Fantasy Baseball Analysis Draft: Round 14

by KFFL Staff on February 15, 2012 @ 17:00:19 PDT


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1) David Freese, 3B, St. Louis Cardinals

Team: Jeff Paur, RTSports | Roster

Freese has trouble staying healthy but he proved during the playoffs last season he can be a force when healthy and playing. I love his potential in this offense. He is capable of hitting .300 with 20 homers and around 90 RBI. I'll take something close to that in the 14th round. This could be a swing pick for my team if it pans out.

2) Logan Morrison, OF, Miami Marlins

Team: Tim Heaney, KFFL | Roster

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim RP Jordan Walden
There goes another closer ...

As long as his knee holds up, LoMo will be tweeting about a season in which he approaches 30 homers. Miami's new ballpark moved in right field a bit, so that aids the already talented 24-year-old. Reminder: Outfield is deep.

3) Ryan Howard, 1B, Philadelphia Phillies

Team: Doug Anderson, RotoExperts | Roster

He was sitting in my queue for the last six rounds. Ryan Braun is likely to miss 50 games and he's a third-rounder. Howard may miss less than 30, so the 14th round seems like a huge bargain. I'll have to patch things together for a month, but if he comes back healthy, I like what he can do.

4) Anibal Sanchez, SP, Miami Marlins

Team: Josh Shepardson, The Hardball Times | Roster

A surge in strikeouts in 2011 was supported by a second consecutive season of improving his swinging-strike rate. Health is the key, but how the new stadium plays could prove important, too, if it is extreme one way or the other.

5) Joakim Soria, RP, Kansas City Royals

Team: Bill Macey, Baseball HQ | Roster

One of the best closers in the game the past few years. A small mid-season speed bump in 2011 is creating an excellent buying opportunity in 2012. His longer track record earns my trust.

6) Stephen Drew, SS, Arizona Diamondbacks

Team: Nicholas Minnix, KFFL | Roster

Not a Drew fan, especially when he's coming off an ankle injury that could affect the drive of his lower half. He's a great talent and could prove to be a value here, though. I still have time to draft MI insurance.

7) Carlos Marmol, RP, Chicago Cubs

Team: Mark Chamberlin, Baseball Sharks | Roster

Three closers went since my last pick, more are to come. None have the K upside of Marmol - OK Kenley Jansen does, but he doesn't have a job (yet).

8) Ryan Madson, RP, Cincinnati Reds

Team: Howard Bender, FanGraphs | Roster

New Toronto Blue Jays RP Sergio Santos
... and another....

Closers are flying off the board. Time to make a move. He's got a solid 3.88 K/BB, doesn't give up the long ball and should fare just as well, if not better, in the softer NL Central.

9) Jhonny Peralta, SS, Detroit Tigers

Team: Pasko Varnica, Mastersball | Roster

Peralta in the 14th round is a steal, considering that he is a SS, a shallow position. With Troy Tulowitzki as my primary SS, Peralta will be my team's MI.

10) Jordan Walden, RP, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Team: Joe Hamrahi, Baseball Prospectus | Roster

Added my second closer of the draft in Walden in the hopes he'll get even more save chances in 2012 with a much improved team around him. Walden has shown he has the closer mentality. Now he just needs to be able to hold up for a full season.

11) Sergio Santos, RP, Toronto Blue Jays

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

The run on closers commenced, and I jumped in the mix. Was tempted to address my catcher's spot, which is open, but I went with that huge arm of Santos.

12) Emilio Bonifacio, SS/3B/OF, Miami Marlins

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

As the closers fell off the board with disturbing frequency in this round, my target (Sergio Santos) began looking like a long shot. When he went to Ray with the pick right before mine, I put my search for a second closer on hold. I really like position flexibility on my team and I know I'll have to move some guys around with Ryan Braun out for the first 50 games. Bonifacio's eligibility at three spots will help make sure I don't have to draft a lesser player just to fill a particular position late in the draft. Besides catcher, the only positions I don't have double-covered after 14 rounds are first and second base. And I'm all set to fix one of those with my next pick ...

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