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2013 Draft Prep: National League Rotisserie auction

Senior Fantasy Writer
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In most auctions, the freedom to pursue whomever you want would motivate you to go the extra dollar on the high-end types, content to fill in the back of your roster with a collection of low-dollar sleepers knowing that you can always fall back on the waiver wire.

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Then, there's our 12-team NL-only auction, where anyone and everyone with a job goes off the board.

Just about, anyway.

With standard 23-man starting lineups and seven bench slots, a full 360 players are rostered in this league. Only 375 are rostered in the actual NL.

In other words, there is no waiver wire to speak of, so while some owners may still opt for the studs-and-duds approach, few take it to the extreme. Only Ryan Braun reached the $40 threshold in this auction. Sick of getting goose eggs from the garbage players who normally go for $1 in this format, I personally opted for a more balanced approach, spending no more than $30 on any one player.

Compared to shallower mixed leagues, closers were in short supply here. You couldn't get one at a discount, not unless you wanted to gamble on Brandon League, who went for $9, holding off Kenley Jansen, who went for $8. Other than Craig Kimbrel, who went for a whopping $25, the rest pretty much all went in the $14-$19 range. Nobody really cared which one they got, but everybody wanted at least one.

Not everybody got one, though.

A shortage of corner infielders also led to some inflation in the middle stages of the auction. First base was expected, to a degree, with most of the elite types residing in the AL. The result was that players you'd normally consider mid-level types went for elite money or close to it, such as Freddie Freeman for $27, Paul Goldschmidt for $25 and Anthony Rizzo and Ike Davis for $24. Third base thinned out quicker than expected, though, which accounted for my one notable overpay of Matt Carpenter at $13. But I certainly like him as a sleeper in this format, particularly given his versatility. And just imagine if he wins the starting second base job in St. Louis. Quadruple eligibility? Yowzah!

At the risk of oversimplifying by applying a rigid term to an entirely fluid process, some other "overbids" that may have resulted from personal favoritism or unfortunate timing include Giancarlo Stanton at $39 (the result of a man crush, I presume), Martin Prado at $25 (yup, third base), Michael Young at $15 (ditto), Jean Segura at $14 (someone else's Carpenter), Starling Marte at $17 (last of the "safe" steals guys), Adam Eaton at $19 (steals again -- I was in on that one), Cameron Maybin at $15 (steals, aaah!), Jayson Werth at $20 (what am I missing?) and Kyuji Fujikawa at $6 (getting creative for saves).

Some of my favorite picks were A.J. Burnett for $9, Travis d'Arnaud for $8, Wade Miley for $7, Ryan Vogelsong for $6 and Bobby Parnell for $5. All were made at a point in the auction when owners' funds were dwindling, forcing them to hold out for need. Chances are if those players were nominated earlier, they would have gone for more.

And just who were making these picks? For a league this deep, we had to call in the reinforcements:

1. Andrew Fiorentino, RotoWire.com
2. Scott White , CBSSports.com
3. Mike Kuchera, FanDuel.com
4. Paul Sporer, Baseball Prospectus
5. Nando Di Fino, CBSSports.com
6. Grey Albright and Rudy Gamble, Razzball
7. Phil Ponebshek, Patton & Co
8. Jason Hunt, FakeTeams.com
9. Ryan Carey, Mastersball.com
10. Scott Pianowski, Yahoo! Sports
11. Al Melchior, CBSSports.com
12. Christopher Kreush, Mastersball.com

Editor's note: Utilize the sortable functionality to get a sense of the auction. View by team, dollar amount and position.

The 84 players that show up as $0 bids were selected in the seven-round reserve draft that immediately followed the auction.

