Welcome back to An Expert's Audit. Every month we'll take a look at a reader's keeper league team in the hopes of helping him toward a championship. If you're interested in getting an audit for your own keeper team you can begin the process by emailing Dobber about it.
I've noticed around the site that there are grumblings about the lack of auction league articles posted so I thought I'd take a run at an auction league for this month's victim of EA. I will point out that I myself wrote a 2008 summer article for auction leagues that if you can sort through the math I thought was pretty good. In order to try and address some of the salary/auction league complaints I introduced myself to Girth. He plays in an 11-team roto auction league where players are kept for extended years at auctioned or free agent prices. It's actually pretty convoluted and I suspect that sometimes it requires a degree in business admin just to figure out what to do from season to season. The roto cats in this league are G, A, PIM, +/-, SPG (Specialty Goals = PPG(1) + SHG(2)), and GLpts (Goalie Points – W=2, OTL = 1, Shutout = 2). Players are drafted and signed to a 3 year contract, designated as A, B, and C. After their B season they either enter an option year and become a free agent after C or they are signed to another contract for up to 3 more seasons, those contract designations could be noted anything from D, E, F, G, H, I or X. An X contract has signed a second contract and is on the roster for up to 3 more years with rising salaries each season.
The contracts can be a bit cumbersome to explain and I'm being purposefully vague since contracts in most auction leagues can be laid out differently depending on the league constitution. At any rate, let's take a look at Girth.
F John Tavares NYI ($6.50 XG) – there are 4 more years on his contract and I finally expect to see the 30-40 goal output I've been expecting from him. The Isles are putting some talent around him up front and their captain is an underrated offensive option from the back end. If he isn't close to 35 goals this season then I'll wear an Isles jersey at my own birthday party next year. Yeah,