Fantasy Baseball Experts Mock Draft Rounds 1 Through 3

Once Upon A Time, Someone Confused Little Old Me With A Fantasy Baseball Expert. Let's See What Happened.

3/26/09 in MLB   |   Pat   |   5233 respect

Last week, I was asked to participate in a Fantasy Baseball "Experts" Mock Draft. The word Experts is in quotation marks because... well... I was involved. Someone clearly made a mistake there. I've been moderately successful in my day with fantasy baseball, and I've even won a few leagues. But hey... when you're involved in anywhere between 8-12 leagues for the past 9 years, a few victories are bound to happen.

Holy crap. I just realized that I've been heavily involved in fantasy baseball for almost an entire decade. I have been playing for more than a decade, but I have been at the "way too involved in fantasy baseball, to the point of occasionally sacrificing a social life to set my pitching rotation" level for nearly an entire decade.

At any rate, Tom Herrera from Fanhouse came to FanIQ looking for someone to participate in their Experts Draft, and I was the lucky representative.

Here are my thoughts on the first 3 rounds of the draft. Enjoy my musings, and feel free to comment on your thoughts. I will bring you the rest of it tomorrow.

Round 1:
Ramirez, Hanley, SS [RotoExperts_Doug]
Reyes, Jose, SS [Fantasy Baseball Sherpa]
Wright, David, 3B [Herrera]
Pujols, Albert, 1B []
Sizemore, Grady. OF [Scott Ridge, Fanhouse]
Cabrera, Miguel, 1B [ Draft]
Braun, Ryan, OF [ - Tim Williams]
Utley, Chase, 2B [Matt Snyder, FanHouse]
Kinsler, Ian, 2B [Lackey- FanHouse]
Rollins, Jimmy, SS [FanIQ - Pat Gordon]
Teixeira, Mark, 1B [KFFL - Bryce McRae]
Pedroia, Dustin, 2B [AL LUPLOW, AKA Nando Di Fino]

My Pick: Jimmy Rollins, SS, Philadelphia Phillies
I have a rather simple philosophy when drafting in the early rounds. First, I go with the obvious. This applies to every round, and it's rather obvious. I always pick the best available player at his specific position. That's clearly a no-brainer. The next step to narrowing down your pick is to grab the player who has the biggest advantage over other players at his position, and will give you the best opportunity to still get the best available player at a few other positions, hopefully.

The way I saw it, these were the best players available at their particular positions:
OF Josh Hamilton, 1B Mark Teixeira, 2B Dustin Pedroia, SS Jimmy Rollins, 3B Evan Longoria, P Tim Lincecum, C Brian McCann.

For my money, Rollins is the one guy who really stands out the most among available players at his position. Also, SS is a real feast-or-famine position, so getting an elite SS is important. Solid players at other positions can be found all over the place (with the exception of 2B).

Steal of the round: It's the first round. I honestly don't believe there's any such thing as a steal, with VERY few exceptions.

Biggest reach: This one is a no-brainer for me. Ian Kinsler is a nice player, and a solid 2B, but no one will ever be able to convince me that he is worth a #9 overall pick.

Round 2:
AL LUPLOW Soriano, Alfonso OF
KFFL - Bryce McRae Beltran, Carlos OF
FanIQ - Pat Gordon Longoria, Evan 3B
Lackey- FanHouse Howard, Ryan 1B
Snyder - FanHouse Hamilton, Josh OF - Tim Williams Berkman, Lance 1B Draft Fielder, Prince 1B - S. Ridge Lincecum, Tim SP Upton, B.J. OF - T. Herrera Phillips, Brandon 2B
Fantasy Baseball Sherpa Santana, Johan SP
RotoExperts _Doug Ramirez, Alexei 2B

My Pick: Evan Longoria, 3B, Tampa Bay Rays
Much like Rollins, I felt that Longoria was the most appealing option. Howard and Berkman were tempting, but there are plenty of 1B out there.

Steal of the round: Johan Santana will almost definitely be a top 3 pitcher, and should get a couple extra wins, with the Mets' improved bullpen. To get him with the 23rd overall pick is definitely good value.

Biggest reach: Prince Fielder. This wasn't criminal by any stretch, but Fielder's numbers dipped across the board last year. He's still young, but he's not in the best shape in the world, and he has also lost a bit of protection in the lineup as well.

Round 3:
RotoExperts _Doug Youkilis, Kevin 1B, 3B
Fantasy Baseball Sherpa Holliday, Matt OF - T. Herrera Crawford, Carl OF Roberts, Brian 2B - S. Ridge Morneau, Justin 1B Draft Markakis, Nick OF - Tim Williams Ramirez, Aramis 3B
Snyder - FanHouse Lee, Carlos OF
Lackey- FanHouse Ramirez, Manny OF
FanIQ - Pat Gordon Quentin, Carlos OF
KFFL - Bryce McRae Suzuki, Ichiro OF
AL LUPLOW Webb, Brandon SP

My pick: Carlos Quentin, OF, Chicago White Sox
This was a guy who would have been the MVP last season, if not for a late season injury. If he even approaches the same production level, this is a steal.

Steal of the round: Kevin Youkilis. I'm a bit biased, as a Red Sox fan, but Youk has 2-position eligibility, and will contribute to every stat category except steals. His production and versatility make for a great choice.

Biggest reach: Nick Markakis. I like the guy a lot, and I feel a little bad for picking on the same guy 2 rounds in a row, but at that spot, there were a few OF who I think would have been better choices.

Keep your eyes peeled for some more info about the rest of the draft, and feel free to give your input on the early rounds.
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3/26/09   |   Boski93   |   375 respect

Well Pat you doing fine so far, you have not picked any players I have chosen so you have not locked your self into mediocrity.

3/26/09   |   derms33   |   17652 respect

I wouldn't have went Longoria but agree with the other 2

3/26/09   |   guylake   |   321 respect

(Edited by guylake)

Good post, Pat. I look forward to seeing how th rest of the draft played out. One thing on Pedroia. BaseballHQ has him rated as a top 10 overall player, so at least one of the most esteemed fantasy sites out there would not think Nando DiFinos pick wasn't a reach.

Fantasy junkies may recognize Nando's name if they read Sam Walker's Fantasyland. The crew assemble for this draft is a strong one. I  worked with Nando, Tom Herrera and Brad Snyder at Matthew Berry's old these guys know their poop. RotoExperts is, in my opinion, the 2nd coming of the old TMR site and has great people. KFFL is a standard-bearer of fantasy expertise and the other sites all count themselves as members of the A-list of fantasy sites. It will be cool to see how this thing played out. Pat has some stiff competition in this one.

3/26/09   |   lilkeithw   |   3 respect

3 2nd baseman in the first round were reaches.   All three of them have question marks.  Utley coming back from surgery, Kinsler has never finished a season healthy, and Pedroia with no Manny for 3/4 of a season like last year.  There are plenty of other good 2B out there.  I think you may have reached for Quentin, he probably would've have been there in round 5 if no one was auto drafting. Just my opinion.  As we all know teams on paper usually never perform like they should fantasy wise

3/26/09   |   babygirl82677

he is a cool guy  :)