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RotoBaller Friends &#; Family Industry Mock Draft Recap

The RotoBaller Friends & Family Mock Draft is the continuation of an annual tradition where we gather some of the biggest names from the fantasy baseball world and put together a mock draft just as spring training has commenced. Thanks to RT Sports for once again hosting and providing a custom draft site where readers could follow along live atRTSports.com/RotoBaller!

This year's participants are a who's who of expert analysts, representing sites including:

With this draft in the books, it's time to reflect on how each analyst constructed his roster. The second clock in this mock left no time to question strategy or hesitate, so our drafters had to be on their toes! The format was 5x5 mixed roto league, snake draft, 28 rounds, and the draft order randomized an hour before the mock. Here are the full results, along with some reflections.

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Mock Draft Results

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Derek Carty - RotoGrinders

With the first pick, Carty bucked the trend of going with a bat and secured Jacob deGrom. The Mets' ace is typically taken around pick six or seven after the first five hitters are off the board but he clearly didn't want to wait for the 2/3 turn to land a starting pitcher. He wouldn't take another starter until round seven with Stephen Strasburg and generally waited for value picks at the position thereafter.

His offensive production will mostly come north of the border, as Bo Bichette and George Springer were the next two picks and Marcus Semien arriving in round eight. Stacking potent offenses can be a sound strategy and this is projected to be the combo at the top of the Blue Jays' lineup.

Carty was also the first to grab a closer with Josh Hader in round five, although he seemed to largely ignore saves the rest of the way. It's unclear whether Drew Pomeranz is the primary closer in San Diego and no other pitcher on his staff is even in the mix for ninth-inning duties.

He took on a lot of late-round risk with oft-injured arms like Chris Sale, A.J. Puk, and Noah Syndergaard. If healthy and effective, any of these players could pay huge dividends but they could also turn out to be burned picks.

Summary: Carty struck first at starter and closer, securing the surest thing among the few aces out there in deGrom with the top pick. He also was the second to take a catcher in Salvador Perez, revealing a strategy to prioritize positions with greater value cliffs. By opting not to take Ronald Acuna Jr. or Fernando Tatis Jr., he may not be among the leaders in steals but should have enough sprinkled among Bichette, Semien, and Jean Segura to keep out of the cellar in that category and his pitching prowess should make up for that deficiency.

 

Ariel Cohen - Fangraphs / RotoBaller

It's unclear whether Cohen would have taken his hometown pick of the Mets were he available but the point became moot. Instead, he also passed on the juniors in favor of Mookie Betts. According to his own ATC projections, Betts is projected to swipe 23 bags whereas Acuna is at 29 and Tatis at Betts is also projected to finish with a higher average than those two players and to lead the league with runs scored.

Cohen explained his thought process in a recent article on projection volatility: "Upon looking at the ATC volatility metrics – Betts’s underlying projections are tighter than those of Tatis (InterSD of vs. ) For first-round players, I tend to favor the tightness over the upside. For me, the choice for the number one overall player should be Mookie Betts. Betts also qualifies at the outfield position, a shallower position in than Tatis’ shortstop spot. Additionally, Mookie Betts has the greater runs and batting average projection by a wide margin - which are harder to find later on in drafts."

The story of this draft has a happy ending, as Cohen later nabbed a trio of Metropolitans with Pete Alonso in round four, Edwin Diaz in round eight, and Jeff McNeil in round nine. After Diaz, Cohen focused on veteran discounts for closers like Joakim Soria, Daniel Bard, and Anthony Bass,whom he recently interviewed on Beat the Shift podcast.

For those wondering, his first pick at shortstop wound up being Dansby Swanson.

Summary: Cohen stuck true to his tried-and-true strategy of acquiring positive value in every round based on projections. This risk-averse approach is smart in any format but even more crucial in an expert league such as this.

 

Scott Pianowski - Yahoo Sports

Fernando Tatis Jr. was waiting at pick three, so Pianowski pounced. He followed up with Lucas Giolito as his ace, making him the eighth SP off the board. Pianowski then capitalized on recent fallers such as Alex Bregman, who fell outside the top 50 in this mock. He also took Cavan Biggio 94th overall, well below his current ADP consensus of The same can be said for Anthony Rizzo in round

Pianowski didn't consider saves until round 17 with Richard Rodriguez and then went mining for value closers in committees toward the end of the draft with pitchers like Mark Melancon, Pete Fairbanks, and Jake Diekman.

There wasn't an abundance of youth on this roster past Tatis, Biggio, and Lewis. Even his late-round picks consisted of veterans like Dallas Keuchel, Kyle Seager, and year-old J.A. Happ as his Mr. Irrelevant.

Summary: The best way to describe Pianowski's roster is "balanced." He filled out his entire infield (not including catcher) by the fifth round but didn't lean heavily toward hitting or pitching through any stretch. He did seem to intentionally wait on the outfield position, assuming Whit Merrifield slots in at 2B in his starting lineup. Kyle Lewis became his next OF-eligible player in round 13 followed by Robbie Grossman in round Value-based drafting at its finest.

 

Nick Mariano - RotoBaller

Big Pick Nick swung for the fences in this draft, shooting for upside with several picks. Starting out with Ronald Acuna Jr. out of the four-hole provides a nice base with which to start, of course. Aaron Nola was his second pick but he would then forego starting pitching until round 11 with Charlie Morton as his SP2. The rest of his staff runs about a % risk of having an IL designation at some point in the season, but talent is not an issue with guys like Corey Kluber, Shohei Ohtani, and Nathan Eovaldi.

Speaking of swinging for the fences and IL stints, Giancarlo Stanton found his way onto Mariano's roster, as did Randy Arozarena. We know what both are capable of, it's just hard to assume either will do it over the course of a full season. He later added some potential late-round category winners with Myles Straw and Elvis Andrus for steals, Rowdy Tellez for homers, and Aaron Hicks for runs.

Summary: This is the near-antithesis of Ariel's draft, with a risk-reward draft style. Nick could wind up crushing this league or getting crushed by injuries with little room for anything in between.

 

Nando Di Fino - The Athletic

With the fifth pick, Di Fino stuck with Juan Soto and paired him with former teammate Bryce Harper in round two. After selecting Jack Flaherty, he doubled up on Yankee sluggers with Aaron Judge and Gleyber Torres and again later with Gary Sanchez and Clint Frazier. Picks like Michael Conforto, Jorge Soler, Ryan McMahon, and Jared Walsh confirm that the goal here was to dominate HR and RBI.

On the pitching front, Di Fino went young with his first few starters such as Jack Flaherty, Julio Urias, Chris Paddack, and Triston McKenzie and then added veteran depth later with Madison Bumgarner and Rich Hill. He opted to roll the dice on Jo Adell and Christian Pache with picks in round 25 and 26 respectively.

Summary:  This roster is power-heavy on offense but lacking in speed as a result. It's hard to truly say whether this was a conscious decision or simply the way things shook out. There is a solid floor all around but too many swings and misses by sluggers who don't rebound from a disappointing (Sanchez, Soler) could spell trouble.

 

Clay Link - RotoWire

Well, someone had to take Mike Trout While he isn't the undisputed top player in fantasy any longer, it still must feel good to land him at pick six. Link then took a pair of Dodger pitchers not named Bauer to lead his staff. Thereafter, Link took advantage of a falling ADP with Nolan Arenado in round five to pair with Vladimir Guerrero Jr. at the corners.

He arguably reached for Austin Meadows with pick 67, as his current ADP sits at Meadows was taken as high as round three last year in many leagues but suffered a down year slashing // with four HR, 13 RBI, and two SB in at-bats in He battled through an oblique injury and COVID diagnosis, so if back to full health he could actually wind up being a screaming value.

Link is a believer in breakouts by Zach Plesac, Dylan Bundy, and arguably Christian Javier. Aaron Civale took a small step backward but revamped his delivery this offseason and is working on a split-change to add to his six-pitch mix. He found speed at a discount with players like Garrett Hampson, Manuel Margot, and Nick Senzel in the last half of the draft.

Summary: "Build up the middle" is a common refrain among MLB front offices but Link took the opposite approach to his fantasy roster here. He was the last manager to take a shortstop, waiting for Andres Gimenez in round He was second-to-last to select a second baseman with Kolten Wong in round This speaks to the depth at SS on one hand and lack of distinction among mid-tier players at 2B. I personally advocate waiting on second base this year so while I didn't love every player he selected, it was a sound approach to roster construction.

 

Chris Towers - CBS Sports

We don't typically see a six-pick gap between pitchers in round one but that's what happened when Gerrit Cole was taken seventh after deGrom was the first overall pick. Starting with Cole and backing him up with Max Scherzer in round three provides a nice warm security blanket around your pitching categories but the pick to discuss here is Adalberto Mondesi at 18th overall.

Mondesi has an industry consensus ADP of 29 and that includes 31 on CBS. Towers obviously believes that the upside is well worth the risk here, especially having sandwiched this pick with pitchers. I won't argue on the merits of taking Mondesi here rather than Trea Turner in the first and following him with Aaron Nola or Walker Buehler instead of the Cole/Mondesi. I'll just say, it is a calculated risk that could pay off huge.

There were a few more high/ceiling, low/floor types throughout his draft, such as Keston Hiura, Byron Buxton, Joey Gallo, Andrew Vaughn, and Mitch Keller. If the strategy was to punt AVG then it worked. All these hitters can provide power and speed should be dominated by Mondesi and Buxton alone.

One of the savviest picks in the entire draft came in the penultimate round when Towers snagged Framber Valdez. At the time of this draft, many speculated he would miss most, if not all, of the season with finger surgery. It was recently revealed that no surgery was needed and his finger is healing quicker than expected. Towers may have stolen one of the top breakout candidates of draft season at no cost.

Summary: If Mariano's team was swinging for the fences, this one was kicking up its leg and cracking for maximum torque before the wind-up was halfway through. Boom-bust types are totally fine if they are good values but loading up on several in one draft is rarely successful.

 

Pierre Camus - RotoBaller

With Jacob deGrom and Gerrit Cole off the board, Trea Turner was the next player in my rankings. Although I don't have Shane Bieber far off those aces and am not overly concerned about his spring showing, the allure of an elite base thief is too much to ignore. I nearly went with a starter in round two but thought that I could grab either Jack Flaherty, Luis Castillo, or Max Scherzer on the way back. Once they were gone, I was OK waiting again while filling the shallow first base position with last year's MVP, Jose Abreu. I have Zac Gallen near the bottom of tier two, putting up similar numbers to pitchers like Clayton Kershaw, so it turned out fine.

