The task was complete a 10-team mock auction with a $200 cap and come out of it with a team I don't hate. When it comes to football auctions, I'm still getting the hang of it. Auctions, as the argument goes, gives you the chance to pile up some star power in ways a normal draft would never be able to. If you want Chris Johnson and Adrian Peterson in your same backfield, go for it. The problem is, the rest of the team will be a question mark with your shopping budget vaporized. One goal this time out was to not blow everything I had early, but I didn't want to wait in the weeds unsure of what scraps might be left. Here is the end result:
QB Philip Rivers, Chargers, $24
RB Michael Turner, Falcons, $53
RB Rashard Mendenhall, Steelers, $43
WR Marques Colston, Saints, $20
WR Mike Sims-Walker, Jaguars, $15
WR/RB Michael Crabtree, 49ers, $14
TE Vernon Davis, 49ers, $14
Def./ST Packers, $4
QB Jay Cutler, Bears, $2
QB Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers, $1
RB Justin Forsett, Seahawks, $3
RB Ben Tate, Texans, $1
RB Lawrence Maroney, Patriots, $1
WR Braylon Edwards, Jets, $3
WR Bernard Berrien, Vikings, $1
WR Devery Henderson, Saints, $1
I loved: The economical pricing of a pretty good starting receiver core ($49 combined).
I loathed: The high prices of my starting backfield and tight end (Davis was an impulse buy).
I learned: The prices really do come down if you wait a little.
The price was right: Rivers, a top-5 QB in my opinion, was a solid value.
The top 5 most expensive players were: 1. (tie) RB Chris Johnson, Titans, RB Adrian Peterson, Vikings, $62; 3. Maurice Jones-Drew, Jaguars, $56; 4. Turner, Falcons, $53; 5. Steven Jackson, Rams, $51.