Fantasy Baseball Analysis Draft: Round 2

by KFFL Staff on February 8, 2011 @ 03:30:00 PDT


1) Josh Hamilton, OF, Texas Rangers

Team: Ryan Lester, Lester's Legends | Roster

Hamilton had an unbelievable season hitting .359 with 95 runs, 32 HRs, 100 RBI, and 8 SBs in 133 games. He's an injury risk due to his style of play, but when he's on (and healthy) there aren't many better hitters in the game. I considered Robinson Cano here, but wanted to take an outfielder since you start five. I'm expecting a .320-90-30-110-8 line from Hamilton.

2) David Wright, 3B, New York Mets

Team: Tim Heaney, KFFL | Roster

With Teix in tow, I could live with either Evan Longoria (picked by Mr. Lester) or Wright at my hot corner. Wright's 4.5-category line (BA up in the air) allowed me to get the bopper first. Luckily, he rebounded at home and looks to be back to his old across-the-board self.

3) Robinson Cano, 2B, New York Yankees

Team: Doug Anderson, RotoExperts | Roster

Second base is not as shallow as shortstop, but Cano still gets me some elite numbers from a middle infield slot. I figure he'll make up for some of the low average power guys I'm likely to get suckered in on later.

Josh Hamilton OF Texas Rangers
Can Hamilton stay healthy?

4) Prince Fielder, 1B, Milwaukee Brewers

Team: Pasko Varnica, Mastersball | Roster

Others are grabbing shortstops, clearly because of the position scarcity. There are 16 picks before my next turn. Should I look for a SS or not? I decided to take a reasonable risk and go with a guy will get me close to 40 HRs, over 100 RBIs and close to 100 runs.

5) Chase Utley, 2B, Philadelphia Phillies

Team: Ray Flowers, Baseball Guys | Roster

In my book, Utley is still the top dog at second, ever so slightly ahead of Robinson Cano because of his steal potential. Injured last season, Utley was still on pace for 22 homers, 88 RBI, 101 runs and 18 thefts if he had played 155 games.

6) Ryan Zimmerman, 3B, Washington Nationals

Team: Joe Hamrahi, Baseball Prospectus | Roster

Zimmerman isn't the sexy pick that Evan Longoria is, but he's sure and steady and anchors a position that isn't very deep on talent. We'll take a .290-25-90 season with 85-95 runs every time from the hot corner.

7) Joe Mauer, C, Minnesota Twins

Team: Eriq Gardner, Fantasy Ball Junkie | Roster

Too much digital ink has been wasted examining Mauer's HR prowess. Meanwhile, Mauer holds one of the greatest advantages in baseball today - the ability to far outclass his peers in crossing the plate. In a typical year, Mauer scores about 40 more runs than the average top 10 catcher. Statistically speaking, Joe Mauer is to the runs category what Carl Crawford is to the steals category.

8) Kevin Youkilis, 3B/1B, Boston Red Sox

Team: Harold Nichols, Baseball HQ | Roster

Headed for a career year before thumb injury. Rising FB rate suggests power upside, and with increased help around him in lineup 30-100-.300 could be within reach. Should qualify at 3B early in season, so positional flexibility adds to the appeal.

9) Dustin Pedroia, 2B, Boston Red Sox

Team: Jeff Paur, RTSports | Roster

I was looking at another position, but two of the three picking after me already had a first baseman. I figured I would roll the dice and go with Pedroia. He was injured much of last season but still posted big numbers when playing. He is as good as it gets at second base.

10) Jose Reyes, SS, New York Mets

Team: Nicholas Minnix, KFFL | Roster

Thyroid issue is under control. It's a walk year. Reyes can rival the production of Hanley Ramirez and Troy Tulowitzki. After Reyes, there are a couple of aging hopefuls and a steep cliff. I'll take a little risk here when the advantage can be sizable - and Reyes isn't much riskier than Tulo.

11) Roy Halladay, SP, Philadelphia Phillies

Team: Steve Gardner, USA Today | Roster

I was somewhat surprised that no one had taken a pitcher by pick 23. My choice was between Halladay and Matt Holliday so when both were available I went with as close to a sure-fire 20-game winner as there is. Although Holliday is an elite outfielder, I like a lot of the second-tier guys who should be available a couple rounds later.

12) Matt Holliday, OF, St. Louis Cardinals

Team: Collin Hager, | Roster

With a five outfielder league, I want to make sure to have one elite player manning the position. Holliday is worth that selection and then some. Holliday hit better than .300 in all but two months last season and scored 95 while driving in better than 100. All traits that make him an attractive anchor outfielder. Had him ranked inside the top-20, so feel good about him here.

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