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2013 Draft Prep: National League Rotisserie auction

Senior Fantasy Writer

In most auctions, the freedom to pursue whomever you want would motivate you to go the extra dollar on the high-end types, content to fill in the back of your roster with a collection of low-dollar sleepers knowing that you can always fall back on the waiver wire.

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Then, there's our 12-team NL-only auction, where anyone and everyone with a job goes off the board.

Just about, anyway.

With standard 23-man starting lineups and seven bench slots, a full 360 players are rostered in this league. Only 375 are rostered in the actual NL.

In other words, there is no waiver wire to speak of, so while some owners may still opt for the studs-and-duds approach, few take it to the extreme. Only Ryan Braun reached the $40 threshold in this auction. Sick of getting goose eggs from the garbage players who normally go for $1 in this format, I personally opted for a more balanced approach, spending no more than $30 on any one player.

Compared to shallower mixed leagues, closers were in short supply here. You couldn't get one at a discount, not unless you wanted to gamble on Brandon League, who went for $9, holding off Kenley Jansen, who went for $8. Other than Craig Kimbrel, who went for a whopping $25, the rest pretty much all went in the $14-$19 range. Nobody really cared which one they got, but everybody wanted at least one.

Not everybody got one, though.

A shortage of corner infielders also led to some inflation in the middle stages of the auction. First base was expected, to a degree, with most of the elite types residing in the AL. The result was that players you'd normally consider mid-level types went for elite money or close to it, such as Freddie Freeman for $27, Paul Goldschmidt for $25 and Anthony Rizzo and Ike Davis for $24. Third base thinned out quicker than expected, though, which accounted for my one notable overpay of Matt Carpenter at $13. But I certainly like him as a sleeper in this format, particularly given his versatility. And just imagine if he wins the starting second base job in St. Louis. Quadruple eligibility? Yowzah!

At the risk of oversimplifying by applying a rigid term to an entirely fluid process, some other "overbids" that may have resulted from personal favoritism or unfortunate timing include Giancarlo Stanton at $39 (the result of a man crush, I presume), Martin Prado at $25 (yup, third base), Michael Young at $15 (ditto), Jean Segura at $14 (someone else's Carpenter), Starling Marte at $17 (last of the "safe" steals guys), Adam Eaton at $19 (steals again -- I was in on that one), Cameron Maybin at $15 (steals, aaah!), Jayson Werth at $20 (what am I missing?) and Kyuji Fujikawa at $6 (getting creative for saves).

Some of my favorite picks were A.J. Burnett for $9, Travis d'Arnaud for $8, Wade Miley for $7, Ryan Vogelsong for $6 and Bobby Parnell for $5. All were made at a point in the auction when owners' funds were dwindling, forcing them to hold out for need. Chances are if those players were nominated earlier, they would have gone for more.

And just who were making these picks? For a league this deep, we had to call in the reinforcements:

1. Andrew Fiorentino,
2. Scott White ,
3. Mike Kuchera,
4. Paul Sporer, Baseball Prospectus
5. Nando Di Fino,
6. Grey Albright and Rudy Gamble, Razzball
7. Phil Ponebshek, Patton & Co
8. Jason Hunt,
9. Ryan Carey,
10. Scott Pianowski, Yahoo! Sports
11. Al Melchior,
12. Christopher Kreush,

Editor's note: Utilize the sortable functionality to get a sense of the auction. View by team, dollar amount and position.

The 84 players that show up as $0 bids were selected in the seven-round reserve draft that immediately followed the auction.

