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2012 Draft Prep: American League 5x5 auction

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A 12-team, AL-only Rotisserie league is about as deep as it gets in Fantasy, and as you might expect, the bidding behavior changes as a result.

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Not a single player reached the $40 threshold in this auction. In fact, the elite players all went for less than you'd generally see in a mixed league. Did we get it backward? Not really. In mixed leagues, you can afford to take a studs-and-duds approach -- shelling out $45 and $50 for the best of the best and filling out the rest of your roster with $1 and $2 sleepers -- because you know that if those sleepers don't pan out, you'll still find plenty of fallback options on the waiver wire.

But in a league this deep, there are no fallback options. What you draft is what you get, which means you're better off not taking so many chances. The more evenly you spread your money, the better you'll be able to survive whatever misfortunes come your way over the 162-game grind.

As usual, the dollar values here don't necessarily match up with the rankings. Timing and shortages (either at a position or within a category) explain why Brett Gardner went for $28 while Josh Hamilton only went for only $24. In general, steals were in short supply in this auction, leading to inflated price tags for players like Gardner, B.J. Upton ($30), Alejandro De Aza ($17) and Ben Revere ($13).

Scoring for Batting Categories

BA - Batting Average
HR - Home Runs
R - Runs
RBI - Runs Batted In
SB - Stolen Bases

Pitching Categories

ERA - Earned Run Average
K - Strikeouts (Pitcher)
S - Saves
W - Wins
WHIP - Walks + Hits / Inning

The owners ...

1. Tom Kephart, Baseball HQ
2. Mike Gianella, Patton & Co.
3. Jeff Boggis, FantasySportsEmpires.com
4. Al Melchior, CBSSports.com
5. Scott Pianowski, Yahoo! Sports
6. Jamey Eisenberg, CBSSports.com
7. Scott White, CBSSports.com
8. Ryan Carey, Mastersball.com
9. Grey Albright and Rudy Gamble, Razzball
10. Derek Carty, Baseball Prospectus
11. Mike Kuchera, FanDuel.com
12. Dean Peterson, Stats LLC

