Greetings, friends. I hopped over to the football side of things once last year’s baseball season ended, but now I’m back. And apparently, I am such a disturbed individual that I am doing fantasy baseball mock drafts in early January. And, I am writing about them. And, well, I just wanted to start another sentence with and because it feels so wrong but so right at the same time. Anyway, moving on.

I was fortunate enough to be invited to the Couch Managers 2017 Industry Mock Draft, and we’re going to recap it here. This mock was for a 15-team, 5×5 roto, with 23 roster spots made up of 9 pitchers (9), 1 spot for each position (8), a second catcher (1), 2 more outfielders (2), one corner infielder (1), one middle infielder (1), and one utility position (1). As long as I did that math correctly, that is 23 spots.

Below, I will provide the results for the first six rounds and a give my thoughts for each round. I’ll do the same for rounds 7-12, 13-18, and 19-23 in subsequent posts. I’ll try to keep it brief. All we really care about are the results here, right? Feel free to tell me how awesome or crappy you think my team is, along with what you think were the best and worst picks of the draft or the different rounds…

Pick Rd. Name Team Pos Owner
1 1 Mike Trout LAA OF Paul Sporer
2 1 Mookie Betts BOS OF @Tim_Heaney
3 1 Kris Bryant CHC 3B Mike Maher
4 1 Clayton Kershaw LAD SP DerekCarty
5 1 Manny Machado BAL 3B rotoman
6 1 Nolan Arenado COL 3B ToddZ
7 1 Jose Altuve HOU 2B Tim McLeod
8 1 Anthony Rizzo CHC 1B genemccaffrey
9 1 Paul Goldschmidt AZ 1B [email protected]
10 1 Josh Donaldson TOR 3B Captain Hook
11 1 Bryce Harper WSH OF Joelhenardbddr
12 1 Charlie Blackmon COL OF RayHQ
13 1 Max Scherzer WSH SP MikeGianella
14 1 Carlos Correa HOU SS Doug Anderson
15 1 Corey Seager LAD SS lawrm

Round 1 thoughts: I picked third and took Kris Bryant, and I think the first three picks were pretty predictable. I definitely do not like taking Kershaw that early at number four, and I am not even particularly crazy about Scherzer at 13, though I hate a pitcher at 13 much less than I do one at four. I would have taken Goldy over Rizzo, even though my dad knows Rizzo’s uncle and got me a signed Anthony Rizzo rookie card.

 

Pick Rd. Name Team Pos Owner
16 2 Starling Marte PIT OF lawrm
17 2 Miguel Cabrera DET 1B Doug Anderson
18 2 Joey Votto CIN 1B MikeGianella
19 2 Chris Sale BOS SP RayHQ
20 2 Xander Bogaerts BOS SS Joelhenardbddr
21 2 Trea Turner WSH OF Captain Hook
22 2 Madison Bumgarner SF SP [email protected]
23 2 A.J. Pollock AZ OF genemccaffrey
24 2 Freddie Freeman ATL 1B Tim McLeod
25 2 Edwin Encarnacion CLE 1B ToddZ
26 2 Robinson Cano SEA 2B rotoman
27 2 Brian Dozier MIN 2B DerekCarty
28 2 Francisco Lindor CLE SS Mike Maher
29 2 George Springer HOU OF @Tim_Heaney
30 2 Daniel Murphy WSH 2B Paul Sporer

Round 2 thoughts: The pick that stands out to me here is Xander Bogaerts. I don’t love him at 20th overall, and I don’t like taking him before Francisco Lindor, either. I say this as a Red Sox fan who loves Bogaerts. I also say it as someone who was able to grab Lindor eight spots later, so maybe I am biased. Or reverse biased? I have Bogie at 31 and Lindor at 25 in my rankings right now.

