Fighting Chance Fantasy Mock Draft #3


On Wednesday March 8th, Steve and Ryan were joined by ten of our industry friends to conduct our final mock draft of the fantasy baseball draft season. For a reason that I couldn't figure out it was the longest of our three drafts, but we had a great group and we had fun with it. The league setup consisted of 23 rounds, one catcher, a corner infielder, a middle infielder, four outfielders, five starting pitchers, two relievers and two pitchers of either kind. The following is a list of the participants and their sites and Twitter handles. I encourage you to go to each site to check out their work, as well as follow them all on Twitter. I promise you these folks will help you win your leagues this year.

Tim McLeod, Prospect361.com (@TimothyLMc)
Lawr Michaels, Mastersball (@lawrmichaels)
Pat Wisniewski, Mastersball (@polkapat)
Mike Werner, Friends with Fantasy Benefits (@MikeWernerFWFB)
Mike Harmon, SwollenDome.com (@swollendome)
John Russell, Friends with Fantasy Benefits (@JohnRussell215)
Michael Stein, Fantasy Judgment (@fantasyjudgment)
Joel Henard, So Called Fantasy Experts (@JoelHenard)
Rob Touzet, Sirius/XM Fantasy Sports Radio (@y2zet)
Ivar Anderson, Fantasy Alarm (@johnwhorfin)

There's no surprise that Mike Trout was the top pick again, as he was in our previous two mock drafts, but this was the first time that Nolan Arenado went off the board second as he did to Lawr Michaels. It's really hard to argue as Arenado is among the best power hitters in the league at a position that is seriously top heavy. Another favorite of mine, Paul Goldschmidt, went number three, and then Steve Rapin had to be absolutely giddy to have Mookie Betts fall to him at four. Betts is drafted second in a majority of drafts, so it was a bit of a steal for Steve. I went for Kris Bryant fifth, which I don't like because I hate the Cubs, but I love from a fantasy perspective because this kid is among the best in baseball. The only other surprise you can say in the first round was Mike Harmon going with Carlos Correa with the seventh overall pick, but as I have said before, if there's a player you believe in then ADP be damned!

Round 1

Round/Pick Team Player
1.1 Tim McLeod, Prospect361.com Mike Trout, OF, Angels
1.2 Lawr Michaels, Mastersball Nolan Arenado, 3B, Rockies
1.3 Patrick Wisniewski, Mastersball Paul Goldschmidt, 1B, D'Backs
1.4 Steve Rapin, Fighting Chance Fantasy Mookie Betts, OF, Red Sox
1.5 Ryan Hallam, Fighting Chance Fantasy Sports Kris Bryant, 3B, Cubs
1.6 Mike Werner, Friends With Fantasy Benefits Jose Altuve, 2B, Astros
1.7 Mike Harmon, SwollenDome.com Carlos Correa, SS, Astros
1.8 John Russell, Friends With Fantasy Benefits Clayton Kershaw, SP, Dodgers
1.9 Michael Stein, Fantasy Judgment Anthony Rizzo, 1B, Cubs
1.10 Joel Henard, So Called Fantasy Experts Bryce Harper, OF, Nationals
1.11 Rob Touzet, Sirius/XM Fantasy Sports Radio Manny Machado, 3B, Orioles
1.12 Ivar Anderson, Fantasy Alarm Miguel Cabrera, 1B, Tigers

This draft wasn't as focused on starting pitchers as I expected, and after two rounds only four starters were off the board. Madison Bumgarner led the round off to Ivar Anderson, Max Scherzer went mid-round to Mike Harmon, and Tim McLeod ended Round 2 with Noah Syndergaard  (a selection I strongly considered with my pick). I was happy to see Trea Turner not go in the first round in this draft as I feel he is one of the more overrated players this seaosn. Joel Henard did grab him at 15th overall, but it is better than sixth or seventh. I was surprised to see Josh Donaldson fall to 16th overall, and I think Michael Stein got himself a nice pick. Same can be said of Mike Werner who took Edwin Encarnacion. He should provide monster power in Cleveland. I was happy to get Robinson Cano in the second round as a middle infielder with a great bat. It was him or Noah Syndergaard, and I decided that second base was more shallow. Not sure if I made the right choice.

Round 2

Round/Pick Team Player
2.1 Ivar Anderson, Fantasy Alarm Madison Bumgarner, SP, Giants
2.2 Rob Touzet, Sirius/XM Fantasy Sports Radio Starling Marte, OF, Pirates
2.3 Joel Henard, So Called Fantasy Experts Trea Turner, SS, Nationals
2.4 Michael Stein, Fantasy Judgment Josh Donaldson, 3B, Blue Jays
2.5 John Russell, Friends With Fantasy Benefits Charlie Blackmon, OF, Rockies
2.6 Mike Harmon, SwollenDome.com Max Scherzer, SP, Nationals
2.7 Mike Werner, Friends With Fantasy Benefits Edwin Encarnacion, 1B, Indians
2.8 Ryan Hallam, Fighting Chance Fantasy Sports Robinson Cano, 2B, Mariners
2.9 Steve Rapin, Fighting Chance Fantasy Joey Votto, 1B, Reds
2.10 Patrick Wisniewski, Mastersball Corey Seager, SS, Dodgers
2.11 Lawr Michaels, Mastersball Freddie Freeman, 1B, Braves
2.12 Tim McLeod, Prospect361.com Noah Syndergaard, SP, Mets

Tim McLeod went back to back starting pitchers when he started Round 3 with Corey Kluber. He and John Russell took their second pitchers in three rounds when Russell grabbed Chris Sale off the board. Both of them have a nice leg up on the competition when it comes to pitching categories. Middle infield was the position of choice in this round, as three shorstops were taken in the first five picks, and two second basemen ended the round. Lawr Michaels took the powerful Trevor Story, and then Fighting Chance Buddies Steve and Ryan took Xander Bogaerts and Francisco Lindor back to back. Was I too reactionary in taking Lindor because two other shortstops went? I felt that way at the time, but Lindor's ADP is around 25 so I actually got him a couple of picks later. Once I went back over the draft I felt better about the pick. Jonathan Villar went to Rob Touzet and Ivar Anderson chose Brian Dozier. Both players had monster breakout 2016s that have fantasy players wondering if they can repeat it. I believe both have a good chance of that and these guys made solid picks.

