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2012 Draft Prep: National League 5x5 auction

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The National League may not have the overall offensive firepower of the American League, but it offers NL-only owners a bevy of top outfield options. In our 12-team, NL-only Rotisserie league auction, many of those elite outfielders, like Matt Kemp, Ryan Braun and Justin Upton, came off the board early and set the tone for big spending at the position. Six of the first nine players nominated were outfielders, and they cost their owners a collective $188, even though the group included a $5 Bryce Harper.

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In fact, the highest bids came for players who qualify at what are arguably the NL's three deepest positions at the upper levels: outfield, shortstop and pitcher. Of the 16 players who fetched at least $30, only Joey Votto ($44) and Brandon Phillips ($30) played a position other than one of those three. This is not to say that position scarcity didn't matter, though. Votto has a greater advantage over his fellow elites at first base as compared to the top players at other positions, and he wound up being the most expensive player in the auction. Meanwhile, there are many similarly-productive options at the top of the second base, third base and catcher rankings, so owners were typically willing to wait to fill those positions, rather than spend $25 or more for the likes of Rickie Weeks or Brian McCann.

Scarcity also drove prices up as players were coming off the board. Phillips and Dee Gordon ($25) were both nominated relatively late, and both saw their values inflated compared to some similar alternatives. There weren't many late-auction bargains, as a few owners held onto their dollars deep into the auction, though Tim Hudson ($5) and Jason Kubel ($10) likely came more cheaply than they would have if they were nominated earlier.

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. Scott White, CBSSports.com
2. Scott Swanay and Steve Parsons, OptimalBaseball.com
3. John Toczydlowski and Mike Gianella, Patton & Co.
4. Al Melchior, CBSSports.com
5. Andrew Fiorentino, RotoWire.com
6. Patrick Davitt, Baseball HQ
7. Marc Normandin, FakeTeams.com
8. Grey Albright and Rudy Gamble, Razzball
9. Tim McLeod, RotoRob
10. Mike Kuchera, FanDuel.com
11. Christopher Kreush and Todd Zola, Mastersball.com
12. Bernie Pleskoff, RotoWire.com

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 NL-only Fantasy Auction Draft (sortable)
OrderPlayerPosPriceBid Won by
2Joey Votto, CIN1B$44Baseball HQ
14Michael Morse, WAS1B$26FanDuel.com
22Ike Davis, NYM1B$24CBSSports.com (White)
46Paul Goldschmidt, ARI1B$22RotoWire.com (Pleskoff)
20Freddie Freeman, ATL1B$20CBSSports.com (Melchior)
44Gaby Sanchez, MIA1B$17Razzball
38Daniel Murphy, NYM1B$15FanDuel.com
36Adam LaRoche, WAS1B$14OptimalBaseball.com
27James Loney, LAD1B$14Patton & Co
26Ryan Howard, PHI1B$14OptimalBaseball.com
50Aubrey Huff, SF1B$10OptimalBaseball.com
119Todd Helton, COL1B$8RotoWire.com (Pleskoff)
158Brett Wallace, HOU1B$4CBSSports.com (Melchior)
148Jesus Guzman, SD1B$3Mastersball.com
194Anthony Rizzo, CHC1B$2FakeTeams.com
276Adam Kennedy, LAD1B$1Baseball HQ
275Derrek Lee, PIT1B$1Baseball HQ
253Jordan Pacheco, COL1B$1RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
68Brandon Phillips, CIN2B$30Baseball HQ
34Dan Uggla, ATL2B$28CBSSports.com (White)
62Rickie Weeks, MIL2B$21CBSSports.com (Melchior)
31Chase Utley, PHI2B$20Mastersball.com
75Neil Walker, PIT2B$18Mastersball.com
79Danny Espinosa, WAS2B$17RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
