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Triathlon - Leg 2 Pre-Auction Questions

On Wednesday August 16th the 2nd Leg of the Triathlon was set in motion. Consisting of 6 staff (Dodds, Rudnicki, Gray, Pasquino, Tremblay and Smith) and a who's who from the boards (Radballs, EBF, Construx Boy, BostonFred, Capt Hook, Psychology Kev), this auction took nearly 7 hours to complete.

Quick links: Rosters by Team , Rosters by Pos, Pick by pick, Pre-Auction Questions

Here are the rules:

  1. $200 cap. 22 roster spots.

  2. Each week the best QB, best 2 RBs, best 3 WRs, best TE, best flex (RB, WR or TE not used already), best PK and best def will be counted.

  3. Everyone will play all other 11 teams each week. High score for the week earns 11 wins and no losses. Low score earns no wins and 11 losses.

  4. Players:
    All TDs are 6 points
    passing yards: 1 point per 25 yards
    interceptions: -1 per
    rushing/reciving yards: 1 point per 10 yards
    receptions: 1 pt per

  5. Kicker Scoring:
    FG 0-39: 3 points
    FG 40-49: 4 pts
    FG 50+: 5 pts
    Extra point: 1 pt

  6. Def/ST Scoring:
    Def/ST TD: 6 pts
    Fumble Recoveries: 2 pts
    Interceptions: 2 pts
    Sacks: 1 pt
    Safeties: 2 pts

    Off Points against:
    0 = 10 pts
    2-9 = 5 pts
    10-19 = 3 pts
    20-29 = 1 pt
    30+ = 0 pts

    Before the auction, we asked each participant five questions. Here are there answers.

    Clayton Gray

    1. Roster management - How many of each position do you intend to get (ie 3 QBs, 5 RBs, etc)?

    • 3 QB
    • 4-6 RB
    • 5-7 WR
    • 2-3 TE (if I get a decent one, I'll only take two)
    • 2 PK
    • 2 Def

    2. How much cap do you plan on spending for each of the positions? (ie $160 on RBs, $37 on QBs, etc)

    • $10-15 on QBs
    • $100-110 on RBs (I want one of the big three...Tomlinson specifically)
    • $60-70 on WRs (I would like a couple of very good WRs)
    • $5-10 on TEs (largely dependent on how much is spent at QB)
    • $2 on kickers
    • $6 on a pair of the better defenses.

    3. What percent of your team's budget do you expect to spend on your top QB, top 2 RBs, top 3 WRs, top TE?

    • 1 QB - 2-5%
    • 2 RBs - 45-50%
    • 3 WRs - 25-30%
    • 1 TE - 1-5%

    4. Name three players you hope to acquire for $3 or less?

    • Arnaz Battle - Been scooping him late in drafts, so he should be cheap here.
    • Braylon Edwards - Probably wishful thinking at that price, but it looks like he could play all season.
    • Joe Klopfenstein - No one else seems to want this guy.

    5. Name three players you fully expect to be on your roster? How much are you willing to pay to get them?

    • Joe Klopfenstein - $1
    • Philip Rivers - $7 - I'm a little worried about him with Tremblay being in the auction too. I really like Rivers but don't want to get into a bidding war for him.
    • LaDainian Tomlinson - $75 - I hope I don't have to spend that much though.

    Construx Boy

    1. Roster management - How many of each position do you intend to get (ie 3 QBs, 5 RBs, etc)?

    I'm set on 2 QBs, 5 RBs, 6 WRs, 2 TEs, 2 PK, and 2 DEF. That leaves 3 players. I want to get at least 2 Flex positions, so I'll probably grab a 6th RB and a 3rd TE. With my last roster spot I'll grab a 3rd QB or 3rd DEF, depending on where I'm deficient. In a normal survivor league I would likely go for the QB, but in a best ball league where there are no elimination weeks, a big week by a DEF can make a difference.

