Fighting Chance Fantasy Mock Draft #2


On February 16th, ten of our favorite people in the industry joined us for our second mock draft of the season. It has been a month now since our first mock, but be sure to ]click here to see how things have changed since then. Of course, there are a number of new drafters from the first one, but trends are trends. This draft required one catcher, four outfielders, a corner infield, middle infield, five starting pitchers, two relievers, and two pitchers of either kinds. Please be sure to follow all of our drafters on Twitter to help you towards your fantasy championship in 2017. Here are the participants, their Twitter handles, and the picks. Also, you can click any link next to the drafter's name to go to a site where you can find their work, including Nick Mariano's who had his own recap of his picks.You can follow me on Twitter @fightingchance and Steve @fantasygeek37

brick6Tim Heaney, Rotowire (@tim_heaney)
Peter Kreutzer, Rotoman (@kroyte)
Patrick Wisniewski, Mastersball (@polkapat)
Nick Mariano, RotoBaller (@NMariano53)
John Halpin, Fox Sports (@jhalpin37)
Joe Gallina, RotoExperts (@joegallina)
Joe Bond, Fantasy Six Pack (@fantasysixpack)
Jerry Colvin, Fantasy Alarm (@realjerrycolvin)
Steve Gardner, USA Today (@steveagardner)
Joel Henard, So-Called Fantasy Experts (@joelhenard)

Round 1

Just for fun I wanted to go a different direction than Trout, but he is the consensus number one pick in pretty much any format. I could see a way that Betts could turn out to have better stats by the end of the season, but I'm not willing to bet on it. Trout has a long track record of success, and 2017 should be no different. First round picks in an industry draft are generally pretty spot on. I was a little surprised that Clayton Kershaw made it to number seven based on other drafts I've done. And I understand the hype over Trea Turner, but the first round is just a little too steep for my liking. I would like him in the third, although I know that's not happening. So if you want Turner, you may have to burn a first round pick on him.

Round 1

Round/Pick Team Player
1.1 Ryan Hallam, Fighting Chance Fantasy Mike Trout, OF, Angels
1.2 Tim Heaney, Rotowire Mookie Betts, OF, Red Sox
1.3 Peter Kreutzer, Rotoman Jose Altuve, 2B, Astros
1.4 Patrick Wisniewski, Mastersball Nolan Arenado, 3B, Rockies
1.5 Steve Rapin, Fighting Chance Fantasy Paul Goldschmidt, 1B, Diamondbacks
1.6 Nick Mariano, Rotoballer Kris Bryant, 3B, Cubs
1.7 John Halpin, Fox Sports Clayton Kershaw, SP, Dodgers
1.8 Joe Gallina, RotoExperts Manny Machado, 3B, Orioles
1.9 Joe Bond, Fantasy Six Pack Josh Donaldson, 3B, Blue Jays
1.10 Jerry Colvin, Fantasy Alarm Trea Turner, SS, Nationals
1.11 Steve Gardner, USA Today Sports Bryce Harper, OF, Nationals
1.12 Joel Henard, So Called Fantasy Experts Anthony Rizzo, 1B, Cubs

Round 2

Steve Gardner getting Carlos Correa and Jerry Colvin landing Miguel Cabrera in the second round both seem like steals. Great picks that are gonna help making their teams succeed. I don't have a problem with any picks that anyone made, and I don't think anyone reached in Round 2. Obviously both starting pitchers are studs and are great anchors to any pitching staff. I'm also a big fan of Starling Marte, Edwin Encarnacion, and Robinson Cano. I selected Xander Bogaerts, which may have been a hair early, but I wanted an elite shortstop and it was him or Francisco Lindor. It is a coin flip, but I went with Boggy.

Round 2

Round/Pick Team Player
2.1 Joel Henard, So Called Fantasy Experts Charlie Blackmon, OF, Rockies
2.2 Steve Gardner, USA Today Sports Carlos Correa, SS, Astros
2.3 Jerry Colvin, Fantasy Alarm Miguel Cabrera, 1B, Tigers
2.4 Joe Bond, Fantasy Six Pack Max Scherzer, SP, Nationals
2.5 Joe Gallina, RotoExperts Madison Bumgarner, SP, Giants
2.6 John Halpin, Fox Sports Corey Seager, SS, Dodgers
2.7 Nick Mariano, Rotoballer Joey Votto, 1B, Reds
2.8 Steve Rapin, Fighting Chance Fantasy Starling Marte, OF, Pirates
2.9 Patrick Wisniewski, Mastersball Edwin Encarnacion, 1B, Indians
2.10 Peter Kreutzer, Rotoman Robinson Cano, 2B, Mariners
2.11 Tim Heaney, Rotowire Freddie Freeman, 1B, Braves
2.12 Ryan Hallam, Fighting Chance Fantasy Xander Bogaerts, SS, Red Sox

Round 3

Another great rounds of picks, but if I had to pick on anyone it would be John Halpin's pick of Ryan Braun and Joe Bond's selection of Carlos Gonzalez. I'm not saying that they reached, but these are just two guys that I am not a fan of. Braun had a great season last year, but I just don't trust him enough for my third round pick on him. CarGo was also very good last season, but injury concerns and inconsistency make me pass on him. Jerry Colvin is hoping that A.J. Pollock can return from injury, much like Joel Henard with Giancarlo Stanton. I am actually quite confident in both players and love the picks. I selected Noah Syndergaard with the first pick in the round and couldn't be happier. Thor is well on his way to being one of the best in the business if he isn't already.

