2011 KFFL Fantasy Baseball Analysis Draft: Picks 13-20
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’m in the 12th slot.
Round 13 – Francisco Cordero, RP, Cincinnati Reds
It was time I got into the race for saves. Cordero had 40 last year, and has averaged 39.3 over the past four seasons. I’m expecting 35 saves in 2011.
Round 14 – Jose Valverde, RP, Detroit Tigers
One closer isn’t going to cut it and with all those picks between my 14th and 15th pick, I had to add another one. Valverde had 26 last year with a 1.16 WHIP and a 3.00 ERA. I’m hoping he avoids the second half struggles from last year. I’m expecting 30 saves in 2011.
Round 15 – Drew Storen, RP, Washington Nationals
With few closer left on the board, I wanted to add a third. All of the remaining closers have question marks, but at least Storen was groomed for the role. He has a good K/9 ratio and should get more rope than the remaining closers. I’m expecting 30 saves in 2011.
Round 16 – Brett Myers, SP, Houston Astros
Myers gives me a solid fourth starter. He was a workhorse last year racking up 223-2/3 innings going 14-8 with a 3.14 ERA, a 1.24 WHIP, and 180 strikeouts. I felt he was a good value in the 16th round. I’m expecting 13 wins, 180 strikeouts, a 3.50 ERA, and a 1.28 WHIP.
Round 17 – Miguel Olivo, C, Seattle Mariners
Olivo has averaged 16.2 HRs and 56.4 RBI over the past five seasons. He gives me some pop and fills my second catcher spot.
Round 18 – Jason Kubel, OF, Minnesota Twins
Kubel had a down year, but still managed 21 HRs and 92 RBI. He won’t score a lot of runs or steal any bases, but I expect a decent average and similar power numbers to last year.
Round 19 – Alex Gonzalez, SS, Atlanta Braves
My starting shortstop has no pop so I added a backup/MI option that smacked the second most HRs among shortstops. He wasn’t as good for the Braves, but he should get plenty of opportunities for them.
Round 20 – Michael Cuddyer 1B/OF, Minnesota Twins
I hadn’t quite filled my quota for Twins outfielders so I added Cuddy. Actually, he fills the CI slot and gives me outfield depth. His numbers weren’t great last year at .271-93-14-81-7, but they were good enough for this stage of the draft.
C: Mike Napoli
C: Miguel Olivo
1B: Billy Butler
2B: Gordon Beckham
3B: Evan Longoria
SS: Elvis Andrus
MI: Alex Gonzalez
CI: Michael Cuddyer
OF: Josh Hamilton
OF: Alex Rios
OF: Denard Span
OF: Jason Bay
OF: Jason Kubel
P: Tim Lincecum
P: Jered Weaver
P: Roy Oswalt
P: Brett Myers
P: Drew Storen
P: Jose Valverde
P: Francisco Cordero