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) 1B Eric Hosmer, Kansas City Royals
Paul Sporer and Mike Gianella, Baseball Prospectus | Roster
Since my partner, Paul, took an outfielder at 4.60 with Yoenis Cespedes, it made going with the best player on my board an easy choice. I considered Adrian Gonzalez as well, but decided the extra speed that Hosmer adds was too good to pass up.
2) DH David Ortiz, Boston Red Sox
Josh Shepardson, The Fantasy Fix | Roster
Donaldson safe now?
A trio of hitters that included Hosmer, Ortiz and Josh Donaldson were under consideration with my last pick. Hosmer was snatched up by the co-owned Baseball Prospectus team at the turn, so I'll happily make it three years in a row of owning Ortiz in the BAD league and treating my utility position as a "fake" first base and slotting his luscious numbers there.
3) SS Elvis Andrus, Texas Rangers
Ray Flowers, Baseball Guys | Roster
All three of the guys I wanted ended up falling to me in the 5th. We start two catchers, and that made the backstops very enticing. There were still plenty of decent SS options left but it really came down to my personal preference for the stability of Andrus.
4) 3B Josh Donaldson, Oakland Athletics
Pasko Varnica, Mastersball | Roster
Donaldson's excellent walk rate and very good contact rate demonstrate he has the skills to continue to be productive and 2013 wasn't a fluke, but some give-back should be expected. In 2014 I expect over 90 runs and RBIs, HRs in the 20s and a batting average over .280.
5) 1B Adrian Gonzalez, Los Angeles Dodgers
Michael Stein, Fantasy Judgment | Roster
I already have Freddie Freeman at first base, but I couldn't let A-Gone pass me by. He will fill my CI spot nicely with a near .300 batting average along with 20+ home runs and 100 RBI. His power has diminished over the past couple years, but he is still the anchor of a talented Dodgers' lineup and is as consistent as they come.
6) SP Zack Greinke, Los Angeles Dodgers
Drew Silva, Rotoworld | Roster
I needed to grab my first starting pitcher and Greinke was the best available option. The 30-year-old right-hander should be a lock for an ERA under 3.00, 175-plus strikeouts and around 15 wins. I considered Cole Hamels, but his spring shoulder tendinitis was enough to sway me in the other direction.
7) OF Jason Heyward, Atlanta Braves
Tim Heaney, KFFL | Roster
This may be my make-or-break pick. I'm hoping the 1B market falls in my favor for my next selection so I can try one more time to capture J-Hey's ceiling. His injuries last year were bad luck, not signs of a brittle body. In 2014, I think he'll either break through or bottom out. For this price, which I think is a bit cheap, I'm willing to take the chance for the former. If he goes 20-15, I'll consider this pick successful.
Click for the rest of Round 5!
Love a pick? Hate a pick? Like the way a team is rounding out? Think a team should throw in the towel already? Share your feedback on the page of each round and on Facebook and Twitter (#BADfantasy)!
BAD Home | BAD Rosters | KFFL's Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide
About KFFL Staff
KFFL, part of USA TODAY Sports, has been turning fantasy sports players into winners since 1996!
We are your one stop for all of your fantasy football, baseball, NASCAR, hockey and basketball needs all year long.
Don't miss these great reports....