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 Brandon Beachy, Atlanta Braves
Steve Gardner, USA TODAY/Sports Weekly | Roster
I could have played it safer by getting an innings eater like Ubaldo Jimenez or Ervin Santana. But I went for upside in a guy who had an elite strikeout rate before Tommy John surgery and who's far enough removed from it that he could be back in form. Also considered Jarrod Parker and Alex Wood.
2) SP Tyson Ross, San Diego Padres
Andrew Martinez, RotoWire | Roster
Nick takes Nick
I’m a believer in Ross’ 2013 second half, when he showed much improved command and his groundball rate spiked. Had to nab him here or he’d be gone soon.
3) SP Josh Johnson, San Diego Padres
Howard Bender, FanGraphs | Roster
Bit of a risk here with the injury history, but I'm willing to push aside the numbers from Toronto, a situation no one thought he'd succeed in. Pitching back in the NL will help him, and there's really no better park for a hurler to call home than PETCO Park. A quiet rebound is coming.
4) 2B Kolten Wong, St. Louis Cardinals
Jeff Paur, RTSports | Roster
This is a bit of a risk. Wong faltered with his few chances last year but the guy can flat-out hit and should provide some steals. I like him as a middle infield option in this deep format.
5) SP Dan Haren, Los Angeles Dodgers
Ryan Bloomfield, Baseball HQ | Roster
Still has excellent underlying skills and finished '13 with a 3.29 second-half ERA (6.15 ERA in first half). Very strong fifth starter this late.
6) OF Nick Markakis, Baltimore Orioles
Nicholas Minnix, KFFL | Roster
Talk about boring. But this is a really nice discount because of his playing time (full-timer) and stable skill set. I wanted badly to opt for more than a half dozen other players, but I felt that I had to ignore temptation and opt for smart and safe because of the makeup of my roster already.
7) SP Jose Quintana, Chicago White Sox
Mark Bloom, RotoExperts | Roster
I am not usually a fan of AL pitching, but I am a big fan of White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper. Cooper has shown that he can get the best out of his staff. Quintana had a good 2013, but with a little luck may be able to take the next step into a legitimate 15-game winner.
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