Earlier this week, I posted the first six rounds of the Couch Managers 2017 Industry Mock Draft. You’re never going to believe this, but I’m now going to post rounds 7-12. At the end of it all, there will be four posts and 23 total rounds. It’s a lot of work, but you guys are worth it.

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 did the last time, I’ll post the rounds below with some of my thoughts beneath the picks. I’ll keep the thoughts brief since we have a bunch of rounds to get through. That pissed off at least one commenter last time who apparently wanted more Mike Maher analysis and less Mike Maher patting himself on the back. Let’s see if I can do better this time around…

 

Pick Rd. Name Team Pos Owner
91 7 Kelvin Herrera KC RP Paul Sporer
92 7 Alex Bregman HOU 3B @Tim_Heaney
93 7 Rick Porcello BOS SP Mike Maher
94 7 Miguel Sano MIN 3B DerekCarty
95 7 Carlos Santana CLE 1B rotoman
96 7 Masahiro Tanaka NYY SP ToddZ
97 7 Willson Contreras CHC C Tim McLeod
98 7 Dustin Pedroia BOS 2B genemccaffrey
99 7 Javier Baez CHC 2B [email protected]
100 7 Dansby Swanson ATL SS Captain Hook
101 7 Jose Quintana CHW SP Joelhenardbddr
102 7 Craig Kimbrel BOS RP RayHQ
103 7 Justin Turner LAD 3B MikeGianella
104 7 Maikel Franco PHI 3B Doug Anderson
105 7 Mark Melancon SF RP lawrm

Round 7 thoughts: After taking Kenley Jansen at the end of the 6th round, Sporer kicks off the 7th by taking another closer. Taking back-to-back closers on the wheel is a strategy that I am seeing more of, and I’m not sure how I feel about it yet. I love Alex Bregman pick for @Team_Heaney. That kid can rake, and he is going to be a stud. 94 is too early for Sano. I have him at around 150, but it could work out if he can stay healthy and productive and put up 30+ homers. I don’t like the rest here, though. I added my second pitcher, grabbing Porcello at 93. I don’t love the pick, but it made sense for my team based on what was available.

 

Pick Rd. Name Team Pos Owner
106 8 Jeurys Familia NYM RP lawrm
107 8 Zack Greinke AZ SP Doug Anderson
108 8 Cole Hamels TEX SP MikeGianella
109 8 Danny Salazar CLE SP RayHQ
110 8 Edwin Diaz SEA RP Joelhenardbddr
111 8 Eric Hosmer KC 1B Captain Hook
112 8 Seung Hwan Oh STL RP [email protected]
113 8 Wade Davis CHC RP genemccaffrey
114 8 Roberto Osuna TOR RP Tim McLeod
115 8 Adam Eaton WSH OF ToddZ
116 8 Odubel Herrera PHI OF rotoman
117 8 Brad Miller TB SS DerekCarty
118 8 Khris Davis OAK OF Mike Maher
119 8 Julio Teheran ATL SP @Tim_Heaney
120 8 Jake Lamb AZ 3B Paul Sporer

Round 8 thoughts: There’s another example of back-to-back closers at the wheel. Getting Greinke at 107 is good value. He’ll go before that in most drafts. Look for his ADP to be around 85 or so. The run on relievers continued. Once someone got that ball rolling in a 15-team league, there was no stopping it. This was the round where I decided I was just going to have to wait until late and then just take whatever relievers were left over. I don’t like to reach for a position like that just because there is a run. This league starts five outfielders, and I only had one so far, so I grabbed Khris Davis to add a little pop. I have Brad Miller 50 spots lower in my rankings right now. I just don’t see him putting up 30 home runs again, and without those, his value starts to decline pretty quickly. He’s a big regression candidate for me.

 

Pick Rd. Name Team Pos Owner
121 9 Gerrit Cole PIT SP Paul Sporer
122 9 Ken Giles HOU RP @Tim_Heaney
123 9 Jose Ramirez CLE 3B Mike Maher
124 9 Evan Gattis HOU C DerekCarty
125 9 Kenta Maeda LAD SP rotoman
126 9 Alex Colome TB RP ToddZ
127 9 J.T. Realmuto MIA C Tim McLeod
128 9 Aledmys Diaz STL SS genemccaffrey
129 9 Brian McCann HOU C [email protected]
130 9 Andrew Miller CLE RP Captain Hook
131 9 Jonathan Schoop BAL 2B Joelhenardbddr
132 9 Troy Tulowitzki TOR SS RayHQ
133 9 Marcus Stroman TOR SP MikeGianella
134 9 Cody Allen CLE RP Doug Anderson
135 9 Michael Fulmer DET SP lawrm

Round 9 thoughts: I was hoping to get my boy J.T. Realmuto in the 10th, so I was pretty disappointed to see him go here. If anyone read my Frankencatcher Reports on Razzball last year, you know I’m a big Realmuto fan. Other than that, I think I like most of the picks in this round. Cole at 121 is great value. That might be my favorite pick of the draft so far. I had him in my queue and was going to consider him if he made it to me. I was able to get Jose Ramirez as my utility with 3B and OF eligibility at 123, which is right around where I have him ranked right now. This league is 5×5 and doesn’t have holds, so that is the only reason Andrew Miller made it this deep into the run on relievers.