Round 3

Round/Pick Team Player
3.1 Tim McLeod, Prospect361.com Corey Kluber, SP, Indians
3.2 Lawr Michaels, Mastersball Trevor Story, SS, Rockies
3.3 Patrick Wisniewski, Mastersball George Springer, OF, Astros
3.4 Steve Rapin, Fighting Chance Fantasy Xander Bogaerts, SS, Red Sox
3.5 Ryan Hallam, Fighting Chance Fantasy Sports Francisco Lindor, SS, Indians
3.6 Mike Werner, Friends With Fantasy Benefits Nelson Cruz, OF, Mariners
3.7 Mike Harmon, SwollenDome.com Daniel Murphy, 2B, Nationals
3.8 John Russell, Friends With Fantasy Benefits Chris Sale, SP, Red Sox
3.9 Michael Stein, Fantasy Judgment A.J. Pollock, OF, D'Backs
3.10 Joel Henard, So Called Fantasy Experts Jon Lester, SP, Cubs
3.11 Rob Touzet, Sirius/XM Fantasy Sports Radio Jonathan Villar, 2B, Brewers
3.12 Ivar Anderson, Fantasy Alarm Brian Dozier, 2B, Twins

Four pitchers and four outfielders highlighted Round 4, starting with the ultra powerful Giancarlo Stanton. Ivar Anderson definitely felt that Stanton was worth the injury risk at the 37th pick. I can't help but agree. Other power hitting outfielders taken were J.D. Martinez to John Russell, and Yoenis Cespedes to Mike Harmon. I believe this is the first mock where I didn't take Cespedes, and I would have chosen him if he was around. If healthy, Martinez should challenge for 30 homers. I was a big fan of Michael Stein's pick of Dee Gordon, as I feel he is nearly a slam dunk to lead the National League in steals. I ended up going with Jose Abreu because of his power potential and I saw first base thinning out quickly. Lawr Michaels made a very good pick with Marlins' Christian Yelich who really lived up to the hype last year and should again. Tim McLeod started us off with catchers by choosing Jonathan Lucroy to end the round.

Round 4

Round/Pick Team Player
4.1 Ivar Anderson, Fantasy Alarm Giancarlo Stanton, OF, Marlins
4.2 Rob Touzet, Sirius/XM Fantasy Sports Radio Johnny Cueto, SP, Giants
4.3 Joel Henard, So Called Fantasy Experts Wil Myers, 1B, Padres
4.4 Michael Stein, Fantasy Judgment Dee Gordon, 2B, Marlins
4.5 John Russell, Friends With Fantasy Benefits J.D. Martinez, OF, Tigers
4.6 Mike Harmon, SwollenDome.com Yoenis Cespedes, OF, Mets
4.7 Mike Werner, Friends With Fantasy Benefits Yu Darvish, SP, Rangers
4.8 Ryan Hallam, Fighting Chance Fantasy Sports Jose Abreu, 1B, White Sox
4.9 Steve Rapin, Fighting Chance Fantasy Stephen Strasburg, SP, Nationals
4.10 Patrick Wisniewski, Mastersball Justin Verlander, SP, Tigers
4.11 Lawr Michaels, Mastersball Christian Yelich, OF, Marlins
4.12 Tim McLeod, Prospect361.com Jonathan Lucroy, C, Rangers

And just like that Tim McLeod begins the fifth round with Buster Posey to go back to back with catchers. In his defense, Tim plays mostly two catcher leagues, and it was a reflex and not an attempt to dominate the catchers. Three pitchers (all who I wanted) went next as Lawr took Chris Archer, Pat Wisniewski went with Jacob DeGrom, and Fighting Chance's Steve went with Jake Arrieta. All three are awesome picks, and while Archer and DeGrom seriously disappointed last year, I am expecting them to both be very good in 2017. Left with nothing I decided to pick Ryan Braun. Why? I DON'T KNOW! I don't like Ryan Braun, I don't expect him to be nearly as good next year. I should have taken Gregory Polanco if I was going to go outfielder but I didn't. Or Carlos Carrasco if I was going to go pitching. Dumb! John Russell and Michael Stein picked the first closers when they went with Aroldis Chapman and Kenley Jansen, respectively. Those are the top two closers this season, and the fifth round isn't a bad time to start taking them.

Round 5

Round/Pick Team Player
5.1 Tim McLeod, Prospect361.com Buster Posey, C, San Francisco Giants
5.2 Lawr Michaels, Mastersball Chris Archer, SP, Rays
5.3 Patrick Wisniewski, Mastersball Jacob DeGrom, SP, Mets
5.4 Steve Rapin, Fighting Chance Fantasy Jake Arrieta, SP, Cubs
5.5 Ryan Hallam, Fighting Chance Fantasy Sports Ryan Braun, OF, Brewers
5.6 Mike Werner, Friends With Fantasy Benefits Gregory Polanco, OF, Pirates
5.7 Mike Harmon, SwollenDome.com Rougned Odor, 2B, Rangers
5.8 John Russell, Friends With Fantasy Benefits Aroldis Chapman, RP, Yankees
5.9 Michael Stein, Fantasy Judgment Kenley Jansen, RP, Dodgers
5.10 Joel Henard, So Called Fantasy Experts Andrew McCutchen, OF, Pirates
5.11 Rob Touzet, Sirius/XM Fantasy Sports Radio Carlos Carrasco, SP, Indians
5.12 Ivar Anderson, Fantasy Alarm Aaron Sanchez, SP, Blue Jays

The first third baseman since the 16th pick was selected to start the round as Kyle Seager went to Ivar Anderson. Now you might see more why Lawr Michaels took Arenado over Betts with the second pick? Seager is a good selection, but is still a drop off from those top tier guys. Michael Stein's pick of Ian Desmond was done before his hand was fractured, and the same can be said for Matt Carpenter's creaky back. I finally took a pitcher when I selected Carlos Martinez, who I think has the ability to be a top ten pitcher. To get him in the sixth made me a very happy man. Steve went with Gary Sanchez, who has been a controversial guy. Personally, I think he is going to have a great season, and to get him towards the back of the sixth round is great value.

