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 Ervin Santana, free agent
Steve Gardner, USA TODAY/Sports Weekly | Roster
I considered him with my last set of picks in Rounds 18/19, and he's still available only because he hasn't signed with a team yet. Maybe I get lucky and he signs with an NL team to fit in with the rest of my all-NL pitching staff.
2) 3B/OF Nick Castellanos, Detroit Tigers
Andrew Martinez, RotoWire | Roster
Castellanos can play 3B and OF, so he offers position flexibility, and in the lineup he'll occupy, counting stats should pile up.
3) OF Denard Span, Washington Nationals
Howard Bender, FanGraphs | Roster
He still can't draw walks as he should, but he's a strong contact hitter and has a home atop the Nationals lineup. If he can keep his OBP above .330 as he did in the second half of last year, he should score more runs and hopefully steal more bases. A decent average and 20-plus steals are all I'm looking for here.
4) OF Michael Morse, San Francisco Giants
Jeff Paur, RTSports | Roster
Morse battled injury last year, but he is a guy I'm targeting late in my drafts. I like his potential now that he is healthy and hitting in the middle of a good lineup. I look for him to have a nice rebound season. He moves to a tough hitter's park but don't forget he produced just fine numbers playing for the Nationals, a team that plays in a similar park, a few years back.
5) C Dioner Navarro, Toronto Blue Jays
Ryan Bloomfield, Baseball HQ | Roster
Wanted to grab Avila here, but Mr. Gardner scooped him up a few picks earlier. The list of rosterable catchers is low, so wanted grab my second before the long turn.
6) 2B/OF Kelly Johnson, New York Yankees
Nicholas Minnix, KFFL | Roster
I was thrilled to be able to wait on MI Johnson, a LHB who'll take shots at Yankee Stadium's short RF porch in half of his games. But his eligibility in the OF and, a month and a half into the season, at 3B, make him ideally flexible for my O. My appealing options for a backup 3B dried up.
7) OF Michael Saunders, Seattle Mariners
Mark Bloom, RotoExperts | Roster
It seems like every year experts say if Saunders could only stay healthy he could go 20-20. I know the Seattle OF is crowded, but I am willing to take the risk at this point in the draft.
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