Average Auction Values Report: March 12, 2008

We are now about two weeks from the first regular season pitch in Tokyo, and three weeks from the grand opening day of Baseball in America. Here for your auction-prep enjoyment is the most up-to-date Average Auction Values (AAV), taken from auctions hosted on both FantasyAuctioneer.com and CBSSports.com so far this spring. (Auctions with too many computer players in FantasyAuctioneer mock auctions were removed.) These "market values" for players give us a good idea of how the general public is spending their Fantasy salary cap this season, what players are franchise types, and who are lesser-valued role players or fliers.

It's important to come up with your own values for players and decide who you think is too high or too low on this list. Your strategy should now be coming together, and whether you're in a keeper auction league or starting with fresh rosters, it is absolutely necessary to know what the public is thinking before your auction date. Your league will definitely spend a bit differently, but this list will put your own thoughts on players in perspective. Take a look and you will see a few of your own "sleepers" at good value, who might just bring you Fantasy gold in 2008!

These are the top 300 AAV's for a 12-team, mixed league, 5x5 Rotisserie format, with 23-man starting rosters and a $260 salary cap. Anyone not on this list is basically a $1 player. I've pulled out my own potential "sleepers" at each position to give you an example of value to look for.

Potential Sleepers:

Catcher: Geovany Soto , CHC ($3.90) -- Just look at his numbers last year between the minors and the Cubbies. Project for 130 games at catcher, and in the Cubs' (again improved) batting order. Sure, the young man might bust, but at a shallow position he's worth a low-ball flier.

First base: James Loney , LAD ($10.90) -- Hard to find value at this position, where people overspend for power. Loney is another young guy with good job security and major upside.

Second base: Dan Uggla , FLA ($4.40) -- All he has done in his first two years is average 109 R, 29 HR, 89 RBI, 4 SB, .264 AVG -- so what if Miguel Cabrera is gone, Uggla for four bucks at 2B ... he's money, baby!

Third base: Kevin Kouzmanoff , SD ($2.60) -- Many would go with Evan Longoria ($4) or maybe Ryan Zimmerman ($12), but these are my sleepers and I like the big KOUZ to break out big for the Padres in '08. Even if he busts, we are only talking about a couple of bucks here. Get somebody else as insurance and you'll still have more money to spend on other positions

Shortstop: Rafael Furcal , LAD ($10.20) -- This guy used to go for $20-25 easily, before Rollins/Reyes/Ramirez started threatening the 40/40 club annually. With Joe Torre at the helm, Raffy should be a happy camper and a solid hitter and basestealer this season.

Outfielder: Jason Bay , PIT ($9.60) -- Maybe it's just my Canadian roots, but there is no way Jason Bay has gone from a $30 player to $10 mediocrity because of one down season. Another value pick with Canadian ties would be Toronto's Vernon Wells at just $7.60 -- both of these guys were considered studs in last year's auctions.

Designated hitter: Travis Hafner , CLE ($12.10) -- He's no Big Papi, but the people of Cleveland believe the power of Pronk will return. Hopefully last year was the old exception, and not the new rule, for Hafner.

Pitcher: Carlos Zambrano , CHC ($11.90) -- Could have gone with a starter or a closer, but starters tend to be more stable. At around twelve bucks, Zambrano will probably compete for the Cy Young this year. Experts say his numbers are trending down, but I say never doubt the fiery fireballer!

