Fantasy Baseball Analysis Draft: Round 14

by KFFL Staff on February 16, 2011 @ 11:50:00 PDT


1) Jose Valverde, RP, Detroit Tigers

Team: Ryan Lester, Lester's Legends | Roster

One closer isn't going to cut it and with all those picks between my 14th and 15th pick, I had to add another one. Valverde had 26 last year with a 1.16 WHIP and a 3.00 ERA. I'm hoping he avoids the second half struggles from last year.

2) J.J. Putz, RP, Arizona Diamondbacks

Team: Tim Heaney, KFFL | Roster

Briefly considered Carlos Lee but decided to complete a pair of midrange save artists. Putz's injury history is in the back of my mind, but he has no immediate competition along with closer-capable K/9 and BB/9 when he's on.

3) Craig Kimbrel, RP, Atlanta Braves

Team: Doug Anderson, RotoExperts | Roster

Detroit Tigers RP Jose Valverde
Valverde continued giant CL run

Was lucky enough to snag a closer in the middle of an unprecedented six-closer run. His control is a worry, but he's the closest thing to Carlos Marmol going. I'm thinking I have over 200 strikeouts just from my two closers ... or he could turn into Rick "Wild Thing" Vaughn.

4) Brandon Lyon, RP, Houston Astros

Team: Pasko Varnica, Mastersball | Roster

He did great in the second half last season, but the big question is, will he repeat it. He may.

5) Carlos Lee, 1B/OF, Houston Astros

Team: Ray Flowers, Baseball Guys | Roster

Amazingly consistent (11 straight years of 24 homers, 80 RBI), Lee's multipositional eligibility led me to calling out his name even though I need a catcher.

6) Neil Walker, 2B, Pittsburgh Pirates

Team: Joe Hamrahi, Baseball Prospectus | Roster

I have a soft spot for middle infielders with power (see 5th round selection Rickie Weeks). Walker is not just an up the middle power guy though. While I certainly feel it's possible for him to hit 20-25 home runs, Walker knows how to handle the bat and is capable of hitting between .290-.300 over the course of a season.

7) Colby Lewis, SP, Texas Rangers

Team: Eriq Gardner, Fantasy Ball Junkie | Roster

He won't go full price because of misperception he came out of nowhere. But Lewis is a former top prospect whose incredible success in Japan led to off-the-chart projections BEFORE last season's quote-unquote breakout.

8) Chris Perez, RP, Cleveland Indians

Team: Harold Nichols, Baseball HQ | Roster

Wanted a 3rd closer, and they were flying off board. 16 2nd half saves and improving control suggests that he has plenty of upside.

9) Brad Lidge, RP, Philadelphia Phillies

Team: Jeff Paur, RTSports | Roster

I am not a big Lidge fan by any means, but I needed a second closer and he was the best available. He had a good second half and plays for a very good team, which is encouraging. Now I just have to hope he doesn't break down, which is always possible with him.

10) Josh Beckett, SP, Boston Red Sox

Team: Nicholas Minnix, KFFL | Roster

Apologists (like Theo Epstein) cite injury and excessive flirtation with the cutter as big reasons for such a poor year. I'll buy it. Beckett is too good to be unworthy of this pick.

11) Starlin Castro, SS, Chicago Cubs

Team: Steve Gardner, USA Today | Roster

Castro was the highest-ranked player on my board at this spot. I didn't really need to fill my middle infield spot just yet, but when there's a leadoff guy who hit .300 as a 20-year-old rookie available, the potential reward seemed just too great to pass up. Hopefully, he'll be a bit more successful on the basepaths.

12) Ryan Franklin, RP, St. Louis Cardinals

Team: Collin Hager, | Roster

The run on closers earlier in the round freaked me out, and this is one of those moves that I'm not sold on. Might have been easier to punt saves than grab Franklin, but he had a solid WHIP in 2010 and will get saves in the Cardinals bullpen.

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