Here we are, the third of four posts about the Couch Managers 2017 Industry Mock Draft. Previously, I posted recaps of rounds 1-6 and rounds 7-12. This post is for rounds 13-18. The final post will be for rounds 19-23. Complicated stuff, I know. But try to keep up.

In case you have yet to see my previous posts, here is a quick recap of the league rules for this mock:

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 I have done with the other posts, I’ll post the results below by round and will offer a few of my thoughts for each round…


Pick Rd. Name Team Pos Owner
181 13 Carlos Rodon CHW SP Paul Sporer
182 13 Dallas Keuchel HOU SP @Tim_Heaney
183 13 Tommy Joseph PHI 1B Mike Maher
184 13 Matt Moore SF SP DerekCarty
185 13 Byron Buxton MIN OF rotoman
186 13 C.J. Cron LAA 1B ToddZ
187 13 Kevin Kiermaier TB OF Tim McLeod
188 13 Garrett Richards LAA SP genemccaffrey
189 13 Adam Wainwright STL SP [email protected]
190 13 Welington Castillo BAL C Captain Hook
191 13 Jharel Cotton OAK SP Joelhenardbddr
192 13 Kendrys Morales TOR DH RayHQ
193 13 Asdrubal Cabrera NYM SS MikeGianella
194 13 Jake Odorizzi TB SP Doug Anderson
195 13 Ender Inciarte ATL OF lawrm

Round 13 thoughts: Once I missed out on the top couple tiers of first basemen, I kind of punted on the position and knew I would be taking a Tommy Joseph-like player later in the draft. That being said, I was fine with getting Joseph in the 13th round of a deep league like this one. In Grey’s Top 20 First Basemen for 2017 Fantasy Baseball post, he listed Joseph as 18th with a 64/30/79/.253/1 in 488 ABs projection. I would be happy with getting that kind of production in the 13th round of a 15-team league. Kendrys Morales came off the board a few picks later, and I wouldn’t be upset to grab him this late, either. But I like Joseph’s upside a bit more. My favorite pick of this round is probably [email protected]‘s Adam Wainwright. Great round to take a chance on him bouncing back this season.


Pick Rd. Name Team Pos Owner
196 14 Starlin Castro NYY 2B lawrm
197 14 Dexter Fowler STL OF Doug Anderson
198 14 Neil Walker NYM 2B MikeGianella
199 14 Matt Wieters FA C RayHQ
200 14 Brandon Drury AZ OF Joelhenardbddr
201 14 A.J. Ramos MIA RP Captain Hook
202 14 Carlos Beltran HOU OF [email protected]
203 14 Jeff Samardzija SF SP genemccaffrey
204 14 J.A. Happ TOR SP Tim McLeod
205 14 John Lackey CHC SP ToddZ
206 14 Sonny Gray OAK SP rotoman
207 14 Aaron Nola PHI SP DerekCarty
208 14 Wilson Ramos TB C Mike Maher
209 14 Chris Carter FA 1B @Tim_Heaney
210 14 Yasiel Puig LAD OF Paul Sporer

Round 14 thoughts: I love rotoman‘s Sonny Gray pick here. I think Gray has a bounceback year, and I currently have him ranked at 160. I like getting Gray here more than I liked the Adam Wainwright pick in the 13th round. Both picks are risky, given their performances last year, but these are good rounds to take those risks. One gamble I don’t love is Yasiel Puig. He has no business getting taken here, before a bunch of other quality outfielders with higher ceilings and higher floors.


Pick Rd. Name Team Pos Owner
211 15 Greg Bird NYY 1B Paul Sporer
212 15 Tom Murphy COL C @Tim_Heaney
213 15 Joc Pederson LAD OF Mike Maher
214 15 Sam Dyson TEX RP DerekCarty
215 15 Raisel Iglesias CIN RP rotoman
216 15 Jerad Eickhoff PHI SP ToddZ
217 15 Adam Ottavino COL RP Tim McLeod
218 15 Jay Bruce NYM OF genemccaffrey
219 15 Dylan Bundy BAL SP [email protected]
220 15 Tony Watson PIT RP Captain Hook
221 15 Blake Snell TB SP Joelhenardbddr
222 15 Mike Moustakas KC 3B RayHQ
223 15 Francisco Rodriguez DET RP MikeGianella
224 15 Ryan Madson OAK RP Doug Anderson
225 15 Marco Estrada TOR SP lawrm