2013 AL-only Fantasy Auction Draft (sortable)
OrderPlayerPosPriceBid Won by
84Adam LaRoche, WAS1B$ (Kreush)
31Adrian Gonzalez, LAD1B$26Razzball
45Allen Craig, STL1B$27Baseball Prospectus
52Anthony Rizzo, CHC1B$24Razzball
140Brandon Belt, SF1B$ (Fiorentino)
207Carlos Lee, MIA1B$
261Casey Kotchman, MIA1B$ (Di Fino)
53Corey Hart, MIL1B$ (White)
79Freddie Freeman, ATL1B$ (Melchior)
204Gaby Sanchez, PIT1B$2Patton & Co
115Garrett Jones, PIT1B$
169Hunter Morris, MIL1B$ (Fiorentino)
55Ike Davis, NYM1B$ (Kreush)
7Joey Votto, CIN1B$37Patton & Co
285Matt Adams, STL1B$ (Carey)
86Matt Carpenter, STL1B$ (White)
49Michael Young, PHI1B$15Patton & Co
43Paul Goldschmidt, ARI1B$ (Fiorentino)
37Ryan Howard, PHI1B$
262Taylor Green, MIL1B$1Razzball
232Todd Helton, COL1B$
198Ty Wigginton, STL1B$
120Yonder Alonso, SD1B$ (White)
89Aaron Hill, ARI2B$22Yahoo! Sports
91Brandon Phillips, CIN2B$ (Carey)
93Chase Utley, PHI2B$ (Melchior)
95Dan Uggla, ATL2B$
228Daniel Descalso, STL2B$
78Daniel Murphy, NYM2B$
47Danny Espinosa, WAS2B$ (White)
36Darwin Barney, CHC2B$ (Kreush)
249DJ LeMahieu, COL2B$ (Di Fino)
215Donovan Solano, MIA2B$ (Melchior)
349Freddy Galvis, PHI2B$ (Fiorentino)
360Josh Harrison, PIT2B$ (Kreush)
343Justin Turner, NYM2B$0Razzball
218Kolten Wong, STL2B$4Baseball Prospectus
148Logan Forsythe, SD2B$9Baseball Prospectus
104Marco Scutaro, SF2B$13Yahoo! Sports
186Mark Ellis, LAD2B$6Razzball
73Neil Walker, PIT2B$16Razzball
20Rickie Weeks, MIL2B$21Patton & Co
330Ronny Cedeno, STL2B$0Razzball
327Ryan Theriot, SF2B$
266Skip Schumaker, LAD2B$ (Fiorentino)
213Stephen Lombardozzi, WAS2B$
291Yuniesky Betancourt, PHI2B$0Yahoo! Sports
128Adeiny Hechavarria, MIA3B$ (Di Fino)
294Anthony Rendon, WAS3B$0Patton & Co
34Aramis Ramirez, MIL3B$24Razzball
344Brandon Inge, PIT3B$ (Di Fino)
17Chase Headley, SD3B$27Yahoo! Sports
48Chris Johnson, ATL3B$ (Kreush)
209Chris Nelson, COL3B$ (Kreush)
97David Freese, STL3B$ (Melchior)
22David Wright, NYM3B$29Baseball Prospectus
231Eric Chavez, ARI3B$1Baseball Prospectus
33Hanley Ramirez, LAD3B$ (Di Fino)
254Ian Stewart, CHC3B$1Patton & Co
346Jack Hannahan, CIN3B$
38Jedd Gyorko, SD3B$ (Carey)
280Jerry Hairston, LAD3B$0Baseball Prospectus
143Jordan Pacheco, COL3B$6Yahoo! Sports
340Josh Vitters, CHC3B$ (Carey)
50Juan Francisco, ATL3B$ (Melchior)
180Luis Cruz, LAD3B$ (Fiorentino)
355Luis Valbuena, CHC3B$0Patton & Co
326Matt Davidson, ARI3B$ (White)
281Nick Punto, LAD3B$ (Di Fino)
283Nolan Arenado, COL3B$0Patton & Co
