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2012 Draft Prep: American League 5x5 auction


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