Golf Draft Kit: RotoWire Staff Auction Results

Golf Draft Kit: RotoWire Staff Auction Results

This article is part of our Golf Draft Kit series.

RotoWire held its annual staff golf league auction Sunday with maybe the most balanced draft in its 20-year history. For those of you who have a golf auction and bid a fixed budget on your golfers, these results can hopefully be a guide for your league. 

The RotoWire staff golf league auction took place on Jan. 5. Our rules base winners on total earnings in PGA Tournaments from the Sony Open to the final FedExCup event (we skipped the Tournament of Champions and also didn't use the fall portion of the 2019-20 wrap-around schedule), excluding those PGA Tour events held the same week as the World Golf Championship tournaments and the British Open. We also use only a fraction of the final FedEx championship event money since it's massive relative to the other tournaments.

Our format also includes bonus points for the four majors. As a result, some European players may be ranked higher than your league. If a European golfer plays in just the four majors and WGC tournaments, he'll still have a lot of value in our league. Our league had 14 members, a budget of $100 per team and each team starts five golfers per week with a total roster of nine golfers. The league has been around since 2000.

Rather than one golfer seen dominating the major events and tour, our league was divided on the top players. After some years where the top golfer would go for $70 or more, the auction hasn't been as

RotoWire held its annual staff golf league auction Sunday with maybe the most balanced draft in its 20-year history. For those of you who have a golf auction and bid a fixed budget on your golfers, these results can hopefully be a guide for your league. 

The RotoWire staff golf league auction took place on Jan. 5. Our rules base winners on total earnings in PGA Tournaments from the Sony Open to the final FedExCup event (we skipped the Tournament of Champions and also didn't use the fall portion of the 2019-20 wrap-around schedule), excluding those PGA Tour events held the same week as the World Golf Championship tournaments and the British Open. We also use only a fraction of the final FedEx championship event money since it's massive relative to the other tournaments.

Our format also includes bonus points for the four majors. As a result, some European players may be ranked higher than your league. If a European golfer plays in just the four majors and WGC tournaments, he'll still have a lot of value in our league. Our league had 14 members, a budget of $100 per team and each team starts five golfers per week with a total roster of nine golfers. The league has been around since 2000.

Rather than one golfer seen dominating the major events and tour, our league was divided on the top players. After some years where the top golfer would go for $70 or more, the auction hasn't been as top heavy the past two years with the money more spread out. The 2018 auction had three players going for over $60 (Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson) and eight players over $40. In 2019 our league didn't think the top golfers would dominate as much paying $470 for the top ten players compared to $504 in 2018. In 2020, five players went $50 or more with $465 paid for the top ten golfers. 

The 2020 auction had Justin Thomas as the top golfer at $64. Though his placement may have been a product of auction dynamics. Our league typically comes out firing on the first players, but uncharacteristically sat on our hands. The first golfer, Brooks Koepka, may have been a bargain at $56 as he tops many cheatsheets. Dustin Johnson was the most expensive golfer in our league in 2019 at $60 with Justin Thomas at $57.

I had a strategy to take Rory McIlroy since he's in his prime, seems a good candidate to win a major and was relatively cheaper than the top names. He played more in the U.S. last year and that should continue in 2020. However, I likely paid too much at $20 for European start Matthew Fitzpatrick, who is set to regularly play on the PGA Tour for the first time.

Among some notable prices in our auction included Tiger Woods at just $24. Despite his win at Augusta last year, our league viewed him worth just $4 more than last year when he went for $20. 

Notable sleepers who went for more than most expert rankings (aside from Matthew Fitzpatrick) included Viktor Hovland ($26), Joaquin Niemann ($22), Collin Morikawa ($20) and Matthew Wolff ($20). 

I thought Jason Day at $21 was a great buy as he's a nice bounce-back candidate. I regretted instantly I dropped out of the bidding as I had the budget. Everyone seems skeptical that Matt Kuchar can repeat his surprise comeback season, so he went for $18 - which could be a value. Ian Poulter at $2 seemed to cheap for this format given the bonus for doing well at the big events.

While these dollar values may not exactly fit your league's rules, this should be a good benchmark for your draft preparation.

