Posted March 24, 2013 by DaveGawron in Fantasy Baseball

Fantasy Baseball Insiders League 2013 Draft Results


Faced with a tough decision, I chose Andrew McCutchen as the fourth overall pick in the draft.

The draft results can help you prepare for any 12-team mixed snake draft league. I went into this draft hoping to adhere to my basic strategy…

  1. Set my hitting foundation within the first several picks, focusing on the four non-stolen base categories.
  2. Then sprinkling in some strong starting pitchers while rounding out my hitting with decent-BA, 20-20 type hitters.
  3. Then considering some decent catchers and mid-level closers
  4. Then looking at SB and HR specialists, not worrying terribly about BA since I built that up earlier.

Was I able to adhere to my strategy? Here is how it all went down, with round-by-round commentary:

Round 1
Pick Team Player
1 Fantasy Sports Empires Cabrera, Miguel 3B DET
2 RotoRob Trout, Mike CF LAA 
3 Rich Wilson – Prospect361.com Braun, Ryan LF MIL 
4 eXpertLeagues.com Gawron McCutchen, Andrew CF PIT
5 CBS Sports Cano, Robinson 2B NYY
6 eXpertLeagues.com/FantasyGamedaySimon Kemp, Matt CF LAD 
7 The Fantasy Sports Brain Votto, Joey 1B CIN
8 KFFL – Hernandez Pujols, Albert 1B LAA 
9 MyFantasyLinks.com Gonzalez, Carlos LF COL
10 The Sherpas Hamilton, Josh CF LAA
11 Planet 10 Tulowitzki, Troy SS COL
12 Joel Henard Stanton, Giancarlo RF MIA

Miggy and Trout both went ahead of Braun? I say you have to go with Braun first. Then you can debate about Miggy-Trout or Trout-Miggy. The fourth spot stinks. I don’t want to waste my 2b slot where I cound on steals later on the power-hitting Cano. It feels too early for Pujols or Votto. I’m not sold on those Rockies (Car-Go and Tulo) or Hamilton staying healthy. That leaves us with Kemp or McCutchen. McCutchen’s BA may drop, but I believe the counting numbers will hold steady (or just regress slightly). McCutchen was my pick by process of elimination!

Round 2
Pick Team Player
1 Joel Henard Fielder, Prince 1B DET 
2 Planet 10 *Kershaw, Clayton SP LAD 
3 The Sherpas Posey, Buster C SF
4 MyFantasyLinks.com Verlander, Justin SP DET 
5 KFFL – Hernandez Bautista, Jose LF TOR
6 The Fantasy Sports Brain Reyes, Jose SS TOR 
7 eXpertLeagues.com/FantasyGamedaySimon Longoria, Evan 3B TB 
8 CBS Sports Pedroia, Dustin 2B BOS 
9 eXpertLeagues.com Gawron Beltre, Adrian 3B TEX 
10 Rich Wilson – Prospect361.com Harper, Bryce RF WAS 
11 RotoRob Upton, Justin RF ATL 
12 Fantasy Sports Empires Heyward, Jason RF ATL

I love Kershaw and Verlander, but you need offense early. I don’t approve of SPs in Round 2, no matter how good they are. It sets you back too much. I was hoping for Wright or Beltre here, and both were available, so I went with Beltre. 3B can be a tough position after the top ones fly off the board, so I wanted to be set at that position early.

Round 3
Pick Team Player
1 Fantasy Sports Empires Jones, Adam CF BAL
2 RotoRob Cespedes, Yoenis CF OAK
3 Rich Wilson – Prospect361.com Strasburg, Stephen SP WAS 
4 eXpertLeagues.com Gawron Wright, David 3B NYM
5 CBS Sports Encarnacion, Edwin 1B TOR
6 eXpertLeagues.com/FantasyGamedaySimon Kinsler, Ian 2B TEX
7 The Fantasy Sports Brain Price, David SP TB 
8 KFFL – Hernandez Castro, Starlin SS CHC 
9 MyFantasyLinks.com Gonzalez, Adrian 1B LAD 
10 The Sherpas Lee, Cliff SP PHI 
11 Planet 10 Headley, Chase 3B SD
12 Joel Henard Ramirez, Hanley 3B LAD

There are man-crushes on Harper, Cespedes, and Adam Jones all across the country, so those picks are common in this part of the draft. I would have loved Pedroia here, but he went early. It felt like a good chance to end up with BOTH Wright and Beltre, so I pulled the trigger on Wright, thus cornering (no pun intended) the third base market. This draft happened before Headley and Hanley got hurt, obviously.