 

Pick Rd. Name Team Pos Owner
31 3 Trevor Story COL SS Paul Sporer
32 3 J.D. Martinez DET OF @Tim_Heaney
33 3 Rougned Odor TEX 2B Mike Maher
34 3 Giancarlo Stanton MIA OF DerekCarty
35 3 Jonathan Villar MIL 2B rotoman
36 3 Corey Kluber CLE SP ToddZ
37 3 Noah Syndergaard NYM SP Tim McLeod
38 3 Justin Verlander DET SP genemccaffrey
39 3 Jean Segura SEA SS [email protected]
40 3 Jake Arrieta CHC SP Captain Hook
41 3 Jon Lester CHC SP Joelhenardbddr
42 3 Buster Posey SF C RayHQ
43 3 Jose Abreu CHW 1B MikeGianella
44 3 Jonathan Lucroy TEX C Doug Anderson
45 3 David Price BOS SP lawrm

Round 3 thoughts: I loved being able to get Odor at 33, which meant locking up most of my infield with elite talent in the first three rounds (Bryant, Lindor, and Odor). I thought this was a little too early for Price, too. And again, I say that as a Red Sox fan who watched most of this games last season. Not a terrible pick, obviously, and he is on the wheel and felt he needed to grab a pitcher before the draft snaked back to him. So, I get it.

 

Pick Rd. Name Team Pos Owner
46 4 Yoenis Cespedes NYM OF lawrm
47 4 Carlos Carrasco CLE SP Doug Anderson
48 4 Wil Myers SD 1B MikeGianella
49 4 Billy Hamilton CIN OF RayHQ
50 4 Hanley Ramirez BOS 1B Joelhenardbddr
51 4 Johnny Cueto SF SP Captain Hook
52 4 Kyle Schwarber CHC OF [email protected]
53 4 Yu Darvish TEX SP genemccaffrey
54 4 Ryan Braun MIL OF Tim McLeod
55 4 Dee Gordon MIA 2B ToddZ
56 4 Nelson Cruz SEA OF rotoman
57 4 Ian Desmond COL OF DerekCarty
58 4 Kyle Seager SEA 3B Mike Maher
59 4 Chris Archer TB SP @Tim_Heaney
60 4 Christian Yelich MIA OF Paul Sporer

Round 4 thoughts: Wil Myers is going to be an interesting guy to follow this year. Was last year a breakout year for a young star who was finally able to stay healthy and productive for a full season? Or will 2016 be an outlier on his Razzball profile page? The Padres clearly think he’s a stud. After last year, there is a lot to like about Myers, especially as a first baseman who could steal a pile of bases (#SAGNOF). But holy shit does he scare me. I would also have taken everyone else in this round ahead of Hanley Ramirez except for maybe Christian Yelich. On my side of things, I was thrilled to grab Kyle Seager this late. I already had Kris Bryant, but this league has CI and Util spots for me to use Seager, plus Bryant has outfield eligibility and can move around a bit for me if needed.

 

Pick Rd. Name Team Pos Owner
61 5 Gary Sanchez NYY C Paul Sporer
62 5 Todd Frazier CHW 3B @Tim_Heaney
63 5 Stephen Strasburg WSH SP Mike Maher
64 5 Aroldis Chapman NYY RP DerekCarty
65 5 Gregory Polanco PIT OF rotoman
66 5 Carlos Gonzalez COL OF ToddZ
67 5 Jason Kipnis CLE 2B Tim McLeod
68 5 Adrian Beltre TEX 3B genemccaffrey
69 5 Zach Britton BAL RP [email protected]
70 5 David Dahl COL OF Captain Hook
71 5 Evan Longoria TB 3B Joelhenardbddr
72 5 Matt Carpenter STL 1B RayHQ
73 5 Justin Upton DET OF MikeGianella
74 5 Mark Trumbo FA OF Doug Anderson
75 5 Andrew McCutchen PIT OF lawrm

Round 5 thoughts: Carlos Gonzalez at 66 could be the steal of this draft, and I like getting Kipnis and Carpenter this late, too. I think Andrew McCutchen has a bounce-back year, and round 5 in a deep league is a great spot to grab him. The Gary Sanchez pick was a smart grab since catcher has a pretty steep dropoff at catcher after the upper tier. We also saw the first two relievers taken, and the 5th round is wayyyyyy too early for me to start thinking about relievers, even in 5×5 roto.