GolferAuction $Fantasy Team
Justin Thomas64Greg Vara
Brooks Koepka56James Smith
Xander Schauffele54Joe Sheehan
Rory McIlroy51Peter Schoenke
Jon Rahm50Len Hochberg
Dustin Johnson48Justin Green
Patrick Cantlay42Jeff Erickson
Tony Finau34Tim Schuler
Webb Simpson33Scott Pianowski
Rickie Fowler33Scott Jenstad
Justin Rose30Scott Pianowski
Hideki Matsuyama30Scott Jenstad
Sungjae Im29Mike Regan/Daryl Shevin
Viktor Hovland26Jeff Erickson
Patrick Reed26Josh Ross
Bryson DeChambeau26Tim Schuler
Tommy Fleetwood26Mike Regan/Daryl Shevin
Jordan Spieth26Justin Green
Tiger Woods24Greg Vara
Joaquin Niemann22James Smith
Gary Woodland22Kevin O'Brien
Marc Leishman22Kevin O'Brien
Adam Scott22Tim Schuler
Jason Day21Josh Ross
Matthew Fitzpatrick20Peter Schoenke
Collin Morikawa20Kevin O'Brien
Matthew Wolff20Kevin O'Brien
Brandt Snedeker18Joe Sheehan
Matt Kuchar18Jeff Ritter
Paul Casey18Jeff Ritter
Kevin Kisner18Jeff Ritter
Abraham Ancer18Len Hochberg
Byeong-Hun An16Josh Ross
Billy Horschel14Len Hochberg
Corey Conners13Jeff Erickson
Cameron Smith13Josh Ross
Francesco Molinari13Mike Regan/Daryl Shevin
Chez Reavie13Mike Regan/Daryl Shevin
Charles Howell III12Peter Schoenke
Bubba Watson12James Smith
Kevin Na12Jeff Ritter
Scottie Scheffler12Jeff Ritter
Matt Wallace12Scott Jenstad
Louis Oosthuizen11Jeff Erickson
Phil Mickelson9Scott Pianowski
Andrew Putnam9Scott Pianowski
Si Woo Kim9Scott Pianowski
Russell Henley9Joe Sheehan
Alex Noren8Josh Ross
C.T. Pan8Justin Green
Keith Mitchell7Peter Schoenke
Doc Redman7Josh Ross
Ryan Palmer7Jeff Ritter
Wyndham Clark7Jeff Ritter
Lucas Bjerregaard7Mike Regan/Daryl Shevin
Rafa Cabrera Bello7Scott Jenstad
Daniel Berger6Kevin O'Brien
Henrik Stenson6Joe Sheehan
Emiliano Grillo6Jeff Ritter
Scott Piercy6Mike Regan/Daryl Shevin
Adam Hadwin6Justin Green
Jason Kokrak5Peter Schoenke
Keegan Bradley5Josh Ross
Ryan Moore5Scott Pianowski
Joel Dahmen5Joe Sheehan
J.J. Spaun5Tim Schuler
Cameron Champ5Len Hochberg
Aaron Wise5Scott Jenstad
Shane Lowry4Jeff Erickson
Brian Harman4Greg Vara
Brendon Todd4James Smith
Luke List4Tim Schuler
J.T. Poston4Len Hochberg
Danny Willett4Scott Jenstad
Russell Knox4Scott Jenstad
Patton Kizzire4Justin Green
Kevin Tway3Greg Vara
Dylan Frittelli3Josh Ross
Beau Hossler3Kevin O'Brien
Talor Gooch3Kevin O'Brien
Harold Varner III3Joe Sheehan
Kyle Stanley3Tim Schuler
Xinjun Zhang3Len Hochberg
Erik van Rooyen3Len Hochberg
Chesson Hadley3Mike Regan/Daryl Shevin
Sung Kang3Scott Jenstad
Sergio Garcia3Justin Green
J.B. Holmes3Justin Green
Lucas Glover2Peter Schoenke
Zach Johnson2James Smith
Kevin Streelman2Scott Pianowski
Kiradech Aphibarnrat2Scott Pianowski
Max Homa2Kevin O'Brien
Jim Furyk2Kevin O'Brien
Sepp Straka2Joe Sheehan
Kevin Chappell2Jeff Ritter
Rory Sabbatini2Tim Schuler
Ian Poulter2Tim Schuler
Tyrrell Hatton2Tim Schuler
Nate Lashley2Len Hochberg
Branden Grace2Mike Regan/Daryl Shevin
Danny Lee2Scott Jenstad
Doug Ghim1Peter Schoenke
Grayson Murray1Peter Schoenke
Vaughn Taylor1Peter Schoenke
Jhonattan Vegas1Jeff Erickson
Bud Cauley1Jeff Erickson
Justin Harding1Jeff Erickson
Hank Lebioda1Jeff Erickson
Mackenzie Hughes1Greg Vara
Brendan Steele1Greg Vara
Harris English1Greg Vara
Graeme McDowell1Greg Vara
Adam Long1Greg Vara
Kristoffer Ventura1James Smith
Tyler Duncan1James Smith
Pat Perez1James Smith
Shugo Imahira1James Smith
Bernd Wiesberger1Josh Ross
Troy Merritt1Scott Pianowski
Tom Lewis1Joe Sheehan
Robert Streb1Joe Sheehan
Sebastian Munoz1Len Hochberg
Charley Hoffman1Mike Regan/Daryl Shevin
Adam Schenk1Justin Green
Andrew Landry1Justin Green

Here are the participants:

Greg Vara - RotoWire golf writer
Len Hochberg - RotoWire golf writer
Kevin O'Brien - RotoWire golf editor
Jeff Ritter - Sports Illustrated golf writer
Jeff Erickson - RotoWire senior editor
Peter Schoenke - RotoWire president (and worst real golfer in league)
Tim Schuler - RotoWire COO (and he league's best actual golfer)
Scott Pianowski - Yahoo! fantasy writer (and league's defending champ)
Joe Sheehan - baseball scribe of the Joe Sheehan newsletter and elsewhere
Scott Jenstad - RotoWire baseball writer and high-stakes champ
Mike Regan/Daryl Shevin - friend and former RotoWire staff contributor, respectively
Josh Ross - former RotoWire staff contributor
Justin Green - former RotoWire staff contributor
James Smith - former RotoWire staff contributor

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Peter Schoenke
Peter Schoenke is the president and co-founder of RotoWire.com. He's been elected to the hall of fame for both the Fantasy Sports Trade Association and Fantasy Sports Writers Association and also won the Best Fantasy Baseball Article on the Internet in 2005 from the FSWA. He roots for for the Minnesota Twins, Vikings and T-Wolves.
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