We have a $1000 budget, but that is real money. You have to kick whatever you spend into the pot. We always get screwed with the hot pickup. You really have to pay attention to potential opportunities and try and grab a guy a week before the breakout. (Injuries, etc) Some guys always blows his wad on the hot pickup after a great performance. I'm not paying $100 plus for that guy, but you can get him a week earlier for $2 if you scour the injury reports.
Third and Short won't like this (then again, what does a humorless guy such as he really like except his Cowboys?) but I'll give you a couple examples from my history to illustrate:
1. Three years ago, I sensed a Larry Johnson implosion and picked up Charles for $2 three weeks before KC waived Johnson. He helped me that year, then was top-5 in 2010 as my sleeper keeper.
2. After drafting Jerome Harrison in 2010, I heard some whispers out of Cleveland's camp the had some issues with Harrision and were impressed with the then unknown Peyton Hillis. So I picked up Hillis for $3 between the draft and the opener. Hillis then became my sleeper keeper for 2011. He did NOT finish Top-5.
Win some, lose some.
So yes, being ahead of the crowd can save you a ton of dollars from a finite budget.