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2012 Draft Prep: Mixed League 5x5 auction


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

The owners ...

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

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2012 AL-only Fantasy Auction Draft (sortable)
OrderPlayerPosPriceBid Won by
9Troy Tulowitzki, COLSS$42Scott White
10Ryan Braun, MILOF$41Adam Aizer
6Jose Bautista, TOROF$41Al Melchior
4Miguel Cabrera, DET1B$40Adam Moore
3Albert Pujols, LAA1B$38Jeff Tobin
11Roy Halladay, PHIP$35Adam Moore
53Carlos Gonzalez, COLOF$35Michael Hurcomb
15Justin Verlander, DETP$35Peter Madden
2Matt Kemp, LADOF$34Al Melchior
18Jacoby Ellsbury, BOSOF$34Michael Hurcomb
17Clayton Kershaw, LADP$33Jeff Lippman
22Prince Fielder, DET1B$33Kevin Goodwin
27Robinson Cano, NYY2B$33Peter Madden
8Dustin Pedroia, BOS2B$33Scott White
7Evan Longoria, TB3B$33Scott White
24Curtis Granderson, NYYOF$32Jamey Eisenberg
34Cliff Lee, PHIP$32Peter Madden
16Joey Votto, CIN1B$31Jamey Eisenberg
5Adrian Gonzalez, BOS1B$30Jeff Lippman
60Mark Teixeira, NYY1B$29Dave Richard
72David Wright, NYM3B$29Ed Gauna
30Ian Kinsler, TEX2B$29Jeff Tobin
20Hanley Ramirez, MIASS$29Michael Hurcomb
37Jose Reyes, MIASS$28Dave Richard
39Justin Upton, ARIOF$28Jeff Tobin
12Carlos Santana, CLEC$27Dave Richard
28CC Sabathia, NYYP$27Kevin Goodwin
40Jered Weaver, LAAP$26Adam Moore
19Felix Hernandez, SEAP$26Dave Richard
46Starlin Castro, CHCSS$26Jeff Lippman
31Tim Lincecum, SFP$26Jeff Lippman
63Cole Hamels, PHIP$25Dave Richard
48Andrew McCutchen, PITOF$25Jeff Tobin
78Zack Greinke, MILP$23Al Melchior
52Ryan Zimmerman, WAS3B$23Dave Richard
112Shin-Soo Choo, CLEOF$23Michael Hurcomb
70Eric Hosmer, KC1B$23Peter Madden
21Brett Lawrie, TOR3B$23Scott White
84Adrian Beltre, TEX3B$22Adam Aizer
36Ben Zobrist, TB2B$22Al Melchior
61James Shields, TBP$22Ed Gauna
38Brian McCann, ATLC$22Ed Gauna
88David Price, TBP$22Jamey Eisenberg
79Yovani Gallardo, MILP$22Jamey Eisenberg
68Mike Stanton, MIAOF$22Jeff Lippman
121Dan Haren, LAAP$22Kevin Goodwin
92Michael Morse, WAS1B$21Adam Aizer
65Matt Holliday, STLOF$21Adam Aizer
23Mike Napoli, TEXC$21Adam Aizer
106Shane Victorino, PHIOF$21Al Melchior
51Alex Avila, DETC$21Al Melchior
64Ian Kennedy, ARIP$20Ed Gauna
71Stephen Strasburg, WASP$20Jeff Lippman
25Craig Kimbrel, ATLP$20Jeff Tobin
45Desmond Jennings, TBOF$20Michael Hurcomb
69Michael Bourn, ATLOF$20Scott White
82Miguel Montero, ARIC$19Adam Aizer
76Michael Young, TEX3B$19Ed Gauna
120Jay Bruce, CINOF$19Jamey Eisenberg
14Hunter Pence, PHIOF$19Jeff Lippman
42Kevin Youkilis, BOS3B$18Adam Moore
75Mat Latos, CINP$18Al Melchior
