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Fantasy Football Auction Salary Cap Draft Rankings 2023

Last Updated: Sep 1, 2023

It’s here, the final weekend to create your fantasy football team before Week 1 kicks off.

A lot of digital ink is spilled yearly prepping fantasy football players for their drafts. One of the best and still underused ways to accumulate talent for your fantasy football team is the auction draft.

Never played? No worries, friend. The following is an extensive breakdown of player values from yours truly and detailed explanations of each position.

The following cannot be stated enough: Auction values are subjective. Every drafter has their “guys” who will always dictate drafts.

Be ready to adjust your values and draft plan.

Please also double- and triple-check your league rules. The ones you’ll see shortly are a catch-all for the purpose of presenting auction drafts to players new(er) to the format.

Auction Salary Cap League Settings

  • Lineup: 1 QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, 1 TE, 1 Flex (RB/WR/TE), 1 K, 1 DST
  • Standard 0.5 PPR Scoring:
    • 1 point per 10 Rushing/Receiving Yards
    • 4 points per passing TD
    • -2 points per Interception
    • 6 points per Rushing/Receiving TD

Note: Fantasy auction values are current as of Thursday, Aug. 17.

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Key to Auction Salary Cap Values

  • Rk: Rank
  • Player: Player Name
  • Bye: Bye Week
  • Pos: Position
  • Tm: Team
  • Pos Rk: Positional Rank
  • $$: Cost