Round 6

Round/Pick Team Player
6.1 Ivar Anderson, Fantasy Alarm Kyle Seager, 3B, Mariners
6.2 Rob Touzet, Sirius/XM Fantasy Sports Radio Carlos Gonzalez, OF, Rockies
6.3 Joel Henard, So Called Fantasy Experts Zach Britton, RP, Orioles
6.4 Michael Stein, Fantasy Judgment Ian Desmond, 1B/OF, Rockies
6.5 John Russell, Friends With Fantasy Benefits Jean Segura, SS, Mariners
6.6 Mike Harmon, SwollenDome.com Cole Hamels, SP, Rangers
6.7 Mike Werner, Friends With Fantasy Benefits Billy Hamilton, OF, Reds
6.8 Ryan Hallam, Fighting Chance Fantasy Sports Carlos Martinez, SP, Cardinals
6.9 Steve Rapin, Fighting Chance Fantasy Gary Sanchez, C, Yankees
6.10 Patrick Wisniewski, Mastersball D.J. LeMahieu, 2B, Rockies
6.11 Lawr Michaels, Mastersball Matt Carpenter, 1B, Cardinals
6.12 Tim McLeod, Prospect361.com Hanley Ramirez, 1B, Red Sox

Now another wave of third basemen were gone in the seventh round as Pat Wisniewski took Todd Frazier, Mike Harmon went with Adrian Beltre, and Joel Henard went with young Alex Bregman. I love the power of Frazier and the potential of Bregman. Beltre isn't my favorite, but this is right around his ADP. Bregman is very interesting as he could really blossom or have some struggles in his first full season. The Fighting Chance boys both went power outfielders when Steve took Mark Trumbo and I took Kyle Schwarber. I know. I can't believe I took another Cub either. I can't decide whether Schwarber will hit .220 and strikeout 225 times or if he will hit 45 home runs. Hell, he could do both. Mike Werner took Gerrit Cole in the seventh round, which might seem a little early, but I like it as he could certainly have a bounce back year and be a top 15 pitcher. John Farrell took David Price who definitely fell with his elbow issue, which for now seems to be ok. I think John is going to be rewarded with this pick.

Round 7

Round/Pick Team Player
7.1 Tim McLeod, Prospect361.com Ian Kinsler, 2B, Tigers
7.2 Lawr Michaels, Mastersball Danny Duffy, SP, Royals
7.3 Patrick Wisniewski, Mastersball Todd Frazier, 3B, White Sox
7.4 Steve Rapin, Fighting Chance Fantasy Mark Trumbo, OF, Orioles
7.5 Ryan Hallam, Fighting Chance Fantasy Sports Kyle Schwarber, OF, Cubs
7.6 Mike Werner, Friends With Fantasy Benefits Gerrit Cole, SP, Pirates
7.7 Mike Harmon, SwollenDome.com Adrian Beltre, 3B, Rangers
7.8 John Russell, Friends With Fantasy Benefits David Price, SP, Red Sox
7.9 Michael Stein, Fantasy Judgment Felix Hernandez, SP, Mariners
7.10 Joel Henard, So Called Fantasy Experts Alex Bregman, 3B, Astros
7.11 Rob Touzet, Sirius/XM Fantasy Sports Radio Jason Kipnis, 2B, Indians
7.12 Ivar Anderson, Fantasy Alarm Mark Melancon, RP, Giants

I honestly don't think there was a bad pick in the eighth round. The riskiest one was Pat Wisniewski taking David Dahl because of his injury question marks, but if Dahl does start the season on time or close to it, Pat will look like a wiz. Ivar Anderson took Justin Upton who should give great production this late. Rob Touzet took one of the most dominant closers in Seung Hwan Oh, while Joel Henard followed him with another great closer in Wade Davis. Masahiro Tanaka proved he could be healthy last season, and when Anthony Rendon is on the field he is a very consistent hitter. I went with Michael Fulmer since I was still in dire need of starting pitching. He proved last year he belonged in the Majors and should have a great sophomore season. Steve followed me with one of my favorite relievers in Roberto Osuna. He doesn't have the name recognition as one of the top guys, but he isn't that far off in production. He will be on more than one of my teams this year.

Round 8

Round/Pick Team Player
8.1 Ivar Anderson, Fantasy Alarm Justin Upton, OF, Tigers
8.2 Rob Touzet, Sirius/XM Fantasy Sports Radio Seung Hwan Oh, RP, Cardinals
8.3 Joel Henard, So Called Fantasy Experts Wade Davis, RP, Cubs
8.4 Michael Stein, Fantasy Judgment Masahiro Tanaka, SP, Yankees
8.5 John Russell, Friends With Fantasy Benefits Anthony Rendon, 3B, Nationals
8.6 Mike Harmon, SwollenDome.com Jose Bautista, OF, Blue Jays
8.7 Mike Werner, Friends With Fantasy Benefits Miguel Sano, 3B, Twins
8.8 Ryan Hallam, Fighting Chance Fantasy Sports Michael Fulmer, SP, Tigers
8.9 Steve Rapin, Fighting Chance Fantasy Roberto Osuna, RP, Blue Jays
8.10 Patrick Wisniewski, Mastersball David Dahl, OF, Rockies
8.11 Lawr Michaels, Mastersball Odubel Herrera, OF, Phillies
8.12 Tim McLeod, Prospect361.com Jose Quintana, SP, White Sox