2013 AL-only Fantasy Auction Draft (sortable)
OrderPlayerPosPriceBid Won by
360Josh Harrison, PIT2B$0Mastersball.com (Kreush)
359Sean Gilmartin, ATLP$0CBSSports.com (Melchior)
358Fernando Salas, STLP$0Yahoo! Sports
357Michael Olmsted, MILP$0Mastersball.com (Carey)
356Arodys Vizcaino, CHCP$0FakeTeams.com
355Luis Valbuena, CHC3B$0Patton & Co
354Freddy Garcia, SDP$0Razzball
353Reid Brignac, COLSS$0CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
352Alex Castellanos, LADOF$0Baseball Prospectus
351Jonathan Herrera, COLSS$0FanDuel.com
350Jim Henderson, MILP$0CBSSports.com (White)
349Freddy Galvis, PHI2B$0RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
348Tyler Thornburg, MILP$0RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
347Yasiel Puig, LADOF$0CBSSports.com (White)
346Jack Hannahan, CIN3B$0FanDuel.com
345Brad Boxberger, SDP$0Baseball Prospectus
344Brandon Inge, PIT3B$0CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
343Justin Turner, NYM2B$0Razzball
342Jose Valverde, N/AP$0Patton & Co
341Martin Maldonado, MILC$0FakeTeams.com
340Josh Vitters, CHC3B$0Mastersball.com (Carey)
339Brad Ziegler, ARIP$0Yahoo! Sports
338Jon Rauch, MIAP$0CBSSports.com (Melchior)
337Edward Mujica, STLP$0Mastersball.com (Kreush)
336Logan Schafer, MILOF$0Mastersball.com (Kreush)
335Tim Federowicz, LADC$0CBSSports.com (Melchior)
334Yorvit Torrealba, COLC$0Yahoo! Sports
333J.J. Hoover, CINP$0Mastersball.com (Carey)
332Jake Marisnick, MIAOF$0FakeTeams.com
331Kyle Blanks, SDOF$0Patton & Co
330Ronny Cedeno, STL2B$0Razzball
329Tony Cingrani, CINP$0CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
328Kevin Slowey, MIAP$0Baseball Prospectus
327Ryan Theriot, SF2B$0FanDuel.com
326Matt Davidson, ARI3B$0CBSSports.com (White)
325Carlos Martinez, STLP$0RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
324Tim Stauffer, SDP$0RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
323Wilmer Flores, NYM3B$0CBSSports.com (White)
322Chris Snyder, WASC$0FanDuel.com
321Alex Presley, PITOF$0Baseball Prospectus
320Evan Gattis, ATLOF$0CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
319Tyler Cloyd, PHIP$0Razzball
318Charlie Blackmon, COLOF$0Patton & Co
317Christian Yelich, MIAOF$0FakeTeams.com
316Javier Vazquez, MIAP$0Mastersball.com (Carey)
315Jordan Schafer, ATLOF$0Yahoo! Sports
314John Lannan, PHIP$0CBSSports.com (Melchior)
313Xavier Paul, CINOF$0Mastersball.com (Kreush)
312Dioner Navarro, CHCC$0Mastersball.com (Kreush)
311Jose Fernandez, MIAP$0CBSSports.com (Melchior)
310Reed Johnson, ATLOF$0Yahoo! Sports
309Jesus Guzman, SDOF$0Mastersball.com (Carey)
308Marlon Byrd, NYMOF$0FakeTeams.com
307Jonathan Sanchez, PITP$0Patton & Co
306Chris Narveson, MILP$0Razzball
305Randall Delgado, ARIP$0CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
304Ramon Hernandez, COLC$0Baseball Prospectus
303Tyler Pastornicky, ATLSS$0FanDuel.com
302Carlos Villanueva, CHCP$0CBSSports.com (White)
301Brandon Lyon, NYMP$0RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
300Mike Leake, CINP$0RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
299Mike Adams, PHIP$0CBSSports.com (White)
298Joe Kelly, STLP$0FanDuel.com
297Casey Kelly, SDP$0Baseball Prospectus
296Scott Feldman, CHCP$0CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
295Laynce Nix, PHIOF$0Razzball
294Anthony Rendon, WAS3B$0Patton & Co
293Daniel Hudson, ARIP$0FakeTeams.com
292Greg Dobbs, MIAOF$0Mastersball.com (Carey)
291Yuniesky Betancourt, PHI2B$0Yahoo! Sports
