BAD - Fantasy Baseball Draft Round 22: Talent, pure upside become aims

by KFFL Staff on February 28, 2014 @ 19:19:09 PDT


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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) OF Carlos Quentin, San Diego Padres

Steve Gardner, USA TODAY/Sports Weekly | Roster

Power is a valuable commodity, especially if you can get it late. Quentin will spend time on the DL, but he's always productive when healthy.

2) OF Melky Cabrera, Toronto Blue Jays

Andrew Martinez, RotoWire | Roster

St. Louis Cardinals P Carlos Martinez
Tim aims for talent late ... bullseye

Health issues and past PED usage have understandably dropped Melky's value, but if he hits second in the Blue Jays lineup, the runs should be there.

3) SP Phil Hughes, Minnesota Twins

Howard Bender, FanGraphs | Roster

Always been a fan but the struggles in hitter-friendly New York have always worn him down in the fantasy world. He could prove to be one of those guys who just needs to get out of the Big Apple and pitcher-friendly Minnesota just might be the right place for him.

4) C Welington Castillo, Chicago Cubs

Jeff Paur, RTSports | Roster

This was another need pick. I needed a second catcher and wanted to grab one before having to really dig for options. Castillo should fill this role well for me. He'll hit a few homers and produce a decent average in a hitter's ballpark.

5) 1B Yonder Alonso, San Diego Padres

Ryan Bloomfield, Baseball HQ | Roster

One of "my guys" to grab late in drafts. Started '13 hot until a hand injury wrecked his power in June. Former top prospect, great plate skills -- worth a flier.

6) RP Joakim Soria, Texas Rangers

Nicholas Minnix, KFFL | Roster

I love Neftali Feliz to win Texas' closer job, but my investment doesn't preclude a smart approach. Opening day is a month away, a lot can happen. Soria, like Feliz, returned from TJS last season. He's poised to regain his pre-2011 form this year. This tactic has paid off a few times in past years.

7) C Hank Conger, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Mark Bloom, RotoExperts | Roster

With practically no respectable catchers left, I bit the bullet and picked Hank Conger. Conger is the poster child of "way way post-hype sleeper." Catchers seem to get better with age, so maybe this is the year he hits 18 HR and wins the job outright from Chris Iannetta.

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