116Jose Altuve, HOU2B$15RotoWire.com (Pleskoff)
91Aaron Hill, ARI2B$13Razzball
198Tyler Greene, STL2B$5RotoRob
168Mark Ellis, LAD2B$5FakeTeams.com
248Taylor Green, MIL2B$4CBSSports.com (White)
188Omar Infante, MIA2B$4RotoRob
229Freddy Sanchez, SF2B$3RotoWire.com (Pleskoff)
197Ruben Tejada, NYM2B$3RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
171Orlando Hudson, SD2B$3Patton & Co
237Darwin Barney, CHC2B$2CBSSports.com (Melchior)
269Skip Schumaker, STL2B$1Baseball HQ
47David Wright, NYM3B$29FanDuel.com
89Ryan Zimmerman, WAS3B$26Razzball
76Pablo Sandoval, SF3B$24Razzball
110Aramis Ramirez, MIL3B$21Patton & Co
92Ryan Roberts, ARI3B$15CBSSports.com (Melchior)
132David Freese, STL3B$14RotoRob
135Mat Gamel, MIL3B$13RotoWire.com (Pleskoff)
107Chase Headley, SD3B$13Patton & Co
147Chipper Jones, ATL3B$9FakeTeams.com
146Ian Stewart, CHC3B$9FanDuel.com
144Jimmy Paredes, HOU3B$8Mastersball.com
178Pedro Alvarez, PIT3B$6RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
220Nolan Arenado, COL3B$4RotoRob
160Ty Wigginton, PHI3B$4OptimalBaseball.com
245Scott Rolen, CIN3B$2Mastersball.com
236Juan Uribe, LAD3B$2FakeTeams.com
211Casey Blake, COL3B$2CBSSports.com (White)
165Placido Polanco, PHI3B$2CBSSports.com (White)
274Daniel Descalso, STL3B$1Baseball HQ
270Chris Johnson, HOU3B$1RotoWire.com (Pleskoff)
263Casey McGehee, PIT3B$1FanDuel.com
33Brian McCann, ATLC$21RotoWire.com (Pleskoff)
74Miguel Montero, ARIC$20Mastersball.com
58Buster Posey, SFC$20Baseball HQ
128Wilson Ramos, WASC$15RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
71Yadier Molina, STLC$15CBSSports.com (Melchior)
24Jonathan Lucroy, MILC$12FakeTeams.com
124Geovany Soto, CHCC$11Razzball
108Ramon Hernandez, COLC$11OptimalBaseball.com
86Devin Mesoraco, CINC$10RotoRob
126Carlos Ruiz, PHIC$9Patton & Co
123John Buck, MIAC$9OptimalBaseball.com
189Nick Hundley, SDC$7RotoRob
138Wilin Rosario, COLC$7Baseball HQ
205Rod Barajas, PITC$5CBSSports.com (White)
167Ryan Hanigan, CINC$4Razzball
212Chris Snyder, HOUC$3Mastersball.com
201A.J. Ellis, LADC$3RotoWire.com (Pleskoff)
200Jason Castro, HOUC$3FanDuel.com
164Josh Thole, NYMC$3Patton & Co
209David Ross, ATLC$2FakeTeams.com
268Jesus Flores, WASC$1FanDuel.com
259Mike Nickeas, NYMC$1RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
224Tim Federowicz, LADC$1CBSSports.com (Melchior)
214Welington Castillo, CHCC$1CBSSports.com (White)
40Carlos Gonzalez, COLOF$43FakeTeams.com
3Ryan Braun, MILOF$43RotoWire.com (Pleskoff)
1Matt Kemp, LADOF$42RotoRob
9Justin Upton, ARIOF$36Razzball
21Giancarlo Stanton, MIAOF$34RotoRob
8Andrew McCutchen, PITOF$32Mastersball.com
51Hunter Pence, PHIOF$30RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
4Matt Holliday, STLOF$30RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
18Michael Bourn, ATLOF$28FakeTeams.com
100Jay Bruce, CINOF$27Razzball
98Michael Cuddyer, COLOF$24RotoWire.com (Pleskoff)
61Andre Ethier, LADOF$24CBSSports.com (Melchior)
39Corey Hart, MILOF$24Baseball HQ
32Shane Victorino, PHIOF$24Baseball HQ
60Chris Young, ARIOF$23Mastersball.com
96Drew Stubbs, CINOF$22FanDuel.com
90Jayson Werth, WASOF$21FakeTeams.com
28Lance Berkman, STLOF$21CBSSports.com (White)
104Lucas Duda, NYMOF$20FakeTeams.com
83Cameron Maybin, SDOF$19RotoRob
82Logan Morrison, MIAOF$19CBSSports.com (White)
72Jason Heyward, ATLOF$19FanDuel.com
106Martin Prado, ATLOF$17CBSSports.com (White)
102Carlos Beltran, STLOF$17Patton & Co
101Angel Pagan, SFOF$17CBSSports.com (Melchior)
141John Mayberry, PHIOF$15CBSSports.com (White)
81Jose Tabata, PITOF$15Patton & Co
65Melky Cabrera, SFOF$15Mastersball.com
121Carlos Lee, HOUOF$14FanDuel.com