87Pablo Sandoval, SF3B$18Ed Gauna
58Joe Mauer, MINC$18Jeff Tobin
100Jon Lester, BOSP$18Michael Hurcomb
43Dan Uggla, ATL2B$17Adam Aizer
86Nelson Cruz, TEXOF$17Adam Moore
67Alex Rodriguez, NYY3B$17Adam Moore
55Matt Wieters, BALC$17Ed Gauna
59Matt Moore, TBP$17Jeff Tobin
123Matt Cain, SFP$17Michael Hurcomb
97Josh Johnson, MIAP$17Peter Madden
50Lance Berkman, STLOF$16Ed Gauna
144Madison Bumgarner, SFP$16Jamey Eisenberg
73Emilio Bonifacio, MIASS$16Jamey Eisenberg
102Yu Darvish, TEXP$16Jeff Lippman
99Michael Pineda, NYYP$16Jeff Tobin
103Alex Gordon, KCOF$16Scott White
113John Axford, MILP$15Al Melchior
133Adam Wainwright, STLP$15Ed Gauna
49Nick Markakis, BALOF$15Ed Gauna
96B.J. Upton, TBOF$15Jamey Eisenberg
77Buster Posey, SFC$15Peter Madden
41Asdrubal Cabrera, CLESS$15Peter Madden
57Jesus Montero, SEAC$15Scott White
104Josh Beckett, BOSP$14Al Melchior
135Corey Hart, MILOF$14Dave Richard
118Carl Crawford, BOSOF$14Jamey Eisenberg
91Chris Young, ARIOF$14Kevin Goodwin
105Jonathan Papelbon, PHIP$14Peter Madden
140C.J. Wilson, LAAP$14Scott White
127Elvis Andrus, TEXSS$13Adam Aizer
138Jemile Weeks, OAK2B$13Adam Moore
93Mariano Rivera, NYYP$13Adam Moore
149Brett Gardner, NYYOF$13Jamey Eisenberg
126Ichiro Suzuki, SEAOF$13Jeff Tobin
157Heath Bell, MIAP$13Kevin Goodwin
154Daniel Hudson, ARIP$13Kevin Goodwin
29Rickie Weeks, MIL2B$13Kevin Goodwin
101Aramis Ramirez, MIL3B$13Michael Hurcomb
109Gio Gonzalez, WASP$12Adam Aizer
141Martin Prado, ATLOF$12Adam Moore
44J.P. Arencibia, TORC$12Adam Moore
116Chase Utley, PHI2B$12Dave Richard
94Russell Martin, NYYC$12Kevin Goodwin
125Brandon Phillips, CIN2B$12Michael Hurcomb
137Howard Kendrick, LAA2B$12Peter Madden
1Josh Hamilton, TEXOF$12Scott White
130Paul Konerko, CHW1B$12Scott White
33Dee Gordon, LADSS$11Adam Aizer
114Ryan Howard, PHI1B$11Al Melchior
142Adam Jones, BALOF$11Dave Richard
136Tommy Hanson, ATLP$11Ed Gauna
124Jordan Zimmermann, WASP$11Jeff Lippman
212Erick Aybar, LAASS$11Kevin Goodwin
199Brian Wilson, SFP$11Michael Hurcomb
145Michael Cuddyer, COLOF$11Peter Madden
129Andrew Bailey, BOSP$10Adam Moore
172Ervin Santana, LAAP$10Dave Richard
176Matt Garza, CHCP$10Ed Gauna
160Jimmy Rollins, PHISS$10Ed Gauna
148Drew Storen, WASP$10Jamey Eisenberg
54Dustin Ackley, SEA2B$10Jeff Lippman
89Mark Reynolds, BAL3B$10Jeff Tobin
152Ryan Madson, CINP$10Kevin Goodwin
147David Ortiz, BOSDH$10Kevin Goodwin
187Ricky Romero, TORP$10Michael Hurcomb
159Jayson Werth, WASOF$10Peter Madden
66Neil Walker, PIT2B$9Adam Moore
178Jason Heyward, ATLOF$9Al Melchior
170Drew Stubbs, CINOF$9Dave Richard
164Austin Jackson, DETOF$9Dave Richard
111Brandon Beachy, ATLP$9Dave Richard
