Yeah I know what you are saying Rob but you also get like Justin said #1, #24 and #25. It just so happened Cory was last place year anyway so that worked out but Brent was like 2nd to last and got the 11th pick. I'd say it a standard that is has a proven track record.
The idea of an auction is a good one and it totally gets rid of all of that bias. I'd be OK with that too.
The randomness of the draft order doesn't actually bother me that much, though Justin's discussion is somewhat interesting. I drafted 11th (9th last year) and it does suck frankly (and according to Yahoo who gave me a C+ for my draft) but through all JD fantasy sports I don't think I really have all that much to complain about as I've drafted across the board fairly randomly as should be expected. Someday I'll get notched back up higher but thus far this year my draft position hasn't been all that friendly (in our NHL ticket draft I got picks 8/9 out of 9 )
I'm fine with changing the draft order to be the inverse of the season finish the preceding year and it is very easy to set up on Yahoo. Any new players would have to assume the draft position of someone that's dropped out, though our group is pretty stable overall. Again, would like more comments from people here, yahoo or email to get better representation of what the group thinks.
On the auction side of things that could be very interesting though I confess I have no experience in it at all. My only concern that way would be in terms of time commitment in doing the auction. I'd think an auction draft would take quite a bit longer, probably 4-5 hours total and that's going to be tough to schedule. Works well for in person drafting I assume where all can get together, but time zones alone would complicate matters. I assume that someone here has participated in auction drafts, how long would we need and is it reasonable?