Fantasy Baseball Analysis Draft: Round 7

by KFFL Staff on February 22, 2010 @ 12:00:00 PDT


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1) Mariano Rivera, RP, New York Yankees

Team: Joe Hamrahi, Baseball Prospectus | Roster

Every year someone says this is the year the great Rivera will show his age. Every year Mo proves them wrong. I selected Rivera last year, and he proved to be as valuable as ever. Closing out games for a Yankees team bound to score a lot of runs, Rivera will once again get the opportunity to record 40-plus saves in 2010. Would you bet against him?

2) Jonathan Papelbon, RP, Boston Red Sox

Team: Ryan Lester, Lester's Legends | Roster

A couple of top closers already came off the board, and there is a long time until I pick again. If I chose to wait on a closer here, I could be looking at scraps in the eighth round. Papelbon should be good for around 40 saves, a sub-2.00 ERA, a sub 1.00 WHIP and 75 K.

3) Josh Hamilton, OF, Texas Rangers

Team: Doug Anderson, RotoExperts | Roster

Jay Bruce, OF, Cincinnati Reds
Bruce capped run on outfielders
Like my last pick, Johan Santana, Hamilton is a year removed from first-round status. Injuries concern me, but his potential in that park was just too tempting. I feel like taking a risk at this point in the draft; an owner can recover. Others were reaching for scarce positions. I had to go for a possible fantasy MVP. No doubt he's a boom or bust. A boom goes a long way toward winning a league.

4) Derrek Lee, 1B, Chicago Cubs

Team: Collin Hager, | Roster

I was hoping to grab Justin Morneau in Round 4, so when he went two selections before my pick I held off at first base until Lee. He tore up the second half last year and is still a 30-home run threat that will hit close to .300. The swing seems to be back, and he is a good value selection.

5) Shin-Soo Choo, OF, Cleveland Indians

Team: Jeff Paur, RTSports | Roster

I'd rather get a player on the rise than the decline, which is why I went with Choo over Bobby Abreu. Choo is a five-tool player. He might not be off the charts in any one area, but he has the potential to post above-average numbers across the board, especially if he hits in the heart of the Indians lineup this season.

6) Bobby Abreu, OF, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Team: Nicholas Minnix, KFFL | Roster

He's 36 on opening day, but his fade has been gradual. Power is where he's least dependable, and another 30 steals aren't likely. Abreu is a fairly save investment for a .290 BA, 100 R, 90 RBI. Right about here, you see reaches, great value and Abreu - just about right.

7) Adam L. Jones, OF, Baltimore Orioles

Team: Steve Gardner, USA Today | Roster

This may be my first true reach of the draft, but I have Jones ranked higher than most everyone else so I figured I had to back it up. Last year's injury derailed a very good season. I like his 20-20 potential and know that if he's healthy, he'll be in the lineup everyday. Also considered a SS here but couldn't pick one who was definitely better than the rest.

8) Torii Hunter, OF, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Team: Harold Nichols, Baseball HQ | Roster

Remains a potent power-speed combo. Flashed amazing power in first half before injuries spoiled second half production. Has upside even at his age if he finds that first-half power again. Always produces a solid BA and double-digit steals.

9) Andrew McCutchen, OF, Pittsburgh Pirates

Team: Ray Flowers, Baseball Guys | Roster

Took a bit of a chance here, though the potential was too enticing to pass on. He could struggle and basically repeat last season (.286-12-54-75-22), or he could break out, hit 20 homers, steal 30 bases, score 100 runs and be a top-10 outfielder in 2010.

10) Jay Bruce, OF, Cincinnati Reds

Team: Tim Heaney, KFFL | Roster

ADP? Please. Not here. Bruce offered platinum upside in the remaining slew of outfielders, and I wasn't waiting any longer. I consider Bruce's '09 extended Triple-A; his wrist injury wrecked it. From Bruce, I'll start with 25-30 homers and hope for an average around .270, maybe with growth against lefties.

11) Matt Wieters, C, Baltimore Orioles

Team: Pasko Varnica, Mastersball | Roster

It feels smart to have a good catcher. I do not like using a high pick for one, but Wieters in the seventh looks good to me. True, catchers are typically late bloomers and this kid is young, but I think that he will not disappoint in 2010. Other than a respectable average of almost .290, I prefer not to predict other categories.

12) Joe Nathan, RP, Minnesota Twins

Team: Eriq Gardner, The Hardball Times | Roster

Relief pitchers can be fickle and scary, but Nathan is as solid in profile as they possibly get. He typically posts a low enough ERA and WHIP to transcend the reliever's stereotype as a one-category force. The best value on the board.

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