What’s a Fantasy Auction?

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A fantasy auction is a way of selecting players for a fantasy sports team, where owners bid against each other to draft players within a salary cap. Another method is the traditional draft. Fantasy leagues can be played in various sports, with different modes of play and scoring models.

A fantasy auction is a method of selecting players for a team in a fantasy sports league. A fantasy auction is one of two primary methods of selecting players for a fantasy sports team. Besides the auction-style draft, the other commonly used method of selecting players is known as the traditional draft.
A fantasy sports league consists of a group of players, known as owners, who create and manage teams made up of current players in a sports league. Owners compete with each other using statistics generated by the players of their individual teams. Fantasy leagues can be found in almost any sport, although the most common sports with fantasy leagues tend to be baseball, American football, soccer, basketball, and hockey.

Depending on the sport and the particular league, there are two main modes of play in fantasy leagues. Some leagues use a head-to-head style of play where owners play against each other directly, with the team that scores the most points winning. Other fantasy leagues use what is known as a rotisserie scoring model, where stats are accumulated over the course of a season and the owner with the most points at the end of the season is declared the league champion.

Owners select players through a draft. In a fantasy auction-style draft, owners are given a budget, known as a salary cap, which they use to build a team. During the draft, owners bid against each other to select players, granting the highest bidder the right to draft a particular player. A fantasy auction continues until all owners have filled all available spots on the list or until the owners have run out of available money.

The other common method of selecting players is known as a traditional draft. The way the traditional draft works is very similar to the way most professional sports leagues draft players. The selection process is divided into rounds, with each team given the opportunity to select one player per round. The order in which teams select players is predetermined prior to the draft, and the order generally remains the same throughout the entire draft.

A fantasy auction draft offers a level of excitement not generally present in a traditional draft. The bidding process for players is often emotional, heated and extremely competitive. Because owners have the ability to draft any player at any time, provided they have the resources to do so, an auction requires and encourages a level of commitment and attention not always experienced in a traditional draft.

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