 

Pick Rd. Name Team Pos Owner
76 6 Carlos Martinez STL SP lawrm
77 6 Chris Davis BAL 1B Doug Anderson
78 6 Kyle Hendricks CHC SP MikeGianella
79 6 Anthony Rendon WSH 3B RayHQ
80 6 Addison Russell CHC SS Joelhenardbddr
81 6 Andrew Benintendi BOS OF Captain Hook
82 6 Danny Duffy KC SP [email protected]
83 6 Matt Kemp ATL OF genemccaffrey
84 6 Aaron Sanchez TOR SP Tim McLeod
85 6 Ian Kinsler DET 2B ToddZ
86 6 Jacob DeGrom NYM SP rotoman
87 6 Jose Bautista FA OF DerekCarty
88 6 Adam Jones BAL OF Mike Maher
89 6 DJ LeMahieu COL 2B @Tim_Heaney
90 6 Kenley Jansen LAD RP Paul Sporer

Round 6 thoughts: I like almost this entire round except for Danny Duffy and, you know, the reliever. You could make the argument that this was a little bit early for Andrew Benintendi to go, but he wasn’t going to last much longer and is may very well hit near the top of Boston’s order (read: runs). Andrew B. Nintendo is another player I will be interested in watching during Spring Training. Will he offer enough pop or speed to entice fantasy owners to take him earlier? Also in this round, I like the bold move of taking Jose Bautista, a man without a team.

 

And (starting another sentence with and!) that wraps up the first six rounds. For those of you counting at home, I came away with Kris Bryant, Francisco Lindor, Rougned Odor, Kyle Seager, Stephen Strasburg, and Adam Jones. I would sign up for those six every time in a 15 team league if you told me I could. I’ll be posting the remaining rounds and thoughts over the course of the next week.

I would love to hear your feedback on these teams so far. I feel great about the players I was able to grab. If I had to pick a team (other than my own stable of dreamboats, of course) that I liked the most after six rounds, I would go with ToddZ, who walked away with Nolan Arenado, Edwin Encarnacion, Corey Kluber, Dee Gordon, Carlos Gonzalez, and Ian Kinsler.  The team I like the least so far is genemccaffrey, who drafted Anthony Rizzo, A.J. Pollock, Justin Verlander, Yu Darvish, Adrian Beltre, and Matt Kemp.

Which teams do you like the most and least?

 

 

If you want to talk fantasy football or have players you want Mike to feature, hit him up on Twitter at @mikeMaher or post a comment below!

  1. howtathor says:
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    Nice pick of Lindor at 28! Can’t believe I drafted him at 60 last year. I’m wary of Strasburg, drafted him as my ace last year and well…

    • mikeMaher

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      @howtathor: Thanks! Yeah, I just needed a pitcher at that point and figured I couldn’t wait much longer. The potential for 200+ Ks from an ace on a good team was enough for me to take the chance on him.

      • swaggerjackers says:
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        @mikeMaher: I will second the lack of faith in Strasburg. That dude always finds a way to disappoint.

        • mikeMaher

          mikeMaher says:
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          @swaggerjackers: Yeah, I don’t exactly love the pick. I just looked at what was available and said “welp, here we go.”

  2. JoeG414 says:
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    Been looking at this draft for a few days as a reference; I get to keep Harper(last year as a keeper ) as a first rounder , 12th overall. So who is the best pickup with my next pick 15 overall; I’m thinking T Turner (who I really want) , S.Marte , maybe Miggy and Votto are gone. Other picks like Correa and C.Seager are keepers. 6×6 mixed roto.
    Should be available: Blackman, Pollack,Springer, Lindor, Edwin E.

    • mikeMaher

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      @JoeG414: I have Harper as a keeper in my big money league, too. I like Turner a lot in that spot, even though your first two picks would be Nationals. I’d take Lindor there, too. Pollock that early scares me, big time. Blackmon scares me less, but I would like to see him put 2015 and 2016 together (power AND speed, oh my!). EE is EE. Springer I like more than Pollock but less than Blackmon.

      • JoeG414 says:
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        @mikeMaher:
        So, Lindor over Bogaerts as you talked about ? Worth a …15th overall pick ,but with the keepers its like 20th overall.
        Get to keep one hitter and pitcher in the round they were drafted for two years after they are drafted.

        • mikeMaher

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          @JoeG414: I would think so. In my league, we get to keep 4 guys every year. Lindor is a keeper and Bogie is not, in that league.

  3. thatguy says:
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    You should have just left this post in the comments section of another post. Real light on analysis, real heavy on patting yourself on the back. Usually when Razzball commenters want help, they comment. I think this post was super lame.

    • mikeMaher

      mikeMaher says:
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      @thatguy: Thanks.

      • swaggerjackers says:
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        @mikeMaher: LOL

    • The Harrow says:
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      @thatguy: it’s really neat that you’ve found the time to type this for something that’s lame to you. you spend a lot of time pulling the wings off flies or kicking dogs you’ve heard bark before too?