Round 4
Pick Team Player
1 Joel Henard Desmond, Ian SS WAS
2 Planet 10 Goldschmidt, Paul 1B ARI
3 The Sherpas Ellsbury, Jacoby CF BOS
4 MyFantasyLinks.com Zimmerman, Ryan 3B WAS 
5 KFFL – Hernandez Hamels, Cole SP PHI 
6 The Fantasy Sports Brain Wieters, Matt C BAL 
7 eXpertLeagues.com/FantasyGamedaySimon Butler, Billy 1B KC
8 CBS Sports Holliday, Matt LF STL
9 eXpertLeagues.com Gawron Hernandez, Felix SP SEA 
10 Rich Wilson – Prospect361.com Bruce, Jay RF CIN 
11 RotoRob Darvish, Yu SP TEX 
12 Fantasy Sports Empires Craig, Allen 1B STL 

I love Desmond here and was also hoping that I could continue my BA-HR-RBI run with Butler or Holliday, but I JUST missed out on them. I could have gone with Craig, but I couldn’t pass on King Felix with the ninth pick of the fourth round.

Round 5
Pick Team Player
1 Fantasy Sports Empires Lawrie, Brett 3B TOR
2 RotoRob Cain, Matt SP SF 
3 Rich Wilson – Prospect361.com Greinke, Zack SP LAD 
4 eXpertLeagues.com Gawron *Santana, Carlos C CLE
5 CBS Sports Zobrist, Ben RF TB 
6 eXpertLeagues.com/FantasyGamedaySimon Wainwright, Adam SP STL 
7 The Fantasy Sports Brain Kipnis, Jason 2B CLE
8 KFFL – Hernandez Weaver, Jered SP LAA 
9 MyFantasyLinks.com Mauer, Joe C MIN
10 The Sherpas *Sabathia, CC SP NYY 
11 Planet 10 Prado, Martin LF ARI
12 Joel Henard Gonzalez, Gio SP WAS

My internet gave out for a minute and left me with Santana here as an auto-pick. Lesson learned: when drafting on the internet, ALWAYS have desired players in your queue. He was not part of my strategy, but in the end, he was not a terrible pick here. I personally would have preferred the elite BA of Joe Mauer, but I’ll take the power from Santana anyway.

Round 6
Pick Team Player
1 Joel Henard Upton, B.J. CF ATL 
2 Planet 10 Choo, Shin-Soo RF CIN 
3 The Sherpas Altuve, Jose 2B HOU
4 MyFantasyLinks.com Sale, Chris SP CHW 
5 KFFL – Hernandez Gordon, Alex LF KC 
6 The Fantasy Sports Brain Davis, Chris RF BAL 
7 eXpertLeagues.com/FantasyGamedaySimon Jennings, Desmond CF TB
8 CBS Sports Bourn, Michael CF CLE
9 eXpertLeagues.com Gawron Molina, Yadier C STL
10 Rich Wilson – Prospect361.com Kimbrel, Craig RP ATL 
11 RotoRob Scherzer, Max SP DET 
12 Fantasy Sports Empires Bumgarner, Madison SP SF

With no other players jumping out at me at this point, I went ahead and filled my second catcher position with another elite option. I like the Choo and Gordon picks here as well. Kimbrel is awesome, but I have no desire for a closer in Round 6.

