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This is the year I punt on stars and scrubs and load up on the middle tier.

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Auction drafts are complicated. AL-only leagues are complicated. Industry leagues, where the owners all do this all the time, are complicated. An AL-only auction made up of fantasy industry professionals? Good lord, man.

Wednesday was the draft for the CBSSports.com Analysts-Only league on the AL side. Remember those complications from a paragraph ago? Well, this year I came in with a new strategy that was basically "let the draft come to me." Don't overplan, overstrategize. Get in there and see what happens.

(This new laissez-faire strategy has nothing to do with the fact that I worked 30 hours the two days before the draft, and I'm editing a novel, and I'm planning a wedding. Oh no. No sir.)

The end result of the draft, for me, was that I veered from my traditional auction strategy of stars and scrubs. Normally, in an auction, I'll load up on big names, run out of money before just about everyone, and find a host of $1 near the end of the draft. Wednesday, though, I only spent more than $25 on one player (woooooo, Mookie Betts), and had 12 different players between $10 and $25.

By contrast, in last year's league, I took four guys at 25-plus, and only four at $10-25. So it's a variant on my normal strategy. It meant my biggest name is Betts, but it also meant I got Yan Gomes, Byung-Ho Park, Rougned Odor, Mike Moustakas, Starlin Castro, Chris Dickerson, Kole Calhoun, Danny Salazar, Ken Giles, Marcus Stroman, Yu Darvish and Shawn Tolleson.

It's a change. The problem with this strategy is I only have one guy I'm positive on, in Betts. If I'm wrong on two or three of the mid-priced guys, things fall apart in a hurry. On the flip side, I don't need any one or two players to absolutely dominate. It's a mixed bag.

Like I said, this league is made up of industry guys, big names. I'm ... I'm the smallest name, right? I'm probably the smallest name:

  • Scott White, CBS Sports
  • Keith Cromer, Patton & Co.
  • Tim McLeod, Patton & Co.
  • Daniel Kelley, Fake Teams
  • Paul Sporer, FanGraphs
  • Andrew Fiorentino, Rotowire
  • Daniel Finch, Mastersball
  • Rudy Gamble, Razzball
  • Dean Peterson, Stats LLC
  • Al Melchior, CBS Sports
  • Heath Cummings, CBS Sports
  • Clay Link, Rotowire

I'm happy with my roster. It should contend. Below, you'll find the whole list, all 12 teams, with salaries included. Chime in. Will I win?

Team Patton & Co

Fake Teams
Owner Keith Cromer

Daniel Kelley
C Dioner Navarro 2
Yan Gomes 10
C Jason Castro 4
Chris Iannetta 1
1B Miguel Cabrera 38
Byung-Ho Park 16
2B Ian Kinsley 17
Rougned Odor 23
3B Chase Headley 8
Mike Moustakas 17
SS Troy Tulowitzki 28
Starlin Castro 13
MI Jose Iglesias 5
J.J. Hardy 1
CI Evan Longoria 15
Jon Singleton 1
OF Lorenzo Cain 25
Mookie Betts 39
OF Leonys Martin 11
Chris Dickerson 17
OF Rajai Davis 7
Kole Calhoun 18
OF Eddie Rosario 8
Anthony Gose 6
OF Avisail Garcia 6
Dustin Ackley 1
DH Evan Gattis 12
Adam LaRoche 2
P Jordan Zimmermann 19
Danny Salazar 25
P Doug Fister 6
Ken Giles 20
P Chris Tillman 7
Marcus Stroman 18
P Glen Perkins 14
Yu Darvish 10
P Ian Kennedy 9
Shawn Tolleson 13
P Phil Hughes 3
Nathan Eovaldi 6
P Jesse Hahn 3
Carson Smith 1
P Hector Santiago 3
Matt Shoemaker 1
P R.A. Dickey 3
Chi-Chi Gonzalez 1
Res Michael Saunders

