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My latest mock draft

Posted on: January 5, 2009 11:47 pm
Edited on: January 6, 2009 7:24 pm
Look, Ma -- no holes!

I did it this time. For those of you who remember my last mock draft, when I lamented having to take Jed Lowrie as my shortstop and Ian Stewart as my corner infielder, I managed to walk away from this latest one without any of those same gaping deficiencies in my starting lineup. Every single hitter I drafted deserves to start for any Fantasy team -- well, except for maybe my catchers, but what do they matter anyway?

I picked third in a standard, 12-team Rotisserie league and selected Jose B. Reyes over Albert Pujols, not wanting to end up with another guy like Lowrie at shortstop or a shortage of stolen bases. For the first time in my three Rotisserie drafts this offseason, I feel comfortable with my stolen bases going into the season, even if they'll come mostly from four players -- Reyes, Shane Victorino, Denard Span and Dustin Pedroia.

Check out my team in full:

C - Jesus Flores (Round 22)
C - John Baker (23)
1B - Kevin Youkilis (3)
2B - Dustin Pedroia (2)
3B - Aubrey Huff (6)
SS - Jose B. Reyes (1)
OF - Shane Victorino (5)
OF - Ryan Ludwick (7)
OF - Pat Burrell (13)
OF - Elijah Dukes (16)
OF - Denard Span (17)
CI - Troy Glaus (12)
MI - Dan Uggla (4)
DH - Shin-Soo Choo (18)
SP - John Lackey (8)
SP - Chad Billingsley (9)
SP - Ryan Dempster (11)
SP - Jair Jurrjens (19)
SP - John Maine (20)
SP - Justin Duchscherer (21)
RP - Brian Fuentes (10)
RP - Chad Qualls (14)
RP - Mike Gonzalez (15)

Overall, I feel good about it -- certainly better than I felt after the last one -- but I still consider it far from perfect. You might remember I begrudgingly took Uggla -- a player I don't particularly like -- in the seventh round of that last one, already knowing by then I'd have to use a Lowrie-type player at shortstop and not wanting to have two nobodies at my three middle-infield postions. Well, I selected Uggla again this time, but I did so three rounds earlier. What in the world?

I had a shortage of power through the first three rounds, wanting to shore up my middle infield with my first two picks. I figured if I used my fourth-round pick on a 30-homer middle infielder, I'd make up ground on my competition faster than if I used it on a 30-homer outfielder or third baseman. Besides, Uggla was the last of the remaining early-round middle infielders, and I try to get elite options at all of those positions, thinking it the easiest way to set myself apart from my competition. You just don't find many late-round sleepers at shortstop at second base, so most everybody else has to settle for less-than-inspiring players like Orlando Cabrera and Jose Lopez at those positions.

Having drafted Uggla, I still might have a shortage of power, particularly if Dukes spends most of the season on the disabled list and Huff and Ludwick sharply regress, but at least now I have a fighting chance.

Speaking of Ludwick, I hate that I took him in the seventh round when I ended up drafting a player with about the same ceiling -- Burrell -- a full six rounds later. Live and learn, I guess, but I really needed power. I also hate that I had to draft two late-round closers (Qualls and Gonzalez) only a few rounds after a potentially elite option like Fuentes. We had a closer run, and by the 15th round, the only remaining options I felt I could trust for saves were Gonzalez, Chris Ray and Joel Hanrahan. I pretty much had no choice. I never want to end up with fewer than three closers in a 12-team Rotisserie league.

I worry a bit about my starting rotation because I didn't up with some of my usual sleepers -- Zack Greinke, Matt Garza, Aaron Harang, John Danks and Kevin Slowey -- in the middle rounds. Everyone else just beat me to them. Instead, I had to settle for two injury-risk sleepers -- Maine and Duchscherer -- but, worst-case scenario, I'll have two flexible roster spots to claim some of those early-season breakouts that always seem to emerge at starting pitcher.
Category: MLB

Since: Mar 25, 2008
Posted on: January 7, 2009 9:00 pm

My latest mock draft

I know that Rotisserie is a totally different animal than head to head and i agree that great middle infielders are hard to come by but i have been less than impressed with Jose B Reyes over the past 2 years.  Hasn't he always had some kind of major slump in the middle of the year.  I'm thinking head to head but i think i would have passed on Reyes and went another direction. (maybe stud pitcher? was CC still available?)  or is pitching not as highly drafted in rotisserie?  Good luck in all your leagues and cant wait to read your fantasy columns this season.

Since: Mar 15, 2008
Posted on: January 6, 2009 3:44 pm

My latest mock draft

I see you are not to concerned about Jair Jurrjens possibly having a "sophmore slump"... I am so ready for the season to start...

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