Round 7
Pick Team Player
1 Fantasy Sports Empires Gallardo, Yovani SP MIL 
2 RotoRob Freeman, Freddie 1B ATL
3 Rich Wilson – Prospect361.com Dickey, R.A. SP TOR 
4 eXpertLeagues.com Gawron Teixeira, Mark 1B NYY 
5 CBS Sports Ramirez, Aramis 3B MIL 
6 eXpertLeagues.com/FantasyGamedaySimon Rollins, Jimmy SS PHI
7 The Fantasy Sports Brain Montero, Miguel C ARI 
8 KFFL – Hernandez Trumbo, Mark LF LAA
9 MyFantasyLinks.com Martinez, Victor DH DET 
10 The Sherpas Phillips, Brandon 2B CIN
11 Planet 10 Hill, Aaron 2B ARI 
12 Joel Henard Shields, James SP KC

This one hurt (Teixeira), but that’s what happens when you draft on March 4. I like all of the other picks in this round, especially Freeman and V-Mart.

Round 8
Pick Team Player
1 Joel Henard Moore, Matt SP TB
2 Planet 10 *Ortiz, David DH BOS 
3 The Sherpas Napoli, Mike C BOS 
4 MyFantasyLinks.com Cabrera, Asdrubal SS CLE
5 KFFL – Hernandez Davis, Ike 1B NYM 
6 The Fantasy Sports Brain Sandoval, Pablo 3B SF 
7 eXpertLeagues.com/FantasyGamedaySimon Rizzo, Anthony 1B CHC
8 CBS Sports Latos, Mat SP CIN 
9 eXpertLeagues.com Gawron Andrus, Elvis SS TEX 
10 Rich Wilson – Prospect361.com Hosmer, Eric 1B KC 
11 RotoRob Aoki, Norichika OF MIL
12 Fantasy Sports Empires Rosario, Wilin C COL

That’s too early for Ortiz, given the inherent injury risk and DH-only eligibility. Looking at the asterisk, perhaps he was an unintentional auto-pick (always have some targets in your queue!). Davis, Rizzo, and Hosmer are three young, studly first-basemen. I probably should have kept building my power with Hosmer but instead got my starting shortstop. Looking back, I should have just taken Alcides Escobar in Round 10 instead.

Round 9
Pick Team Player
1 Fantasy Sports Empires Perez, Salvador C KC
2 RotoRob Zimmermann, Jordan SP WAS 
3 Rich Wilson – Prospect361.com Victorino, Shane CF BOS
4 eXpertLeagues.com Gawron Rios, Alex CF CHW
5 CBS Sports Cueto, Johnny SP CIN 
6 eXpertLeagues.com/FantasyGamedaySimon Medlen, Kris RP ATL 
7 The Fantasy Sports Brain Gardner, Brett CF NYY
8 KFFL – Hernandez Cruz, Nelson RF TEX 
9 MyFantasyLinks.com Granderson, Curtis CF NYY 
10 The Sherpas Halladay, Roy SP PHI 
11 Planet 10 Lucroy, Jonathan C MIL
12 Joel Henard Weeks, Rickie 2B MIL

Round 9 is a great spot for Salvador Perez. He has a shot at matching Mauer’s stats but at a lower cost. I like trying to get a few 20/20 type talents around this point of the draft, so Rios was a logical choice at this point. I’m not a fan of a slap-hitting outfielder (Gardner) or middle-tier catcher (Lucroy) here.

Round 10
Pick Team Player
1 Joel Henard Jackson, Austin CF DET
2 Planet 10 Cuddyer, Michael RF COL
3 The Sherpas Eaton, Adam LF ARI
4 MyFantasyLinks.com Morrow, Brandon SP TOR 
5 KFFL – Hernandez Montero, Jesus C SEA
6 The Fantasy Sports Brain Kennedy, Ian SP ARI 
7 eXpertLeagues.com/FantasyGamedaySimon Chapman, Aroldis RP CIN 
8 CBS Sports Cabrera, Melky LF TOR
9 eXpertLeagues.com Gawron Walker, Neil 2B PIT
10 Rich Wilson – Prospect361.com Peavy, Jake SP CHW 
11 RotoRob Motte, Jason RP STL
12 Fantasy Sports Empires Lincecum, Tim SP SF 

Many pitchers are now flying off the board, but this is a daily lineup league. I’ll take advantage of that with streaming pitchers later. I continue to build my offense with Neil Walker, one of the last “solid” second-basemen in my opinion at this juncture. Eaton was taken before he was injured, but even then, it felt high for him.