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

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2012 AL-only Fantasy Auction Draft (sortable)
OrderPlayerPosPriceBid Won by
1CC Sabathia, NYYP$24Yahoo! Sports
2Albert Pujols, LAA1B$39FanDuel.com
3Miguel Cabrera, DET1B$39Baseball HQ
4Robinson Cano, NYY2B$33Mastersball.com
5Carl Crawford, BOSOF$23Patton & Co
6Josh Hamilton, TEXOF$24Patton & Co
7Sergio Santos, TORP$19Fantasy Sports Empires.com
8Yu Darvish, TEXP$18FanDuel.com
9Justin Verlander, DETP$30CBSSports.com (Melchior)
10Jacoby Ellsbury, BOSOF$35Patton & Co
11Adrian Gonzalez, BOS1B$36Yahoo! Sports
12Andrew Bailey, BOSP$17Stats LLC
13Jose Bautista, TOROF$38CBSSports.com (Melchior)
14Curtis Granderson, NYYOF$36CBSSports.com (Melchior)
15Joe Mauer, MINC$16Patton & Co
16Evan Longoria, TB3B$33Razzball
17Matt Moore, TBP$17Baseball HQ
18Prince Fielder, DET1B$31CBSSports.com (White)
19Wilson Betemit, BAL3B$3CBSSports.com (Eisenberg)
20Dustin Pedroia, BOS2B$32CBSSports.com (Eisenberg)
21Jered Weaver, LAAP$28Fantasy Sports Empires.com
22Ian Kinsler, TEX2B$28Stats LLC
23Mark Teixeira, NYY1B$29Yahoo! Sports
24Johnny Giavotella, KC2B$8Baseball Prospectus
25Alexei Ramirez, CHWSS$21Razzball
26Nelson Cruz, TEXOF$25Stats LLC
27Mike Napoli, TEXC$21Baseball Prospectus
28Felix Hernandez, SEAP$25Mastersball.com
29Eric Hosmer, KC1B$28Fantasy Sports Empires.com
30Ben Zobrist, TB2B$24CBSSports.com (White)
31Dustin Ackley, SEA2B$17CBSSports.com (White)
32Jemile Weeks, OAK2B$15Patton & Co
33Dan Haren, LAAP$25Patton & Co
34David Price, TBP$26CBSSports.com (Eisenberg)
35Billy Butler, KCDH$19Yahoo! Sports
36Ryan Raburn, DETOF$11Baseball Prospectus
37B.J. Upton, TBOF$30Baseball HQ
38Howard Kendrick, LAA2B$22Patton & Co
39Justin Morneau, MIN1B$7Razzball
40Jason Kipnis, CLE2B$15Patton & Co
41Carlos Santana, CLEC$27Mastersball.com
42Alex Rodriguez, NYY3B$24FanDuel.com
43Jordan Walden, LAAP$19Stats LLC
44James Shields, TBP$21CBSSports.com (White)
45Asdrubal Cabrera, CLESS$22Fantasy Sports Empires.com
46Desmond Jennings, TBOF$26Stats LLC
47Elvis Andrus, TEXSS$25Mastersball.com
48Gordon Beckham, CHW2B$9Stats LLC
49Shin-Soo Choo, CLEOF$25CBSSports.com (Eisenberg)
50Mariano Rivera, NYYP$21Baseball Prospectus
51Jon Lester, BOSP$22FanDuel.com
52Mark Trumbo, LAA1B$7Mastersball.com
53Brett Lawrie, TOR3B$30Fantasy Sports Empires.com
54Kevin Youkilis, BOS3B$20Baseball HQ
55Mike Trout, LAAOF$7Stats LLC
56Paul Konerko, CHW1B$21Patton & Co
57Ichiro Suzuki, SEAOF$23Baseball Prospectus
58Coco Crisp, OAKOF$17CBSSports.com (Melchior)
59Ryan Doumit, MINC$14FanDuel.com
60Kelly Johnson, TOR2B$15CBSSports.com (Melchior)
61Brett Gardner, NYYOF$28Fantasy Sports Empires.com
62Adrian Beltre, TEX3B$30Yahoo! Sports
63Josh Beckett, BOSP$17FanDuel.com
64Matt Wieters, BALC$26Baseball HQ
65Brandon Morrow, TORP$18CBSSports.com (Eisenberg)
66Delmon Young, DETOF$20CBSSports.com (Eisenberg)
