Fighting Chance Baseball Mock Draft #1

On January 24, 2018, nine of the best and the brightest joined Steve, Patrick and Ryan for our first fantasy baseball mock draft of the year. We were very lucky to secure a lot of your favorite fantasy baseball analysts to see at this early stage, how a draft would play out. The rules of the mock were simple. 5X5 roto scoring, 12 teams, 21 rounds. The positions were C, 1B, 2B, SS, 3B, CI, MI, 4 OFs, UTIL, 5 SPs, 2 RPs, and two generic pitching spots. The following is the draft order and the participants. Please be sure to follow them all on Twitter if you want to win your leagues this year. And here they are

Doug Anderson, RotoExperts (@rotodaddy)
Tim McLeod, (@timothylmc)
Ryan Hallam, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@fightingchance)
Patrick Wisniewski, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@polkapat)
Joe Gallina, Rotoexperts (@joegallina)
Steve Gardner, USA Today (@steveagardner)
Steve Rapin, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@fantasygeek37)
Keith Farnsworth, Fantrax (@fantasy_keith)
John Halpin, Rotowire (@jhalpin37)
Mike Werner, Friends With Fantasy Benefits (@mikewernerFWFB)
Joel Henard, Fantasy Insiders Show (@joelhenard)
Howard Bender, Fantasy Alarm

Round 1

Round/Pick Team Player
1.1 Doug Anderson, RotoExperts (@rotodaddy) Mike Trout, OF, Los Angeles Angels
1.2 Tim McLeod, (@TimothyLMc) Jose Altuve, 2B, Houston Astros
1.3 Ryan Hallam, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@fightingchance) Paul Goldschmidt, 1B, Arizona Diamondbacks
1.4 Patrick Wisniewski, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@polkapat) Nolan Arenado, 3B, Colorado Rockies
1.5 Joe Gallina, RotoExperts (@joegallina) Trea Turner, SS, Washington Nationals
1.6 Steve Gardner, USA Today (@steveagardner) Bryce Harper, OF, Washington Nationals
1.7 Steve Rapin, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@fantasygeek37) Giancarlo Stanton, OF, New York Yankees
1.8 Keith Farnsworth, Fantrax (@fantasy_keith) Mookie Betts, OF, Boston Red Sox
1.9 John Halpin, Rotowire (@jhalpin37) Carlos Correa, SS, Houston Astros
1.10 Mike Werner, Friends With Fantasy Benefits (@MikeWernerFWFB) Clayton Kershaw, SP, Los Angeles Dodgers
1.11 Joel Henard , Fantasy Insiders Show (@JoelHenard) Charlie Blackmon, OF, Colorado Rockies
1.12 Howard Bender, Fantasy Alarm (@rotobuzzguy) Max Scherzer, SP, Washington Nationals

With a star studded draft you aren't going to get a ton of surprises in the first round. I think the first five or six picks went pretty much along with their average ADP, and I don't think that you can argue too much with the rest here. Maybe Steve Rapin reached a tad for Stanton, but he identified him as a guy who could lead his team and power and there was no way that he was getting back to him in the second round. So if that is the case, you go get your guy!

Round 2

Round/Pick Team Player
2.1 Howard Bender, Fantasy Alarm (@rotobuzzguy) Anthony Rizzo, 1B, Chicago Cubs
2.2 Joel Henard , Fantasy Insiders Show (@JoelHenard) Joey Votto, 1B, Cincinnati Reds
2.3 Mike Werner, Friends With Fantasy Benefits (@MikeWernerFWFB) Chris Sale, SP, Boston Red Sox
2.4 John Halpin, Rotowire (@jhalpin37) Kris Bryant, 3B, Chicago Cubs
2.5 Keith Farnsworth, Fantrax (@fantasy_keith) Corey Kluber, SP, Cleveland Indians
2.6 Steve Rapin, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@fantasygeek37) Jose Ramirez, 3B, Cleveland Indians
2.7 Steve Gardner, USA Today (@steveagardner) Freddie Freeman, 1B, Atlanta Braves
2.8 Joe Gallina, RotoExperts (@joegallina) Jose Abreu, 1B, Chicago White Sox
2.9 Patrick Wisniewski, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@polkapat) Aaron Judge, OF, New York Yankees
2.10 Ryan Hallam, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@fightingchance) Francisco Lindor, SS, Cleveland Indians
2.11 Tim McLeod, (@TimothyLMc) Stephen Strasburg, SP, Washington Nationals
2.12 Doug Anderson, RotoExperts (@rotodaddy) J.D. Martinez, OF,

The steal of the second round in my opinion is Kris Bryant to John Halpin at 16th overall. I think you can argue that Bryant can be a late top ten pick so to get him at 16 is a great job by John. A lot of the rest of the second round was again according to the script for where these players are being drafted. I'm gonna pick on my man Steve Rapin here again as I think he could have waited another round for Jose Ramirez. You'll also notice that in two rounds that five first basemen are already off the board. Joe Gallina likely felt the squeeze of the position when he went with Jose Abreu. I was expecting him to take his Yankee, Aaron Judge. I went with Francisco Lindor to fill my shortstop with a nice speed/power threat.

