Postmortem: TR’s Peepers

I was terrified. In all my years doing fantasy football drafts, I never once participated in an auction. And of my 11 fantasy football leagues, this entry fee ($120) was an Andrew Jackson more than my other most expensive league. (The others nine ranged from $33-$55). Prepping myself for the stress that was sure to come when the first player came up for auction, I told myself only two maxims mattered: Don’t overrate (or overpay) for running backs. And don’t fuck up.

Miraculously I managed not to do either.

After boning up on auction-related literature, I learned not to overplay my hand and ease myself in the arena by first offering up a kicker. (In retrospect I could have done far better than the Oakland Raiders Sebastian Janikowski!) But that stratagem was a sign of pleasant results to come. With my second claim I got the much-sought after Chicago Bears receiver Brandon Marshall for $41 then paid modestly ($37) for Jacksonville Jaguars halfback Maurice Jones-Drew when the demand for top-tier running backs was outlasting the supply.

Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson, aka Megatron, was my top priority and I had to really stretch my budget to get him. But I have no regrets about the $61 it cost me. Following that up with the Green Bay Packers all-everything Randall Cobb for $29 was electrifying. Unfortunately, that left me only $21 to get the quarterback I needed to have—Detroit’s Matthew Stafford (I covet the combos!)—but it literally cost me every last available dollar.

Since I now only had $8 left to fill out the remaining eight spots on my roster, I knew I had to be quite canny about in what order I nominated players. (If someone else put them up for auction I wouldn’t have enough money to outbid them for their services.) Thankfully I got the last three players I wanted: tight end Jermichael Finley, running back Shane Vereen, and wide receiver Michael Crabtree. Of course due to some unfortunate injuries not everyone produced as expected. But as for how my first auction draft went, I have no regrets whatsoever.

All told, I went 10-3 (including three winnings streaks of at least three games) and tied for first place, earning the second seed and a first round bye. The playoffs didn’t go has hoped, but finishing fourth in my first auction league was nothing to sneeze at. I am already looking forward to next season now that I know much more about my opponents and their penchants and proclivities for auctioning and their stinginess in allocating their respective waiver wire monies.

Editor’s Note: For those who missed previous installments of the Postmortem Series, please use this link to see how my other teams fared in 2013.

Team Name: TR’s Peepers

Record: 10-3 (2 of 10)

Points: 1,422.82 (2 of 10)

Playoff Results: First round bye; semifinal loss, 168.42-87.80; consolation game defeat, 112.84-71.58

History: First season

Championships: N/A

(Other) Top 3 Finishes: N/A

Previous Year Results: N/A

Standings: 

Rank

Team

W-L-T

Pts For

Pts Agnst

Streak

Waiver Bdgt

Waiver

Moves

*1 Mars Voltattacks 9-4-0 1265.68 1194.36 W-2 $4 1 9
*2 Start The Reactor! 10-3-0 1560.68 1301.38 W-4 $0 8 23
*3 The Standard 8-5-0 1281.96 1271.96 L-3 $5 2 35
*4 TR’s Peepers 10-3-0 1422.82 1240.66 W-4 $0 10 43
*5 Murder Boner 6-7-0 1301.62 1322.92 L-4 $19 4 15
*6 GIMMEABRKFSTSNDWCH 7-6-0 1366.68 1383.82 W-3 $25 6 40
7 Hangin’ w/Mr. Cooper 4-9-0 1260.42 1446.92 W-1 $42 5 21
8 Leroy Brown 5-8-0 1314.80 1364.16 L-1 $100 3 9
9 The French Ticklers 3-10-0 1231.96 1291.50 L-2 $1 7 28
10 RGIII-Headed Monster 3-10-0 1137.64 1326.58 L-4 $0 9 22

Schedule: 

Wk

Opponent

Result

Score

 

1 Murder Boner Win 109.48 – 95.80 Recap
2 Leroy Brown Win 123.42 – 104.40 Recap
3 RGIII-Headed Monster Win 83.20 – 70.54 Recap
4 The French Ticklers Loss 73.38 – 116.46 Recap
5 Mars Voltattacks Loss 74.78 – 125.80 Recap
6 Hangin’ w/Mr. Cooper Win 91.02 – 69.08 Recap
7 GIMMEABRKFSTSNDWCH Win 138.18 – 114.70 Recap
8 Start The Reactor! Win 127.32 – 118.86 Recap
9 The Standard Loss 85.90 – 94.78 Recap
10 Murder Boner Win 145.16 – 90.78 Recap
11 Leroy Brown Win 118.08 – 110.54 Recap
12 RGIII-Headed Monster Win 136.08 – 43.42 Recap
13 The French Ticklers Win 116.82 – 85.50 Recap

 Draft Results: 