290Ryan Wheeler, COL3B$0CBSSports.com (Melchior)
289Jeff Karstens, PITP$0Mastersball.com (Kreush)
288Alex Gonzalez, MILSS$0Mastersball.com (Kreush)
287Gorkys Hernandez, MIAOF$0CBSSports.com (Melchior)
286Jason Marquis, SDP$0Yahoo! Sports
285Matt Adams, STL1B$0Mastersball.com (Carey)
284Kyle McPherson, PITP$0FakeTeams.com
283Nolan Arenado, COL3B$0Patton & Co
282Rex Brothers, COLP$0Razzball
281Nick Punto, LAD3B$0CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
280Jerry Hairston, LAD3B$0Baseball Prospectus
279Anthony Bass, SDP$0FanDuel.com
278Mike Baxter, NYMOF$0CBSSports.com (White)
277Robbie Erlin, SDP$0RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
276Antonio Bastardo, PHIP$1CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
275Nate Eovaldi, MIAP$1CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
274Edinson Volquez, SDP$1CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
273Chone Figgins, MIAOF$1CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
272Jake Westbrook, STLP$1FanDuel.com
271Wily Peralta, MILP$2CBSSports.com (White)
270Travis Wood, CHCP$1Patton & Co
269Tyler Skaggs, ARIP$2Yahoo! Sports
268Brandon Beachy, ATLP$2CBSSports.com (White)
267Zack Wheeler, NYMP$1CBSSports.com (White)
266Skip Schumaker, LAD2B$1RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
265Chris Denorfia, SDOF$1CBSSports.com (Melchior)
264Barry Zito, SFP$1Yahoo! Sports
263Wilton Lopez, COLP$1Patton & Co
262Taylor Green, MIL1B$1Razzball
261Casey Kotchman, MIA1B$1CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
260Jerry Sands, PITOF$1FanDuel.com
259Gerald Laird, ATLC$1CBSSports.com (White)
258Didi Gregorius, ARISS$1RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
257Jhoulys Chacin, COLP$1Mastersball.com (Kreush)
256Jorge Soler, CHCOF$1CBSSports.com (Melchior)
255Patrick Corbin, ARIP$2FanDuel.com
254Ian Stewart, CHC3B$1Patton & Co
253Andres Torres, SFOF$1Razzball
252Rod Barajas, ARIC$1CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
251Henderson Alvarez, MIAP$1FanDuel.com
250Michael McKenry, PITC$2Patton & Co
249DJ LeMahieu, COL2B$2CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
248Jorge De La Rosa, COLP$3Mastersball.com (Kreush)
247Juan Nicasio, COLP$1CBSSports.com (Melchior)
246Ricky Nolasco, MIAP$1Yahoo! Sports
245Hector Sanchez, SFC$2FakeTeams.com
244Sean Marshall, CINP$2Mastersball.com (Kreush)
243Jordany Valdespin, NYMOF$2Yahoo! Sports
242Drew Pomeranz, COLP$1CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
241Brent Lillibridge, CHCOF$1FanDuel.com
240Erik Kratz, PHIC$2Mastersball.com (Kreush)
239Jose Tabata, PITOF$3RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
238Ted Lilly, LADP$1Mastersball.com (Kreush)
237Bronson Arroyo, CINP$2Yahoo! Sports
236Julio Teheran, ATLP$3FakeTeams.com
235Nick Hundley, SDC$2Yahoo! Sports
234Mark Rogers, MILP$1Patton & Co
233Roger Bernadina, WASOF$1Razzball
232Todd Helton, COL1B$2FanDuel.com
231Eric Chavez, ARI3B$1Baseball Prospectus
230Kirk Nieuwenhuis, NYMOF$1FanDuel.com
229Jonny Venters, ATLP$2FakeTeams.com
228Daniel Descalso, STL2B$4FakeTeams.com
227Gregor Blanco, SFOF$1Mastersball.com (Kreush)
226Tony Campana, ARIOF$1CBSSports.com (Melchior)
225Clayton Richard, SDP$2Yahoo! Sports
224Scott Baker, CHCP$1FakeTeams.com
223Dee Gordon, LADSS$3CBSSports.com (White)
222Scott Hairston, CHCOF$4Mastersball.com (Carey)
221Jacob Turner, MIAP$2CBSSports.com (White)
220Tyler Moore, WASOF$4Baseball Prospectus
219Clint Barmes, PITSS$2FakeTeams.com
218Kolten Wong, STL2B$4Baseball Prospectus