Round 3

Round/Pick Team Player
3.1 Doug Anderson, RotoExperts (@rotodaddy) Josh Donaldson, 3B, Toronto Blue Jays
3.2 Tim McLeod, (@TimothyLMc) Brian Dozier, 2B, Minnesota Twins
3.3 Ryan Hallam, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@fightingchance) Manny Machado, 3B, Baltimore Orioles
3.4 Patrick Wisniewski, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@polkapat) Cody Bellinger, 1B, Los Angeles Dodgers
3.5 Joe Gallina, RotoExperts (@joegallina) Madison Bumgarner, SP, San Francisco Giants
3.6 Steve Gardner, USA Today (@steveagardner) Corey Seager, SS, Los Angeles Dodgers
3.7 Steve Rapin, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@fantasygeek37) George Springer, OF, Houston Astros
3.8 Keith Farnsworth, Fantrax (@fantasy_keith) Dee Gordon, 2B/OF, Seattle Mariners
3.9 John Halpin, Rotowire (@jhalpin37) Gary Sanchez, C, New York Yankees
3.10 Mike Werner, Friends With Fantasy Benefits (@MikeWernerFWFB) Starling Marte, OF, Pittsburgh Pirates
3.11 Joel Henard , Fantasy Insiders Show (@JoelHenard) Anthony Rendon, 3B, Washington Nationals
3.12 Howard Bender, Fantasy Alarm (@rotobuzzguy) Justin Upton,, OF, Los Angeles Angels

Somehow Manny Machado fell to me in the third round and I couldn't be happier! I was totally planning on taking a starting pitcher with my third pick, but I couldn't pass up this superstar. Lesson to be learned here is always be ready to change your draft strategy on the fly if something unexpected happens in front of you. Tim McLeod corners the market on second basemen after picking Brian Dozier here in the third round. He already had Jose Altuve in the first, and now McLeod has the most dominant middle infield in this draft. I beat up Steve Rapin for his first two picks so I have to pat him on the back for a great third round selection of George Springer. A guy who could easily have gone a half dozen picks ago is a great get at 31st overall. 

Round 4

Round/Pick Team Player
4.1 Howard Bender, Fantasy Alarm (@rotobuzzguy) Jonathan Schoop, 2B, Baltimore Orioles
4.2 Joel Henard , Fantasy Insiders Show (@JoelHenard) Billy Hamilton, OF, Cincinnati Reds
4.3 Mike Werner, Friends With Fantasy Benefits (@MikeWernerFWFB) Edwin Encarnacion, 1B, Cleveland Indians
4.4 John Halpin, Rotowire (@jhalpin37) Daniel Murphy, 2B, Washington Nationals
4.5 Keith Farnsworth, Fantrax (@fantasy_keith) Rhys Hoskins, 1B/OF, Philadelphia Phillies
4.6 Steve Rapin, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@fantasygeek37) Noah Syndergaard, SP, New York Mets
4.7 Steve Gardner, USA Today (@steveagardner) Marcell Ozuna, OF, St. Louis Cardinals
4.8 Joe Gallina, RotoExperts (@joegallina) Elvis Andrus, SS, Texas Rangers
4.9 Patrick Wisniewski, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@polkapat) Jacob DeGrom, SP, New York Mets
4.10 Ryan Hallam, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@fightingchance) Luis Severino, SP, New York Yankees
4.11 Tim McLeod, (@TimothyLMc) Alex Bregman, 3B, Houston Astros
4.12 Doug Anderson, RotoExperts (@rotodaddy) Wil Myers, 1B, San Diego Padres

Howard Bender started Round 4 with Jonathan Schoop who I am expecting another huge season from. A great pick there. Steve Rapin took the guy I was hoping would make it to me in Noah Syndergaard. I am fully confident that he will come back from injury and have a monster year. Once he was gone then I targeted Jacob DeGrom, and Patrick Wisniewski took him. Many are pessimistic about the Mets but if their pitching is healthy they should be solid. I was left with Luis Severino which isn't a bad consolation prize. I'm not overly thrilled with him as my ace pitcher but it is the way the draft fell to me. I was also a big fan of Steve Gardner's pick of Marcell Ozuna in his first season in St. Louis. 

Round 5

Round/Pick Team Player
5.1 Doug Anderson, RotoExperts (@rotodaddy) Carlos Carrasco, SP, Cleveland Indians
5.2 Tim McLeod, (@TimothyLMc) Andrew Benintendi, OF, Boston Red Sox
5.3 Ryan Hallam, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@fightingchance) Carlos Martinez, SP, St. Louis Cardinals
5.4 Patrick Wisniewski, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@polkapat) Kenley Jansen, RP, Los Angeles Dodgers
5.5 Joe Gallina, RotoExperts (@joegallina) Nelson Cruz, OF/DH, Seattle Mariners
5.6 Steve Gardner, USA Today (@steveagardner) Zack Greinke, SP, Arizona Diamondbacks
5.7 Steve Rapin, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@fantasygeek37) Byron Buxton, OF, Minnesota Twins
5.8 Keith Farnsworth, Fantrax (@fantasy_keith) Robbie Ray, SP, Arizona Diamondbacks
5.9 John Halpin, Rotowire (@jhalpin37) Chris Archer, SP, Tampa Bay Rays
5.10 Mike Werner, Friends With Fantasy Benefits (@MikeWernerFWFB) Jean Segura, SS, Seattle Mariners
5.11 Joel Henard , Fantasy Insiders Show (@JoelHenard) Dallas Keuchel, SP, Houston Astros
5.12 Howard Bender, Fantasy Alarm (@rotobuzzguy) A.J. Pollock, OF, Arizona Diamondbacks

Tim McLeod finally decided to skip on Byron Buxton in one mock draft this season (a guy he loves) and took Andrew Benintendi who should have a great Year 2. Since I waited so long on starting pitchers I decided to take another one this round and went with Carlos Martinez. The Cardinals ace is good for a boatload of strikeouts and should win at least 15. Kenley Jansen is the first closer off the board in Round 5, which is generally where they start to go. I liked Doug Anderson going with Carlos Carrasco, Keith Farnsworth taking Robbie Ray, and Joel Henard picking Dallas Keuchel. 