85Derek Jeter, NYYSS$9Jeff Tobin
128Ubaldo Jimenez, CLEP$9Kevin Goodwin
117Ryan Roberts, ARI3B$9Kevin Goodwin
153Matt Joyce, TBOF$8Dave Richard
13Joe Nathan, TEXP$8Ed Gauna
156Kelly Johnson, TOR2B$8Jeff Lippman
219Ike Davis, NYM1B$8Michael Hurcomb
183Jhonny Peralta, DETSS$8Michael Hurcomb
162Coco Crisp, OAKOF$8Peter Madden
81Wilson Ramos, WASC$8Scott White
150Peter Bourjos, LAAOF$7Adam Moore
90Kurt Suzuki, OAKC$7Adam Moore
184Billy Butler, KCDH$7Jeff Lippman
190Jeff Francoeur, KCOF$7Kevin Goodwin
80Jordan Walden, LAAP$7Kevin Goodwin
168Chris Carpenter, STLP$7Scott White
223Cameron Maybin, SDOF$6Adam Aizer
182J.J. Putz, ARIP$6Adam Aizer
252Max Scherzer, DETP$6Adam Moore
134Trevor Cahill, ARIP$6Al Melchior
95David Freese, STL3B$6Al Melchior
174Clay Buchholz, BOSP$6Dave Richard
211Jason Motte, STLP$6Jeff Lippman
161Yadier Molina, STLC$6Jeff Tobin
98Freddie Freeman, ATL1B$6Kevin Goodwin
214Logan Morrison, MIAOF$6Michael Hurcomb
204Joakim Soria, KCP$6Peter Madden
177Carlos Beltran, STLOF$5Adam Aizer
146Mark Buehrle, MIAP$5Adam Aizer
119Devin Mesoraco, CINC$5Al Melchior
188Jose Valverde, DETP$5Dave Richard
193Angel Pagan, SFOF$5Ed Gauna
173Sergio Santos, TORP$5Ed Gauna
165Danny Espinosa, WAS2B$5Ed Gauna
196Anibal Sanchez, MIAP$5Jamey Eisenberg
163Mat Gamel, MIL3B$5Jamey Eisenberg
171Jaime Garcia, STLP$5Jeff Tobin
122Mike Minor, ATLP$5Jeff Tobin
26J.J. Hardy, BALSS$5Kevin Goodwin
217Delmon Young, DETOF$5Peter Madden
208Andre Ethier, LADOF$5Peter Madden
254Melky Cabrera, SFOF$5Scott White
185Cory Luebke, SDP$5Scott White
240Shaun Marcum, MILP$4Adam Aizer
218Brandon Morrow, TORP$4Adam Aizer
198Joel Hanrahan, PITP$4Adam Aizer
195Lucas Duda, NYMOF$4Adam Aizer
186Yunel Escobar, TORSS$4Adam Moore
110John Danks, CHWP$4Ed Gauna
234Daniel Murphy, NYM1B$4Jamey Eisenberg
224Matt Capps, MINP$4Jamey Eisenberg
192Derek Holland, TEXP$4Jamey Eisenberg
132Mike Moustakas, KC3B$4Jamey Eisenberg
215Adam Lind, TOR1B$4Jeff Lippman
115Salvador Perez, KCC$4Jeff Lippman
206Jeremy Hellickson, TBP$4Kevin Goodwin
191Lorenzo Cain, KCOF$4Kevin Goodwin
216Rafael Betancourt, COLP$4Michael Hurcomb
202Geovany Soto, CHCC$4Michael Hurcomb
155Ryan Doumit, MINC$4Peter Madden
236Justin Masterson, CLEP$3Adam Aizer
169Chris Perez, CLEP$3Adam Aizer
74Marco Scutaro, COLSS$3Adam Aizer
35Brian Matusz, BALP$3Adam Aizer
210Vernon Wells, LAAOF$3Adam Moore
158Henderson Alvarez, TORP$3Adam Moore
255Huston Street, SDP$3Al Melchior
175Alexei Ramirez, CHWSS$3Al Melchior
227Jason Kipnis, CLE2B$3Jamey Eisenberg
220Wandy Rodriguez, HOUP$3Jamey Eisenberg
209Doug Fister, DETP$3Jamey Eisenberg
108Yoenis Cespedes, OAKOF$3Jamey Eisenberg
