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) SP Zack Wheeler, New York Mets
Paul Sporer and Mike Gianella, Baseball Prospectus | Roster
Needs surpasses best player on the board at this point, and Wheeler fits the mode of a solid SP with upside that we need.
2) OF Colby Rasmus, Toronto Blue Jays
Josh Shepardson, The Fantasy Fix | Roster
Razzball's Rudy loves this value
Unless Rasmus cuts back on his strikeouts, his average will almost certainly drop into the .250s this year, but with 20-plus homers and ample run production stats I'll take the bad with the good.
3) SP Taijuan Walker, Seattle Mariners
Ray Flowers, Baseball Guys | Roster
I missed out on all the closers and thought it was too early to go the middle-reliever route. Success of all those young arms last year helped lead to this selection.
4) 1B/DH Corey Hart, Seattle Mariners
Pasko Varnica, Mastersball | Roster
His 30-HR potential and respectable BA are well worth a gamble in the 17th round. While I expect regression, he should not be ignored.
5) SS Derek Jeter, New York Yankees
Michael Stein, Fantasy Judgment | Roster
Leave it to a Mets fan to grab Jeter for the last time on a fantasy team. After Jimmy Rollins was taken a few picks before, I opted to fill my middle infield spot with Jeter, who is looking to come back after a lost year. He appears healthy and should provide Jeterian stats (.300 batting average, 100 runs scored, 10-15 stolen bases). Yes, "Jeterian" is an adjective.
6) SP Rick Porcello, Detroit Tigers
Drew Silva, Rotoworld | Roster
It seems like there are always good, late SP values in a draft with industry people. Porcello had massively improved peripherals in 2013 and should win a bunch of games this season on a good Tigers team.
7) SS Erick Aybar, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Tim Heaney, KFFL | Roster
I required the biggest SB return possible from my MI spot. The clean picking of alternatives by my opponents did led me to the boring but stable Aybar. If he lands in the leadoff spot, I'll be happier about this selection, which is hardly exciting.
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