Beat the Shift Podcast – Auction Strategy Episode w/ Steve Gardner

The Auction Strategy episode of the Beat the Shift Podcast – a baseball podcast for fantasy baseball players.

Guest: Steve Gardner

2023 LABR Auctions

Strategy Section

  • General Auction Preparation
    • How does it differ from snake drafts?
  • Position scarcity in auctions & punting
  • Live auctions vs. online auctions
  • Mono league auctions
  • How does auction strategy and future FAAB spending tie in together?
  • How should you prepare yourself mentally for the auction?
  • What should you do during auction breaks?
  • Scouting other league members
    • How does this affect the way that you should auction?
  • How to create auction values & strike prices
    • When should you bid over your values?
  • How much should you spend on hitting vs. pitching?
  • Stars & Scrubs vs. Spread the Risk
  • In-draft adjustments
    • In-draft inflation
  • Nominations
    • How do you determine who you should nominate next?
    • Controlling a room with nominations
  • Money Management
    • Pacing yourself throughout the auction
    • Having the hammer at the end
  • Bidding
    • How often should you bid on players?
    • Price enforcing
    • Starting bids
    • Freeze bids
    • Bid on the ‘9’s?
    • Timing of bids
    • $2 bids
    • Sneaking $1 players in early


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Jonathan Sher
1 year ago

Curious why for online auctions you don’t use Zoom or similar virtual conferencing, which allows you to hear the bids, see your rivals and not be a slave to a screen with bids that competes with your screen with values/spreadsheets/strategy. We used Zoom in 2022 and it had much of the feel of an in-person auction.