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I’ve been footballin’ like it’s 2010 over on the other side of Razzball and was happy to get the baseball side of my brain lubed up. You can see Rotoworld’s Drew Silva’s take on the first half of the mock here and the second half here.  And while you’re clicking random hyperlinks, click here and follow me on twitter.  I’d like to give an extra thank you to frequent commenter, Steve, for being a sounding board for my picks.  Blame him for the ones you don’t like and praise me for the ones you like. Got it?  All in all I feel like this team would be a contender if it were a real fake team. Here are my fellow mockaletes:

Eno Sarris (FanGraphs.com)
Auto-Queue (Computer, and great guy to have a beer with)
Drew Silva (Rotoworld)
Steve Gardner (USA Today)
Tim Dierkes (MLBTradeRumors)
Mike Axisa (River Ave. Blues)
Jesse Spector (New York Daily News)
Sam Miller (Orange County Register)
Chet Gresham (Razzball)
Dan Wade (Bleacher Report)
Thor Nystrom (Rotoworld)
D.J. Short (Rotoworld)

1. (9) Mark Teixeira - I feel good about getting Tex at #9.  I thought hard on Matt Kemp because I love me some multi-tool players but Tex has some nice tools himself.  Ok, enough about men’s tools and how much I like them.  In the New Yankee Donkshop, Tex is a great tool to build the rest of your team.

2. (16) David Wright – My first of many value rebound players, Wright is too good to be no good, cuz he lays wood, even in the Metco hood.  Or something.  I don’t feel that great about third basemen this year anyway, so I’m okay to take a little risk with Wright.

3. (33) Brandon Phillips – At this point in the draft I’m thinking, “Donut delivery, it’s got to be feasible, you wake up Sunday morning and want a pastry, but don’t want to get out in the cold…” And I was also thinking, shortstop is weak and Jose Reyes and Jimmy Rollins are still on the board with four picks before me, but after them it’s a perfect shizz storm of shortstops I’d rather not have.  So as soon as the J.R.’s go, I look toward another weak position and grab the 20/20 stability that is Brando.

4. (40) Justin Morneau - As long as Morneau can stand upright he is good value with the 40th pick.  I think he will and he looks good in a UTIL spot.  Doesn’t it make you feel all warm and fuzzy when you can toss a top guy in UTIL, even if the rest of your team is full of Polancos and Zitos? Maybe it’s just me.  Went with value here.  I shop at Aldis too.

5. (57) Johan Santana – Maybe the Mets made a deal with the devil to win the ’69 World Series and last season (and a whole lot of other seasons) was God (directed by Pat Robertson) smiting them down.  Maybe.  I’ll lean more toward some bad luck and a rebound year with Santana benefiting from Metco, a good offense, and just plain good pitching.

6. (64) B.J. Upton – I’m loving me some B.J. this year, well, all years actually.  He got off to a slow start last season with his shoulder gone wonky and then never got on track.  He’s risky, but you’re guaranteed the 40 stolen bases and I just don’t see his numbers not moving back to his norm.

7. (81) Josh Hamilton – Yes, this team is starting to look like Comeback Tour 2010, but I’m not grabbing players that have no track record of fantasy goodness.  Hamilton was overrated last season and crapped out.  So what is he now?  The 81st pick? Sure.

8. (88) Raul Ibanez – My outfield needed an old veteran who should start the season well and offset any injuries, schizophrenic episodes, or relapses by his brethren.  I needed another steady, reliable player in a offensive ballpark (looking back at Tex) and Ibanez fits the bill.

9. (105) Cole Hamels – His stuff is still there.  He misses bats.  No, he doesn’t have pet bats that he cares for at home; batters swing and miss when trying to hit his balls, which is good no matter how you look at it.

10. (112) Elvis Andrus – I was short on shortstop having missed out on the J.R.’s so I had to decide if I wanted to keep punting or go for it on fourth down with Elvis up the gut and instead he used his speed to take it all the way, because he’s got what we like to call in the business, upside! Could I have waited on him? Maybe, but I need his stolen bases and I like him, so I took him.