67Austin Jackson, DETOF$17Yahoo! Sports
68Michael Pineda, NYYP$18CBSSports.com (Melchior)
69Derek Jeter, NYYSS$18Baseball Prospectus
70Alex Gordon, KCOF$23CBSSports.com (White)
71Grady Sizemore, CLEOF$8FanDuel.com
72Joe Nathan, TEXP$17Fantasy Sports Empires.com
73Ubaldo Jimenez, CLEP$17Stats LLC
74C.J. Wilson, LAAP$20CBSSports.com (White)
75Jose Valverde, DETP$19Mastersball.com
76Jeff Francoeur, KCOF$19Yahoo! Sports
77Nick Swisher, NYYOF$20Razzball
78Adam Jones, BALOF$29Baseball HQ
79Matt Harrison, TEXP$8CBSSports.com (Melchior)
80Joakim Soria, KCP$18CBSSports.com (Melchior)
81Michael Young, TEX3B$22Mastersball.com
82Jhonny Peralta, DETSS$15Baseball HQ
83Michael Brantley, CLEOF$13Razzball
84Brandon League, SEAP$16CBSSports.com (White)
85Alex Rios, CHWOF$16Mastersball.com
86Jeremy Hellickson, TBP$14Yahoo! Sports
87Chris Perez, CLEP$14CBSSports.com (Eisenberg)
88Jesus Montero, SEAC$18CBSSports.com (White)
89Ricky Romero, TORP$21Fantasy Sports Empires.com
90Neftali Feliz, TEXP$14Stats LLC
91Erick Aybar, LAASS$19CBSSports.com (Eisenberg)
92Ervin Santana, LAAP$14CBSSports.com (White)
93J.J. Hardy, BALSS$18CBSSports.com (White)
94Yunel Escobar, TORSS$15CBSSports.com (Melchior)
95Jarrod Saltalamacchia, BOSC$12FanDuel.com
96Matt Capps, MINP$13Mastersball.com
97Mark Reynolds, BAL3B$19Razzball
98Brandon McCarthy, OAKP$13Mastersball.com
99Kyle Farnsworth, TBP$15Baseball Prospectus
100Derek Holland, TEXP$15CBSSports.com (Eisenberg)
101Francisco Liriano, MINP$10Yahoo! Sports
102Mike Moustakas, KC3B$15CBSSports.com (Eisenberg)
103Ben Revere, MINOF$13CBSSports.com (Eisenberg)
104Jim Johnson, BALP$12Razzball
105Nick Markakis, BALOF$19Razzball
106David Ortiz, BOSDH$18Fantasy Sports Empires.com
107Matt Thornton, CHWP$13FanDuel.com
108Torii Hunter, LAAOF$16Fantasy Sports Empires.com
109Adam Lind, TOR1B$16CBSSports.com (Eisenberg)
110Alex Avila, DETC$19Fantasy Sports Empires.com
111Clay Buchholz, BOSP$11CBSSports.com (Melchior)
112Lorenzo Cain, KCOF$12Yahoo! Sports
113Josh Willingham, MINOF$16Baseball HQ
114Doug Fister, DETP$13CBSSports.com (Eisenberg)
115Rajai Davis, TOROF$5CBSSports.com (White)
116Max Scherzer, DETP$16Baseball Prospectus
117Kendrys Morales, LAA1B$9Stats LLC
118Alcides Escobar, KCSS$12Stats LLC
119Denard Span, MINOF$14FanDuel.com
120Sean Rodriguez, TBSS$9CBSSports.com (Eisenberg)
121Carlos Pena, TB1B$11CBSSports.com (Melchior)
122Adam Dunn, CHW1B$11Baseball Prospectus
123Justin Masterson, CLEP$13Razzball
124Edwin Encarnacion, TOR3B$14Baseball Prospectus
125Scott Baker, MINP$14Baseball HQ
126Ivan Nova, NYYP$8Razzball
127Mike Aviles, BOS3B$8Yahoo! Sports
128Kurt Suzuki, OAKC$9Baseball HQ
129Matt Joyce, TBOF$16Stats LLC
130Colby Rasmus, TOROF$12Patton & Co
131Chris Sale, CHWP$12Razzball
132Lonnie Chisenhall, CLE3B$10Patton & Co
133Phil Hughes, NYYP$7CBSSports.com (Eisenberg)
134Daniel Bard, BOSP$11FanDuel.com
135Peter Bourjos, LAAOF$19Baseball HQ
136Cliff Pennington, OAKSS$10Patton & Co