    2. How much cap do you plan on spending for each of the positions? (ie $160 on RBs, $37 on QBs, etc)

    I'm looking to spend the following by position:

    • QB - $17
    • RB - $82
    • WR - $77
    • TE - $12
    • PK - $5
    • DEF - $7

    In this format, I want some decent QBs, so that number is higher than it normally would be. In this season, with what appears to be many teams turning to RBBC, I want to get two of the top 15 or so RBs, which is why their value is high relative to the WRs. I feel like I can better pick up WRs bargains than RB bargains.

    3. What percent of your team's budget do you expect to spend on your top QB, top 2 RBs, top 3 WRs, top TE?

    • Top QB - 6%
    • Top 2 RBs - 35%
    • Top 3 WRs - 25%
    • Top TE - 4%

    4. Name three players you hope to acquire for $3 or less?

    I hope to acquire Ryan Moats, Greg Jennings and Corey Bradford for $3 or less. I hope they haven't become too hyped yet.

    5. Name three players you fully expect to be on your roster? How much are you willing to pay to get them?

    I want one of Steven Jackson or Ronnie Brown and expect to pay $45 - $50 for one of them. I like Darrell Jackson this year and think I can get him at a discount due to injury concerns for around $25. I think Ben Watson will light it up this year and I hope to get him for $8.


    Jeff Pasquino

    1. Roster management - How many of each position do you intend to get (ie 3 QBs, 5 RBs, etc)?

    I expect to take 3 QBs, 5 RBs, 7 WRs, 2 K, 2 TE, and 2 D. The 22nd pick will be a wild-card based on how everything falls out. If I have a need at TE or D, I'll take a third, or if a prospect falls I'll take the 6th RB.

    2. How much cap do you plan on spending for each of the positions? (ie $160 on RBs, $37 on QBs, etc)

    Out of the $200, I'm expecting to pay $100-110 for two stud RBs right out of the gate. After that, I'll allocate about $20 for QB, $55 for WR and fill in the rest of the roster from there. I would guess at about $17 for QB, $115 for RB, $55 for WR, $3 for K and D, and $7 for TE.

    3. What percent of your team's budget do you expect to spend on your top QB, top 2 RBs, top 3 WRs, top TE?

    Well, like I said, I'm going to go big for two Top 15 RBs. I'm going $100-110 for two RBs early, and about $45-50 for three WRs, filling in with a few $1-2 guys late. My top QB may break $10, but not much more. The top TE should be about $5-7 for me.

    4. Name three players you hope to acquire for $3 or less?

    Amani Toomer, Bobby Engram and Reche Caldwell.

    5. Name three players you fully expect to be on your roster? How much are you willing to pay to get them?

    Larry Johnson, and I'm willing to go upwards of $70 for him. I also want Chad Johnson and T.J. Houshmandzadeh, as I think one or both should score every week, which works out great in best ball. I expect them to be my 1-2 WRs and I bet I can get them for $50 total max. It all depends when their names come up.


    Aaron Rudnicki

    1. Roster management - How many of each position do you intend to get (ie 3 QBs, 5 RBs, etc)?

    With 22 roster spots, I expect I'll try to finish with a roster that breaks down like this: 3QB, 5RB, 6WR, 2TE, 2PK, 2DEF and then I'll try to find the best values for the remaining 2 roster spots. Also, if I feel like I'm weaker at one position, I'll probably spend one or both of those extra spots at that position to improve my depth.

    2. How much cap do you plan on spending for each of the positions? (ie $160 on RBs, $37 on QBs, etc)

    My plan is to distribute my money like this: 10% on QBs ($20), 46% on RBs ($92), 36% on WRs ($72), 4% on TEs ($8), 4% on PKs and DEF ($8).

    3. What percent of your team's budget do you expect to spend on your top QB, top 2 RBs, top 3 WRs, top TE?

    I will plan to spend roughly $10 or so on my QB1, $70 on my top 2 RBs, $56 on my top 3 WRs, and $5 on my TE1.

    4. Name three players you hope to acquire for $3 or less?

    Hoping to find value at the TE position after the big ones are off the board, so I'll look for a player like Heath Miller or Alex Smith for $3 or less.

    I might take a chance on a guy like Mark Brunell as my QB3 if I can get him cheap.

