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) C Wilson Ramos, Washington Nationals
Steve Gardner, USA TODAY/Sports Weekly | Roster
With no catcher on my roster, I went for upside in the 26-year-old Ramos. He hit 16 homers last season in only 287 at-bats, a HR/AB rate that was just behind Evan Gattis' among catchers. Although Gattis was still on the board, I worry about him being replaced for defensive purposes or getting more days off. A full season of Ramos seemed like a better choice.
2) RP Sergio Romo, San Francisco Giants
Andrew Martinez, RotoWire | Roster
For my first RP I decided to go with Romo, whom I'm a little surprised is still available. He's been plenty durable, and while he might not have elite strikeout numbers, he can miss bats with his slider. If I didn't get a RP here, I fret at the thought of what might be left for me in Round 11.
3) SP Masahiro Tanaka, New York Yankees
Howard Bender, FanGraphs | Roster
A risky pick here for sure as we've yet to see him pitch regularly against MLB hitters. He was the best thing since sliced bread until he signed with the Yankees and then suddenly everyone was running him down with regard to his strikeout rate and potential home runs. Oh well. Haters are gonna hate. The upside here is phenomenal, so it's a 10th-round chance I'm willing to take.
4) DH Billy Butler, Kansas City Royals
Jeff Paur, RTSports | Roster
I needed offense and felt Butler was the best offensive player available. His value is hurt some because he just qualifies at utility but I still think he is a solid fantasy bat that is worth grabbing. He won't provide any help with steals but the rest of his numbers are above average, so I will take that at this point in the draft. And I think his production could get even better this season with a better supporting cast in place.
5) SP Alex Cobb, Tampa Bay Rays
Ryan Bloomfield, Baseball HQ | Roster
Coming off an excellent 2.76 ERA and 1.15 WHIP last year, with strong K% and GB% numbers to back it up. Durability is an issue, but last year's injury (getting hit in the head with a batted ball) was rather fluky. Good bet for profit if he hits 30+ starts.
6) 3B Brett Lawrie, Toronto Blue Jays
Nicholas Minnix, KFFL | Roster
You know Lawrie's story. I'm pretty happy to land a couple of rebound and/or breakthrough candidates with above-average talent at both shortstop (last round) and third base since I didn't address those positions for a while. I took Starlin Castro in Round 9 because I figured Lawrie was likelier to come back to me, given the roster configurations behind me.
7) SP Julio Teheran, Atlanta Braves
Mark Bloom, RotoExperts | Roster
Admittedly I was a bit bummed when Cobb went two picks before me, but I more than made do with selecting Teheran. Teheran was the poster child for "post-hype sleeper" last year and should be able to build on last year's success. Expect the Braves to let him throw close to 200 IP which should produce close to 200 K's.
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