Round 11
Pick Team Player
1 Fantasy Sports Empires Gomez, Carlos CF MIL
2 RotoRob Escobar, Alcides SS KC
3 Rich Wilson – Prospect361.com Papelbon, Jonathan RP PHI
4 eXpertLeagues.com Gawron Aybar, Erick SS LAA
5 CBS Sports Lester, Jon SP BOS 
6 eXpertLeagues.com/FantasyGamedaySimon Soriano, Rafael RP WAS
7 The Fantasy Sports Brain Middlebrooks, Will 3B BOS 
8 KFFL – Hernandez Anderson, Brett SP OAK 
9 MyFantasyLinks.com Howard, Ryan 1B PHI 
10 The Sherpas Kuroda, Hiroki SP NYY 
11 Planet 10 Willingham, Josh LF MIN 
12 Joel Henard Ackley, Dustin 2B SEA 

I went with too much speed in this draft and left myself lacking in the HR & RBI categories. I should have taken Willingham or Konerko but instead took another slap-hitting SS in Aybar. I like Kuroda in Round 11.

Round 12
Pick Team Player
1 Joel Henard Johnson, Josh SP TOR 
2 Planet 10 Rivera, Mariano RP NYY 
3 The Sherpas Wilson, C.J. SP LAA 
4 MyFantasyLinks.com Suzuki, Ichiro RF NYY 
5 KFFL – Hernandez *Hart, Corey 1B MIL 
6 The Fantasy Sports Brain De Aza, Alejandro CF CHW
7 eXpertLeagues.com/FantasyGamedaySimon Pence, Hunter RF SF
8 CBS Sports Revere, Ben CF PHI 
9 eXpertLeagues.com Gawron Rodney, Fernando RP TB 
10 Rich Wilson – Prospect361.com Crawford, Carl LF LAD 
11 RotoRob Moustakas, Mike 3B KC 
12 Fantasy Sports Empires Konerko, Paul 1B CHW

I like C.J. Wilson bouncing back this season. Rever will steal many bases for the Phillies. I went with a closer I feel comfortable with. No, he won’t be quite as good as he was in 2012, but he’ll certainly be good enough to earn this draft position. I’m not touching Crawford this season. I do like Moustakas and Konerko in this round.

Round 13
Pick Team Player
1 Fantasy Sports Empires Rutledge, Josh SS COL
2 RotoRob LaRoche, Adam 1B WAS
3 Rich Wilson – Prospect361.com Morales, Kendrys 1B SEA
4 eXpertLeagues.com Gawron Pagan, Angel CF SF
5 CBS Sports Samardzija, Jeff SP CHC 
6 eXpertLeagues.com/FantasyGamedaySimon Romo, Sergio RP SF 
7 The Fantasy Sports Brain Utley, Chase 2B PHI
8 KFFL – Hernandez Machado, Manny 3B BAL
9 MyFantasyLinks.com Wilhelmsen, Tom RP SEA 
10 The Sherpas Seager, Kyle 3B SEA
11 Planet 10 Estrada, Marco SP MIL 
12 Joel Henard Doumit, Ryan C MIN

People seem to really like Rutledge, so if you like him too, this is probably where you need to take him. LaRoche and Morales are solid power sources in Round 13. I just missed them and took yet another speedster. I definitely have a surplus. Samardzija is a great source of strikeouts this late. People really like Estrada, I have noticed, as well. There’s no need to reach for him, though. I love catchers that won’t play catcher much during the season. Go Doumit!