I was pretty upset when Lawr took Stephen Piscotty. As a Cardinals fan, and a Piscotty owner last season, I know that he is going to replicate last year, or even have better numbers. Instead I took Willson Contreras as I continue to pour on the offense. I probably should have more pitching at this point, and I can't believe I now have THREE Cubs, but the kid's raw power is rare at catcher, and I just couldn't control myself. Two very solid first basemen in Eric Hosmer and Chris Davis went to Mike Harmon and John Russell, although they are very different players. Davis is the 40 home run masher with the pitiful batting average, while Hosmer will give you half the homers with a near .300 average. Joel Henard went with Andrew Benintendi. One of the better hitting prospects in all of baseball, Benintendi proved he belonged in a cup of coffee with the Red Sox in 2016. Can he build on that and be one of the breakout stars of 2017? I think there's a real good chance of that.

Round 9

Round/Pick Team Player
9.1 Tim McLeod, Prospect361.com Khris Davis, OF, Athletics
9.2 Lawr Michaels, Mastersball Stephen Piscotty, OF, Cardinals
9.3 Patrick Wisniewski, Mastersball Andrew Miller, RP, Indians
9.4 Steve Rapin, Fighting Chance Fantasy Evan Longoria, 3B, Rays
9.5 Ryan Hallam, Fighting Chance Fantasy Sports Willson Contreras, C, Cubs
9.6 Mike Werner, Friends With Fantasy Benefits Kelvin Herrera, RP, Royals
9.7 Mike Harmon, SwollenDome.com Eric Hosmer, 1B, Royals
9.8 John Russell, Friends With Fantasy Benefits Chris Davis, 1B, Orioles
9.9 Michael Stein, Fantasy Judgment Craig Kimbrel, RP, Red Sox
9.10 Joel Henard, So Called Fantasy Experts Andrew Benintendi, OF, Red Sox
9.11 Rob Touzet, Sirius/XM Fantasy Sports Radio Adam Jones, OF, Orioles
9.12 Ivar Anderson, Fantasy Alarm Dansby Swanson, SS, Braves

The pick of the round, although it pains me to say, easily goes to Steve with Jose Peraza. With Brandon Phillips out of town, Peraza has a starting job and should be among the league leaders in stolen bases. In the tenth round, that is a great pick. I also liked John Russell's pick of Maikel Franco. I think he is being severely undervalued because his batting average wasn't great last year, but he still hit 25 homers and nearly drove in 90 runs. A great tenth round pick. I finally took my first closer with Cody Allen from the Indians. He still is one of the better strikeout pitchers among closers, and I'm not overly worried about Andrew Miller taking many save chances. Before me, Mike Werner went with Edwin Diaz who closes for the Mariners. He might not have a big name, but Diaz showed absolutely dominating filthy strikeout stuff last season and has no competition for the job. He could be a guy who far exceeds his draft position.

Round 10

Round/Pick Team Player
10.1 Ivar Anderson, Fantasy Alarm Kevin Kiermaier, OF, Rays
10.2 Rob Touzet, Sirius/XM Fantasy Sports Radio Julio Teheran, SP, Braves
10.3 Joel Henard, So Called Fantasy Experts Kenta Maeda, SP, Dodgers
10.4 Michael Stein, Fantasy Judgment Carlos Santana, 1B, Indians
10.5 John Russell, Friends With Fantasy Benefits Maikel Franco, 3B, Phillies
10.6 Mike Harmon, SwollenDome.com J.T. Realmuto, C, Marlins
10.7 Mike Werner, Friends With Fantasy Benefits Edwin Diaz, RP, Mariners
10.8 Ryan Hallam, Fighting Chance Fantasy Sports Cody Allen, RP, Indians
10.9 Steve Rapin, Fighting Chance Fantasy Jose Peraza, 2B, Reds
10.10 Patrick Wisniewski, Mastersball Jose Ramirez, 3B, Indians
10.11 Lawr Michaels, Mastersball Marcus Stroman, SP, Blue Jays
10.12 Tim McLeod, Prospect361.com Eduardo Nunez, 3B, Giants

Tim McLeod started the round with Matt Kemp who had a resurgence when traded to the Braves last season. I believe that this will continue and he got himself a solid outfielder in the 11th round. I decided I wanted a pitcher but then both guys I wanted were taken right before me with Kevin Gausman to Lawr Michaels and Danny Salazar to Pat Wisniewski. Gausman was pretty good in every category but wins, and I really like Salazar, but he needs to learn how to pitch deeper into games and stop walking so many. He's also coming off an injury, but I'm not concerned about that. I ended up taking Addison Russell as my middle infielder. He's a dynamic talent with the bat, he just needs to continue improving his plate discipline. I also loved the pick of Jeurys Familia who probably would have gone four or five rounds earlier if not for a pending suspension. It won't be too long and Mike Harmon got a steal. Joel Henard took Aledmys Diaz who looked great with the bat as he hit .300 with 17 home runs in just 400 at-bats. He's the starting shortstop this year so he should be in the lineup every day.