Logan Morrison
Res Billy Butler

Justin Ruggiano
Res Tom Wilhelmsen

Vidal Nuno
Res Jarrod Parker

Justin Smoak
Res Joe Smith

Ryan Flaherty
Res John Axford

Mike Zunino
Res Craig Gentry

A.J. Griffin






Team CBSSports.com

Mastersball
Owner Heath Cummings

Daniel Finch
C Stephen Vogt 14
Robinson Chirinos 8
C Roberto Perez 1
Alex Avila 3
1B Mark Teixeira 10
Mike Napoli 7
2B Brian Dozier 25
Jason Kipnis 17
3B Tyler Saladino 1
Josh Donaldson 42
SS Danny Santana 1
Didi Gregorius 7
MI Jimmy Rollins 1
Jurickson Profar 5
CI Mike Olt 1
Luis Valbuena 4
OF Chris Davis 29
Shin-Soo Choo 20
OF Jarrod Dyson 9

Jacoby Ellsbury 23
OF Alex Gordon 15
Jackie Bradley Jr. 9
OF Steven Souza 12
Dexter Fowler 17
OF Seth Smith 1
Josh Hamilton 2
DH Will Venable 1
David Freese 1
P David Price 32
Chris Archer 27
P Wade Davis 24
Sonny Gray 22
P Corey Kluber 30
Roberto Osuna 8
P Hisashi Iwakuma 15
Ervin Santana 4
P Luis Severino 13
Steve Cishek 11
P Michael Pineda 0
Anibal Sanchez 5
P Collin McHugh 14
Matt Moore 8
P Colby Lewis 1
Jered Weaver 2
P CC Sabathia 1
Mike Fiers 4
Res Omar Infante

Miguel Gonzalez
Res Lewis Brinson

Jesus Montero
Res Rob Refsnyder

Felix Doubront
Res Joakim Soria

Alfredo Simon
Res David Murphy

Erik Gonzalez
Res Matt Boyd

Chris Gimenez
Res Mike Pelfrey

Ricky Nolasco






Team Razzball

Rotowire.com
Owner Rudy Gamble

Clay Link
C James McCann 6
Blake Swihart 13
C John Ryan Murphy 2
Josh Phegley 1
1B Jose Abreu 30
Adam Lind 10
2B Johnny Giavotella 1
Ryan Goins 1
3B Kyle Seager 19
Adrian Beltre 22
SS Francisco Lindor 22
Elvis Andrus 15
MI Christian Colon 2
Andrelton Simmons 7
CI Albert Pujols 17
Nick Castellanos 14
OF Kevin Pillar 19
Carlos Gomez 24
OF Hanley Ramirez 19
Chris Colabello 5
OF Josh Reddick 16
Max Kepler 7
OF Austin Jackson 2
Colby Rasmus 7
OF Mark Canha 3
Desmond Jennings 8
DH Victor Martinez 9
Miguel Sano 29
P Taijuan Walker 20
Felix Hernandez 28
P Carlos Carrasco 28
Chris Sale 34
P Clay Buchholz 11
Edinson Volquez 6
P Trevor Bauer 10
Erasmo Ramirez 7
P Nate Karns 5
Eduardo Rodriguez 7
P Drew Storen 14
Jose Berrios 6
P Wade Miley 2
Josh Tomlin 3
P Ubaldo Jimenez 2
Kris Medlen 4
P James Paxton 1
Darren O'Day 2
Res Franklin Gutierrez

Alex Colome
Res Daniel Nava

Liam Hendriks
Res Ivan Nova

Sam Dyson
Res Tommy Milone

Chad Pinder
Res Bryan Shaw

Zach McAllister
Res Kelvin Herrera

Jarrod Saltalamacchia
Res T.J. House

Joey Butler






Team CBSSports.com

Stats LLC
Owner Scott White

Dean Peterson
C Hank Conger 1
Salvador Perez 18
C Geovany Soto 1
Carlos Perez 4
1B Mark Trumbo 12
Mitch Moreland 11
2B Jose Altuve 39
Jonathan Schoop 16
3B Danny Valencia 12
Todd Frazier 29
SS Eduardo Escobar 5
Brad Miller 6
MI Ian Desmond 1
Brett Lawrie 14
CI Logan Forsythe 13
Jed Lowrie 6
OF Nelson Cruz 27
George Springer 32
OF Adam Jones 25
Justin Upton 31
OF Khris Davis 13
Michael Brantley 17
OF Billy Burns 17
Bradley Zimmer 2
OF Steve Pearce 3
Jake Marisnick 1
DH Alex Rodriguez 9
Kendrys Morales 8
P Masahiro Tanaka 16
Huston Street 16
P Rich Hill 8
Brad Boxberger 18
P David Robertson 18
Andrew Heaney 9
P Carlos Rodon 16
Kevin Gausman 7
P Drew Smyly 11
Kyle Gibson 6
P Yovani Gallardo 2
Martin Perez 3
P J.A. Happp 7
Joe Kelly 1
P Kenley Jansen 1
Keone Kela 2
P Chris Bassitt 1
Aaron Sanchez 3
Res Travis Shaw

