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) C Travis d'Arnaud, New York Mets
Paul Sporer and Mike Gianella, Baseball Prospectus | Roster
Wanted a catcher. Some risk here, but preferred ceiling to boring, available options like Welington Castillo and Carlos Ruiz.
2) C Josmil Pinto, Minnesota Twins
Josh Shepardson, The Fantasy Fix | Roster
Fallen Gallardo a value
Kurt Suzuki will likely cut into Pinto's playing time, but the youngster's bat was too enticing to pass up as my second backstop. I was disappointed that Travis d'Arnaud was nabbed one pick earlier, though.
3) SP Ubaldo Jimenez, Baltimore Orioles
Ray Flowers, Baseball Guys | Roster
My expectations aren't very high for Ubaldo, but if I can get league-average ratios and 185 K's from my sixth starting pitcher, I will be satisfied.
4) SP Jon Niese, New York Mets
Pasko Varnica, Mastersball | Roster
After returning from the disabled list, Niese sported a 3.00 ERA with a 1.24 WHIP with improved strikeout and walk rates in line with what he exhibited the previous two seasons.
5) SP Yovani Gallardo, Milwaukee Brewers
Michael Stein, Fantasy Judgment | Roster
I was more surprised that Gallardo was still available here in the 19th round than I was about Peavy in the 18th. Gallardo definitely had a down season in 2013, but he has too good of a track record to give up on him at this point.
6) 1B Adam LaRoche, Washington Nationals
Drew Silva, Rotoworld | Roster
I waited too long on a first baseman but wasn't bummed to grab LaRoche. He's claiming to be in better physical shape and can probably go for 20-plus homers and 85-plus RBI on a loaded Nationals club.
7) C Carlos Ruiz, Philadelphia Phillies
Tim Heaney, KFFL | Roster
He should be more focused, man, with his Adderall exemption. Probably would've gone with d'Arnaud had he been available. Ruiz, however, remains a relatively safe C2 that'll negate some of the BA concerns with Evan Gattis, my C1.
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