Fantasy Baseball Analysis Draft: Round 12

by KFFL Staff on February 15, 2012 @ 16:25:23 PDT


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1) Brandon Beachy, SP, Atlanta Braves

Team: Jeff Paur, RTSports | Roster

I felt another pitcher was in order with this pick as eight went the previous round. I figured I would get one more top pitcher before waiting until late on the position. Beachy provided the most upside for me. He is another young, up-and-coming player. I love his strikeout rate and potential for big things pitching for a full season. I think he can get 15 wins and 200-plus strikeouts.

2) Max Scherzer, SP, Detroit Tigers

Team: Tim Heaney, KFFL | Roster

Houston Astros 1B Carlos Lee
Something left in Lee?

Remember those SPs I passed up when I took Matt Moore in Round 10? Beachy was one of them. So was the highly undervalued Scherzer, whose 2011 surface stats didn't show his growth overall as a pitcher. Would you be all that surprised if he fanned 8.50 and walked just 2.50 per nine, with an ERA below 4.00? I wouldn't, and he's my SP4. Many will overlook him. Pounce.

3) Heath Bell, RP, Miami Marlins

Team: Doug Anderson, RotoExperts | Roster

Yeah, the strikeout rate was down last year, but he's closed 40 in each of the last three seasons. He's a veteran who will get the job done, and I expect the Marlins' middle-of-the-road offense to be the perfect formula for high save totals.

4) Ike Davis, 1B, New York Mets

Team: Josh Shepardson, The Hardball Times | Roster

I needed a first baseman and was playing a waiting game on Davis and Kendrys Morales. Was thankful to be in a position to grab Davis shortly after Morales went off the board.

5) Chris B. Young, OF, Arizona Diamondbacks

Team: Bill Macey, Baseball HQ | Roster

A dual power-speed threat, his only weakness is a consistently low batting average. Taking Billy Butler two rounds ago lets me absorb the BA shock and enjoy all of Young's counting stats.

6) Ubaldo Jimenez, SP, Cleveland Indians

Team: Nicholas Minnix, KFFL | Roster

A year ago, this right-hander went in the first handful of rounds of a mixed league draft. He's too talented to let slip any further. He's only 28, and his focus has been on fixing mechanical flaws that led to his 2011 letdown. I'll ride with that.

7) Adam Lind, 1B, Toronto Blue Jays

Team: Mark Chamberlin, Baseball Sharks | Roster

One more year before I throw in the towel with Lind; there's too much upside in this pick, and he assures me of not chasing home runs the rest of the draft.

8) Jemile Weeks, 2B, Oakland Athletics

Team: Howard Bender, FanGraphs | Roster

Oakland Athletics 2B Jemile Weeks
Weeks The Younger worth it?

With a need for speed, average and infield depth, Weeks fits perfectly here. He'll also kick in some decent runs scored hitting leadoff in Oakland.

9) Ryan Roberts, 2B/3B, Arizona Diamondbacks

Team: Pasko Varnica, Mastersball | Roster

In a league with only five bench slots, multi-position eligibility is a desirable attribute. Roberts will fill my 2B position nicely.

10) Carlos Beltran, OF, St. Louis Cardinals

Team: Joe Hamrahi, Baseball Prospectus | Roster

I was a little surprised Beltran was available this late in the draft. Quality outfielders who can provide solid numbers in at least four out of five categories are hard to find. I realize that Carlos is a big injury risk, but he showed last year that he's still capable of putting up 500 at-bats. I also love the fact he'll be playing in St. Louis.

11) Brandon Morrow, SP, Toronto Blue Jays

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

There might be safer pitchers left on the board, but there are none with 250 K potential. If he keeps the walks down again, he could shave a run off his ERA.

12) Carlos Lee, 1B/OF, Houston Astros

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

With Ryan Braun missing the first 50 games of the season, I knew I was going to need an extra outfielder to replace him. Lee gives me the flexibility to have someone as an outfielder to start the season, but who can move to first base or corner infield once Braun returns. I still need a starter at first, but the depth further down at the position has me confident I can find a "true" first baseman to help fill that spot. Meanwhile, Lee has a very consistent track record, and while he isn't a superstar anymore, he can be counted on to give me 20-plus homers and at least 80 RBI with an average around .275. (Lee may be the first player I've drafted so far who's over 30 years old.)

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