11. (129) Scott Baker – If we see second half Scott all season, I’ve got myself some filet mignon at Taco Bell prices.

12. (136) Carlos Marmol – I like Marmol and his K’s, but not a huge fan of his psyche.  I’m betting on his stuff.

13. (153) Jose Valverde – In a ‘perts league I usually like to grab more closers than I would in a league with my uncle who talks shizz, but is usually too drunk to pick SAGNOF off the wire in a timely manner. I won’t be owning the top closers unless they really fall so I don’t feel bad about grabbing multiple closers late.

14. (160) Geovany Soto – I’m hoping that Soto sans baby fat will have a better shot at staying healthy and not sucking.

15. (177) Francisco Cordero – Going back to my grab closers late in a ‘pert league, but in retrospect grabbing another starter might have been smarter since closers lasted a little longer than I thought they would.

16. (184) Garrett Jones – Meh, not the greatest pick of all time, but I like his value this late if he can repeat last season, but in a full season.

17. (201) Johnny Cueto – He’s got the ability, now he just needs to stay healthy and complete a full season with his best stuff.  He’s worth it as a late flier.

18. (208) Neftali Feliz – The guy is Matt Weiters and Roy Hobbs wrapped in a cheesy gordita.  That’s some yummy béisbollin! If this were a real fake team I might have to drop him for some waiver wire wonder, but he is too awesome not to take as my last pick.

  1. Real Tom says:
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    Given that Elvis Andrus is getting drafted so high, is Alcides Escobar a HUGE bargain? I feel good about him

  2. Stephen says:
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    @Real Tom: A. Escobar is a HUGE bargain if he can sustain a full year in the majors. The Brewers may not have a choice but to keep him up, but if he cannot hit, then the bargain is negated. I would take Everth Cabrera over Escobar only for the fact that I trust Everth to stay in the majors.

  3. Tony says:
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    WOW besides pick #1 i’m not loving your 1st 9 guys. Take no offense. Passing on Kemp is tough, but i guess passing on Tex is tough as well. I’d rather come outta the first with a 1B/3B than an OF’er anyways.

    Alot of guys I like, but like you said its the “bounceback 2010 team”.

    I guess if a good amount of them bounce back, great you’re golden, but if not…. RUT-ROW…. The B-upton, Hamilton, Ibanez outfield? Phewwww… one of them in an OF is enough, all 3 making up one OF? WOWSERS.

  4. Tony says:
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    Here’s a recent mock I did at YAHOO. 7 guys were present, all spots filled, but people are kinda having issues logging on I believe. ANYWAYS…. Here’s the team I managed with those ranks, similar to the mock above in the sense i took 1B/3B and then johan and hamels:

    1. Mark Teixeira (NYY – 1B)
    2. Evan Longoria (TB – 3B)
    3. Curtis Granderson (NYY – OF)
    4. Robinson Canó (NYY – 2B)
    5. Johan Santana (NYM – SP)
    6. Andre Ethier (LAD – OF)
    7. Jonathan Broxton (LAD – RP)
    8. Cole Hamels (Phi – SP)
    9. Carlos González (Col – OF)
    10. Ian Stewart (Col – 2B,3B)
    11. Jay Bruce (Cin – OF)
    12. Brett Anderson (Oak – SP)
    13. Miguel Montero (Ari – C)
    14. Francisco Cordero (Cin – RP)
    15. David Price (TB – SP)
    16. Everth Cabrera (SD – SS)
    17. David Aardsma (Sea – RP)
    18. Chris Davis (Tex – 1B,3B)
    19. Travis Snider (Tor – OF)
    20. Juan Pierre (CWS – OF)
    21. Matt Capps (Was – RP)
    22. Francisco Liriano (Min – SP,RP)
    23. Kyle Blanks (SD – OF)

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    Mark Geoffriau says:
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    I’d be pretty pleased…not sure I like Morneau. I hate those picks where I feel like a guy has fallen so far past his potential value that I’m all but forced to take him — I hate him all year and as soon as he slumps or gets injured, I feel vindicated for hating him in the first place. Better to just let someone else take him, and then when he blows up with .310, 39 HR’s, and 130 RBI, you’ll have a ready excuse for not winning the league.

