Fantasy Baseball Analysis Draft: Round 10

by KFFL Staff on February 14, 2012 @ 19:04:41 PDT


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1) Freddie Freeman, 1B, Atlanta Braves

Team: Jeff Paur, RTSports | Roster

I really like the upside of Freeman for the coming season. He is a young player coming into his own and should hit in the middle of the lineup of a solid offensive team. I really like the chances of a breakout year for Freeman, especially with the early glowing reports of his early look in camp. Adam Lind was the other player on my radar here, but I felt Freeman gave me more boom for my buck.

2) Matt Moore, SP, Tampa Bay Rays

Team: Tim Heaney, KFFL | Roster

I wanted others before him on my cheat sheet, but I didn't think Moore would be available next time around; others I targeted would, I believed, and Adam Wainwright was just taken by Jeff Paur. What an organization to grow up in as a pitcher. He proved last season he's a quick study. What an arm. 180 K in Round 10 could come from just 160 frames, with potential for more if TB rides him in a postseason berth race ... hard to pass up.

Seattle Mariners OF Ichiro Suzuki
Another aging vet off the board

3) Chris Carpenter, SP, St. Louis Cardinals

Team: Doug Anderson, RotoExperts | Roster

The veteran looked like he was on the way out early last season. His 7-2 record, 2.98 ERA and 1.17 WHIP in 108 innings after the break tell a different story. I'm very happy to have him as my third starter.

4) Ichiro Suzuki, OF, Seattle Mariners

Team: Josh Shepardson, The Hardball Times | Roster

2011 marked the first season Ichiro hit below .300. His contact rate was intact, though, and he still has the speed to post a high BABIP. I expect a rebound to around a .300 average. He should add 30-plus stolen bases as well. Great glue guy for this roster, and if my lineup hits for the high side of my projection in average, he becomes a trade chip during the season.

5) Billy Butler, DH, Kansas City Royals

Team: Bill Macey, Baseball HQ | Roster

I'd rather not take a DH-only eligible player this early, but Butler's skills were too good to pass up. Not only does he hit the ball hard, he takes those hard swings while maintaining a low strikeout rate. Even if the expected power growth doesn't materialize, he's a safe bet for a .300 BA.

6) Mariano Rivera, RP, New York Yankees

Team: Nicholas Minnix, KFFL | Roster

This departs drastically from my usual strategy. I didn't feel that players at other positions offered me much of an advantage, however, and I was mildly surprised that Mo was still on the board, considering that Craig Kimbrel went at 7.1. I don't pay much for saves, usually, but this is a decent bargain for the GOAT, who still has it.

7) Jason Kipnis, 2B, Cleveland Indians

Team: Mark Chamberlin, Baseball Sharks | Roster

I planned to go with a SP with this pick but after seeing perceived reaches like Matt Moore and Mike Moustakas I figured I needed to get "my guy" before he went elsewhere. Big year ahead.

8) Dee Gordon, SS, Los Angeles Dodgers

Team: Howard Bender, FanGraphs | Roster

Shortstop running super thin and people will start looking for specialists for their MI position soon. My team needs SB and Gordon is the perfect fit. He's had 50-plus SB in each of the last three years throughout the minors and his 2011 callup. Like a young Juan Pierre, but at shortstop.

Toronto Blue Jays SP Ricky Romero
Romero can be a fantasy ace

9) Brian Wilson, RP, San Francisco Giants

Team: Pasko Varnica, Mastersball | Roster

Before it is too late I wanted to secure the guy who is projected to be among top saves producers. Some sites project Wilson to reach 46 saves this year, although not with the best ERA and WHIP among RPs - e.g. Huston Street's stats. I opted to go with saves.

10) John Axford, RP, Milwaukee Brewers

Team: Joe Hamrahi, Baseball Prospectus | Roster

With Brian Wilson, Mariano Rivera, Jonathan Papelbon and Craig Kimbrel already off the board, I got the sense a run on closers was about to begin, so I made my move. I considered drafting Axford a round or two earlier and ranked him as the third best I guess I lucked out.

11) Ricky Romero, SP, Toronto Blue Jays

Team: Ray Flowers, Baseball Guys/SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio | Roster

It's the time in the draft to start building my pitching staff. Romero may not be elite, but he'll fit in nicely behind King Felix as I have two power sinking fastball types. Considered going closer, but I'll wait there.

12) Cameron Maybin, OF, San Diego Padres

Team: Steve Gardner, USA TODAY/Sports Weekly | Roster

I'm stunned Maybin lasted this long. With an ADP of 103 on Mock Draft Central, this 40-steal guy from last year could easily duplicate those totals for the offensively challenged Padres, whose best chance to score may just be to turn Maybin loose. I like fast guys at the top of the order and he fits the bill. Plus, he's always had an underlying ability to hit for power even though his home park is one of the worst in the majors for that. He's still only 24 years old, so there's enough growth potential here to make him an excellent value with pick 120.

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