Auction Salary Cap Draft Values

RkPlayerByePosTmPos Rk$$
1Justin Jefferson13WRMINWR165
2Ja'Marr Chase7WRCINWR264
3Tyreek Hill10WRMIAWR363
4Stefon Diggs13WRBUFWR455
5CeeDee Lamb7WRDALWR553
6A.J. Brown10WRPHIWR650
7Christian McCaffrey9RBSFRB148
8Davante Adams13WRLVWR748
9Travis Kelce10TEKCTE145
10Austin Ekeler5RBLACRB245
11Amon-Ra St. Brown9WRDETWR845
12Nick Chubb5RBCLERB344
13Tony Pollard7RBDALRB440
14Mark Andrews13TEBALTE240
15Bijan Robinson11RBATLRB540
16Jaylen Waddle10WRMIAWR940
17Saquon Barkley13RBNYGRB640
18Josh Jacobs13RBLVRB740
19Garrett Wilson7WRNYJWR1039
20Joe Mixon7RBCINRB838
21Chris Olave11WRNOWR1136
22Rhamondre Stevenson11RBNERB936
23Tee Higgins7WRCINWR1234
24DeVonta Smith10WRPHIWR1334
25Aaron Jones6RBGBRB1033
26Dameon Pierce7RBHOURB1132
27Cooper Kupp10WRLARWR1430
28Terry McLaurin14WRWASWR1530
29T.J. Hockenson13TEMINTE329
30Breece Hall7RBNYJRB1228
31Ken Walker III5RBSEARB1328
32Jahmyr Gibbs9RBDETRB1427
33Cam Akers10RBLARRB1527
34Josh Allen13QBBUFQB125
35DK Metcalf5WRSEAWR1625
36Najee Harris6RBPITRB1625
37Travis Etienne9RBJACRB1725
38J.K. Dobbins13RBBALRB1822
39Patrick Mahomes10QBKCQB223
40Jalen Hurts10QBPHIQB322
41Keenan Allen5WRLACWR1722
42Tyler Lockett5WRSEAWR1822
43Amari Cooper5WRCLEWR1922
44David Montgomery9RBDETRB1922
45Javonte Williams9RBDENRB2022
46James Conner14RBARIRB2123
47Alexander Mattison13RBMINRB2222
48Rachaad White5RBTBRB2321
49Miles Sanders7RBCARRB2421
50A.J. Dillon6RBGBRB2521
51Lamar Jackson13QBBALQB421
52Kyle Pitts11TEATLTE421
53Joe Burrow7QBCINQB520
54Calvin Ridley9WRJACWR2020
55Drake London11WRATLWR2118
56Jerry Jeudy9WRDENWR2218
57Justin Fields13QBCHIQB618
58Mike Williams5WRLACWR2318
59Deebo Samuel9WRSFWR2418
60D'Andre Swift10RBPHIRB2616
61Jonathan Taylor11RBINDRB2716
62Isiah Pacheco10RBKCRB2816
63Justin Herbert5QBLACQB716
64Darren Waller13TENYGTE516
65Khalil Herbert13RBCHIRB2915
66Christian Kirk9WRJACWR2514
67Mike Evans5WRTBWR2614
68D.J. Moore13WRCHIWR2714
69Christian Watson6WRGBWR2814
70Dallas Goedert10TEPHITE614
71Trevor Lawrence9QBJACQB814
72Brandon Aiyuk9WRSFWR2914
73Marquise Brown14WRARIWR3012
74Geno Smith5QBSEAQB912
75Diontae Johnson6WRPITWR3112
76Brandin Cooks7WRDALWR3212
77Chris Godwin5WRTBWR3312
78Jahan Dotson14WRWASWR3412
79Dalvin Cook13RBNYJRB3012
80Treylon Burks7WRTENWR3511
81Gabe Davis13WRBUFWR3611
82Jordan Addison13WRMINWR3711
83Michael Pittman Jr.11WRINDWR3811
84George Pickens6WRPITWR3910
85Anthony Richardson11QBINDQB1010
86Kirk Cousins13QBMINQB1110
87Daniel Jones13QBNYGQB1210
88George Kittle9TESFTE710
89Pat Freiermuth6TEPITTE810
90Antonio Gibson14RBWASRB3110
91Dak Prescott7QBDALQB139
92Jared Goff9QBDETQB149
93Tua Tagovailoa10QBMIAQB159
94Michael Gallup7WRDALWR409
95Alvin Kamara11RBNORB329
96Zach Charbonnet5RBSEARB339
97James Cook13RBBUFRB349
98Aaron Rodgers7QBNYJQB169
99Evan Engram9TEJACTE98
100Russell Wilson9QBDENQB178
101Matthew Stafford10QBLARQB188
102Rashod Bateman13WRBALWR628
103Michael Thomas11WRNOWR418
104Tyler Higbee10TELARTE108
105Deshaun Watson5QBCLEQB198
106JuJu Smith-Schuster11WRNEWR427
107David Njoku5TECLETE117
108Derek Carr11QBNOQB207
109Jakobi Meyers13WRLVWR437
110Allen Lazard7WRNYJWR446
111Dalton Schultz7TEHOUTE126
112Jordan Love6QBGBQB216
113Zay Jones9WRJACWR456
114Brock Purdy9QBSFQB226
115Chigoziem Okonkwo7TETENTE135
116Rashaad Penny10RBPHIRB355
117Van Jefferson10WRLARWR465
118Skyy Moore10WRKCWR475
119D.J. Chark7WRCARWR485
120Jamaal Williams11RBNORB365
121Samaje Perine9RBDENRB374
122Cole Kmet13TECHITE144
123Zay Flowers13WRBALWR494
124Marquez Valdes-Scantling10WRKCWR503
125Jaxon Smith-Njigba5WRSEAWR513
126DeVante Parker11WRNEWR523
127Gerald Everett5TELACTE153
128Tyler Allgeier11RBATLRB383
129Raheem Mostert10RBMIARB393
130Brian Robinson Jr.14RBWASRB403
132Damien Harris13RBBUFRB413
133Chuba Hubbard7RBCARRB423
131Jerick McKinnon10RBKCRB433
134Odell Beckham Jr.13WRBALWR533
135Rondale Moore14WRARIWR543
136Courtland Sutton9WRDENWR553
137Tyler Boyd7WRCINWR563
138Kenny Pickett6QBPITQB233
139Bryce Young7QBCARQB243
140Taysom Hill11TENOTE163
141Sam Howell14QBWASQB253
142Ryan Tannehill7QBTENQB263
143Darnell Mooney13WRCHIWR572
144Nico Collins7WRHOUWR582
145Jaylen Warren6RBPITRB442
146Marvin Mims9WRDENWR592
147Curtis Samuel14WRWASWR602
148Dalton Kincaid13TEBUFTE172
149Irv Smith Jr.7TECINTE182
150Darius Slayton13WRNYGWR612
151Devin Singletary7RBHOURB452
152Kadarius Toney10WRKCWR622
153Greg Dulcich9TEDENTE192
154Dawson Knox13TEBUFTE202
155Desmond Ridder11QBATLQB272
156Devon Achane10RBMIARB462
157Isaiah Hodgkins13WRNYGWR631
158C.J. Stroud7QBHOUQB281
159Jimmy Garappolo13QBLVQB291
160Jameson Williams9WRDETWR641
161Robert Woods7WRHOUWR651
162Jayden Reed6WRGBWR661
163Elijah Moore5WRCLEWR671
164Elijah Mitchell9RBSFRB471
165Quentin Johnston5WRLACWR681
166Adam Thielen7WRCARWR691
167Rashid Shaheed11WRNOWR701
168Romeo Doubs6WRGBWR711
169Sam LaPorta9TEDETTE211
170Luke Musgrave6TEGBTE221
171Donovan Peoples-Jones5WRCLEWR721
172Ty Chandler13RBMINRB481
173Ezekiel Elliott11RBNERB491
174Kendre Miller11RBNORB501
175Mac Jones11QBNEQB301
176Baker Mayfield5QBTBQB311
177Adam Trautman9TEDENTE231
178Jonathan Mingo7WRCARWR731
179Hayden Hurst7TECARTE241
180Hunter Henry11TENETE251
181Juwan Johnson11TENOTE261
182Tyler Conklin7TENYJTE271
183Allen Robinson6WRPITWR741
184Michael Mayer13TELVTE281
185Cade Otton5TETBTE291
186KJ Osborn13WRMINWR751
187Nick Westbrook-Ikhine7WRTENWR761
188Hunter Renfrow13WRLVWR771
189Rashee Rice10WRKCWR781
190Jake Ferguson7TEDALTE301
191Nathaniel Dell7WRHOUWR791
192Alec Pierce11WRINDWR801
193Mike Gesicki11TENETE311
194Isaiah Likely13TEBALTE321
195Logan Thomas14TEWASTE331
196Trey McBride14TEARITE341
197Jelani Woods11TEINDTE351
198Sam Darnold9QBSFQB331
199Clayton Tune14QBARIQB341
200Kyler Murray14QBARIQB351