It's harder to find great values in a league full of the top experts around but I was confident because in last year's iteration of this draft, I identified late-round picks like Mike Yastrzemski in round 23, Trent Grisham in round 24, and Zach Plesac in round 28I understand the playing time concerns about Ha-Seong Kim but I don't feel the Padres signed him to a four-year, $28 million deal to sit on the bench. He may move around the diamond or split time with Jake Cronenworth but he should collect enough at-bats to be a solid MI. There aren't too many players with 20/20 upside available after round I'm also surprised Mark Canha wasn't taken earlier, especially since he is a favorite of the RotoBaller MLB staff. Luis Arraez brings positional versatility along with a high BA floor and should also play enough to be a strong value at MI or OF.

Summary: I may not wait until round four to get my first starting pitcher in many other drafts but draft slot largely determines strategy. The offense on this squad could be at the top of the standings across the board but it may have to be based on how the rotation shaped up.

 

Howard Bender - Fantasy Alarm

With the ninth pick, Bender went with tried-and-true Jose Ramirez. After landing Yu Darvish in round two, he focused on more multi-category hitters with Xander Bogaerts, Eloy Jimenez, and Jose Altuve. His staff is full of experience with Kenta Maeda, Zack Wheeler, Marco Gonzales, and Kirby Yates marking his next four pitching selections.

Things got interesting in the middle rounds when he took a trio of outfielders that are oozing with breakout potential. Ramon Laureano, Victor Robles, and Alex Kiriloff are players that could deliver off-the-charts ROI. Coming off down seasons, Laureano and Robles are rightfully met with skepticism by drafters but both are enjoying strong springs and should hit near the top of the lineup. Kiriloff has a trickier path to regular playing time but as a 19th-round pick, the risk is negligible.

Summary: Bender skillfully balanced experience with youth and didn't overpay at any juncture in this draft. One weakness could be in the saves category, as he's depending on Kirby Yates and Greg Holland to hold onto closer jobs and stay healthy. Then again, there aren't many teams that can feel safe about their closers coming out of a draft.

 

Eric Cross - Fantrax

Cross started his draft with the reigning AL Cy Young winner, Shane Bieber. Like every other drafter in this mock, he opted against the pocket aces strategy and took Francisco Lindor next. He then added a pair of Milwaukee arms in Brandon Woodruff and Corbin Burnes in rounds three and five respectively. He became the first to fill out a five-man rotation after taking Ian Anderson and Sixto Sanchez in rounds

It should be no surprise that Cross, a dynasty expert and ranker, grabbed several young players throughout this mock. His squad may be the "toolsiest" of them all. This isn't isolated to speed or power either, but includes guys with elite hit tools like Yordan Alvarez and Nick Madrigal. On the pitching side, any one of Nate Pearson, Dylan Cease, or Spencer Howard could wind up being a staple in his rotation. Of course, they could all wind up as waiver fodder too.

He was the final manager to take a catcher and landed a great value with James McCann in round

Summary: Cross seemed to follow the mindset of skills first over roles when it came to pitching. Several of his starters come with questions about innings restrictions and the closers are shaky at best. There is a solid offensive base to work with, however, and the talent on this roster is undeniable.

 

Vlad Sedler - Fantasy Guru

The RotoGut himself, Vlad was likely thrilled to start with a duo of Christian Yelich and Freddie Freeman out of the 11 spot. He showed a lot of faith in Tyler Glasnow by picking him 35th compared to his current ADP of Seven of his first 13 picks belong to the pitching staff, including the third closer off the board, Liam Hendriks.

Many of our managers were crushed to see him select C.J. Cron in round 14 ( overall), well ahead of his ADP. Cron isn't guaranteed to win the first base job, or even earn a roster spot in Colorado as of yet, but we all have visions of him crushing 40 homers in Coors.

Sedler was also the one bold enough to take

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Fantasy Baseball Auction Tips: Best strategy advice for auction drafts

There are a few days each year that I look forward to, and my live fantasy baseball auction draft is one of them. If you’ve never done an auction, especially one in person, you are missing out. Watching your leaguemates sweat out whether to bid $20 on Carlos Carrasco after you bid $19 in a 15th-floor conference room on Sixth Avenue is priceless. The scratching of heads, the sighs, and the flipping of papers all add to the fun of the day.

For those who are new to auctions, I will cover some of the basic concepts, then go into some different strategies to use.

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BASICS

Each team is given a budget, traditionally $, to bid on 23 players. Your bench is filled by a snake draft of however many rounds you decide from the remaining players after the auction is over. Someone is chosen to start the bidding and will nominate a player to be bid upon. Bidding continues until everyone else passes on increasing the bid further. When doing an auction online, there is a timer that will start after each bid, which serves as your auctioneer.

You will have to keep track of how many dollars you have left and how many players you still need to fill out your roster. Teams can’t nominate a player they don’t have room for, and they can’t bid more than a certain amount, as you must have at least one dollar left for each unfilled roster spot. So, if you have $15 left and four roster spots, your max bid is $12, which would leave you with $3 for three spots.

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Fantasy Baseball Auction Strategy Tips, Advice

AUCTION VALUES vs. PRICING

When you look at draft guides to research how much you should spend on players as you begin your draft prep, you will notice all sites refer to it as auction “values”. These are predictions of the portion of the $ that the player’s stats will be worth. My approach is different. The only players that have value are the ones who will be bid upon. If the player will not be bid upon, then his value is zero. Also, players can’t have a negative “value” in my opinion. You don’t get a refund if you bid on those players. In a team league with 23 players on each roster,  players will be selected. These are the only players that will have a value in my system. If you add up all the values, it will come out to $3, spent (or however much the total teams multiplied by your starting budget comes out to).

I have been doing auctions since , and by sticking to this, it has allowed me to be very successful in my auction drafts. I can come close to predicting what each player will go for in my auction. Is it percent accurate? Of course not. You cannot predict what order players will be nominated. A player who you might not have valued highly could be the last player in a tier to be bid upon. This can drive his price up.

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PRE-AUCTION PREP

Prepping for your auction is the most crucial step to being successful. This exercise is much easier in a league that you are in year after year, as you learn how high your leaguemates will go on certain players. In an online league where you are with random players, it is difficult to accurately predict the player pricing, but most people will tend to stay relatively close to what you find in draft guides. Some sites, such as the NFBC, will track average auction values, and these can serve as a guide to their auctions.

The first step is to rank your players by position. When you have the players ranked who you would bid on, then you should assign what you are willing to pay for them. Put your initial price down for each player, then add them all up. How close are you to $3,? Keep adjusting until it’s $3, When you are done, you will be going to your auction with a tool that will make it easier for you. You will instantly know if a player is a bargain or if he’s way overpriced and you should drop from the bidding.

This step is especially crucial in keeper leagues. No site can know who is kept in your league and for how much. When choosing keepers, most will keep players that were acquired at bargain prices. This will change the prices of the players who are up for auction. For instance, if 36 players are kept at an average discount of $10, that’s $ that must be added to the remaining players. It doesn’t matter what their “value” is, their “price” has just gone up and you have to figure out how to divide that amount between the remaining players.

DRAFT STRATEGY: Snake Draft | S.M.A.R.T. System

BUDGETING

Another way to prep is to create a budget. When I develop my values, I usually budget 65 percent for hitting and 35 percent for pitching, so that’s about $ on hitting and $90 on pitching. Some go further and break down how they will spread out that amount amongst the 14 hitters and nine pitchers. It’s up to you how you want to spend your money. Some go top heavy and get several top-tier guys and a bunch of $ players; some like to acquire multiple players in the $ range for a more balanced team. The beauty of an auction is that you can have both Mike Trout and Jacob deGrom on your team. This would never happen in a snake draft.

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BIDDING STRATEGIES

There are several ways to skin this cat and none are wrong, but one thing you should never do is leave your auction with any money left over! This is a cardinal rule, and if you have money remaining at the end you were not aggressive enough on some of your bids.

You should nominate players you either really want or have absolutely no interest in. With the latter, the goal is to sap your competition of as much as possible so you have less competition when bidding on players you actually want. The important thing here is to vary what you do throughout the auction. Do not let your opponents know whether it’s a player you want or not. At the end of the auction this is hard to do, as you don’t want to get stuck with a player you don’t want, even for just a dollar bid.

You should also vary how much your opening bid is. If you nominate Mookie Betts and you want him, start the bidding near what you are willing to spend. This will eliminate a lot of people bidding who aren’t interested. If you don’t want him, start relatively low (and don’t be the annoying person who starts a $40 player at a dollar) and allow multiple people to jump in. Then, of course, do the opposite later in the draft.

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You also need a plan for when to spend your money. Some like to load their team up early; others like to let their competition spend first in the hopes of finding bargains later on. Waiting on bargains as a strategy has its pitfalls. Many times what happens is that there will be multiple people going after that last good reliever or starter and this will drive up the price. Good bye bargain!

Although there are always players I’m targeting, it's rare that I end up with them in an auction as much as I’d like to. I like to pounce on “bargains” early in the draft. One year I was targeting someone in the $40 range and Freddie Freeman was nominated. I had him priced at around $ I wasn’t really interested in Freeman, as I was hoping to get a first baseman like Jose Abreu in the $20 range, but I stayed in the bidding as it started around $ When I heard nothing after I bid $31, I was very happy. Getting Freeman at $31 allowed me to spend a little more than I had planned on someone else. Doing this early in the draft pays benefits later on.

This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t go to $42 on someone you have priced at $ A dollar or two either way is going to be in the range for each player. What is important is to track how the draft is going and whether you're consistently in the black or red. What do I mean by that? You have meticulously set a price for each player. After each player is drafted write down "+2" if he went for $2 more than your price or "-2" if lower. As the draft moves on, adding these pluses and minuses will let you know how much money is out there compared to what you have projected. As the number gets more positive, expect relative bargains to come later. As the number gets more negative, the prices will rise, as there is more money out there than you expected.

Another thing to keep an eye on is how much money each team has left to use and which positions they need to fill. If you’ve done an auction before, you know that this will play a role into your nomination and bidding later in the draft. Make sure you update each team after each pick. If you do an online auction, your site does it for you.

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SUMMARY

1. Auction day is a top five day of the year!

2. Prep by creating your own pricing, especially in keeper leagues.

3. Vary your bidding and nominations. Allowing your opponents to read you is not good.

4. Don’t be tied to certain players. I know you really wanted Walker Buehler, but when you can get Jack Flaherty for four dollars cheaper than you expected; pounce.

5. Keep track of how much over/under your prices is being spent. All $3, will be spent (or however much the total teams multiplied by your starting budget comes out to), so if players are overpriced early, then they will be underpriced later and vice/versa.

6. At the end of the auction when dollar players are common, don’t nominate players you don’t want.

7. Try not to get into bidding wars for that last stolen base guy or closer. The price will always be higher than you wanted.

