Reality Sports Online Auction


Gordon by Erik Drost

Photo by Erik Drost.

Learn more about Reality Sports Online’s excellent league format as Waldman profiles his RSO Writer’s League draft and auction.

In the early 2000’s, I started a geeked-out fantasy league. It was an IDP dynasty league with a salary cap, contracts and fluctuating market values based on weekly performance. Drop a player and his current value was factored into your cap. If his current market value was higher than than the contract value, you profited the difference and it could be applied to your waiver wire budget. If it was lower, you lost waiver wire funds.

I used to manage the league on an excel spreadsheet with about a dozen tabs, copy weekly results from CBS Sportsline and run it through the sheet on Tuesday nights before sending it to the rest of the league on Wednesdays. The league lasted five years, which really wasn’t a bad run.

Reality Sports Online now provides my fix for a league where I can manage player values in a more complex way that’s aligned closer to NFL realities than any commercial league format that you’ll find. RSO is technically speaking a salary-driven keeper league with an annual rookie draft and free agent auction.

Every team begins with a realistic cap budget and the rookie contracts are determined by round and pick. The free agent auction is set up with a specific number of contracts with lengths of 1-4 years as determined by the commissioner. Other league options include IDP and your typical variety of scoring rules.

The draft room and auction rooms are easy to use and the creators of RSO are former employees of the Philadelphia Eagles who managed cap info, so there’s a heightened realism of contract types  in the auction room. At the same time, the high-dollar figures are presented in an easy-to-grasp fashion and they even provide a mock auction room for you to get a feel for the format before you do the real thing.

I’ve been running an RSO league for four years. Members of the 14-team league include the likes of Bob Harris, Sigmund Bloom, Jason Wood, Matt Harmon, Matt Franciscovich, and Russell Clay. Matt Papson, one of the site’s co-founders is also a member.

Last weekend, we had our rookie draft and auction. Unfortunately, I’m unable to give you access to view our league and its details but I’ll share my team and enough details to give you a feel for the workings of an RSO league.

Active Roster

The players with an (R) in parenthesis are players I drafted in past and present rookie drafts. The players with an asterisk (*) are players that I signed to deals in auctions. Players with (FA) are free agent details.

Keenan Allen is my one allowable franchise player (F), whose value is determined by the market rate for a top-tier receiver now that his rookie deal has expired. For the past two years, my franchise player has been Calvin Johnson.

