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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.

Scoring for Batting Categories

BA - Batting Average
HR - Home Runs
R - Runs
RBI - Runs Batted In
SB - Stolen Bases

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K - Strikeouts (Pitcher)
S - Saves
W - Wins
WHIP - Walks + Hits / Inning

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