Round 3

Round/Pick Team Player
3.1 Ryan Hallam, Fighting Chance Fantasy Noah Syndergaard, SP, Mets
3.2 Tim Heaney, Rotowire Corey Kluber, SP, Indians
3.3 Peter Kreutzer, Rotoman Francisco Lindor, SS, Indians
3.4 Patrick Wisniewski, Mastersball George Springer, OF, Astros
3.5 Steve Rapin, Fighting Chance Fantasy Daniel Murphy, 2B, Nationals
3.6 Nick Mariano, Rotoballer Chris Sale, SP, Red Sox
3.7 John Halpin, Fox Sports Ryan Braun, OF, Brewers
3.8 Joe Gallina, RotoExperts Jose Abreu, 1B, White Sox
3.9 Joe Bond, Fantasy Six Pack Carlos Gonzalez, OF, Rockies
3.10 Jerry Colvin, Fantasy Alarm A.J. Pollock, OF, D'Backs
3.11 Steve Gardner, USA Today Sports Jonathan Villar, 2B, Brewers
3.12 Joel Henard, So Called Fantasy Experts Giancarlo Stanton, OF, Marlins

Round 4

Nick Mariano was having internet issues this round and the autopick ended up with Yu Darvish. He told me multiple picks later he wanted Cespedes (which made me feel badly for taking him in Round 5), but it was also a round where six starting pitchers went. All are solid, and all should be studs for their teams. I was happy to get Carlos Carrasco who might not be the biggest name, but is still a dynamite fantasy pitcher on the defending American League Champions. I think Peter Kreutzer might have the steal of the round with Andrew McCutchen, as I think he's going to have a nice bounce back season.

Round 4

Round/Pick Team Player
4.1 Joel Henard, So Called Fantasy Experts David Price, SP, Red Sox
4.2 Steve Gardner, USA Today Sports Jon Lester, SP, Cubs
4.3 Jerry Colvin, Fantasy Alarm Jake Arrieta, SP, Cubs
4.4 Joe Bond, Fantasy Six Pack J.D. Martinez, OF, Tigers
4.5 Joe Gallina, RotoExperts Trevor Story, SS, Rockies
4.6 John Halpin, Fox Sports Brian Dozier, 2B, Twins
4.7 Nick Mariano, Rotoballer Yu Darvish, SP, Rangers
4.8 Steve Rapin, Fighting Chance Fantasy Nelson Cruz, OF, Mariners
4.9 Patrick Wisniewski, Mastersball Johnny Cueto, SP, Giants
4.10 Peter Kreutzer, Rotoman Andrew McCutchen, OF, Pirates
4.11 Tim Heaney, Rotowire Rougned Odor, 2B, Rangers
4.12 Ryan Hallam, Fighting Chance Fantasy Carlos Carrasco, SP, Indians

Round 5

I started the fifth round with Mets’ outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, who barring injury should top 35 home runs with a decent enough average. Peter Kreutzer took the game with Wil Myers after his breakout year, and I support that pick here. Pat Wisniewski went with another first baseman in Ian Desmond who is hoping Coors Field helps his stats, which I think it will. Steve Rapin went with the homer pick in Justin Verlander, and Halpin took the first catcher in Buster Posey. Two more stud pitchers in Carlos Martinez and Stephen Strasburg, as the shift to drafting pitching early continues. The final pick of the fifth round is Dee Gordon to Joel Henard, another guy I am on board with. Speed is at a premium, and Gordon is guaranteed to be among the league leaders in steals.

Round 5

Round/Pick Team Player
5.1 Ryan Hallam, Fighting Chance Fantasy Yoenis Cespedes, OF, Mets
5.2 Tim Heaney, Rotowire Kyle Seager, 3B, Mariners
5.3 Peter Kreutzer, Rotoman Wil Myers, 1B, Padres
5.4 Patrick Wisniewski, Mastersball Ian Desmond, 1B, Rockies
5.5 Steve Rapin, Fighting Chance Fantasy Justin Verlander, SP, Tigers
5.6 Nick Mariano, Rotoballer Gregory Polanco, OF, Pirates
5.7 John Halpin, Fox Sports Buster Posey, C, Giants
5.8 Joe Gallina, RotoExperts Carlos Martinez, SP, Cardinals
5.9 Joe Bond, Fantasy Six Pack Matt Carpenter, 1B, Cardinals
5.10 Jerry Colvin, Fantasy Alarm Stephen Strasburg, SP, Nationals
5.11 Steve Gardner, USA Today Sports Christian Yelich, OF, Marlins
5.12 Joel Henard, So Called Fantasy Experts Dee Gordon, 2B, Marlins

Round 6

Our first closer was selected in Aroldis Chapman by John Halpin, who continues to set the bar for new positions. Kenley Jansen went two picks later to Steve Rapin. Joe Gallina likes the chances of Ian Kinsler repeating his 2016 season as he selected him in the sixth round. I was hoping that Jacob DeGrom would fall to me, but alas he went to Pat Wisniewski three picks before. Joel Henard is betting on a huge bounce back year from Chris Archer, and I think that is a good bet. I took the chance on Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez. Clearly he can’t repeat his torrid pace last year, but if I can get a .275 average and 25 home runs out of my catcher, I will be just fine with that in the sixth round.  

