BAD - Fantasy Baseball Draft Round 23: Andre Ethier among speculation picks

by KFFL Staff on March 3, 2014 @ 07:51:32 PDT

 

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KFFL's Fantasy Baseball Analysis Draft (BAD) and League is unlike most expert leagues. Whether you're a rookie or a savvy vet, you can pick up something to add to your rotisserie baseball strategy.

1) 1B James Loney, Tampa Bay Rays

Paul Sporer and Mike Gianella, Baseball Prospectus | Roster

Still needed a corner. While a lot of experts like "upside" at the back end, we already have some BA risks. Loney is a safer play than guys like Justin Smoak, Ike Davis and Mark Reynolds.

2) SP Marcus Stroman, Toronto Blue Jays

Josh Shepardson, The Fantasy Fix | Roster

Toronto Blue Jays SP Marcus Stroman
Stroman not a straw-man pick

The prospect reports on this diminutive starter are glowing, his minor league stats are sparkling, and I was sold when I watched him pitch in the Arizona Fall League on MLB Network. It's not inconceivable he could break camp in the Blue Jays rotation.

3) RP Cody Allen, Cleveland Indians

Ray Flowers, Baseball Guys | Roster

John Axford is no lock to hold on to the Indians closer gig and Allen is likely next in line. Over 77 outings last year Allen had a 2.43 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and an off-the-charts 11.26 K/9.

4) SS Yunel Escobar, Tampa Bay Rays

Pasko Varnica, Mastersball | Roster

In the last round for your starting lineup, you do not want a player who may hurt you and who may not get enough at-bats. Escobar is a full-timer with an upside.

5) RP Mark Melancon, Pittsburgh Pirates

Michael Stein, Fantasy Judgment | Roster

I only have one closer, so I needed to grab another relief pitcher who can get some vulture saves. I was going to take Allen, but he was snatched up right before my pick. I went with Melancon, who was great for the Pirates filling in for Jason Grilli last year. He at least helps with ERA and WHIP.

6) OF Corey Dickerson, Colorado Rockies

Drew Silva, Rotoworld | Roster

Dickerson will serve as my fifth outfielder in this five-outfielder league. He was a .321/.379/.601 hitter in 377 minor league games with hints of decent pop and speed. Might bat leadoff this year atop a potent Rockies lineup.

7) 2B/OF Emilio Bonifacio, Chicago Cubs

Tim Heaney, KFFL | Roster

There were a few safer (and even more exciting) picks I could've made, but Bonifacio's eligibility combo and penchant to run whenever he gets PT solidified this one. He should play at least a few times per week in this lineup -- fine for a bench flyer.

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