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2014 Draft Prep: Roto draft (12/5)

Senior Fantasy Writer

Two mock drafts in, Ryan Braun is looking pretty definitively like a first-rounder.

It didn't seem possible given the backlash over his long overdue PED suspension and the possibility of a Melky Cabrera-like regression, but so far, we're 2 for 2 with someone -- and not even the same someone -- choosing to take him that early.

It's not so surprising given the uncertainty surrounding the next crop of players after the top nine or so. In Head-to-Head points leagues, Clayton Kershaw is the clear No. 10, but in standard Rotisserie leagues like this one, it's wide open.

The better-safe-than-sorry types will choose Edwin Encarnacion, Prince Fielder or Adam Jones. The position-scarcity types will choose Troy Tulowitzki or Hanley Ramirez. And the upside-at-all-costs types will choose Braun.

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As with every Rotisserie draft, the power-speed guys were in high demand in this one, with Matt Kemp, Carlos Gomez and Jean Segura all going a round or two earlier than in our Head-to-Head points draft. I was actually the one to take Segura even though I had already filled my shortstop stop with Tulowitzki in the first round. My need for a proven speedster who wouldn't kill me in the other categories trumped my need for a second baseman (in this case, Matt Carpenter), especially with my sights set on renewed sleeper Jurickson Profar following the Ian Kinsler trade.

As far as middle infielders went, we were all over the place in this draft. Jose Altuve, with his 35-steal potential at second base, went in the second round while Brian Dozier, with his 20-homer, 15-steal potential at the same position, went in the 14th. Granted, Altuve is a good bit safer than Dozier, but that gap will be much smaller in most leagues. Jhonny Peralta, meanwhile, went in Round 11, just as second-tier hurlers like Matt Moore, Gerrit Cole, Michael Wacha and Alex Cobb were beginning to go off the board. That probably speaks to the lack of depth at shortstop relative to second base, but if you're going to reach at the position, it should be for someone like Xander Bogaerts, who went two rounds later. True, he's not eligible there yet, but within the first week of the season, he will be.

Even by Rotisserie league standards, the quality of starting pitchers available in the later rounds of this draft was staggering. For most of the draft, pitchers came at a discount. Yes, five were gone by the end of the third round, but Madison Bumgarner, Cole Hamels and Zack Greinke, who were all in the discussion for that top tier, didn't go until three or four rounds later. With so many hitter slots to fill, nobody cared to reach at the position after the best of the best had gone off the board -- and for good reason. Check out the pitchers we had to "fall back" on in Round 17 and beyond.

The players who I think deserve special distinction for their steals potential in this format are Billy Hamilton and Emilio Bonifacio (with Hamilton being the more fascinating of the two). Frankly, even in a part-time role, both would be worth starting in Fantasy. If their real-life roles were more secure, both probably would have gone much earlier.

But you know, at this stage of the offseason, it's a learning experience for all of us. Nobody has drafted enough to anticipate how others will react, which makes every pick or series of picks a welcome source of debate. So instead of trying to make sense of it all here, let's just get to the draft and take the next couple months to sort it all out.

First, a quick introduction to the participants:

1. Jameson Fleming, Social Media Editor
2. Chris Towers, Fantasy Writer
3. Peter Madden, Director, Fantasy Sports
4. Larry Hartstein, Fantasy Writer
5. Michael Hurcomb, Fantasy Editor
6. Al Melchior, Data Analyst
7. Joe Polito, Social Media Coordinator
8. Nando Di Fino, Senior Fantasy Writer
9. Adam Aizer, Fantasy Video/Podcast Host
10. Scott White, Senior Fantasy Writer
11. Jeff Tobin, Associate Managing Editor
12. Igor Mello, Fantasy Writer