Round 6

Round/Pick Team Player
6.1 Howard Bender, Fantasy Alarm (@rotobuzzguy) Yu Darvish, SP
6.2 Joel Henard , Fantasy Insiders Show (@JoelHenard) Aaron Nola, SP, Philadelphia Phillies
6.3 Mike Werner, Friends With Fantasy Benefits (@MikeWernerFWFB) Rougned Odor, 2B, Texas Rangers
6.4 John Halpin, Rotowire (@jhalpin37) Eric Hosmer, 1B
6.5 Keith Farnsworth, Fantrax (@fantasy_keith) Justin Turner, 3B, Los Angeles Dodgers
6.6 Steve Rapin, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@fantasygeek37) Craig Kimbrel, RP, Boston Red Sox
6.7 Steve Gardner, USA Today (@steveagardner) Justin Verlander, SP, Houston Astros
6.8 Joe Gallina, RotoExperts (@joegallina) Khris Davis, OF, Oakland Athletics
6.9 Patrick Wisniewski, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@polkapat) Robinson Cano, 2B, Seattle Mariners
6.10 Ryan Hallam, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@fightingchance) Willson Contreras, C, Chicago Cubs
6.11 Tim McLeod, (@TimothyLMc) Corey Knebel, RP, Milwaukee Brewers
6.12 Doug Anderson, RotoExperts (@rotodaddy) Jake Arrieta, SP

Despite not having a home yet, Yu Darvish was a great choice to start the sixth round by Howard Bender. Wherever Darvish signs he is due to have another good season. Despite people seeming to be down on him, I think that Rougned Odor was a great choice by Mike Werner. The second closer went with Craig Kimbrel going to Steve Rapin and shortly after Corey Knebel went to Tim McLeod. With the Brewers improving offense, Knebel is looking better by the day. I went with Willson Contreras, which could have been a little early for him, but there aren't many catchers who will be able to match his stats. 

Round 7

Round/Pick Team Player
7.1 Doug Anderson, RotoExperts (@rotodaddy) Buster Posey, C, San Francisco Giants
7.2 Tim McLeod, (@TimothyLMc) Edwin Diaz, RP, Seattle Mariners
7.3 Ryan Hallam, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@fightingchance) Yoenis Cespedes, OF, New York Mets
7.4 Patrick Wisniewski, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@polkapat) Jose Berrios, SP, Minnesota Twins
7.5 Joe Gallina, RotoExperts (@joegallina) Shohei Ohtani, SP, Los Angeles Angels
7.6 Steve Gardner, USA Today (@steveagardner) Whit Merrifield, 2B, Kansas City Royals
7.7 Steve Rapin, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@fantasygeek37) Tommy Pham, OF, St. Louis Cardinals
7.8 Keith Farnsworth, Fantrax (@fantasy_keith) Yoan Moncada, 2B, Chicago White Sox
7.9 John Halpin, Rotowire (@jhalpin37) Christian Yelich, OF, Milwaukee Brewers
7.10 Mike Werner, Friends With Fantasy Benefits (@MikeWernerFWFB) Aroldis Chapman, RP, New York Yankees
7.11 Joel Henard , Fantasy Insiders Show (@JoelHenard) Xander Bogaerts, SS, Boston Red Sox
7.12 Howard Bender, Fantasy Alarm (@rotobuzzguy) Didi Gregorius, SS, New York Yankees

The answer to the trivia question before this draft is 77th overall to Joe Gallina. That is where Shohei Ohtani was taken. He was the 21st pitcher taken. I can't wait to see how he plays in the Majors. I went with Yoenis Cespedes as a high risk/high reward player, although here in the seventh round the risk is low. However, the fact that he is my first outfielder makes the risk higher. If healthy, Cespedes could hit 40 homers. There was also a little run on middle infield this round as Whit Merrifield and Yoan Moncada were taken at second, while Xander Bogaerts and Didi Gregorius went at shortstop. I though Merrifield and Boggy were great picks while by ADP Gregorius and Moncada went a little early. 

Round 8

Round/Pick Team Player
8.1 Howard Bender, Fantasy Alarm (@rotobuzzguy) Jake Lamb, 3B, Arizona Diamondbacks
8.2 Joel Henard , Fantasy Insiders Show (@JoelHenard) Gerrit Cole, SP, Houston Astros
8.3 Mike Werner, Friends With Fantasy Benefits (@MikeWernerFWFB) Ryan Braun, OF, Milwaukee Brewers
8.4 John Halpin, Rotowire (@jhalpin37) James Paxton, SP, Seattle Mariners
8.5 Keith Farnsworth, Fantrax (@fantasy_keith) Ronald Acuna, OF, Atlanta Braves
8.6 Steve Rapin, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@fantasygeek37) J.T. Realmuto, C, Miami Marlins
8.7 Steve Gardner, USA Today (@steveagardner) Jose Quintana, SP, Chicago Cubs
8.8 Joe Gallina, RotoExperts (@joegallina) Masahiro Tanaka, SP, New York Yankees
8.9 Patrick Wisniewski, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@polkapat) Domingo Santana, OF, Milwaukee Brewers
8.10 Ryan Hallam, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@fightingchance) Marcus Stroman, SP, Toronto Blue Jays
8.11 Tim McLeod, (@TimothyLMc) Felipe Rivero, RP, Pittsburgh Pirates
8.12 Doug Anderson, RotoExperts (@rotodaddy) Andrew McCutchen, OF, San Francisco Giants

For the third straight round Tim McLeod take a closer and he has three great ones as he added Felipe Rivero to the mix. The Pirates might struggle to win games, but Rivero should make the most out of his opportunities. Another guy that I know everyone is interested in is Ronald Acuna. The Braves super prospect went in Round 8 to Keith Farnsworth. This is a guy who I think is going to watch his ADP go higher and higher and higher as we get closer to the start of the regular season. Five starting pitchers went this round with Stroman, Tanaka, Quintana, Paxton, and Cole. Despite him not being my choice, I think I like Cole the most with his move to Houston. I know he has been inconsistent in the past, but I am looking for a bounceback season for him and a great pick by Joel Henard. 

