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2012 Draft Prep: Mixed League 5x5 auction

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After branching out for the American League and National League auctions, we kept our 5x5 mixed-league auction in house. So as you might expect, the 12 participants more or less went by the book.

No player went more than $11 over his (admittedly conservative) projected auction value, and the two who went most over -- Starlin Castro and Troy Tulowitzki -- just so happen to play the thinnest position in Fantasy. So if you came hoping to see a bunch of reaches, better luck next time. Nobody did anything to make anybody fall out of his chair.

Perhaps that's a good thing. After all, if this auction is meant to serve as an example to the masses, it should be as middle-of-the-road as possible. But the danger in an auction that follows the projected values so closely is it might give you a false sense of security. Not every auction -- particularly not every mixed-league auction -- has the highest player go for only $42. In leagues where everyone subscribes to the studs-and-duds approach, the first-round types might all go off the board in the $45-50 range, which will of course lead to dwindling dollars later in the auction, thereby creating value picks.

Even with this more conservative approach, a few bargains stand out. The winners of Andre Ethier and Melky Cabrera (both $5) benefited from the lack of money in circulation late in the auction, as did the winners of Ricky Romero ($10), Anibal Sanchez ($5) and Jeremy Hellickson ($4). Brian Wilson ($11) isn't really $6 better than Jose Valverde ($5) or $7 better than Joel Hanrahan ($4). And Billy Butler going for $7 after Eric Hosmer went for $23 is just wacky. Of course, Josh Hamilton at $12 stands out as well, but for a different reason. He was the first player nominated, when everyone was still rubbing the sleep out of their eyes.

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2. Adam Aizer, Podcast Host
3. Jeff Tobin, Associate Managing Editor, Fantasy Sports
4. Michael Hurcomb, Fantasy Editor
5. Dave Richard, Senior Fantasy Writer
6. Adam Moore, Fantasy Writer
7. Al Melchior, Data Analyst
8. Kevin Goodwin, Fantasy Writer
9. Scott White, Fantasy Writer
10. Peter Madden, Editorial Director, Fantasy Sports
11. Jeff Lippman, Fantasy Writer
12. Jamey Eisenberg, Senior Fantasy Writer