 

Pick Rd. Name Team Pos Owner
136 10 Adrian Gonzalez LAD 1B lawrm
137 10 Alex Reyes STL SP Doug Anderson
138 10 Matt Harvey NYM SP MikeGianella
139 10 Stephen Piscotty STL OF RayHQ
140 10 Nomar Mazara TEX OF Joelhenardbddr
141 10 Lorenzo Cain KC OF Captain Hook
142 10 Jackie Bradley BOS OF [email protected]
143 10 Jose Peraza CIN SS genemccaffrey
144 10 Albert Pujols LAA 1B Tim McLeod
145 10 Rich Hill LAD SP ToddZ
146 10 Yasmani Grandal LAD C rotoman
147 10 Lance McCullers HOU SP DerekCarty
148 10 Hunter Renfroe SD OF Mike Maher
149 10 Tim Anderson CHW SS @Tim_Heaney
150 10 Steven Matz NYM SP Paul Sporer

Round 10 thoughts: Alex Reyes is a really interesting player to watch in drafts this year. His ADP is around 205 right now, but the really interesting part is how divided people seem to be on him. Some experts have him ranked closer to 100. Some have him as low as 295. His consensus ranking on FantasyPros is 232 right now. This isn’t a bad spot for him, but I personally wouldn’t take him before Matt Harvey, Felix Hernandez, Jameson Taillon, or Rich Hill, who were all still on the board. Hunter Renfroe has a similar split right now, but I grabbed him based on potential and pedigree alone. That kid is going to be an absolute stud. It’s just a matter of when. He dominated in AAA last year and didn’t slow down when he was called up for two weeks.

 

Pick Rd. Name Team Pos Owner
151 11 Kevin Gausman BAL SP Paul Sporer
152 11 Russell Martin TOR C @Tim_Heaney
153 11 Felix Hernandez SEA SP Mike Maher
154 11 Carlos Gomez TEX OF DerekCarty
155 11 Yasmany Tomas AZ OF rotoman
156 11 Stephen Vogt OAK C ToddZ
157 11 Jameson Taillon PIT SP Tim McLeod
158 11 Salvador Perez KC C genemccaffrey
159 11 Brandon Belt SF 1B [email protected]
160 11 Drew Smyly SEA SP Captain Hook
161 11 Michael Brantley CLE OF Joelhenardbddr
162 11 David Robertson CHW RP RayHQ
163 11 Adam Duvall CIN OF MikeGianella
164 11 Devon Travis TOR 2B Doug Anderson
165 11 Nick Castellanos DET 3B lawrm

Round 11 thoughts: I was surprised to see Felix Hernandez still on the board at 153. I know he had a bit of a down year last year, but he’s still pretty good. I mean, he just got drafted in the same round as Drew Smyly. Carlos Gomez, too. Michael Brantley is a pretty good gamble pick here. If he can get healthy, that could be a steal. That’s a big if, though. I like Taillon a lot, and I think he is going to be yet another one of those Pittsburgh pitchers you can count on. The Yasmany Tomas pick is an interesting one, and it is a bit of a gamble. Are the Diamondbacks going to trade him? If they don’t are they going to play him? If Tomas was guaranteed playing time, then I like the pick. But if the Diamondbacks are truly trying to improve their defense and are down on Tomas, then this pick could blow up rotoman.

 

Pick Rd. Name Team Pos Owner
166 12 Marcus Semien OAK SS lawrm
167 12 Hunter Pence SF OF Doug Anderson
168 12 Eduardo Nunez SF 3B MikeGianella
169 12 Jon Gray COL SP RayHQ
170 12 Sean Manaea OAK SP Joelhenardbddr
171 12 Tanner Roark WSH SP Captain Hook
172 12 Hernan Perez MIL 3B [email protected]
173 12 Vincent Velasquez PHI SP genemccaffrey
174 12 Elvis Andrus TEX SS Tim McLeod
175 12 Kole Calhoun LAA OF ToddZ
176 12 Julio Urias LAD SP rotoman
177 12 Mike Napoli FA 1B DerekCarty
178 12 Ben Zobrist CHC 2B Mike Maher
179 12 Eric Thames MIL OF @Tim_Heaney
180 12 Marcell Ozuna MIA OF Paul Sporer

Round 12 thoughts: I grabbed ben Zobrist in this round as what I view as a solid utility option who is going to hit. 2B and OF eligibility with a little bit of pop, was my thinking. Why not? As you can see in a deep league like this, things are starting to get interesting. These later rounds are where you are going to see people start to take some chances. I like the Eduardo Nunez pick a lot. 3B and SS eligible in most leagues, won’t hurt your average, and is going to steal a bunch of bases. If you miss out on the upper tier of shortstops, Nunez is a great player to add late like this.

