Fantasy Baseball Analysis Draft: Round 17

by KFFL Staff on February 22, 2013 @ 17:30:20 PDT


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1) Wil Myers, OF, Tampa Bay Rays

Team: Josh Shepardson, Baseball Prospectus | Roster

It's highly likely Myers will open the season in Triple-A in order to manipulate his service time. Regardless, his upside is worth gambling on at this point in the draft. As my fourth outfielder, he won't derail my team's chances at success should he scuffle.

Tampa Bay Rays OF Wil Myers
Party time for Myers?

2) Neil Walker, 2B, Pittsburgh Pirates

Team: Mark Bloom, RotoExperts/SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio | Roster

After taking Rutledge I thought I would wait on 2B, but I was surprised to see Walker around this late. Walker is often overlooked, but he has solid numbers and will hit in the middle of the order for the Pirates this season.

3) Kenley Jansen, RP, Los Angeles Dodgers

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

It looks like Brandon League will be the closer to start the year, but I expect Jansen to lead the Dodgers in saves just like he did last season. Just a massive arm.

4) Matt Garza, SP, Chicago Cubs

Team: Bill Macey, Baseball HQ | Roster

I'm not overly concerned with Garza's recent injuries. All reports from camp suggest that his elbow is healed and that the recent side strain is mild. This late in the draft, it's hard to find a SP capable of a 180-K season, so he's worth the risk.

5) Lance Lynn, SP, St. Louis Cardinals

Team: Jeff Paur, RTSports | Roster

I'm not sure why Lynn is going so late in drafts. He had 18 wins and nearly 200 strikeouts in his first year as a starter. Plus, he made the All-Star Game last season. He did fade toward the end of the season but much of that was because he logged a lot of innings and likely wasn't in the shape he needed to be to hold up over a full season. He dropped a lot of weight this season and looks ready to take on a bigger workload.

6) Derek Jeter, SS, New York Yankees

Team: Michael Stein, The Hardball Times | Roster

I was very pleased to get Jeter in the 17th round. True, he is coming off of ankle surgery. But Jeter will be filling my Middle Infield slot and all I am looking for is a good batting average, lots of runs scored, and some stolen bases mixed in. I fully expect Jeter to be ready to go on Opening Day. After the season he had in 2012, he has proven there is enough left in the tank for at least another season.

7) Everth Cabrera, 2B/SS, San Diego Padres

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

Middle infield is getting very thin now with Neil Walker and Derek Jeter off the board. My team appears to be solid in power and average, so I can take a shot on what could be an elite steals source.

New York Yankees SP Hiroki Kuroda
Ni Ni Ni Nick's Kuroda

8) Addison Reed, RP, Chicago White Sox

Team: Mark Chamberlin, Baseball Sharks | Roster

Happy to see him still here. With Matt Thornton already battling an injury and Reed having worked out the kinks in 2012, the table is set for him to take off this year.

9) Justin Morneau, 1B, Minnesota Twins

Team: Tim Heaney, KFFL | Roster

Didn't necessarily need another 1B or my utility spot filled, but since SPs seem all too similar at this point, why not bolster my bats even further. I'm quite high on this forgotten masher this year. A healthy 2012 and offseason set the stage for a 25- or 30-homer ceiling for this year with a .280ish BA. This covers my Paul Konerko selection a bit, too. Morneau is one of my favorite fantasy bargains for 2013.

10) Hiroki Kuroda, SP, New York Yankees

Team: Nicholas Minnix, KFFL | Roster

I was unable to pass on a good value pick. I didn't have any particular player or position in mind when this spot came up, because many of my desired targets from this point forward are probably more of the late-round variety. Kuroda, with consistently above-average skills indicators, seems like a pretty safe addition, and his projection, with regression built in, suggests that the first line of this write-up will hold true.

11) Dayan Viciedo, OF, Chicago White Sox

Team: Howard Bender, FanGraphs | Roster

Too many strikeouts and a weak walk rate will hinder the average, but the 25-home run power is legitimate. The fact that he is just 24-years old also means there's room to grow so it is quite possible that there is even more power on the horizon. Word out of Sox camp also says he may see time at first base so dual-position eligibility could be in play at some point too.

12) Marco Scutaro, 2B/SS, San Francisco Giants

Team: Pasko Varnica, Mastersball | Roster

I considered Dan Uggla, but took Scutaro because of his dual position eligibility, to cover potential loss of my primary SS Jose Reyes.

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