8. Never, ever, leave an auction with money left over.

9. Never, ever, leave an auction with money left over. (No that’s not a typo, it’s that important).

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Fantasy Baseball Mock Draft: NL-only salary cap draft results in big bidding for high-end studs

Fantasy Baseball Mock Draft: NL-only salary cap draft results in big bidding for high-end studs

Even with the player pool stretched thin, the bidding could not be contained.

 Scott White

By Scott White

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If you happened to catch the results of our AL-only salary cap draft (or what we used to call an auction), these NL results will seem incongruous.

It's the same format -- 12 teams, standard Rotisserie scoring -- but about half the participants were swapped out, which goes a long way to explaining the differences. One of the quirks of the salary bidding format is that every room takes on a life of its own, with every new bid representing a chance for a new precedent and the behaviors of the most aggressive bidders often compelling others to join in.

My rule for salary cap drafts is that the deeper the format, the more evenly the dollars need to be spread, and formats don't get much deeper than half the player pool divided between 12 teams across 23 lineup spots. So seeing four players go for $50 or more (Fernando Tatis for $53 and Ronald Acuna, Mookie Betts and Juan Soto all for $50) was out of bounds for me. Not a single player reached the $50 threshold in the AL version of this league.

Of course, it's worth pointing out that the high-end talent is mostly concentrated in the NL this year, with 18 of the top 23 players by ADP residing in that league. The AL player pool is stronger at the back end, so you could make the case it's perfectly sensible to take more of a studs-and-duds approach in an NL-only league than an AL-only league. But either way, the waiver wire will be virtually nonexistent, which means barring some miraculous breakthrough, you're stuck with however many duds you take. Even being cognizant of it, having spent no more than $35 on any one player, I was left with two fairly significant holes in my lineup and now have to hope Brian Goodwin and Dee Gordon get more playing time than they probably will.

My emphasis, as always, was on starting pitching, but it's worth noting that there are far more high-end arms to go around on this side of the player pool. Jacob deGrom went for $48, but only one other pitcher (Trevor Bauer) went for even $ I was able to get Aaron Nola ($28), Carlos Carrasco ($24) and Zack Wheeler ($19) for less than I invested in just two pitchers, Gerrit Cole ($47) and Zach Plesac ($26), on the AL side.

Stolen bases were as in demand as ever, though, with those who offer some hope of contributing a couple dozen seeing their salaries pushed up almost as much as the elites. Examples include Tommy Edman and Victor Robles for $20, Kolten Wong for $16 and Raimel Tapia for $

Some of the best values included

Some of the worst values included  

Here's who all took part in this one:

  • Grey Albright, Razzball (@Razzball)
  • B_Don, Razzball (@RazzBDon)
  • Lance Brozdowski, Marquee Sports Network (@LanceBroz)
  • Brant Chesser, Baseball HQ (@BrantChesser)  
  • Donkey Teeth, Razzball (@DonkeyTeeth87)
  • Scott Engel, SportsLine (@scotteTheKing)  
  • Mike Gianella, Baseball Prospectus (@MikeGianella)
  • Micah Henry, New Life Fantasy (@FantasyCentral1)  
  • The Itch, Razzball (@theprospectitch)
  • Chris Mitchell, FantasyData (@CJMitch73)  
  • Phil Ponebshek, Patton & Company
  • Scott White, CBS Sports (@CBSScottWhite)

Note: Jackie Bradley and Jake Odorizzi were free agents at the time we completed this salary cap draft, which explains our lowball bids for them. We were hedging our bets, not wanting to sell out for a player who would be useless to us if he signed with an AL-team.

