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 Jose Abreu, Chicago White Sox
Steve Gardner, USA TODAY/Sports Weekly | Roster
I don't know that I'm driving the Abreu bandwagon this season, but I'm definitely in the front seat. The 27-year-old has plenty of high-level experience in Cuba (1.078 OPS in 799 games) and at least one veteran Cuban baseball watcher says he's a better pure hitter than Yasiel Puig or Yoenis Cespedes. Power seems to be at a premium this year, and the 30 HRs I expect to get here in Round 6 would be a nice value. Even though I took him roughly 25 spots ahead of his ADP, there was no chance he'd make it back to me.
2) OF Billy Hamilton, Cincinnati Reds
Andrew Martinez, RotoWire | Roster
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This pick should help make up for the speed I passed on in the first two rounds in a big way. I know batting average is going to be a concern now with this roster, unless I focus in on it in the coming rounds. Still, the upside is insane with Hamilton.
3) C Salvador Perez, Kansas City Royals
Howard Bender, FanGraphs | Roster
Really torn on this pick as I was primed to take Jose Abreu on my return selection and have first base and my corner infield slots locked in. But alas, payback's a b**** and Steve Gardner returned the favor of my Jason Kipnis snipe and foiled my plans. So now it was between taking a catcher or a closer. Since it's a two-catcher league, I opted for Perez and his mid-level power and high batting average, both of which suit my team well at this point. Here's hoping for a big catcher run so that my desired closer remains on the board.
4) 2B/SS/OF Ben Zobrist, Tampa Bay Rays
Jeff Paur, RTSports | Roster
I just love the versatility of Zobrist. He qualifies at three positions, including two that are pretty scarce (2B, SS), and produces above-average numbers for all five scoring categories. He isn't a flashy fantasy pick but is solid and consistent. I plan to play him at second base, but that could change, depending on how the rest of my drafts plays out.
5) C Brian McCann, New York Yankees
Ryan Bloomfield, Baseball HQ | Roster
After seeing the top catchers fly off the board (Carlos Santana, Wilin Rosario and Salvador Perez were all taken after my Kenley Jansen pick), I wanted to be sure to grab one of the top few remaining backstops available. In a two-catcher league like this, it's important to grab at least one who can contribute reasonable value. McCann fit the bill for me. Baseball HQ has him projected for 30 HR, which I think he should meet given his power metrics, fly-ball tendency, and LHB-friendly new digs.
6) RP Greg Holland, Kansas City Royals
Nicholas Minnix, KFFL | Roster
I wanted a closer here, no matter what. Those remaining at this juncture had some of the greatest earnings projected, and no one jumped in on a run once the first two came off the board. But I kind of wanted Aroldis Chapman and, yes, Koji Uehara also. Wasn't easy. In the end, because I was in a risk-averse mood, I opted for KC's pretty clean health record. The other two have a bit more earnings potential, though, I think.
7) RP Aroldis Chapman, Cincinnati Reds
Mark Bloom, RotoExperts | Roster
I would like to thank Nick for this pick. I was struggling to decide between Chapman and Holland when Nick took Holland the pick before me. That left me with Chapman and his 100+ strikeouts and 30+ saves which I will gladly roster.
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