Fantasy Baseball 2013: Auction Cheat Sheet

Spend dem ducats wisely
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People prepare for auctions in a variety of ways… most of them terrible. This method, however, guarantees that you will accomplish the following:


1) Force your league-mates to spend big money on players you have no interest in (thus making them less likely to throw serious dollars at the players you really want)


2) Ensure that you fill your roster with either A) quality players you are willing to spend market-value on, or B) cheaper alternatives that you are comfortable taking a chance on (aka, sleepers)


Keep in mind that this auction cheat sheet is based on a mixed-league of about 15-16 teams, so if you play with different settings, you'll want to tweak this sheet to your liking. 


Greatness ensues after the jump:


Overhyped and Overrated

The players here are too pricey and I have no interest whatsoever in them. However, your opponents will pay good money for these dudes, so when it's time to nominate a player, choose from this list. This way, you'll get your league-mates to shed dough on options that are of no interest to you. Then, when a player you actually want is put on the block, it increases your odds of getting them as your league-mates might be more impoverished. Players in bold are guys you should try nominating as early as possible.



Yadier Molina 

Buster Posey

Miguel Montero


First Base

Adrian Gonzalez

Anthony Rizzo

Billy Butler

Freddie Freeman

Paul Konerko

Eric Hosmer

Kendry Morales

Justin Morneau


Second Base

Jason Kipnis

Ian Kinsler

Danny Espinosa



Hanley Ramirez

Jose Reyes

Ian Desmond

Danny Espinosa

Alcides Escobar

Andrelton Simmons


Third Base

David Wright

Ryan Zimmerman

Kyle Seager

Mike Moustakas

Wil Middlebrooks

David Freese



Ryan Braun

Matt Kemp

Carlos Gonzalez

Adam Jones

Yoenis Cespedes

Matt Holliday

Michael Bourn

Melky Cabrera

Nelson Cruz

Hunter Pence

Angel Pagan

Torii Hunter

Jayson Werth

Ryan Ludwick

Andre Ethier

Ben Revere


Starting Pitcher

Jered Weaver

Matt Cain

Chris Sale

Jordan Zimmermann

Dan Haren

Jonathon Niese

C.J. Wilson

Josh Johnson

Homer Bailey

Tim Hudson

Jake Peavy

Wade Miley


Relief Pitcher

Tom Wilhelmsen

Sergio Romo

Chris Perez

Grant Balfour

Rafael Betancourt

Steve Cishek

Jonathan Broxton

Brandon League


Willing To Spend

These options won't be cheap, but they are worth the price, so don't be afraid to pull the trigger. Players in bold are guys you should really go hard after (even if it means spending a couple extra bucks above market value).



Victor Martinez

A.J. Pierzynski


First Base

Edwin Encarnacion

Paul Goldschmidt

Mark Trumbo

Ike Davis

David Ortiz

Lance Berkman

Adam Dunn


Second Base

Robinson Cano

Aaron Hill

Ben Zobrist

Dan Uggla

Josh Rutledge



Ben Zobrist

Starlin Castro

Erick Aybar

Josh Rutledge


Third Base

Evan Longoria

Mark Trumbo

Pedro Alvarez

Todd Frazier

Kevin Youkilis



Jose Bautista

Giancarlo Stanton

Shin-Soo Choo

Austin Jackson

Josh Reddick

Starling Marte

Ichiro Suzuki

Brett Gardner


Starting Pitcher

Yu Darvish

Adam Wainwright

R.A. Dickey

Max Scherzer

Zack Greinke

Matt Moore

Jeff Samardzija

Jon Lester

Tim Lincecum

Matt Garza


Relief Pitcher

Mariano Rivera

Greg Holland

Jason Grilli

Addison Reed

Huston Street

Ernesto Frieri

Bruce Rondon


Cheap Eats

Everyone needs a cheap-ass option in case the players they really want become unattainable. The players in bold (and there aren't many of them) are dudes I would be willing to spend a couple extra bones on (pause).



Chris Iannetta

Derek Norris

Jason Castro

Erik Kratz

Evan Gattis


First Base

Chris Carter

Tyler Moore

Mitch Moreland

Carlos Pena

Adam Lind

Matt Adams


Second Base

Jedd Gyorko

Brian Roberts



Jean Segura

Hiroyuki Nakajima

Pedro Ciriaco


Third Base

Trevor Plouffe

Juan Francisco

Ian Stewart



Juan Pierre

Drew Stubbs

Colby Rasmus

Leonys Martin

Chris Young

Nate McLouth

Darin Mastroianni

Fernando Martinez

Oscar Taveras (stash)


Starting Pitcher

Andrew Cashner

Jaime Garcia

Marco Estrada

Jacob Turner

Jason Hammel

Gerrit Cole

James McDonald


Relief Pitcher

Bobby Parnell

Jose Veras

Carlos Marmol

Sergio Santos

Frank Francisco


About Starbonell

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