By Michael Beller
August 15, 2013
C.J. Spiller ran for a career-high 1,244 yards and six touchdowns for the Bills last season.
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OK, you've answered yes to the first two questions. You'd like Player X on your team, and the bidding is below market value. There's just one more box you need to check, but it's an important one. Do I have room for this guy in my budget and on my roster? Just because someone is selling for less than the going rate doesn't mean he'd be a fit on your team. You still have to consider the context, even when there's a bargain to be had. Let's use the example in Question 2. You'll recall that we had Peterson going for $60 and Richardson for $42. Well, suppose you bought both of them. You've already spent $102 -- more than half a standard $200 auction budget -- on running backs. Can you really afford to spend another $38 or $39 on a back, even if you think it's a great deal for Spiller? Remember Question No. 1. You have to be comfortable with adding the current player to your team. Also recall one of the general maxims of any auction: You must know your roster and how much money you have left at all times. There's a chance you'll have to let a bargain and the opportunity to price enforce pass if your roster and/or budget precludes you from going after a certain player. It may hurt at the time, but you'll thank yourself when you don't have to fill key positions with a bunch of single-digit players.

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