Every auction is going to look a little different from the last, and single-league formats may have even more fluctuation -- bidders may be timid or overzealous at first, scarcity (magnified in the single-league format) may drive up the price of a middling outfielder, players who should have gone for $8 may go for $2 because they slipped through the cracks. So, while the dollar values paid in our Feb. 20 NL-only Expert Rotisserie League Auction are very solid guides for your own NL-only auctions, don't view the numbers as strict limitations. Things will change over the next month-and-a-half, and unique scenarios in each auction could cause minor blips.
Additionally, some fairly big-name free agents are still unsigned. And we have a standing rule in the single-league formats -- if you want to spend the money on a player here, go ahead. But if he signs with a team in the other league, you lose him. As of now, Kendrys Morales (to use an example) could sign with the Mets, Orioles, Mariners or some other mystery team. His value is going to be depressed in this format until he signs with a team -- at which point it will probably go up by about $15 (if he goes to the NL), or he'll be out of the player pool (if he signs in the AL).
These values are obviously helpful for Fantasy owners who play in an auction format, but they can also give a good sense of where players are valued for owners who build teams through a draft. Just copy and paste the dollar values, sort from highest to lowest, and you have a vague set of rankings, compiled by some of the best minds in the industry. Just to kick that off, the top 10 players, ranked by dollar value in this auction:
Paul Goldschmidt ($41)
Andrew McCutchen ($40)
Clayton Kershaw ($37)
Carlos Gonzalez ($36)
Hanley Ramirez ($34)
Bryce Harper ($34)
Joey Votto ($34)
Troy Tulowitzki ($32)
David Wright ($32)
Carlos Gomez/Freddie Freeman ($32)
Some other stray observations from our auction:
• The magic number for closers in this auction was $16. Steve Cishek, Addison Reed, Jason Grilli and Jonathan Papelbon all fetched that price. Kimbrel was the most expensive closer, with Aroldis Chapman coming in second, at $23.
• The Phillies roster is full of could-go-either-way Fantasy assets. Ben Revere and Ryan Howard both went for $15, Jimmy Rollins went for $10 and Carlos Ruiz went for $9. Maikel Franco cost $6, while Cody Asche sold for $8.
1. Grey Albright/Rudy Gamble, Razzball.com
2. Ryan Carey, Mastersball.com
3. Keith Cromer, Patton & Co
4. Nando Di Fino, CBSSports.com
5. Andrew Fiorentino, Rotowire.com
6. Mike Gianella, Baseball Prospectus
7. Daniel Kelley, FakeTeams.com
8. Mike Kuchera, FanDuel.com
9. Christopher Kreush, Mastersball.com
10. Al Melchior, CBSSports.com
11. Philip Ponebshek, Patton & Co
12. Scott White, CBSSports.com