Round 9

Round/Pick Team Player
9.1 Doug Anderson, RotoExperts (@rotodaddy) Orlando Arcia, SS, Milwaukee Brewers
9.2 Tim McLeod, (@TimothyLMc) Justin Smoak, 1B, Toronto Blue Jays
9.3 Ryan Hallam, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@fightingchance) Wade Davis, RP, Colorado Rockies
9.4 Patrick Wisniewski, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@polkapat) Miguel Sano, 3B, Minnesota Twins
9.5 Joe Gallina, RotoExperts (@joegallina) Chris Taylor, OF, Los Angeles Dodgers
9.6 Steve Gardner, USA Today (@steveagardner) Travis Shaw, 3B, Milwaukee Brewers
9.7 Steve Rapin, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@fantasygeek37) Mike Moustakas, 3B
9.8 Keith Farnsworth, Fantrax (@fantasy_keith) Lance McCullers, SP, Houston Astros
9.9 John Halpin, Rotowire (@jhalpin37) Lorenzo Cain, OF, Milwaukee Brewers
9.10 Mike Werner, Friends With Fantasy Benefits (@MikeWernerFWFB) Ian Desmond, OF, Colorado Rockies
9.11 Joel Henard , Fantasy Insiders Show (@JoelHenard) Ender Inciarte, OF, Atlanta Braves
9.12 Howard Bender, Fantasy Alarm (@rotobuzzguy) Ozzie Albies, 2B, Atlanta Braves

There was a bit of a third base run in Round 9 as Miguel Sano, Travis Shaw, and still homeless Mike Moustakas were all taken. Moustakas value still could be effected by where he signs, but the guy should be able to hit nearly 30 bombs wherever he is. I went with Wade Davis as my first closer as a guy who should have a great year even though he is now pitching in Colorado. The latest players that I know everyone is looking for, Howard Bender finished the round with Ozzie Albies. The exciting young Braves second baseman should have a great first full season and a great ninth round pick. 

Round 10

Round/Pick Team Player
10.1 Howard Bender, Fantasy Alarm (@rotobuzzguy) Adam Eaton, SP, Washington Nationals
10.2 Joel Henard , Fantasy Insiders Show (@JoelHenard) Roberto Osuna, RP, Toronto Blue Jays
10.3 Mike Werner, Friends With Fantasy Benefits (@MikeWernerFWFB) Ken Giles, RP, Houston Astros
10.4 John Halpin, Rotowire (@jhalpin37) Alex Wood, SP, Los Angeles Dodgers
10.5 Keith Farnsworth, Fantrax (@fantasy_keith) Adrian Beltre, 3B, Texas Rangers
10.6 Steve Rapin, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@fantasygeek37) Sonny Gray, SP, New York Yankees
10.7 Steve Gardner, USA Today (@steveagardner) Cody Allen, RP, Cleveland Indians
10.8 Joe Gallina, RotoExperts (@joegallina) Rafael Devers, 3B, Boston Red Sox
10.9 Patrick Wisniewski, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@polkapat) Eduardo Nunez, 3B
10.10 Ryan Hallam, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@fightingchance) Adam Jones, OF, Baltimore Orioles
10.11 Tim McLeod, (@TimothyLMc) Trevor Bauer, SP, Cleveland Indians
10.12 Doug Anderson, RotoExperts (@rotodaddy) Raisel Iglesias, RP, Cincinnati Reds

Four dominant closers all were taken in Round 10 with Raisel Iglesias, Cody Allen, Ken Giles, and Roberto Osuna. I think all four are going to be among the league's best and all also have a chance of being as good or nearly as good as the closers taken in front of them. Iglesias and Osuna might not be on playoff teams, but I think they are both virtually a lock to save 30 games. Steve Rapin went with Sonny Gray who I am very interested to see how he does in his first full year with the Yankees. With that powerful offense behind him, I would think that Gray could win 15 games with an ERA under 4.00. I took Adam Jones which may have been a mistake, as he is aging and his stats have been declining. This is still around his current ADP, but I probably should have gone with someone with some more upside. 

