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) OF Michael Cuddyer, Colorado Rockies
Steve Gardner, USA TODAY/Sports Weekly | Roster
There seemed to be a sizable gap between Cuddyer and the other hitters left on my board. Shane Victorino was also a consideration, but I like Cuddyer hitting in Coors Field better. I now have four 20-homer, 80-RBI guys in eight rounds.
2) 2B/3B/OF Martin Prado, Arizona Diamondbacks
Andrew Martinez, RotoWire | Roster
With this pick I felt like I needed to address MI, add more power or go after Cole Hamels, who has started to slide in this draft. I debated Domonic Brown and Curtis Granderson for the power, but went with Prado for the batting average floor and position flexibility, of which I have none at this point.
3) SP James Shields, Kansas City Royals
Howard Bender, FanGraphs | Roster
It's time to start building that pitching staff. Shields is a savvy veteran who can give me over 200 innings with close to 200 strikeouts and an ERA hovering near 3.50. With a stronger offense in Kansas City, he should see a fair amount of added run support, something he was lacking through most of last season. The wheels will fall off the wagon one day, but now does not appear to be that time.
4) RP Glen Perkins, Minnesota Twins
Jeff Paur, RTSports | Roster
I normally don't take a closer this early but felt my hand was forced some to do this. I really wanted a top-10 closer in this 15-team format and with eight already off the board, I thought now was the time to act with my next pick several spots away. I just didn't expect another top guy left by the time I picked again. Perkins isn't the household name of some of the other elite guys, but he is a big strikeout pitcher who cemented his name last season as the Twins top closer.
5) OF Shane Victorino, Boston Red Sox
Ryan Bloomfield, Baseball HQ | Roster
Continuing to stock up on hitters here. Victorino has been one of the more consistent and underrated OFs in baseball the last few seasons. He's posted $20+ seasons for six seasons in a row. Getting older, yes, but I prefer his all-around production to any other OF available here. I had Victorino and Cuddyer neck and neck here, so I'm glad Steve Gardner helped make the choice for me.
6) SP Danny Salazar, Cleveland Indians
Nicholas Minnix, KFFL | Roster
I've already taken some flak for this pick. I get it. I hesitated and nearly reached for a 3B here, but it just didn't feel necessary. Or right. I spent enough time in research and projection on this RHP that I have virtually no doubts about his earnings potential and his likelihood to hit it. When a player fits that bill for you, you get him before it's likely that anyone else will. This was that time. I'd be happy with any number of pitchers here, but I think Salazar has a great chance to outdo all of them.
7) OF Leonys Martin, Texas Rangers
Mark Bloom, RotoExperts | Roster
I was actually considering taking Perkins here in order to add another elite closer, but he went a couple of picks before me. Once he was gone, I wanted to find some more speed to balance some of the power I added with my previous picks. Martin lost some at-bats last year to Craig Gentry, but now with Craig Gentry in Oakland, I think he gets 580-600 AB which should give him a great shot at 10 HR and 40 SB.
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