    Oh, and way to work a Norm Abram reference into a fantasy baseball post. Public television for-evah.

  6. Frank Rizzo says:
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    Love the 1st 5 picks sans round 3. I would never ever pass on Jose B Reyes for Brandon Phillips.

    I think your pitching’s strong enough, but you’ve got some question marks in your OF. An underachiever, a brittle lush, and an ancient old man.

  7. Frank Rizzo says:
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    “an ancient old man”…….redundancy rules.

  8. Steve says:
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    @Frank Rizzo: Reyes got picked right before Phillips.

  9. Frank Rizzo says:
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    @Steve: good call. reading comp is a good thing. i still don’t like that pick. i don’t think i would spend a 3rd rounder on phillips. he’s nice but it seems you could get more at a different position that early in the draft.

  10. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Frank Rizzo: With the bounebackness of a lot of the team I’m liking the consistent numbers of Phillips. He’s my fall back, fo sho numbers guy.

  11. Brent says:
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    Those look like great picks. I particularly like Phillips, Morneau, Hamels, Andrus, Baker, and Feliz.

  12. david says:
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    Q: For folks like you who run a fantasy baseball website and give lots of opinions on players, draft lists, etc, aren’t you at a disadvantage when you go into an actual draft. Because your hand has already been shown? I’ve always wondered how y’all pull that off.

    Also, how do you feel about Carlos Gomez. Lots of speed, obviously, but he didn’t show up on your OF rankings.

  13. Ian says:
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    @Grey: @Doc: I’m lucky enough to start with Hanley and ARod in my keeper league (4th year). I’m probably looking at either J Upton or Ellsbury with my first pick. Should I go with the upside pick of Mr. Up-side since my 2 position keepers are so rock solid? Or go with Ellsbury and have my SBs about 75% taken care of.

  14. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @david: We’re magicians!

    re: CarGo II — He’s all right for speed, but he’ll kill you everywhere else. If he somehow figures out how to get on base, he’ll be worth an in-season pick up or a late round draft pick.

    @Ian: Go with Upton.

  15. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Doc: ah yeah,been wandering when youd join us doc,great post and glad to see you again,

  16. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Yeah, I saw that. If he had a lousy year, the Astros probably would’ve had no problem upping his salary.

  17. Steve says:
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    @Grey: We’ll just have to settle for some fluffy dice instead.

  18. Critter Nagurski says:
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    weird, I didn’t even know there was another side of razzball.

    hilarious column though – maybe next year i will try to have interest in this “football”

  19. Real Tom says:
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    Grey, did you notice the comment about “waiting on a first baseman” in the link above? Dunn is a great fantasy 1b, and its good to wait on them because of it?

    Could you explain why that’s wrong?

  20. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Real Tom: Sorry, not following. Point me to where you’re at in the post.

  21. CocoPoolies says:
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    Soto is falling like a rock in ESPN. The rankings are totally throwing most people off (currently slotted in around 200).

    I have faith in his bounce back. So much so I plan on calling him re-Soto for the rest of the year.

  22. CocoPoolies says:
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    @Grey: Who will be next year’s re-Soto?!

    (I hope Matt Wieters really sucks this year)

  23. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @CocoPoolies: I don’t think Wieters will suck. Maybe Montero…

  24. CocoPoolies says:
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    @Grey: I know, wishful thinking. Where would you take Wieters in a 6×5 (+OPS), ten team, 7 keeper league (must keep at least one pitcher)?

  25. David says:
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    General question for Grey or any razzballer. Starting a keeper league and like the idea of losing the draft pick in the round you drafted that person. What draft pick should you lose in the third year? Thanks guys.

