Thursday, February 20, 2014

Fantasy Baseball Help: Steals of the Draft

Anthony Cavalcante

The best fantasy players aren’t always drafted in the first few rounds. Sometimes, there can be players that are drafted in the double digit rounds that perform like early rounders. In this article, we will go over the best players that are being drafted after the 100th pick.

Note: These rankings are based off a CBS Head-To-Head fantasy league.


Dioner Navarro (Average Draft Position 242.69)
Navarro is being drafted 242nd overall. In most leagues, there aren’t even 242 picks, which means he’s going undrafted. However, I have Navarro as one of the best catchers in my rankings. If you look at his stats as a Cub, he was amazing. He would’ve been on pace for a .317 batting average with 29 home runs. Navarro could end up being a top 3 catcher. Once the good catchers have been taken, do not waste a mid-round pick on a decent catcher. Instead, take Navarro with one of your last picks. It could be very beneficial.

First Base

Jose Abreu (ADP 125.86)
Jose Abreu’s career numbers in Cuba were out of this world. No, I don’t expect him to put up those type of stats in the much more competitive MLB. However, I wouldn’t count out maybe 75% of those stats here. That would give him a .313 batting average with 33 homers. I think that’s a definite possibility. He’s being drafted pretty late but has the ability to be the best first basemen other than Miggy.

Second Base

Chase Utley (ADP 180.2)
Second base is one of the weakest positions in fantasy baseball year in and year out. After Cano, there’s a huge dropoff. The next four players after Cano are very close, but Utley is being taken later than all of them. I have him hitting .270 with 19 homers and 16 stolen bases. Those are by no means great stats. However, that sadly might be enough to make him the second best second basemen in fantasy. He also could be had very late since he’s being taken 180th. If you miss out on Cano, don’t forget about Utley towards the end of the draft.

Third Base

Aramis Ramirez (ADP 187.46)

Aramis Ramirez is a great player that doesn’t get the credit he deserves. He consistently puts up very good numbers. He might be the 3rd best third basemen in fantasy after Miggy and Beltre. He should hit around .295 with 25 homers and 100 RBIs. Those are very good numbers for a player being drafted 187th at the surprisingly weak third base position.


Ben Zobrist (ADP 109.1)

Shortstop is another one of those very weak positions. After Hanley and Tulo, there’s a huge dropoff. I have Zobrist as being the next best. He scores and drives in a good amount of runs, and should be in the mid-teens in homers and stolen bases. If you don’t have one of the elite shortstops, take Zobrist if you can.


Khris Davis (ADP 136.37)

Khris Davis is easily the best steal of the draft. He started playing in Milwaukee when Braun got suspended and was very impressive. This kid has the ability to lead the MLB in home runs. I expect him to be among the best fantasy hitters in baseball this season. You can wait on him, since he’s being taken 136th overall, but don’t wait too long as you may miss out on a tremendous player.

Carlos Beltran (ADP 121.66)

Carlos Beltran is fairly old right now and because of that, people feel like his numbers are declining. However, that isn’t the case. I expect Beltran to hit .298 with 31 homers. He still has the ability to be a very good fantasy player. You should be happy if he’s your number two outfielder.

Brandon Moss (ADP 170.85)

Brandon Moss is one of the best power hitters in baseball. He has the ability to hit 40+ homers. He isn’t going to hit .300 or steal a bunch of bases, but his power numbers are enough to make him a good bargain at 170th pick in the draft.

Starting Pitching

Jered Weaver (ADP 101.44)

Jered Weaver is a very good pitcher. He also has an impressive lineup on his side. Weaver could be a top 5 starting pitcher in fantasy, yet he is being drafted 101st overall. I expect him to go 17-7 with a 2.75 ERA. He could be the ace of your staff.

Hisashi Iwakuma (ADP 116.51)

Iwakuma was great last season. Although he no longer as eligibility at the RP position, he is still a very good SP to have. 16-7 with a 2.68 ERA isn’t out of the question. He’s a very good starting pitcher to have on your side.

Sonny Gray (ADP 137.07)

Not many people know about Sonny Gray, but he’s the real deal. I have him going 18-7 with a 2.86 ERA and 195 strikeouts. You’re not going to find numbers like these this late in the draft. He could be this year’s version of Matt Harvey or Jose Fernandez.

Kris Medlen (ADP 141.32)

Similar to Iwakuma, Medlen lost his RP eligibility. Also similar to Iwakuma, he’s still a very good starting pitcher. I think he’ll go 16-8 with a 2.79 ERA. Those are great numbers for someone being drafted so late. He could be a top 15 SP in all of fantasy.

Brett Oberholtzer (ADP N/A)

Oberholzter’s statistics last year were amazing. However, since he pitches for the Astros, nobody pays attention to him. He might be in the top 5 in ERA this year. He won’t rack up a ton of wins, but he will still be able to put up a lot of fantasy points. He’s going undrafted in every league. Take him with your last pick before people wise up and grab him off of the waiver wire.

Relief Pitching

Tommy Hunter (ADP 203.9)

Closers are very difficult to predict. One year a closer can have an amazing season and the next they could flat out suck (see Fernando Rodney). Tommy Hunter is getting a chance to close in Baltimore this season and I expect him to be very good. Baltimore relief pitchers had 84 total save opportunities last season. If things go like they did last year, Hunter will have a ton of chances to save games and earn points. He could be the number 1 RP in the league.

Jaon Grilli (ADP 136.85)

Lastly, we have Jason Grilli, a closer that saved games at a 94.34% clip. The Pirates gave their relief pitchers 72 save opportunities last year. If they could repeat that number, Grilli could be a top 5 closer.


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