Round 14
Pick Team Player
1 Joel Henard Haren, Dan SP WAS 
2 Planet 10 Johnson, Jim RP BAL
3 The Sherpas Fister, Doug SP DET 
4 MyFantasyLinks.com Harvey, Matt SP NYM 
5 KFFL – Hernandez Holland, Greg RP KC 
6 The Fantasy Sports Brain Perkins, Glen RP MIN 
7 eXpertLeagues.com/FantasyGamedaySimon Morse, Michael LF SEA
8 CBS Sports Alvarez, Pedro 3B PIT
9 eXpertLeagues.com Gawron Sanchez, Anibal SP DET 
10 Rich Wilson – Prospect361.com Nathan, Joe RP TEX 
11 RotoRob McCann, Brian C ATL 
12 Fantasy Sports Empires Putz, J.J. RP ARI

Round 14, starting pitching time! Welcome to my team, Anibal. I love his win potential with the Tigers. Morse is a good late power source in Round 14. Notice that a bunch of closers went off the board here. I waited a bit longer for saves after taking Rodney in Round 12.

Round 15
Pick Team Player
1 Fantasy Sports Empires *Cabrera, Everth SS SD
2 RotoRob Axford, John RP MIL 
3 Rich Wilson – Prospect361.com Parker, Jarrod SP OAK 
4 eXpertLeagues.com Gawron Bailey, Homer SP CIN 
5 CBS Sports Minor, Mike SP ATL 
6 eXpertLeagues.com/FantasyGamedaySimon Niese, Jonathon SP NYM 
7 The Fantasy Sports Brain Reddick, Josh LF OAK 
8 KFFL – Hernandez Espinosa, Danny 2B WAS
9 MyFantasyLinks.com Marte, Starling CF PIT 
10 The Sherpas Jeter, Derek SS NYY 
11 Planet 10 Myers, Wil RF TB 
12 Joel Henard Reed, Addison RP CHW

I love how Bailey pitched down the stretch last year. Marte is intriguing. I’m not sure about waiting for Myers in a standard roto league, but in Round 15, I can’t call it a bad pick.

Round 16
Pick Team Player
1 Joel Henard Harrison, Matt SP TEX 
2 Planet 10 Vogelsong, Ryan SP SF 
3 The Sherpas Belt, Brandon 1B SF 
4 MyFantasyLinks.com Cain, Lorenzo CF KC 
5 KFFL – Hernandez Maybin, Cameron CF SD
6 The Fantasy Sports Brain Morneau, Justin 1B MIN 
7 eXpertLeagues.com/FantasyGamedaySimon Street, Huston RP SD 
8 CBS Sports Hanrahan, Joel RP BOS 
9 eXpertLeagues.com Gawron *Ethier, Andre RF LAD 
10 Rich Wilson – Prospect361.com Segura, Jean SS MIL
11 RotoRob Kendrick, Howard 2B LAA
12 Fantasy Sports Empires Beltran, Carlos CF STL

Power becomes scarce in Round 16, so I’m hoping for 20 homers from Ethier. Cain and Segura are good upside picks. I worry about a breakdown from Beltran.

Round 17
Pick Team Player
1 Fantasy Sports Empires Markakis, Nick RF BAL 
2 RotoRob Viciedo, Dayan RF CHW 
3 Rich Wilson – Prospect361.com Hardy, J.J. SS BAL
4 eXpertLeagues.com Gawron Betancourt, Rafael RP COL 
5 CBS Sports Lynn, Lance SP STL 
6 eXpertLeagues.com/FantasyGamedaySimon Ogando, Alexi RP TEX 
7 The Fantasy Sports Brain Fowler, Dexter CF COL 
8 KFFL – Hernandez Hellickson, Jeremy SP TB 
9 MyFantasyLinks.com Beckett, Josh SP LAD 
10 The Sherpas Grilli, Jason RP PIT 
11 Planet 10 Ryu, Hyun-Jin SP LAD 
12 Joel Henard Youkilis, Kevin 3B NYY 

With most of the best closers now off the board, I took a shot with Betancourt in Coors. Lynn and Becket should return the Round 17 investment without a problem. Fowler is a good 15-15 possibility late.