Catchers
OVERALL POS. RANK NAME TEAM POS AAV
29 1 Victor Martinez CLE C $26.20
32 2 Russell Martin LAD C $25.40
42 3 Jorge Posada NYY C $23.00
79 4 Joe Mauer MIN C $15.80
93 5 Brian McCann ATL C $13.00
133 6 Kenji Johjima SEA C $8.20
138 7 Bengie Molina SFG C $7.80
158 8 Ivan Rodriguez DET C $6.30
182 9 Jason Varitek BOS C $4.10
186 10 Geovany Soto CHC C $3.90
191 11 Jarrod Saltalamacchia TEX C $3.70
192 12 Miguel Olivo KCR C $3.70
222 13 Mike Napoli LAA C $2.40
223 14 J.R. Towles HOU C $2.30
225 15 Dioner Navarro TAM C $2.30
258 16 Ramon Hernandez BAL C $1.70
276 17 Paul Lo Duca WAS C $1.50
283 18 Chris Iannetta COL C $1.50
First Basemen
OVERALL POS. RANK NAME TEAM POS AAV
8 1 Albert Pujols STL 1B $37.80
11 2 Ryan Howard PHI 1B $37.20
12 3 Prince Fielder MIL 1B $35.50
24 4 Mark Teixeira ATL 1B $27.80
55 5 Derrek Lee CHC 1B $19.60
56 6 Justin Morneau MIN 1B $19.60
70 7 Carlos Pena TAM 1B $17.20
89 8 Adrian Gonzalez SDP 1B $13.70
90 9 Todd Helton COL 1B $13.50
113 10 James Loney LAD 1B $10.90
165 11 Kevin Youkilis BOS 1B $5.20
167 12 Paul Konerko CHW 1B $5.00
172 13 Dmitri Young WAS 1B $4.60
180 14 Carlos Delgado NYM 1B $4.30
197 15 Ryan Garko CLE 1B $3.40
259 16 Adam LaRoche PIT 1B $1.70
271 17 Joey Votto CIN 1B $1.60
Second Basemen
OVERALL POS. RANK NAME TEAM POS AAV
10 1 Chase Utley PHI 2B $37.30
27 2 Brandon Phillips CIN 2B $26.40
37 3 Melvin Upton TAM 2B $24.20
52 4 Brian Roberts BAL 2B $19.90
72 5 Robinson Cano NYY 2B $17.00
111 6 Ian Kinsler TEX 2B $11.10
115 7 Marcus Giles COL 2B $10.60
139 8 Jeff Kent LAD 2B $7.70
154 9 Placido Polanco DET 2B $6.50
157 10 Dustin Pedroia BOS 2B $6.30
168 11 Rickie Weeks MIL 2B $5.00
175 12 Dan Uggla FLA 2B $4.40
188 13 Howie Kendrick LAA 2B $3.90
204 14 Freddy Sanchez PIT 2B $3.00
213 15 Aaron Hill TOR 2B $2.70
226 16 Kelly Johnson ATL 2B $2.20
257 17 Luis Castillo NYM 2B $1.70
269 18 Ray Durham SFG 2B $1.60
296 19 Kazuo Matsui HOU 2B $1.40
298 20 Ty Wigginton HOU 2B $1.40
Third Basemen
OVERALL POS. RANK NAME TEAM POS AAV
1 1 Alex Rodriguez NYY 3B $48.20
2 2 David Wright NYM 3B $42.80
6 3 Miguel Cabrera DET 3B $38.80
13 4 Ryan Braun MIL 3B $35.30
25 5 Chone Figgins LAA 3B $27.70
39 6 Chipper Jones ATL 3B $23.70
41 7 Aramis Ramirez CHC 3B $23.50
49 8 Garrett Atkins COL 3B $21.00
73 9 Adrian Beltre SEA 3B $16.80
80 10 Mike Lowell BOS 3B $15.40
92 11 Ryan Zimmerman WAS 3B $13.00
121 12 Edwin Encarnacion CIN 3B $9.60
155 13 Alex Gordon KCR 3B $6.30
164 14 Hank Blalock TEX 3B $5.20
169 15 Pedro Feliz PHI 3B $4.90
185 16 Evan Longoria TAM 3B $4.00
209 17 Akinori Iwamura TAM 3B $2.80