67Pablo Sandoval, SF3B$ (White)
24Pedro Alvarez, PIT3B$
200Placido Polanco, MIA3B$ (Carey)
290Ryan Wheeler, COL3B$ (Melchior)
64Ryan Zimmerman, WAS3B$ (Di Fino)
98Todd Frazier, CIN3B$ (Fiorentino)
323Wilmer Flores, NYM3B$ (White)
188A.J. Ellis, LADC$ (Carey)
114Brian McCann, ATLC$13Patton & Co
39Buster Posey, SFC$
14Carlos Ruiz, PHIC$ (White)
322Chris Snyder, WASC$
212Devin Mesoraco, CINC$ (Fiorentino)
312Dioner Navarro, CHCC$ (Kreush)
240Erik Kratz, PHIC$ (Kreush)
259Gerald Laird, ATLC$ (White)
245Hector Sanchez, SFC$
205John Buck, NYMC$3Razzball
109Jonathan Lucroy, MILC$
174Kurt Suzuki, WASC$ (Melchior)
341Martin Maldonado, MILC$
250Michael McKenry, PITC$2Patton & Co
119Miguel Montero, ARIC$ (Carey)
235Nick Hundley, SDC$2Yahoo! Sports
304Ramon Hernandez, COLC$0Baseball Prospectus
177Rob Brantly, MIAC$8Razzball
252Rod Barajas, ARIC$ (Di Fino)
153Russell Martin, PITC$ (Di Fino)
196Ryan Hanigan, CINC$3Baseball Prospectus
335Tim Federowicz, LADC$ (Melchior)
131Travis d'Arnaud, NYMC$ (Kreush)
189Welington Castillo, CHCC$ (Melchior)
99Wilin Rosario, COLC$ (Fiorentino)
122Wilson Ramos, WASC$10Baseball Prospectus
51Yadier Molina, STLC$19Yahoo! Sports
26Yasmani Grandal, SDC$
334Yorvit Torrealba, COLC$0Yahoo! Sports
102Adam Eaton, ARIOF$ (Fiorentino)
352Alex Castellanos, LADOF$0Baseball Prospectus
321Alex Presley, PITOF$0Baseball Prospectus
118Alfonso Soriano, CHCOF$10Patton & Co
60Andre Ethier, LADOF$19Patton & Co
253Andres Torres, SFOF$1Razzball
11Andrew McCutchen, PITOF$34Yahoo! Sports
101Angel Pagan, SFOF$18Patton & Co
85B.J. Upton, ATLOF$29Yahoo! Sports
81Ben Revere, PHIOF$
241Brent Lillibridge, CHCOF$
210Brett Jackson, CHCOF$ (Carey)
1Bryce Harper, WASOF$ (Fiorentino)
68Cameron Maybin, SDOF$15Yahoo! Sports
30Carl Crawford, LADOF$
106Carlos Beltran, STLOF$
29Carlos Gomez, MILOF$ (Carey)
28Carlos Gonzalez, COLOF$ (Di Fino)
142Carlos Quentin, SDOF$11Baseball Prospectus
318Charlie Blackmon, COLOF$0Patton & Co
273Chone Figgins, MIAOF$ (Di Fino)
265Chris Denorfia, SDOF$ (Melchior)
217Chris Heisey, CINOF$ (Fiorentino)
317Christian Yelich, MIAOF$
154Cody Ross, ARIOF$ (Fiorentino)
208Collin Cowgill, NYMOF$5Baseball Prospectus
190Darin Ruf, PHIOF$ (Carey)
201David DeJesus, CHCOF$
133Delmon Young, PHIOF$
108Denard Span, WASOF$15Yahoo! Sports
77Dexter Fowler, COLOF$16Patton & Co
135Domonic Brown, PHIOF$6Baseball Prospectus
152Eric Young, COLOF$2Yahoo! Sports
320Evan Gattis, ATLOF$ (Di Fino)