137Hiroki Kuroda, NYYP$10FanDuel.com
138Bobby Abreu, LAAOF$4Baseball Prospectus
139Jonathan Sanchez, KCP$9Mastersball.com
140Chris Davis, BAL1B$10FanDuel.com
141Chone Figgins, SEA3B$5Mastersball.com
142Vernon Wells, LAAOF$8Patton & Co
143Alberto Callaspo, LAA3B$4Razzball
144Brent Morel, CHW3B$11Stats LLC
145Alejandro De Aza, CHWOF$17FanDuel.com
146Carl Pavano, MINP$2Mastersball.com
147Brennan Boesch, DETOF$21Mastersball.com
148Wei-Yin Chen, BALP$3CBSSports.com (Melchior)
149John Danks, CHWP$14Baseball Prospectus
150Henderson Alvarez, TORP$9Mastersball.com
151Franklin Gutierrez, SEAOF$7Yahoo! Sports
152Brent Lillibridge, CHWOF$4Baseball Prospectus
153Mitch Moreland, TEX1B$9Baseball Prospectus
154Miguel Olivo, SEAC$7Baseball Prospectus
155Casey Kotchman, CLE1B$5Patton & Co
156Seth Smith, OAKOF$6CBSSports.com (Melchior)
157J.P. Arencibia, TORC$12Stats LLC
158Addison Reed, CHWP$7CBSSports.com (White)
159Russell Martin, NYYC$11CBSSports.com (Melchior)
160Justin Smoak, SEA1B$11Stats LLC
161Yoenis Cespedes, OAKOF$13Razzball
162Chris Iannetta, LAAC$9Razzball
163Dayan Viciedo, CHWOF$14CBSSports.com (White)
164Colby Lewis, TEXP$14Baseball Prospectus
165Eric Thames, TOROF$8Razzball
166Gavin Floyd, CHWP$8Baseball Prospectus
167Luke Hochevar, KCP$6Patton & Co
168Jeff Niemann, TBP$6CBSSports.com (White)
169Salvador Perez, KCC$5CBSSports.com (White)
170Brian Fuentes, OAKP$6Razzball
171Jake Peavy, CHWP$8Razzball
172Trevor Plouffe, MINSS$6FanDuel.com
173Felipe Paulino, KCP$4Stats LLC
174Wade Davis, TBP$5CBSSports.com (Eisenberg)
175Kevin Slowey, CLEP$2Baseball HQ
176Travis Snider, TOROF$5Stats LLC
177Alexi Casilla, MIN2B$9Razzball
178Nolan Reimold, BALOF$9Yahoo! Sports
179Bruce Chen, KCP$2Yahoo! Sports
180Josh Reddick, OAKOF$6CBSSports.com (Melchior)
181Brian Roberts, BAL2B$4FanDuel.com
182Josh Tomlin, CLEP$4Baseball Prospectus
183A.J. Pierzynski, CHWC$6Yahoo! Sports
184Brad Peacock, OAKP$4Razzball
185Aaron Crow, KCP$3Razzball
186Kelly Shoppach, BOSC$1CBSSports.com (Eisenberg)
187Fautino De Los Santos, OAKP$3Stats LLC
188Philip Humber, CHWP$5Patton & Co
189Eduardo Nunez, NYYSS$7CBSSports.com (Melchior)
190David Murphy, TEXOF$5Baseball Prospectus
191Rick Porcello, DETP$4FanDuel.com
192Jason Hammel, BALP$1Stats LLC
193Maicer Izturis, LAA2B$4Yahoo! Sports
194Jason Vargas, SEAP$7Baseball Prospectus
195Yorvit Torrealba, TEXC$4CBSSports.com (Eisenberg)
196Jamey Carroll, MIN2B$9FanDuel.com
197Octavio Dotel, DETP$1Yahoo! Sports
198Ryan Sweeney, BOSOF$3CBSSports.com (White)
199Travis Hafner, CLEDH$1CBSSports.com (White)
200Alexi Ogando, TEXP$4Mastersball.com
201Jose Molina, TBC$3Razzball
202Grant Balfour, OAKP$5Baseball Prospectus
203Chris Getz, KC2B$2Fantasy Sports Empires.com
204Tyler Flowers, CHWC$3Stats LLC
205Freddy Garcia, NYYP$1Baseball HQ
206Bartolo Colon, OAKP$3CBSSports.com (White)
207Hideki Matsui, OAKOF$2Fantasy Sports Empires.com
208Danny Valencia, MIN3B$7CBSSports.com (White)