216 18 Kevin Kouzmanoff SDP 3B $2.60
224 19 Melvin Mora BAL 3B $2.30
242 20 Ian Stewart COL 3B $2.00
248 21 Josh Fields CHW 3B $1.90
255 22 Troy Glaus STL 3B $1.70
256 23 Scott Rolen TOR 3B $1.70
274 24 Casey Blake CLE 3B $1.50
282 25 Chase Headley SDP 3B $1.50
287 26 Dallas McPherson FLA 3B $1.50
Shortstops
OVERALL POS. RANK NAME TEAM POS AAV
3 1 Jose Reyes NYM SS $42.40
4 2 Hanley Ramirez FLA SS $41.50
7 3 Jimmy Rollins PHI SS $38.10
45 4 Derek Jeter NYY SS $21.60
53 5 Troy Tulowitzki COL SS $19.90
64 6 Carlos Guillen DET SS $18.40
69 7 Michael Young TEX SS $17.20
84 8 Miguel Tejada HOU SS $14.30
108 9 Edgar Renteria DET SS $11.60
109 10 Orlando Cabrera CHW SS $11.40
135 11 Rafael Furcal LAD SS $10.20
146 12 J.J. Hardy MIL SS $8.10
178 13 David Eckstein TOR SS $4.30
201 14 Mark Reynolds ARI SS $3.20
203 15 Khalil Greene SDP SS $3.20
230 16 Jhonny Peralta CLE SS $2.10
243 17 Ryan Theriot CHC SS $2.00
267 18 Stephen Drew ARI SS $1.70
268 19 Yunel Escobar ATL SS $1.60
294 20 Julio Lugo BOS SS $1.40
299 21 Erick Aybar LAA SS $1.40
Outfielders
OVERALL POS. RANK NAME TEAM POS AAV
5 1 Matt Holliday COL OF $41.00
14 2 Carl Crawford TAM OF $34.50
17 3 Ichiro Suzuki SEA OF $32.70
18 4 Alfonso Soriano CHC OF $31.70
20 5 Vladimir Guerrero LAA OF $29.80
21 6 Magglio Ordonez DET OF $29.70
22 7 Grady Sizemore CLE OF $29.50
23 8 Carlos Beltran NYM OF $27.80
26 9 Carlos H. Lee HOU OF $27.00
33 10 Curtis Granderson DET OF $24.90
36 11 Manny Ramirez BOS OF $24.30
43 12 Lance Berkman HOU OF $22.70
44 13 Nick Markakis BAL OF $22.40
46 14 Torii Hunter LAA OF $21.50
47 15 Alex Rios TOR OF $21.40
48 16 Eric Byrnes ARI OF $21.10
54 17 Bobby Abreu NYY OF $19.80
58 18 Hunter Pence HOU OF $19.00
60 19 Juan Pierre LAD OF $18.80
62 20 Adam Dunn CIN OF $18.70
67 21 Jose Guillen KCR OF $17.50
76 22 Corey Hart MIL OF $16.50
81 23 Hideki Matsui NYY OF $14.60
82 24 Willy Taveras COL OF $14.40
86 25 Brad Hawpe COL OF $14.10
88 26 Nick Swisher CHW OF $13.70
98 27 Shane Victorino PHI OF $12.40
99 28 Moises Alou NYM OF $12.40
105 29 Jeff Francoeur ATL OF $12.00
116 30 Matt Kemp LAD OF $10.40
117 31 Ken Griffey CIN OF $10.40
118 32 Aaron Rowand SFG OF $10.20
120 33 Jason Bay PIT OF $9.60
122 34 Raul Ibanez SEA OF $9.50
124 35 Chris Young ARI OF $9.30
136 36 Johnny Damon NYY OF $8.00
140 37 Garret Anderson LAA OF $7.70
142 38 Vernon Wells TOR OF $7.60
147 39 Andruw Jones LAD OF $7.30
148 40 Delmon Young MIN OF $7.30
149 41 Mike Cameron MIL OF $7.20
153 42 Randy Winn SFG OF $6.60
160 43 Josh Hamilton TEX OF $5.80
166 44 Milton Bradley TEX OF $5.10