Round 11

Round/Pick Team Player
11.1 Doug Anderson, RotoExperts (@rotodaddy) Kyle Hendricks, SP, Chicago Cubs
11.2 Tim McLeod, (@TimothyLMc) Salvador Perez, C, Kansas City Royals
11.3 Ryan Hallam, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@fightingchance) Yasiel Puig, OF, Los Angeles Dodgers
11.4 Patrick Wisniewski, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@polkapat) D.J. LeMahieu, 2B, Colorado Rockies
11.5 Joe Gallina, RotoExperts (@joegallina) Luke Weaver, SP, St. Louis Cardinals
11.6 Steve Gardner, USA Today (@steveagardner) Joey Gallo, 1B, Texas Rangers
11.7 Steve Rapin, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@fantasygeek37) Miguel Cabrera, 1B, Detroit Tigers
11.8 Keith Farnsworth, Fantrax (@fantasy_keith) Rich Hill, SP, Los Angeles Dodgers
11.9 John Halpin, Rotowire (@jhalpin37) Jon Lester, SP, Chicago Cubs
11.10 Mike Werner, Friends With Fantasy Benefits (@MikeWernerFWFB) Luis Castillo, SP, Cincinnati Reds
11.11 Joel Henard , Fantasy Insiders Show (@JoelHenard) Javier Baez, 2B, Chicago Cubs
11.12 Howard Bender, Fantasy Alarm (@rotobuzzguy) Kelvin Herrera, RP, Kansas City Royals

How the mighty have fallen! Once a perennial first round pick, Miguel Cabrera falls to the 11th round. Declining stats and an ongoing back problem combined with an influx of young talent at the position makes Miggy more of a risk than a sure thing anymore. But hell in the 11th round that seems like incredible value for Steve Rapin. Tim McLeod proves why I reached too soon for Willson Contreras when he selected Salvador Perez in this round. Five rounds later he selected a guy who likely will have similar stats to Contreras. Joey Gallo and his 30+ home runs and 200+ strikeouts were taken here in the 11th round by Steve Gardner. If this guy could ever figure out how to stop swinging at everything he could be a top 50 pick. 

Round 12

Round/Pick Team Player
12.1 Howard Bender, Fantasy Alarm (@rotobuzzguy) Blake Treinen, RP, Oakland Athletics
12.2 Joel Henard , Fantasy Insiders Show (@JoelHenard) Nick Castellanos, 3B, Detroit Tigers
12.3 Mike Werner, Friends With Fantasy Benefits (@MikeWernerFWFB) Gregory Polanco, OF, Pittsburgh Pirates
12.4 John Halpin, Rotowire (@jhalpin37) Brett Gardner, OF, New York Yankees
12.5 Keith Farnsworth, Fantrax (@fantasy_keith) Carlos Santana, 1B, Philadelphia Phillies
12.6 Steve Rapin, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@fantasygeek37) Zack Godley, SP, Arizona Diamondbacks
12.7 Steve Gardner, USA Today (@steveagardner) David Price, SP, Boston Red Sox
12.8 Joe Gallina, RotoExperts (@joegallina) Marwin Gonzalez, 1B/OF, Houston Astros
12.9 Patrick Wisniewski, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@polkapat) Drew Pomeranz, SP, Boston Red Sox
12.10 Ryan Hallam, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@fightingchance) Alex Colome, RP, Tampa Bay Rays
12.11 Tim McLeod, (@TimothyLMc) Eddie Rosario, OF, Minnesota Twins
12.12 Doug Anderson, RotoExperts (@rotodaddy) Trevor Story, SS, Colorado Rockies

Another guy who used to be a perennial high round draft pick that has fallen from grace is David Price. Steve Gardner got what could be an absolute steal in Round 12. I also think that Keith Farnsworth got a great pick in Carlos Santana. A batting average in the .250s with 25 home runs possible seems like a great stab this late. You could also see Santana's home run numbers go up even more now with the Phillies ballpark being his home. Gregory Polanco had a tough 2017 with injuries and inconsistency, but I still think that his future is bright. In the 12th round I think that is a great value for Mike Werner.  

Round 13

Round/Pick Team Player
13.1 Doug Anderson, RotoExperts (@rotodaddy) Matt Carpenter, 1B, St. Louis Cardinals
13.2 Tim McLeod, (@TimothyLMc) Nomar Mazara, OF, Texas Rangers
13.3 Ryan Hallam, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@fightingchance) Ian Happ, OF, Chicago Cubs
13.4 Patrick Wisniewski, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@polkapat) Jon Gray, SP, Colorado Rockies
13.5 Joe Gallina, RotoExperts (@joegallina) Brad Brach, RP, Baltimore Orioles
13.6 Steve Gardner, USA Today (@steveagardner) Kevin Kiermaier, OF, Tampa Bay Rays
13.7 Steve Rapin, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@fantasygeek37) Michael Fulmer, SP, Detroit Tigers
13.8 Keith Farnsworth, Fantrax (@fantasy_keith) Josh Bell, 1B, Pittsburgh Pirates
13.9 John Halpin, Rotowire (@jhalpin37) Brad Hand, RP, San Diego Padres
13.10 Mike Werner, Friends With Fantasy Benefits (@MikeWernerFWFB) Mark Melancon, RP, San Francisco Giants
13.11 Joel Henard , Fantasy Insiders Show (@JoelHenard) Aroyds Vizcaino, RP, Atlanta Braves
13.12 Howard Bender, Fantasy Alarm (@rotobuzzguy) Tyler Chatwood, SP, Chicago Cubs

It was another round of closers as four more came off the board as the good options start to thin out. Mark Melancon, Arodys Vizcaino and Brad Hand all went at different times of the round. However, I thought the best selection was Brad Brach by Joe Gallina. Zach Britton is going to be out for much of the year and Brach did a more than admirable job filling in for him. Brach has the job to start the year and should be a great pick. Patrick Wisniewski took Jon Gray who is going to figure it out one of these years. In Round 13, this is a good risk to take. Finally, Doug Anderson started the round with Matt Carpenter. I'm expecting his batting average to bounceback in 2018, and if he can do that and keep his power around 20 home runs than he is a great choice at a corner infield spot. 

