2017 Fantasy Football Draft Prep: Building a winner in our 12-team auction mock draft, with LeSean McCoy and DeMarco Murray

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In a snake draft, only the lucky soul who lands the No. 1 overall pick gets the best shot at getting Cardinals rusher David Johnson on his or her Fantasy team.

In an auction, everyone gets a shot at having the honor. In fact, everyone in your league has a chance to get everyone in the National Football League.

The process is simple: Everyone gets a predetermined amount of units to spend and everyone takes turns nominating players. Then the bidding begin. As you might expect, the person who bids the most gets the right to have said player on their roster.

It makes for some interesting twists and turns that you just don't get in a typical Fantasy draft. For example, in our 12-team non-PPR auction, Fantasy writer Chris Towers landed Antonio Brown and Julio Jones . Two would-be first-round picks! You can't do that in a snake format (unless you play with clueless idiots, in which case I'd like to join your league).

Our results from our selection process are below, but there's a lot of context that must get taken into consideration. For that, I strongly encourage you to check out our lessons learned. You'll find out details like why Ameer Abdullah went for $12, how come Samaje Perine went for $10 and what was wrong with Mike Kiser's team, along with my running back strategy. I took both LeSean McCoy and Jonathan Williams, and then DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry, locking up two of the most run-heavy offenses, no mater what happens. You can't justify that in a snake draft, but it's a viable strategy in auction. Check it out.

Our bidders:

  • Jeff Gerttula, SVP and GM, CBS Sports Digital (auction veteran)
  • Dave Richard, Senior Fantasy Writer (auction veteran)
  • Jamey Eisenberg, Senior Fantasy Writer (auction veteran)
  • Heath Cummings, Senior Fantasy Writer (auction veteran)
  • Chris Towers, Fantasy Writer (auction veteran)
  • Jeff Tobin, Director of Editorial (auction veteran)
  • Eric Chylinski, Director of Marketing (auction veteran)
  • R.J. White, NFL Editor (auction veteran)
  • Kevin Skiver, Writer, CBS Sports (auction veteran)
  • Michael Kiser, Senior Manager, Video Newsroom (second-ever auction)
  • Will Brinson, NFL Writer (second-ever auction)
  • George Maselli, Fantasy Editor (auction newbie)


Our owners had $100 to spend on 15 roster spots. Our scoring for all touchdowns is six points. We are awarding one point for every 10 yards rushing and receiving and one point for every 25 yards passing. We feature a starting lineup of a QB, 2 RB, 2 WR, TE, K, DST and a FLEX (RB/WR/TE). There will also be six reserve spots.