TR’s Peepers

Budget

$200

1. (7) Sebastian Janikowski (Oak – K) $1
2. (13) Brandon Marshall (Chi – WR) $41
3. (16) Maurice Jones-Drew (Jax – RB) $37
4. (17) Calvin Johnson (Det – WR) $62
5. (23) Randall Cobb (GB – WR) $29
6. (47) Green Bay (GB – DEF) $1
7. (48) Matthew Stafford (Det – QB) $21
8. (106) Jermichael Finley (GB – TE) $1
9. (113) Shane Vereen (NE – RB) $1
10. (120) Jonathan Stewart (Car – RB) $1
11. (127) Bryce Brown (Phi – RB) $1
12. (132) Pittsburgh (Pit – DEF) $1
13. (137) Owen Daniels (Hou – TE) $1
14. (142) Michael Crabtree (SF – WR) $1
15. (146) St. Louis (StL – DEF) $1
Unused $0
Each team’s budget is $200.

Pick

Player

Cost

Team

1. Robert Griffin III (Was – QB) $18 RGIII-Headed Monster
2. Adrian Peterson (Min – RB) $69 RGIII-Headed Monster
3. LeSean McCoy (Phi – RB) $59 Hangin’ w/Mr. Cooper
4. Arian Foster (Hou – RB) $59 Leroy Brown
5. Aaron Rodgers (GB – QB) $47 GIMMEABRKFSTSNDWCH
6. C.J. Spiller (Buf – RB) $54 RGIII-Headed Monster
7. Sebastian Janikowski (Oak – K) $1 TR’s Peepers
8. Trent Richardson (Ind – RB) $48 RGIII-Headed Monster
9. Jamaal Charles (KC – RB) $54 Mars Voltattacks
10. Marshawn Lynch (Sea – RB) $55 Murder Boner
11. Ray Rice (Bal – RB) $60 Start The Reactor!
12. Doug Martin (TB – RB) $59 GIMMEABRKFSTSNDWCH
13. Brandon Marshall (Chi – WR) $41 TR’s Peepers
14. Dez Bryant (Dal – WR) $45 Hangin’ w/Mr. Cooper
15. Reggie Bush (Det – RB) $28 The French Ticklers
16. Maurice Jones-Drew (Jax – RB) $37 TR’s Peepers
17. Calvin Johnson (Det – WR) $62 TR’s Peepers
18. Jimmy Graham (NO – TE) $35 Leroy Brown
19. Alfred Morris (Was – RB) $49 The French Ticklers
20. A.J. Green (Cin – WR) $48 Start The Reactor!
21. Drew Brees (NO – QB) $48 The Standard
22. Victor Cruz (NYG – WR) $30 Start The Reactor!
23. Randall Cobb (GB – WR) $29 TR’s Peepers
24. Matt Forte (Chi – RB) $32 The Standard
25. Stevan Ridley (NE – RB) $29 The Standard
26. Cam Newton (Car – QB) $29 Murder Boner
27. Le’Veon Bell (Pit – RB) $6 Mars Voltattacks
28. Frank Gore (SF – RB) $21 Mars Voltattacks
29. Tom Brady (NE – QB) $35 Leroy Brown
30. Julio Jones (Atl – WR) $38 The French Ticklers
31. David Wilson (NYG – RB) $23 GIMMEABRKFSTSNDWCH
32. Vincent Jackson (TB – WR) $18 Leroy Brown
33. Danny Amendola (NE – WR) $15 Mars Voltattacks
34. Steven Jackson (Atl – RB) $35 Murder Boner
35. BenJarvus Green-Ellis (Cin – RB) $9 Leroy Brown
36. Colin Kaepernick (SF – QB) $16 Hangin’ w/Mr. Cooper
37. Seattle (Sea – DEF) $3 Murder Boner
38. Larry Fitzgerald (Ari – WR) $32 Murder Boner
39. Roddy White (Atl – WR) $31 Mars Voltattacks
40. Chris Johnson (Ten – RB) $34 The French Ticklers
41. Peyton Manning (Den – QB) $21 Start The Reactor!
42. Demaryius Thomas (Den – WR) $37 The Standard
43. Mike Wallace (Mia – WR) $13 GIMMEABRKFSTSNDWCH
44. Darren McFadden (Oak – RB) $14 GIMMEABRKFSTSNDWCH
45. Marques Colston (NO – WR) $18 Hangin’ w/Mr. Cooper
46. Russell Wilson (Sea – QB) $12 Murder Boner
47. Green Bay (GB – DEF) $1 TR’s Peepers
48. Matthew Stafford (Det – QB) $21 TR’s Peepers
49. Andre Johnson (Hou – WR) $23 Leroy Brown
50. Aaron Hernandez (NE – TE) $1 GIMMEABRKFSTSNDWCH
51. Chicago (Chi – DEF) $1 Start The Reactor!
52. Dwayne Bowe (KC – WR) $14 GIMMEABRKFSTSNDWCH
53. Wes Welker (Den – WR) $13 Murder Boner
54. DeMarco Murray (Dal – RB) $15 The Standard
55. Tony Gonzalez (Atl – TE) $13 Hangin’ w/Mr. Cooper
56. Jordy Nelson (GB – WR) $11 GIMMEABRKFSTSNDWCH
57. Eddie Lacy (GB – RB) $19 The French Ticklers
58. Antonio Brown (Pit – WR) $12 The French Ticklers
59. Vernon Davis (SF – TE) $6 Mars Voltattacks
60. Percy Harvin (Sea – WR) $1 GIMMEABRKFSTSNDWCH
61. Mark Ingram (NO – RB) $6 The French Ticklers
62. Pierre Garcon (Was – WR) $12 Mars Voltattacks
63. James Jones (GB – WR) $7 Hangin’ w/Mr. Cooper
64. Antonio Gates (SD – TE) $2 Start The Reactor!
65. Andrew Luck (Ind – QB) $8 Hangin’ w/Mr. Cooper
66. Greg Jennings (Min – WR) $5 Leroy Brown
67. Reggie Wayne (Ind – WR) $10 Mars Voltattacks
68. DeSean Jackson (Phi – WR) $9 Start The Reactor!
