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BAD - Fantasy Baseball Draft Round 28: Rolling the dice to close it out
By KFFL Staff
KFFL's Fantasy Baseball Analysis Draft (BAD) and League is unlike most expert fantasy games. First, this isn't a mock draft. At end of the 2014 season, we'll crown a champion of this rotisserie baseball league. Second, our 15-team, 28-round fantasy baseball draft doesn't come with post-game summaries. It provides you with each participant's mindset at the time he selected.
It's always good to have several starting pitcher options. Wood is someone who isn't flashy and plays for a bad team, but he always seems to overachieve. I like that quality in my last pick.
Someone to have on my bench that I can plug in, when/if he starts to run again like he did last season.
More of a hopeful pick here, but he's got tremendous power potential and could actually get his call-up before the revered George Springer gets his.
This pick was pure insurance for Kolten Wong, who isn't off to a great start in camp. LeMahieu could be the leadoff hitter for the Rockies, so I like his potential in that role. He can steal some bases, score some runs and hit for a decent average. He might end up manning my middle infield spot over Wong.
Simply filling holes at this point. Mercer qualifies at 2B/SS, should have a starting gig, and hit .283 with 8 HR in 333 AB last season. Worthy of a draft slot.
I had to fill that second catcher spot eventually. I had trouble deciding between Arencibia and Geovany Soto -- more upside with the former, I think -- or settling for, say, A.J. Ellis or Ryan Hanigan. Fingers crossed. Or off to the FAAB zone.
Doolittle actually does a lot more than you think -- great K's, under a 1.00 WHIP. If Jim Johnson struggles, he could see 10 saves.
He's the last reliever I had on my board with a decent shot at aaves given Uehara's age/health record. Mujica will likely be on my bench most weeks (for as long as I have him) unless I have some bad SP matchups.
Hopefully, a new delivery and a focus on pounding the strike zone will help this intelligent, talented hurler break through. He could be this year's Julio Teheran -- a post-hyper that rekindles his stock in a big way.
It appears as though Doubront will be in Boston's starting rotation with Ryan Dempster sitting out the year. Doubront will need to cut down on the walks to have a palatable WHIP, but he can be a cheap source for wins and strikeouts.
Tremendous potential, a home-run threat! If Franco is called up later in the season, which may or may not happen, he will find a spot in my active lineup.
Soto is injured, so I will slot him onto the DL and then hit the waiver wire the first week I can to add another player to the party. He'll battle with J.P. Arencibia for at-bats.
This was simply a need-based pick. Since Josh Rutledge isn't a lock to win the second base job in Colorado, I needed some insurance, and Beckham fits the bill.
Yeah, this was a response to Cameron Maybin's injury, but we also needed an OF bench guy. He's gonna be on the strong-side platoon, and moving from OAK to SD is actually a sharp upgrade in park even though both favor pitchers (70 HR Park Factor for lefties in OAK; 94 in SD).
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