Finding value is important in all drafts, but it's easier to target specific players in auction leagues, where you don't have to worry about someone getting sniped before your next pick.
Most auction leagues provide $200 worth of salary, and saving some money left over to take advantage of late discounts is crucial. Many fantasy owners blow a significant portion of their money in the early going trying to either secure an elite talent or several of their "guys".
By staying patient, plenty of value can fall into your lap, especially as lengthy auctions wear on. In most leagues, the following players should occupy less than five percent of your budget – $10 in a $200 auction – but easily have top-100, or even top-75, upside.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Thunder
Gilgeous-Alexander's overall numbers as a rookie with the Clippers were solid, and likely indicative of future success, but they weren't overwhelming. He was especially valuable as a defender, averaging 1.1 steals in 26.5 minutes per game. While he ranked just outside of the top-130 for the whole season, Gilgeous-Alexander was trusted more by coach Doc Rivers down the stretch. Over his final 13 appearances, he ranked as the 60th-best fantasy player on the back of 14.8 points, 5.1 assists, 3.6 rebounds and a combined 2.1 steals/blocks.
Now with the Thunder, it's tough to gauge how exactly SGA's role will develop while sharing the backcourt with Chris Paul. OKC is rebuilding, but all indications are that Paul will step into