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 Anibal Sanchez, Detroit Tigers
Paul Sporer and Mike Gianella, Baseball Prospectus | Roster
I considered taking Jayson Werth here, knowing that he would be gone before Team Baseball Prospectus picked 29 players later, but Sanchez was too hard to pass up at this point. Sanchez has the potential to strike out 200 batters, and if he doesn't miss time again due to a minor injury (like he did in 2013), he is a good candidate to do so.
2) RP Koji Uehara, Boston Red Sox
Josh Shepardson, The Fantasy Fix | Roster
Doesn't need many K's, 'mann
If Trevor Rosenthal hadn't been selected by the Baseball Prospectus team at the wheel, he'd have been the reliever I would have opted for. Regardless, I don't have a huge gap between him and Uehara (or David Robertson for that matter) and am happy to have a relief ace on my squad.
3) C Jonathan Lucroy, Milwaukee Brewers
Ray Flowers, Baseball Guys | Roster
This might be a bit early, maybe not. The fact is that catchers are likely to start to go, and in a 15-team league I don't want to get shut out since we start two. Not overly crazy stretch to think a .290-20 season is possible for Lucroy, who has a very stable skill set.
4) SP Jordan Zimmermann, Washington Nationals
Pasko Varnica, Mastersball | Roster
Zimmermann should be the model of how to deal with TJS recovery. The subtle but significant increase in innings has done him well. Zimmermann's K rate is merely pedestrian, but he makes his hay with excellent control and limiting homers. More of the same should be expected this season -- with the possibility of another modest innings jump.
5) OF Josh Hamilton, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Michael Stein, Fantasy Judgment | Roster
Despite not having any infielders besides two first baseman, I opted to take my third outfielder with Hamilton. His value plummeted after a disastrous season in 2013, but I think he is a great pick in the 7th round. He may not approach .300 again, but I could easily see him surpassing 30 home runs and 100 RBI as he enjoys a much better sophomore season in Anaheim.
6) OF Alex Gordon, Kansas City Royals
Drew Silva, Rotoworld | Roster
Gordon stuck out to me as by far the best available fantasy option at this spot and so I grabbed him despite a propensity to wait on filling up my outfield. Gordon had 20 homers, 11 steals, 90 runs scored and 81 RBI in 2013 despite posting a three-year low .749 OPS. He has a high ceiling for 2014 on an improved Royals team.
7) 1B Mike Napoli, Boston Red Sox
Tim Heaney, KFFL | Roster
It's the third league in which I own him. He's not going to play as often as other CI choices, but he has the best raw power left among them. He could hit 30 HR even if he doesn't record 500 AB. (Imagine if he could duplicate his second halves.) I'm aiming to lock down another CI very soon to insure him, as well.
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