POSITION BY POSITION



TEAM BY TEAM


CATCHER



GREY ALBRIGHT


PLAYER

SALARY


PLAYER

SALARY

J.T. Realmuto, PHI

21


Cody Bellinger, 1B, LAD

37

Will Smith, LAD

16


Marcell Ozuna, OF, ATL

29

Willson Contreras, CHC

16


Pete Alonso, 1B, NYM

28

Travis d'Arnaud, ATL

13


Ke'Bryan Hayes, 3B, PIT

20

Austin Nola, SD

8


Charlie Morton, P, ATL

18

James McCann, NYM

6


Christian Walker, 1B, ARI

16

Elias Diaz, COL

6


Pablo Lopez, P, MIA

16

Daulton Varsho, ARI

5


Paul DeJong, SS, STL

15

Yadier Molina, STL

5


Raimel Tapia, OF, COL

13

Carson Kelly, ARI

5


Zach Eflin, P, PHI

11

Yan Gomes, WAS

5


Garrett Hampson, OF, COL

9

Omar Narvaez, MIL

4


Jean Segura, 2B, PHI

8

Jacob Stallings, PIT

4


Cristian Pache, OF, ATL

7

Tucker Barnhart, CIN

4


Shogo Akiyama, OF, CIN

6

Jorge Alfaro, MIA

3


Carlos Martinez, P, STL

5

Buster Posey, SF

3


Joakim Soria, P, ARI

5

Joey Bart, SF

1


Brendan Rodgers, 2B, COL

4

Tomas Nido, NYM

1


Tanner Rainey, P, WAS

4

Curt Casali, SF

1


Alex Reyes, P, STL

3

Andrew Knizner, STL

1


David Peterson, P, NYM

2

Victor Caratini, SD

1


Adrian Houser, P, MIL

2

Austin Barnes, LAD

1


Victor Caratini, C, SD

1

Tyler Stephenson, CIN

1


Austin Barnes, C, LAD

1

Dom Nunez, COL

1


B_DON


Austin Romine, CHC

1


PLAYER

SALARY

FIRST BASE



Trevor Story, SS, COL

38

PLAYER

SALARY


Walker Buehler, P, LAD

30

Cody Bellinger, LAD

37


Ketel Marte, 2B, ARI

26

Freddie Freeman, ATL

35


Nick Castellanos, OF, CIN

25

Pete Alonso, NYM

28


Blake Snell, P, SD

25

Paul Goldschmidt, STL

26


Chris Paddack, P, SD

21

Anthony Rizzo, CHC

21


Rhys Hoskins, 1B, PHI

20

Josh Bell, WAS

21


Edwin Diaz, P, NYM

17

Rhys Hoskins, PHI

20


Eduardo Escobar, 3B, ARI

9

Dominic Smith, NYM

19


Dustin May, P, LAD

9

Eric Hosmer, SD

18


Colin Moran, 3B, PIT

8

Christian Walker, ARI

16


Jason Heyward, OF, CHC

7

Joey Votto, CIN

10


Bryan Reynolds, OF, PIT

6

C.J. Cron, COL

8


Jazz Chisholm, 2B, MIA

5

Garrett Cooper, MIA

3


Alec Mills, P, CHC

4

Jesus Aguilar, MIA

3


Harrison Bader, OF, STL

3

Brandon Belt, SF

2


Tomas Nido, C, NYM

1

Josh Fuentes, COL

2


Curt Casali, C, SF

1

Greg Bird, COL

1


Jake Marisnick, OF, CHC

1

Ryan Zimmerman, WAS

1


Brusdar Graterol, P, LAD

1

Daniel Vogelbach, MIL

1


Kyle Wright, P, ATL

1

Asdrubal Cabrera, ARI

1


Eric Lauer, P, MIL

1

SECOND BASE



Miguel Rojas, SS, MIA

1

PLAYER

SALARY


LANCE BROZDOWSKI


Ozzie Albies, ATL

37


PLAYER

SALARY

Ketel Marte, ARI

26


Corey Seager, SS, LAD

31

Mike Moustakas, CIN

24


Alec Bohm, 3B, PHI

24

Keston Hiura, MIL

24


Josh Bell, 1B, WAS

21

Max Muncy, LAD

23


Sonny Gray, P, CIN

20

Jeff McNeil, NYM

18


Ian Happ, OF, CHC

19

Kolten Wong, MIL

16


Justin Turner, 3B, LAD

17

Gavin Lux, LAD

15


Kevin Gausman, P, SF

16

Jake Cronenworth, SD

14


Joe Musgrove, P, SD

15

Ryan McMahon, COL

12


Jesse Winker, OF, CIN

14

Tommy La Stella, SF

9


Chris Taylor, OF, LAD

11

Jon Berti, MIA

8


Jordan Hicks, P, STL

11

Jean Segura, PHI

8


German Marquez, P, COL

11

Scott Kingery, PHI

7


Drew Smyly, P, ATL

10

Jazz Chisholm, MIA

5


Tyler O'Neill, OF, STL

9

Brendan Rodgers, COL

4


Corey Dickerson, OF, MIA

9

Wilmer Flores, SF

4


Jake McGee, P, SF

7

Starlin Castro, WAS

3


Jacob Stallings, C, PIT

4

Jonathan Villar, NYM

2


Mitch Keller, P, PIT

4

Nico Hoerner, CHC

2


Tim Locastro, OF, ARI

3

Isan Diaz, MIA

1


Donovan Solano, 2B, SF

1

Dee Gordon, CIN

1


Dom Nunez, C, COL

1

Donovan Solano, SF

1


Jackie Bradley, OF, FA

1

Adam Frazier, PIT

1


Trevor May, P, NYM

1

THIRD BASE



BRANT CHESSER


PLAYER

SALARY


PLAYER

SALARY

Manny Machado, SD

34


Brandon Woodruff, P, MIL

31

Nolan Arenado, STL

26


Paul Goldschmidt, 1B, STL

26

Eugenio Suarez, CIN

24


Dansby Swanson, SS, ATL

23

Alec Bohm, PHI

24


Wil Myers, OF, SD

21

Ke'Bryan Hayes, PIT

20


Kyle Hendricks, P, CHC

20

Kris Bryant, CHC

20


Dylan Carlson, OF, STL

19

Justin Turner, LAD

17


Julio Urias, P, LAD

17

Austin Riley, ATL

12


Kenley Jansen, P, LAD

17

J.D. Davis, NYM

11


Andrew McCutchen, OF, PHI

16

Brian Anderson, MIA

10


Gavin Lux, 2B, LAD

15

Eduardo Escobar, ARI

9


Evan Longoria, 3B, SF

9

Evan Longoria, SF

9


Austin Nola, C, SD

8

Carter Kieboom, WAS

8


Scott Kingery, 2B, PHI

7

Colin Moran, PIT

8


Carson Kelly, C, ARI

5

Edwin Rios, LAD

3


Gregory Polanco, OF, PIT

4

David Bote, CHC

3


Starlin Castro, 2B, WAS

3

Luis Urias, MIL

2


Josh Lindblom, P, MIL

3

Maikel Franco, FA

1


MacKenzie Gore, P, SD

3

Todd Frazier, PIT

1


Lucas Sims, P, CIN

3

Matt Carpenter, STL

1


Anthony Alford, OF, PIT

2

SHORTSTOP



Mark Melancon, P, SD

2

PLAYER

SALARY


Asdrubal Cabrera, 1B, ARI

1

Fernando Tatis, SD

53


J.T. Brubaker, P, PIT

1

Trea Turner, WAS

40


DONKEY TEETH


Trevor Story, COL

38


PLAYER

SALARY

Francisco Lindor, NYM

36


Juan Soto, OF, WAS

50

Corey Seager, LAD

31


Ronald Acuna, OF, ATL

50

Javier Baez, CHC

27


Trea Turner, SS, WAS

40

Dansby Swanson, ATL

23


Trevor Bauer, P, LAD

35

Tommy Edman, STL

20


Josh Hader, P, MIL

22

Didi Gregorius, PHI

15


Ryan McMahon, 2B, COL

12

Paul DeJong, STL

15


Mauricio Dubon, OF, SF

7

Ha-seong Kim, SD

12


Yadier Molina, C, STL

5

Nick Ahmed, ARI

4


David Peralta, OF, ARI

5

Brandon Crawford, SF

2


Caleb Smith, P, ARI

5

Orlando Arcia, MIL

2


Hyun Kwang Kim, P, STL

4

Kyle Holder, CIN

1


Buster Posey, C, SF

3

Erik Gonzalez, PIT

1


Avisail Garcia, OF, MIL

3

Jose Garcia, CIN

1


Chris Martin, P, ATL

3

Miguel Rojas, MIA

1


Hector Neris, P, PHI

3

Kevin Newman, PIT

1


Josh Fuentes, 1B, COL

2

OUTFIELD



Nico Hoerner, 2B, CHC

2

PLAYER

SALARY


Luis Urias, 3B, MIL

2

Mookie Betts, LAD

50


Yimi Garcia, P, MIA

2

Juan Soto, WAS

50


Brandon Crawford, SS, SF

2

Ronald Acuna, ATL

50


Isan Diaz, 2B, MIA

1

Christian Yelich, MIL

41


Johnny Cueto, P, SF

1

Bryce Harper, PHI

33


Freddy Peralta, P, MIL

1

Marcell Ozuna, ATL

29


SCOTT ENGEL


Starling Marte, MIA

28


PLAYER

SALARY

Nick Castellanos, CIN

25


Jacob deGrom, P, NYM

48

Michael Conforto, NYM

24


Ozzie Albies, 2B, ATL

37

Trent Grisham, SD

24


Starling Marte, OF, MIA

28

Charlie Blackmon, COL

23


Luis Castillo, P, CIN

28

Tommy Pham, SD

23


Michael Conforto, OF, NYM

24

Mike Yastrzemski, SF

21


Trent Grisham, OF, SD

24

Wil Myers, SD

21


Max Fried, P, ATL

20

Victor Robles, WAS

20


Brad Hand, P, WAS

16

Ian Happ, CHC

19


Adbert Alzolay, P, CHC

7

Dylan Carlson, STL

19


Yan Gomes, C, WAS

5

Kyle Schwarber, WAS

18


Zach Davies, P, CHC

5

Andrew McCutchen, PHI

16


Miles Mikolas, P, STL

4

Jesse Winker, CIN

14


Trevor Rogers, P, MIA

3

A.J. Pollock, LAD

14


Drew Waters, OF, ATL

2

Raimel Tapia, COL

13


Greg Bird, 1B, COL

1

Lorenzo Cain, MIL

13


Ryan Zimmerman, 1B, WAS

1

Jurickson Profar, SD

12


Adam Frazier, 2B, PIT

1

Kole Calhoun, ARI

11


Joey Bart, C, SF

1

Chris Taylor, LAD

11


Ender Inciarte, OF, ATL

1

Nick Senzel, CIN

11


Jared Oliva, OF, PIT

1

Joc Pederson, CHC

9


Emilio Pagan, P, SD

1

Garrett Hampson, COL

9


Kyle Holder, SS, CIN

1

Brandon Nimmo, NYM

9


Erik Gonzalez, SS, PIT

1

Tyler O'Neill, STL

9


MIKE GIANELLA


Corey Dickerson, MIA

9


PLAYER

SALARY

Mauricio Dubon, SF

7


Nolan Arenado, 3B, STL

26

Cristian Pache, ATL

7


Keston Hiura, 2B, MIL

24

Jason Heyward, CHC

7


Eugenio Suarez, 3B, CIN

24

Bryan Reynolds, PIT

6


J.T. Realmuto, C, PHI

21

Alex Dickerson, SF

6


Jeff McNeil, 2B, NYM

18

Shogo Akiyama, CIN

6


Will Smith, C, LAD

16

Sam Hilliard, COL

5


Patrick Corbin, P, WAS

16

David Peralta, ARI

5


Ian Anderson, P, ATL

15

Gregory Polanco, PIT

4


A.J. Pollock, OF, LAD

14

Austin Slater, SF

4


Ha-seong Kim, SS, SD

12

Kevin Pillar, NYM

3


Kole Calhoun, OF, ARI

11

Avisail Garcia, MIL

3


Joey Votto, 1B, CIN

10

Adam Duvall, MIA

3


Brian Anderson, 3B, MIA

10

Harrison Bader, STL

3


Joc Pederson, OF, CHC

9

Tim Locastro, ARI

3


Jon Berti, 2B, MIA

8

Anthony Alford, PIT

2


Drew Pomeranz, P, SD

8

Drew Waters, ATL

2


Devin Williams, P, MIL

8

Ender Inciarte, ATL

1


Sam Hilliard, OF, COL

5

Mallex Smith, NYM

1


Jake Odorizzi, P, FA

1

Jake Marisnick, CHC

1


Steven Brault, P, PIT

1

Jackie Bradley, FA

1


Edward Cabrera, P, MIA

1

Aristides Aquino, CIN

1


Chad Kuhl, P, PIT

1

Monte Harrison, MIA

1


Sean Doolittle, P, CIN

1

Brian Goodwin, PIT

1


MICAH HENRY


Jared Oliva, PIT

1


PLAYER

SALARY

Magneuris Sierra, MIA

1


Fernando Tatis, SS, SD

53

Roman Quinn, PHI

1


Mookie Betts, OF, LAD

50

Lewis Brinson, MIA

1


Christian Yelich, OF, MIL

41

PITCHER



Corbin Burnes, P, MIL

18

PLAYER

SALARY


Kolten Wong, 2B, MIL

16

Jacob deGrom, NYM

48


Mike Soroka, P, ATL

16

Trevor Bauer, LAD

35


Elieser Hernandez, P, MIA

9

Jack Flaherty, STL

32


Luke Weaver, P, ARI

9

Yu Darvish, SD

32


Carter Kieboom, 3B, WAS

8

Brandon Woodruff, MIL

31