Round 6

Round/Pick Team Player
6.1 Joel Henard, So Called Fantasy Experts Chris Archer, SP, Rays
6.2 Steve Gardner, USA Today Sports Adrian Beltre, 3B, Rangers
6.3 Jerry Colvin, Fantasy Alarm Mark Trumbo, OF/DH, Orioles
6.4 Joe Bond, Fantasy Six Pack Jean Segura, SS, Mariners
6.5 Joe Gallina, RotoExperts Ian Kinsler, 2B, Tigers
6.6 John Halpin, Fox Sports Aroldis Chapman, RP, Yankees
6.7 Nick Mariano, Rotoballer Hanley Ramirez, 1B, Red Sox
6.8 Steve Rapin, Fighting Chance Fantasy Kenley Jansen, RP, Dodgers
6.9 Patrick Wisniewski, Mastersball Jacob DeGrom, SP, Mets
6.10 Peter Kreutzer, Rotoman Aaron Sanchez, SP, Blue Jays
6.11 Tim Heaney, Rotowire Lorenzo Cain, OF, Royals
6.12 Ryan Hallam, Fighting Chance Fantasy Gary Sanchez, C, Yankees

Round 7

The best pick of the seventh round should be Matt Kemp by Tim Heaney. Kemp thrived once he was traded to the Braves, and now he has a full season in Atlanta. I believe that Kemp still has something left in the tank. Draft darling Andrew Benintendi went to Joe Gallina in this round as he continues to be a player that is the cause of much discussion of where he should be drafted. He has a job, and should succeed. John Halpin scores again with Chris Davis. He might strikeout 200 times and hit .220, but the chance of hitting 40 homers can’t be ignored. I went with young Alex Bregman at third base. The kid has some massive upside, and perhaps Todd Frazier was a safer pick two picks later, but I love Bregman and his sweet power swing.

Round 7

Round/Pick Team Player
7.1 Ryan Hallam, Fighting Chance Fantasy Alex Bregman, 3B, Astros
7.2 Tim Heaney, Rotowire Matt Kemp, OF, Braves
7.3 Peter Kreutzer, Rotoman Todd Frazier, 3B, White Sox
7.4 Patrick Wisniewski, Mastersball Jonathan Lucroy, C, Rangers
7.5 Steve Rapin, Fighting Chance Fantasy Cole Hamels, SP, Rangers
7.6 Nick Mariano, Rotoballer Zach Britton, RP, Orioles
7.7 John Halpin, Fox Sports Chris Davis, 1B, Orioles
7.8 Joe Gallina, RotoExperts Andrew Benintendi, OF, Red Sox
7.9 Joe Bond, Fantasy Six Pack Jason Kipnis, 2B, Indians
7.10 Jerry Colvin, Fantasy Alarm Evan Longoria, 3B, Rays
7.11 Steve Gardner, USA Today Sports Kyle Hendricks, SP, Cubs
7.12 Joel Henard, So Called Fantasy Experts Mark Melancon, RP, Giants

Round 8

The eighth round started with Joel Henard and Addison Russell. I like the pick, especially if Russell can get that batting average to .260. He’s a nice source of power at second base. It was an incredible run on outfielders in this round as seven of the 12 picks were in the outfield. My favorite was Nick Mariano getting Justin Upton. His batting average wasn’t great, but to get a 30/10 guy at this points was a great pick. Joe Bond took the chance with David Dahl who is one of the preseason darlings in the outfield. He doesn’t have a lot of Major League experience, but he certainly raked in his short time at Coors. A lot of one trick ponies went in this round with Billy Hamilton (steals) to Steve, and Khris Davis and Kyle Schwarber (power) to Peter Kreutzer and Pat Wisniewski. I took Michael Fulmer as my third pitcher as I hope he can recreate last season.

Round 8

Round/Pick Team Player
8.1 Joel Henard, So Called Fantasy Experts Addison Russell, 2B, Cubs
8.2 Steve Gardner, USA Today Sports Masahiro Tanaka, SP, Yankees
8.3 Joe Gallina, RotoExperts Jose Bautista, OF, Blue Jays
8.4 Joe Bond, Fantasy Six Pack David Dahl, OF, Rockies
8.5 Joe Gallina, RotoExperts Willson Contreras, C, Cubs
8.6 John Halpin, Fox Sports Jackie Bradley Jr, OF, Red Sox
8.7 Nick Mariano, Rotoballer Justin Upton, OF, Tigers
8.8 Steve Rapin, Fighting Chance Fantasy Billy Hamilton, OF, Reds
8.9 Patrick Wisniewski, Mastersball Kyle Schwarber, OF, Cubs
8.10 Peter Kreutzer, Rotoman Khris Davis, OF, Athletics
8.11 Tim Heaney, Rotowire Julio Teheran, SP, Braves
8.12 Ryan Hallam, Fighting Chance Fantasy Michael Fulmer, SP, Tigers

Round 9

Four closers went in Round 9, which I started with Seung Hwan Oh in St. Louis. He was dominant once he took over for Trevor Rosenthal, and should be elite again. Tim Heaney took the awesome Wade Davis, Steve Gardner took the sometimes shaky Craig Kimbrel, and Joe Gallina took one of my favorites in Roberto Osuna in Toronto. It was great for all of us to wait this long and likely all get top flight closers for our first. I was a little mad at two of our drafters for taking guys that I was after. Steve Rapin took my man Danny Salazar, who should be rated higher except for his injury trouble last year. And Joe Bond nabbed Gerrit Cole, who I am high on for a bounceback season.  Thanks jerks! Finally, Jerry Colvin got Jose Peraza, who now has a job with Brandon Phillips out of town and looks like a steal (pun intended) at this point of the draft.