Round 14

Round/Pick Team Player
14.1 Howard Bender, Fantasy Alarm (@rotobuzzguy) Charlie Morton, SP, Houston Astros
14.2 Joel Henard , Fantasy Insiders Show (@JoelHenard) Andrelton Simmons, SS, Los Angeles Angels
14.3 Mike Werner, Friends With Fantasy Benefits (@MikeWernerFWFB) Kyle Seager, 3B, Seattle Mariners
14.4 John Halpin, Rotowire (@jhalpin37) Danny Salazar, SP, Cleveland Indians
14.5 Keith Farnsworth, Fantrax (@fantasy_keith) Andrew Miller, RP, Cleveland Indians
14.6 Steve Rapin, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@fantasygeek37) Matt Olson, 1B, Oakland Athletics
14.7 Steve Gardner, USA Today (@steveagardner) Johnny Cueto, SP, San Francisco Giants
14.8 Joe Gallina, RotoExperts (@joegallina) Manuel Margot, OF, San Diego Padres
14.9 Patrick Wisniewski, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@polkapat) Dansby Swanson, SS, Atlanta Braves
14.10 Ryan Hallam, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@fightingchance) Paul DeJong, SS, St. Louis Cardinals
14.11 Tim McLeod, (@TimothyLMc) Jameson Taillon, SP, Pittsburgh Pirates
14.12 Doug Anderson, RotoExperts (@rotodaddy) Brandon Morrow, RP, Chicago Cubs

Three pitchers I like and considered taking earlier all went in Round 14. I considered Johnny Cueto for a couple of rounds before Steve Gardner nabbed him. I know that he was awful in 2017 but I think that Cueto will have a much better 2018. Jameson Taillon went to Tim McLeod. He had his struggles last season, but the young guy still has a lot of talent and I think will take another step forward in the coming year. John Halpin took Danny Salazar. Clearly the risk with him is the greatest, but I also think his ceiling could be high if he could get his mechanics and mental issues under control. Mike Werner took a very safe and solid pick with Kyle Seager. In Round 14 he is an awesome value. I liked Steve Rapin's pick of Matt Olson. The young first sacker hit 24 jacks in just 59 games last season. 

Round 15

Round/Pick Team Player
15.1 Doug Anderson, RotoExperts (@rotodaddy) Alex Cobb, SP
15.2 Tim McLeod, (@TimothyLMc) Evan Longoria, 3B, San Francisco Giants
15.3 Ryan Hallam, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@fightingchance) Jay Bruce, OF, New York Mets
15.4 Patrick Wisniewski, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@polkapat) Trey Mancini, OF, Baltimore Orioles
15.5 Joe Gallina, RotoExperts (@joegallina) Archie Bradley, RP, Arizona Diamondbacks
15.6 Steve Gardner, USA Today (@steveagardner) Sean Doolittle, RP, Washington Nationals
15.7 Steve Rapin, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@fantasygeek37) Greg Holland, RP, Colorado Rockies
15.8 Keith Farnsworth, Fantrax (@fantasy_keith) Jeff Samardzija, SP, San Francisco Giants
15.9 Mike Werner, Friends With Fantasy Benefits (@MikeWernerFWFB) Ian Kinsler, 2B, Los Angeles Angels
15.10 Joel Henard , Fantasy Insiders Show (@JoelHenard) Justin Bour, 1B, Miami Marlins
15.11 Howard Bender, Fantasy Alarm (@rotobuzzguy) Bradley Zimmer, OF, Cleveland Indians

My favorite pick of the round was definitely Greg Bird to John Halpin. Some are still doubting Bird, but to me the only question is his health. When he has been healthy (which granted hasn't been a ton), Bird has been a great hitter and I expect him to have a good 2018. I went with a reliable fourth outfielder in Jay Bruce who could hit 30 homers, which in the 15th round isn't bad at all. Three more closers went, but the one that interested me is Archie Bradley. I think he has the ability to be a top 15 closer but is clearly going much later than that. The final pick that intrigued me is Bradley Zimmer to Howard Bender to close out the round. Zimmer has the chance to steal 25 bases with a little bit of home run power too he could be a steal in the 15th round. 

Round 16

Round/Pick Team Player
16.1 Howard Bender, Fantasy Alarm (@rotobuzzguy) Wilson Ramos, C, Tampa Bay Rays
16.2 Joel Henard , Fantasy Insiders Show (@JoelHenard) Danny Duffy, SP, Kansas City Royals
16.3 Mike Werner, Friends With Fantasy Benefits (@MikeWernerFWFB) Mike Clevinger, SP, Cleveland Indians
16.4 John Halpin, Rotowire (@jhalpin37) Hector Neris, RP, Philadelphia Phillies
16.5 Keith Farnsworth, Fantrax (@fantasy_keith) Zack Cozart, 3B, Los Angeles Angels
16.6 Steve Rapin, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@fantasygeek37) Jose Peraza, 2B, Cincinnati Reds
16.7 Steve Gardner, USA Today (@steveagardner) Evan Gattis, C/OF, Houston Astros
16.8 Patrick Wisniewski, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@polkapat) Yadier Molina, C, St. Louis Cardinals
16.9 Ryan Hallam, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@fightingchance) Ryon Healy, DH, Seattle Mariners
16.10 Tim McLeod, (@TimothyLMc) Kendrys Morales, DH, Toronto Blue Jays
16.11 Doug Anderson, RotoExperts (@rotodaddy) Garrett Richards, SP, Los Angeles Angels