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
1Josh Hamilton, TEXOF$12Scott White
2Matt Kemp, LADOF$34Al Melchior
3Albert Pujols, LAA1B$38Jeff Tobin
4Miguel Cabrera, DET1B$40Adam Moore
5Adrian Gonzalez, BOS1B$30Jeff Lippman
6Jose Bautista, TOROF$41Al Melchior
7Evan Longoria, TB3B$33Scott White
8Dustin Pedroia, BOS2B$33Scott White
9Troy Tulowitzki, COLSS$42Scott White
10Ryan Braun, MILOF$41Adam Aizer
11Roy Halladay, PHIP$35Adam Moore
12Carlos Santana, CLEC$27Dave Richard
13Joe Nathan, TEXP$8Ed Gauna
14Hunter Pence, PHIOF$19Jeff Lippman
15Justin Verlander, DETP$35Peter Madden
16Joey Votto, CIN1B$31Jamey Eisenberg
17Clayton Kershaw, LADP$33Jeff Lippman
18Jacoby Ellsbury, BOSOF$34Michael Hurcomb
19Felix Hernandez, SEAP$26Dave Richard
20Hanley Ramirez, MIASS$29Michael Hurcomb
21Brett Lawrie, TOR3B$23Scott White
22Prince Fielder, DET1B$33Kevin Goodwin
23Mike Napoli, TEXC$21Adam Aizer
24Curtis Granderson, NYYOF$32Jamey Eisenberg
25Craig Kimbrel, ATLP$20Jeff Tobin
26J.J. Hardy, BALSS$5Kevin Goodwin
27Robinson Cano, NYY2B$33Peter Madden
28CC Sabathia, NYYP$27Kevin Goodwin
29Rickie Weeks, MIL2B$13Kevin Goodwin
30Ian Kinsler, TEX2B$29Jeff Tobin
31Tim Lincecum, SFP$26Jeff Lippman
32Ivan Nova, NYYP$3Kevin Goodwin
33Dee Gordon, LADSS$11Adam Aizer
34Cliff Lee, PHIP$32Peter Madden
35Brian Matusz, BALP$3Adam Aizer
36Ben Zobrist, TB2B$22Al Melchior
37Jose Reyes, MIASS$28Dave Richard
38Brian McCann, ATLC$22Ed Gauna
39Justin Upton, ARIOF$28Jeff Tobin
40Jered Weaver, LAAP$26Adam Moore
41Asdrubal Cabrera, CLESS$15Peter Madden
42Kevin Youkilis, BOS3B$18Adam Moore
43Dan Uggla, ATL2B$17Adam Aizer
44J.P. Arencibia, TORC$12Adam Moore
45Desmond Jennings, TBOF$20Michael Hurcomb
46Starlin Castro, CHCSS$26Jeff Lippman
47Bryce Harper, WASOF$2Dave Richard
48Andrew McCutchen, PITOF$25Jeff Tobin
49Nick Markakis, BALOF$15Ed Gauna
50Lance Berkman, STLOF$16Ed Gauna
51Alex Avila, DETC$21Al Melchior
52Ryan Zimmerman, WAS3B$23Dave Richard
53Carlos Gonzalez, COLOF$35Michael Hurcomb
54Dustin Ackley, SEA2B$10Jeff Lippman
55Matt Wieters, BALC$17Ed Gauna
56Carlos Lee, HOUOF$3Kevin Goodwin
57Jesus Montero, SEAC$15Scott White
58Joe Mauer, MINC$18Jeff Tobin
59Matt Moore, TBP$17Jeff Tobin
60Mark Teixeira, NYY1B$29Dave Richard
61James Shields, TBP$22Ed Gauna
62Brett Myers, HOUP$2Scott White
63Cole Hamels, PHIP$25Dave Richard
64Ian Kennedy, ARIP$20Ed Gauna
65Matt Holliday, STLOF$21Adam Aizer
66Neil Walker, PIT2B$9Adam Moore
67Alex Rodriguez, NYY3B$17Adam Moore
68Mike Stanton, MIAOF$22Jeff Lippman
69Michael Bourn, ATLOF$20Scott White
70Eric Hosmer, KC1B$23Peter Madden
71Stephen Strasburg, WASP$20Jeff Lippman
72David Wright, NYM3B$29Ed Gauna
73Emilio Bonifacio, MIASS$16Jamey Eisenberg
74Marco Scutaro, COLSS$3Adam Aizer
75Mat Latos, CINP$18Al Melchior
76Michael Young, TEX3B$19Ed Gauna
77Buster Posey, SFC$15Peter Madden
78Zack Greinke, MILP$23Al Melchior
79Yovani Gallardo, MILP$22Jamey Eisenberg
80Jordan Walden, LAAP$7Kevin Goodwin
81Wilson Ramos, WASC$8Scott White
82Miguel Montero, ARIC$19Adam Aizer
83Chris Iannetta, LAAC$3Kevin Goodwin
84Adrian Beltre, TEX3B$22Adam Aizer
85Derek Jeter, NYYSS$9Jeff Tobin
86Nelson Cruz, TEXOF$17Adam Moore
87Pablo Sandoval, SF3B$18Ed Gauna
88David Price, TBP$22Jamey Eisenberg
89Mark Reynolds, BAL3B$10Jeff Tobin
90Kurt Suzuki, OAKC$7Adam Moore
91Chris Young, ARIOF$14Kevin Goodwin
92Michael Morse, WAS1B$21Adam Aizer
93Mariano Rivera, NYYP$13Adam Moore