Round 11

Round/Pick Team Player
11.1 Tim McLeod, Prospect361.com Matt Kemp, OF, Braves
11.2 Lawr Michaels, Mastersball Kevin Gausman, SP, Orioles
11.3 Patrick Wisniewski, Mastersball Danny Salazar, SP, Indians
11.4 Steve Rapin, Fighting Chance Fantasy Ken Giles, RP, Astros
11.5 Ryan Hallam, Fighting Chance Fantasy Sports Addison Russell, SS, Cubs
11.6 Mike Werner, Friends With Fantasy Benefits Kyle Hendricks, SP, Cubs
11.7 Mike Harmon, SwollenDome.com Jeurys Familia, RP, Mets
11.8 John Russell, Friends With Fantasy Benefits Vincent Velasquez, SP, Phillies
11.9 Michael Stein, Fantasy Judgment Evan Gattis, C/DH, Astros
11.10 Joel Henard, So Called Fantasy Experts Aledmys Diaz, SS, Cardinals
11.11 Rob Touzet, Sirius/XM Fantasy Sports Radio Julio Urias, SP, Dodgers
11.12 Ivar Anderson, Fantasy Alarm Zack Greinke, SP, D'Backs

There were some solid, yet risky picks on starting pitchers in Round 12. The first was one of my favorites in the Mets' Matt Harvey. I want to believe that Harvey will return from his latest surgery and be the guy he was when he first came to the Majors, but even as a fan I have my doubts. Taking him in the 12th round seriously minimizes the risk associated with drafting Harvey, so I think that Rob Touzet took him at a good time. The very next pick by Joel Henard was Jameson Taillon. He had plenty of injury concerns in the Minors, but he was pretty good (not great) when he came to the Majors. He definitely has a spot in the Pirates rotation this season, so if he can stay healthy this could be a great pick. Steven Matz went to the Swollen Dome of Mike Harmon. He is the ultimate high risk/high reward player. Matz has absolutely filthy stuff, but he has had one trip to the DL after another. Like Harvey the risk is minimized at this part of the draft, and the payoff could be big. I went with A.J. Ramos of the Marlins. He didn't get an overly big vote of confidence that he would remain the closer this season, but I see no reason that he won't be successful again.

Round 12

Round/Pick Team Player
12.1 Ivar Anderson, Fantasy Alarm Justin Turner, 3B, Dodgers
12.2 Rob Touzet, Sirius/XM Fantasy Sports Radio Matt Harvey, SP, Mets
12.3 Joel Henard, So Called Fantasy Experts Jameson Taillon, SP, Pirates
12.4 Michael Stein, Fantasy Judgment Jackie Bradley Jr, Red Sox
12.5 John Russell, Friends With Fantasy Benefits Troy Tulowitzki, SS, Blue Jays
12.6 Mike Harmon, SwollenDome.com Steven Matz, SP, Mets
12.7 Mike Werner, Friends With Fantasy Benefits Jake Lamb, 3B, D'Backs
12.8 Ryan Hallam, Fighting Chance Fantasy Sports A.J. Ramos, RP, Marlins
12.9 Steve Rapin, Fighting Chance Fantasy Rich Hill, SP, Red Sox
12.10 Patrick Wisniewski, Mastersball Yasmani Tomas, OF, D'Backs
12.11 Lawr Michaels, Mastersball Salvador Perez, C, Royals
12.12 Tim McLeod, Prospect361.com Brandon Belt, 1B, Giants

The 13th round brought a lot of meh, as there aren't a lot of exciting picks here. It doesn't mean they are bad picks, but nothing that really moves the needle of excitement. Pat Wisniewski took the power of Adam Duvall (with a rough batting average). Steve took the speed/power potential of Nomar Mazara in Texas. I took the worst Cy Young award winner ever in Rick Porcello. John Russell went for the once great Dallas Keuchel. And Joel Henard selected the power hitting Jonathan Schoop. Well, power hitting by second base standards anyway. All of these are solid picks, and there were more that I didn't mention that were good picks as well. But are any of you really excited about any of these players? Maybe Mazara because he is still improving, and maybe Keuchel because he has 20 win potential. But that's about it. Let's move on to the next round.

Round 13

Round/Pick Team Player
13.1 Tim McLeod, Prospect361.com Elvis Andrus, SS, Rangers
13.2 Lawr Michaels, Mastersball Alex Colome, RP, Rays
13.3 Patrick Wisniewski, Mastersball Adam Duvall, OF, Reds
13.4 Steve Rapin, Fighting Chance Fantasy Nomar Mazara, OF, Rangers
13.5 Ryan Hallam, Fighting Chance Fantasy Sports Rick Porcello, SP, Red Sox
13.6 Mike Werner, Friends With Fantasy Benefits Lorenzo Cain, OF, Royals
13.7 Mike Harmon, SwollenDome.com Hernan Perez, 3B, Brewers
13.8 John Russell, Friends With Fantasy Benefits Dallas Keuchel, SP, Astros
13.9 Michael Stein, Fantasy Judgment Tanner Roark, SP, Nationals
13.10 Joel Henard, So Called Fantasy Experts Jonathan Schoop, 2B, Orioles
13.11 Rob Touzet, Sirius/XM Fantasy Sports Radio Eric Thames, 1B, Brewers
13.12 Ivar Anderson, Fantasy Alarm Ben Zobrist, 2B, Cubs

I really liked Joel Henard's pick of Jon Gray. There are still concerns if anyone can be a consistent starting pitcher in Coors Field, but if anyone can, Gray has the look of a guy who can. Mike Harmon took one of the top prospects in the game in Cody Bellinger. The kid is trying to win one of the outfield jobs for the Dodgers, and he can also play first base for the aging Adrian Gonzalez. I went with Carlos Rodon as a starter that I really like even if he won't rack up a good win total for the lowly White Sox. If nothing else he helps with strikeouts but I believe he will get his ERA under 3.50 this season. Steve took Lance McCullers as a guy who can be one of the better pitchers in the American League if he can just stay healthy. In the 14th round, that isn't a bad gamble.

