Fantasy Baseball Analysis Draft: Round 11

by KFFL Staff on February 15, 2012 @ 12:04:27 PDT


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1) Dan Hudson, SP, Arizona Diamondbacks

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

Looking for a No. 3 starter, I was torn between Hudson and Matt Garza. Although I have Garza ranked a few spots higher because of his strikeout ability, I went with Hudson because he's younger and because he's more likely to win games than Garza will with the Cubs. I love Arizona's defense and I trust J.J. Putz to protect Hudson's leads more than I do Carlos Marmol to protect Garza's. In addition, there's a chance Garza could be traded at some point, so I opted for more stability over a higher ceiling.

2) Josh Beckett, SP, Boston Red Sox

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

I considered Matt Garza and Brandon Morrow here. Garza is as consistent as they come, and Morrow has massive upside, but I split the difference and grabbed Beckett.

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 1B Kendrys Morales
Morales has the talent

3) Mat Latos, SP, Cincinnati Reds

Team: Joe Hamrahi, Baseball Prospectus | Roster

I've always loved Latos' arm, whether he was pitching in PETCO Park or not. He consistently misses bats and has the stuff to be a No. 1 or No. 2 starter on any team. He'll slot in nicely behind Verlander and Haren on my starting staff.

4) Jose Valverde, RP, Detroit Tigers

Team: Pasko Varnica, Mastersball | Roster

Forty-nine saves in 49 opportunities in 2011. You got to love it. Given that saves are a roto 5x5 category as any other category, I opted to go for a guy who has a stable job.

5) Nick Swisher, OF, New York Yankees

Team: Howard Bender, FanGraphs | Roster

Wanted Cameron Maybin here but happy with consistency of Swisher. Almost guaranteed 25 HR with 80-plus RBI with a mediocre batting average. Always nice to add more power.

6) Matt Garza, SP, Chicago Cubs

Team: Mark Chamberlin, Baseball Sharks | Roster

Glad I took Jason Kipnis when I did because Garza was the pitcher I planned to take in Round 10. I believe in his periphs leading to better numbers, I'm just worried about his team getting him wins.

7) Andre Ethier, OF, Los Angeles Dodgers

Team: Nicholas Minnix, KFFL | Roster

Have to add to my outfield again eventually. Ethier is just the type I target: High-end talent, undervalued because of poor recent performance. A knee injury plagued him in the last year and a half. He's healthy and in a walk year, to boot.

8) Cory Luebke, SP, San Diego Padres

Team: Bill Macey, Baseball HQ | Roster

Luebke was quietly one of the best pitchers in baseball in the second half last year, and he pitches half his games in a pitcher's paradise. He's poised for a big season.

9) Michael Pineda, SP, New York Yankees

Team: Josh Shepardson, The Hardball Times | Roster

I have moderate concerns about swapping Safeco for Yankees Stadium, but they are offset by swapping offenses. Love the expected strikeout and WHIP contributions, too.

Detroit Tigers RP Jose Valverde
Another big year for Papa Grande?

10) Kendrys Morales, 1B, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Team: Doug Anderson, RotoExperts | Roster

I may have been able to wait on him, but he's a third-round value waiting to happen. If he's fully recovered, no Bobby Abreu or Mark Trumbo is going to keep him out of the lineup. Morales may be the key to my team's hopes this year.

11) Danny Espinosa, 2B, Washington Nationals

Team: Tim Heaney, KFFL | Roster

One of my favorite sleepers last year, Espinosa delivered on his power-speed combo. I'm taking on another batting average bane, but among the middle infielder crop, he'll contribute in two categories I sorely needed to bolster here. His sophomore follow-up won't be much better or worse. That's fine by me.

12) Drew Storen, RP, Washington Nationals

Team: Jeff Paur, RTSports | Roster

I was surprised to see Storen still available with six closers already off the board. I consider him a top-five option this season. He is a young player on an improving team that should get plenty of chances for saves. Plus, he throws a few more innings than your normal closer, which is an added bonus at the position. He'll have among the best strikeout totals for a relief pitcher.

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