Pos Player CONTRACT AMOUNT 2016 SALARY 2017 SALARY CONTRACT LENGTH CONTRACT EXPIRES ROSTER STATUS
QB (R) Jones, Cardale BUF (QB) $2,921,898 $915,528 $973,966 3 years 2018 Active
QB (R) Bridgewater, Teddy MIN (QB) $8,913,925 $3,149,587 $0 3 years 2016 Active
QB* Palmer, Carson ARI (QB) $22,500,000 $5,400,000 $5,850,000 4 years 2018 Active
RB (R) Dyer, Michael OAK (RB) $2,579,040 $859,680 $911,261 3 years 2017 Active
RB (R) Sims, Charles TB (RB) $2,483,165 $877,385 $0 3 years 2016 Active
RB * Bradshaw, Ahmad IND (RB) $1,500,000 $765,000 $0 2 years 2016 Active
RB (R) Grice, Marion ARI (RB) $2,398,271 $847,389 $0 3 years 2016 Active
RB (R) Crowell, Isaiah CLE (RB) $3,565,570 $1,259,835 $0 3 years 2016 Active
RB * Michael, Christine SEA (RB) $23,000,000 $7,206,667 $7,666,667 3 years 2018 Active
RB * Forte, Matt NYJ (RB) $72,000,000 $18,720,000 $20,160,000 4 years 2017 Active
RB (R) Johnson Jr., Duke CLE (RB) $9,847,245 $3,282,415 $3,479,360 3 years 2017 Active
RB * Ware, Spencer KC (RB) $19,000,000 $5,953,333 $6,333,333 3 years 2018 Active
WR (R) Miller, Braxton HOU (WR) $4,370,145 $1,369,312 $1,456,715 3 years 2018 Active
WR (FA) Pryor, Terrelle CLE (WR) $9,500,000 $3,166,667 $3,356,667 3 years 2017 Active
WR (R) Thomas, Michael NO (WR) $13,466,145 $4,219,392 $4,488,715 3 years 2018 Active
WR * Wilson, Albert KC (WR) $1,905,882 $673,412 $0 3 years 2016 Active
WR (R) Hardy, Justin ATL (WR) $2,602,486 $867,495 $919,545 3 years 2017 Active
WR (R) Conley, Chris KC (WR) $3,845,115 $1,281,705 $1,358,607 3 years 2017 Active
WR * Shorts III, Cecil HOU (WR) $18,500,000 $5,180,000 $0 4 years 2016 Active
WR * Jackson, DeSean WAS (WR) $32,500,000 $15,925,000 $16,575,000 2 years 2017 Active
WR * Benjamin, Travis SD (WR) $36,500,000 $17,885,000 $18,615,000 2 years 2017 Active
WR (R)(F) Allen, Keenan SD (WR) $28,506,339 $19,461,333 $0 3 years 2015 Active
WR * Gordon, Josh CLE (WR) $28,000,000 $6,160,000 $6,720,000 4 years 2019 Active
WR * Smith Sr., Steve BAL (WR) $13,500,000 $6,885,000 $0 2 years 2016 Active
WR * Stills, Kenny MIA (WR) $15,000,000 $7,350,000 $7,650,000 2 years 2017 Active
TE (R) Bell, Blake SF (TE) $1,960,072 $653,357 $692,559 3 years 2017 Active
TE (FA) Green, Virgil DEN (TE) $2,000,000 $1,020,000 $0 2 years 2016 Active
TE * Watson, Benjamin BAL (TE) $8,500,000 $8,500,000 $0 1 year 2016 Active
PK * Gano, Graham CAR (PK) $1,500,000 $1,500,000 $0 1 year 2016 Active
DF * Team Defense, LA LA (DF) $4,500,000 $1,590,000 $0 3 years 2016 Active
 Unrostered Contracts
POS PLAYER CONTRACT AMOUNT 2016 SALARY 2017 SALARY CONTRACT LENGTH CONTRACT EXPIRES ROSTER STATUS
WR (FA) Gallon, Jeremy OAK (WR) $1,565,682 $335,956 $0 N/A N/A Cut
WR (R) Norwood, Kevin CAR (WR) $1,579,662 $338,956 $0 N/A N/A Cut

Quick Team History

Calvin

I’ll miss you, buddy.

I originally built this team as a WR and TE-heavy group in the original auction while drafting a lot of rookie runners and I was a top-3 scorer for the first two years. But my rookie choices had mixed results and my big buy of Matt Forte to but me over the top in 2015 didn’t pan out due to injury. Injuries to Steve Smith and Keenan Allen also derailed my squad.

Imagine a team with Calvin Johnson and a healthy Keenan Allen on a 100-catch pace, Steve Smith, and Matt Forte all playing at their capability. It’s not hard to envision my team having a deep playoff run–especially when I got great season from Carson Palmer.

Rookie Draft

Braxton Miller

My first draft with Miller. My first rookie draft ever where I only choose players from one college.

With the 7th pick and no picks in the 4th and 5th rounds due to draft day trades, I ended up with an all-Ohio State haul. Michael Thomas was a no-brainer for me.

Braxton Miller was a more difficult choice. I could have had Jordan Howard but I wanted a wide receiver and I haven’t even considered Miller in any of the seven drafts I’ve had this summer. Miller has performed well in camp and from OSU to the Senior Bowl to the Texans’ preseason, I’ve seen notable improvements.

Cardale Jones is probably a pick that won’t pan out for me because his contract will likely expire before he becomes fantasy relevant. But I like his talent.

A lot of people pick rookie quarterbacks based on how they look during the preseason. I don’t weigh it that heavily. Some quarterbacks are learning completely new languages as rookies and it temporarily submerges their obvious talent. Others are getting spoon-fed more digestible ideas. In other words, nothing has changed about my pre-draft evaluation of Jones.

Free Agent Auction

Kenny Stills

I think we’ll look back on drafts this year and wish we flip-flopped the ADPs of Kenny Stills and DeVante Parker

My strategy was to go big or go home. I feel comfortable with Palmer and Bridgewater as my quarterbacks and there wasn’t much sense in spending huge dollars on running backs when I had an existing rotation of Forte, Crowell, Johnson, and Sims.