 

After 12 rounds, we’re now more than half way done. I came away with Kris Bryant, Francisco Lindor, Rougned Odor, Kyle Seager, Stephen Strasburg, and Adam Jones in the first six rounds. Through the next six, I added Rick Porcello, Khris Davis, Jose Ramirez, Hunter Renfroe, Felix Hernandez, and Ben Zobrist. I was able to salvage my starting pitching after waiting on starters earlier in the draft, but I still need more outfielders, a first baseman, and two catchers. Once I missed on the catchers I wanted early, I decided to wait on that position. I wrote the Frankencatcher Report last year, after all. I would lose my identity if I walked out of this draft with a top tier catcher.

Which teams do you like the most and least so far?

 

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. thatguy says:
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    Useful and thoughtful analysis on draft slot versus your rankings with some rationale. Thanks for putting in good work on this- enjoyed it

    • mikeMaher

      mikeMaher says:
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      @thatguy:

      Thanks!

  2. seph meier says:
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    I’m curious to see how your 1b turns out

    • mikeMaher

      mikeMaher says:
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      @seph meier:

      It’s not pretty.

  3. Sport says:
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    I really enjoy seeing mock drafts by the experts. I find this stuff more interesting than rankings sometimes and gives me a different perspective versus ADP’s. Especially for a 15 team league, which I play in. I like your middle infield but I’m curious how you will come out with saves. SAGNOF is so hard to do in a 15 team league!

    • mikeMaher

      mikeMaher says:
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      @Sport:

      My bullpen ends up pretty weak, when it is all said and done. However, I am of the opinion that the bullpen is something that is usually fluid and can be worked on throughout the year due to injuries, promotions/demotions, etc.

  4. Jvanslyke says:
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    Thanks for sharing! Sorry, just catching up on the first six rounds as well. I love the Renfroe pick but I was hoping to get him a tad later so you have me worried. It looks like the same guy took Trumbo and Davis. I had that combo last year in a ROTO and as I’m sure Buck Showalter would agree, they were an AVG drain. Finding a trade partner for either was tough. Like you, I think that Odor can be had late. Are you worried at all about Strasburg? I feel like the year that he’s finally been devalued enough for me to draft him will be the year that his arm actually falls off.

    • Chucky says:
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      I feel your pain. I’m looking at 170-180 type guy, but with real good numbers. He’s not a top of rotation guy because of the innings/ injury but he’ll deliver Top end value but with an innings limit. Just hope those 170-180 come playoff time

      • Jvanslyke says:
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        @Chucky:

        Yep, I agree. I hope he’s drafted accordingly!

        • mikeMaher

          mikeMaher says:
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          @Jvanslyke:

          I might have been able to wait on Renfroe, but with this being a deep league and me having a relatively thin outfield, I opted to roll the dice on his potential. There is concern with Strasburg, but I agree with Chucky. I was looking at Wins and Ks and hoping for 180 innings of top-end pitching.

  5. The Hack says:
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    Dansby at 100? That’s reachy beyond belief

    • Mordacious Levator says:
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      @The Hack: not as bad as lefty side platooner baez before 100 overall, good night.

      • mikeMaher

        mikeMaher says:
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        @Mordacious Levator:

        Both are way too early for my liking, but I dislike the Dansby pick more.

  6. Chucky says:
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    As Mickey Mantle said” I agree with everything Casey just said. “In other words I agree what the others before me have said. I’m seriously considering dropping Scherzer in a Keep Forever league. I keep trying to convince myself I’m not . Obviously exploring trades. But sometimes they see the blood in the water. Bregman, Dahl , Moncada, Villar are options to keep in lieu of Max. Am I crazy?

    • Speedy McGreedy says:
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      @Chucky: Let Moncada go and keep Scherzer

    • mikeMaher

      mikeMaher says:
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      @Chucky:

      I’m not big on keeping pitchers. But if I were, Scherzer would be near the top of the list. I love Moncada as a prospect but I am a little worried he is going to hit enough early (both for fantasy and to stay in the Show early in the season). I would try to trade Scherzer for a package or upgrade before just dropping him.

  7. T Rizz says:
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    Schoop in the 9th round is interesting to me. He has been offered to me in a keeper league along with James Paxton for Aaron Sanchez. Which side of that do you like?

    • mikeMaher

      mikeMaher says:
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      @T Rizz:

      I’m not a big Schoop guy. The power numbers were nice (38 doubles, 25 home runs), but he did that in 647 at bats. He also only walked 21 times, despite those at bats. He also batted under .200 over the last month of the season, and he had an OBP of under .300 for the entire season. As much as I like the power from him, a lot of him scares me.

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