KFFL's Fantasy Baseball Analysis Draft (BAD) and League is unlike most expert fantasy games. First, this isn't a mock draft. At end of the 2014 season, we'll crown a champion of this rotisserie baseball league. Second, our 15-team, 28-round fantasy baseball draft doesn't come with post-game summaries. It provides you with each participant's mindset at the time he selected.
1) SP Max Scherzer, Detroit Tigers
Paul Sporer and Mike Gianella, Baseball Prospectus | Roster
We didn't have an outfielder yet so I considered going that route here, but Scherzer was the highest rated player on my board and with so many pitchers going early, I didn't want to pass and wait until 4.60 for what would be left in that spot.
2) SS Jose Reyes, Toronto Blue Jays
Josh Shepardson, The Fantasy Fix | Roster
Josh sees Jose on his team
Part of my rationale behind selecting Posey with my last pick was the hope that one of Ian Desmond or Reyes would fall to me. While I prefer Desmond, I'll happily take the Blue Jays' leadoff hitter slotting in at my shortstop position. Reyes was bitten by the injury bug in 2013, but he hasn't dealt with hamstring problems since 2011, which is comforting. Something in the neighborhood of 100 runs, 12 homers, 25-plus stolen bases and an average in the .290 neighborhood.
3) OF Alex Rios, Texas Rangers
Ray Flowers, Baseball Guys | Roster
Two homers from a 20/40 season, Rios is a fairly dynamic option, and this selection gives me three elite-level outfielders in my first three picks. I really wanted Jose Reyes here, I considered grabbing him in round 2, and lost out on him by one pick. Damn it.
4) 2B Ian Kinsler, Detroit Tigers
Pasko Varnica, Mastersball | Roster
It is not the scarcity, which I considered, as much as playing at the top of that Tigers' attack that made me select Kinsler. He is projected to produce close to 100 runs, more than any other 2B. Do not compare with his 2013 stats; he lost playing time due to injury.
5) OF Jose Bautista, Toronto Blue Jays
Michael Stein, Fantasy Judgment | Roster
This pick came down to a choice between Bautista and Giancarlo Stanton. Both have prolific power but both come with some risks. I opted for Bautista, who has the fortune of hitting in a better lineup and friendlier confines at the Rogers Centre. Bautista has had multiple injuries over the past few years so I will need him to stay relatively healthy for this pick to pay off.
6) OF Giancarlo Stanton, Miami Marlins
Drew Silva, Rotoworld | Roster
I went with five-category guys in the first two rounds (Hanley Ramirez and Dustin Pedroia) and simply wanted the best available power bat with my third-round pick. Stanton was it. If he plays 150-plus games, he should reach 35 home runs. The 24-year-old will be looking to cash in next winter in his second year of arbitration.
7) OF Shin-Soo Choo, Texas Rangers
Tim Heaney, KFFL | Roster
Another five-category dynamo, Choo landed in the only place that could help his skills more than Cincinnati. In this lineup, 100 runs should be a lock, with 20-20 territory firmly in his sights. I enjoy the diversity of my core.
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