176 45 Justin Upton ARI OF $4.40
183 46 Jay Bruce CIN OF $4.10
187 47 Cody Ross FLA OF $3.90
190 48 Kosuke Fukudome CHC OF $3.80
193 49 Carlos Quentin CHW OF $3.70
194 50 Jacoby Ellsbury BOS OF $3.50
200 51 Jeremy Hermida FLA OF $3.20
207 52 Rick Ankiel STL OF $2.90
211 53 Jermaine Dye CHW OF $2.80
212 54 Pat Burrell PHI OF $2.70
215 55 Michael Cuddyer MIN OF $2.60
218 56 Adam Jones SEA OF $2.50
228 57 Cameron Maybin FLA OF $2.20
231 58 J.D. Drew BOS OF $2.10
232 59 Michael Bourn HOU OF $2.10
235 60 Wladimir Balentien SEA OF $2.00
246 61 Josh Willingham FLA OF $1.90
252 62 Lastings Milledge WAS OF $1.80
264 63 Austin Kearns WAS OF $1.70
275 64 Barry Bonds FA OF $1.50
291 65 Brad Wilkerson SEA OF $1.50
280 66 Cliff Floyd TAM OF $1.50
290 67 Larry Walker FA OF $1.50
292 68 Coco Crisp BOS OF $1.50
293 69 Felix Pie CHC OF $1.50
Designated Hitters
OVERALL POS. RANK NAME TEAM POS AAV
19 1 David Ortiz BOS DH $31.50
101 2 Travis Hafner CLE DH $12.10
112 3 Gary Sheffield DET DH $10.90
151 4 Jim Thome CHW DH $7.00
277 5 Billy Butler KCR DH $1.50
Pitchers
OVERALL POS. RANK NAME TEAM POS AAV
9 1 Johan Santana NYM P $37.50
16 2 Jake Peavy SDP P $33.40
28 3 Erik Bedard BAL P $26.20
30 4 Jose Valverde HOU P $26.10
31 5 J.J. Putz SEA P $25.60
34 6 CC Sabathia CLE P $24.40
35 7 Brandon Webb ARI P $24.40
38 8 Josh Beckett BOS P $24.00
40 9 Jonathan Papelbon BOS P $23.70
50 10 Cole Hamels PHI P $20.50
51 11 John Lackey LAA P $20.40
57 12 Joe Nathan MIN P $19.60
59 13 Francisco Rodriguez LAA P $18.90
61 14 John Smoltz ATL P $18.70
63 15 Aaron Harang CIN P $18.50
65 16 Bobby Jenks CHW P $18.30
66 17 Takashi Saito LAD P $17.80
68 18 Chris Young SDP P $17.40
71 19 Javier Vazquez CHW P $17.10
74 20 Justin Verlander DET P $16.70
75 21 Trevor Hoffman SDP P $16.60
77 22 Roberto Hernandez CLE P $16.30
78 23 Dan Haren ARI P $15.80
83 24 Francisco Cordero CIN P $14.40
85 25 Billy Wagner NYM P $14.20
87 26 Roy Oswalt HOU P $14.00
91 27 Scott Kazmir TAM P $13.20
94 28 Roy Halladay TOR P $12.70
95 29 Francisco Liriano MIN P $12.60
96 30 A.J. Burnett TOR P $12.60
97 31 Jason Isringhausen STL P $12.20
100 32 Kelvim Escobar LAA P $12.10
102 33 Tim Hudson ATL P $12.00
103 34 James Shields TAM P $12.00
104 35 Carlos Zambrano CHC P $11.90
106 36 Mariano Rivera NYY P $11.90
107 37 Chad Billingsley LAD P $11.30
110 38 Brad Penny LAD P $10.70
114 39 Felix Hernandez SEA P $9.70
119 40 Oliver Perez NYM P $9.50
123 41 Daisuke Matsuzaka BOS P $9.10
125 42 Orlando Hernandez NYM P $8.80
126 43 Matt Cain SFG P $8.80
127 44 Tim Lincecum SFG P $8.80