Round 18
Pick Team Player
1 Joel Henard Broxton, Jonathan RP CIN 
2 Planet 10 Dunn, Adam 1B CHW 
3 The Sherpas Swisher, Nick RF CLE 
4 MyFantasyLinks.com Bonifacio, Emilio CF TOR
5 KFFL – Hernandez Jansen, Kenley RP LAD
6 The Fantasy Sports Brain Marcum, Shaun SP NYM 
7 eXpertLeagues.com/FantasyGamedaySimon Avila, Alex C DET
8 CBS Sports Janssen, Casey RP TOR 
9 eXpertLeagues.com Gawron Cishek, Steve RP MIA
10 Rich Wilson – Prospect361.com Perez, Chris RP CLE 
11 RotoRob Fujikawa, Kyuji RP CHC
12 Fantasy Sports Empires Hanson, Tommy SP LAA

I like snapping up saves late. Cishek should get 25 at least. Avila is a solid Round 18 catcher. I can’t stomach a potentially horrific BA from Dunn. Swisher is nice here, though. I’m out on Marcum and Hanson this year.

Round 19
Pick Team Player
1 Fantasy Sports Empires Frieri, Ernesto RP LAA
2 RotoRob Gyorko, Jedd 3B SD 
3 Rich Wilson – Prospect361.com Ruiz, Carlos C PHI 
4 eXpertLeagues.com Gawron Balfour, Grant RP OAK 
5 CBS Sports Freese, David 3B STL 
6 eXpertLeagues.com/FantasyGamedaySimon Saunders, Michael LF SEA
7 The Fantasy Sports Brain Hammel, Jason SP BAL 
8 KFFL – Hernandez Cook, Ryan RP OAK 
9 MyFantasyLinks.com Uggla, Dan 2B ATL 
10 The Sherpas Hudson, Tim SP ATL 
11 Planet 10 Worley, Vance SP MIN 
12 Joel Henard Pierzynski, A.J. C TEX

I took one more shot at some saves with Balfour. Hudson lacks Ks but is a nice ERA and WHIP booster in Round 19.

Round 20
Pick Team Player
1 Joel Henard Miller, Shelby RP STL 
2 Planet 10 d’Arnaud, Travis C NYM
3 The Sherpas Marmol, Carlos RP CHC 
4 MyFantasyLinks.com League, Brandon RP LAD 
5 KFFL – Hernandez Holland, Derek SP TEX 
6 The Fantasy Sports Brain Parnell, Bobby RP NYM 
7 eXpertLeagues.com/FantasyGamedaySimon Cobb, Alex SP TB 
8 CBS Sports Burnett, A.J. SP PIT 
9 eXpertLeagues.com Gawron Garza, Matt SP CHC 
10 Rich Wilson – Prospect361.com Plouffe, Trevor 3B MIN 
11 RotoRob Iwakuma, Hisashi SP SEA 
12 Fantasy Sports Empires Hamilton, Billy SS CIN

I wanted Cobb but settled for Garza. He’ll be fine, especially with the injury discount! Parnell is nice at this point. Plouffe offers excellent power for Round 20, and Hamilton HAS to steal at least 20 bases if not 30 or more, right?

Round 21
Pick Team Player
1 Fantasy Sports Empires Norris, Bud SP HOU 
2 RotoRob Span, Denard CF WAS
3 Rich Wilson – Prospect361.com Rosenthal, Trevor RP STL 
4 eXpertLeagues.com Gawron Dempster, Ryan SP BOS 
5 CBS Sports Madson, Ryan RP LAA 
6 eXpertLeagues.com/FantasyGamedaySimon Frazier, Todd 3B CIN 
7 The Fantasy Sports Brain Martin, Leonys OF TEX 
8 KFFL – Hernandez Drew, Stephen SS BOS
9 MyFantasyLinks.com Griffin, A.J. SP OAK 
10 The Sherpas Ruggiano, Justin LF MIA 
11 Planet 10 Hunter, Torii CF DET
12 Joel Henard Werth, Jayson RF WAS

I wanted to keep building up my strikeouts, so Dempster was the choice there. No picks really impressed me in this round.

