2011 KFFL Fantasy Baseball Analysis Draft: Picks 1-4
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 1 – Evan Longoria, 3B, Tampa Bay Rays
I have Longoria ranked first at perhaps the shallowest position in baseball. He is coming off a down year.294-96-22-104-15, but that’s what afforded me the opportunity to take him at the end of the first round. He’s just 25 so a bounceback should be in order. I’m expecting a .285-100-30-100-10 line. I did not consider anybody else in this spot.
Round 2 – Josh Hamilton, OF, Texas Rangers
Hamilton had an unbelievable season hitting .359 with 95 runs, 32 HRs, 100 RBI, and 8 SBs in 133 games. He’s an injury risk due to his style of play, but when he’s on (and healthy) there aren’t many better hitters in the game. I considered Robinson Cano here, but wanted to take an outfielder since you start five. I’m expecting a .320-90-30-110-8 line from Hamilton.
Round 3 – Tim Lincecum, SP, San Francisco Giants
Lincecum’s down year consisted of a 16-10 record, 3.43 ERA, and 231 strikeouts. He came alive in the postseason, reminding us why he’s a two-time Cy Young Award winner. He was a first round pick last year so getting him in the third is a great value. I’m expecting 17 wins, 250 strikeouts, an ERA below 3.00, and a WHIP below 1.20.
Round 4 – Alex Rios, OF, Chicago White Sox
Rios finally returned to the promise he showed with the Blue Jays from 2006-2008 posting a solid .284-89-21-88-34 line. He gives me a nice mixture of power and speed to compliment my first two picks. He also gives me two quality outfielders. I’m expecting a .280-90-20-90-30 line. I also considered Ian Kinsler, but didn’t want two injury-prone Rangers.