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

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