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

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