Round 9

Round/Pick Team Player
9.1 Ryan Hallam, Fighting Chance Fantasy Seung Hwan Oh, RP, Cardinals
9.2 Tim Heaney, Rotowire Wade Davis, RP, Cubs
9.3 Peter Kreutzer, Rotoman Jose Quintana, SP, White Sox
9.4 Patrick Wisniewski, Mastersball Zack Greinke, SP, D'Backs
9.5 Steve Rapin, Fighting Chance Fantasy Danny Salazar, SP, Indians
9.6 Nick Mariano, Rotoballer Adam Jones, OF, Orioles
9.7 John Halpin, Fox Sports D.J. LeMahieu, 2B, Rockies
9.8 Joe Gallina, RotoExperts Roberto Osuna, RP, Blue Jays
9.9 Joe Bond, Fantasy Six Pack Gerrit Cole, SP, Pirates
9.10 Jerry Colvin, Fantasy Alarm Jose Peraza, 2B, Reds
9.11 Steve Gardner, USA Today Sports Craig Kimbrel, RP, Red Sox
9.12 Joel Henard, So Called Fantasy Experts Anthony Rendon, 3B, Nationals

Round 10

Three more closers went off the board, and now everyone except Joe Bond has one by the tenth round. Edwin Diaz in Seattle, Cody Allen in Cleveland, and Kelvin Herrera in Kansas City all went near the end of the round. For Tim Heaney he went back to back closers and now won’t have to worry about another one until the end of the night. I took Maikel Franco as a corner infielder with 30 homer potential. His batting average dropped considerably last year, but he is still fairly young and can rake. I also like Jerry Colvin’s pick of Danny Duffy as a guy who continues to improve, and Stephen Piscotty to Joe Gallina. Piscotty isn’t a household name, but a guy that has 25 home run power with a solid batting average.

Round 10

Round/Pick Team Player
10.1 Joel Henard, So Called Fantasy Experts Odubel Herrera, OF, Phillies
10.2 Steve Gardner, USA Today Sports Eric Hosmer, 1B, Royals
10.3 Jerry Colvin, Fantasy Alarm Danny Duffy, SP, Royals
10.4 Joe Bond, Fantasy Six Pack Carlos Santana, 1B, Indians
10.5 Joe Gallina, RotoExperts Stephen Piscotty, OF, Cardinals
10.6 John Halpin, Fox Sports Kenta Maeda, SP, Dodgers
10.7 Nick Mariano, Rotoballer Jose Ramirez, 3B, Indians
10.8 Steve Rapin, Fighting Chance Fantasy Justin Turner, 3B, Dodgers
10.9 Patrick Wisniewski, Mastersball Edwin Diaz, RP, Mariners
10.10 Peter Kreutzer, Rotoman Cody Allen, RP, Indians
10.11 Tim Heaney, Rotowire Kelvin Herrera, RP, Royals
10.12 Ryan Hallam, Fighting Chance Fantasy Maikel Franco, 3B, Phillies

Round 11

I wasn’t happy with my 11th round pick of Adrian Gonzalez, but first base was getting thin really quickly and I had to pull the trigger. I did like Tim Heaney’s pick of Kevin Gausman as a young pitcher on the rise, and Steve Rapin’s pick of Aledmys Diaz as he has a starting spot this year. Diaz forced himself into regular playing time in 2016 with his bat, and it should continue this year. Other highlights include Jeurys Familia to Jerry Colvin, who will just have to survive his likely suspension before getting an elite closer. I also like Marcus Stroman to Joel Henard. It was a rough 2016 for Stroman, but the guy has a lot of talent, and he has a very good chance to outperform this draft status.

Round 11

Round/Pick Team Player
11.1 Ryan Hallam, Fighting Chance Fantasy Adrian Gonzalez, 1B, Dodgers
11.2 Tim Heaney, Rotowire Kevin Gausman, SP, Orioles
11.3 Peter Kreutzer, Rotoman Tanner Roark, SP, Nationals
11.4 Patrick Wisniewski, Mastersball Yasmany Tomas, OF, D'Backs
11.5 Steve Rapin, Fighting Chance Fantasy Aledmys Diaz, SS, Cardinals
11.6 Nick Mariano, Rotoballer Rich Hill, SP, Dodgers
11.7 John Halpin, Fox Sports Adam Eaton, OF, Nationals
11.8 Joe Gallina, RotoExperts Eduardo Nunez, 3B, Twins
11.9 Joe Bond, Fantasy Six Pack Rick Porcello, SP, Red Sox
11.10 Jerry Colvin, Fantasy Alarm Jeurys Familia, RP, Mets
11.11 Steve Gardner, USA Today Sports J.T. Realmuto, C, Marlins
11.12 Joel Henard, So Called Fantasy Experts Marcus Stroman, SP, Blue Jays

Round 12

Joel went back to back good picks with Jonathan Schoop as his middle infielder. The Orioles second sacker won’t wow you with his batting average, but he is another second baseman with a chance at 25 homers. Three more closers went in the 12th round, with the best being Ken Giles in Houston to Steve Gardner. Giles disappointed in a major way in 2016, but the guy has elite talent and should bounce back and could be a top five to seven closer. Peter Kreutzer got Miguel Sano who I considered last round, as a major power threat that just needs to cut down on strikeouts. Tim Heaney sniped Tim Anderson from me. The young, dynamic shortstop would have been a great fit on my team at middle infield, but instead he is Tim’s. I’m not sure he can duplicate last season’s success, but a 15/15 year seems likely. I took Matt Harvey which is a risk considering the surgery he had in the offseason, but I’ve always been a fan of Harvey’s and was willing to take the risk as my fourth starter.

