Tim's 5 picks in the MLB.com fantasy baseball mock draft will surprise you

      October 29, 2013 @ 16:51:10 PDT

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I would've considered a starting pitcher (Zack Greinke types) in Round 6, Pick 80 overall, but picking out promising SP skills in the middle and late rounds continues to be one of my favorite activities. I understand the established credo to get top-flight pitching as dictated by the masses in NFBC-type games, but I'm not blindly falling in line when there'll be so many upside candidates at this abundant position later on.

Though taking three outfielders wasn't my plan, it's a direction I've more strongly considered in the last season or two. The dollar value in the HR-SB combo that each returned figured to be pretty secure. I also surmised that by the time I completed this exercise, there were values left at other positions that were worth the purchase with little risk.

Also, fantasy folks -- including past versions of me -- talk about the amount of outfielders you can find on the waiver wire during the season and how you should look at other positions. That may be true, and I draft some leagues in that way because my previous years of experiences dictate to do so, but in deeper contests like this one, shouldn't you buy into the position more as part of your starting lineup?

That increased insurance should aid your confidence in buying statistics from the group. You know you'll have an easier time replacing them, and the replacement value for infielders (except maybe first base), too frequently leaves plenty to be desired. You should be rotating risky chips that require minimal commitment, not hoping your high-priced pieces with smaller safety nets in the form of replacements don't get hurt.

In my next few blogs, I'll go over some of the bargain plays about which I hinted this time around. For now, I'll read all the comments about how poorly this team turned out.

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About Tim Heaney

Tim's work has been featured by USA Today/Sports Weekly, among numerous outlets, and recognized as a finalist in the Fantasy Sports Writers Association awards. The Boston University alum, who competes in LABR and Tout Wars, has won numerous industry leagues in both baseball and football.

During baseball and football season, he appears on Sirius XM Fantasy Sports Radio on Thursdays and Sundays, and every Wednesday on 1570 AM WNST in Baltimore.

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