Fantasy Baseball Analysis Draft: Round 3

by KFFL Staff on March 13, 2013 @ 09:45:12 PDT

 

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1) Edwin Encarnacion, 1B, Toronto Blue Jays

Team: Josh Shepardson, Baseball Prospectus | Roster

I nearly pulled the trigger on David Wright, and Clayton Kershaw was considered, but ultimately I couldn't pass up Encarnacion. His power is legit, and his fly-ball-driven swing should assure him over 30 homers this year. Being part of a bolstered Blue Jays' lineup should also aid him in runs and RBIs, where he'll be a monster contributor.

Arizona Diamondbacks 1B Paul Goldschmidt
Goldschmidt golden at 3.2?

2) Paul Goldschmidt, 1B, Arizona Diamondbacks

Team: Mark Bloom, RotoExperts | Roster

After Buster Posey and Edwin Encarnacion went before me, I thought that Goldschmidt was the last stud 1B left on the board. Sure, I could get an Eric Hosmer-type guy later, but Goldschmidt has 40 HR potential and stole a few bases too. Now with my first three picks I have about 100 HR and 60 SB projected.

3) Starlin Castro, SS, Chicago Cubs

Team: Ray Flowers, Baseball Guys/SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio | Roster

I really wanted to take David Wright here. However, with a 3B (Miguel Cabrera) and another 3B eligible player (Hanley Ramirez) already on my roster with my first two picks, I couldn't justify locking up my corner infield spot this early with a third 3B eligible player.

4) David Wright, 3B, New York Mets

Team: Bill Macey, Baseball HQ | Roster

I was surprised both Clayton Kershaw and Stephen Strasburg were still available at this point in the draft and was sorely tempted to take one of them, knowing neither stood much chance of coming back to me in round 4. However, third base gets ugly quickly so I decided to grab one of the few remaining stars at the position in what was probably my last chance to do so.

5) Jacoby Ellsbury, OF, Boston Red Sox

Team: Jeff Paur, RTSports | Roster

I almost had a no brainer here, but David Wright goes the pick before me. I was shocked to see him fall that far. Instead, I have a tough call between several players. It came down to Ian Kinsler and Ellsbury. Since I already had a second baseman, I went ahead and took Ellsbury, looking for him to rebound in a big way from his shoulder injury. He can be a five-category elite player when all is going well, which I'm hoping for from him this season.

6) Ian Kinsler, 2B, Texas Rangers

Team: Michael Stein, The Hardball Times | Roster

I struggled with this pick because there were several top SP's still on the board such as Kershaw, Price and Strasburg. I committed myself to waiting at least 4 rounds before taking a pitcher, and I honored that by grabbing Kinsler. He had a down year in 2012, but I expect him to rebound now that he must make up for the production lost by Josh Hamilton's departure.

How did the round finish?

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