Alex Dickerson, OF, SF

6

Walker Buehler, LAD

30


Anthony Bass, P, MIA

6

Max Scherzer, WAS

29


Stefan Crichton, P, ARI

5

Aaron Nola, PHI

28


Spencer Howard, P, PHI

5

Luis Castillo, CIN

28


Wilmer Flores, 2B, SF

4

Zac Gallen, ARI

27


Edwin Rios, 3B, LAD

3

Blake Snell, SD

25


David Bote, 3B, CHC

3

Clayton Kershaw, LAD

25


Michael Lorenzen, P, CIN

2

Carlos Carrasco, NYM

24


Andrew Knizner, C, STL

1

Josh Hader, MIL

22


Austin Romine, C, CHC

1

Chris Paddack, SD

21


Aristides Aquino, OF, CIN

1

Stephen Strasburg, WAS

21


Roman Quinn, OF, PHI

1

Sonny Gray, CIN

20


Daniel Ponce de Leon, P, STL

1

Kyle Hendricks, CHC

20


Kevin Newman, SS, PIT

1

Max Fried, ATL

20


THE ITCH


Zack Wheeler, PHI

19


PLAYER

SALARY

Charlie Morton, ATL

18


Francisco Lindor, SS, NYM

36

Corbin Burnes, MIL

18


Manny Machado, 3B, SD

34

Julio Urias, LAD

17


Bryce Harper, OF, PHI

33

Kenley Jansen, LAD

17


Yu Darvish, P, SD

32

Edwin Diaz, NYM

17


Dominic Smith, 1B, NYM

19

Dinelson Lamet, SD

17


Willson Contreras, C, CHC

16

Kevin Gausman, SF

16


Sixto Sanchez, P, MIA

16

Sixto Sanchez, MIA

16


Sandy Alcantara, P, MIA

15

Pablo Lopez, MIA

16


Nick Senzel, OF, CIN

11

Patrick Corbin, WAS

16


Amir Garrett, P, CIN

11

Brad Hand, WAS

16


Tommy La Stella, 2B, SF

9

Mike Soroka, ATL

16


Archie Bradley, P, PHI

7

Sandy Alcantara, MIA

15


Elias Diaz, C, COL

6

Ian Anderson, ATL

15


Austin Slater, OF, SF

4

Joe Musgrove, SD

15


Brandon Belt, 1B, SF

2

Craig Kimbrel, CHC

14


Tejay Antone, P, CIN

2

Tyler Mahle, CIN

13


Maikel Franco, 3B, FA

1

David Price, LAD

13


Todd Frazier, 3B, PIT

1

Marcus Stroman, NYM

12


Lewis Brinson, OF, MIA

1

Amir Garrett, CIN

11


Reyes Moronta, P, SF

1

Jordan Hicks, STL

11


Scott Oberg, P, COL

1

German Marquez, COL

11


Merrill Kelly, P, ARI

1

Zach Eflin, PHI

11


Jose Garcia, SS, CIN

1

Richard Rodriguez, PIT

10


CHRIS MITCHELL


Drew Smyly, ATL

10


PLAYER

SALARY

Dustin May, LAD

9


Jack Flaherty, P, STL

32

Elieser Hernandez, MIA

9


Zac Gallen, P, ARI

27

Luke Weaver, ARI

9


Javier Baez, SS, CHC

27

Drew Pomeranz, SD

8


Mike Moustakas, 2B, CIN

24

Devin Williams, MIL

8


Anthony Rizzo, 1B, CHC

21

Adbert Alzolay, CHC

7


Kris Bryant, 3B, CHC

20

Archie Bradley, PHI

7


Victor Robles, OF, WAS

20

Will Smith, ATL

7


Kyle Schwarber, OF, WAS

18

Jake McGee, SF

7


Dinelson Lamet, P, SD

17

Anthony DeSclafani, SF

6


Craig Kimbrel, P, CHC

14

Taijuan Walker, NYM

6


Marcus Stroman, P, NYM

12

Anthony Bass, MIA

6


Daulton Varsho, C, ARI

5

Carlos Martinez, STL

5


Omar Narvaez, C, MIL

4

Daniel Bard, COL

5


Tucker Barnhart, C, CIN

4

Zach Davies, CHC

5


Madison Bumgarner, P, ARI

3

Joakim Soria, ARI

5


Noah Syndergaard, P, NYM

3

Caleb Smith, ARI

5


Jon Lester, P, WAS

2

Tony Gonsolin, LAD

5


Orlando Arcia, SS, MIL

2

Stefan Crichton, ARI

5


Daniel Vogelbach, 1B, MIL

1

Spencer Howard, PHI

5


Mallex Smith, OF, NYM

1

Hyun Kwang Kim, STL

4


Monte Harrison, OF, MIA

1

Miles Mikolas, STL

4


Magneuris Sierra, OF, MIA

1

Giovanny Gallegos, STL

4


Dellin Betances, P, NYM

1

Mitch Keller, PIT

4


PHIL PONEBSHEK


Tanner Rainey, WAS

4


PLAYER

SALARY

Alec Mills, CHC

4


Max Scherzer, P, WAS

29

Josh Lindblom, MIL

3


Clayton Kershaw, P, LAD

25

Madison Bumgarner, ARI

3


Charlie Blackmon, OF, COL

23

Chris Martin, ATL

3


Tommy Pham, OF, SD

23

MacKenzie Gore, SD

3


Stephen Strasburg, P, WAS

21

Alex Reyes, STL

3


Eric Hosmer, 1B, SD

18

Hector Neris, PHI

3


Didi Gregorius, SS, PHI

15

Noah Syndergaard, NYM

3


Travis d'Arnaud, C, ATL

13

Trevor Rogers, MIA

3


Lorenzo Cain, OF, MIL

13

Lucas Sims, CIN

3


David Price, P, LAD

13

Jon Lester, WAS

2


Jurickson Profar, OF, SD

12

Yimi Garcia, MIA

2


Richard Rodriguez, P, PIT

10

David Peterson, NYM

2


Brandon Nimmo, OF, NYM

9

Tejay Antone, CIN

2


James McCann, C, NYM

6

Adrian Houser, MIL

2


Anthony DeSclafani, P, SF

6

Michael Lorenzen, CIN

2


Taijuan Walker, P, NYM

6

Matt Moore, PHI

2


Giovanny Gallegos, P, STL

4

Mark Melancon, SD

2


Garrett Cooper, 1B, MIA

3

Reyes Moronta, SF

1


Jesus Aguilar, 1B, MIA

3

Jake Odorizzi, FA

1


Kevin Pillar, OF, NYM

3

Scott Oberg, COL

1


Jonathan Villar, 2B, NYM

2

Brusdar Graterol, LAD

1


Matt Moore, P, PHI

2

Steven Brault, PIT

1


Matt Carpenter, 3B, STL

1

Johnny Cueto, SF

1


SCOTT WHITE


Matt Wisler, SF

1


PLAYER

SALARY

Kyle Wright, ATL

1


Freddie Freeman, 1B, ATL

35

Trevor May, NYM

1


Aaron Nola, P, PHI

28

Edward Cabrera, MIA

1


Carlos Carrasco, P, NYM

24

Chad Kuhl, PIT

1


Max Muncy, 2B, LAD

23

Freddy Peralta, MIL

1


Mike Yastrzemski, OF, SF

21

Merrill Kelly, ARI

1


Tommy Edman, SS, STL

20

Emilio Pagan, SD

1


Zack Wheeler, P, PHI

19

Dellin Betances, NYM

1


Jake Cronenworth, 2B, SD

14

J.T. Brubaker, PIT

1


Tyler Mahle, P, CIN

13

Adam Wainwright, STL

1


Austin Riley, 3B, ATL

12

Sean Doolittle, CIN

1


J.D. Davis, 3B, NYM

11

Eric Lauer, MIL

1


C.J. Cron, 1B, COL

8

Daniel Ponce de Leon, STL

1


Will Smith, P, ATL

7




Daniel Bard, P, COL

5




Tony Gonsolin, P, LAD

5




Nick Ahmed, SS, ARI

4




Jorge Alfaro, C, MIA

3




Adam Duvall, OF, MIA

3




Dee Gordon, 2B, CIN

1




Tyler Stephenson, C, CIN

1




Brian Goodwin, OF, PIT

1




Matt Wisler, P, SF

1




Adam Wainwright, P, STL

1

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Fantasy Baseball Mock Draft: AL-only salary cap draft results in bidding war for aces, stolen bases

Fantasy Baseball Mock Draft: AL-only salary cap draft results in bidding war for aces, stolen bases

See how crazy the bidding gets with the player pool cut in half

 Scott White

By Scott White

15 min read

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It was always going to be a dogfight, our AL-only Rotisserie salary cap draft  -- or what we used to refer to as an auction. When 12 teams are looking to fill 23 roster spots using only half the player pool, things will get gross in a hurry. And those looking to lavish themselves with something truly opulent will end up paying out the nose for it.

I decided it was worth it at starting pitcher. If you think high-end hurlers are in demand in mixed leagues, imagine what it's like in a format where 12 of the top 15 are already removed from the player pool. I ended up shelling out $47 for one of the precious three, Gerrit Cole, and a pick later, Shane Bieber went for $ They ended up being the two costliest players in the entire draft.

The third of the AL ace trio, Lucas Giolito, went for a pretty penny himself, his $36 price tag making him the fifth-costliest player. Where the desperation really kicked in, though, was with Jose Berrios, who also went for $ It's not like he's the clear-cut No. 4 starting pitcher in this format either. He just happened to be nominated at a point when the potentially high-end arms were all but gone.

Stolen bases were the other scarcity that dominated this marketplace. So few players make a reliable contribution to that category anymore, and again, the scarcity becomes all the more pressing when half the player pool is gone. Of course, the most prolific base-stealer of all, Adalberto Mondesi, happens to play in the AL, and he might win a team the category single-handily. I thought his $34 price tag was pretty reasonable considering.

It's not one I was willing to pay after already splurging on Cole, recognizing the need to distribute my remaining dollars more evenly in a league with no waiver wire to speak of. (Studs-and-duds is not the way to go in an AL-only league -- I know this from experience.) Of course, you end up paying for steals one way or another. I ended up dropping $18 on Nick Solak because my options were dwindling and, well, he stole seven bases in the short season last year. (I thought the same amount was too much for Nick Madrigal about 80 picks earlier. Live and learn, I guess.)

Some of the best values included

Some of the worst values included  

Here's who all took part in this one, looking to knock me off my perch as back-to-back champion:

  • Grey Albright, Razzball (@Razzball)
  • B_Don, Razzball (@RazzBDon)
  • Mike Gianella, Baseball Prospectus (@MikeGianella)
  • The Itch, Razzball (@theprospectitch)
  • Al Melchior, The Athletic (@almelchiorBB)  
  • Nick Mimikos, Stack Attack podcast (@NMimi)  
  • Chris Mitchell, FantasyData (@CJMitch73)  
  • Dean Peterson, NFBC
  • Phil Ponebshek, Patton & Company
  • Michael Waterloo, The Athletic (@MichaelWaterloo)  
  • Rhys White, Six Man Rotation (@RhysBWhite)  
  • Scott White, CBS Sports (@CBSScottWhite)

Note: Trevor Rosenthal, Jackie Bradley, Yasiel Puig, Mitch Moreland, Taijuan Walker and Jake Odorizzi were all free agents at the time we completed this salary cap draft, which explains our lowball bids for them. We were all hedging our bets, not wanting to sell out for a player who would be utterly useless to us if he signed with an NL-team.