217Chris Heisey, CINOF$5RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
216Francisco Liriano, PITP$4CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
215Donovan Solano, MIA2B$4CBSSports.com (Melchior)
214Mark Melancon, PITP$1Yahoo! Sports
213Stephen Lombardozzi, WAS2B$6FanDuel.com
212Devin Mesoraco, CINC$3RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
211John Mayberry, PHIOF$5Patton & Co
210Brett Jackson, CHCOF$2Mastersball.com (Carey)
209Chris Nelson, COL3B$10Mastersball.com (Kreush)
208Collin Cowgill, NYMOF$5Baseball Prospectus
207Carlos Lee, MIA1B$1FanDuel.com
206David Hernandez, ARIP$2Mastersball.com (Carey)
205John Buck, NYMC$3Razzball
204Gaby Sanchez, PIT1B$2Patton & Co
203Gerardo Parra, ARIOF$10Mastersball.com (Kreush)
202James McDonald, PITP$3CBSSports.com (White)
201David DeJesus, CHCOF$6FakeTeams.com
200Placido Polanco, MIA3B$2Mastersball.com (Carey)
199Willie Bloomquist, ARISS$1Patton & Co
198Ty Wigginton, STL1B$2FakeTeams.com
197Wandy Rodriguez, PITP$4Mastersball.com (Kreush)
196Ryan Hanigan, CINC$3Baseball Prospectus
195Dillon Gee, NYMP$5Razzball
194Kyle Kendrick, PHIP$3Yahoo! Sports
193Nate Schierholtz, CHCOF$4Mastersball.com (Kreush)
192Tyler Clippard, WASP$5FakeTeams.com
191Cliff Pennington, ARISS$4Yahoo! Sports
190Darin Ruf, PHIOF$7Mastersball.com (Carey)
189Welington Castillo, CHCC$5CBSSports.com (Melchior)
188A.J. Ellis, LADC$4Mastersball.com (Carey)
187Drew Storen, WASP$3Patton & Co
186Mark Ellis, LAD2B$6Razzball
185Ross Detwiler, WASP$3Mastersball.com (Carey)
184Brandon Crawford, SFSS$3Baseball Prospectus
183Ruben Tejada, NYMSS$7FanDuel.com
182Gerrit Cole, PITP$2Baseball Prospectus
181Travis Snider, PITOF$7Mastersball.com (Carey)
180Luis Cruz, LAD3B$3RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
179Hyun-Jin Ryu, LADP$6Razzball
178Chad Billingsley, LADP$3FakeTeams.com
177Rob Brantly, MIAC$8Razzball
176Ryan Vogelsong, SFP$6Mastersball.com (Carey)
175Frank Francisco, NYMP$4CBSSports.com (Melchior)
174Kurt Suzuki, WASC$3CBSSports.com (Melchior)
173Edwin Jackson, CHCP$6Razzball
172Rafael Furcal, STLSS$5Patton & Co
171Johan Santana, NYMP$6FanDuel.com
170Luke Gregerson, SDP$2Patton & Co
169Hunter Morris, MIL1B$4RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
168Tim Hudson, ATLP$6Mastersball.com (Kreush)
167Andrew Cashner, SDP$5Baseball Prospectus
166Santiago Casilla, SFP$2CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
165A.J. Ramos, MIAP$1Mastersball.com (Carey)
164Will Venable, SDOF$9Razzball
163Kyuji Fujikawa, CHCP$6CBSSports.com (Melchior)
162Carlos Marmol, CHCP$8RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
161Brandon League, LADP$9Razzball
160Josh Beckett, LADP$8Baseball Prospectus
159Kyle Lohse, STLP$4Mastersball.com (Carey)
158Brian Wilson, SFP$2CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
157Jaime Garcia, STLP$6CBSSports.com (Melchior)
156Chris Capuano, LADP$4Razzball
155Tyler Colvin, COLOF$16CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
154Cody Ross, ARIOF$10RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
153Russell Martin, PITC$9CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
152Eric Young, COLOF$2Yahoo! Sports
151Bobby Parnell, NYMP$5RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
150Jonathan Broxton, CINP$14RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
149Lucas Duda, NYMOF$10FakeTeams.com
148Logan Forsythe, SD2B$9Baseball Prospectus
147Trevor Cahill, ARIP$9RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