69. Michael Vick (Phi – QB) $5 Mars Voltattacks
70. Rob Gronkowski (NE – TE) $7 GIMMEABRKFSTSNDWCH
71. Andre Brown (NYG – RB) $7 Start The Reactor!
72. Eric Decker (Den – WR) $6 GIMMEABRKFSTSNDWCH
73. Darren Sproles (NO – RB) $1 Hangin’ w/Mr. Cooper
74. Matt Ryan (Atl – QB) $7 Mars Voltattacks
75. Jason Witten (Dal – TE) $5 Mars Voltattacks
76. Ryan Mathews (SD – RB) $7 Hangin’ w/Mr. Cooper
77. Hakeem Nicks (NYG – WR) $9 Mars Voltattacks
78. Tony Romo (Dal – QB) $6 Mars Voltattacks
79. San Francisco (SF – DEF) $4 Mars Voltattacks
80. Blair Walsh (Min – K) $1 GIMMEABRKFSTSNDWCH
81. Montee Ball (Den – RB) $11 The Standard
82. Torrey Smith (Bal – WR) $9 Leroy Brown
83. Ahmad Bradshaw (Ind – RB) $10 The Standard
84. Darrius Heyward-Bey (Ind – WR) $1 Murder Boner
85. Mikel Leshoure (Det – RB) $2 Start The Reactor!
86. Rashard Mendenhall (Ari – RB) $4 Hangin’ w/Mr. Cooper
87. Lamar Miller (Mia – RB) $10 Hangin’ w/Mr. Cooper
88. Eli Manning (NYG – QB) $3 The French Ticklers
89. Steve Smith (Car – WR) $8 Mars Voltattacks
90. Houston (Hou – DEF) $1 GIMMEABRKFSTSNDWCH
91. Matt Bryant (Atl – K) $1 Start The Reactor!
92. Cecil Shorts III (Jax – WR) $2 The French Ticklers
93. Tavon Austin (StL – WR) $4 The Standard
94. Anquan Boldin (SF – WR) $3 Start The Reactor!
95. Miles Austin (Dal – WR) $3 Hangin’ w/Mr. Cooper
96. Chris Ivory (NYJ – RB) $5 Start The Reactor!
97. DeAngelo Williams (Car – RB) $3 Murder Boner
98. Golden Tate (Sea – WR) $2 Start The Reactor!
99. Daryl Richardson (StL – RB) $8 The Standard
100. Andy Dalton (Cin – QB) $3 Start The Reactor!
101. Stevie Johnson (Buf – WR) $2 Hangin’ w/Mr. Cooper
102. Baltimore (Bal – DEF) $1 Hangin’ w/Mr. Cooper
103. Fred Jackson (Buf – RB) $1 Murder Boner
104. Knowshon Moreno (Den – RB) $3 Start The Reactor!
105. Kenny Britt (Ten – WR) $2 Hangin’ w/Mr. Cooper
106. Jermichael Finley (GB – TE) $1 TR’s Peepers
107. Jared Cook (StL – TE) $1 The French Ticklers
108. Danny Woodhead (SD – RB) $1 GIMMEABRKFSTSNDWCH
109. Mike Williams (TB – WR) $1 RGIII-Headed Monster
110. Giovani Bernard (Cin – RB) $1 Murder Boner
111. Johnathan Franklin (GB – RB) $1 Leroy Brown
112. Kyle Rudolph (Min – TE) $2 Murder Boner
113. Shane Vereen (NE – RB) $1 TR’s Peepers
114. Ben Roethlisberger (Pit – QB) $1 The French Ticklers
115. T.Y. Hilton (Ind – WR) $2 Murder Boner
116. Greg Olsen (Car – TE) $1 RGIII-Headed Monster
117. Fred Davis (Was – TE) $1 Murder Boner
118. Danario Alexander (SD – WR) $1 Leroy Brown
119. Brandon Myers (NYG – TE) $1 The Standard
120. Jonathan Stewart (Car – RB) $1 TR’s Peepers
121. Lance Moore (NO – WR) $1 The French Ticklers
122. Josh Gordon (Cle – WR) $1 GIMMEABRKFSTSNDWCH
123. Chris Givens (StL – WR) $1 RGIII-Headed Monster
124. Shonn Greene (Ten – RB) $1 Murder Boner
125. Vick Ballard (Ind – RB) $1 Leroy Brown
126. Sidney Rice (Sea – WR) $1 The Standard
127. Bryce Brown (Phi – RB) $1 TR’s Peepers
128. Denver (Den – DEF) $1 The French Ticklers
129. New England (NE – DEF) $1 RGIII-Headed Monster
130. Denarius Moore (Oak – WR) $1 Leroy Brown
131. Bernard Pierce (Bal – RB) $1 The Standard
132. Pittsburgh (Pit – DEF) $1 TR’s Peepers
133. Mohamed Sanu (Cin – WR) $1 The French Ticklers
134. Phil Dawson (SF – K) $1 RGIII-Headed Monster
135. Cincinnati (Cin – DEF) $1 Leroy Brown
136. Isaac Redman (Pit – RB) $1 The Standard
137. Owen Daniels (Hou – TE) $1 TR’s Peepers
138. Greg Zuerlein (StL – K) $1 The French Ticklers
139. Ben Tate (Hou – RB) $1 RGIII-Headed Monster
140. Stephen Gostkowski (NE – K) $1 Leroy Brown
141. Emmanuel Sanders (Pit – WR) $1 The Standard
142. Michael Crabtree (SF – WR) $1 TR’s Peepers
143. Vincent Brown (SD – WR) $1 RGIII-Headed Monster
144. Joe Flacco (Bal – QB) $1 Leroy Brown
145. Justin Blackmon (Jax – WR) $1 The Standard
146. St. Louis (StL – DEF) $1 TR’s Peepers
147. Bilal Powell (NYJ – RB) $1 RGIII-Headed Monster
148. Jordan Cameron (Cle – TE) $1 RGIII-Headed Monster
149. Carson Palmer (Ari – QB) $1 RGIII-Headed Monster
150. Arizona (Ari – DEF) $1 RGIII-Headed Monster