Round by Round
Round 1
Pick Team Player
1 Fleming Mike Trout, OF, LAA
2 Towers Miguel Cabrera, 3B, DET
3 Madden Andrew McCutchen, OF, PIT
4 Hartstein Robinson Cano, 2B, SEA
5 Hurcomb Paul Goldschmidt, 1B, ARI
6 Melchior Joey Votto, 1B, CIN
7 Polito Carlos Gonzalez, OF, COL
8 Di Fino Jacoby Ellsbury, OF, NYY
9 Aizer Chris Davis, 1B, BAL
10 White Troy Tulowitzki, SS, COL
11 Tobin Ryan Braun, OF, MIL
12 Mello Clayton Kershaw, P, LAD
Round 2
Pick Team Player
13 Mello Hanley Ramirez, SS, LAD
14 Tobin Prince Fielder, 1B, TEX
15 White Edwin Encarnacion, 1B, TOR
16 Aizer Dustin Pedroia, 2B, BOS
17 Di Fino David Wright, 3B, NYM
18 Polito Evan Longoria, 3B, TB
19 Melchior Jose Reyes, SS, TOR
20 Hurcomb Bryce Harper, OF, WAS
21 Hartstein Adam Jones, OF, BAL
22 Madden Matt Kemp, OF, LAD
23 Towers Giancarlo Stanton, OF, MIA
24 Fleming Adrian Beltre, 3B, TEX
Round 3
Pick Team Player
25 Fleming Yu Darvish, P, TEX
26 Towers Stephen Strasburg, P, WAS
27 Madden Felix Hernandez, P, SEA
28 Hartstein Max Scherzer, P, DET
29 Hurcomb Jason Kipnis, 2B, CLE
30 Melchior Yasiel Puig, OF, LAD
31 Polito Justin Verlander, P, DET
32 Di Fino Ian Desmond, SS, WAS
33 Aizer Carlos Gomez, OF, MIL
34 White Jean Segura, SS, MIL
35 Tobin Matt Carpenter, 2B, STL
36 Mello Jose Bautista, OF, TOR
Round 4
Pick Team Player
37 Mello Joe Mauer, C, MIN
38 Tobin Jose Fernandez, P, MIA
39 White Albert Pujols, 1B, LAA
40 Aizer Shin-Soo Choo, OF, CIN
41 Di Fino Justin Upton, OF, ATL
42 Polito Buster Posey, C, SF
43 Melchior Adam Wainwright, P, STL
44 Hurcomb Cliff Lee, P, PHI
45 Hartstein Matt Holliday, OF, STL
46 Madden Ian Kinsler, 2B, DET
47 Towers Freddie Freeman, 1B, ATL
48 Fleming Chris Sale, P, CHW
Round 5
Pick Team Player
49 Fleming Carlos Santana, C, CLE
50 Towers Anibal Sanchez, P, DET
51 Madden Allen Craig, 1B, STL
52 Hartstein Eric Hosmer, 1B, KC
53 Hurcomb Ryan Zimmerman, 3B, WAS
54 Melchior Jose Altuve, 2B, HOU
55 Polito Ben Zobrist, 2B, TB
56 Di Fino Jay Bruce, OF, CIN
57 Aizer David Price, P, TB
58 White Josh Donaldson, 3B, OAK
59 Tobin Hunter Pence, OF, SF
60 Mello Adrian Gonzalez, 1B, LAD
Round 6
Pick Team Player
61 Mello Starling Marte, OF, PIT
62 Tobin Martin Prado, 3B, ARI
63 White Madison Bumgarner, P, SF
64 Aizer Andrelton Simmons, SS, ATL
65 Di Fino Yoenis Cespedes, OF, OAK
66 Polito Alex Rios, OF, TEX
67 Melchior David Ortiz, DH, BOS
68 Hurcomb Elvis Andrus, SS, TEX
69 Hartstein Everth Cabrera, SS, SD
70 Madden Manny Machado, 3B, BAL
71 Towers Brandon Phillips, 2B, CIN
72 Fleming Jayson Werth, OF, WAS
Round 7
Pick Team Player
73 Fleming Starlin Castro, SS, CHC
74 Towers Yadier Molina, C, STL
75 Madden Carlos Beltran, OF, STL
76 Hartstein Kyle Seager, 3B, SEA
77 Hurcomb Cole Hamels, P, PHI
78 Melchior Pedro Alvarez, 3B, PIT
79 Polito Matt Adams, 1B, STL
80 Di Fino Zack Greinke, P, LAD
81 Aizer Matt Cain, P, SF
82 White Wil Myers, OF, TB
83 Tobin Matt Wieters, C, BAL
84 Mello Aaron Hill, 2B, ARI
Round 8
Pick Team Player
85 Mello Anthony Rizzo, 1B, CHC
86 Tobin Jason Heyward, OF, ATL
87 White Domonic Brown, OF, PHI
88 Aizer Wilin Rosario, C, COL
89 Di Fino Josh Hamilton, OF, LAA
90 Polito Julio Teheran, P, ATL
91 Melchior Jonathan Lucroy, C, MIL
92 Hurcomb Mark Trumbo, 1B, LAA
93 Hartstein Gio Gonzalez, P, WAS
94 Madden Mike Napoli, 1B, BOS
95 Towers James Shields, P, KC
96 Fleming Jedd Gyorko, 2B, SD
Round 9
Pick Team Player
97 Fleming Alex Gordon, OF, KC
98 Towers Desmond Jennings, OF, TB
99 Madden Victor Martinez, DH, DET
100 Hartstein Wilson Ramos, C, WAS
101 Hurcomb Billy Butler, DH, KC
102 Melchior Curtis Granderson, OF, NYY