Ryan Rua
Res Preston Tucker

Paulo Orlando
Res James Loney

Giovani Urshela
Res Trey Mancini

Henderson Alvarez
Res Raul Mondesi

Richie Shaffer
Res Yoan Moncada

John Danks
Res Justin Morneau

Todd Cunningham






Team CBSSports.com

FanGraphs
Owner Al Melchior

Paul Sporer
C Brian McCann 20
Matt Wieters 13
C Curt Casali 4
Christian Vazquez 1
1B Edwin Encarnacnion 28
Eric Hosmer 24
2B Devon Travis 10
Dustin Pedroia 16
3B Marwin Gonzalez 1
Pablo Sandoval 11
SS Alcides Escobar 11
Xander Bogaerts 28
MI Jose Ramirez 3
Tim Anderson 1
CI Lonnie Chisenhall 1
C.J. Cron 14
OF Jose Bautista 34
Kevin Kiermaier 13
OF Carlos Beltran 7
J.D. Martinez 29
OF Cameron Maybin 9
Adam Eaton 18
OF Delino DeShields 13
Norichika Aoki 11
OF Abraham Almonte 1
Aaron Hicks 8
DH David Ortiz 20
Pedro Alvarez 1
P Justin Verlander 18
Garrett Richards 20
P Cole Hamels 23
Zach Britton 21
P Yordano Ventura 15
Jake Odorizzi 14
P Sean Doolittle 14
Dellin Betances 9
P Francisco Rodriguez 15
Nate Jones 1
P Rick Porcello 7
Drew Hutchison 3
P Mat Latos 4
Tyler Skaggs 1
P Luke Gregerson 1
Henry Owens 2
P Chris Young 1
Danny Duffy 1
Res Trevor May

Kyle Zimmer
Res Sean Manaea

Shane Greene
Res Coco Crisp

Brandon Guyer
Res Juan Uribe

Tim Beckham
Res Carlos Sanchez

Oswaldo Arcia
Res Michael Feliz

Max Stassi
Res Joey Wendle

Shawn Armstrong






Team Rotowire.com

Patton & Co
Owner Andrew Fiorentino

Tim McLeod
C Gaby Sanchez 6
Russell Martin 14
C Caleb Joseph 1
Kurt Suzuki 2
1B Joe Mauer 6
Carlos Santana 16
2B Robinson Cano 24
Brock Holt 3
3B Manny Machado 36
Trevor Plouffe 8
SS Ketel Marte 18
Carlos Correa 40
MI Tony Kemp 1
Marcus Semien 13
CI Yunel Escobar 6
Yonder Alonso 2
OF Mike Trout 49
Brett Gardner 19
OF Byron Buxton 17
Hyun Soo Kim 11
OF Mikie Mahtook 1
Rusney Castillo 10
OF Joey Gallo 3
Melky Cabrera 9
OF Nomar Mazara 1
Dalton Pompey 5
DH Prince Fielder 25
A.J. Reed 4
P Cody Allen 18
Craig Kimbrel 24
P Aroldis Chapman 21
Dallas Keuchel 26
P Daniel Norris 8
Lance McCullers 16
P Andrew Miller 9
Jose Quintana 12
P Joaquin Benoit 4
Tyler Duffey 4
P Alex Cobb 3
Derek Holland 8
P Jesse Chavez 1
Marco Estrada 4
P Michael Fulmer 1
Ryan Madson 3
P C.J. Wilson 1
Blake Snell 6
Res Aaron Jodge

Dae Ho Lee
Res Mark Lowe

Nick Tropeano
Res Mark Buehrle

Chris Young
Res Kendall Graveman

Koji Uehara
Res Mike Minor

Jorge Polanco
Res Erik Johnson

Dylan Bundy
Res Brian Johnson

Brett Cecil