BAD - Fantasy Baseball Draft Round 15: Nelson Cruz finds new team, drafter

by KFFL Staff on February 25, 2014 @ 11:43:46 PDT

 

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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) 2B Anthony Rendon, Washington Nationals

Paul Sporer and Mike Gianella, Baseball Prospectus | Roster

Hoping the potential plays up to a 20-HR season at MI, but if it doesn't, the floor is comparable to most of the MI options remaining on the board.

2) RP Nate Jones, Chicago White Sox

Josh Shepardson, The Fantasy Fix | Roster

Cleveland Indians SP Corey Kluber
Kluber is pop-u-lar

The White Sox sending Addison Reed to the desert created a closer vacancy, and while Jones isn't a lock for the gig, he's the most skilled reliever and has the ideal big strikeout rate (10.27 K/9 in 2013), big fastball, and a high ground-ball rate to boot.

3) SP Corey Kluber, Cleveland Indians

Ray Flowers, Baseball Guys | Roster

An ideal fourth starter, Kluber had an 8.31 K/9, only walked 33 batters and had a 1.60 GB/FB ratio while throwing his heater 93.2 mph. Me like.

4) SP Dan Straily, Oakland Athletics

Pasko Varnica, Mastersball | Roster

I see an injury-free history and decent upside. With Oakland wanting to compete for the postseason this year, a mid-teens wins total is not out of the question.

5) OF Nelson Cruz, Baltimore Orioles

Michael Stein, Fantasy Judgment | Roster

Cruz remained undrafted due in large part to the uncertainty of where he would eventually sign. When it was announced Cruz signed with the Orioles, I immediately queued him up with only one team picking in front of me. Fortunately he was passed over so I gladly took him. Cruz is a tremendous bargain in the 15th round as my fifth outfielder since he should thrive hitting in Baltimore's lineup with an easily attainable 25-30 home runs.

6) OF Carl Crawford, Los Angeles Dodgers

Drew Silva, Rotoworld | Roster

I grabbed Crawford as my fourth outfielder for this five-outfielder league. He doesn't light up the scoreboard anymore, but he'll probably be good value here in the 15th round if he's able to stay healthy.

7) SP Marco Estrada, Milwaukee Brewers

Tim Heaney, KFFL | Roster

Another one of My Guys, the deceptive RHP has notched two great second halves in a row. Despite tepid velocity, homer problems and health concerns, his strikeout makeup and WHIP suppression make him one of the most attractive middle-rounds breakthrough candidates among SP.

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