Round 12

Round/Pick Team Player
12.1 Joel Henard, So Called Fantasy Experts Jonathan Schoop, 2B, Orioles
12.2 Steve Gardner, USA Today Sports Ken Giles, RP, Astros
12.3 Jerry Colvin, Fantasy Alarm Hunter Renfroe, OF, Padres
12.4 Joe Bond, Fantasy Six Pack Alex Colome, RP, Rays
12.5 Joe Gallina, RotoExperts Julio Urias, SP, Dodgers
12.6 John Halpin, Fox Sports Javier Baez, 2B, Cubs
12.7 Nick Mariano, Rotoballer Kendrys Morales, 1B, Blue Jays
12.8 Steve Rapin, Fighting Chance Fantasy Andrew Miller, RP, Indians
12.9 Patrick Wisniewski, Mastersball Brad Miller, 2B, Rays
12.10 Peter Kreutzer, Rotoman Miguel Sano, 3B, Twins
12.11 Tim Heaney, Rotowire Tim Anderson, SS, White Sox
12.12 Ryan Hallam, Fighting Chance Fantasy Matt Harvey, SP, Mets

Round 13

At this point I only had two outfielders and needed four so I went for a solid power source in Adam Duvall. He definitely could hurt your batting average, but I have a few good average guys to balance it out. Steve Rapin took another young pitcher I really like in Carlos Rodon. The young man is still struggling to find consistency, but he definitely has major talent, even if he is on a crappy offensive team. The shocking fall of Felix Hernandez has him falling to the 13th round. I can’t say I completely understand how he has fallen this far. It has been two “less than Felix” years, but the 13th round? I love the pick by Steve Gardner. Joe Bond takes the high risk/high reward of Steven Matz, while Jerry Colvin goes with another closer I really like in A.J. Ramos. He might have a shaky hold on the job, but I believe he will hold that job.

Round 13

Round/Pick Team Player
13.1 Ryan Hallam, Fighting Chance Fantasy Adam Duvall, OF, Reds
13.2 Tim Heaney, Rotowire Albert Pujols, 1B, Angels
13.3 Peter Kreutzer, Rotoman Lance McCullers, SP, Astros
13.4 Patrick Wisniewski, Mastersball Jake Lamb, 3B, D'Backs
13.5 Steve Rapin, Fighting Chance Fantasy Carlos Rodon, SP, White Sox
13.6 Nick Mariano, Rotoballer Dustin Pedroia, 2B, Red Sox
13.7 John Halpin, Fox Sports David Robertson, RP, White Sox
13.8 Joe Gallina, RotoExperts Dallas Keuchel, SP, Astros
13.9 Joe Bond, Fantasy Six Pack Steven Matz, SP, Mets
13.10 Jerry Colvin, Fantasy Alarm A.J. Ramos, RP, Marlins
13.11 Steve Gardner, USA Today Sports Felix Hernandez, SP, Mariners
13.12 Joel Henard, So Called Fantasy Experts Nomar Mazara, OF, Rangers

Round 14

There were some young, exciting players with potential taken in this round, which was started by Joel Henard with Jon Gray. The potential is crazy, but no one has ever been successful at Coors. Can he break the curse? Steve Gardner took Byron Buxton who finally looked like he had a clue at the end of the season. Can he keep the momentum going? John Halpin went with Jameson Taillon who had a solid first year in the Majors, but wasn’t spectacular. Steve Rapin took last year’s first round pick in Dansby Swanson. Will he live up to the hype? In the 14th round he’s definitely worth the risk. Pat Wisniewski went with Vincent Velasquez who hasn’t put it all together yet but looks like he has the stuff. I took Marcell Ozuna to round out my outfield. He has had 23 homers in two of the last three seasons, and I like his chances of doing it again.

Round 14

Round/Pick Team Player
14.1 Joel Henard, So Called Fantasy Experts Jon Gray, SP, Rockies
14.2 Steve Gardner, USA Today Sports Byron Buxton, OF, Twins
14.3 Jerry Colvin, Fantasy Alarm Matt Moore, SP, Giants
14.4 Joe Bond, Fantasy Six Pack Carlos Gomez, OF, Astros
14.5 Joe Gallina, RotoExperts Francisco Rodriguez, RP, Tigers
14.6 John Halpin, Fox Sports Jameson Taillon, SP, Pirates
14.7 Nick Mariano, Rotoballer Troy Tulowitzki, SS, Blue Jays
14.8 Steve Rapin, Fighting Chance Fantasy Dansby Swanson, SS, Braves
14.9 Patrick Wisniewski, Mastersball Vincent Velasquez, SP, Phillies
14.10 Peter Kreutzer, Rotoman Evan Gattis, DH, Astros
14.11 Tim Heaney, Rotowire Drew Smyly, SP, Mariners
14.12 Ryan Hallam, Fighting Chance Fantasy Marcell Ozuna, OF, Marlins

Round 15

Closers highlighted Round 15 as four more were taken. I started it with Raisel Iglesias, who isn’t necessarily guaranteed the job, but has the most talent in the Cincy bullpen. Jerry Kreutzer went with Sam Dyson in Texas who is solid, Nick Mariano selected Neftali Feliz who should close in Milwaukee, and Pat Wisniewski went with Dellin Betances who isn’t a closer, but still gives you great ratios and strikeouts. Other highlights include Eric Thames to Tim Heaney. No offense to my buddy Tim, but I am not on board. I know Thames has been doing well overseas the past couple of years, but he kinda sucked his last trip through the Majors and I’m not buying this one. I love Joe Bond’s pick of Ryon Healy. He is still young, and hit 13 homers in just 72 games last year. His home park isn’t tailor made for home runs, but this kid’s power is for real.