237Mike Trout, LAAOF$3Jeff Lippman
226Johnny Cueto, CINP$3Jeff Lippman
213Kyle Farnsworth, TBP$3Jeff Lippman
179Brandon Belt, SFOF$3Jeff Lippman
167Jonathan Lucroy, MILC$3Jeff Lippman
230Paul Goldschmidt, ARI1B$3Jeff Tobin
205Yonder Alonso, SDOF$3Jeff Tobin
194Jair Jurrjens, ATLP$3Jeff Tobin
200Nick Swisher, NYYOF$3Kevin Goodwin
83Chris Iannetta, LAAC$3Kevin Goodwin
56Carlos Lee, HOUOF$3Kevin Goodwin
32Ivan Nova, NYYP$3Kevin Goodwin
225Neftali Feliz, TEXP$3Peter Madden
207Chase Headley, SD3B$3Peter Madden
166Aaron Hill, ARI2B$3Peter Madden
151Gaby Sanchez, MIA1B$3Peter Madden
201Brandon League, SEAP$3Scott White
139Carlos Pena, TB1B$2Adam Aizer
228Josh Willingham, MINOF$2Adam Moore
181Bruce Chen, KCP$2Adam Moore
270Kenley Jansen, LADP$2Al Melchior
143Jed Lowrie, HOUSS$2Dave Richard
47Bryce Harper, WASOF$2Dave Richard
263Ben Revere, MINOF$2Ed Gauna
248Alex Rios, CHWOF$2Ed Gauna
239Torii Hunter, LAAOF$2Ed Gauna
189Carlos Marmol, CHCP$2Ed Gauna
258Brennan Boesch, DETOF$2Jeff Tobin
253Brandon McCarthy, OAKP$2Jeff Tobin
235Tim Hudson, ATLP$2Jeff Tobin
251Justin Morneau, MIN1B$2Michael Hurcomb
271Dexter Fowler, COLOF$2Scott White
261Colby Lewis, TEXP$2Scott White
229Hiroki Kuroda, NYYP$2Scott White
62Brett Myers, HOUP$2Scott White
244Gavin Floyd, CHWP$1Adam Moore
233Ricky Nolasco, MIAP$1Adam Moore
222Pedro Alvarez, PIT3B$1Adam Moore
275Edwin Encarnacion, TOR3B$1Al Melchior
272Alex Presley, PITOF$1Al Melchior
269Vance Worley, PHIP$1Al Melchior
265Alcides Escobar, KCSS$1Al Melchior
260Alejandro De Aza, CHWOF$1Al Melchior
245Jonathon Niese, NYMP$1Al Melchior
259Justin Smoak, SEA1B$1Dave Richard
243Chris Sale, CHWP$1Dave Richard
232Tim Stauffer, SDP$1Dave Richard
221Chad Billingsley, LADP$1Dave Richard
197A.J. Pierzynski, CHWC$1Dave Richard
256Omar Infante, MIA2B$1Ed Gauna
238John Buck, MIAC$1Jamey Eisenberg
180Jarrod Saltalamacchia, BOSC$1Jamey Eisenberg
203Jason Kubel, ARIOF$1Jeff Lippman
131Lonnie Chisenhall, CLE3B$1Jeff Lippman
107Jake Arrieta, BALP$1Jeff Lippman
257Ryan Raburn, DETOF$1Jeff Tobin
249Dayan Viciedo, CHWOF$1Jeff Tobin
241Bud Norris, HOUP$1Jeff Tobin
274Adam Dunn, CHW1B$1Michael Hurcomb
268Javy Guerra, LADP$1Michael Hurcomb
264Nick Hundley, SDC$1Michael Hurcomb
250Ryan Dempster, CHCP$1Michael Hurcomb
242Frank Francisco, NYMP$1Michael Hurcomb
231Jhoulys Chacin, COLP$1Michael Hurcomb
267Matt Thornton, CHWP$1Peter Madden
262Jim Johnson, BALP$1Peter Madden
247Jeff Niemann, TBP$1Peter Madden
276Addison Reed, CHWP$1Scott White
273Gordon Beckham, CHW2B$1Scott White
266Jose Tabata, PITOF$1Scott White
246Francisco Liriano, MINP$1Scott White

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