BAD - Fantasy Baseball Draft Round 21: Speculating on Joaquin Benoit

by KFFL Staff on February 28, 2014 @ 16:26:39 PDT


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1) SP John Lackey, Boston Red Sox

Paul Sporer and Mike Gianella, Baseball Prospectus | Roster

Was a little surprised he was here this late. The bounce-back was legit, and even in a tough division he should be a solid back-end deep mixed SP.

2) 2B Josh Rutledge, Colorado Rockies

Josh Shepardson, The Fantasy Fix | Roster

Texas Rangers RP Alexi Ogando
Ogando gets another chance

Like my last pick, Rutledge is in a battle for a starting job in Colorado. Also like my last selection, Rutledge has an intriguing combination of power and speed having hit 15 homers and swiped 19 bases in 19 chances in two half seasons' worth of big league work.

3) RP Joaquin Benoit, San Diego Padres

Ray Flowers, Baseball Guys | Roster

After passing on the majority of closers, I only have Jim Henderson, I'm targeting strong pen arms that could emerge. Huston Street: less than 60 IP each of last four seasons and always hurt.

4) SP Wei-Yin Chen, Baltimore Orioles

Pasko Varnica, Mastersball | Roster

He should be healthy, hence I expect 11 to 13 wins, a respectable number from my sixth starter in a 15-team league.

5) C John Jaso, Oakland Athletics

Michael Stein, Fantasy Judgment | Roster

I typically punt catchers, so it is no surprise the pickings were slim at this point. Jaso is coming back from a concussion and will likely see a lot of time at DH, too. If he remains healthy, he can help out with batting average and a few stolen bases here and there.

6) SP Alexi Ogando, Texas Rangers

Drew Silva, Rotoworld | Roster

Ogando has battled through a bunch of injuries and role changes, and that battle may continue in 2014. But the numbers have always been good when he's healthy. Ogando has a 3.12 career ERA and 303 strikeouts in 381 major league innings.

7) OF A.J. Pollock, Arizona Diamondbacks

Tim Heaney, KFFL | Roster

Fifth-OF types rattled off quickly, so I dove into one of my favorite sleepers a bit earlier. His power-speed mix may be suppressed a bit if Cody Ross is fully healthy, but Pollock could play his way into time on his own. If he stumbles, he's easily replaceable.

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