Round 22
Pick Team Player
1 Joel Henard Taveras, Oscar CF STL
2 Planet 10 Scutaro, Marco 2B SF
3 The Sherpas Murphy, David LF TEX
4 MyFantasyLinks.com Simmons, Andrelton SS ATL
5 KFFL – Hernandez Saltalamacchia, Jarrod C BOS 
6 The Fantasy Sports Brain Chen, Wei-Yin SP BAL 
7 eXpertLeagues.com/FantasyGamedaySimon Arencibia, J.P. C TOR
8 CBS Sports Brown, Domonic RF PHI 
9 eXpertLeagues.com Gawron Kubel, Jason LF ARI
10 Rich Wilson – Prospect361.com Soriano, Alfonso LF CHC 
11 RotoRob Ramirez, Erasmo SP SEA 
12 Fantasy Sports Empires Miley, Wade SP ARI 

I was happy to get some more power late in Kubel. It will be interesting to see what Domonic Brown turns into this season.

Round 23
Pick Team Player
1 Fantasy Sports Empires Santos, Sergio RP TOR
2 RotoRob Nakajima, Hiroyuki SS OAK
3 Rich Wilson – Prospect361.com Infante, Omar 2B DET
4 eXpertLeagues.com Gawron Crisp, Coco CF OAK 
5 CBS Sports Rondon, Bruce P DET 
6 eXpertLeagues.com/FantasyGamedaySimon Pierre, Juan CF MIA
7 The Fantasy Sports Brain Pestano, Vinnie RP CLE 
8 KFFL – Hernandez Jay, Jon LF STL
9 MyFantasyLinks.com Bauer, Trevor SP CLE 
10 The Sherpas Venable, Will RF SD
11 Planet 10 Niemann, Jeff SP TB 
12 Joel Henard Ludwick, Ryan RF CIN

I was already loaded with speed, but you can never have too much, so I grabbed Crisp. Pierre and Venable offer more speed  here, too.

Round 24
Pick Team Player
1 Joel Henard Stubbs, Drew CF CLE
2 Planet 10 Fiers, Mike SP MIL 
3 The Sherpas Buchholz, Clay SP BOS 
4 MyFantasyLinks.com Tillman, Chris SP BAL 
5 KFFL – Hernandez Rodriguez, Wandy SP PIT 
6 The Fantasy Sports Brain Milone, Tommy SP OAK 
7 eXpertLeagues.com/FantasyGamedaySimon Cozart, Zack SS CIN
8 CBS Sports Moss, Brandon 1B OAK
9 eXpertLeagues.com Gawron Cahill, Trevor SP ARI 
10 Rich Wilson – Prospect361.com Gregerson, Luke RP SD
11 RotoRob Ramos, Wilson C WAS 
12 Fantasy Sports Empires Veras, Jose RP HOU

I used the rest of the draft to take starting pitchers that I could stream in based on matchups. Cahill was first in line. Everything else in Round 24 was pretty vanilla.

Round 25
Pick Team Player
1 Fantasy Sports Empires Lohse, Kyle SP STL 
2 RotoRob Robertson, David RP NYY 
3 Rich Wilson – Prospect361.com Iannetta, Chris C LAA
4 eXpertLeagues.com Gawron Hughes, Phil SP NYY 
5 CBS Sports Jaso, John C OAK
6 eXpertLeagues.com/FantasyGamedaySimon McCarthy, Brandon SP ARI 
7 The Fantasy Sports Brain Chisenhall, Lonnie 3B CLE 
8 KFFL – Hernandez Young, Michael 1B PHI
9 MyFantasyLinks.com Quentin, Carlos LF SD
10 The Sherpas Nelson, Chris 3B COL
11 Planet 10 Cole, Gerrit SP PIT 
12 Joel Henard Flowers, Tyler C CHW

Looking back post-draft, I should have taken McCarthy over Hughes. If two starting pitchers are similar, it’s generally a better idea to go with the one in the NL.