203Gerardo Parra, ARIOF$ (Kreush)
8Giancarlo Stanton, MIAOF$
287Gorkys Hernandez, MIAOF$ (Melchior)
292Greg Dobbs, MIAOF$ (Carey)
227Gregor Blanco, SFOF$ (Kreush)
92Hunter Pence, SFOF$19Razzball
332Jake Marisnick, MIAOF$
40Jason Heyward, ATLOF$ (White)
123Jason Kubel, ARIOF$ (Di Fino)
13Jay Bruce, CINOF$29Razzball
100Jayson Werth, WASOF$20Baseball Prospectus
260Jerry Sands, PITOF$
309Jesus Guzman, SDOF$ (Carey)
211John Mayberry, PHIOF$5Patton & Co
75Jon Jay, STLOF$ (Melchior)
315Jordan Schafer, ATLOF$0Yahoo! Sports
243Jordany Valdespin, NYMOF$2Yahoo! Sports
256Jorge Soler, CHCOF$ (Melchior)
239Jose Tabata, PITOF$ (Fiorentino)
63Juan Pierre, MIAOF$ (Kreush)
107Justin Ruggiano, MIAOF$ (White)
25Justin Upton, ATLOF$ (Carey)
230Kirk Nieuwenhuis, NYMOF$
331Kyle Blanks, SDOF$0Patton & Co
295Laynce Nix, PHIOF$0Razzball
113Logan Morrison, MIAOF$ (Carey)
336Logan Schafer, MILOF$ (Kreush)
149Lucas Duda, NYMOF$
308Marlon Byrd, NYMOF$
65Martin Prado, ARIOF$25Yahoo! Sports
58Matt Holliday, STLOF$ (White)
6Matt Kemp, LADOF$
103Michael Cuddyer, COLOF$ (Kreush)
278Mike Baxter, NYMOF$ (White)
193Nate Schierholtz, CHCOF$ (Kreush)
76Norichika Aoki, MILOF$22Baseball Prospectus
124Oscar Taveras, STLOF$ (White)
310Reed Johnson, ATLOF$0Yahoo! Sports
233Roger Bernadina, WASOF$1Razzball
4Ryan Braun, MILOF$ (Melchior)
130Ryan Ludwick, CINOF$ (Melchior)
222Scott Hairston, CHCOF$ (Carey)
61Shin-Soo Choo, CINOF$ (Di Fino)
110Starling Marte, PITOF$ (Di Fino)
226Tony Campana, ARIOF$ (Melchior)
181Travis Snider, PITOF$ (Carey)
155Tyler Colvin, COLOF$ (Di Fino)
220Tyler Moore, WASOF$4Baseball Prospectus
164Will Venable, SDOF$9Razzball
313Xavier Paul, CINOF$ (Kreush)
347Yasiel Puig, LADOF$ (White)
132A.J. Burnett, PITP$
165A.J. Ramos, MIAP$ (Carey)
42Adam Wainwright, STLP$ (Melchior)
167Andrew Cashner, SDP$5Baseball Prospectus
279Anthony Bass, SDP$
276Antonio Bastardo, PHIP$ (Di Fino)
356Arodys Vizcaino, CHCP$
32Aroldis Chapman, CINP$17Razzball
264Barry Zito, SFP$1Yahoo! Sports
151Bobby Parnell, NYMP$ (Fiorentino)
345Brad Boxberger, SDP$0Baseball Prospectus
339Brad Ziegler, ARIP$0Yahoo! Sports
268Brandon Beachy, ATLP$ (White)
161Brandon League, LADP$9Razzball
301Brandon Lyon, NYMP$ (Fiorentino)
112Brandon McCarthy, ARIP$8Razzball
158Brian Wilson, SFP$ (Di Fino)
237Bronson Arroyo, CINP$2Yahoo! Sports
162Carlos Marmol, CHCP$ (Fiorentino)
325Carlos Martinez, STLP$ (Fiorentino)
302Carlos Villanueva, CHCP$ (White)
297Casey Kelly, SDP$0Baseball Prospectus