  4. Another Dan says:
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    Hey Mike,

    Interesting how SP’s are going that early.

    Since it’s a mock, the league won’t actually play out will it? How hard were the league settings you were drafting to nailed down? I say all this because I think the SP’s being taken early are part of the drafters subconscious interpretation of how the league pans out. If you think you can add high K relievers with low ERA and low WHIP to compliment (RCL type) your SP stats then drafting SP’s high makes less sense. But if you don’t play in those type of leagues, or you play in leagues with transaction limits, then elite SP’s become a bit more valuable.

    I’m not as experienced at fantasy baseball as you guys, so maybe I’m stating the obvious.

    Best wishes,

    Dan

    • mikeMaher

      mikeMaher says:
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      @Another Dan: No, the league won’t actually play out. But these guys definitely took this seriously and took their time with their picks. I was the lone newcomer in this group, and the others have been doing CM mocks for years now, and they use roto settings from their other leagues. Everyone has their strategies for drafts and team building, and some put a higher priority on elite arms than others.

    • The Harrow says:
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      @Another Dan: mocks by definition don’t play out, otherwise they’d not be called mocks. calling a league that played out a mock would be like calling a reenactment of something the thing itself. if you went to a WW2 battle reenactment in 2007 you’d not tell anybody that you were at a real WW2 battle since you were, in fact at a mock battle.

      • Another Dan says:
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        @The Harrow:

        Thanks, it was a rhetorical question really regarding mocks. Were you mocking me ? ;-)

        I wasn’t questioning their commitment to the mock either. It was more of a point that saying it was a 5×5 roto with 9 pitchers leaves the league open to all sorts of interpretations of how you could manage your pitching staff. Grey, for instance, has not got a pitcher ranked in his top 20, yet 3 pitchers were drafted in the first 20 picks in this mock. Grey, I asume, in a real league, will use middle relievers and streamers to replace the stats he ‘loses’ by not drafting an ace. But if other drafters are trying to get the best roster that they can at the end of the draft, then fair comparisons can’t be made,

        So how do you evaluate how well the draft went ? Have you set targets for Categories? I’m interested how you guys do it, I’m pretty new to fantasy baseball and my early leagues were not really competitive (not many people in the UK I know play fantasy baseball).

        Best wishes,

        Dan

        • mikeMaher

          mikeMaher says:
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          @Another Dan: I think it went pretty well overall. I’ll be posting the rest of the results this week, so you will be able to see how everything played out. I definitely ran into a bit of a RP issue, but once so many RPs went early I knew that was going to happen and decided to focus on other positions.

          I typically attack my drafts using a tier system. I won’t usually reach for a player or a position unless he fits into my current tier. That will be clearer for my team once you see what I wound up with at C and 1B. Once guys I liked went before I had a chance to get them, I let the draft play out and focused on other positions.

        • The Harrow says:
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          @Another Dan: one of grey’s main draft strategies involves mostly never taking a SP before around pick 45 or so (he’ll have particular posts about this coming fairly soon)

          i wasn’t mocking you at all, only mentioned it from you line of this “I’m not as experienced at fantasy baseball as you guys, so maybe I’m stating the obvious.”

          • Another Dan says:
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            @The Harrow:

            The mocking thing was supposed to be a play on words… Funnier in my head.

            45 picks until a SP, think 9 SP’s had been taken by pick 45. It’s amazing how different people’s draft strategies can be.

            Dan

  5. Chucky says:
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    Why the Lindor love. I get the avg and OBP for us OBP leaguers, but he didn’t run out of the 3 hole. I’m keeping Villar and his position eligibility over Lindor.

    • mikeMaher

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      @Chucky: Lindor is an elite hitter and is only 22. He should only get better. Not unthinkable to see a .320 / .380 / .480 slash line from him. At SS, that’s as good as it gets. I was happier at getting him at 28 than anything else.

      Villar is high on my list, though. Will he hit .280 again? I don’t know. But he’s only 25, too. He doesn’t have the same kind of pedigree as Lindor, but he could certainly be emerging as a star, especially if he keeps swiping bags like that. My current SS rankings, not including Machado, are Seager, Correa, Lindor, Villar, Bogaerts.

  6. M says:
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    Dahl at 70, interesting.

    • mikeMaher

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      @M: A little early for me, but it could pay off if Dahl takes the next step in his first full season.

