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

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"We're going to give him every opportunity to be in our rotation," Amaro said via MLB.com. "We have to try to create as many opportunities for starting pitching as we possibly can. We're not going to be able to go through a season with five or six pitchers. It's probably going to take seven to 10 pitchers.

"He personally feels more comfortable being in the rotation. Whether or not he can provide that remains to be seen. But after speaking with him it was very important to him to be prepared mentally and physically for this offseason to get stretched out."

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Lind totaled six home runs and 40 RBI in 2014. "I hear the Blue Jays are getting a lot of interest on Lind and not just from American League teams," an executive told the Sun.

He started 47 games at first base and 36 at designated hitter this season. His limited skills as a position player makes interest from NL teams a bit of a surprise. What is not a surprise is that teams are intrigued by his contract situation. The Jays will likely pick up his 7.5 million option for 2015 and, if he performs well, his $8 million option for the following year.

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(10/21/2014) Giants outfielder Hunter Pence went 2 for 3 with two walks and a two-run home run in his team's 7-1 win over the Royals in Game 1 of the World Series Tuesday.

Pence delivered a monster blast to center field in the first inning to put his team up 3-0, and the Royals would have little answer for another excellent performance by Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner. It was the first home run of October for Pence, who has hit .286/.388/.452 in 42 postseason at-bats.


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(10/21/2014) Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner earned a win in Game 1 of the World Series Tuesday, allowing just one earned run on three hits and one walk in seven innings while striking out five in his team's 7-1 victory over the Royals.

Bumgarner (3-1) continued to look excellent fresh off winning the NLCS MVP award. He fired six scoreless innings and was up 7-0 before surrendering a solo home run in the bottom of the seventh. Bumgarner has delivered a 1.40 ERA, 0.72 WHIP and 33:6 K:BB ratio in 38 2/3 postseason innings spanning five starts. He'll get the ball in Game 5 Sunday if the Royals can avoid a sweep. Game 2 is set for Wednesday in Kansas City.


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Shields (1-1) hadn't been having a great postseason despite the Royals' impressive run of wins, giving up 10 earned runs in 16 innings heading into his Game 1 start. His night turned south immediately Tuesday, as the Giants followed up a one-out, RBI double with a two-run home run to take a 3-0 lead in the first inning. Shields retired seven straight heading into the fourth, where he opened the inning with a double, walk and RBI single to get the hook. The loss, which was the first of the postseason for the Royals, puts the AL pennant winner in a 1-0 hole going into Game 2 Wednesday in Kansas City.


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by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/21/2014) Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia said Tuesday that he feels "pretty much back to 100 percent" and expects a full 200-inning workload in 2015, MLB.com reports.

"It's definitely a huge relief," Sabathia said. "I feel good enough to do all my workouts, to play catch and kind of have a normal offseason."

Sabathia, who underwent season-ending knee surgery in July, starting throwing off flat ground in late September and plans to report to spring training early.


 
 
 
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