Spend dem ducats wisely
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People prepare for auctions in a variety of ways... most of them terrible. This method, however, guarantees that you will accomplish the following:
1) Force your league-mates to spend big money on players you have no interest in (thus making them less likely to throw serious dollars at the players you really want)
2) Ensure that you fill your roster with either A) quality players you are willing to spend market-value on, or B) cheaper alternatives that you are comfortable taking a chance on (aka, sleepers)
Keep in mind that this auction cheat sheet is based on a mixed-league of about 15-16 teams, so if you play with different settings, you'll want to tweak this sheet to your liking.
Greatness ensues after the jump:
Overhyped and Overrated
The players here are too pricey and I have no interest whatsoever in them. However, your opponents will pay good money for these dudes, so when it's time to nominate a player, choose from this list. This way, you'll get your league-mates to shed dough on options that are of no interest to you. Then, when a player you actually want is put on the block, it increases your odds of getting them as your league-mates might be more impoverished. Players in bold are guys you should try nominating as early as possible.
Willing To Spend
These options won't be cheap, but they are worth the price, so don't be afraid to pull the trigger. Players in bold are guys you should really go hard after (even if it means spending a couple extra bucks above market value).
Everyone needs a cheap-ass option in case the players they really want become unattainable. The players in bold (and there aren't many of them) are dudes I would be willing to spend a couple extra bones on (pause).
Oscar Taveras (stash)