      • M says:
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        @mikeMaher: i’d love to see that-he sure does have the tools

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          @M: Yes.

  7. Moneyball says:
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    Granted I’m extremely biased (got T.Story for almost nothing in auction last year and get to keep him with minor inflation) but I’d put Story ahead of Lindor. If he develops any patience whatsoever (average) and is then on the basepaths more often (stolen bases)… JUMANJI !!!

    Curious… if you took CarGo instead of Strasburg, which SP could you have taken instead of Adam Jones?

    • mikeMaher

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      @Moneyball: Trevor Story scares the crap out of me. He’s one of those high ceiling/low floor guys for me. .343 BABIP is scary, and I don’t like that he only had 21 doubles to go with his 27 home runs.

      As for the SP, let’s take a look. Between my picks, Carlos Martinez, Kyle Hendricks, Danny Duffy, Aaron Sanchez, and Jacob DeGrom all went, in that order. If I don’t take Strasburg, then one of those might fall to me. Of that list, I like Martinez and DeGrom the most. In the post I am writing now, which has rounds 7-12, I took Rick Porcello in the 7th round, right after Adam Jones, so he is another one I would have considered.

      • The Harrow says:
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        @mikeMaher: much rather have had carmart or degrom over stressbird even if you didn’t improve from jones to cargo 1, but esp so if that.

        • mikeMaher

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          @The Harrow: Yeah, lot of injury concern on that list, which I think affects where people value them.

  8. muskysmell says:
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    Great list…

    You surprised at all that Corlos Correa is the top SS taken off the board?

    I’m not complaining cuz I got him in my stacked Fantasy keeper roster…but still interesting

    • mikeMaher

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      @muskysmell: Not really. I like Seager better. But you can’t really go wrong with that top tier of shortstops.

  9. Chicken Shack says:
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    Biggest R1/R2 take-away was X Bogaerts going before Trea Turner. Turner has a ton of helium and checks in at #12 on the NFBC ADPs. Interesting these alleged ‘perts passed.
    Other notes, Sporer blew off SPS (mock move, IMO) and Mike G was auto-picking early. The Bendi pick was way too early for 5×5. Captain Hook got his 2 aces early…not a fan of his team. .

    Where do you like Duffy? What the hate?

    • mikeMaher

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      @Chicken Shack: I don’t necessarily HATE Duffy. I just don’t trust him after one pretty good year. I see him as a regression candidate. I personally would have waited about two more rounds on him, but I know he wouldn’t last that long.

      • mikeMaher

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        @Chicken Shack: @mikeMaher: Forgot to comment on the other part. Sporer blew off SPs early, but he takes some later. In rounds 6 and 7, he went back-to-back elite reliever with Jansen and Herrera, and then he took four SPs in five rounds. So, he ends up rounding things out later.

        That feels a little early for Benintendi, but he wasn’t going to last much longer. There is just too much upside there not to take a chance. I wouldn’t take him before Adam Jones, but I wouldn’t have waited much longer on him.

  10. Ralph Lifshitz

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    I’m not sure what to make of Wil Myers either. How could you? His 2016 breakout was so over the top. He went from stealing a handful of bases in the minors to swiping 28 in 2016. The craziest part is how efficient he was as a baserunner only getting caught 7 times. Is that sustainable? I have no idea, but the Padres do run a lot and it’s not like there’s anyone in the lineup to move him along (maybe Renfroe). Not what to make of stolen base projections but Steamer has him projected for 17.

    Now for the 28 homers. There’s some indicators in his bated ball profile that tell me the jump in power might be legit. His line drive rate jumped from 16.9% to 21.4%, he started going to the opposite field more, and he swung at less pitches and made contact with a lot more of the ones he swung at. His ability to hit offspeed stuff improved as well. On it’s face he scares me too, but I’m kind of intrigued.

    • mikeMaher

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      @Ralph Lifshitz: Yeah. Very intriguing but also scary. Can you believe last season was his first full season in the majors? That sounds crazy to me, but he played 157 games last year. His previous high in the show was 88 games when he got called up in 2013.

      • Ralph Lifshitz

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        @mikeMaher: No doubt he’s hurt a lot, but like a lot of players they’re injury prone until they are not.