Round 15

Round/Pick Team Player
15.1 Ryan Hallam, Fighting Chance Fantasy Raisel Iglesias, RP, Reds
15.2 Tim Heaney, Rotowire Eric Thames, 1B, Brewers
15.3 Peter Kreutzer, Rotoman Sam Dyson, RP, Rangers
15.4 Patrick Wisniewski, Mastersball Dellin Betances, RP, Yankees
15.5 Steve Rapin, Fighting Chance Fantasy Kole Calhoun, OF, Angels
15.6 Nick Mariano, Rotoballer Neftali Perez, RP, Brewers
15.7 John Halpin, Fox Sports J.A. Happ, SP, Blue Jays
15.8 Joe Gallina, RotoExperts Marcus Semien, SS, Athletics
15.9 Joe Bond, Fantasy Six Pack Ryon Healy, 3B, Athletics
15.10 Jerry Colvin, Fantasy Alarm Hernan Perez, 3B, Brewers
15.11 Steve Gardner, USA Today Sports Jedd Gyorko, 3B, Cardinals
15.12 Joel Henard, So Called Fantasy Experts Nick Castellanos, 3B, Tigers

Round 16

The 16th round started with Sean Manaea to Joel Henard. He is a popular sleeper pick as a young pitcher with strikeout potential who improved late last season. Steve Gardner went with Michael Brantley next, a player who you want badly or won’t touch this year. Brantley missed almost all of last year after only predicted to be out a month. Will he burn you again? I’m Pro Brantley like Steve. Nick Mariano took a solid chance on Phillies pitcher Aaron Nola who could be good on an improving team. Pat Wisniewski went with a guy I’ll be targeting a lot in Sonny Gray. He can’t be as bad as he was last year and this is crazy late to get him. I went with Neil Walker as my second baseman. The Mets middle infielder could easily hit 20 home runs and to get him this late I’m pretty happy.

Round 16

Round/Pick Team Player
16.1 Joel Henard, So Called Fantasy Experts Sean Manaea, SP, Athletics
16.2 Steve Gardner, USA Today Sports Michael Brantley, OF, Indians
16.3 Jerry Colvin, Fantasy Alarm Ben Zobrist, 2B, Cubs
16.4 Joe Bond, Fantasy Six Pack Tony Watson, RP, PIrates
16.5 Joe Gallina, RotoExperts Brandon Drury, OF, D'Backs
16.6 John Halpin, Fox Sports Keon Broxton, OF, Brewers
16.7 Nick Mariano, Rotoballer Aaron Nola, SP, Phillies
16.8 Steve Rapin, Fighting Chance Fantasy John Lackey, SP, Cubs
16.9 Patrick Wisniewski, Mastersball Sonny Gray, SP, Athletics
16.10 Peter Kreutzer, Rotoman Kevin Kiermaier, OF, Rays
16.11 Tim Heaney, Rotowire Michael Pineda, SP, Yankees
16.12 Ryan Hallam, Fighting Chance Fantasy Neil Walker, 2B, Mets

Round 17

At this point I wanted to fill my middle infield before it got any slimmer. I went with Didi Gregorius as a guy who had a breakout year in 2016. I don’t believe he will hit 20 homers this year, but if I can get 15 out of him and a handful of steals it won’t be bad. Eight starting pitchers went later in Round 17 to dominate the choices. Joel Henard and Joe Gallina went with high upside guys in Dylan Bundy and Jharel Cotton respectively. The 17th round isn’t a bad time to take a chance on a young guy. John Halpin took an improving Jake Odorizzi, while Steve Gardner scored with Jeff Samardzija, which are both excellent choices at this point.

Round 17

Round/Pick Team Player
17.1 Ryan Hallam, Fighting Chance Fantasy Didi Gregorius, SS, Yankees
17.2 Tim Heaney, Rotowire Elvis Andrus, SS, Rangers
17.3 Peter Kreutzer, Rotoman Jay Bruce, OF, Reds
17.4 Patrick Wisniewski, Mastersball Ender Inciarte, OF, Braves
17.5 Steve Rapin, Fighting Chance Fantasy Daniel Norris, SP, Tigers
17.6 Nick Mariano, Rotoballer Devon Travis, 2B, Blue Jays
17.7 John Halpin, Fox Sports Jake Odorizzi, SP, Rays
17.8 Joe Gallina, RotoExperts Jharel Cotton, SP, Athletics
17.9 Joe Bond, Fantasy Six Pack Garrett Richards, SP, Angels
17.10 Jerry Colvin, Fantasy Alarm Drew Pomeranz, SP, Red Sox
17.11 Steve Gardner, USA Today Sports Jeff Samardzija, SP, Giants
17.12 Joel Henard, So Called Fantasy Experts Dylan Bundy, SP, Orioles

Round 18

There’s not a lot of excitement in Round 18 which started with Brandon Belt to Joel Henard. Belt never quite has lived up his hype, but he is still a very productive player, and is a good fit at corner infield or a utility spot. Robbie Ray went to Steve Gardner. He is a great option if you need strikeouts and is still just 25 years old. He had a near 5.00 ERA last season, but has more ability than that. He’s no Cy Young, but will rack up the Ks. Joe Bond took Taijuan Walker who I am quite intrigued with and think will be successful in the National League. Joe Gallina went with a good, cheap source of steals in Jarrod Dyson, and I went with Adam Wainwright in hopes he bounces back.