    At WR, I hope I can get players like Eric Moulds and Keyshawn Johnson for $3 or less. Reliable veterans who should put up consistent reception numbers from week to week.

    5. Name three players you fully expect to be on your roster? How much are you willing to pay to get them?

    At RB, I will probably wind up with Willis McGahee since everybody seems to be underrating him this year. I probably wouldn't go too much past $40 to sign him though. I will also try to land Chester Taylor as my RB2 if I can get him for about $30. I would like to get Frank Gore as my RB3 if I can get him for $14 or less.


    bostonfred

    1. Roster management - How many of each position do you intend to get (ie 3 QBs, 5 RBs, etc)?

    I'll probably take two good QBs or three decent ones. I'll probably take at least 5 RBs. I don't want fewer than six receivers, and would prefer seven. I'd take 2-3 TEs, probably 2. I'd like two kickers and three defenses because their scoring is so variable. Most likely I'll end up with 3 QBs, 5 RBs, 7 WRs, 2 TEs, 2 Ks, and 3 Ds.

    2. How much cap do you plan on spending for each of the positions? (ie $160 on RBs, $37 on QBs, etc)

    I don't really do a formal budget like this. It totally depends if I can get any of the top RBs at a reasonable price. If I do, I'll probably spend over 60% on RBs. If not, I'm going to hammer at other positions and try to take rookie/underrated RBs and try to hammer at other positions. I can't picture spending more than a few percent on QB, unless it's for Manning, and my top TE will probably be about 7 or 8 bucks unless I can get Heap fairly cheap.

    3. What percent of your team's budget do you expect to spend on your top QB, top 2 RBs, top 3 WRs, top TE?

    Again, it all depends if I can get a stud cheap. If I can, I'll go cheap on the backups at that position. If I have a position without a lot of studs, or one where my top guys are fairly streaky (like receiver) I'll probably make up for it with a lot of depth at the position. With the roster depth we have, I'd be comfortable with seven decent receivers and no true stud, so I don't expect to go too heavy at the top unless a guy I really like is sitting there.

    4. Name three players you hope to acquire for $3 or less?

    It depends on my team, but I'll probably be going with cheap receivers. I like Bobby Engram a lot and think he's undervalued. I don't know how cheap Keyshawn will be, but he always seems to slide, and I think he'll be solid in Carolina. Jason Elam and Josh Brown are more valuable with the long field goal bonuses and the best ball format.

    5. Name three players you fully expect to be on your roster? How much are you willing to pay to get them?

    I don't have any of these, but I'd like to get Cadillac Williams, LaDainian Tomlinson and Reggie Wayne. I won't drastically overspend on any of them, but I think Tomlinson will be cheaper than LJ or Alexander, and IMO he's the best value of the three. Cadillac and Wayne both seem to be drafted as if they were the top of the second tier, when I think they're each solidly in the first tier.


    Chris Smith

    1. Roster management - How many of each position do you intend to get (ie 3 QBs, 5 RBs, etc)?

    Going into this draft, I plan on drafting the following at each position...

    • 3 QBs
    • 6 RBs
    • 7 WRs
    • 2 TEs
    • 2 DEFs
    • 2 PKs

    If I end up with a strong roster at RB, I may go with 5 instead and run a third defense. I could also end up with 5 RB and 8 WR, 7 RB and 6 WR or even add in a third tight end depending on which players end up on my roster.

    2. How much cap do you plan on spending for each of the positions? (ie $160 on RBs, $37 on QBs, etc)

    • QB - $17.00 (something like 10, 5, 2)
    • RB - $110.00 (something like 50, 30, 15, 10, 4)
    • WR - $55.00 (20, 11, 9, 8, 4, 2, 1, 1)
    • TE - $10.00 (8, 2)
    • K - $4.00 (2, 2)
    • DEF - $4.00 (3, 1)

    3. What percent of your team's budget do you expect to spend on your top QB, top 2 RBs, top 3 WRs, top TE?

    I remain very flexible during an auction draft, looking for value and rarely locking myself into a set budget... I will make adjustments as I go depending on who I decide to bid for...