94Russell Martin, NYYC$12Kevin Goodwin
95David Freese, STL3B$6Al Melchior
96B.J. Upton, TBOF$15Jamey Eisenberg
97Josh Johnson, MIAP$17Peter Madden
98Freddie Freeman, ATL1B$6Kevin Goodwin
99Michael Pineda, NYYP$16Jeff Tobin
100Jon Lester, BOSP$18Michael Hurcomb
101Aramis Ramirez, MIL3B$13Michael Hurcomb
102Yu Darvish, TEXP$16Jeff Lippman
103Alex Gordon, KCOF$16Scott White
104Josh Beckett, BOSP$14Al Melchior
105Jonathan Papelbon, PHIP$14Peter Madden
106Shane Victorino, PHIOF$21Al Melchior
107Jake Arrieta, BALP$1Jeff Lippman
108Yoenis Cespedes, OAKOF$3Jamey Eisenberg
109Gio Gonzalez, WASP$12Adam Aizer
110John Danks, CHWP$4Ed Gauna
111Brandon Beachy, ATLP$9Dave Richard
112Shin-Soo Choo, CLEOF$23Michael Hurcomb
113John Axford, MILP$15Al Melchior
114Ryan Howard, PHI1B$11Al Melchior
115Salvador Perez, KCC$4Jeff Lippman
116Chase Utley, PHI2B$12Dave Richard
117Ryan Roberts, ARI3B$9Kevin Goodwin
118Carl Crawford, BOSOF$14Jamey Eisenberg
119Devin Mesoraco, CINC$5Al Melchior
120Jay Bruce, CINOF$19Jamey Eisenberg
121Dan Haren, LAAP$22Kevin Goodwin
122Mike Minor, ATLP$5Jeff Tobin
123Matt Cain, SFP$17Michael Hurcomb
124Jordan Zimmermann, WASP$11Jeff Lippman
125Brandon Phillips, CIN2B$12Michael Hurcomb
126Ichiro Suzuki, SEAOF$13Jeff Tobin
127Elvis Andrus, TEXSS$13Adam Aizer
128Ubaldo Jimenez, CLEP$9Kevin Goodwin
129Andrew Bailey, BOSP$10Adam Moore
130Paul Konerko, CHW1B$12Scott White
131Lonnie Chisenhall, CLE3B$1Jeff Lippman
132Mike Moustakas, KC3B$4Jamey Eisenberg
133Adam Wainwright, STLP$15Ed Gauna
134Trevor Cahill, ARIP$6Al Melchior
135Corey Hart, MILOF$14Dave Richard
136Tommy Hanson, ATLP$11Ed Gauna
137Howard Kendrick, LAA2B$12Peter Madden
138Jemile Weeks, OAK2B$13Adam Moore
139Carlos Pena, TB1B$2Adam Aizer
140C.J. Wilson, LAAP$14Scott White
141Martin Prado, ATLOF$12Adam Moore
142Adam Jones, BALOF$11Dave Richard
143Jed Lowrie, HOUSS$2Dave Richard
144Madison Bumgarner, SFP$16Jamey Eisenberg
145Michael Cuddyer, COLOF$11Peter Madden
146Mark Buehrle, MIAP$5Adam Aizer
147David Ortiz, BOSDH$10Kevin Goodwin
148Drew Storen, WASP$10Jamey Eisenberg
149Brett Gardner, NYYOF$13Jamey Eisenberg
150Peter Bourjos, LAAOF$7Adam Moore
151Gaby Sanchez, MIA1B$3Peter Madden
152Ryan Madson, CINP$10Kevin Goodwin
153Matt Joyce, TBOF$8Dave Richard
154Daniel Hudson, ARIP$13Kevin Goodwin
155Ryan Doumit, MINC$4Peter Madden
156Kelly Johnson, TOR2B$8Jeff Lippman
157Heath Bell, MIAP$13Kevin Goodwin
158Henderson Alvarez, TORP$3Adam Moore
159Jayson Werth, WASOF$10Peter Madden
160Jimmy Rollins, PHISS$10Ed Gauna
161Yadier Molina, STLC$6Jeff Tobin
162Coco Crisp, OAKOF$8Peter Madden
163Mat Gamel, MIL3B$5Jamey Eisenberg
164Austin Jackson, DETOF$9Dave Richard
165Danny Espinosa, WAS2B$5Ed Gauna
166Aaron Hill, ARI2B$3Peter Madden
167Jonathan Lucroy, MILC$3Jeff Lippman
168Chris Carpenter, STLP$7Scott White
169Chris Perez, CLEP$3Adam Aizer
170Drew Stubbs, CINOF$9Dave Richard
171Jaime Garcia, STLP$5Jeff Tobin
172Ervin Santana, LAAP$10Dave Richard
173Sergio Santos, TORP$5Ed Gauna
174Clay Buchholz, BOSP$6Dave Richard
175Alexei Ramirez, CHWSS$3Al Melchior
176Matt Garza, CHCP$10Ed Gauna
177Carlos Beltran, STLOF$5Adam Aizer
178Jason Heyward, ATLOF$9Al Melchior
179Brandon Belt, SFOF$3Jeff Lippman
180Jarrod Saltalamacchia, BOSC$1Jamey Eisenberg
181Bruce Chen, KCP$2Adam Moore
182J.J. Putz, ARIP$6Adam Aizer
183Jhonny Peralta, DETSS$8Michael Hurcomb
184Billy Butler, KCDH$7Jeff Lippman
185Cory Luebke, SDP$5Scott White