Round 18

Round/Pick Team Player
18.1 Joel Henard, So Called Fantasy Experts Brandon Belt, 1B, Giants
18.2 Steve Gardner, USA Today Sports Robbie Ray, SP, D'Backs
18.3 Jerry Colvin, Fantasy Alarm Adam Ottavino, RP, Rockies
18.4 Joe Bond, Fantasy Six Pack Taijuan Walker, SP, D'Backs
18.5 Joe Gallina, RotoExperts Jarrod Dyson, OF, Royals
18.6 John Halpin, Fox Sports Dexter Fowler, OF, Cardinals
18.7 Nick Mariano, Rotoballer Shawn Kelley, RP, Nationals
18.8 Steve Rapin, Fighting Chance Fantasy Salvador Perez, C, Royals
18.9 Patrick Wisniewski, Mastersball Brandon Crawford, SS, Giants
18.10 Peter Kreutzer, Rotoman Marco Estrada, SP, Blue Jays
18.11 Tim Heaney, Rotowire Matt Shoemaker, SP, Angels
18.12 Ryan Hallam, Fighting Chance Fantasy Adam Wainwright, SP, Cardinals

Round 19

Some young talent went in Round 19, which I led with Max Kepler. The Twins outfielder showed some nice flashes in 2016, and I am hoping that he is even better this season. Pat Wisniewski took the gamble with Yoan Moncada. If he sees enough time in the Majors this could be a great pick, although speculation is he might spend much of the season at AAA. Steve Rapin took C.J. Cron who will fill in if Albert Pujols starts the year early, or will be the DH with some good power potential. Nick Mariano took a pitcher I really like in Joe Ross. I’ve heard rumblings he will have to compete for the fifth starter spot, but I believe he will hold it. Blake Snell went to Joe Gallina. He has a world of potential, but had a lot of hiccups in his first trip to the Majors. The future is bright for Snell though. I also really like Joe Bond’s pick of Randal Grichuk who was much better in the second half than he was the first.

Round 19

Round/Pick Team Player
19.1 Ryan Hallam, Fighting Chance Fantasy Max Kepler, OF, Twins
19.2 Tim Heaney, Rotowire Brandon Maurer, RP, Padres
19.3 Peter Kreutzer, Rotoman James Paxton, SP, Mariners
19.4 Patrick Wisniewski, Mastersball Yoan Moncada, 2B, White Sox
19.5 Steve Rapin, Fighting Chance Fantasy C.J. Cron, 1B, Angels
19.6 Nick Mariano, Rotoballer Joe Ross, SP, Nationals
19.7 John Halpin, Fox Sports Brandon Kintzler, RP, Twins
19.8 Joe Gallina, RotoExperts Blake Snell, SP, Rays
19.9 Joe Bond, Fantasy Six Pack Randal Grichuk, OF, Cardinals
19.10 Jerry Colvin, Fantasy Alarm Yasmani Grandal, C, Dodgers
19.11 Steve Gardner, USA Today Sports Mike Napoli, 1B, Indians
19.12 Joel Henard, So Called Fantasy Experts Leonys Martin, OF, Mariners

Round 20

Not a lot of flash in Round 20, but there were still some good picks. John Halpin takes the Phillies first baseman Tommy Joseph. He is still raw, but Joseph has some pop in his bat. Pat Wisniewski takes the Angels 8th inning guy Cam Bedrosian. Huston Street isn’t the picture of health so Bedrosian could steal the 9th at some point, but even if he doesn’t Bedrosian racks up Ks with a great ERA as well. Alex Cobb went to Peter Kreutzer. He missed almost all of last year with Tommy John Surgery but will be ready to go and was a good pick. I went with Greg Bird, who was hurt a little when the Yankees signed Chris Carter, but I still like his chances to hit 20 homers.

Round 20

Round/Pick Team Player
20.1 Joel Henard, So Called Fantasy Experts Joe Musgrove, SP, Astros
20.2 Steve Gardner, USA Today Sports Anthony DeSclafani, SP, Reds
20.3 Jerry Colvin, Fantasy Alarm Brian McCann, C, Astros
20.4 Joe Bond, Fantasy Six Pack Jerad Eickhoff, SP, Phillies
20.5 Joe Gallina, RotoExperts Logan Forsythe, 2B, Rays
20.6 John Halpin, Fox Sports Tommy Joseph, 1B, Phillies
20.7 Nick Mariano, Rotoballer Tyler Anderson, SP, Rockies
20.8 Steve Rapin, Fighting Chance Fantasy Mike Montgomery, SP, Cubs
20.9 Patrick Wisniewski, Mastersball Cam Bedrosian, RP, Angels
20.10 Peter Kreutzer, Rotoman Alex Cobb, SP, Rays
20.11 Tim Heaney, Rotowire Hunter Pence, OF, Giants
20.12 Ryan Hallam, Fighting Chance Fantasy Greg Bird, 1B, Yankees

Round 21

I took a late shot on Ivan Nova who was much better with the Pirates than he was with the Yankees. Can he keep that going? In the 21st round I thought it was worth a shot. John Halpin went with young Pirates pitcher Tyler Glasnow. He didn’t impress in his four starts, and he may start the season in the Minors. Glasnow misses a lot of bats, but he missed the strike zone a lot too. He will have to improve his control to be successful. Joe Gallina went with Mr. Strikeout or Home Run Joc Pederson. He has a lot of power but needs to learn how to hit left-handed pitching. Jerry Colvin took Dan Straily who everyone is hoping can duplicate last season in 2017. I’m not a huge Straily fan, but this late in the night he is definitely worth the selection.

