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Fantasy Baseball Analysis Draft: Round 13
By KFFL Staff
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
Romo is the Giants' closer. Too soon for a second RP? Five closers went right after I picked Romo.
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