1) Jose Reyes, SS, Toronto Blue Jays
Team: Pasko Varnica, Mastersball | Roster
I hear expectations of Reyes having a monster season, playing on top of a very good Toronto lineup. Reyes is one of the tougher risk versus reward calls on the board. Will his body withstand moving off grass? In my opinion, the reward outweighs the risk.
2) Troy Tulowitzki, SS, Colorado Rockies
Team: Howard Bender, FanGraphs | Roster
Surprised to see him here, especially when Pasko took a shortstop with his turn pick. The injury risk is obviously in the forefront of everyone's mind, but there's a degree of injury risk with everyone. When healthy, he's the best shortstop out there and given the lack of depth at the position, he's a no-brainer. Thought about Buster Posey for a fleeting moment.
3) Justin Verlander, SP, Detroit Tigers
Team: Nicholas Minnix, KFFL | Roster
So, clearly I was mistaken that Jose Reyes would be available here. Taking a pitcher this early is very unusual for me, but I like to try different things. The top few pitchers project to earn more than any position player remaining, by quite a bit. It was either Verlander or Clayton Kershaw, and I'm not too worried about the Motown righty's workload yet.
4) Justin Upton, OF, Atlanta Braves
Team: Tim Heaney, KFFL | Roster
Briefly thought about Evan Longoria or Buster Posey, but Upton continues my five-category theme. I'm hardly worried about Turner Field's park factor. This Bravos lineup should pile up runs, and a fresh start with his brother alongside him should rejuvenate J-Up's 30-30 potential. Plus, last time I bought him after a down year ... ca-ching.
5) Evan Longoria, 3B, Tampa Bay Rays
Team: Mark Chamberlin, Baseball Sharks | Roster
Mr. Longoria, we meet again. BAD was the only league last year in which I did not own Longoria - not complaining about it either. He may be deserving of an injury-prone tag, but with his upside he is still worth the dice roll, especially when you look at the 3B player pool.
6) Jason Heyward, OF, Atlanta Braves
Team: Steve Gardner, USA TODAY/Sports Weekly | Roster
I considered Jose Bautista, but opted for a better-rounded outfielder in Heyward. At only 23 years old, I expect him to put up even better numbers than the .269 average, 27 homers and 21 stolen bases he had last season. The Braves offense is better; his runs scored and RBI totals could rise as well.
7) Jose Bautista, OF, Toronto Blue Jays
Team: Michael Stein, The Hardball Times | Roster
There is some concern about Bautista coming back from a wrist injury, but he was too valuable to pass with the R2P7 selection. Even if he sees a drop in his home run total, he is still the focal point of a deep and talented Toronto lineup. My outfield is already loaded with Bautista and McCutchen leading the way.
8) Adrian Beltre, 3B, Texas Rangers
Team: Jeff Paur, RTSports | Roster
Han-Ram slammin' again?
This was a tough call for me with Buster Posey sitting there. I wasn't expecting that and was torn on what to do. I was hoping to get a top third baseman with this pick, thinking it would be David Wright. I didn't think I would get the chance for either Posey or Beltre here. Ultimately, I took Beltre because of his consistency in four categories and playing at a top-heavy, scarce position. Posey was tough to pass on, but catcher is deeper this year, so I went with the player that produces better overall.
9) Dustin Pedroia, 2B, Boston Red Sox
Team: Bill Macey, Baseball HQ | Roster
Selecting Pedroia achieved two goals with a single pick: I rostered a player who is better than average at his position in all five categories while also filling a relatively scarce position. Additionally, I expect that starting with a more balanced roster early in the draft will leave me in a better position to select players by value, rather than need, later in the draft.
10) Hanley Ramirez, 3B/SS, Los Angeles Dodgers
Team: Ray Flowers, Baseball Guys/SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio | Roster
If a down year is 20/20, and that player qualifies at two positions, sign me up. HanRam has been a .250 hitter the past two years, and that's obviously a significant issue, but his ability to contribute across the board while giving me flexibility is well worth drafting at this spot, though I was secretly pining for Dustin Pedroia, who went one spot ahead of me.
11) Bryce Harper, OF, Washington Nationals
Team: Mark Bloom, RotoExperts | Roster
Taking Buster Posey was tempting, but I think he is being overrated in drafts. I also thought about taking a pitcher but decided to wait as there was still plenty of talent on the board. Bryce Harper is a five-category hitter who is moving up ADPs and a steal at 23.
12) Buster Posey, C, San Francisco Giants
Team: Josh Shepardson, Baseball Prospectus | Roster
Posey is the clear-cut top fantasy catcher, and his value is boosted in two-catcher leagues such as this one. He'll spend many of his days off behind the plate at first base, and his extra at-bats should help him hit 20-plus home runs while besting a .300 average.
We are your one stop for all of your fantasy football, baseball, NASCAR, hockey and basketball needs all year long.