Final Roster:

Pos Offense Fan Pts
QB Matthew Stafford 336.90
WR Calvin Johnson 219.20
WR Brandon Marshall 205.50
RB Andre Brown 73.50
RB Jordan Todman 55.20
TE Delanie Walker 93.10
W/R/T Le’Veon Bell 171.90
BN Shane Vereen 87.50
BN Greg Olsen 117.60
BN Maurice Jones-Drew 146.02
BN Chris Ivory 102.30
BN Dwayne Bowe 97.30
BN Mike Wallace 126.30
K Stephen Gostkowski 179.00
DEF Denver 143.00

Smartest Move(s): Using one third of my $100 waiver budget on Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell before Week 1 officially kicked off. Though he didn’t play until the season’s fourth week, he finished 10th in average fantasy points per game for running backs (13.22) and quickly filled my biggest need as he established himself as my top tailback.

Dumbest Move: Sticking with Stafford for too long. Yes he—along with his top target, Megatron—was a key factor in TR’s Peepers (the league was ‘Friends of Jason Biggs’ if anyone wants to posit a guess on the origins of my team name) successful regular season. But for the fantasy playoffs (Weeks 14-16), he was atrocious, totaling only 23.02 points (5.94, 10.30, and 6.78) in those three games; for reference he averaged 24.93 the first 13 weeks of the season.

Best Value: Brandon Marshall ($41 for 205.50 worth of production.)

Worst Value: Randall Cobb ($29 for 75.10 points)

Unsung Hero: Andre Brown (acquired as a free agent on Oct. 17)

Trades: None

Total Money Owed: $90 ($120 entry fee minus three $10 rewards for highest weekly score)

Turning Point: Nothing too scientific here: I just didn’t play well with the season on the line. After the bye, I lost to the eventual champion. All told, very pleased with my first auction experience.

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