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

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