While Virgil Green is considered a late-round flier, I was happy to roll with him as my preferred starter before the auction. With Allen, Pryor, Conley, and a rehabbing Smith as my receiver rotation, wide outs were my first priority.

But I wanted to take bigger risks with this draft. Hit on a few players with long-term deals and I could be back in business for the next few years. Christine Michael and Josh Gordon were those two targets and I waited on using any significant part of my $72 million budget the middle of the auction on them.

A 4-year, $28 million deal for Gordon is awesome if he stays clean. While I’m paying similar money for one year with Keenan Allen, I payed more than twice as much for Calvin Johnson. Lance Zierlien, who was in this league for a time paid $90 million for A.J. Green.

I re-signed Desean Jackson to a 2-year, $32.5 million deal and got in a bidding war with Bob Harris over Travis Benjamin–inking him for 2 years, $36.5 million. None of these guys are high-profile, but they’re calculated gambles with the existing pool. I could have spent a lot the bigger names or less on a potential big-name like Gordon and lesser names with starter potential.

Kenny Stills is another player under the radar and I’m happy with the 2-year, $15 million contract we agree to.

Michael at 3 years, $23 million is also capable of giving me a back with Matt Forte’s Chicago upside and I’m in the middle of a 4-year, $72 million deal with the veteran. Spencer Ware.

Projected Starting Lineup

Virgil Green by Jeffery Beall

If Green hits, I’m in business… Photo by Jeffery Beall.

QB: Carson Palmer

RBs: Isaiah Crowell-Matt Forte

WRs: Keenan Allen, Josh Gordon, DeSean Jackson, Michael Thomas

TE: Virgil Green

K: Graham Gano

DEF: Rams

First-Call Depth

QB: Teddy Bridgewater

RBs: Christine Michael, Duke Johnson, Spencer Ware

WRs: Terrelle Pryor, Kenny Stills, Travis Benjamin, Chris Conley, Steve Smith

TE: Ben Watson

If Gordon and Green hit big, I’m back in business. If not, I’m probably a one-and-done playoff team, at best. If my depth play to expectations, good lineup decisions may help me engineer a deeper run but that’s always a more difficult task.

 

 

 

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3 comments

  1. Hey Matt, is there any way you can link to the rookie draft? Always love to see how that panned out. Pretty sure you posted a separate link last year to it.

    • I cannot post a link. I posted a spreadsheet last year, I believe.

