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2013 Draft Prep: National League Rotisserie auction

Senior Fantasy Writer

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

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

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