Howard also started off this round very well with Wilson Ramos as his catcher. If this guy stays healthy he could be a top seven catcher. He will hit for a solid batting average with decent power for a catcher. I like Mike Werner's pick of Mike Clevinger, I just hope he gets a regular rotation spot. When he was given an opportunity, Clevinger was an excellent addition to any fantasy team. Danny Duffy this late is also a good pick by Joel Henard. He is coming off elbow surgery, but it wasn't anything major and he could win 14 games and strikeout at least 150 guys. John Halpin taking Hector Neris this late was also a great pick. Sure he struggled greatly at times last year, but the guy has talent, the Phillies should be improving some and he can get a lot of strikeouts. Steve Rapin went with Jose Peraza who has the ability to maybe steal 40 bases.......if he could find a way to get on base consistently. In the 16th round there is very little risk there. I went with Ryon Healy who definitely had some struggles in his rookie season, but he also hit 25 homers. He could play first base for the Mariners and should still have third base eligibility from last year.  

Round 17

Round/Pick Team Player
17.1 Doug Anderson, RotoExperts (@rotodaddy) Ryan Zimmerman, 1B, Washington Nationals
17.2 Tim McLeod, (@TimothyLMc) Blake Snell, SP, Tampa Bay Rays
17.3 Ryan Hallam, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@fightingchance) Dinelson Lamet, SP, San Diego Padres
17.4 Patrick Wisniewski, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@polkapat) Chase Anderson, SP, Milwaukee Brewers
17.5 Joe Gallina, RotoExperts (@joegallina) Brent Honeywell, SP, Tampa Bay Rays
17.6 Steve Gardner, USA Today (@steveagardner) Gio Gonzalez, SP, Washington Nationals
17.7 Steve Rapin, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@fantasygeek37) Marcus Semien, SS, Oakland Athletics
17.8 Keith Farnsworth, Fantrax (@fantasy_keith) Jonathan Villar, 2B, Milwaukee Brewers
17.9 John Halpin, Rotowire (@jhalpin37) Odubel Herrera, OF, Philadelphia Phillies
17.10 Mike Werner, Friends With Fantasy Benefits (@MikeWernerFWFB) Welington Castillo, C, Chicago White Sox
17.11 Joel Henard , Fantasy Insiders Show (@JoelHenard) Sean Manaea, SP, Oakland Athletics
17.12 Howard Bender, Fantasy Alarm (@rotobuzzguy) Maikel Franco, 3B, Philadelphia Phillies

Six young pitchers went in the 17th round, including two Rays in Blake Snell and Brent Honeywell. Snell has been in and out of the Majors for a couple of seasons and has really struggled with control problems. However, if he could get his act together Tim McLeod got an incredible steal. Honeywell hasn't gotten a chance in the Majors yet, but he is one of the top pitching prospects in all of baseball. I think this was a great time for Joe Gallina to take the chance on him. I went with Dinelson Lamet. He certainly has struggled with control and giving up the big inning, but his strikeout potential is among the best in the league. This late in the draft I was just looking for pitchers with upside and Lamet is that guy. Howard Bender took another guy I like in Maikel Franco to end the round. His batting average has fallen in each of the last three years, but he still does have 49 homers in the last two years. In the 17th round he is a great choice for a corner infield or utility spot. 

Round 18

Round/Pick Team Player
18.1 Howard Bender, Fantasy Alarm (@rotobuzzguy) Aaron Sanchez, SP, Toronto Blue Jays
18.2 Joel Henard , Fantasy Insiders Show (@JoelHenard) Dylan Bundy, SP, Baltimore Orioles
18.3 Mike Werner, Friends With Fantasy Benefits (@MikeWernerFWFB) Jeurys Familia, RP, New York Mets
18.4 John Halpin, Rotowire (@jhalpin37) Delino DeShields, OF, Texas Rangers
18.5 Keith Farnsworth, Fantrax (@fantasy_keith) Dellin Betances, RP, New York Yankees
18.6 Steve Rapin, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@fantasygeek37) Cole Hamels, SP, Texas Rangers
18.7 Steve Gardner, USA Today (@steveagardner) Stephen Souza, OF, Tampa Bay Rays
18.8 Joe Gallina, RotoExperts (@joegallina) Jorge Alfaro, C, Philadelphia Phillies
18.9 Patrick Wisniewski, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@polkapat) Adam Duvall, OF, Cincinnati Reds
18.10 Ryan Hallam, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@fightingchance) Alex Reyes, SP, St. Louis Cardinals
18.11 Tim McLeod, (@TimothyLMc) Kyle Barraclough, RP, Miami Marlins
18.12 Doug Anderson, RotoExperts (@rotodaddy) Shane Greene, RP, Detroit Tigers

Can Jeurys Familia get his groove back? Once one of the most feared relievers in baseball, Familia has had suspension and injury land him in no man's land of fantasy baseball.  Can he even hold of A.J. Ramos to maintain his job as Mets closer? That I believe he will do and be at least a middle of the road closer and perhaps as good as the top ten. John Halpin took a heaping helping of stolen bases when he took Delino DeShields of Texas. Keith Farnsworth took Dellin Betances who we know won't close for the Yankees but if he gets his issues from last year figured out he could strikeout 100 batters and have an ERA under 2.00.  Do you use middle relievers on your fantasy team? They might not get you saves but their other numbers are definitely worth considering the elite ones. I took Alex Reyes who won't be healthy to start the season, but he shouldn't miss more than a month. Will he start? Will he possibly close? Reyes' role hasn't been determined yet, but the kid has a ton of talent and he should be successful whatever his role is. 