Round by Round
Quarterback
Nom Player Price
11 Aaron Rodgers , GB $12
23 Tom Brady , NE $10
28 Drew Brees , NO $6
2 Marcus Mariota , TEN $6
3 Matt Ryan , ATL $5
47 Russell Wilson , SEA $4
19 Jameis Winston , TB $4
6 Cam Newton , CAR $4
122 Andrew Luck , IND $3
114 Ben Roethlisberger , PIT $2
102 Kirk Cousins , WAS $2
163 Tyrod Taylor , BUF $1
158 Matthew Stafford , DET $1
154 Dak Prescott , DAL $1
144 Derek Carr , OAK $1
126 Philip Rivers , LAC $1
78 Carson Palmer , ARI $1
56 Andy Dalton , CIN $1
44 Eli Manning , NYG $1
Running Back
Nom Player Price
8 David Johnson, ARI $38
21 Le'Veon Bell , PIT $32
22 Devonta Freeman , ATL $26
15 Melvin Gordon , LAC $24
30 DeMarco Murray , TEN $23
12 LeSean McCoy , BUF $23
24 Ezekiel Elliott , DAL $21
10 Jordan Howard , CHI $21
27 Christian McCaffrey , CAR $17
4 Jay Ajayi , MIA $17
33 Todd Gurley , LAR $16
16 Leonard Fournette , JAC $16
50 Isaiah Crowell , CLE $13
98 Ameer Abdullah, DET $12
52 Dalvin Cook , MIN $12
38 Lamar Miller , HOU $12
155 Samaje Perine, WAS $10*
107 Thomas Rawls , SEA $10
75 Mark Ingram , NO $10
40 Joe Mixon , CIN $10
70 C.J. Anderson, DEN $9
66 Carlos Hyde , SF $9
97 Doug Martin , TB $8
99 Danny Woodhead , BAL $7
26 Spencer Ware , KC $7
119 Adrian Peterson , NO $6
116 Frank Gore , IND $6
63 Ty Montgomery , GB $6
51 Marshawn Lynch , OAK $6
87 Terrance West , BAL $5
84 Mike Gillislee , NE $5
46 Rob Kelley , WAS $5
131 Theo Riddick , DET $4
82 Bilal Powell , NYJ $4
65 Paul Perkins , NYG $4
37 Derrick Henry , TEN $4
25 Darren McFadden , DAL $4
18 Tevin Coleman , ATL $4
127 LeGarrette Blount , PHI $3
94 Rex Burkhead , NE $3
85 Jacquizz Rodgers , TB $3
64 Jamaal Williams , GB $3
7 Kareem Hunt , KC $3
142 D'Onta Foreman , HOU $2
139 James White , NE $2
138 C.J. Prosise, SEA $2
130 Eddie Lacy , SEA $2
103 Jonathan Stewart , CAR $2
91 Jeremy Hill , CIN $2
74 De'Angelo Henderson , DEN $2
14 Jonathan Williams , BUF $2
178 Darren Sproles , PHI $1
177 Alfred Morris , DAL $1
174 Duke Johnson , CLE $1
171 James Conner , PIT $1
169 Marlon Mack , IND $1
162 Latavius Murray , MIN $1
153 Jalen Richard , OAK $1
149 Matt Forte , NYJ $1
148 Jamaal Charles , DEN $1
145 Joe Williams , SF $1
143 Alvin Kamara , NO $1
141 Shane Vereen , NYG $1
115 DeAndre Washington , OAK $1
Wide Receiver
Nom Player Price
34 Antonio Brown, PIT $34
49 Odell Beckham , NYG $33
9 Julio Jones, ATL $32
31 A.J. Green, CIN $31
39 Jordy Nelson , GB $27
45 Mike Evans , TB $26
61 Dez Bryant , DAL $25
36 Michael Thomas , NO $24
62 Amari Cooper , OAK $15
59 T.Y. Hilton, IND $15
57 Doug Baldwin , SEA $15
53 Terrelle Pryor , WAS $12
92 Keenan Allen , LAC $11
90 DeAndre Hopkins , HOU $11
73 Brandin Cooks , NE $11
5 Pierre Garcon , SF $11
86 Demaryius Thomas , DEN $9
68 Kelvin Benjamin , CAR $9
77 Alshon Jeffery , PHI $8
123 Michael Crabtree , OAK $7
109 Jamison Crowder , WAS $7
79 Sammy Watkins , LAR $7
69 Martavis Bryant , PIT $7
121 Tyreek Hill , KC $6
108 Willie Snead , NO $6
106 Davante Adams , GB $6
104 Allen Robinson , JAC $6
101 Golden Tate , DET $6
89 Stefon Diggs , MIN $5
80 DeVante Parker , MIA $5
67 Tyrell Williams , LAC $5
136 Cameron Meredith , CHI $4
157 Julian Edelman , NE $3
137 Larry Fitzgerald , ARI $3
134 Jarvis Landry , MIA $3
129 Jeremy Maclin , BAL $3
128 Eric Decker , TEN $3
117 Emmanuel Sanders , DEN $3
17 DeSean Jackson , TB $3
170 Kenny Golladay , DET $2
164 Randall Cobb , GB $2
156 Brandon Marshall , NYG $2
151 Adam Thielen , MIN $2
58 Zay Jones , BUF $2
176 J.J. Nelson, ARI $1
168 Marvin Jones , DET $1
167 Jordan Matthews , BUF $1
166 John Brown , ARI $1
161 Corey Davis , TEN $1
160 Rishard Matthews , TEN $1
159 Donte Moncrief , IND $1
152 Robby Anderson , NYJ $1
147 Mike Wallace , BAL $1
140 Cooper Kupp , LAR $1
132 Cole Beasley , DAL $1
125 Sterling Shepard , NYG $1
Tight End
Nom Player Price
48 Rob Gronkowski , NE $20
76 Travis Kelce , KC $8
71 Greg Olsen , CAR $7
95 Jordan Reed , WAS $6
93 Jimmy Graham , SEA $6
113 Zach Ertz , PHI $4
112 Tyler Eifert , CIN $4
124 Jack Doyle , IND $3
60 O.J. Howard, TB $3
150 Delanie Walker , TEN $2
118 Kyle Rudolph , MIN $2
100 Hunter Henry , LAC $2
175 Austin Hooper , ATL $1
172 Cameron Brate , TB $1
133 Martellus Bennett , GB $1
120 Jason Witten , DAL $1
111 Eric Ebron , DET $1
Defense
Nom Player Price
179 DST Buffalo Bills $1
135 DST Los Angeles Rams $1
110 DST Minnesota Vikings $1
105 DST Pittsburgh Steelers $1
88 DST Atlanta Falcons $1
83 DST Kansas City Chiefs $1
72 DST Houston Texans $1
43 DST Seattle Seahawks $1
42 DST Los Angeles Chargers $1
41 DST Cardinals $1
20 DST New England Patriots $1
13 DST Denver Broncos $1
Kicker
Nom Player Price
180 Dustin Hopkins , WAS $1
173 Caleb Sturgis , PHI $1
165 Matt Prater , DET $1
146 Wil Lutz , NO $1
96 Josh Lambo , LAC $1
81 Sebastian Janikowski , OAK $1
55 Dan Bailey , DAL $1
54 Graham Gano , CAR $1
35 Mason Crosby , GB $1
32 Matt Bryant , ATL $1
29 Stephen Gostkowski , NE $1
1 Justin Tucker , BAL $1