POSITION BY POSITION



TEAM BY TEAM


CATCHER



GREY ALBRIGHT


PLAYERS

SALARY


PLAYER

SALARY

Yasmani Grandal, CHW

17


Rafael Devers, 3B, BOS

30

Salvador Perez, KC

16


Alex Verdugo, OF, BOS

22

Christian Vazquez, BOS

14


Nick Madrigal, 2B, CHW

18

Gary Sanchez, NYY

12


Miguel Sano, 1B, MIN

17

Sean Murphy, OAK  

11


Ryan Mountcastle, OF, BAL

17

Mitch Garver, MIN  

8


Jorge Polanco, SS, MIN

17

Wilson Ramos, DET  

6


Franmil Reyes, DH, CLE

16

Danny Jansen, TOR  

6


Andrew Heaney, SP, LAA

15

Alejandro Kirk, TOR  

6


David Fletcher, 2B, LAA

14

Tom Murphy, SEA  

5


Dane Dunning, SP, TEX

11

Ryan Jeffers, MIN  

5


Griffin Canning, SP, LAA

11

Sam Huff, TEX  

5


Rafael Montero, RP, SEA

10

Adley Rutschman, BAL  

3


Rowdy Tellez, 1B, TOR

9

Max Stassi, LAA  

3


Nathan Eovaldi, SP, BOS

9

Luis Torrens, SEA  

3


Hunter Renfroe, OF, BOS

9

Kurt Suzuki, LAA  

3


Taylor Rogers, RP, MIN

8

Martin Maldonado, HOU  

3


Myles Straw, OF, HOU

7

Pedro Severino, BAL  

2


Mike Minor, SP, KC

6

Francisco Mejia, TB  

2


Jose Quintana, RP, LAA

4

Jason Castro, HOU  

2


Kurt Suzuki, C, LAA

3

Chance Sisco, BAL  

2


Josh Naylor, OF, CLE

3

Austin Hedges, CLE  

1


Chance Sisco, C, BAL

2

Mike Zunino, TB  

1


Garrett Crochet, RP CHW

2

Roberto Perez, CLE  

1


B_DON


FIRST BASE


PLAYER

SALARY

PLAYERS

SALARY

Mike Trout, OF, LAA

41

Vladimir Guerrero, TOR  

30


Tyler Glasnow, SP, TB

30

Jose Abreu, CHW  

29


J.D. Martinez, DH, BOS

22

Luke Voit, NYY  

27


Eddie Rosario, OF, CLE

21

Matt Olson, OAK  

25


Carlos Correa, SS, HOU

20

Miguel Sano, MIN  

17


Raisel Iglesias, RP, LAA

17

Jared Walsh, LAA  

16


Jarred Kelenic, OF, SEA

17

Hunter Dozier, KC

16


Triston McKenzie. SP, CLE

15

Carlos Santana, KC  

12


Kyle Seager, 3B, SEA

15

Yuli Gurriel, HOU  

12


Amed Rosario, SS, CLE

12

Nate Lowe, TEX  

11


Justus Sheffield, SP, SEA

9

Andrew Vaughn, CHW  

11


Jose Leclerc, RP, TEX

7

Rowdy Tellez, TOR  

9


David Dahl, OF, TEX

6

Jeimer Candelario, DET

8


Domingo German, SP, NYY

6

Renato Nunez, DET

7


Chris Archer, SP, TB

5

Evan White, SEA

6


Ross Stripling, SP, TOR

4

Bobby Dalbec, BOS

3


Luis Torrens, C, SEA

3

Michael Chavis, BOS

2


Jason Castro, C, HOU

2

Mitch Moreland, FA  

1


Zack Britton, RP, NYY

2

Mike Brosseau, TB  

1

Yandy Diaz, 3B, TB

2

SECOND BASE


Kevin Kiermaier, OF, TB

2

PLAYERS

SALARY


Mitch Moreland, 1B, FA

1

DJ LeMahieu, NYY  

32


Hanser Alberto, 2B, KC

1

Whit Merrifield, KC  

28


MIKE GIANELLA


Cavan Biggio, TOR  

24


PLAYER

SALARY

Jose Altuve, HOU  

23


Teoscar Hernandez, OF, TOR

24

Brandon Lowe, TB  

23


Nelson Cruz, DH, MIN

23

Dylan Moore, SEA  

20


Brandon Lowe, 2B, TB

23

Nick Solak, TEX

18


Lourdes Gurriel, OF, TOR

20

Nick Madrigal, CHW  

18


Ramon Laureano, OF, OAK

19

Andres Gimenez, CLE  

16


Michael Brantley, OF, HOU

19

David Fletcher, LAA  

14


Framber Valdez, SP, HOU

18

Ty France, SEA  

10


Gio Urshela, 3B, NYY

16

Jonathan Schoop, DET  

8


Clint Frazier, OF, NYY

15

Enrique Hernandez, BOS  

8


Chris Bassitt, SP, OAK

13

Cesar Hernandez, CLE  

6


Nick Anderson, RP, TB

11

Luis Arraez, MIN  

4


Dallas Keuchel, SP, CHW

9

Joey Wendle, TB  

3


Jeimer Candelario, 1B, DET

8

Marwin Gonzalez, BOS  

3


Chris Sale, SP, BOS

7

Niko Goodrum, DET  

2


Willy Adames, SS, TB

7

Shed Long, SEA

1


Greg Holland, RP, KC

7

Jed Lowrie, OAK

1


Tom Murphy, C, SEA

5

Hanser Alberto, KC

1


Ryan Jeffers, C, MIN

5

Rougned Odor, TEX

1


Andrelton Simmons, SS, MIN

4

Tony Kemp, OAK

1


Bobby Dalbec, 1B, BOS

3

Freddy Galvis, BAL

1


Justin Dunn, SP, SEA

2

THIRD BASE



Kohei Arihara, SP, TEX

1

PLAYERS

SALARY


Chris Flexen, SP, SEA

1

Jose Ramirez, CLE

43


THE ITCH


Alex Bregman, HOU

33


PLAYER

SALARY

Rafael Devers, BOS

30


Shane Bieber, SP, CLE

48

Anthony Rendon, LAA

30


Lucas Giolito, SP, CHW

36

Yoan Moncada, CHW

27


Adalberto Mondesi, SS, KC

34

Matt Chapman, OAK

22


Randy Arozarena, OF, TB

25

Josh Donaldson, MIN

18


Byron Buxton, OF, MIN

19

Gio Urshela, NYY  

16


Christian Vazquez, C, BOS

14

Kyle Seager, SEA

15


Jose Urquidy, SP, HOU

12

Spencer Torkelson, DET

3


Alex Colome, RP, MIN

11

Yoshitomo Tsutsugo, TB

3


Andrew Vaughn, 1B, CHW

11

Yandy Diaz, TB

2


Ty France, 2B, SEA

10

Josh Jung, TEX  

2


Cristian Javier, SP, HOU

9

Abraham Toro-Hernandez, HOU  

1


Mitch Garver, C, MIN

8

Yolmer Sanchez, BAL  

1


Renato Nunez, 1B, DET

7

Rio Ruiz, BAL  

1


Yoshitomo Tsutsugo, 3B, TB

3

Nolan Jones, CLE  

1


Josh Jung, 3B, TEX

2

SHORTSTOP


Logan Gilbert, SP, SEA

2

PLAYERS

SALARY

Stephen Piscotty, OF, OAK

2

Adalberto Mondesi, KC

34


Bryan Garcia, RP, DET

2

Xander Bogaerts, BOS  

33


Khris Davis, DH, TEX

1

Bo Bichette, TOR  

33


Freddy Galvis, 2B, BAL

1

Tim Anderson, CHW  

31


Emmanuel Clase, RP, CLE

1

Gleyber Torres, NYY

26


Julio Rodriguez, OF, SEA

1

Carlos Correa, HOU  

20


Cal Quantrill, RP, CLE

1

Marcus Semien, TOR  

19


AL MELCHIOR


Jorge Polanco, MIN  

17


PLAYER

SALARY

Amed Rosario, CLE

12


Xander Bogaerts, SS, BOS

33

Isiah Kiner-Falefa, TEX  

11


Kenta Maeda, SP, MIN

31

Elvis Andrus, OAK  

9


Jose Abreu, 1B, CHW

29

Wander Franco, TB  

8


Kyle Tucker, OF, HOU

27

Willi Castro, DET  

7


Aaron Judge, OF, NYY

26

Willy Adames, TB  

7


Lance McCullers, SP, HOU

19

J.P. Crawford, SEA

4


Ryan Pressly, RP, HOU

18

Andrelton Simmons, MIN

4


Hunter Dozier, 1B, KC

16

Jose Iglesias, LAA  

1


Ryan Yarbrough, SP, TB

12

Anderson Tejeda, TEX  

1


Aaron Civale, SP, CLE

11

OUTFIELD


Sean Murphy, C, OAK

11

PLAYERS

SALARY

Mitch Haniger, OF, SEA

8

Mike Trout, LAA

41


Luis Arraez, 2B, MIN

4

George Springer, TOR  

33


DJ Stewart, OF, BAL

4

Eloy Jimenez, CHW

32


Max Stassi, C, LAA

3

Luis Robert, CHW  

30


Michael Taylor, OF, KC

1

Kyle Tucker, HOU  

27


Shed Long, 2B, SEA

1

Austin Meadows, TB

26


Jed Lowrie, 2B, OAK

1

Aaron Judge, NYY

26


Nick Pivetta, RP, BOS

1

Randy Arozarena, TB

25


Nick Wittgren, RP, CLE

1

Teoscar Hernandez, TOR

24


Abraham Toro-Hernandez, 3B, HOU

1

Joey Gallo, TEX  

22


Tanner Roark, SP, TOR

1

Alex Verdugo, BOS  

22


Logan Allen, SP, CLE

1

Eddie Rosario, CLE

21


NICK MIMIKOS


Kyle Lewis, SEA  

21


PLAYER

SALARY

Lourdes Gurriel, TOR  

20


DJ LeMahieu, 2B, NYY

32

Anthony Santander, BAL  

19


Lance Lynn, SP, CHW

31

Ramon Laureano, OAK  

19


Tim Anderson, SS, CHW

31

Michael Brantley, HOU

19


Zack Greinke, SP, HOU

26

Byron Buxton, MIN

19


Liam Hendriks, RP, CHW

24

Leody Taveras, TEX  

18


Matt Chapman, 3B, OAK

22

Max Kepler, MIN  

17


Dylan Moore, 2B, SEA

20

Jarred Kelenic, SEA  

17


Marco Gonzales, SP, SEA

18

Ryan Mountcastle, BAL

17


Nate Lowe, 1B, TEX

11

Mark Canha, OAK  

16


Brady Singer, SP, KC

9

Alex Kirilloff, MIN  

15


Manuel Margot, OF, TB

9

Trey Mancini, BAL  

15


Jonathan Schoop, 2B, DET

9

Clint Frazier, NYY  

15


Diego Castillo, RP, TB

4

Austin Hays, BAL

14


Martin Maldonado, C, HOU

3

Andrew Benintendi, KC  

12


Adam Eaton, OF, CHW

3

Aaron Hicks. OF, NYY  

11


Roberto Perez, C, CLE

1

Hunter Renfroe, BOS  

9


Enoli Paredes, RP, HOU

1

Manuel Margot, TB

9


Clarke Schmidt, RP, NYY

1

Oscar Mercado, CLE  

8


Cedric Mullins, OF, BAL

1

Mitch Haniger, SEA  

8


Rio Ruiz, 3B, BAL

1

Robbie Grossman, DET

7


Miguel Andujar, OF, NYY

1

Victor Reyes, DET  

7


Nolan Jones, 3B, CLE

1

Jo Adell, LAA  

7


Matt Manning, SP, DET

1

Myles Straw, HOU  

7


CHRIS MITCHELL


David Dahl, TEX

6


PLAYER

SALARY

Randal Grichuk, TOR  

5


Gleyber Torres, SS, NYY

26

Justin Upton, LAA

5


Cavan Biggio, 2B, TOR

24

Franchy Cordero, BOS  

5


Jose Altuve, 2B, HOU

23

DJ Stewart, BAL  

4


Joey Gallo, OF, TEX

22

Josh Naylor, CLE

3


Jesus Luzardo, SP, OAK

21

Adam Eaton, CHW

3


Kyle Lewis, OF, SEA

21

Jackie Bradley, FA

2


Jorge Soler, DH, KC

16

Kevin Kiermaier, TB

2


Gary Sanchez, C, NYY

12

JaCoby Jones, DET  

2


Sean Manaea, SP, OAK

12

Stephen Piscotty, OAK  

2


Michael Kopech, SP, CHW

11

Jake Cave, MIN  

1


Robbie Ray, SP, TOR

9

Michael Taylor, KC  

1


Wander Franco, SS, TB

8

Yasiel Puig, FA

1


Matt Barnes, RP, BOS

8

Nomar Mazara, DET  

1


Eduardo Rodriguez, SP, BOS

8

Dexter Fowler, LAA  

1


Enrique Hernandez, 2B, BOS

8

Edward Olivares, KC  

1


Jo Adell, OF, LAA

7

Cedric Mullins, BAL  

1