  11. Packers says:
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    Analyzing the 1st 3 rounds. 10 out of 15 drafted their perceived ace.
    Heany drafted 3 outfielders. It will be interesting to see how he rounds out his team.
    Rotoman with two 2bm, I don’t like that.
    Gianella with two 1b, don’t like that.
    I like Sporer and your 1st 3 picks. I think with Bryant having 3b and OF eligibility makes him the number 2 pick in the draft. It gives the manager flexibility in the later rounds. Turner and Machado are like that too.
    What are your thoughts on drafting best player available vs roster make up?

    • mikeMaher

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      @Packers: My philosophy on BPA is usually that as long as the player you are taking can start for you every day (as long as we are talking about earlier in the draft, before you have filled out your lineup), then it’s ok.

      For example, in my big money football league this year, the guy picking 2nd overall took three running backs in the first three rounds. Our league only starts 2 RBs, and our flex was only WR/TE. So, he drafted a backup in the third round. That kind of BPA I definitely don’t like. As long as you are drafting a guy that you can put in your lineup, though, I am usually fine with it.

  12. Tweak says:
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    Not bad at all Mike. Contrary to the opinions of some, I like posts like this. I think they help declutter the comment sections of other articles.

    I also like your RDS 2/3 picks, but Odor smells like a risk. He is young and long term looks good, but I worry that his K heavy ways might hit him hard this year. Or not and he goes for 30 HRs and 20 SB.

    For other teams, I think Tim McLeod had picks most up my alley: Altuve at 7 (!?!), Freeman, Thor, Braun, Kipnis, Sanchez. Braun could be an even better pick it he ends up in LA. I assume Altuve counts at 2B/SS here, so Kipnis at the keystone and Altuve at short?

    • mikeMaher

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      @Tweak: Thanks! Appreciate you taking the time to read and comment.

      Odor is a bit of a risk, maybe, but I couldn’t pass him up in the 3rd round after the season he just had. The kid is still only just 22, too, so he could be even better going forward.

      I like McLeod’s team a lot. The only problem with his team, that you will see as I post the rest of the results, is that his outfield ends up a little light. After Braun in the 4th, he doesn’t go OF again until rounds 13, 17, 21, and 22.

      • The Harrow says:
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        @mikeMaher: you yourself, if you don’t use bryant in OF will be light in OF. i’m assuming you do end up doing just that. unless i misread it it’s a 5 OF league. otherwise i’d be hella scared of having jones as my #1 OF even if this were a 16 team league.

        • mikeMaher

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          @The Harrow: Yes, it’s a 5 OF league. I end up a little light but do end up with a number of players who have OF eligibility and can be rotated in. And yeah, Jones as OF1 is not ideal. But it is a 15-team league with 5 OF spots, so not many have a stacked OF.

  13. Big Odio says:
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    It feels scary to go with Jones as your OF1. I would of had a hard time passing on Springer to take Lindor. I usually punt SS a little and would rather take a shot on an improved BA from Semien this year and paid the reduced cost.

    You know who’s team I don’t like…Lawr’s. But that might have to do with the fact when I met him I wanted to throw his ass over the balcony of the hotel. He was the worst old guy ever. Pompous, arogant and more full of shit than a parking lot port a potty at a college football game.

    But please, hate for that bastard aside, I see your logic with having a strong infield, just not sure the outfield depth is there this year. Im all for roster construction and I dont like to pay for scarcity but that was in the days of scarce infields. Is it me or is outfield turning into a real shit show the past few years? With a min. of three slots to fill does the scarcity argument actually apply to outfield? I never believed it for catchers and infield.

    • mikeMaher

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      @Big Odio: Springer is definitely a guy I considered in that spot, and I think he is going to be a guy who makes or breaks some teams this year. Does he finally put it all together at the same time (power, average speed, etc.)? Is this another injury-shortened season? He hit .261 in his first FULL season, .276 last year in 110ish games, and then .231 in his rookie season. In the minors, he hit over .300 twice. Can he continue to progress, in terms of average, with another full season under his belt? Or is .260-.270 his ceiling?

      I didn’t really intend on going for infield first. That’s just kind of how it fell to me with my tiers and what was available. I don’t now about shit show, but outfield is getting harder to predict and rely on. There is some youth and OF-eligibility that, if you can get it right, you can get some real bargains there.

      • Big Odio says:
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        @mikeMaher: good point. I’ve always said…I only taketh what the draft giveth. And as long as you understand roster construction then youre good.

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