Team by Team
Will Brinson
Player POS Price
Matthew Stafford, DET QB $1
Philip Rivers, LAC QB $1
Carson Palmer, ARI QB $1
Joe Mixon, CIN RB $10
Tevin Coleman, ATL RB $4
Rex Burkhead, NE RB $3
Jamaal Charles, DEN RB $1
A.J. Green, CIN WR $31
Michael Thomas, NO WR $24
Willie Snead, NO WR $6
Tyrell Williams, LAC WR $5
John Brown, ARI WR $1
Greg Olsen, CAR TE $7
DST Chargers DST $1
Graham Gano, CAR K $1
Eric Chylinski
Player POS Price
Cam Newton, CAR QB $4
Melvin Gordon, LAC RB $24
Lamar Miller, HOU RB $12
Marshawn Lynch, OAK RB $6
Eddie Lacy, SEA RB $2
Latavius Murray, MIN RB $1
Jalen Richard, OAK RB $1
Doug Baldwin, SEA WR $15
Terrelle Pryor, WAS WR $12
Kelvin Benjamin, CAR WR $9
Allen Robinson, JAC WR $6
Cameron Meredith, CHI WR $4
Hunter Henry, LAC TE $2
DST Chiefs DST $1
Mason Crosby, GB K $1
Heath Cummings
Player POS Price
Russell Wilson, SEA QB $4
Todd Gurley, LAR RB $16
Ty Montgomery, GB RB $6
Darren McFadden, DAL RB $4
C.J. Prosise, SEA RB $2
Jonathan Stewart, CAR RB $2
Mike Evans, TB WR $26
Sammy Watkins, LAR WR $7
Julian Edelman, NE WR $3
Adam Thielen, MIN WR $2
Mike Wallace, BAL WR $1
Rob Gronkowski, NE TE $20
Delanie Walker, TEN TE $2
DST Falcons DST $1
Matt Prater, DET K $1
Jamey Eisenberg
Player POS Price
Derek Carr, OAK QB $1
Ameer Abdullah, DET RB $12
Samaje Perine, WAS RB $10*
C.J. Anderson, DEN RB $9
Doug Martin, TB RB $8
Frank Gore, IND RB $6
Theo Riddick, DET RB $4
De'Angelo Henderson, DEN RB $2
Dez Bryant, DAL WR $25
Michael Crabtree, OAK WR $7
Jamison Crowder, WAS WR $7
Davante Adams, GB WR $6
Martellus Bennett, GB TE $1
DST Broncos DST $1
Justin Tucker, BAL K $1
Jeff Gerttula
Player POS Price
Andy Dalton, CIN QB $1
Eli Manning, NYG QB $1
Le'Veon Bell, PIT RB $32
Devonta Freeman, ATL RB $26
Dalvin Cook, MIN RB $12
James White, NE RB $2
Amari Cooper, OAK WR $15
Eric Decker, TEN WR $3
Kenny Golladay, DET WR $2
J.J. Nelson, ARI WR $1
Marvin Jones, DET WR $1
Rishard Matthews, TEN WR $1
Cameron Brate, TB TE $1
DST Patriots DST $1
Matt Bryant, ATL K $1
Michael Kiser
Player POS Price
Jameis Winston, TB QB $4
Ben Roethlisberger, PIT QB $2
Carlos Hyde, SF RB $9
Adrian Peterson, NO RB $6
Paul Perkins, NYG RB $4
Jacquizz Rodgers, TB RB $3
Jeremy Hill, CIN RB $2
Keenan Allen, LAC WR $11
Alshon Jeffery, PHI WR $8
Golden Tate, DET WR $6
Stefon Diggs, MIN WR $5
Sterling Shepard, NYG WR $1
Zach Ertz, PHI TE $4
DST Cardinals DST $1
Stephen Gostkowski, NE K $1
George Maselli
Player POS Price
Matt Ryan, ATL QB $5
David Johnson, ARI RB $38
Ezekiel Elliott, DAL RB $21
Spencer Ware, KC RB $7
Rob Kelley, WAS RB $5