128 45 Yovani Gallardo MIL P $8.70
129 46 Joe Borowski CLE P $8.60
130 47 John Maine NYM P $8.40
131 48 Zack Greinke KCR P $8.40
132 49 Rich Hill CHC P $8.20
134 50 Chad Cordero WAS P $7.80
137 51 Huston Street OAK P $7.70
141 52 Matt Morris PIT P $7.60
143 53 Joe Blanton OAK P $7.50
144 54 Dustin McGowan TOR P $7.50
145 55 Ben Sheets MIL P $7.40
150 56 Chien-Ming Wang NYY P $7.00
152 57 Randy Johnson ARI P $6.90
156 58 Ted Lilly CHC P $6.30
159 59 Rich Harden OAK P $6.20
161 60 Rafael Soriano ATL P $5.40
162 61 Todd Jones DET P $5.40
163 62 Manny Corpas COL P $5.20
170 63 Jered Weaver LAA P $4.90
171 64 Matt Capps PIT P $4.80
173 65 Brett Myers PHI P $4.60
174 66 Mark Buehrle CHW P $4.50
177 67 Ian Snell PIT P $4.30
179 68 Derek Lowe LAD P $4.30
181 69 Joba Chamberlain NYY P $4.30
184 70 Shaun Marcum TOR P $4.00
189 71 Pedro Martinez NYM P $3.80
195 72 Brad Lidge PHI P $3.50
196 73 Gil Meche KCR P $3.50
198 74 Clay Buchholz BOS P $3.30
199 75 Jon Garland LAA P $3.20
202 76 Eric Gagne MIL P $3.20
205 77 Noah Lowry SFG P $3.00
206 78 Dontrelle Willis DET P $3.00
208 79 Phil Hughes NYY P $2.80
210 80 Dave Bush MIL P $2.80
214 81 Homer Bailey CIN P $2.60
217 82 Miguel Batista SEA P $2.50
219 83 B.J. Ryan TOR P $2.50
220 84 Jon Lester BOS P $2.40
221 85 Chris Carpenter STL P $2.40
227 86 George Sherrill SEA P $2.20
229 87 Jeremy Bonderman DET P $2.20
233 88 Adam Wainwright STL P $2.10
234 89 Andy Pettitte NYY P $2.00
236 90 Bartolo Colon FA P $2.00
237 91 Aaron Heilman NYM P $2.00
238 92 Clayton Kershaw LAD P $2.00
239 93 Brandon Lyon ARI P $2.00
240 94 Jamie Moyer PHI P $2.00
241 95 Mike Pelfrey NYM P $2.00
244 96 Edinson Volquez CIN P $2.00
245 97 Joakim Soria KCR P $1.90
247 98 Kevin Gregg FLA P $1.90
249 99 Curt Schilling BOS P $1.90
250 100 Brian Wilson SFG P $1.90
251 101 Matt Garza TAM P $1.80
253 102 Ubaldo Jimenez COL P $1.80
254 103 Jeff Francis COL P $1.70
260 104 Bronson Arroyo CIN P $1.70
261 105 Dave Bush MIL P $1.70
262 106 John Danks CHW P $1.706
263 107 Bob Howry CHC P $1.70
265 108 Ervin Santana LAA P $1.70
266 109 Joel Zumaya DET P $1.70
270 110 Scott Olsen FLA P $1.60
272 111 Boof Bonser MIN P $1.60
273 112 C.J. Wilson TEX P $1.60
278 113 Jose A. Contreras CHW P $1.50
279 114 Zach Duke PIT P $1.50
281 115 Chad Gaudin OAK P $1.50
286 118 Radhames Liz BAL P $1.50
288 119 Franklin Morales COL P $1.50
289 120 Andy Sonnanstine TAM P $1.50
295 121 Carlos Marmol CHC P $1.40
297 122 Jeremy Accardo TOR P $1.40
300 123 Greg Maddux SDP P $1.40
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