146Cory Luebke, SDP$4RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
145Wade Miley, ARIP$7CBSSports.com (Melchior)
144Paul Maholm, ATLP$6Yahoo! Sports
143Jordan Pacheco, COL3B$6Yahoo! Sports
142Carlos Quentin, SDOF$11Baseball Prospectus
141Zack Cozart, CINSS$13FakeTeams.com
140Brandon Belt, SF1B$16RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
139Kenley Jansen, LADP$8FakeTeams.com
138Jason Grilli, PITP$16FanDuel.com
137Steve Cishek, MIAP$14RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
136Rafael Betancourt, COLP$15Razzball
135Domonic Brown, PHIOF$6Baseball Prospectus
134Mike Minor, ATLP$13CBSSports.com (White)
133Delmon Young, PHIOF$7FanDuel.com
132A.J. Burnett, PITP$9FanDuel.com
131Travis d'Arnaud, NYMC$8Mastersball.com (Kreush)
130Ryan Ludwick, CINOF$11CBSSports.com (Melchior)
129Trevor Rosenthal, STLP$6Baseball Prospectus
128Adeiny Hechavarria, MIA3B$2CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
127Matt Harvey, NYMP$15CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
126Jordan Zimmermann, WASP$20Mastersball.com (Carey)
125Mike Fiers, MILP$9Razzball
124Oscar Taveras, STLOF$6CBSSports.com (White)
123Jason Kubel, ARIOF$14CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
122Wilson Ramos, WASC$10Baseball Prospectus
121Lance Lynn, STLP$17Baseball Prospectus
120Yonder Alonso, SD1B$13CBSSports.com (White)
119Miguel Montero, ARIC$15Mastersball.com (Carey)
118Alfonso Soriano, CHCOF$10Patton & Co
117Huston Street, SDP$17Baseball Prospectus
116Shaun Marcum, NYMP$9Mastersball.com (Carey)
115Garrett Jones, PIT1B$12FakeTeams.com
114Brian McCann, ATLC$13Patton & Co
113Logan Morrison, MIAOF$14Mastersball.com (Carey)
112Brandon McCarthy, ARIP$8Razzball
111Ian Kennedy, ARIP$16CBSSports.com (White)
110Starling Marte, PITOF$17CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
109Jonathan Lucroy, MILC$16FakeTeams.com
108Denard Span, WASOF$15Yahoo! Sports
107Justin Ruggiano, MIAOF$12CBSSports.com (White)
106Carlos Beltran, STLOF$20FakeTeams.com
105Sergio Romo, SFP$18CBSSports.com (Melchior)
104Marco Scutaro, SF2B$13Yahoo! Sports
103Michael Cuddyer, COLOF$21Mastersball.com (Kreush)
102Adam Eaton, ARIOF$19RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
101Angel Pagan, SFOF$18Patton & Co
100Jayson Werth, WASOF$20Baseball Prospectus
99Wilin Rosario, COLC$18RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
98Todd Frazier, CIN3B$17RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
97David Freese, STL3B$17CBSSports.com (Melchior)
96Josh Rutledge, COLSS$17Mastersball.com (Carey)
95Dan Uggla, ATL2B$17FakeTeams.com
94Homer Bailey, CINP$12Mastersball.com (Carey)
93Chase Utley, PHI2B$18CBSSports.com (Melchior)
92Hunter Pence, SFOF$19Razzball
91Brandon Phillips, CIN2B$24Mastersball.com (Carey)
90Matt Garza, CHCP$11CBSSports.com (Melchior)
89Aaron Hill, ARI2B$22Yahoo! Sports
88Rafael Soriano, WASP$19FanDuel.com
87Ian Desmond, WASSS$28CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
86Matt Carpenter, STL1B$13CBSSports.com (White)
85B.J. Upton, ATLOF$29Yahoo! Sports
84Adam LaRoche, WAS1B$21Mastersball.com (Kreush)
83Everth Cabrera, SDSS$13CBSSports.com (Melchior)
82Jonathon Niese, NYMP$15RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
81Ben Revere, PHIOF$17FakeTeams.com
80Jonathan Papelbon, PHIP$19Patton & Co
79Freddie Freeman, ATL1B$27CBSSports.com (Melchior)
78Daniel Murphy, NYM2B$9FakeTeams.com
77Dexter Fowler, COLOF$16Patton & Co