95Dexter Fowler, COLOF$14Patton & Co
78Brandon Belt, SFOF$12OptimalBaseball.com
149Will Venable, SDOF$11Patton & Co
210Bryan LaHair, CHCOF$10RotoRob
153J.D. Martinez, HOUOF$10RotoRob
125Carlos Quentin, SDOF$10CBSSports.com (Melchior)
111Jason Kubel, ARIOF$10Razzball
103Alex Presley, PITOF$10Mastersball.com
99Yonder Alonso, SDOF$10OptimalBaseball.com
213Jordan Schafer, HOUOF$9RotoRob
145Jason Bay, NYMOF$9RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
137Andres Torres, NYMOF$9OptimalBaseball.com
181Garrett Jones, PITOF$7FakeTeams.com
142Marlon Byrd, CHCOF$7Patton & Co
187Allen Craig, STLOF$6CBSSports.com (Melchior)
115Chris Heisey, CINOF$6FakeTeams.com
114Alfonso Soriano, CHCOF$6Patton & Co
184Nyjer Morgan, MILOF$5CBSSports.com (Melchior)
170Jon Jay, STLOF$5CBSSports.com (Melchior)
151David DeJesus, CHCOF$5FakeTeams.com
118Tony Campana, CHCOF$5Razzball
6Bryce Harper, WASOF$5OptimalBaseball.com
244Juan Rivera, LADOF$4RotoRob
227Brett Jackson, CHCOF$4Razzball
225Brian Bogusevic, HOUOF$3Mastersball.com
221Nate Schierholtz, SFOF$3RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
208Jason Bourgeois, HOUOF$3CBSSports.com (White)
199Ryan Ludwick, CINOF$3CBSSports.com (White)
235Jerry Sands, LADOF$2RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
272Domonic Brown, PHIOF$1Baseball HQ
267Norichika Aoki, MILOF$1RotoWire.com (Pleskoff)
265Nate McLouth, PITOF$1Baseball HQ
264Tyler Colvin, COLOF$1RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
262Juan Pierre, PHIOF$1RotoWire.com (Pleskoff)
260Chris Coghlan, MIAOF$1Baseball HQ
258Kyle Blanks, SDOF$1FanDuel.com
247Roger Bernadina, WASOF$1Mastersball.com
243Carlos Gomez, MILOF$1FanDuel.com
230Gerardo Parra, ARIOF$1Razzball
11Clayton Kershaw, LADP$34RotoWire.com (Pleskoff)
7Roy Halladay, PHIP$33Mastersball.com
5Cliff Lee, PHIP$31CBSSports.com (Melchior)
37Tim Lincecum, SFP$28Baseball HQ
13Cole Hamels, PHIP$25FanDuel.com
41Zack Greinke, MILP$24FanDuel.com
57Matt Cain, SFP$23OptimalBaseball.com
49Madison Bumgarner, SFP$23Patton & Co
30Adam Wainwright, STLP$23FakeTeams.com
19Craig Kimbrel, ATLP$23CBSSports.com (Melchior)
15Stephen Strasburg, WASP$23FakeTeams.com
56Brandon Beachy, ATLP$22RotoWire.com (Pleskoff)
29Yovani Gallardo, MILP$21CBSSports.com (White)
35Ian Kennedy, ARIP$20CBSSports.com (White)
109Daniel Hudson, ARIP$19Razzball
67Jonathan Papelbon, PHIP$19Mastersball.com
53Mat Latos, CINP$19CBSSports.com (Melchior)
48Ryan Madson, CINP$19FakeTeams.com
43Drew Storen, WASP$19Baseball HQ
122Cory Luebke, SDP$18RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
87Carlos Marmol, CHCP$18RotoRob
77Gio Gonzalez, WASP$18RotoRob
64Matt Garza, CHCP$18Baseball HQ
63John Axford, MILP$18RotoWire.com (Pleskoff)
59Heath Bell, MIAP$18FanDuel.com
23Josh Johnson, MIAP$18CBSSports.com (White)
73Joel Hanrahan, PITP$17Mastersball.com
45Tommy Hanson, ATLP$17RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
97Rafael Betancourt, COLP$16RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
69Jordan Zimmermann, WASP$16RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
12J.J. Putz, ARIP$16CBSSports.com (White)
131Frank Francisco, NYMP$15RotoWire.com (Pleskoff)
85Chris Carpenter, STLP$15OptimalBaseball.com
84Jason Motte, STLP$15Mastersball.com
172Jhoulys Chacin, COLP$14RotoRob
136Jaime Garcia, STLP$14FanDuel.com
120Huston Street, SDP$14OptimalBaseball.com
113Anibal Sanchez, MIAP$14Razzball
54Brian Wilson, SFP$13RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
117Johnny Cueto, CINP$12Patton & Co
162Bud Norris, HOUP$11RotoRob
152Shaun Marcum, MILP$11Patton & Co
94Javy Guerra, LADP$11Razzball
66Trevor Cahill, ARIP$10Razzball