    Here is my best guess for each position

    • QB1 - $10.00
    • RB1 - $52.00
    • RB2- $30.00
    • WR1 - $22.00
    • WR2 - $10.00
    • WR3 - $10.00
    • TE1 - $6.00

    4. Name three players you hope to acquire for $3 or less?

    • RB Maurice Drew-Jones
    • WR Bryant Johnson
    • TE Ben Watson

    5. Name three players you fully expect to be on your roster? How much are you willing to pay to get them?

    Again, I never go in with preconceived notions about which players I must have in an auction draft. Very good way to get in trouble. I will be willing to take most players if the price is right. That said, I can see ending up with the following:

    • Michael Vick (up to $12 - great in Best ball with his huge weeks)
    • Joey Galloway (up to $16 - Will go off with a 150/2 performance some weeks)
    • Steven Jackson (up to $54 - think he is going to be money this year)


    Maurile Tremblay

    1. Roster management - How many of each position do you intend to get (ie 3 QBs, 5 RBs, etc)?

    My initial plan is to get 3 QBs, 5 RBs, 7 WRs, 2 TEs, 2 PKs, and 3 Defs, but I intend to remain flexible. I will forego a third QB or Def if I feel like I need additional help at RB or WR.

    2. How much cap do you plan on spending for each of the positions? (ie $160 on RBs, $37 on QBs, etc)

    I will not spend more than $3 on kickers, nor will I spend more than $3 on defenses. There's an outside chance that I'd spend more than $20 on tight ends, but I'll more than likely stay around $10. I also plan to spend no more than $20 on QBs, and possibly much less. Beyond that, I have no specific budget allocated to each position. I will go shopping for the best deals I can find.

    3. What percent of your team's budget do you expect to spend on your top QB, top 2 RBs, top 3 WRs, top TE?

    I plan to look for several QBs in the $1-$7 range each. If I can get an upper-tier TE for around $13 or so, I will do that. Otherwise, I won't spend more than $7 or $8 on my top TE. RBs and WRs are another matter. The top RBs will go for $70 or more. I will likely be out of the running for anyone in that price range, but I would spend up to $60 for any of the top five RBs. WRs are going to be important in this league, and I'd spend in the mid to high $30s for the top WRs.

    4. Name three players you hope to acquire for $3 or less?

    Philip Rivers, Chris Simms, Jerricho Cotchery.

    5. Name three players you fully expect to be on your roster? How much are you willing to pay to get them?

    I expect to end up with Philip Rivers because I seem to be higher on him than anybody else is. I'd like to get him for $2. I'd be willing to go up to $5 or maybe $6, but I don't think that will be necessary. I am also higher than most people on Steve Smith and Terrell Owens this year. I'm willing to go mid to high $30s on either of them, and should end with at least one of them on my roster. I will also try to pick up WR Eric Parker cheaply if I can - I'd hope in the $2 to $3 range, but I'd be willing to go up to around $6.


    Perry Van Hook

    1. Roster management - How many of each position do you intend to get (ie 3 QBs, 5 RBs, etc)?

    My pre plan is to roster the following:

    • 3 quarterbacks
    • 5/6 running backs
    • 6/7 wide receivers
    • 2 tight ends
    • 2 kickers
    • 3 defenses

    2. How much cap do you plan on spending for each of the positions? (ie $160 on RBs, $37 on QBs, etc)

    In baseball auctions because there is more predictability on the players it is possible to build the model from the bottom up. Since we cannot do that (reliably) in football, I think the money for each position should be based on how much of the scoring comes from that position. Here are my percentages and SOFT budget dollars by position:

    • QB= 17% = $34-
    • RB= 42% = $84+
    • WR=28% = $56+
    • TE = 7% = $14-
    • K = 3% = $<6
    • DS = 3% = $<6

    3. What percent of your team's budget do you expect to spend on your top QB, top 2 RBs, top 3 WRs, top TE?

    • QB will likely be about 10%
    • RBs will likely be about 35%
    • WRs will likely be about 25%
    • TE will likely be about 5%

    4. Name three players you hope to acquire for $3 or less?

    • Corey Bradford, DET
    • Marcedes Lewis, JAX
    • Michael Turner, SD

    5. Name three players you fully expect to be on your roster? How much are you willing to pay to get them?

    • Todd Heap $12
    • Jon Kitna $8
    • Dominic Rhodes $9


    David Dodds

    1. Roster management - How many of each position do you intend to get (ie 3 QBs, 5 RBs, etc)?

    I plan to end up with 3 QBs, 5 RBs, 7 WRs, 2 TEs, 2 PKs and 3 Defs. To make this work though I need cheap backs that can yield solid production each week.

