1) David Ortiz, DH, Boston Red Sox
Team: Josh Shepardson, Baseball Prospectus | Roster
Ortiz wasn't an easy pick. I considered drafting a second outfielder or another starting pitcher, as well as Victor Martinez. Ultimately, I couldn't pass up Ortiz's potential for piling up RBIs with 25-plus homers and a batting average that flirts with .300. His offensive upside is worth the lack of roster flexibility that comes with owning a player that's only utility-eligible.
Bill went to V-Mart
2) Kris Medlen, SP, Atlanta Braves
Team: Mark Bloom, RotoExperts/SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio | Roster
I debated taking Victor Martinez here but I could not resist taking Medlen. Medlen is still undervalued by some people who think that last year was a fluke. I think I got the No. 1 starter on the Braves and possibly one of the top 10 starters in the NL. Nothing fluky about that.
3) Yovani Gallardo, SP, Milwaukee Brewers
Team: Ray Flowers, Baseball Guys/SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio | Roster
I was faced with a real toss-up between the power arm and consistency of Gallardo, and the likely better ratios but less dominating arm that Johnny Cueto brings. Since Cueto is coming back from an injury, I went with Gallardo.
4) Victor Martinez, C, Detroit Tigers
Team: Bill Macey, Baseball HQ | Roster
Martinez qualifies at C but will play DH most of the year for the Tigers, likely batting 5th in the order behind Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder. He batted over .300 in each of the three seasons 2009-2011; if he does that again in this dangerous lineup, he could easily eclipse 100 RBI.
5) Salvador Perez, C, Kansas City Royals
Team: Jeff Paur, RTSports | Roster
Perez is my third Royal. You can't go wrong with that strategy, right? I was hoping to get Victor Martinez with this pick, but he went the pick before me. And after thinking about it, I'm probably better off getting Perez, who just seems to have more upside for that big season for me. He can be an elite fantasy catcher as soon as this season.
6) Jonathan Papelbon, RP, Philadelphia Phillies
Team: Michael Stein, The Hardball Times | Roster
With Kimbrel and Motte off the board, I decided to splurge a bit and grab a top notch closer here. It may have been a bit earlier than I originally planned, but at least I know I have one closer I can depend on (injury notwithstanding). Papelbon should be good for 40 saves with a dominant ERA and WHIP.
More backstops fell off the board.
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