While we at Fantasy Alarm pride ourselves on teaching the process rather than just handing you the answers, when it comes to guidance, I’ve always been more of a “do as I say, not as I do” type of guy. I like to take risks. I like to work off my gut feelings and instincts as much as, if not more than, I rely on empirical data. I still do the necessary research to remain as informed as possible, but on many occasions, I like to take a left even when the directions say to take a right. It’s probably not the most sensible way to go about things, but I always seem to end up in the right place.

It’s no different for me when it comes to fantasy auctions. The way I go about my own auctions is not how I would instruct a beginner and I often encourage others to play it straight and safe, rather than linger outside the box with overly-bold or unconventional methods. Obviously, there are certain leaps of faith you must take with regard to player selection, but this isn’t a piece about...