    2. How much cap do you plan on spending for each of the positions? (ie $160 on RBs, $37 on QBs, etc)

    QBs = $15, RBs = $100, WRs = $72, TEs = $6, PKs = $2, Defs = $5

    3. What percent of your team's budget do you expect to spend on your top QB, top 2 RBs, top 3 WRs, top TE?

    About 70%. In an auction where the waiver wire is available, I would allocate 75 to 80%

    4. Name three players you hope to acquire for $3 or less?

    Assuming Larry Johnson is not available at this price, I would go with Jon Kitna, Ben Watson and Kellen Winslow

    5. Name three players you fully expect to be on your roster? How much are you willing to pay to get them?

    I can't remember a draft where I did not end up with Kennison so he would likely top my list. I value him at about 17, but expect him to go for half of that. I love both Brett Favre and Michael Vick and am hoping to land one for $7 or less. If this auction comes out conservative, I am looking to land Shaun Alexander for less than $63 to anchor my squad.


    Psychology Kev

    1. Roster management - How many of each position do you intend to get (ie 3 QBs, 5 RBs, etc)?

    My head tells me to buy 3 QBs, 3 kickers, and 3 defenses thus leaving 13 spots for RB, WR, and TE. I will buy one top prospect at each position and hopefully find value for cheap. I believe in having 3 starting QBs after the draft. My RB, WR, and TE numbers are not set in stone.

    2. How much cap do you plan on spending for each of the positions? (ie $160 on RBs, $37 on QBs, etc)

    I do not subscribe to the Stud RB theory at all. I plan on spending around $30 - $35 on the QB position in order to secure at least two top prospects. I could see spending near $70 for RBs that will include one top prospect and fillers. Think one first rounder and some fourth or fifth round picks sprinkled in there. The WR position could top $90 but that is only if I wait on the other positions to see where the money is going. I plan on buying one of the preseason top 5 players with a couple more that are in the preseason top 20. Value late in the draft will fill in the rest of this position. The TE is not a priority, however, if a top 5 TE is there for the right price I would buy one. Maybe $10 on this position depending who is at that price. The kicker and defense total of about $5 to fill in four maybe five positions.

    3. What percent of your team's budget do you expect to spend on your top QB, top 2 RBs, top 3 WRs, top TE?

    • QB = ~15%
    • RB = ~40%
    • WR = ~40%
    • TE = ~2%
    • K = ~2%
    • Def = ~1%

    4. Name three players you hope to acquire for $3 or less?

    • Mike Anderson now in Baltimore. He has proven before that he can carry the load and Lewis is one bad injury from giving Anderson the shot. I don't believe Lewis can play the whole year and having Anderson, hopefully, will earn my team some points during the year.
    • Adam Vinatieri should be had for under $3 and hopefully he is on my team. The Colts kicker is not a bad option to have with the offense that they have. Sure, Edge is not around but the WRs are still there as well as the QB. The offense will be fine plus there are no elements to worry about.
    • Chad Jackson from New England. I am hoping this rookie WR is going to go for cheap because I would like him on my team. I am thinking he could go for $3 but if someone is strapped for wide receivers than he will probably be more. I can always hope though.

