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Fantasy Baseball Analysis Draft: Round 13

By KFFL Staff

1) Mariano Rivera, RP, New York Yankees

Team: Josh Shepardson, Baseball Prospectus | Roster

Rivera's recovery from a torn ACL doesn't appear as if it will cost him any time in the regular season. Before the injury he was rock steady, and because the injury wasn't to his arm I believe he'll pick up where he left off as one of the best closers in baseball.

Philadelphia Phillies 2B Chase Utley
A dangerous Chase?

2) Rafael Soriano, RP, Washington Nationals

Team: Mark Bloom, RotoExperts/SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio | Roster

Once I saw that both the closers I wanted were available I decided to take Soriano over Romo. It was a close call, but Romo's potential inability to pitch multiple nights in a row was the reason I passed on him.

3) Ben Revere, OF, Philadelphia Phillies

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

Smart to take him with Juan Pierre and Coco Crisp still on the board? Probably not, but I'm a big fan of Revere's speed game.

4) Alejandro De Aza, OF, Chicago White Sox

Team: Bill Macey, Baseball HQ | Roster

I was looking to get a speedy OF that had a bit of pop and I think De Aza fits the bill. He's just 28 and plays in a great hitter's park, so I think there's a decent chance he improves on his 2012 season, which was his first full season in the big leagues.

5) Chase Utley, 2B, Philadelphia Phillies

Team: Jeff Paur, RTSports | Roster

At this point of the draft, I thought Utley was worth the risk. I was looking to get my middle infield spot filled and decided between Utley and Dan Uggla with this pick. I just thought Utley had more upside. Sure, his knees are a mess, but we know what he can do if he is healthy and playing well.

6) Andre Ethier, OF, Los Angeles Dodgers

Team: Michael Stein, The Hardball Times | Roster

I seriously considered Ichiro Suzuki and Angel Pagan here, but I went for Ethier who is more productive in the homerun and RBI categories. Ethier will be batting in the middle of a potent lineup and should have ample opportunities to hit with men on base. He is capable of hitting close to .300 if he can do better against lefties, but I am fine with production in the .275 range with 20 home runs and 80 RBI from my fourth outfielder.

7) Nick Swisher, 1B/OF, Cleveland Indians

Team: Steve Gardner, USA TODAY/Sports Weekly | Roster

The corner infield spots seemed to be drying up at this point. I really liked the 1B/3B eligibility Todd Frazier offered, but Swisher also qualifies at two positions as well and is a safer bet to put up slightly better overall numbers.

Cincinnati Reds 3B Todd Frazier
Frazier has left the building

8) Todd Frazier, 1B/3B, Cincinnati Reds

Team: Mark Chamberlin, Baseball Sharks | Roster

13 rounds in and I have filled out all CI, OF, and UTIL positions. A part of me is saying maybe I misvalued those positions, but then I look at my projections vs. what it takes to win and I could draft the bottom of the barrel at other offensive positions (as long as they can run) and still come out ahead. Cheers!

9) Greg Holland, RP, Kansas City Royals

Team: Tim Heaney, KFFL | Roster

There were stoppers with more experience available, but it took me about 2 seconds to make this selection. His skills are off the charts, and while he may have some bouts with walks, his overall package made me confident in backing him as my top stopper. This bullpen and lineup are sneaky good.

10) Angel Pagan, OF, San Francisco Giants

Team: Nicholas Minnix, KFFL | Roster

Pagan fits my team very well at this point. I've been contemplating when to jump into the RP pool, but I'm siding with my evaluations of undervalued situations, so I'll wait. Pagan is one of our highest-projected outfielders remaining, with reliable BA skills and the capacity to net 25-plus steals. I need more of both of those traits, and Pagan has fallen a bit, unsurprisingly, since he's an unexciting player.

11) Cameron Maybin, OF, San Diego Padres

Team: Howard Bender, FanGraphs | Roster

He's my fantasy Achilles' heel. So much love for his skill set, yet only one season where he's really shown great fantasy production. Every year I say this is the year he's going to put it all together, but this really could be the year. He's just turning 26 years old, entering his prime, the fences at PETCO Park are coming in ... no really, I mean it!

12) Sergio Romo, RP, San Francisco Giants

Team: Pasko Varnica, Mastersball | Roster

Romo is the Giants' closer. Too soon for a second RP? Five closers went right after I picked Romo.


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