Redrafting Fantasy Baseball First Two Rounds
Wish you could start your Fantasy Baseball team over? Well, Michael Waterloo of RotoExperts.com jumps in his DeLorean and redrafts the first two rounds if we could have known what we do today.
Don’t you wish you just had a do-over sometimes? Like, when you’re gearing up for your draft, wouldn’t it be nice to know that Noah Syndergaard was this good, or that David Ortiz was going to play like he’s in his prime instead of playing like he’s going to retire after this year?
A heads up would have been nice about Dee Gordon’s suspension, or A.J. Pollock fracturing his elbow again. Unfortunately, for the vast majority, the only way you get a do-over is in DFS. If you’re in a season-long league, you have to take advantage of the waiver wire or trades to improve your team if you had a bad draft.
But, what if we could draft again today? All of the players are in the pool, how would it differ from just a couple of months ago? Well, let’s take a look, shall we?
I’m going with 12-team 5x5 traditional category settings to give a happy medium for the points and roto players out there.
- Bryce Harper – Too many walks? Yeah, we say that like it’s a bad thing. The more he gets on base, the more it helps his owners – period. If Ben Revere and Anthony Rendon get their act together, it’s going to be harder and harder to walk Mr. Harper, especially if Dusty Baker uses Daniel Murphy in the cleanup spot.
- Clayton Kershaw – The hot trend during draft season was to load up on pitching early. Fantasy baseball analysts were finally coming around … until it didn’t work so well, at least for now. But one thing remains, Clayton Kershaw is a good pitcher. Scorching hot take, I know. For as good as some of the other top pitchers have been, they aren’t in and likely won’t be in Kershaw’s tier. He’s as safe and productive as a first-round pick can come.
- Mike Trout – “I’m going to run more this year.” LOL. He has three stolen bases, but does everything else you could want for a first-round pick. Could make the argument that he could go No. 1 or No. 2 overall still.
- Manny Machado – The lack of stolen bases worries me, but I’m being picky. Machado is a stud, and gaining shortstop eligibility only moves him up the rankings. Like Trout, he could go No. 1 overall, and I wouldn’t bat an eye at it.
- Paul Goldschmidt – Yes, he’s off to a slow start, but let’s not act like he’s Troy Tulowitzki or Justin Upton. He’s going to be fine, still. I debated moving Jose Altuve above Goldschmidt, but if we are drafting today, I like Goldschmidt’s rest-of-season outlook more.
- Jose Altuve – Unbelievable. We knew he was good, but he just gets better. Prior to the season, Altuve was a high second-rounder, with his teammate Carlos Correa going above him. Yeah, that’s not happening anymore. He obviously won’t maintain his power pace, but 25 homers seem like a lock at this point.
- Josh Donaldson – Donaldson came out of the gate swinging, but he’s cooled down over the past few weeks. It’s not all on him, though, as the Blue Jays, in general, have lacked that offensive punch that we saw last year. He’s still a stud.
- Nolan Arenado – You could make an argument that Arenado should be higher, but having him eighth is no slight. Playing half of his games in Colorado only increases his value, but he’d be a first-round pick even if he played in Oakland.
- Anthony Rizzo – The only fear I have is that Rizzo is going to get hurt one of these times when he gets hit by a pitch. Yeah, I can live with that fear.
- Giancarlo Stanton – The Phillies made Stanton look silly during their recent series, but when he gets hot, look out.
- Chris Sale – He’s not striking out as many people as you’d like, and he’s not throwing as hard on purpose. To me, Sale it the clear No. 2 pitcher, even if he had a hot start like this last season and cooled down a bit down the stretch.
- Carlos Correa – He went through a homerless slump after his red-hot opening series, but it seems like he’s locked in again, providing value in all five offensive categories at a premium position.
- Andrew McCutchen – Yet another slow April, but that’s OK, because McCutchen has snapped out of his funk. He should provide close to first-round numbers going forward on an underrated offense.
To see the rest of the second round, where Jake Arrieta lands and all the Fantasy Sports information you need, click over to RotoExperts.com
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