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.
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