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

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