76Norichika Aoki, MILOF$22Baseball Prospectus
75Jon Jay, STLOF$14CBSSports.com (Melchior)
74John Axford, MILP$18Baseball Prospectus
73Neil Walker, PIT2B$16Razzball
72Tim Lincecum, SFP$19FakeTeams.com
71Yovani Gallardo, MILP$18Baseball Prospectus
70Mat Latos, CINP$20CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
69Jason Motte, STLP$18Mastersball.com (Kreush)
68Cameron Maybin, SDOF$15Yahoo! Sports
67Pablo Sandoval, SF3B$22CBSSports.com (White)
66Johnny Cueto, CINP$19FanDuel.com
65Martin Prado, ARIOF$25Yahoo! Sports
64Ryan Zimmerman, WAS3B$28CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
63Juan Pierre, MIAOF$17Mastersball.com (Kreush)
62J.J. Putz, ARIP$16Mastersball.com (Carey)
61Shin-Soo Choo, CINOF$26CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
60Andre Ethier, LADOF$19Patton & Co
59Jean Segura, MILSS$14Razzball
58Matt Holliday, STLOF$27CBSSports.com (White)
57Jimmy Rollins, PHISS$24Mastersball.com (Kreush)
56Roy Halladay, PHIP$19RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
55Ike Davis, NYM1B$24Mastersball.com (Kreush)
54Zack Greinke, LADP$24FanDuel.com
53Corey Hart, MIL1B$17CBSSports.com (White)
52Anthony Rizzo, CHC1B$24Razzball
51Yadier Molina, STLC$19Yahoo! Sports
50Juan Francisco, ATL3B$6CBSSports.com (Melchior)
49Michael Young, PHI1B$15Patton & Co
48Chris Johnson, ATL3B$6Mastersball.com (Kreush)
47Danny Espinosa, WAS2B$18CBSSports.com (White)
46Marco Estrada, MILP$12CBSSports.com (White)
45Allen Craig, STL1B$27Baseball Prospectus
44Shelby Miller, STLP$8CBSSports.com (White)
43Paul Goldschmidt, ARI1B$25RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
42Adam Wainwright, STLP$20CBSSports.com (Melchior)
41Gio Gonzalez, WASP$20Patton & Co
40Jason Heyward, ATLOF$28CBSSports.com (White)
39Buster Posey, SFC$31FanDuel.com
38Jedd Gyorko, SD3B$11Mastersball.com (Carey)
37Ryan Howard, PHI1B$21FanDuel.com
36Darwin Barney, CHC2B$6Mastersball.com (Kreush)
35Matt Cain, SFP$27Yahoo! Sports
34Aramis Ramirez, MIL3B$24Razzball
33Hanley Ramirez, LAD3B$31CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
32Aroldis Chapman, CINP$17Razzball
31Adrian Gonzalez, LAD1B$26Razzball
30Carl Crawford, LADOF$19FanDuel.com
29Carlos Gomez, MILOF$20Mastersball.com (Carey)
28Carlos Gonzalez, COLOF$37CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
27Dan Haren, WASP$15Baseball Prospectus
26Yasmani Grandal, SDC$10FanDuel.com
25Justin Upton, ATLOF$32Mastersball.com (Carey)
24Pedro Alvarez, PIT3B$17FanDuel.com
23Madison Bumgarner, SFP$22Patton & Co
22David Wright, NYM3B$29Baseball Prospectus
21Cliff Lee, PHIP$26CBSSports.com (Melchior)
20Rickie Weeks, MIL2B$21Patton & Co
19Starlin Castro, CHCSS$28Mastersball.com (Carey)
18Cole Hamels, PHIP$26Patton & Co
17Chase Headley, SD3B$27Yahoo! Sports
16Troy Tulowitzki, COLSS$30CBSSports.com (White)
15Jeff Samardzija, CHCP$18RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
14Carlos Ruiz, PHIC$8CBSSports.com (White)
13Jay Bruce, CINOF$29Razzball
12Andrelton Simmons, ATLSS$12Mastersball.com (Kreush)
11Andrew McCutchen, PITOF$34Yahoo! Sports
10Stephen Strasburg, WASP$30FakeTeams.com
9Craig Kimbrel, ATLP$25Mastersball.com (Kreush)
8Giancarlo Stanton, MIAOF$39FakeTeams.com
7Joey Votto, CIN1B$37Patton & Co
6Matt Kemp, LADOF$39FanDuel.com
5Clayton Kershaw, LADP$31Mastersball.com (Kreush)
4Ryan Braun, MILOF$40CBSSports.com (Melchior)
3Kris Medlen, ATLP$20FakeTeams.com
2Billy Hamilton, CINSS$3CBSSports.com (White)
1Bryce Harper, WASOF$29RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)