Garrett Richards, SP, BOS

6

Miguel Andujar, NYY

1


Casey Mize, SP, DET

5

Julio Rodriguez, SEA

1


Franchy Cordero, OF, BOS

5

DESIGNATED HITTER


Marwin Gonzalez, 2B, BOS

3

PLAYERS

SALARY

Michael Chavis, 1B, BOS

2

Yordan Alvarez, HOU  

25


Kyle Gibson, SP, TEX

2

Nelson Cruz, MIN  

23


Mike Zunino, C, TB

1

J.D. Martinez, BOS

22


DEAN PETERSON


Giancarlo Stanton, NYY  

16


PLAYER

SALARY

Jorge Soler, KC  

16


Eloy Jimenez, OF, CHW

32

Franmil Reyes, CLE

16


Luis Robert, OF, CHW

30

Shohei Ohtani, LAA  

15


Luke Voit, 1B, NYY

27

Willie Calhoun, TEX  

3


Yoan Moncada, 3B, CHW

27

Khris Davis, TEX

1


Yordan Alvarez, DH, HOU

25

STARTING PITCHER


Marcus Semien, SS, TOR

19

PLAYERS

SALARY

Leody Taveras, OF, TEX

18

Shane Bieber, CLE

48


Salvador Perez, C, KC

16

Gerrit Cole, NYY

47


Kirby Yates, RP, TOR

15

Lucas Giolito, CHW

36


Hunter Harvey, RP, BAL

11

Jose Berrios, MIN

36


Jameson Taillon, SP, NYY

10

Kenta Maeda, MIN

31


Cesar Hernandez, 2B, CLE

6

Lance Lynn, CHW

31


Sam Huff, C, TEX

5

Tyler Glasnow, TB

30


Taijuan Walker, SP, FA

4

Hyun Jin Ryu, TOR

29


Dean Kremer, SP, BAL

3

Zach Plesac, CLE  

26


A.J. Puk, RP, OAK

2

Zack Greinke, HOU  

26


Jonathan Hernandez, RP, TEX

2

Dylan Bundy, LAA  

21


Tanner Houck, SP, BOS

2

Jesus Luzardo, OAK  

21


JaCoby Jones, OF, DET

2

Lance McCullers, HOU

19


Anderson Tejeda, SS, TEX

1

Framber Valdez, HOU

18


Edward Olivares, OF, KC

1

Marco Gonzales, SEA

18


Keegan Akin, SP, BAL

1

James Paxton, SEA  

17


Mike Brosseau, 1B, TB

1

Frankie Montas, OAK

17


PHIL PONEBSHEK


Andrew Heaney, LAA  

15


PLAYER

SALARY

Triston McKenzie. SP, CLE

15


Whit Merrifield, 2B, KC

28

Corey Kluber, NYY  

14


Austin Meadows, OF, TB

26

Chris Bassitt, OAK  

13


Aroldis Chapman, RP, NYY

20

Sean Manaea, OAK

12


Josh Donaldson, 3B, MIN

18

Ryan Yarbrough, TB

12


James Paxton, SP, SEA

17

Jose Urquidy, HOU

12


Giancarlo Stanton, DH, NYY

16

John Means, BAL

11


Jared Walsh, 1B, LAA

16

Aaron Civale, CLE

11


Corey Kluber, SP, NYY

14

Michael Kopech, CHW

11


Austin Hays, OF, BAL

14

Dane Dunning, TEX

11


Andrew Benintendi, OF, KC

12

Griffin Canning, LAA

11


Jake Diekman, RP, OAK

11

Jordan Montgomery, NYY

10


Elvis Andrus, SS, OAK

9

Spencer Turnbull, DET

10


Luis Severino, SP, NYY

8

Jameson Taillon, NYY

10


Victor Reyes, OF, DET

7

Justus Sheffield, SEA

9


Brad Keller, SP, KC

7

Robbie Ray, TOR

9


Wilson Ramos, C, DET

6

Nathan Eovaldi, BOS

9


Dylan Cease, SP, CHW

6

Dallas Keuchel, CHW

9


Randal Grichuk, OF, TOR

5

Michael Pineda, MIN

9


J.A. Happ, SP, MIN

5

Brady Singer, KC

9


Rich Hill, SP, TB

4

Cristian Javier, HOU

9


Adley Rutschman, C, BAL

3

Nate Pearson, TOR

8


Spencer Torkelson, 3B, DET

3

Yusei Kikuchi, SEA

8


Niko Goodrum, 2B, DET

2

Luis Severino, NYY

8


MICHAEL WATERLOO

Eduardo Rodriguez, BOS

8


PLAYER

SALARY

Brad Keller, KC

7


Bo Bichette, SS, TOR

33

Chris Sale, BOS

7


George Springer, OF, TOR

33

Matthew Boyd, DET

7


Anthony Rendon, 3B, LAA

30

Deivi Garcia, NYY

6


Vladimir Guerrero, 1B, TOR

30

Dylan Cease, CHW

6


Hyun Jin Ryu, SP, TOR

29

Domingo German, NYY

6


James Karinchak, RP, CLE

18

Garrett Richards, BOS

6


Mark Canha, OF, OAK

16

Mike Minor, KC

6


Shohei Ohtani, DH, LAA

15

Tarik Skubal, DET

6


Spencer Turnbull, SP, DET

10

J.A. Happ, MIN

5


Michael Pineda, SP, MIN

9

Chris Archer, TB

5


Matthew Boyd, SP, DET

7

Casey Mize, DET

5


Danny Jansen, C, TOR

6

Rich Hill, TB

4


Alejandro Kirk, C, TOR

6

Ross Stripling, TOR

4


Tarik Skubal, SP, DET

6

Taijuan Walker, FA

4


Peter Fairbanks, RP, TB

4

Kris Bubic, KC

3


Yasiel Puig, OF, FA

1

Dean Kremer, BAL

3


Steven Matz, SP, TOR

1

Kyle Gibson, TEX

2


Rougned Odor, 2B, TEX

1

Justin Dunn, SEA

2


Nomar Mazara, OF, DET

1

Tanner Houck, BOS

2


Matt Shoemaker, SP, MIN

1

Logan Gilbert, SEA

2


Dexter Fowler, OF, LAA

1

Jake Odorizzi, FA

1


Tony Kemp, 2B, OAK

1

Danny Duffy, KC

1


Yolmer Sanchez, 3B, BAL

1

Tanner Roark, TOR

1


RHYS WHITE


Logan Allen, CLE

1


PLAYER

SALARY

Kohei Arihara, TEX

1


Jose Ramirez, 3B, CLE

43

Chris Flexen, SEA

1


Jose Berrios, SP, MIN

36

Steven Matz, TOR

1


Matt Olson, 1B, OAK

25

Matt Shoemaker, MIN

1


Anthony Santander, OF, BAL

19

Keegan Akin, BAL

1


Yasmani Grandal, C, CHW

17

Matt Manning, DET

1


Frankie Montas, SP, OAK

17

RELIEF PITCHER



Andres Gimenez, 2B, CLE

16

PLAYERS

SALARY


Alex Kirilloff, OF, MIN

15

Liam Hendriks, CHW

24


Jordan Montgomery, SP, NYY

10

Aroldis Chapman, NYY

20


Nate Pearson, SP, TOR

8

Ryan Pressly, HOU

18


Oscar Mercado, OF, CLE

8

James Karinchak, CLE

18


Yusei Kikuchi, SP, SEA

8

Raisel Iglesias, LAA

17


Robbie Grossman, OF, DET

7

Kirby Yates, TOR

15


Deivi Garcia, SP, NYY

6

Jake Diekman, OAK

11


Evan White, 1B, SEA

6

Nick Anderson, TB

11


Luis Patino, RP, TB

5

Hunter Harvey, BAL

11


J.P. Crawford, SS, SEA

4

Alex Colome, MIN

11


Joey Wendle, 2B, TB

3

Rafael Montero, SEA

10


Kris Bubic, SP, KC

3

Matt Barnes, BOS

8


Jose Iglesias, SS, LAA

1

Taylor Rogers, MIN

8


Austin Hedges, C, CLE

1

Jose Leclerc, TEX

7


Jake Odorizzi, SP, FA

1

Greg Holland, KC

7


Jake Cave, OF, MIN

1

Luis Patino, TB

5


SCOTT WHITE


Jose Quintana, LAA

4


PLAYER

SALARY

Peter Fairbanks, TB

4


Gerrit Cole, SP, NYY

47

Diego Castillo, TB

4


Alex Bregman, 3B, HOU

33

Zack Britton, NYY

2


Zach Plesac, SP, CLE

26

A.J. Puk, OAK

2


Dylan Bundy, SP, LAA

21

Garrett Crochet, CHW

2


Nick Solak, 2B, TEX

18

Jonathan Hernandez, TEX

2


Max Kepler, OF, MIN

17

Bryan Garcia, DET

2


Trey Mancini, OF, BAL

15

Trevor Rosenthal, FA

1


Carlos Santana, 1B, KC

12

Tyler Duffey, MIN

1


Yuli Gurriel, 1B, HOU

12

Jordan Romano, TOR

1


John Means, SP, BAL

11

Josh Staumont, KC

1


Aaron Hicks. OF, NYY

11

Nick Pivetta, BOS

1


Isiah Kiner-Falefa, SS, TEX

11

Nick Wittgren, CLE

1


Willi Castro, SS, DET

7

Enoli Paredes, HOU

1


Justin Upton, OF LAA

5

Clarke Schmidt, NYY

1


Willie Calhoun, DH, TEX

3

Emmanuel Clase, CLE

1


Jackie Bradley, OF, FA

2

Cal Quantrill, CLE

1


Pedro Severino, C, BAL

2




Francisco Mejia, C, TB

2




Trevor Rosenthal, RP, FA

1




Tyler Duffey, RP, MIN

1




Jordan Romano, RP, TOR

1




Josh Staumont, RP, KC

1




Danny Duffy, SP, KC

1

So which Fantasy baseball sleepers should you snatch in your draft? And which undervalued first baseman can help you win a championship? Visit SportsLine now to get Fantasy baseball rankings for every single position, all from the model that called Will Smith's huge breakout last season, and find out.

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Fantasy Basketball Mock Draft - Salary Cap/Auction Points 12 Team

Team Mock Auction Draft ( Fantasy Baseball)

 
Fantasy baseball is a game of numbers and values. The ideal combination of these two can usually be found in auction drafts.

There is a brutal irony here. Because each auction draft is unique from the last, we can&#;t always gauge the premiums and bargains that unfold. Auctions are more about timing and asset allocation than spending the &#;right amount.&#; We will see this in every auction conducted, whether it&#;s real or a mock, but I&#;m always inclined to highlight it.

This leads to the next element always worth repeating: patience. If &#;asset allocation&#; is the key, then saving said assets until the fantasy dollars are &#;worth more&#; is an excellent &#; and usually winning &#; approach. With that said, there are always a few key moves I would like to make prior to an auction, and I&#;ll list them before I begin.

Since I conducted this auction before any spring training games have taken place, I will lean on a slightly more balanced and conservative approach. That will change as I uncover more sleepers, some of whom I&#;ll have no issue overpaying for &#; in the coming weeks.

Prepare for your fantasy baseball draft with our Mock Draft Simulator >>

My Pre-Auction Strategy

  • Pay up for Mike Trout, Ronald Acuna Jr., Jacob deGrom, or Gerrit Cole &#; and preferably in that order.
  • Don&#;t let a solid first baseman go to another team for a bargain, but don&#;t overpay either.
  • Don&#;t pay up for a catcher, and only go above the $2-$3 range if someone is severely under-priced.
  • Possibly overpay for at least one &#;guaranteed&#; closer, but with the knowledge that many closers are in fluid situations.