Round 14

Round/Pick Team Player
14.1 Ivar Anderson, Fantasy Alarm Sam Dyson, RP, Rangers
14.2 Rob Touzet, Sirius/XM Fantasy Sports Radio Albert Pujols, 1B, Angels
14.3 Joel Henard, So Called Fantasy Experts Jon Gray, SP, Rockies
14.4 Michael Stein, Fantasy Judgment Adam Eaton, OF, Nationals
14.5 John Russell, Friends With Fantasy Benefits Javier Baez, 2B, Cubs
14.6 Mike Harmon, SwollenDome.com Cody Bellinger, 1B, Dodgers
14.7 Mike Werner, Friends With Fantasy Benefits Tim Anderson, SS, White Sox
14.8 Ryan Hallam, Fighting Chance Fantasy Sports Carlos Rodon, SP, White Sox
14.9 Steve Rapin, Fighting Chance Fantasy Lance McCullers, SP, Astros
14.10 Patrick Wisniewski, Mastersball Yasmani Grandal, C, Dodgers
14.11 Lawr Michaels, Mastersball Brad Miller, 2B, Rays
14.12 Tim McLeod, Prospect361.com Nick Castellanos, 3B, Tigers

I loved Tim McLeod's pick to open the round in Raisel Iglesias. To me, he is hands down the best reliever in Cincinnati, and could be a top 12 closer. I was going to choose Kole Calhoun as an outfielder that is well better than the recognition he deserves, but that bastard Steve took him right before I could! So instead I went with Marcell Ozuna instead. He has two 23 home run seasons in the last three years, so he is far from a bad consolation prize. The rest of the round is kinda boring with a lot of middle of the road pitching. I'd love to comment on more, but there's not a lot of excitement there.

Round 15

Round/Pick Team Player
15.1 Tim McLeod, Prospect361.com Raisel Iglesias, RP, Reds
15.2 Lawr Michaels, Mastersball Robbie Ray, SP, D'Backs
15.3 Patrick Wisniewski, Mastersball David Robertson, RP, White Sox
15.4 Steve Rapin, Fighting Chance Fantasy Kole Calhoun, OF, Angels
15.5 Ryan Hallam, Fighting Chance Fantasy Sports Marcell Ozuna, OF, Marlins
15.6 Mike Werner, Friends With Fantasy Benefits James Paxton, SP, Mariners
15.7 Mike Harmon, SwollenDome.com J.A. Happ, SP, Blue Jays
15.8 John Russell, Friends With Fantasy Benefits Dexter Fowler, OF, Cardinals
15.9 Michael Stein, Fantasy Judgment Jeff Samardzija, SP, Giants
15.10 Joel Henard, So Called Fantasy Experts Dustin Pedroia, 2B, Red Sox
15.11 Rob Touzet, Sirius/XM Fantasy Sports Radio Sean Manaea, SP, Athletics
15.12 Ivar Anderson, Fantasy Alarm Carlos Gomez, OF, Astros

Round 16 was filled with a lot of players that many are calling "sleepers". Tim McLeod is hoping that Byron Buxton lives up to his top prospect status, instead of his performance of the last couple years. Lawr Michaels goes with one of my favorite later round relievers in Hector Neris who should take over the closers spot soon in Philly. Pat Wisniewski took popular young outfielder Hunter Renfroe, and I like Randal Grichuk as a bounce back candidate for 2017. Mike Werner selected Taijuan Walker who is also a popular later round pick as a guy who could live up to his old potential with a switch to the National League. Finally, Joel Henard went with another guy I like as a bounce back candidate in Mike Moustakas. He had a great 2015 and was off to a good '16 before injury. He's back and Joel could have gotten a 25 homer third baseman in the 16th round.

Round 16

Round/Pick Team Player
16.1 Ivar Anderson, Fantasy Alarm Tony Watson, RP, Pirates
16.2 Rob Touzet, Sirius/XM Fantasy Sports Radio Adam Ottavino, RP, Rockies
16.3 Joel Henard, So Called Fantasy Experts Mike Moustakas, 3B, Royals
16.4 Michael Stein, Fantasy Judgment Carlos Beltran, OF, Astros
16.5 John Russell, Friends With Fantasy Benefits Dellin Betances, RP, Yankees
16.6 Mike Harmon, SwollenDome.com Addison Reed, RP, Mets
16.7 Mike Werner, Friends With Fantasy Benefits Taijuan Walker, SP, D'Backs
16.8 Ryan Hallam, Fighting Chance Fantasy Sports Randal Grichuk, OF, Cardinals
16.9 Steve Rapin, Fighting Chance Fantasy Ender Inciarte, OF, Braves
16.10 Patrick Wisniewski, Mastersball Hunter Renfroe, OF, Padres
16.11 Lawr Michaels, Mastersball Hector Neris, RP, Phillies
16.12 Tim McLeod, Prospect361.com Byron Buxton, OF, Twins

There was a lot of talent that went off the board in Round 17. It started with Tim McLeod taking ultra talented Blake Snell. He might need more seasoning before he is a successful fantasy player, but the talent is undeniable and worth this pick. Lawr Michaels took another high potential guy in Max Kepler. He has a definite chance to hit 20 home runs, but it is the potential low batting average that has him lasting to Round 17. I selected Greg Bird who is returning from a shoulder injury, but he has 25 home run potential and is having a great Spring. Mike Werner took Marcus Semien who is a 25 home run hitting shorstop. He might not hit for a good average, but there's not many other players who offer than power at middle infield. Joel Henard went with Jharel Cotton who is a young pitcher racing up draft boards. He doesn't pitch for a good team but he has the ability to be a solid fantasy pitcher with an acceptable strikeout rate.