186Yunel Escobar, TORSS$4Adam Moore
187Ricky Romero, TORP$10Michael Hurcomb
188Jose Valverde, DETP$5Dave Richard
189Carlos Marmol, CHCP$2Ed Gauna
190Jeff Francoeur, KCOF$7Kevin Goodwin
191Lorenzo Cain, KCOF$4Kevin Goodwin
192Derek Holland, TEXP$4Jamey Eisenberg
193Angel Pagan, SFOF$5Ed Gauna
194Jair Jurrjens, ATLP$3Jeff Tobin
195Lucas Duda, NYMOF$4Adam Aizer
196Anibal Sanchez, MIAP$5Jamey Eisenberg
197A.J. Pierzynski, CHWC$1Dave Richard
198Joel Hanrahan, PITP$4Adam Aizer
199Brian Wilson, SFP$11Michael Hurcomb
200Nick Swisher, NYYOF$3Kevin Goodwin
201Brandon League, SEAP$3Scott White
202Geovany Soto, CHCC$4Michael Hurcomb
203Jason Kubel, ARIOF$1Jeff Lippman
204Joakim Soria, KCP$6Peter Madden
205Yonder Alonso, SDOF$3Jeff Tobin
206Jeremy Hellickson, TBP$4Kevin Goodwin
207Chase Headley, SD3B$3Peter Madden
208Andre Ethier, LADOF$5Peter Madden
209Doug Fister, DETP$3Jamey Eisenberg
210Vernon Wells, LAAOF$3Adam Moore
211Jason Motte, STLP$6Jeff Lippman
212Erick Aybar, LAASS$11Kevin Goodwin
213Kyle Farnsworth, TBP$3Jeff Lippman
214Logan Morrison, MIAOF$6Michael Hurcomb
215Adam Lind, TOR1B$4Jeff Lippman
216Rafael Betancourt, COLP$4Michael Hurcomb
217Delmon Young, DETOF$5Peter Madden
218Brandon Morrow, TORP$4Adam Aizer
219Ike Davis, NYM1B$8Michael Hurcomb
220Wandy Rodriguez, HOUP$3Jamey Eisenberg
221Chad Billingsley, LADP$1Dave Richard
222Pedro Alvarez, PIT3B$1Adam Moore
223Cameron Maybin, SDOF$6Adam Aizer
224Matt Capps, MINP$4Jamey Eisenberg
225Neftali Feliz, TEXP$3Peter Madden
226Johnny Cueto, CINP$3Jeff Lippman
227Jason Kipnis, CLE2B$3Jamey Eisenberg
228Josh Willingham, MINOF$2Adam Moore
229Hiroki Kuroda, NYYP$2Scott White
230Paul Goldschmidt, ARI1B$3Jeff Tobin
231Jhoulys Chacin, COLP$1Michael Hurcomb
232Tim Stauffer, SDP$1Dave Richard
233Ricky Nolasco, MIAP$1Adam Moore
234Daniel Murphy, NYM1B$4Jamey Eisenberg
235Tim Hudson, ATLP$2Jeff Tobin
236Justin Masterson, CLEP$3Adam Aizer
237Mike Trout, LAAOF$3Jeff Lippman
238John Buck, MIAC$1Jamey Eisenberg
239Torii Hunter, LAAOF$2Ed Gauna
240Shaun Marcum, MILP$4Adam Aizer
241Bud Norris, HOUP$1Jeff Tobin
242Frank Francisco, NYMP$1Michael Hurcomb
243Chris Sale, CHWP$1Dave Richard
244Gavin Floyd, CHWP$1Adam Moore
245Jonathon Niese, NYMP$1Al Melchior
246Francisco Liriano, MINP$1Scott White
247Jeff Niemann, TBP$1Peter Madden
248Alex Rios, CHWOF$2Ed Gauna
249Dayan Viciedo, CHWOF$1Jeff Tobin
250Ryan Dempster, CHCP$1Michael Hurcomb
251Justin Morneau, MIN1B$2Michael Hurcomb
252Max Scherzer, DETP$6Adam Moore
253Brandon McCarthy, OAKP$2Jeff Tobin
254Melky Cabrera, SFOF$5Scott White
255Huston Street, SDP$3Al Melchior
256Omar Infante, MIA2B$1Ed Gauna
257Ryan Raburn, DETOF$1Jeff Tobin
258Brennan Boesch, DETOF$2Jeff Tobin
259Justin Smoak, SEA1B$1Dave Richard
260Alejandro De Aza, CHWOF$1Al Melchior
261Colby Lewis, TEXP$2Scott White
262Jim Johnson, BALP$1Peter Madden
263Ben Revere, MINOF$2Ed Gauna
264Nick Hundley, SDC$1Michael Hurcomb
265Alcides Escobar, KCSS$1Al Melchior
266Jose Tabata, PITOF$1Scott White
267Matt Thornton, CHWP$1Peter Madden
268Javy Guerra, LADP$1Michael Hurcomb
269Vance Worley, PHIP$1Al Melchior
270Kenley Jansen, LADP$2Al Melchior
271Dexter Fowler, COLOF$2Scott White
272Alex Presley, PITOF$1Al Melchior
273Gordon Beckham, CHW2B$1Scott White
274Adam Dunn, CHW1B$1Michael Hurcomb
275Edwin Encarnacion, TOR3B$1Al Melchior
276Addison Reed, CHWP$1Scott White

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