes and Foster which would have been preferred. I do like this team for this format and I have strength where I need it most. 

Who were your best/worst deals?
My best deal was Bulger for 13 or DeAngelo Williams for 10. I like both this year and would have gone much higher. 

Aside from your team, who is the team to beat?
My favorite “other team” is George del Prado who secured the CHI and NE rushing games along with Domanick Davis (which was my plan until I got Tomlinson). He made some great value purchases in the draft. I also like Wheelock’s team almost as much. He too had some nice value picks and a solid team.