178Chad Billingsley, LADP$
156Chris Capuano, LADP$4Razzball
306Chris Narveson, MILP$0Razzball
5Clayton Kershaw, LADP$ (Kreush)
225Clayton Richard, SDP$2Yahoo! Sports
21Cliff Lee, PHIP$ (Melchior)
18Cole Hamels, PHIP$26Patton & Co
146Cory Luebke, SDP$ (Fiorentino)
9Craig Kimbrel, ATLP$ (Kreush)
27Dan Haren, WASP$15Baseball Prospectus
293Daniel Hudson, ARIP$
206David Hernandez, ARIP$ (Carey)
195Dillon Gee, NYMP$5Razzball
242Drew Pomeranz, COLP$ (Di Fino)
187Drew Storen, WASP$3Patton & Co
274Edinson Volquez, SDP$ (Di Fino)
337Edward Mujica, STLP$ (Kreush)
173Edwin Jackson, CHCP$6Razzball
358Fernando Salas, STLP$0Yahoo! Sports
216Francisco Liriano, PITP$ (Di Fino)
175Frank Francisco, NYMP$ (Melchior)
354Freddy Garcia, SDP$0Razzball
182Gerrit Cole, PITP$2Baseball Prospectus
41Gio Gonzalez, WASP$20Patton & Co
251Henderson Alvarez, MIAP$
94Homer Bailey, CINP$ (Carey)
117Huston Street, SDP$17Baseball Prospectus
179Hyun-Jin Ryu, LADP$6Razzball
111Ian Kennedy, ARIP$ (White)
333J.J. Hoover, CINP$ (Carey)
62J.J. Putz, ARIP$ (Carey)
221Jacob Turner, MIAP$ (White)
157Jaime Garcia, STLP$ (Melchior)
272Jake Westbrook, STLP$
202James McDonald, PITP$ (White)
138Jason Grilli, PITP$
286Jason Marquis, SDP$0Yahoo! Sports
69Jason Motte, STLP$ (Kreush)
316Javier Vazquez, MIAP$ (Carey)
289Jeff Karstens, PITP$ (Kreush)
15Jeff Samardzija, CHCP$ (Fiorentino)
257Jhoulys Chacin, COLP$ (Kreush)
350Jim Henderson, MILP$ (White)
298Joe Kelly, STLP$
171Johan Santana, NYMP$
74John Axford, MILP$18Baseball Prospectus
314John Lannan, PHIP$ (Melchior)
66Johnny Cueto, CINP$
338Jon Rauch, MIAP$ (Melchior)
150Jonathan Broxton, CINP$ (Fiorentino)
80Jonathan Papelbon, PHIP$19Patton & Co
307Jonathan Sanchez, PITP$0Patton & Co
82Jonathon Niese, NYMP$ (Fiorentino)
229Jonny Venters, ATLP$
126Jordan Zimmermann, WASP$ (Carey)
248Jorge De La Rosa, COLP$ (Kreush)
311Jose Fernandez, MIAP$ (Melchior)
342Jose Valverde, N/AP$0Patton & Co
160Josh Beckett, LADP$8Baseball Prospectus
247Juan Nicasio, COLP$ (Melchior)
236Julio Teheran, ATLP$
139Kenley Jansen, LADP$
328Kevin Slowey, MIAP$0Baseball Prospectus
3Kris Medlen, ATLP$
194Kyle Kendrick, PHIP$3Yahoo! Sports
159Kyle Lohse, STLP$ (Carey)
284Kyle McPherson, PITP$
163Kyuji Fujikawa, CHCP$ (Melchior)
121Lance Lynn, STLP$17Baseball Prospectus
170Luke Gregerson, SDP$2Patton & Co
23Madison Bumgarner, SFP$22Patton & Co
46Marco Estrada, MILP$ (White)
214Mark Melancon, PITP$1Yahoo! Sports