  26. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @David: You lose a round ahead for each year and 1st rounders are just 1st rounders. So a 1st rounder and a 2nd rounder would be two first rounders and you lose a third rounder, and so on.

  27. Wyatt says:
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    Grey: you have the oppurtunity to take Crawford in the 2nd round and Reyes in the 3rd, do you do it? Lets say you took Utley in the 1st, or Braun.

  28. TimSTi says:
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    @Grey: or @Anyone else: 10 team 5×5 3 keepers. I have 9th pick. My keepers are Pujols Kemp n Youk. I traded my 2nd and 4th picks away. Any advice what to target with my 1st and 3rd picks? Its a snake draft so I’ll have picks 39, 59 , 79, 82, 99 etc assuming the 30 keepers are picks 1-30. Thanks.

  29. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Wyatt: No, I wouldn’t.

    @TimSTi: I’d take a middle infielder or an outfielder — think Rollins or Upton-type — and a starter, think Lester-type.

  30. TimSTi says:
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    @Grey: Rollins will almost undoubtedly be a keeper. Is Phillips or Roberts or Pedroia a reach for that 39th pick? If not should I just get a big bat like Morneau? We use 2 util, 5of, ci, mi, and the 4 positions.

  31. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @TimSTi: I’d go for Phillips, you have two corner men already.

  32. Josh Hamilton says:
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    So Josh Hamilton is a wash? Go ahead. Pass up drafting Josh Hamilton. When you see “30 Homeruns” next to the name “Hamilton, Josh” and his stats before the 2010 All – Star game, well, maybe you will change your mind.

    That is one ugly ‘stash’ by the way. Try a nice wax job.

  33. pat says:
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    What do you think of this draft in a 10-team league? Usually I lean on starting pitching more heavily but i thought I’d give this a shot… I drafted with the 7th pick in the first round:

    C- Bengie Molina (16)
    1B- Ryan Howard (2)
    2B- Robinson Cano (5)
    3B- Ryan Zimmerman (4)
    SS- Jose Reyes (6)
    OF- Ryan Braun (1)
    OF- Justin Upton (3)
    OF- Andre Ethier (10)
    Util- Billy Butler (13)
    Util- Carlos Gonzalez (17)

    SP- Ubaldo Jimenez (7)
    SP- Wandy Rodriguez (8)
    RP- Jose Valverde (12)
    RP- Frank Francisco (19)
    P- Clayton Kershaw (9)
    P- Jair Jurrjens (11)
    P- Kevin Slowey (14)
    P- Jorge De La Rosa (15)

    BN- Jay Bruce (18), Carlos Quentin (20), Todd Helton (21), Cody Ross (22), Everth Cabrera (23)

  34. pat says:
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    What do you think of this draft in a 10-team league? Usually I lean on starting pitching more heavily but i thought I’d give this a shot… I drafted with the 7th pick in the first round:

    C- Bengie Molina (16)
    1B- Ryan Howard (2)
    2B- Robinson Cano (5)
    3B- Ryan Zimmerman (4)
    SS- Jose Reyes (6)
    OF- Ryan Braun (1)
    OF- Justin Upton (3)
    OF- Andre Ethier (10)
    Util- Billy Butler (13)
    Util- Carlos Gonzalez (17)

    SP- Ubaldo Jimenez (7)
    SP- Wandy Rodriguez (8)
    RP- Jose Valverde (12)
    RP- Frank Francisco (19)
    P- Clayton Kershaw (9)
    P- Jair Jurrjens (11)
    P- Kevin Slowey (14)
    P- Jorge De La Rosa (15)

    BN- Jay Bruce (18), Carlos Quentin (20), Todd Helton (21), Cody Ross (22), Everth Cabrera (23)

  35. Chris says:
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    I like this team a lot. It’s a super risky team, but if a few of those picks pay off (Hamilton/Upton). You’re getting some great, great value.

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