Auction Salary Cap Values Explained

Not every position is created equal for fantasy football. Just like drafters can follow average draft position, or ADP, for snake drafts, auction/salary cap drafts use numeric (dollar) values as a way to judge a player’s value for their team.

With each position group, you’ll see a screenshot of my process and how I divvied up a portion of funds for the position.

Quarterbacks

2023 Auction Salary Cap QB Prices

Above, you see the player name, dollar amount, and the percentage of your $200 budget spent if acquiring that player (0.125 = 12.5%).

More often than not, you will pay for elite QBs. Add in the running factor for a lot of the upper-tier signal callers, and you could be spending at least 10% to get one.

That is not something I like to do, but it also depends on how high the first couple QBs go.

This applies to every position, but let’s say you have QBs in tiers in terms of wanting to spend auction money on them. It is realistic to expect that the first and last QBs in a specific tier would go for less than the ones in the middle.

It’s the bell curve effect of auction drafting. Plan accordingly.

There is enough value in one-QB leagues to wait out the higher-priced options, especially if the bidding pushes $30-plus.

Running Backs

2023 Auction/Salary Cap RB Prices

Running back auction values are arguably the toughest to nail down since your preferred roster construction/preferred RB depth will dictate how much you try to spend.

“Hero RB" players can thrive in auction drafts as a handful of backs are worthy of higher bids. Then, you disappear until player values dip.

I am more inclined to price the position closer together without noticeable jumps in price since it’s more fluid. It also bears mentioning that the upper tier of running backs are the players more likely to dominate backfield work loads.

Wide Receivers

2023 Auction Salary Cap WR Prices

In the same vein as running back, wide receiver has a large range of players that can require you to spend auction dollars. The bell curve for wideouts is such that trying to be the first to get a top-tier player is ideal for saving funds.

Waiting out a position can get you in trouble in a hurry, but as long as you are comfortable with doing so, you will find value once you get closer to players around $30. Receiver is a position where I want to guarantee my three starters are locks, week-in and week-out.