234Mark Rogers, MILP$1Patton & Co
70Mat Latos, CINP$ (Di Fino)
35Matt Cain, SFP$27Yahoo! Sports
90Matt Garza, CHCP$ (Melchior)
127Matt Harvey, NYMP$ (Di Fino)
357Michael Olmsted, MILP$ (Carey)
299Mike Adams, PHIP$ (White)
125Mike Fiers, MILP$9Razzball
300Mike Leake, CINP$ (Fiorentino)
134Mike Minor, ATLP$ (White)
275Nate Eovaldi, MIAP$ (Di Fino)
255Patrick Corbin, ARIP$
144Paul Maholm, ATLP$6Yahoo! Sports
136Rafael Betancourt, COLP$15Razzball
88Rafael Soriano, WASP$
305Randall Delgado, ARIP$ (Di Fino)
282Rex Brothers, COLP$0Razzball
246Ricky Nolasco, MIAP$1Yahoo! Sports
277Robbie Erlin, SDP$ (Fiorentino)
185Ross Detwiler, WASP$ (Carey)
56Roy Halladay, PHIP$ (Fiorentino)
176Ryan Vogelsong, SFP$ (Carey)
166Santiago Casilla, SFP$ (Di Fino)
224Scott Baker, CHCP$
296Scott Feldman, CHCP$ (Di Fino)
359Sean Gilmartin, ATLP$ (Melchior)
244Sean Marshall, CINP$ (Kreush)
105Sergio Romo, SFP$ (Melchior)
116Shaun Marcum, NYMP$ (Carey)
44Shelby Miller, STLP$ (White)
10Stephen Strasburg, WASP$
137Steve Cishek, MIAP$ (Fiorentino)
238Ted Lilly, LADP$ (Kreush)
168Tim Hudson, ATLP$ (Kreush)
72Tim Lincecum, SFP$
324Tim Stauffer, SDP$ (Fiorentino)
329Tony Cingrani, CINP$ (Di Fino)
270Travis Wood, CHCP$1Patton & Co
147Trevor Cahill, ARIP$ (Fiorentino)
129Trevor Rosenthal, STLP$6Baseball Prospectus
192Tyler Clippard, WASP$
319Tyler Cloyd, PHIP$0Razzball
269Tyler Skaggs, ARIP$2Yahoo! Sports
348Tyler Thornburg, MILP$ (Fiorentino)
145Wade Miley, ARIP$ (Melchior)
197Wandy Rodriguez, PITP$ (Kreush)
263Wilton Lopez, COLP$1Patton & Co
271Wily Peralta, MILP$ (White)
71Yovani Gallardo, MILP$18Baseball Prospectus
54Zack Greinke, LADP$
267Zack Wheeler, NYMP$ (White)
288Alex Gonzalez, MILSS$ (Kreush)
12Andrelton Simmons, ATLSS$ (Kreush)
2Billy Hamilton, CINSS$ (White)
184Brandon Crawford, SFSS$3Baseball Prospectus
191Cliff Pennington, ARISS$4Yahoo! Sports
219Clint Barmes, PITSS$
223Dee Gordon, LADSS$ (White)
258Didi Gregorius, ARISS$ (Fiorentino)
83Everth Cabrera, SDSS$ (Melchior)
87Ian Desmond, WASSS$ (Di Fino)
59Jean Segura, MILSS$14Razzball
57Jimmy Rollins, PHISS$ (Kreush)
351Jonathan Herrera, COLSS$
96Josh Rutledge, COLSS$ (Carey)
172Rafael Furcal, STLSS$5Patton & Co
353Reid Brignac, COLSS$ (Di Fino)
183Ruben Tejada, NYMSS$
19Starlin Castro, CHCSS$ (Carey)
16Troy Tulowitzki, COLSS$ (White)
303Tyler Pastornicky, ATLSS$
199Willie Bloomquist, ARISS$1Patton & Co
141Zack Cozart, CINSS$

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