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Jason Kipnis not "at full speed"
by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(2:54 pm ET) One day after serving as the Indians' designated hitter, Jason Kipnis was left out of the Indians' starting lineup for Monday's game at the Royals. Indians manager Terry Francona told the Cleveland Plain Dealer that he had Kipnis batting seventh on Sunday, "because I don't think he's going to be at full speed," as he continues to deal with a hamstring injury.

Kipnis has now started just twice in the last six games.


Wilfredo Tovar getting the call
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(2:47 pm ET) According to NJ.com, the Mets will call up Wilfredo Tovar for Tuesday's game at Washington. They need an extra infielder with Dilson Herrera sidelined by a strained right quadriceps.

Tovar has spent most of 2014 at Double-A Binghamton, hitting .282 with a .690 OPS in 255 at-bats there.


Danny Duffy set for Monday start
by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(2:43 pm ET) Danny Duffy was in the Royals' starting lineup for Monday's game versus the Indians, as expected. He had his last two turns in the rotation skipped, as he recovered from inflammation in his left shoulder.

Mark Trumbo aiming to elevate ball
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(2:43 pm ET) Diamondbacks first baseman Mark Trumbo homered twice Sunday at Colorado, giving him 11 in 305 at-bats this year. According to the Arizona Republic, he's been looking to improve his home run total by hitting the ball in the air.

"There's no money for me on the ground," Trumbo said. "I need to drive the ball. I need to hit the ball in the air. It's frustrating when you're not doing it, but fortunately today I was able to get a few out there, and that's kind of what I need to do."

According to FanGraphs.com, Trumbo's fly-ball rate is actually a bit higher than it was last season, but fewer of those fly balls are resulting in home runs. The former Angels slugger missed 71 games earlier this season with a stress fracture in his foot.