Round 21

Round/Pick Team Player
21.1 Ryan Hallam, Fighting Chance Fantasy Ivan Nova, SP, Pirates
21.2 Tim Heaney, Rotowire Russell Martin, C, Blue Jays
21.3 Peter Kreutzer, Rotoman Carlos Beltran, OF, Astros
21.4 Patrick Wisniewski, Mastersball Victor Martinez, C, Tigers
21.5 Steve Rapin, Fighting Chance Fantasy Yasiel Puig, OF, Dodgers
21.6 Nick Mariano, Rotoballer Matt Holliday, OF, Yankees
21.7 John Halpin, Fox Sports Tyler Glasnow, SP, PIrates
21.8 Joe Gallina, RotoExperts Joc Pederson, OF, Dodgers
21.9 Joe Bond, Fantasy Six Pack Junior Guerra, SP, Brewers
21.10 Jerry Colvin, Fantasy Alarm Dan Straily, SP, Marlins
21.11 Steve Gardner, USA Today Sports Jason Heyward, OF, Cubs
21.12 Joel Henard, So Called Fantasy Experts Nate Jones, RP, White Sox

Round 22

There were a lot of good young players taken in Round 22, starting with Manuel Margot to Steve Rapin as a good source of speed. Nick Mariano took a good chance with Cameron Rupp at catcher. Rupp has some good pop in his bat, but is an unproven commodity. Jose Berrios went to Joe Gallina. He was one of the top pitching prospects last season, but fell on his face big time. I believe that Berrios will be better in 2017. Jerry Colvin took Jurickson Profar who will now be playing outfield for the Rangers. The hype machine was crazy when Profar came to the Majors although he has yet to realize that potential. Hopefully being healthy and having regular at-bats will help him be better this year.

Round 22

Round/Pick Team Player
22.1 Joel Henard, So Called Fantasy Experts Sandy Leon, C, Red Sox
22.2 Steve Gardner, USA Today Sports Tyler Thornburg, RP, Red Sox
22.3 Jerry Colvin, Fantasy Alarm Jurickson Profar, OF, Rangers
22.4 Joe Bond, Fantasy Six Pack Welington Castillo, C, Orioles
22.5 Joe Gallina, RotoExperts Jose Berrios, SP, Twins
22.6 John Halpin, Fox Sports Mike Foltynewicz, SP, Braves
22.7 Nick Mariano, Rotoballer Cameron Rupp, C, Phillies
22.8 Steve Rapin, Fighting Chance Fantasy Manuel Margot, OF, Padres
22.9 Patrick Wisniewski, Mastersball Hector Neris, RP, Phillies
22.10 Peter Kreutzer, Rotoman Chris Carter, 1B/DH, Yankees
22.11 Tim Heaney, Rotowire Brett Gardner, OF, Yankees
22.12 Ryan Hallam, Fighting Chance Fantasy Lance Lynn, SP, Cardinals

Round 23

I loved the second half of this round. Tom Murphy has a chance to be a nice power hitting catcher, Cesar Hernandez could be a cheap source of steals, Ryan Schimpf is a rookie with some nice power potential. He should have all of the opportunity in the world to succeed for the Padres. Mike Moustakas should be a great return candidate after missing all of last year with a torn ACL. Moustakas could hit 20 homers. Domingo Santana is another young talent with a lot of speed. The last pick in the draft to Joel Henard was Matt Wieters who just signed with the Nationals and could hit 20 homers if he could just stay healthy. Thank you all for taking a look at our draft and any questions can be left in the comments.

Round 23

Round/Pick Team Player
23.1 Ryan Hallam, Fighting Chance Fantasy Adam Conley, SP, Marlins
23.2 Tim Heaney, Rotowire Francisco Liriano, SP, Blue Jays
23.3 Peter Kreutzer, Rotoman Robert Gsellman, SP, Mets
23.4 Patrick Wisniewski, Mastersball Jeanmar Gomez, RP, Phillies
23.5 Steve Rapin, Fighting Chance Fantasy Eduardo Rodriguez, SP, Red Sox
23.6 Nick Mariano, Rotoballer Zach Davies, SP, Brewers
23.7 John Halpin, Fox Sports Tom Murphy, C, Rockies
23.8 Joe Gallina, RotoExperts Cesar Hernandez, 2B, Phillies
23.9 Joe Bond, Fantasy Six Pack Ryan Schimpf, 2B, Padres
23.10 Jerry Colvin, Fantasy Alarm Mike Moustakas, 3B, Royals
23.11 Steve Gardner, USA Today Sports Domingo Santana, OF, Breweres
23.12 Joel Henard, So Called Fantasy Experts Matt Wieters, C, Nationals

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