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LABR NL-Only Experts League Auction Analysis

Ray provides some early analysis of the 2015 LABR NL-only league auction draft.

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The League of Alternative Baseball Reality held their 2015 auctions this weekend in Phoenix, Arizona. Last night, they held the AL-only auction, and tonight is the NL-only auction beginning around 7pm EST.

You can find a link to the live auction results below

2015 LABR NL-only auction

The Participants

Steve Moyer, Inside Edge

Derek Carty, Fantasy insiders

Steve Gardner, USA Today Fantasy

GlennColton/Rick Wolfe, Colton and the Wolfman SiriusXM Fantasy

Lenny Melnick, Rotoexperts

Greg Ambrosius/Shawn Childs, NFBC/STATS Inc.

Bob Radomski, Sandlot Shrink

Doug Dennis, Baseball HQ

Lawr Michaels, Mastersball

Eric Karabell, ESPN Fantasy

Derek Van Riper, Rotowire

Dalton Del Don, Yahoo Sports

List of $30 Hitters

Player

Bid

Andrew McCutchen

$39

Paul Goldschmidt

$38

Giancarlo Stanton

$36

Carlos Gomez

$32

Starling Marte

$32

Anthony Rendon

$31

Ryan Braun

$30

Anthony Rizzo

$30

Freddie Freeman

$30

Yasiel Puig

$30

Marte, Puig and Freeman are the thee guys who I don't think belong in this list with the other stud hitters. Freeman might lead the NL in walks this year with that lineup around him. While I like Marte, and he is getting better at the plate, I wouldn't pay $32 for him. I imagine he will be cheaper at the Tout Wars NL only draft that I will be participating in.

List of $20 Pitchers

Player

Bid

Clayton Kershaw

$40

Max Scherzer

$32

Stephen Strasburg

$27

Madison Bumgarner

$24

Matt Harvey

$24

Jordan Zimmermann

$23

Aroldis Chapman

$21

Zack Greinke

$21

Cole Hamels

$21

Craig Kimbrel

$20

Johnny Cueto

$20

No real surprises with the pitchers that went for $20 or more, but a few that I thought would go for $20+ are Adam Wainwright ($19) and Gerrit Cole ($18)

Other Notables

Player

Bid

Bryce Harper

$28

Troy Tulowitzki

$28

Billy Hamilton

$27

Dee Gordon

$26

Corey Dickerson

$25

Kolten Wong

$25

Marcell Ozuna

$25

Gregory Polanco

$24

Carlos Gonzalez

$23

Joey Votto

$23

David Wright

$22

Josh Harrison

$22

Hunter Pence

$17

Joc Pederson

$17

Kris Bryant

$16

Yasmany Tomas

$16

Javier Baez

$11

The hype has worn off Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper as he went for less than $30 for the first time since he was called up to the big leagues. I am shocked at the prices for Wong and Ozuna here, but I own them in one of my NL keeper leagues, so hopefully they can earn that salary this season.

I think Votto at $23 could be one of the steals of the draft if he is healthy all season. The same goes for Tulowitzki and Gonzalez.

Best Buys

Matt Kemp at $23 and Nolan Arenado for $24, both the Doug Dennis at Baseball HQ

Jorge Soler for $19 to Dalton Del Don from Yahoo Sports

Kenley Jansen for $12 to Steve Moyer from Insiders Edge

James Shields for $15 to Steve Gardner from USA Today Sports.

Worst Buys

Jean Segura for $25 to Lenny Melnick from RotoExperts

Freddie Freeman for $30 to Bob Radomski at Sandlot Shrink

Kolten Wong for $25 to Lawr Michaels from Mastersball

Starling Marte for $32 to Colton and the WolfmaN

Yasiel Puig for $30 to Derek Van Riper from Rotowire

I love Puig, but that is too much to spend on Puig. I prefer Justin Upton at $27, Ryan Braun at $30 and Matt Kemp at $23.