Round 17

Round/Pick Team Player
17.1 Tim McLeod, Prospect361.com Blake Snell, SP, Rays
17.2 Lawr Michaels, Mastersball Max Kepler, OF, Twins
17.3 Patrick Wisniewski, Mastersball Aaron Nola, SP, Phillies
17.4 Steve Rapin, Fighting Chance Fantasy Daniel Norris, SP, Tigers
17.5 Ryan Hallam, Fighting Chance Fantasy Sports Greg Bird, 1B, Yankees
17.6 Mike Werner, Friends With Fantasy Benefits Marcus Semien, SS, Athletics
17.7 Mike Harmon, SwollenDome.com Francisco Rodriguez, RP, Tigers
17.8 John Russell, Friends With Fantasy Benefits Garrett Richards, SP, Angels
17.9 Michael Stein, Fantasy Judgment Michael Pineda, SP, Yankees
17.10 Joel Henard, So Called Fantasy Experts Jharel Cotton, SP, Athletics
17.11 Rob Touzet, Sirius/XM Fantasy Sports Radio Brandon Drury, OF, D'Backs
17.12 Ivar Anderson, Fantasy Alarm John Lackey, SP, Cubs

Mike Werner selected Lance Lynn as my 18th round pick, and he is one of my favorite pitching sleepers this year. He is returning from Tommy John Surgery, but he is about 16 months removed from surgery and should be in line for a good season. I am also a big fan of Joel Henard grabbing Jarrod Dyson this late. Dyson has a chance to steal 40 bases now that he has a starting job in Seattle. I took Drew Smyly who might be injury prone but is a very talented pitcher. Pat Wisniewski took a flier on Cam Bedrosian who should start the year as the Angels closer now that Huston Street is injured. Street is made of glass, and even if he is ready shortly after the season starts, he will get hurt again soon and Bedrosian should spend more time in the ninth inning this year than the eighth.

Round 18

Round/Pick Team Player
18.1 Ivar Anderson, Fantasy Alarm Danny Espinosa, 2B, Angels
18.2 Rob Touzet, Sirius/XM Fantasy Sports Radio Yasiel Puig, OF, Dodgers
18.3 Joel Henard, So Called Fantasy Experts Jarrod Dyson, OF, Royals
18.4 Michael Stein, Fantasy Judgment Jose Reyes, 3B, Mets
18.5 John Russell, Friends With Fantasy Benefits Adrian Gonzalez, 1B, Dodgers
18.6 Mike Harmon, SwollenDome.com Brandon Crawford, SS, Giants
18.7 Mike Werner, Friends With Fantasy Benefits Lance Lynn, SP, Cardinals
18.8 Ryan Hallam, Fighting Chance Fantasy Sports Drew Smyly, SP, Mariners
18.9 Steve Rapin, Fighting Chance Fantasy Matt Moore, SP, Giants
18.10 Patrick Wisniewski, Mastersball Cam Bedrosian, RP, Angels
18.11 Lawr Michaels, Mastersball Sonny Gray, SP, Athletics
18.12 Tim McLeod, Prospect361.com Marco Estrada, SP, Blue Jays

I decided to draft Kendrys Morales in the 19th round, and I think it will be a good pick as he should get first base eligibility before too long and he has 30 home run power, especially in that powerful lineup. The best pick of the round probably goes to Mike Harmon with Leonys Martin as a guy with good speed and a little bit of power to go with it. Lawr Michaels had a great pick with Devon Travis as a dynamic hitter if he could ever stay healthy, and I also liked Pat Wisniewski going with Jedd Gyorko. The Cardinals infielder might have to share some playing time, but there's no denying his power. It wouldn't even be a bit of a surprise to see him hit 30 home runs.

Round 19

Round/Pick Team Player
19.1 Tim McLeod, Prospect361.com Shawn Kelley, RP, Nationals
19.2 Lawr Michaels, Mastersball Devon Travis, 2B, Blue Jays
19.3 Patrick Wisniewski, Mastersball Jedd Gyorko, 3B, Cardinals
19.4 Steve Rapin, Fighting Chance Fantasy Logan Forsythe, 2B, Dodgers
19.5 Ryan Hallam, Fighting Chance Fantasy Sports Kendrys Morales, 1B/DH, Blue Jays
19.6 Mike Werner, Friends With Fantasy Benefits Brian McCann, C, Astros
19.7 Mike Harmon, SwollenDome.com Leonys Martin, OF, Mariners
19.8 John Russell, Friends With Fantasy Benefits Joc Pederson, OF, Dodgers
19.9 Michael Stein, Fantasy Judgment Starlin Castro, 2B, Yankees
19.10 Joel Henard, So Called Fantasy Experts Dylan Bundy, SP, Orioles
19.11 Rob Touzet, Sirius/XM Fantasy Sports Radio Victor Martinez, DH, Tigers
19.12 Ivar Anderson, Fantasy Alarm Yadier Molina, C, Cardinals

The pick of the round goes to Mike Werner with Keon Broxton. He has been due to break out for a couple of years, but he had a great end of 2016, and is having a great Spring. This could be the pick of the whole draft. Actually this round is chocked full of picks I like. Ivar Anderson started with Ivan Nova, Joe Henard's selection of Domingo Santana has good potential, and John Russell went with Matt Wieters who can be a great offensive catcher if he can stay healthy. I went with Jordan Zimmermann as a bounceback candidate for the Tigers for 2017. The guy didn't just forget how to pitch and should be better this coming year. I'm also intrigued with Pat Wisniewski's pick of Cesar Hernandez. He could be a great, cheap source of steals at a middle infield position if he can get on base enough.

Round 20

Round/Pick Team Player
20.1 Ivar Anderson, Fantasy Alarm Ivan Nova, SP, Pirates
20.2 Rob Touzet, Sirius/XM Fantasy Sports Radio Adam Conley, SP, Marlins
20.3 Joel Henard, So Called Fantasy Experts Domingo Santana, OF, Brewers
20.4 Michael Stein, Fantasy Judgment Neftali Feliz, RP, Brewers
20.5 John Russell, Friends With Fantasy Benefits Matt Wieters, C, Nationals
20.6 Mike Harmon, SwollenDome.com Adam Wainwright, SP, Cardinals
20.7 Mike Werner, Friends With Fantasy Benefits Keon Broxton, OF, Brewers
20.8 Ryan Hallam, Fighting Chance Fantasy Sports Jordan Zimmermann, SP, Tigers
20.9 Steve Rapin, Fighting Chance Fantasy C.J. Cron, 1B, Angels
20.10 Patrick Wisniewski, Mastersball Cesar Hernandez, 2B, Phillies
20.11 Lawr Michaels, Mastersball Ryan Madson, RP, Athletics
20.12 Tim McLeod, Prospect361.com Jerad Eickhoff, SP, Phillies

A whole load of starting pitchers went in Round 21 as our participants try to fill out their rotations with some cheap options. My favorite is Mike Stein's selection of Joe Ross. He isn't getting much fantasy love this year, but when healthy, Ross has been a seriously consistent option. Can Drew Pomeranz repeat his solid 2016 season? Mike Harmon sure thinks so. Mike Werner went with Mets pitcher Robert Gsellman. He had an excellent rookie season filling in for all of the Mets injured pitchers, and now has a rotation spot all but locked up and a good strikeout rate. I went with Yoan Moncada who could start this season in the Majors now that the White Sox released Brett Lawrie.

