2011 KFFL Fantasy Baseball Analysis Draft: Picks 9-12
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 9 – Gordon Beckham, 2B, Chicago White Sox
Beckham is a great young talent that brings power to the table at the second base position. He struggled early last year, but found his groove. He’s expected to hit second in the Sox powerful lineup, which should lead to solid numbers. He’s a wildcard because he has just 822 ABs so far, but I’m expecting a .270-80-22-75-5 line.
Round 10 – Roy Oswalt, Philadelphia Phillies
Oswalt will occupy the third ace role for the Phillies, which means he should have plenty of favorable starting pitching matchups. He dominated in his brief stint with the Phillies going 7-1 with a 1.74 ERA and 0.90 WHIP. Obviously those numbers won’t translate over a full season, but I’m expecting 15 wins, 165 strikeouts, a low 3.00 ERA, and a WHIP below 1.20.
Round 11 – Denard Span, OF, Minnesota Twins
Span gives me a quality third outfielder while providing in runs (averaged 91 the past two years) and stolen bases (averaged 24.5 the past two years). I believe his average will be much better as he produces a .290-100-5-60-25 line.
Round 12 – Jason Bay, OF, New York Mets
Bay was limited to 95 games last year, but averaged 100.6 runs, 31 HRs, 102.8 RBI, and 11.8 SBs in the five previous seasons. I felt like he was a good risk at this point in the draft. I’m expecting a .280-90-25-90-10 season from him.
C: Mike Napoli
1B: Billy Butler
2B: Gordon Beckham
3B: Evan Longoria
SS: Elvis Andrus
OF: Josh Hamilton
OF: Alex Rios
OF: Denard Span
OF: Jason Bay
P: Tim Lincecum
P: Jered Weaver
P: Roy Oswalt