209Danny Duffy, KCP$2Baseball HQ
210Kyle Seager, SEA3B$2Stats LLC
211Jarrod Parker, OAKP$3Stats LLC
212David Robertson, NYYP$5Razzball
213Brendan Ryan, SEASS$7Razzball
214Mike Carp, SEA1B$14Baseball Prospectus
215Joaquin Benoit, DETP$2Baseball HQ
216Zach Britton, BALP$6Stats LLC
217Scott Sizemore, OAK3B$4Baseball HQ
218Alfredo Aceves, BOSP$2Yahoo! Sports
219Brett Cecil, TORP$2CBSSports.com (White)
220Scott Downs, LAAP$1CBSSports.com (Melchior)
221Brian Matusz, BALP$4FanDuel.com
222Andruw Jones, NYYOF$1CBSSports.com (Eisenberg)
223Joey Devine, OAKP$2Yahoo! Sports
224Mark Melancon, BOSP$2Yahoo! Sports
225Luke Scott, TBOF$3Baseball Prospectus
226Jonny Gomes, OAKOF$1FanDuel.com
227Raul Ibanez, NYYOF$4Baseball HQ
228Jesse Crain, CHWP$2CBSSports.com (Melchior)
229Mike Adams, TEXP$2Baseball HQ
230Craig Gentry, TEXOF$3Mastersball.com
231John Jaso, SEAC$1Yahoo! Sports
232Cody Ross, BOSOF$2Baseball HQ
233Chris Parmelee, MIN1B$1CBSSports.com (White)
234Jacob Turner, DETP$2Baseball HQ
235Hector Noesi, SEAP$1FanDuel.com
236Ramon Santiago, DET2B$3Baseball HQ
237Derek Lowe, CLEP$1Patton & Co
238Tommy Milone, OAKP$1Fantasy Sports Empires.com
239Lou Marson, CLEC$1CBSSports.com (Melchior)
240Robert Andino, BAL2B$2Yahoo! Sports
241Leonys Martin, TEXOF$3CBSSports.com (White)
242Dallas Braden, OAKP$1CBSSports.com (White)
243Matt LaPorta, CLE1B$1Mastersball.com
244Andy Dirks, DETOF$3CBSSports.com (Melchior)
245Hisanori Takahashi, LAAP$1Baseball HQ
246Jonathan Broxton, KCP$1Patton & Co
247Francisco Cordero, TORP$4Yahoo! Sports
248Jack Hannahan, CLE3B$1CBSSports.com (Melchior)
249Hisashi Iwakuma, SEAP$1CBSSports.com (Eisenberg)
250Vinnie Pestano, CLEP$1Mastersball.com
251Trayvon Robinson, SEAOF$1FanDuel.com
252Jeff Keppinger, TB2B$2Mastersball.com
253Hank Conger, LAAC$1Patton & Co
254Brett Anderson, OAKP$1Fantasy Sports Empires.com
255Jason Marquis, MINP$1CBSSports.com (Melchior)
256Manny Ramirez, OAKDH$1CBSSports.com (Eisenberg)
257Ryan Lavarnway, BOSC$1Mastersball.com
258Vladimir Guerrero, BALDH$1FanDuel.com
259Nick Punto, BOS2B$1Baseball HQ
260Jake Arrieta, BALP$1Patton & Co
261Ronny Paulino, BALC$1Fantasy Sports Empires.com
262Casper Wells, SEAOF$1CBSSports.com (Melchior)
263Tsuyoshi Wada, BALP$1CBSSports.com (Eisenberg)
264Endy Chavez, BALOF$1Mastersball.com
265Glen Perkins, MINP$1Patton & Co
266Yuniesky Betancourt, KCSS$1Fantasy Sports Empires.com
267Don Kelly, DETOF$1CBSSports.com (Eisenberg)
268Sam Fuld, TBOF$1Mastersball.com
269Joel Peralta, TBP$1Patton & Co
270Julio Borbon, TEXOF$1Fantasy Sports Empires.com
271Greg Holland, KCP$1Patton & Co
272Brandon Inge, DET3B$1Fantasy Sports Empires.com
273Magglio Ordonez, DETOF$1Fantasy Sports Empires.com
274Brian Duensing, MINP$1Fantasy Sports Empires.com
275Nick Blackburn, MINP$1Fantasy Sports Empires.com
276Fausto Carmona, CLEP$1Fantasy Sports Empires.com

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