2011 Winner (Rounders) had Lebron. Winner 2010 (Dino-Mite) had Durant. Both my teams were out of the playoffs and had depth but no 1st rounders. (And it's the same this year so I haven't learned my lesson yet.
Also noticed that I had set the auction budgets for those last two years at $260 (to average $20/player) so I may have skewed this year's bidding for anyone returning from last year.
Last year, in my other auction league, I was 1st in the regular season, 5th in playoffs (upset in the first round by the 8th seed
), and had Chris Paul, Kevin Love, and Pau Gasol (all auto drafted because I was 10-15 minutes late!). The winning team had Durant. (And the 2010 winner in that league had Lebron.)
So it seems to bear out that you want the top tier talent over the middle tier depth.