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 Norichika Aoki, Kansas City Royals
Steve Gardner, USA TODAY/Sports Weekly | Roster
My team seems to be fairly balanced. My first thought was to grab more power, but there are several solid hitters who offer across-the-board skills still available. I opted for Aoki because he'll be leading off for a Royals offense I believe will improve in 2014.
2) SS Andrelton Simmons, Atlanta Braves
Andrew Martinez, RotoWire | Roster
Couldn't ignore SS any longer. I debated Simmons, Brad Miller, Jonathan Villar and Jed Lowrie and felt Simmons had the fewest warts.
3) OF Oswaldo Arcia, Minnesota Twins
Howard Bender, FanGraphs | Roster
He's young and he's raw, but he's mashed at every level he's played at so far. With more consistent playing time this year, he should continue that trend.
4) RP Huston Street, San Diego Padres
Jeff Paur, RTSports | Roster
Again, this is a bit out of the norm for me -- grabbing another closer this early -- but with many teams grabbing a second closer, I felt I better act now before it is too late. I'm pretty sure it will be very slim pickings by the time I pick next. I thought hard about Jim Henderson with this pick but just went with the more proven option in Street.
5) SP Patrick Corbin, Arizona Diamondbacks
Ryan Bloomfield, Baseball HQ | Roster
Needed to go SP here with only two so far. Corbin's late-season slide has been well-documented, but his underlying skills were actually better in the 2nd half. Don't think he'll regress as much as most think.
6) 1B Kendrys Morales, free agent
Nicholas Minnix, KFFL | Roster
I saw quite a drop-off at 1B after Morales and need that CI. Mark Teixeira, Justin Morneau, Adam Lind, Adam LaRoche, Brandon Moss ... those may work out for someone, but I know Morales will get the ABs wherever he signs. Hope it's Baltimore, but the numbers last year in Seattle were good enough.
7) SP Tony Cingrani, Cincinnati Reds
Mark Bloom, RotoExperts | Roster
While many teams wait for top LIMA picks at pitcher, I prefer a different strategy. I call it STUD. Get all the stud players I can at any point in the draft. Cingrani is a stud and although some may be scared off by his FB%, I will take strikeouts and talent any day.
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