42Brett Myers, HOUP$10OptimalBaseball.com
180Chad Billingsley, LADP$9Patton & Co
251Luke Gregerson, SDP$8Razzball
176Ryan Dempster, CHCP$8CBSSports.com (Melchior)
169Jair Jurrjens, ATLP$8RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
130Vance Worley, PHIP$8Patton & Co
127Kenley Jansen, LADP$8CBSSports.com (Melchior)
112Wandy Rodriguez, HOUP$8CBSSports.com (White)
182Jonny Venters, ATLP$7FakeTeams.com
195Ted Lilly, LADP$6Patton & Co
186Tim Stauffer, SDP$6FakeTeams.com
159Mike Minor, ATLP$6CBSSports.com (Melchior)
150Edinson Volquez, SDP$6OptimalBaseball.com
129Jonathon Niese, NYMP$6RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
105Johan Santana, NYMP$6Mastersball.com
192Edwin Jackson, WASP$5Baseball HQ
161Tim Hudson, ATLP$5FakeTeams.com
157Mark Buehrle, MIAP$5Patton & Co
154A.J. Burnett, PITP$5Mastersball.com
143Homer Bailey, CINP$5CBSSports.com (Melchior)
204Mike Leake, CINP$4FanDuel.com
185Carlos Zambrano, MIAP$4RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
183Aroldis Chapman, CINP$4FakeTeams.com
175Juan Nicasio, COLP$4Razzball
174Chris Capuano, LADP$4OptimalBaseball.com
163Ricky Nolasco, MIAP$4Razzball
233Drew Pomeranz, COLP$3RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
203Erik Bedard, PITP$3FanDuel.com
202Tyler Clippard, WASP$3CBSSports.com (Melchior)
173R.A. Dickey, NYMP$3CBSSports.com (White)
166Ryan Vogelsong, SFP$3RotoRob
156Josh Collmenter, ARIP$3Mastersball.com
261Kyle Lohse, STLP$2RotoWire.com (Pleskoff)
240Sergio Romo, SFP$2RotoRob
219Randy Wolf, MILP$2CBSSports.com (White)
216Fernando Salas, STLP$2RotoRob
207Sean Marshall, CINP$2Baseball HQ
191Aaron Harang, LADP$2Razzball
190Roy Oswalt, PHIP$2OptimalBaseball.com
179Jeremy Guthrie, COLP$2FakeTeams.com
177Dillon Gee, NYMP$2FakeTeams.com
273Paul Maholm, CHCP$1Baseball HQ
271Matt Belisle, COLP$1Baseball HQ
266Shelby Miller, STLP$1Mastersball.com
255Eric Surkamp, SFP$1Mastersball.com
254Jeff Karstens, PITP$1Baseball HQ
252Charlie Morton, PITP$1FanDuel.com
250Brad Lincoln, PITP$1OptimalBaseball.com
249John Lannan, WASP$1RotoWire.com (Pleskoff)
246Clayton Richard, SDP$1CBSSports.com (Melchior)
242Joe Blanton, PHIP$1Patton & Co
241Chris Narveson, MILP$1Razzball
239Joe Saunders, ARIP$1RotoWire.com (Pleskoff)
238David Hernandez, ARIP$1CBSSports.com (White)
234Randall Delgado, ATLP$1RotoRob
232Francisco Rodriguez, MILP$1FanDuel.com
231Jordan Lyles, HOUP$1Patton & Co
228James McDonald, PITP$1OptimalBaseball.com
226Jorge De La Rosa, COLP$1CBSSports.com (White)
223Edward Mujica, MIAP$1Baseball HQ
222Rex Brothers, COLP$1RotoRob
215Mike Pelfrey, NYMP$1RotoWire.com (Pleskoff)
196Barry Zito, SFP$1FanDuel.com
155Bronson Arroyo, CINP$1RotoWire.com (Pleskoff)
16Troy Tulowitzki, COLSS$39OptimalBaseball.com
25Hanley Ramirez, MIASS$36OptimalBaseball.com
17Jose Reyes, MIASS$30Patton & Co
52Starlin Castro, CHCSS$28Baseball HQ
10Emilio Bonifacio, MIASS$26CBSSports.com (White)
70Dee Gordon, LADSS$25RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
55Jimmy Rollins, PHISS$21Patton & Co
88Ian Desmond, WASSS$17FanDuel.com
140Jed Lowrie, HOUSS$13RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
133Zack Cozart, CINSS$11CBSSports.com (Melchior)
93Stephen Drew, ARISS$11FanDuel.com
80Marco Scutaro, COLSS$10OptimalBaseball.com
206Jason Bartlett, SDSS$9RotoRob
134Tyler Pastornicky, ATLSS$9RotoWire.com (Pleskoff)
139Rafael Furcal, STLSS$7FakeTeams.com
217Clint Barmes, PITSS$6Razzball
193Alex Gonzalez, MILSS$3Razzball
218Brandon Crawford, SFSS$2Mastersball.com
257Ryan Theriot, SFSS$1OptimalBaseball.com
256Willie Bloomquist, ARISS$1RotoWire.com (Pleskoff)

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