This team auction lineup is C, 1B, 2B, SS, 3B, 3 OF, Util, 5 SP, 3 RP, 5 BN and was conducted using FantasyPros&#; Auction Simulator.

Results

C &#; Mitch Garver (MIN): $1
I went through a cycle of catchers but, since I had only $1 to bid, I needed to wait until my turn to nominate before finally landing on one. Mitch Garver is the first person on this list, but the last player to join my team. In a perfect world, I would have probably paid a few more dollars for Gary Sanchez &#; he&#;s simply such a bargain at this point &#; but I have no problem adding a catcher one year removed from a home run season at a minimum cost.

1B &#; DJ LeMahieu (NYY): $26
In my Pre-Auction Strategy, I made it a point to target any first baseman that wasn&#;t overly expensive. I tried to land Freddie Freeman, but he quickly moved out of my buying range. When DJ LeMahieu sat at a reasonable price, I made it a point to aggressively bid and add the second player to my roster. In addition to the consistent numbers, he gives me versatility in case I found another bargain at first base.

2B &#; Jeff McNeil (NYM): $12
I just wrote about versatility with LeMahieu, and Jeff McNeil is another poster-child for this type of fantasy asset. He was half the price of LeMahieu and my fourth player added. I simply wasn&#;t letting him go to another team for less than $20, though I admittedly missed a bunch of starting pitchers in the process. Each started to go for too high of a price, and I had already allocated a large chunk of my budget to a certain outfielder. McNeil was well worth the $12 investment.

SS &#; Marcus Semien (TOR): $5
I don&#;t love what happened at shortstop, as I couldn&#;t fill the position with one of my main targets and had to settle for Marcus Semien. Sorry, Marcus. &#;Settle&#; is obviously harsh for someone who finished third in the AL  MVP voting just two years ago. Still, I wanted Gleyber Torres, but I couldn&#;t pay the $20 necessary to acquire him at the time.

3B &#; Yoan Moncada (CHW): $6
Yoan Moncada was one of my main darlings last offseason, as I targeted him in almost every draft (mock or real). I was not necessarily looking for him in this auction, but after letting a decent amount of players go at higher prices, I was prepared to take almost anyone under $8 for my third player. Moncada fit perfectly, so I suddenly had third base filled.

OF &#; Mike Trout (LAA): $67
Now it&#;s time for the big name. Mike Trout was the first person I listed in my Pre-Auction Strategy as a key player to acquire, and I had no problem going into the mid-to-high $60 range for him. Why? Because this is typically how auctions unfold. The first few players always carry a premium, but that premium actually increases as the players in a given &#;tier&#; decrease. The first player nominated was Fernando Tatis, Jr., who went for $ That set the market.

Then came Trout. I knew I&#;d have to clear that number, so I did. What happened next? Ronald Acuna, Jr., arguably the last player in the &#;elite of the elite hitter&#; tier, went for a ridiculous $92! Admittedly, I was fortunate that Trout was nominated before Acuna, but I&#;m also drafting Trout first overall in any format if given the opportunity. His price was never going to be out of my reach.

OF &#; Austin Meadows (TB): $7
Austin Meadows also fell to me because of my budget. After adding Trout, I carefully made sure not to overpay for anyone in any area. I would simply scoop up whichever player saw too strong of a price decrease. Meadows happened to be that player. His lack of power and disastrous batting average in is clearly sinking his stock, but imagine how impressive this outfield would have looked just one offseason ago. There&#;s a clear path to Meadows over-performing this price.

OF &#; Giancarlo Stanton (NYY): $12
I&#;ll be the first to admit that I was avoiding Giancarlo Stanton in , but I am now mildly intrigued as long as the price is low. I can take &#;price&#; literally in an auction, and I had more than enough funds to roll the dice. I&#;ll just have to find a viable backup later.

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UTIL &#; Matt Olson (OAK): $7
I can file Matt Olson in the same category as Meadows. I wasn&#;t necessarily looking for him, but I couldn&#;t let him go to another team at his price. Olson also helps put LeMahieu&#;s aforementioned versatility to good use, as I now have another first baseman who could become a regular starter. The issue is obviously Olson&#;s pitiful batting average, but his power is still there. Any increase in batting average will likely boost him to the point where this $7 bid is a steal.

SP &#; Zac Gallen (ARI): $20
This is where I ran into problems. I always prioritize starting pitching, and I have no problem paying a premium for arms. Unfortunately, because I spent so much money on Trout, and with my insistence that saving now for later would eventually pay off, I let one pitcher after another go to different teams.

The good news is that none of them was a bargain, so my patience would eventually be rewarded. The bad news is Zac Gallen is my ace. Ironically enough, I&#;m not sure you&#;ll find anyone who was more bullish on Gallen in than the author of this column, but this doesn&#;t mean I want him to be my first pitcher added in That is the current problem with this team, but I&#;ll solve it as long as I continue to add solid pitchers at reasonable prices throughout the remainder of this auction.

SP &#; Max Fried (ATL): $8
Max Fried sliding in as my second starting pitcher is a nice example of what can happen when money gets tight for other teams and I can slowly start to pluck the best values. Fried was outstanding last year and is at a prime age to continue improving. Is it likely he bests his ERA from ? No, but all signs point to another solid season without a major drop-off.

SP &#; Dylan Bundy (LAA): $5
Almost immediately after Fried, Dylan Bundy became available at a great price. Another one of my favorite targets, he delivered beautifully to the tune of a ERA. An even better FIP indicates that he might have actually underperformed. I&#;m not asking for him to dominate in , but he was a critical piece to this roster considering my need to find starting pitching value wherever I can.

SP &#; Zach Plesac (CLE): $5
Once again, saving early paid dividends, as I landed another solid upside play in Zach Plesac for $5. Plesac was otherworldly in eight starts last year, striking out 57 batters and allowing 14 earned runs in innings.  He&#;s clearly a candidate for major regression, but this is exactly why he is available for such a low price. Indeed, he&#;s much more likely to decline than improve, but he&#;s now my fourth starting pitcher in a rotation that is slowly growing deeper by the minute.

SP &#; Ian Anderson (ATL): $3
I can essentially copy-and-paste everything I wrote for Plesac and apply it to Ian Anderson. Another regression candidate. Another player more likely to pitch worse in than we saw in And, by virtue of those two points, another bargain, and another depth piece.

RP &#; Aroldis Chapman (NYY): $22
By the time Aroldis Chapman was on-the-board &#; for perspective, he was my ninth player added &#; Josh Hader was the only &#;star&#; closer available. Per my Pre-Auction Strategy, I wanted one of these players, if possible. Money did make it possible. I had more of it than anyone else at the time, so I used it to flex my auction muscles and add Chapman. There was no reason to be cheap.

RP &#; James Karinchak (CLE): $8
I probably could have acquired one more closer before James Karinchak, but I had to prioritize him by the time he was nominated. While there are some rumblings that Karinchak won&#;t actually close in Cleveland, it&#;s early enough in draft season to aggressively buy him for potential alone. He does everything, from carrying a low ERA to striking out batters at an insane rate.

RP &#; Framber Valdez (HOU): $7
I should not have actually placed Framber Valdez in the relief pitcher slot, but I ended up with no other true relievers on my roster. That would change in a real draft, but it doesn&#;t impact my desire to acquire Valdez. He&#;s one of my early sleepers in , even though I know others are pursuing him as well. This is largely because his FIP was nearly three-quarters of a run lower than his ERA. I&#;m sure his stock will rise in the coming weeks &#; possibly to the point where I can no longer pay the asking price &#; but it&#;s low enough now that I wouldn&#;t hesitate before adding.

BN &#; Kris Bryant (3B/OF &#; CHC): $10
I know everything about Kris Bryant carries a negative sentiment right now, but if he will carry the price of a bench player (in an auction or snake draft), I might roster him on every single fantasy team. I&#;m not going to pretend the former NL MVP suddenly forgot how to hit. Bryant batted at least in every MLB season until hitting in 34 games last year, so I will gladly be wrong since he&#;s only costing me a bench spot.

BN &#; Jose Berrios (SP &#; MIN): $20
My &#;Beloved Berrios&#; &#; as I have come to refer to him when seeing his name appear in a draft or auction &#; made it onto my roster as another example of why I love to save money. Paying $20 for one of the last pitchers on my team, initially placed on the bench because of the glut of starters I have, is nothing more than landing a specific target. He had been remarkably consistent for three full years before declining slightly in Overall, he still delivered another solid season, and I have no reason to expect that would provide anything less.

BN &#; Carlos Correa (SS &#; HOU): $5
I wrote about how unhappy I was to draft Semien as my starting shortstop, so I made it a point to also add Carlos Correa later in the auction. He remains laughably undervalued, and like so many others, he won&#;t last long on my roster anyway if he doesn&#;t perform. If he strides toward his former production, he&#;ll easily start over Semien.

BN &#; Daulton Varsho (C/OF &#; ARI): $2
Although I wrote that I needed to fill my catcher position with Garver, I actually already had Daulton Varsho on my roster. Both were targets for my last two spots. I was deciding between a relief pitcher or catcher and miscalculated, going with Varsho by accident. So be it. Mistakes happen. If this was a real league, I would replace either Varsho or Garver with a reliever.

BN &#; Aaron Civale (SP &#; CLE): $2
I actually didn&#;t want another starting pitcher, but I also wanted to spend a maximum of $2 on any player who could easily outperform that price and fill a hole. Because I always feel the need to beef up my pitching depth, Aaron Civale became a worthwhile $2 risk with only three spots left on my roster. He clearly couldn&#;t repeat his ERA performance from , but he allowed three earned runs or fewer in seven of 12 starts last season. I&#;m buying Civale for the possible improvement and cutting bait if those steps aren&#;t taken.

Final Thoughts

I typically experience a roller coaster of emotions during an auction, where I am struggling to gauge if I saved money for too long or if I still need to keep some in my pocket for future bargains. Ultimately, I always end up in the same place: Saving money at any time will help. It did.

Clearly, my roster&#;s biggest question mark is my lack of a true ace, but this is why I spent so many remaining roster spots on high-upside starting pitchers. Anything lost in Gallen&#;s value compared to other aces can be made up by the rest of my rotation. In the end, FantasyPros&#; ranking system actually valued my pitchers higher than my hitters. That&#;s despite paying a hefty price for Trout at the expense of top-flight pitchers.

One final note worth mentioning is that I had the most amount of money for the longest time, and I finally started burning through it by paying for pitchers in bulk. At that point, I also became the first to complete my roster. I didn&#;t mind it, as the point of saving money early is to use it aggressively later, which I believe helped land a strong team.

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