"Looking at my numbers, if I'm a 30-home run guy, maybe I'm not that far off pace for missing half the year," said Trumbo. "But it feels like this year it's been more frustrating. The balls I've hit hard have been lower for outs. You look around the league, and the guys who are in my same mold probably are getting the ball up in the air. That's what I've got to do, too."


John Jaso, Craig Gentry likely done
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(2:36 pm ET) Athletics manager Bob Melvin acknowledged Sunday that catcher John Jaso and outfielder Craig Gentry are running out of time to return from their concussions and could miss the rest of the season, according to MLB.com.

"With eight games left," Melvin said, "there's always that possibility."

Craig suffered his concussion Sept. 9 after suffering one previously in 2011. Jaso's came way back in August. He was expected to return as a pinch-hitter and part-time DH at one point, but a visit with a concussion specialist Sept. 10 pushed back his timetable.


Jurickson Profar's shoulder still not feeling right
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(2:27 pm ET) Rangers infielder Jurickson Profar, who has spent all of 2014 rehabbing a torn muscle in the back of his armpit, won't play in the Arizona Fall League as hoped, according to the Dallas Morning News, and will instead visit with sports medicine specialists across the country to try and find a resolution to an injury that should have healed long ago.

"He's worked extremely hard, but he hasn't bounced back," general manager Jon Daniels said. "We need to get him right, so we are gathering additional opinions from a number of the best doctors out there. It's been a frustrating case."

Profar was named the top prospect according to Baseball America prior to 2013. His availability for the start of 2015 is at this point unknown.


Orioles shuffle starting rotation
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(2:19 pm ET) The Orioles will start right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez at the Yankees on Tuesday, allowing them to stick to their plan of giving each of their starting pitchers an extra day of rest heading into the postseason.

"There's a fine line between not having enough rest and having too much rest, so we're trying to have every guy that pitches get one extra day before the start," manager Buck Showalter told the Baltimore Sun. “We're going to try to give everybody, so you're not too far away from the ball but you get a little extra rest. They all seem to respond well to that."

While left-hander Wei-Yin Chen will start Monday at the Yankees, right-hander Chris Tillman won't start again until Friday at Toronto. Miguel Gonzalez will start the team's final game Sunday at Toronto.

As of now, Bud Norris and Kevin Gausman are scheduled to start Wednesday's and Thursday's games at the Yankees, but that could change. Jimenez could end up making a second start before season's end.


Derek Jeter will play final seven games
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(2:05 pm ET) Manager Joe Girardi told the New York Daily News that he intends to have retiring shortstop Derek Jeter in the starting lineup for each of the Yankees' final seven games.

"Obviously, some of those days are going to be DH days to keep him going," Girardi said.

Jeter has begun his final homestand with four straight multi-hit games, batting .471 (8 for 17) with a home run and two doubles during that stretch.

"He's hit the ball with more authority," Girardi said. "That's the ups and downs of a hitter. A lot of times, when a guy is older and they're going through it, everyone's ready to write him off. That's what happens. That's the nature of the business. But he's swung the bat extremely well."


Marcell Ozuna's ankle injury does him in
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(1:54 pm ET) According to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the ankle sprain Marlins outfielder Marcell Ozuna suffered Sunday against the Nationals is in fact a high ankle sprain that will sideline him for the final week of the regular season.

First baseman Justin Bour could get more playing time with Ozuna sidelined, with Garrett Jones shifting to the outfield.


Domonic Brown looks good for Tuesday
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(1:28 pm ET) Phillies outfielder Domonic Brown was out of the starting lineup for a third straight game Sunday at Oakland, but his right hand had healed enough for him to pinch hit. He struck out in his only at-bat.

According to MLB.com, he expects to return Tuesday at Miami.

"It's just a bruise," Brown said. "We took the X-ray and everything came back negative. I'm all good to go."


 
 
 
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