Round 15 thoughts: Greg Bird is a guy who I am going to watch really closely this spring, and not just because I hate the Yankees. Grey has Bird projected for 59/24/69/.257/2 in 412 ABs. If all goes well and he plays every day, though, I could see even bigger numbers for Bird if he can pull enough balls in Yankee Stadium. I took Joc Pederson because I always take Joc Pederson because I hate myself but I love HR and OBP. I love him sitting against lefties and not stealing bases anymore like he did in the minors, too. If he can continue to work on that batting average, though…


Pick Rd. Name Team Pos Owner
226 16 Jedd Gyorko STL 2B lawrm
227 16 Jarrod Dyson SEA OF Doug Anderson
228 16 Curtis Granderson NYM OF MikeGianella
229 16 Brandon Crawford SF SS RayHQ
230 16 Justin Bour MIA 1B Joelhenardbddr
231 16 Chris Herrmann AZ C Captain Hook
232 16 Ivan Nova PIT SP [email protected]
233 16 David Peralta AZ OF genemccaffrey
234 16 Yulieski Gurriel HOU 3B Tim McLeod
235 16 Didi Gregorius NYY SS ToddZ
236 16 Yoan Moncada CHW 3B rotoman
237 16 Yadier Molina STL C DerekCarty
238 16 Jim Johnson ATL RP Mike Maher
239 16 Orlando Arcia MIL SS @Tim_Heaney
240 16 James Paxton SEA SP Paul Sporer

Round 16 thoughts: As you can see, it is time to start digging deep to find players in this draft. If you hit Chris Herrmann while digging, though, you have gone too far. Start digging up. Even if you want to take a chance on Herrmann this season, there is no need to take him this early. He’ll be around. I like the Moncada pick here just for upside. We don’t know if he is going to start the year in the bigs or not, but he has the potential to be special. He should get his shot to play this year for the White Sox.


Pick Rd. Name Team Pos Owner
241 17 Ryon Healy OAK 3B Paul Sporer
242 17 Matt Shoemaker LAA SP @Tim_Heaney
243 17 Josh Reddick HOU OF Mike Maher
244 17 Michael Pineda NYY SP DerekCarty
245 17 Max Kepler MIN OF rotoman
246 17 Manuel Margot SD OF ToddZ
247 17 Leonys Martin SEA OF Tim McLeod
248 17 Victor Martinez DET DH genemccaffrey
249 17 Rajai Davis OAK OF [email protected]
250 17 Matt Duffy TB SS Captain Hook
251 17 Sandy Leon BOS C Joelhenardbddr
252 17 Taijuan Walker AZ SP RayHQ
253 17 Jacoby Ellsbury NYY OF MikeGianella
254 17 Logan Forsythe TB 2B Doug Anderson
255 17 Randal Grichuk STL OF lawrm

Round 17 thoughts: I grabbed Josh Reddick here as I tried to piece together my outfield. 243 is about where I have Reddick in my rankings right now, and I’m hoping for something like 65/20/70/.270/5 from him. I like the Sandy Leon pick here. Who knows what Sandy Leon will be in 2017, but this is as good a spot as any to grab him in a 2-catcher league. I’m interested to see how Matt Duffy looks in a full season in Tampa Bay. If he can return to 2015 form and add a little pop, this isn’t a bad spot to get him.