Round 26
Pick Team Player
1 Joel Henard Beckham, Gordon 2B CHW
2 Planet 10 Profar, Jurickson 2B TEX
3 The Sherpas Berkman, Lance 1B TEX 
4 MyFantasyLinks.com Jackson, Edwin SP CHC 
5 KFFL – Hernandez Cashner, Andrew RP SD 
6 The Fantasy Sports Brain Coke, Phil RP DET
7 eXpertLeagues.com/FantasyGamedaySimon Pettitte, Andy SP NYY 
8 CBS Sports Grandal, Yasmani C SD 
9 eXpertLeagues.com Gawron Vargas, Jason SP LAA 
10 Rich Wilson – Prospect361.com Gee, Dillon SP NYM 
11 RotoRob Keppinger, Jeff 3B CHW 
12 Fantasy Sports Empires Johnson, Kelly 2B TB 

Not much to say about this round. I thought Vargas was the best starting pitcher available.

Round 27
Pick Team Player
1 Fantasy Sports Empires Reynolds, Mark 1B CLE
2 RotoRob Davis, Wade RP KC 
3 Rich Wilson – Prospect361.com Doubront, Felix SP BOS 
4 eXpertLeagues.com Gawron Garcia, Jaime SP STL 
5 CBS Sports Santana, Johan SP NYM 
6 eXpertLeagues.com/FantasyGamedaySimon Greene, Tyler 2B HOU
7 The Fantasy Sports Brain Carter, Chris 1B HOU 
8 KFFL – Hernandez Murphy, Daniel 2B NYM 
9 MyFantasyLinks.com Doolittle, Sean RP OAK 
10 The Sherpas Jones, Garrett 1B PIT
11 Planet 10 Marshall, Sean RP CIN
12 Joel Henard Colvin, Tyler LF COL

A healthy Garcia has a shot at doing some damage (in a good way). If he gets hurt, I have no problem dropping a Round 27 pick. Reynolds and Jones offer good power very late.

Round 28
Pick Team Player
1 Joel Henard Jimenez, Ubaldo SP CLE 
2 Planet 10 Smyly, Drew SP DET 
3 The Sherpas Conger, Hank C LAA
4 MyFantasyLinks.com Martin, Russell C PIT 
5 KFFL – Hernandez Smoak, Justin 1B SEA
6 The Fantasy Sports Brain Burton, Jared RP MIN
7 eXpertLeagues.com/FantasyGamedaySimon Beachy, Brandon SP ATL 
8 CBS Sports Hicks, Aaron OF MIN 
9 eXpertLeagues.com Gawron McDonald, James SP PIT 
10 Rich Wilson – Prospect361.com Bourjos, Peter CF LAA
11 RotoRob Lewis, Colby SP TEX 
12 Fantasy Sports Empires Melancon, Mark RP PIT

McDonald is still young and has a chance to become more consistent. Lewis could do well when he returns to the mound later in the season. That’s a nice lottery ticket.

Round 29
Pick Team Player
1 Fantasy Sports Empires Ibanez, Raul LF SEA
2 RotoRob Castro, Jason C HOU
3 Rich Wilson – Prospect361.com Kratz, Erik C PHI
4 eXpertLeagues.com Gawron Maholm, Paul SP ATL 
5 CBS Sports Carpenter, Matt 1B STL
6 eXpertLeagues.com/FantasyGamedaySimon Storen, Drew RP WAS
7 The Fantasy Sports Brain Ramirez, Alexei SS CHW
8 KFFL – Hernandez Herrera, Kelvin RP KC
9 MyFantasyLinks.com Clippard, Tyler RP WAS 
10 The Sherpas Phelps, David RP NYY 
11 Planet 10 Rasmus, Colby CF TOR 
12 Joel Henard Valverde, Jose RP DET

Maholm could pick up more wins with the Braves than he did with his past teams. Ramirez was a good pick this late.

I’m too heavy on the steals side and light on the power side, but I believe I accomplished my goals of having enough batting average in my offense. I’m happy with my saves on the pitching end, and with daily lineup changes, the starting pitchers I drafted should have me covered well enough until some free agents get hot enough to use. I like the chances of my team contending despite the early loss of Teixeira.

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