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

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