Round 21

Round/Pick Team Player
21.1 Tim McLeod, Prospect361.com Nate Jones, RP, White Sox
21.2 Lawr Michaels, Mastersball Hunter Pence, OF, Giants
21.3 Patrick Wisniewski, Mastersball Jeremy Hellickson, SP, Phillies
21.4 Steve Rapin, Fighting Chance Fantasy Jake Odorizzi, SP, Rays
21.5 Ryan Hallam, Fighting Chance Fantasy Sports Yoan Moncada, 2B, White Sox
21.6 Mike Werner, Friends With Fantasy Benefits Robert Gsellman, SP, Mets
21.7 Mike Harmon, SwollenDome.com Drew Pomeranz, SP, Red Sox
21.8 John Russell, Friends With Fantasy Benefits Eduardo Rodriguez, SP, Red Sox
21.9 Michael Stein, Fantasy Judgment Joe Ross, SP, Nationals
21.10 Joel Henard, So Called Fantasy Experts Josh Bell, 1B, Pirates
21.11 Rob Touzet, Sirius/XM Fantasy Sports Radio Jung Ho Kang, 3B, Pirates
21.12 Ivar Anderson, Fantasy Alarm Ervin Santana, SP, Twins

The 22nd round was stocked full of young potential. Perhaps my favorite pick was Rob Touzet selecting Ryon Healy. I'm not saying he is, but the Athletics third baseman makes me think back to Mark McGwire. A ton of power potential for this young kid. Mike Werner took Carter Capps who has a really good chance of taking the closer's job in San Diego. Steve went with the Phillies top prospect in shortstop J.P. Crawford. Pat Wisniewski selected Manuel Margot as a speedster who could be very good if his knee injury isn't serious. Michael Stein went with Michael Brantley, who we all really like, but his injury status is still very cloudy. If he is able to play 140 games, Mike will have gotten a steal.

Round 22

Round/Pick Team Player
22.1 Ivar Anderson, Fantasy Alarm Brett Gardner, OF, Yankees
22.2 Rob Touzet, Sirius/XM Fantasy Sports Radio Ryon Healy, 3B, Athletics
22.3 Joel Henard, So Called Fantasy Experts Francisco Cervelli, C, Pirates
22.4 Michael Stein, Fantasy Judgment Michael Brantley, OF, Indians
22.5 John Russell, Friends With Fantasy Benefits Asdrubal Cabrera, SS, Mets
22.6 Mike Harmon, SwollenDome.com Corey Dickerson, OF, Rays
22.7 Mike Werner, Friends With Fantasy Benefits Carter Capps, RP, Padres
22.8 Ryan Hallam, Fighting Chance Fantasy Sports Dan Straily, SP, Marlins
22.9 Steve Rapin, Fighting Chance Fantasy J.P. Crawford, SS, Phillies
22.10 Patrick Wisniewski, Mastersball Manuel Margot, OF, Padres
22.11 Lawr Michaels, Mastersball Stephen Vogt, C, Athletics
22.12 Tim McLeod, Prospect361.com Yulieski Gurriel, 3B, Astros

The best pick of the last round goes to Rob Touzet who took young, power hitting catcher Tom Murphy of Colorado. He doesn't have a starting spot guaranteed yet, but he is the best catcher on the roster and he should be able to get 500 at-bats and hit 20+ homers. Unfortunately, that was before he fractured his right forearm and will miss 4-6 weeks. Damn! Michael Stein filled out his roster with Didi Gregorius. I'm not sure he can repeat his success of 2016, but even if he falls off 20%, that is still a really good season for a middle infielder. Most of the rest of the round went to fliers on starting pitchers. I went with Michael Wacha who has to bounce back after a nightmare 2016. Steve took young Cardinal Luke Weaver who is worth a last round flier as well I also liked Pat Wisniewski's pick of Joe Musgrove as a young guy with great upside. Tim McLeod took the lottery ticket that is Lucas Giolito. The ceiling is so high, but he struggled so mightily last year. Which guy will show in 2017?

Round 23

Round/Pick Team Player
23.1 Tim McLeod, Prospect361.com Lucas Giolito, SP, White Sox
23.2 Lawr Michaels, Mastersball Brandon Finnegan, SP, Reds
23.3 Patrick Wisniewski, Mastersball Joe Musgrove, SP, Indians
23.4 Steve Rapin, Fighting Chance Fantasy Luke Weaver, SP, Cardinals
23.5 Ryan Hallam, Fighting Chance Fantasy Sports Michael Wacha, SP, Cardinals
23.6 Mike Werner, Friends With Fantasy Benefits Jim Johnson, RP, Braves
23.7 Mike Harmon, SwollenDome.com Jay Bruce, OF, Mets
23.8 John Russell, Friends With Fantasy Benefits Jacoby Ellsbury, OF, Yankees
23.9 Michael Stein, Fantasy Judgment Didi Gregorius, SS, Yankees
23.10 Joel Henard, So Called Fantasy Experts Josh Tomlin, SP, Indians
23.11 Rob Touzet, Sirius/XM Fantasy Sports Radio Tom Murphy, C, Rockies
23.12 Ivar Anderson, Fantasy Alarm Cameron Maybin, OF, Angels

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