2011 KFFL Fantasy Baseball Analysis Draft: Picks 5-8
I was fortunate enough to be asked to participate in the 2011 KFFL Fantasy Baseball Analysis Draft with the following industry heavyweights.
- Doug Anderson, RotoExperts.com
- Ray Flowers, Baseball Guys
- Eriq Gardner, FantasyBallJunkie.com
- Steve Gardner, USA Today
- Collin Hager, FantasyPros911.com
- Joe Hamrahi, Baseball Prospectus
- Tim Heaney, KFFL.com
- Ryan Lester, Lester’s Legends
- Nicholas Minnix, KFFL.com
- Harold Nichols, Baseball HQ
- Jeff Paur, RTSports.com
- Pasko Varnica, Mastersball
I had the 12th slot.
Round 5 – Billy Butler, 1B, Kansas City Royals
Things were getting thin at first base so I wanted to secure a good one. Butler was the best one on my board. He’s hit +.300 the past two years, including a career high .318 last year. He doesn’t have prototypical first base power, but he has the ability to hit 20+. I’m expecting a .310-80-20-90-1 line in 2011.
Round 6 – Elvis Andrus, SS, Texas Rangers
Andrus fills two needs for me. He gives me a quality shortstop and he gives me a ton of speed. He’s had 33 and 32 stolen bases the past two years, a number that could reach 40 this year. Injuries took their toll on him at the end of last year, but his .280-57-0-25-23 line before the All-Star Break screams breakout potential. I’m expecting .270-100-3-45-40 this year. I also considered Justin Verlander andJacoby Ellsbury.
Round 7 – Mike Napoli, 1B/C, Texas Rangers
In a two-catcher league I figured it was about time to add a catcher. I like Napoli for a number of reasons. He should get plenty of at bats in that powerful Texas lineup at C, 1B, and DH. That extra eligibility makes Napoli desirable. With 20+ HRs for three straight years, he helps make up for Andrus and Butler, who are lacking in that department. I’m expecting a .270-65-28-75-3 line.
Round 8 – Jared Weaver, SP, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Lincecum was getting lonely as my only pitcher so I knew it was time. Weaver led the Majors in strikeouts last year, which helps solidify that category. He was also among the league leaders in ERA (3.01) and WHIP (1.07). At 28 he’s primed to continue last year’s dominance. I’m expecting 16 wins with 220 strikeouts, a low 3.00 ERA and a sub 1.20 WHIP.