      Here’s the board

      d
      1
      1
      David Stringer
      Ezekiel
      Elliott
      RB
      Dallas
      Bye: 7
      2
      Scott Barrett
      Corey
      Coleman
      WR
      Cleveland
      Bye: 13
      3
      Rivers McCown
      Laquon
      Treadwell
      WR
      Minnesota
      Bye: 6
      4
      Sigmund Bloom
      Sterling
      Shepard
      WR
      New York
      Bye: 8
      5
      Russell Clay
      Josh
      Doctson
      WR
      Washington
      Bye: 9
      6
      Matt Franciscovich
      Derrick
      Henry
      RB
      Tennessee
      Bye: 13
      7
      Matt Waldman
      Michael
      Thomas
      WR
      New Orleans
      Bye: 5
      8
      Bob Harris
      Devontae
      Booker
      RB
      Denver
      Bye: 11
      9
      Matt Deutsch
      Tyler
      Boyd
      WR
      Cincinnati
      Bye: 9
      10
      Matt Papson
      Will
      Fuller
      WR
      Houston
      Bye: 9
      11
      Jason Wood
      Kenneth
      Dixon
      RB
      Baltimore
      Bye: 8
      12
      Matt Harmon
      Leonte
      Carroo
      WR
      Miami
      Bye: 8
      13
      Mike MacGregor
      Tajae
      Sharpe
      WR
      Tennessee
      Bye: 13
      14
      Jeff Tefertiller
      Paxton
      Lynch
      QB
      Denver
      Bye: 11
      Rd
      2
      1
      David Stringer
      DeAndre
      Washington
      RB
      Oakland
      Bye: 10
      2
      Scott Barrett
      C.J.
      Prosise
      RB
      Seattle
      Bye: 5
      3
      Rivers McCown
      Keith
      Marshall
      RB
      Washington
      Bye: 9
      4
      Sigmund Bloom
      Malcolm
      Mitchell
      WR
      New England
      Bye: 9
      5
      Russell Clay
      Hunter
      Henry
      TE
      San Diego
      Bye: 11
      6
      Matt Franciscovich
      Rashard
      Higgins
      WR
      Cleveland
      Bye: 13
      7
      Matt Waldman
      Braxton
      Miller
      WR
      Houston
      Bye: 9
      8
      Bob Harris
      Jared
      Goff
      QB
      Los Angeles
      Bye: 8
      9
      Matt Deutsch
      Paul
      Perkins
      RB
      New York
      Bye: 8
      10
      Matt Papson
      Carson
      Wentz
      QB
      Philadelphia
      Bye: 4
      11
      Jason Wood
      Jordan
      Howard
      RB
      Chicago
      Bye: 9
      12
      Matt Harmon
      Jonathan
      Williams
      RB
      Buffalo
      Bye: 10
      13
      Mike MacGregor
      Austin
      Hooper
      TE
      Atlanta
      Bye: 11
      14
      Jeff Tefertiller
      Tyler
      Higbee
      TE
      Los Angeles
      Bye: 8
      Rd
      3
      1
      David Stringer
      *Wendell
      Smallwood
      RB
      Philadelphia
      Bye: 4
      2
      Scott Barrett
      Pharoh
      Cooper
      WR
      Los Angeles
      Bye: 8
      3
      Rivers McCown
      Tyler
      Ervin
      RB
      Houston
      Bye: 9
      4
      Sigmund Bloom
      Daniel
      Lasco
      RB
      New Orleans
      Bye: 5
      5
      Russell Clay
      Kenyan
      Drake
      RB
      Miami
      Bye: 8
      6
      Matt Franciscovich
      Dak
      Prescott
      QB
      Dallas
      Bye: 7
      7
      Matt Waldman
      Cardale
      Jones
      QB
      Buffalo
      Bye: 10
      8
      Bob Harris
      Chris
      Moore
      WR
      Baltimore
      Bye: 8
      9
      Matt Deutsch
      Mike
      Thomas
      WR
      Los Angeles
      Bye: 8
      10
      Matt Papson
      Alex
      Collins
      RB
      Seattle
      Bye: 5
      12
      Matt Harmon
      Stephen
      Anderson
      TE
      Houston
      Bye: 9
      13
      Jeff Tefertiller
      Cody
      Core
      WR
      Cincinnati
      Bye: 9
      14
      Jeff Tefertiller
      Cole
      Wick
      TE
      Detroit
      Bye: 10
      Rd
      4
      1
      David Stringer
      Jordan
      Payton
      WR
      Cleveland
      Bye: 13
      2
      Scott Barrett
      Daniel
      Braverman
      WR
      Chicago
      Bye: 9
      3
      Rivers McCown
      Trevone
      Boykin
      QB
      Seattle
      Bye: 5
      4
      Sigmund Bloom
      Charone
      Peake
      WR
      New York
      Bye: 11
      5
      Russell Clay
      Ricardo
      Louis
      WR
      Cleveland
      Bye: 13
      6
      Matt Franciscovich
      Josh
      Ferguson
      RB
      Indianapolis
      Bye: 10
      7
      Sigmund Bloom
      Demarcus
      Robinson
      WR
      Kansas City
      Bye: 5
      8
      Bob Harris
      Jakeem
      Grant
      WR
      Miami
      Bye: 8
      9
      Matt Deutsch
      Paul
      Turner
      WR
      Philadelphia
      Bye: 4
      10
      Matt Papson
      Christian
      Hackenberg
      QB
      New York
      Bye: 11
      12
      Matt Harmon
      Keyarris
      Garrett
      WR
      Carolina
      Bye: 7
      13
      Mike MacGregor
      Kenny
      Lawler
      WR
      Seattle
      Bye: 5
      14
      Jeff Tefertiller
      Nick
      Vannett
      TE
      Seattle
      Bye: 5
      Rd
      5
      2
      Scott Barrett
      Seth
      DeValve
      TE
      Cleveland
      Bye: 13
      5
      Russell Clay
      Trevor
      Davis
      WR
      Green Bay
      Bye: 4
      14
      Jeff Tefertiller
      D.J.
      Foster
      RB
      New England
      Bye: 9
      – See more at: http://realitysportsonline.com/DraftBoard.aspx#sthash.qr8MPeiO.dpuf

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