Jamaal Williams, GB RB $3
D'Onta Foreman, HOU RB $2
DeVante Parker, MIA WR $5
Brandon Marshall, NYG WR $2
Zay Jones, BUF WR $2
Cooper Kupp, LAR WR $1
Tyler Eifert, CIN TE $4
Jack Doyle, IND TE $3
DST Steelers DST $1
Sebastian Janikowski, OAK K $1
Dave Richard
Player POS Price
Kirk Cousins, WAS QB $2
DeMarco Murray, TEN RB $23
LeSean McCoy, BUF RB $23
Isaiah Crowell, CLE RB $13
Derrick Henry, TEN RB $4
Jonathan Williams, BUF RB $2
Darren Sproles, PHI RB $1
Duke Johnson, CLE RB $1
Joe Williams, SF RB $1
Brandin Cooks, NE WR $11
Tyreek Hill, KC WR $6
Jarvis Landry, MIA WR $3
Travis Kelce, KC TE $8
DST Vikings DST $1
Dustin Hopkins, WAS K $1
Kevin Skiver
Player POS Price
Marcus Mariota, TEN QB $6
Tyrod Taylor, BUF QB $1
Dak Prescott, DAL QB $1
Jordan Howard, CHI RB $21
Christian McCaffrey, CAR RB $17
Alvin Kamara, NO RB $1
Odell Beckham, NYG WR $33
DeSean Jackson, TB WR $3
Randall Cobb, GB WR $2
Cole Beasley, DAL WR $1
Jordan Reed, WAS TE $6
O.J. Howard, TB TE $3
Jason Witten, DAL TE $1
DST Texans DST $1
Josh Lambo, LAC K $1
Jeff Tobin
Player POS Price
Tom Brady, NE QB $10
Andrew Luck, IND QB $3
Thomas Rawls, SEA RB $10
Danny Woodhead, BAL RB $7
Terrance West, BAL RB $5
LeGarrette Blount, PHI RB $3
T.Y. Hilton, IND WR $15
DeAndre Hopkins, HOU WR $11
Demaryius Thomas, DEN WR $9
Martavis Bryant, PIT WR $7
Jeremy Maclin, BAL WR $3
Jimmy Graham, SEA TE $6
Eric Ebron, DET TE $1
DST Rams DST $1
Wil Lutz, NO K $1
Chris Towers
Player POS Price
Drew Brees, NO QB $6
Mark Ingram, NO RB $10
Bilal Powell, NYJ RB $4
Kareem Hunt, KC RB $3
James Conner, PIT RB $1
Matt Forte, NYJ RB $1
DeAndre Washington, OAK RB $1
Antonio Brown, PIT WR $34
Julio Jones, ATL WR $32
Emmanuel Sanders, DEN WR $3
Jordan Matthews, BUF WR $1
Donte Moncrief, IND WR $1
Austin Hooper, ATL TE $1
DST Seahawks DST $1
Dan Bailey, DAL K $1
R.J. White
Player POS Price
Aaron Rodgers, GB QB $12
Jay Ajayi, MIA RB $17
Leonard Fournette, JAC RB $16
Mike Gillislee, NE RB $5
Alfred Morris, DAL RB $1
Marlon Mack, IND RB $1
Shane Vereen, NYG RB $1
Jordy Nelson, GB WR $27
Pierre Garcon, SF WR $11
Larry Fitzgerald, ARI WR $3
Corey Davis, TEN WR $1
Robby Anderson, NYJ WR $1
Kyle Rudolph, MIN TE $2
DST Bills DST $1
Caleb Sturgis, PHI K $1
* - owner used remaining budget on player
Senior Fantasy Writer

Dave Richard has spent nearly his entire career covering the National Football League. Beginning with NFL.com at the boom of the Internet, Richard was that site's first Fantasy Football writer before transitioning... Full Bio

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