Round 19

Round/Pick Team Player
19.1 Doug Anderson, RotoExperts (@rotodaddy) David Peralta, OF, Arizona Diamondbacks
19.2 Tim McLeod, (@TimothyLMc) Gleyber Torres, 2B, New York Yankees
19.3 Ryan Hallam, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@fightingchance) Jason Kipnis, 2B, Cleveland Indians
19.4 Patrick Wisniewski, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@polkapat) Cam Bedrosian, RP, Los Angeles Angels
19.5 Joe Gallina, RotoExperts (@joegallina) Michael Taylor, OF, Washington Nationals
19.6 Steve Gardner, USA Today (@steveagardner) Jorge Polanco, SS, Minnesota Twins
19.7 Steve Rapin, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@fantasygeek37) Kyle Schwarber, OF, Chicago Cubs
19.8 Keith Farnsworth, Fantrax (@fantasy_keith) Blake Parker, RP, Los Angeles Angels
19.9 John Halpin, Rotowire (@jhalpin37) Taijuan Walker, SP, Arizona Diamondbacks
19.10 Mike Werner, Friends With Fantasy Benefits (@MikeWernerFWFB) David Dahl, OF, Colorado Rockies
19.11 Joel Henard , Fantasy Insiders Show (@JoelHenard) Lucas Giolito, SP, Chicago White Sox
19.12 Howard Bender, Fantasy Alarm (@rotobuzzguy) Zach Davies, SP, Milwaukee Brewers

It was a young man's game in Round 19 that was highlighted by Jorge Polanco going to Steve Gardner. Polanco put everyone on notice with his 13 homers and 13 steals in just over half a season and if he could come close to duplicating that over a full season Gardner has a steal. Gleyber Torres went to Tim McLeod. The young Yankee prospect has the fantasy world ready to see his multiple tools. He likely will start the season in the Minors, but without a reliable option at second or third base, the Yankees should be turning to Torres before too long. Lucas Giolito was awful in 2016 when he came to the Majors for the Nationals, but had a triumphant return for the White Sox last year and looks to finally cash in on his enormous potential. Joel Henard got a great 19th round pick. Mike Werner took David Dahl who missed all of last season for the Rockies after being a fantasy force at the end of 2016. Reports are he will be healthy for 2018 and if that is true and he gets his swing back, Dahl could have a big impact. 

Round 20

Round/Pick Team Player
20.1 Howard Bender, Fantasy Alarm (@rotobuzzguy) Patrick Corbin, SP, Arizona Diamondbacks
20.2 Joel Henard , Fantasy Insiders Show (@JoelHenard) Matt Wieters, C, Washington Nationals
20.3 Mike Werner, Friends With Fantasy Benefits (@MikeWernerFWFB) Kevin Gausman, SP, Baltimore Orioles
20.4 John Halpin, Rotowire (@jhalpin37) Scooter Gennett, 2B, Cincinnati Reds
20.5 Keith Farnsworth, Fantrax (@fantasy_keith) Carlos Rodon, SP, Chicago White Sox
20.6 Steve Rapin, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@fantasygeek37) Jacob Faria, SP, Tampa Bay Rays
20.7 Steve Gardner, USA Today (@steveagardner) Yulieski Gurriel, 1B, Houston Astros
20.8 Joe Gallina, RotoExperts (@joegallina) Josh Hader, SP, Milwaukee Brewers
20.9 Patrick Wisniewski, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@polkapat) Zach Britton, RP, Baltimore Orioles
20.10 Ryan Hallam, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@fightingchance) Julio Teheran, SP, Atlanta Braves
20.11 Tim McLeod, (@TimothyLMc) Miles Mikolas, SP, St. Louis Cardinals
20.12 Doug Anderson, RotoExperts (@rotodaddy) Keon Broxton, OF, Milwaukee Brewers

The final two rounds were filled with good selections which proves the point, be sure to take every draft pick seriously. Every roster spot is important. I was a big fan of Miles Mikolas, Yulieski Gurriel, Jacob Faria, Michael Kopech, Luke Gregerson, Austin Barnes, and Jose Martinez. We hope you enjoyed our first mock draft and please again follow all of the participants on Twitter as we thank them all for giving us their time and talents!

Round 21

Round/Pick Team Player
21.1 Doug Anderson, RotoExperts (@rotodaddy) Michael Kopech, SP, Chicago White Sox
21.2 Tim McLeod, (@TimothyLMc) Avisail Garcia, OF, Chicago White Sox
21.3 Ryan Hallam, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@fightingchance) Lance Lynn, SP, St. Louis Cardinals
21.4 Patrick Wisniewski, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@polkapat) Jimmy Nelson, SP, Milwaukee Brewers
21.5 Joe Gallina, RotoExperts (@joegallina) Fernando Rodney, RP, Minnesota Twins
21.6 Steve Gardner, USA Today (@steveagardner) Luiz Gohara, SP, Atlanta Braves
21.7 Steve Rapin, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@fantasygeek37) Luke Gregerson, RP, St. Louis Cardinals
21.8 Keith Farnsworth, Fantrax (@fantasy_keith) Austin Barnes, C, Los Angeles Dodgers
21.9 John Halpin, Rotowire (@jhalpin37) Michael Wacha, SP, St. Louis Cardinals
21.10 Mike Werner, Friends With Fantasy Benefits (@MikeWernerFWFB) Jose Martinez, OF, St. Louis Cardinals
21.11 Joel Henard , Fantasy Insiders Show (@JoelHenard) Brian McCann, C, Houston Astros
21.12 Howard Bender, Fantasy Alarm (@rotobuzzguy) Mitch Haniger, OF, Seattle Mariners

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