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