Tight Ends

2023 Auction Salary Cap TE Prices

There’s not much different with the tight end landscape. Travis Kelce remains in a league of his own, and then there’s a second tier of good players.

After that, you’re throwing darts.

For the first time in a couple of years, there are a number of tight ends that extend the double-digit price tag section. I ranked Evan Engram as a $10 player, and he’s the perfect example of how you can get value from him at his price tag or make an overpay if he reverts back to his Giants playing days.

There is talent below the $10 range, but due to the volatility of the position and some of the offenses those players are tied to, it is important to temper expectations.

How to Play Auction Salary Cap & Strategies

I mentioned under QBs that the bell curve effect is a predictor of cost for the position. It applies to every position and is crucial to your draft strategy.

Being the first in a tier means you get your guy, and more often than not, it could come at a cheaper cost. If you get Lamar Jackson as the QB1 off the board for $25, that means the market has been set for the upper tier of the position.

Your leaguemates may value Patrick Mahomes more than Jackson, which could lead to a $30 cost to roster him. Maybe another leaguemate thinks Jalen Hurts is the best and now has two QB prices to gauge the cost of Hurts.

When the last of the top QBs is spoken for, Jackson’s $25 tag may end up being the value of the tier.

There is also the wait-and-see approach. Let the other competitors spend their money early and often, and mine the values left.

Great in practice, but not in execution. More often than not, one of “your guys" is going to go in the early bidding, which means you either ditch the idea of rostering that player, or you get in on the action.

Joining the bidding could also be at the most expensive portion of a position bell curve.

All it takes is one player to mess up your plan. If you cannot ebb and flow in an auction/salary cap format, you’re bound to leave with a roster you wish you didn’t have.

Get your guys and make sure that your starters are players you want to see in your lineup every week. Your bench is meant to have fluidity.

Auction Salary Cap Advice & Tips

What is an auction fantasy football league?

Auction fantasy football drafts use a salary cap to draft players. Instead of waiting your turn to make a pick, you can bid on specific players.

If you have the highest bid, you get the player.

Which scoring system to use in auction leagues?

The correct answer is what you and your league mates prefer. My answer is any form of scoring that includes some version of points per reception (PPR) and points per carry (PPC).

The reason standard scoring may not be the best scoring model is it does not force fantasy managers to divert with their bidding. Sometimes it is OK to have a simple draft, but auction drafts lend themselves to the unpredictable since you find out a lot about your league mates through their bids.

How does a fantasy football auction work?

Bidding is done like a snake draft: One manager selects a player and then announces what the starting bid is. Bidding can range from $1 to the maximum amount the manager with the most money can bid on a player.

The bidding manager will have to decide if they’re OK with getting that player at whatever dollar value they announce since there is always a chance that they’ll end up landing that player.

What is the difference between an auction and a snake draft in fantasy football?

Snake drafts limit a manager’s ability to select a specific player. If you do not have a top-three pick, it is unrealistic to expect to roster Justin Jefferson in 2023. With an auction draft, you can roster him — and potentially Christian McCaffrey — since you have funds that allow you access to both stars.

Why $200?

This is a number used across multiple fantasy football platforms but is not gospel. Going up or down $20-$50, depending on league rules, helps decide what the salary should be for all managers.

How did you decide on player pricing?

Player pricing is done by how I want to allocate my dollars. I prefer to look at each position and decide how much I want to be invested in each position.

One-off positions such as QB and TE will not have as much money allocated to them as RB and WR.

I also take into account the percentage a player would take out of the dollar pool I have to work with.

No rankings for kickers and defenses?

All kickers and defenses/special teams are dollar bids. Let your league mates spend more if they desperately want a specific player or team.

Variance looms large here, which means you’d be risking precious funds on positions that are less concrete and change yearly.

Author

Jeff Hicks

Jeff is the Digital Content Coordinator at The Game Day. He has been covering sports in some fashion for a decade. He has been published on Yahoo Fantasy, 4for4, FantasyLabs, The Action Network, Bleacher Report, Daily Herald (IL), and numerous others. His first published piece was a poem in 8th grade, so naturally he progressed to sports writing.

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