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 Curtis Granderson, New York Mets
Paul Sporer and Mike Gianella, Baseball Prospectus | Roster
Granderson was one of the stronger players on the board. With only two outfielders on our team, I didn't push for position over stats. I considered Alfonso Soriano here but wanted a younger player. Granderson won't hit 40 home runs, but a 20-20 season is a realistic possibility.
2) SP Hiroki Kuroda, New York Yankees
Josh Shepardson, The Fantasy Fix | Roster
Janssen and Jansen
I needed another pitcher, and grabbing a closer was tempting, but Kuroda is rock solid compliment to Gerrit Cole. Think 200-plus innings of a mid-3.00 ERA with a WHIP in the vicinity of his 1.18 career mark.
3) OF Austin Jackson, Detroit Tigers
Ray Flowers, Baseball Guys | Roster
Why a 5th outfielder this early in the draft? Wasn't a plan, but Jackson was the best player on the board. By making this choice I've almost certainly relegated myself to having to take long distance shots at second, corner infield and closer.
4) DH Victor Martinez, Detroit Tigers
Pasko Varnica, Mastersball | Roster
Superb batting average, decent power, hitting for a team that is projected to score many runs -- what's not to like? Ah, yes, that he qualifies at UTIL position only.
5) SS J.J. Hardy, Baltimore Orioles
Michael Stein, Fantasy Judgment | Roster
I was surprised to have decent choices at shortstop at this point in the draft. Despite having Starlin Castro in my queue for awhile, I couldn't pull the trigger so he was gone by this point. This decision came down to Hardy versus Asdrubal Cabrera. I went with Hardy who has more power and is more consistent than Cabrera.
6) 2B Jurickson Profar, Texas Rangers
Drew Silva, Rotoworld | Roster
Profar takes care of my MI spot with the kind of upside that every fantasy baseball enthusiast desires. I'm expecting double-digit homers and double-digit steals in his first full major league season.
7) RP Grant Balfour, Tampa Bay Rays
Tim Heaney, KFFL | Roster
Going back to the team that jump-started his career isn't a bad move. Balfour's K/9 peripherals are solid, even at age 36. Closers can survive in that way.
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