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

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