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) SP Jorge De La Rosa, Colorado Rockies
Paul Sporer and Mike Gianella, Baseball Prospectus | Roster
A gamble late that in his second year back from TJS De La Rosa goes back to whiffing eight batters (or more) per nine innings. If he doesn't, there's always plenty of pitching to get via free agency, even in a deeper mixed.
2) OF Byron Buxton, Minnesota Twins
Josh Shepardson, The Fantasy Fix | Roster
Smoak 'em if you got CI room?
Owning Buxton comes down to understanding your league settings. Lineups are set weekly, so I can't play platoons, and that means using one of my bench spots to stash the highest-upside prospect in baseball.
3) 1B Ike Davis, New York Mets
Ray Flowers, Baseball Guys | Roster
I have Morneau at first, Freese at corner infield and Dunn to support. I'm hoping either Dunn or Davis takes off so I can deal. If not, I'll hit the waiver wire.
4) SP Erik Johnson, Chicago White Sox
Pasko Varnica, Mastersball | Roster
A young arm with great minor league numbers and tremendous potential, Johnson may go undrafted because he was ineffective when called up late last year. Ignore that and pick him up in deep leagues.
5) OF Chris B. Young, New York Mets
Michael Stein, Fantasy Judgment | Roster
As a Mets fan, I hated this signing during the offseason. But from a fantasy perspective, there is something to be said about getting a starting outfielder in the 25th round. He will sit on my bench unless he starts hitting and running like it's 2010.
6) 1B/3B Juan Francisco, Milwaukee Brewers
Drew Silva, Rotoworld | Roster
I wanted a player to plug into the 3B or CI spot in case Manny Machado (knee) isn't ready for the start of the regular season. Francisco fits that need with some decent power upside at a good home-run park.
7) SP Nathan Eovaldi, Miami Marlins
Tim Heaney, KFFL | Roster
Baseball's best average four-seam velo in 2013 may add secondary-pitch consistency. Similar to Jarrod Parker, this grab leaves room for ample K growth from another post-hyper. Also doesn't hurt that his home park is a pitcher's cathedral.
8) P James Paxton, Seattle Mariners
Rudy Gamble, Razzball | Roster
I am more lukewarm than most on rookie pitchers, and Paxton is no exception. Has shown below-average control and a solid (but not spectacular) K rate. But he's a lefty with a great arm (i.e. 95 mph fastball) and has a starting rotation spot in a pitcher's park. Worth the flyer.
9) 3B Trevor Plouffe, Minnesota Twins
Mark Bloom, RotoExperts | Roster
Lewis will be in the news
3B phenom Miguel Sano will have to get Tommy John Surgery. Look for Plouffe to hold down the job at the hot corner for one more season. Plouffe has some power, but I am looking to trade him if he gets off to a hot start.
10) 1B/OF Andrew Lambo, Pittsburgh Pirates
Nicholas Minnix, KFFL | Roster
Just filling the bench with hopefuls who can give great returns instead of others whose production I can more easily predict and who don't do a lot for me. The Bucs would be thrilled to see this former top prospect (LHB) take 1B PAs from RHB Gaby Sanchez. Lambo has the power to hit 25-plus bombs.
11) 1B Justin Smoak, Seattle Mariners
Ryan Bloomfield, Baseball HQ | Roster
Speculation time: Hoping that this once top prospect can regain some of the magic. I think he has 30-plus-HR power but will likely come at the expense of BA. Playing time a question too with Corey Hart and Logan Morrison to contend with.
12) SP Jacob Turner, Miami Marlins
Jeff Paur, RTSports | Roster
I think I'm higher on Turner than most as I have nabbed him in many early drafts. The once highly touted prospect has a spot in the rotation in a pitcher-friendly ballpark. He flashed some good things at times last season, and I look for him to take a step forward in 2014.
13) SP Jason Vargas, Kansas City Royals
Howard Bender, FanGraphs | Roster
There's nothing special about him, but he's a lefty who eats innings and should keep his ERA right around 4.00 at the worst. He makes for a good fill-in and potential streamer if the match-ups are right.
14) SP Colby Lewis, Texas Rangers
Andrew Martinez, Rotowire | Roster
Reports have Lewis hitting 89 mph in spring training and if he can show the command he had from before the injuries, he might make the rotation.
15) SP Trevor Cahill, Arizona Diamondbacks
Steve Gardner, USA TODAY/Sports Weekly | Roster
Last year, he had three months with ERAs under 3.00. Another at 3.22. Then there was that 0-5 record and 9.85 ERA in June that was fueled by a .402 BABIP. I'll take my chances.
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