Fantasy Baseball Analysis Draft: Round 23

by KFFL Staff on February 21, 2011 @ 12:45:00 PDT


1) Omar Infante, 2B/3B/SS, Florida Marlins

Team: Collin Hager, | Roster

Complete flexibility play. Likely bats second in FLA, which could add elite runs scored to a .300 average. Not asking for a star, but fill-in numbers with upside.

2) Nyjer Morgan, OF, Washington Nationals

Team: Steve Gardner, USA Today | Roster

There seems to be a lot of cheap speed available late in mixed drafts this season. Unfortunately, there's not a lot left here in Round 23. Morgan did swipe a total of 76 bases over the past two seasons. And he's the best on the board for steals as we enter reserve territory.

3) Hong-Chih Kuo, RP, Los Angeles Dodgers

Team: Nicholas Minnix, KFFL | Roster

I expect J-Brox to maintain his grip, at least in short term, but prospect of drifter's saves combined with outstanding rates (much like Matt Thornton's MO) was enticing. In hindsight, probably overvalued Kuo.

Daniel Bard RP Boston Red Sox
Bard is buried behind two closers

4) Carlos Zambrano, SP, Chicago Cubs

Team: Jeff Paur, RTSports | Roster

I really considered Travis Wood here, but went with Zambrano because of his track record and strong finish to last season. The Cubs should be better and Zambrano can lead the staff if he is on his game.

5) Daniel Bard, RP, Boston Red Sox

Team: Harold Nichols, Baseball HQ | Roster

Good backup for Papelbon who should produce excellent ERA/WHIP in his own right.

6) J.D. Drew, OF, Boston Red Sox

Team: Eriq Gardner, Fantasy Ball Junkie | Roster

Drew seems forgotten, but he has averaged 22 HRs the past three seasons and should have decent run and RBI totals with batting average regression and Boston's strong lineup.

7) Will Venable, OF, San Diego Padres

Team: Joe Hamrahi, Baseball Prospectus | Roster

Intriguing combination of power and speed for a potential leadoff hitter. Should have plenty of chances to score runs batting at the top of the order, even for the anemic San Diego offense.

8) Brandon League, RP, Seattle Mariners

Team: Ray Flowers, Baseball Guys | Roster

I'm not at all convinced that David Aardsma will be healthy and/or effective (he's likely to miss the start of the year). I wrote about this situation in A Hip that Makes You Hop.

9) Jeff Niemann, SP, Tampa Bay Rays

Team: Pasko Varnica, Mastersball | Roster

In a 12-team mixed league, a bench warmer with potential.

10) Fernando Rodney, RP, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Team: Doug Anderson, RotoExperts | Roster

Rodney is one of those picks that leaves you a little queasy afterward. He's not guaranteed the job, but should have at least an opportunity to close out games. He can actually be pretty dominant for long stretches, it just gets ugly when he gets out of sync.

11) Nate McLouth, OF, Atlanta Braves

Team: Tim Heaney, KFFL | Roster

Though he's battling Jordan Schafer, McLouth probably has the advantage. He's due for a bounce-back, and I like the 15-15 profile. As a No. 5 OF, why not?

12) Chase Headley, 3B, San Diego Padres

Team: Ryan Lester, Lester's Legends | Roster

Headley has decent potential and is a solid utility option while giving me depth at third base and the corner infield position. He doesn't offer much power, but does provide a fair share of stolen bases.

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