Pick Rd. Name Team Pos Owner
256 18 Steven Souza TB OF lawrm
257 18 Jason Heyward CHC OF Doug Anderson
258 18 Keon Broxton MIL OF MikeGianella
259 18 Brandon Kintzler MIN RP RayHQ
260 18 Josh Bell PIT 1B Joelhenardbddr
261 18 Joe Ross WSH SP Captain Hook
262 18 Addison Reed NYM RP [email protected]
263 18 Mike Montgomery CHC SP genemccaffrey
264 18 Anthony DeSclafani CIN SP Tim McLeod
265 18 Brandon Maurer SD RP ToddZ
266 18 Shawn Kelley WSH RP rotoman
267 18 Ryan Schimpf SD 2B DerekCarty
268 18 Jeanmar Gomez PHI RP Mike Maher
269 18 Hector Neris PHI RP @Tim_Heaney
270 18 Dellin Betances NYY RP Paul Sporer

Round 18 thoughts: We have a Jason Heyward sighting, everyone. He can’t possibly be as bad as he was last season, right? Right? Oddly enough, I have Heyward at 257 in my rankings right now, exactly where he went in this draft. The 18th round seems like a good round to take a chance on him turning things around, right? Right? Come on, guys. I could us a little support here. If not for me, do it for Doug Anderson. I’d like the Josh Bell pick more if he hit for more power. He’s still a developing youngster, but he hasn’t displayed power at any level yet. I need more power from my first baseman, or at least more than possibly single digit home runs.


We’re 3/4 of the way through this thing now, and the rounds of obvious picks seem like distant memories. We are now in risk-taking and projection mode. With five rounds to go, I still need three starting pitchers, a catcher, and another reliever. Looking at my team compared to the rest of the league so far, I don’t hate it. Were this a real league that we had to play out, I would have to try and find some relief help early in the season, but relief help is always something you can find at some point. I was the last team to take an outfielder, taking Adam Jones as my OF1 in the 6th round. As some of you have pointed out, that is not ideal. But I think I rounded out my outfield nicely with some decent upside picks.

What do you guys think? Which teams and picks do you like and dislike the most?


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. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:

    Great writeup. Pretty shocked that Wainwright, Richards, and Gray went ahead of Paxton, but I’ll take that late ADP for Paxton any day!

    • mikeMaher

      mikeMaher says:

      @Duda Want to Build a Snowman?:

      Thanks. I think all four are different kinds of risks, so it depends on who you are most comfortable with.

    • Burningbridges247 says:

      @Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: You and I are on the same page, Duda. I saw him go there and can only hope my leaguemates feel the same way about him.

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:

        @Burningbridges247: I’m not drafting him as my number 2 . . . but I also wouldn’t be surprised if he turned into that be season end.

  2. Lance

    Lance says:

    Jeeze Paul Sporer made out like a bandit in this.

    Rodon, Bird, Healy, Paxton, Puig, Betances all between 180 and 270 is just gorgeous. Upside galore, I get the SP value differential in deeper roto leagues like this, but gimmie Pax over Eick and S.Gray!

    Must have been a fun few rounds, nice column.

    • mikeMaher

      mikeMaher says:



      Yeah, it was moving quickly and got interesting fast. Betances isn’t closing, though, remember. And the Puig pick I didn’t like just because there were so many other OF options that I think have higher ceilings. Even at this best in 2014, Puig was a pretty average fantasy contributor.

      • Lance

        Lance says:

        Yep – I know he’s not closing, but the value a middle reliever of his skillset can produce is widely overlooked in my eyes, especially in roto (which I assuming this was, if it wasn’t scratch everything I have and am about to say).

        If Betances lucks into a few wins, he’s gonna be a top 150 player. And even if he doesn’t, there are few scenarios where he throws ~70IP and finishes outside the top 200. Thornburg was top 150 last season, and in 2015, Betances was something around the 90th best player in roto. Taking a shot on that at 270 overall is just glorious.

        I see your point with Puig too, I think I overlooked the fact that Pederson, Peralta, etc went a bit after him – good call.

  3. Chucky says:

    In a keeper league I’m walking into the draft with 2 studs, Max and Kluber. Having two rock solid SPs to start, when do you go pitching again? Do you prefer rebound guys, like the King and Sonny, or opt for the high upside guys like Paxton and Odorizzi? Any thoughts of Steven Wright?

    • mikeMaher

      mikeMaher says:


      I wait pretty long in general to start taking pitchers, unless a stud falls to me where he shouldn’t, so with those two in hand I would wait a pretty long while. Of those guys I like King the best, then Paxton, then Sonny, then Odorizzi.

      But yeah, with two studs like that you can fill out at least 2/3 of your starting lineup of hitters before you grab another arm, I would say.

Comments are closed.