    5. Name three players you fully expect to be on your roster? How much are you willing to pay to get them?

    • Peyton Manning is going to be the one person I am after. I believe in this type of system consistent QB play is vital to a team's success. Sure, Peyton has is off days but he will have more on than off days and that is something I am willing to pay for up front. Hopefully no more than $25 or so but I would go up to $30 if that is what it takes.
    • Willis McGahee is a RB I am after as well. The dollar amount is up in the air though as I do not see him being nominated right away and in the order I nominate eighth. Nominating him early will enable me to have some money but not enough evidence to see where RB prices are. I also see him moving up in the rankings and would like to be along for that ride. Maybe $40 would be my ceiling as there are question marks but he would be a good RB #2 to have depending who my #1 is. Hopefully Willis is not my #1 though.
    • Donald Driver is a WR I would like to have on my team. Call it a homer pick if you want but the passing yards have to go to someone on the Packers especially if the running game might not be there. I also see Driver in the top 10 this year if preseason and training camp are indications of what is to come. With that said I would spend about $20 on him if he is nominated earlier in the draft than later. I am afraid if he is not nominated early my money may be a little tight.


    radballs

    1. Roster management - How many of each position do you intend to get (ie 3 QBs, 5 RBs, etc)?

    I intend to have a range for the number of players that I want at each position depending on the strength of those players at each position. Ideally, I am targeting 2 QBs, 6 RBs, 8 WRs, 2 TEs, 2 Ks, and 2 defenses. However, if my two quarterbacks and tight ends are relatively weak I may take a third of each one of those positions. This will then reduce the number of running backs and wide receivers whom I roster.

    2. How much cap do you plan on spending for each of the positions? (ie $160 on RBs, $37 on QBs, etc)

    So much of the cap that I have earmarked for each position depends on whether I'm able to acquire some of the key players I'm targeting. But, my initial budget by position should be approximately:

    • $7-$14 for QBs
    • $80-$110 RBs
    • $60-$90 WRs
    • $5-$20 TEs (Big range here depending on if I go for one of the big 5. Gates will be too much though.)
    • $2-$6 Ks
    • $2-$8 Ds

    3. What percent of your team's budget do you expect to spend on your top QB, top 2 RBs, top 3 WRs, top TE?

    I expect my starters' budget to represent 80-85% of my total team budget. I think I'll still be able to acquire the necessary depth I need with the remaining $30-$40 dollars.

    4. Name three players you hope to acquire for $3 or less?

    Three players whom I hope to acquire for $3 or less are Mewelde Moore, Doug Gabriel, and tight end Alex Smith.

    5. Name three players you fully expect to be on your roster? How much are you willing to pay to get them?

    It's very difficult to target players in an auction format because you still do not want to overpay for someone even if you're excited about their prospects for the upcoming season. I'll be targeting a few running backs whom I hope to get for less than $10-$12 such as Chris Brown, Ahman Green, and Laurence Maroney. I'm only willing to pay as much as I determine each of these running backs to be worth, but they'd all be relative bargains for under $10 each. There are also some key bargain basement wide receivers that I'll be shooting for, but it will just depend on who becomes a terrific value as we get further into the draft.


    EastBayFunk

    1. Roster management - How many of each position do you intend to get (ie 3 QBs, 5 RBs, etc)?

    I'm aiming for 2 QBs, 4 RBs, 9 WRs, 3 TEs, 2 PKs, and 2 DEF.

    2. How much cap do you plan on spending for each of the positions? (ie $160 on RBs, $37 on QBs, etc)

    I'm looking to spend about $125 on RBs, $45 on WRs, $15 on QBs, $15 on TEs, $2 on PKs, and $2 on DEFs.

    3. What percent of your team's budget do you expect to spend on your top QB, top 2 RBs, top 3 WRs, top TE?

    Depth is more important to me than having a few stud players, so I'll generally be avoiding the top tier guys at each position. My QB1 should cost about $8. My top 2 RBs should cost about $35-$42 each. My top 3 WRs should cost about $5-$7 each. My top TE should cost about $8, although I'm allowing myself some flexibility at the position.

    4. Name three players you hope to acquire for $3 or less?

    Antonio Bryant, Chris Henry, Alex Smith (TE).

    5. Name three players you fully expect to be on your roster? How much are you willing to pay to get them?

    My strategy hinges on landing three solid RB options. I expect to outbid the competition for Cadillac Williams, Kevin Jones, and Reggie Bush. I will pay anywhere from $35-45 for each of these three backs, although I hope to secure the trio for less than $120 total.

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