Fantasy Baseball Analysis Draft: Round 16

by KFFL Staff on February 16, 2012 @ 10:10:10 PDT

 


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1) Nick Markakis, OF, Baltimore Orioles

Team: Jeff Paur, RTSports | Roster

Markakis probably hasn't lived up to expectations since entering the league but he remains a solid player. He'll get me 15 homers and stolen bases apiece with a solid average. His RBI and run totals won't be great but he plays every day and his numbers in the end are always more than respectable. I was thrilled to see him available this late in the draft.

2) Joe Nathan, RP, Texas Rangers

Team: Tim Heaney, KFFL | Roster

Not a bad pair with Huston Street at this point. Another fly-ball pitcher on my squad, though, and he calls a hitter's haven home. Still, for this price and for how the effect isn't always as drastic for closers, I'll take the stopper for one of the best teams in the majors.

Baltimore Orioles OF Nick Markakis
Status quo in Round 16

3) Lucas Duda, 1B/OF, New York Mets

Team: Doug Anderson, RotoExperts | Roster

In his 205 post All-Star at-bats, Duda raked at a .322 clip with 10 HR and 38 RBI. Extrapolate away. The Mets also moved their fences in and lowered them, which can't hurt. Duda also has first base eligibility, which I may need with Ryan Howard and Kendrys Morales already on my roster.

4) Chris Sale, RP, Chicago White Sox

Team: Josh Shepardson, The Hardball Times | Roster

BAD doesn't distinguish between pitching roles, so his eligibility isn't important. What is important is his premium velocity, strikeout rate and ground-ball rate. He has room for the expected regression that comes from moving to the rotation from the bullpen.

5) Colby Lewis, SP, Texas Rangers

Team: Bill Macey, Baseball HQ | Roster

A fly-ball pitcher in Arlington, he limits the damage from home runs with a low walk rate and a good strikeout rate. The Texas offense should give him oodles of run support and help his win total.

6) Neftali Feliz, RP, Texas Rangers

Team: Nicholas Minnix, KFFL | Roster

Talent, talent, talent. A lot of it is still available. I'm thoroughly confident in the level of talent that I've accrued, which emboldens me to take a shot on a K artist like Feliz. Texas' track record in converting relievers to starters in the past two years? Golden.

7) Brandon League, RP, Seattle Mariners

Team: Mark Chamberlin, Baseball Sharks | Roster

I figured Shaun Marcum wouldn't make it back but watching Chris Sale fall off the board is brutal. He was a big reason I passed on Marcum because I feel good about him as a No. 4. Oh well, time to fortify saves now.

8) Carlos Quentin, OF, San Diego Padres

Team: Howard Bender, FanGraphs | Roster

Chicago White Sox RP Chris Sale
No longer for Sale

Outfield is thinning out real fast here. PETCO doesn't inhibit right-handed power like it does to lefties and if healthy, Quentin can hit 25 HR this year. The key phrase being "if healthy."

9) Jaime Garcia, SP, St. Louis Cardinals

Team: Pasko Varnica, Mastersball | Roster

When I plugged in the result of this draft in Mastersball's draft tool, it became apparent that my team was lacking strikeouts. After sorting the projection spreadsheet first by wins and then by K, Garcia came out on top.

10) Chris Iannetta, C, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Team: Joe Hamrahi, Baseball Prospectus | Roster

Welcome to the Los Angeles Angels of Baseball Prospectus! Yes, Iannetta is the fourth Angel I selected among my first 16 picks, but it wasn't completely by design. I really like the 28-year-old's ability to get on base and hit for power. He's never going to hit for average, but 20 homers, 70 runs and 70 RBI may not be out of the question on this revamped Anaheim team.

11) Wandy Rodriguez, SP, Houston Astros

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

This is a solid skillset hurler who gets no love because he's on the Astros. As a fifth starter on my team, he's slotted in the right spot.

12) Jason Motte, RP, St. Louis Cardinals

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

In looking for a second closer, the guy who asserted himself down the stretch in the heat of the postseason chase isn't a bad pick in the 16th round. Motte has always possessed closer skills, but he never really got a chance at the role. He has it now. The past two seasons have produced ERAs around 2.25 and a WHIP in the 1.00 range as well as roughly a strikeout per inning. He's a safer option than Kenley Jansen or Joe Nathan, but going later in drafts. I like the value.

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