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2012 Draft Prep: National League 5x5 auction


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

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

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