103 Polito J.J. Hardy, SS, BAL
104 Di Fino Mat Latos, P, CIN
105 Aizer Craig Kimbrel, P, ATL
106 White Billy Hamilton, OF, CIN
107 Tobin Hisashi Iwakuma, P, SEA
108 Mello Chase Headley, 3B, SD
Round 10
Pick Team Player
109 Mello Mike Minor, P, ATL
110 Tobin Patrick Corbin, P, ARI
111 White Shane Victorino, OF, BOS
112 Aizer Leonys Martin, OF, TEX
113 Di Fino Chase Utley, 2B, PHI
114 Polito Alfonso Soriano, OF, NYY
115 Melchior Francisco Liriano, P, PIT
116 Hurcomb Brian McCann, C, NYY
117 Hartstein Jordan Zimmermann, P, WAS
118 Madden Jered Weaver, P, LAA
119 Towers Nelson Cruz, OF, TEX
120 Fleming Aroldis Chapman, P, CIN
Round 11
Pick Team Player
121 Fleming Brandon Belt, 1B, SF
122 Towers Jhonny Peralta, SS, STL
123 Madden Carl Crawford, OF, LAD
124 Hartstein Michael Wacha, P, STL
125 Hurcomb Greg Holland, P, KC
126 Melchior Austin Jackson, OF, DET
127 Polito Evan Gattis, OF, ATL
128 Di Fino Jon Lester, P, BOS
129 Aizer Brett Lawrie, 3B, TOR
130 White Homer Bailey, P, CIN
131 Tobin Jed Lowrie, SS, OAK
132 Mello Coco Crisp, OF, OAK
Round 12
Pick Team Player
133 Mello Koji Uehara, P, BOS
134 Tobin Shelby Miller, P, STL
135 White Kenley Jansen, P, LAD
136 Aizer Tony Cingrani, P, CIN
137 Di Fino CC Sabathia, P, NYY
138 Polito Kris Medlen, P, ATL
139 Melchior Gerrit Cole, P, PIT
140 Hurcomb Xander Bogaerts, 3B, BOS
141 Hartstein Asdrubal Cabrera, SS, CLE
142 Madden Mark Teixeira, 1B, NYY
143 Towers Jeff Samardzija, P, CHC
144 Fleming Yan Gomes, C, CLE
Round 13
Pick Team Player
145 Fleming Taijuan Walker, P, SEA
146 Towers R.A. Dickey, P, TOR
147 Madden Matt Moore, P, TB
148 Hartstein Alex Cobb, P, TB
149 Hurcomb Justin Masterson, P, CLE
150 Melchior Michael Bourn, OF, CLE
151 Polito Daniel Murphy, 2B, NYM
152 Di Fino C.J. Wilson, P, LAA
153 Aizer Michael Cuddyer, OF, COL
154 White Jose Abreu, 1B, CHW
155 Tobin Norichika Aoki, OF, KC
156 Mello Angel Pagan, OF, SF
Round 14
Pick Team Player
157 Mello Johnny Cueto, P, CIN
158 Tobin Trevor Rosenthal, P, STL
159 White Jurickson Profar, 2B, TEX
160 Aizer Sonny Gray, P, OAK
161 Di Fino Joe Nathan, P, DET
162 Polito Jason Grilli, P, PIT
163 Melchior Sergio Romo, P, SF
164 Hurcomb Brian Dozier, 2B, MIN
165 Hartstein Corey Hart, 1B, MIL
166 Madden Jimmy Rollins, SS, PHI
167 Towers Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C, BOS
168 Fleming Ubaldo Jimenez, P, CLE
Round 15
Pick Team Player
169 Fleming Oscar Taveras, OF, STL
170 Towers Pablo Sandoval, 3B, SF
171 Madden Fernando Rodney, P, TB
172 Hartstein Josh Willingham, OF, MIN
173 Hurcomb Glen Perkins, P, MIN
174 Melchior Brad Miller, SS, SEA
175 Polito Doug Fister, P, WAS
176 Di Fino Kendrys Morales, 1B, SEA
177 Aizer David Robertson, P, NYY
178 White Salvador Perez, C, KC
179 Tobin Nick Swisher, 1B, CLE
180 Mello Andrew Cashner, P, SD
Round 16
Pick Team Player
181 Mello Brandon Moss, 1B, OAK
182 Tobin Chris Carter, 1B, HOU
183 White Jason Castro, C, HOU
184 Aizer Brett Gardner, OF, NYY
185 Di Fino Anthony Rendon, 2B, WAS
186 Polito Torii Hunter, OF, DET
187 Melchior Marco Estrada, P, MIL
188 Hurcomb Eric Young, OF, NYM
189 Hartstein B.J. Upton, OF, ATL
190 Madden Jake Peavy, P, BOS
191 Towers Derek Holland, P, TEX
192 Fleming Brandon Beachy, P, ATL
Round 17
Pick Team Player
193 Fleming Hyun-Jin Ryu, P, LAD
194 Towers Jim Johnson, P, OAK
195 Madden Yovani Gallardo, P, MIL
196 Hartstein Steve Cishek, P, MIA
197 Hurcomb Clay Buchholz, P, BOS
198 Melchior Travis d'Arnaud, C, NYM
199 Polito Adam Dunn, 1B, CHW
200 Di Fino Rafael Soriano, P, WAS
201 Aizer Zack Wheeler, P, NYM
202 White John Lackey, P, BOS
203 Tobin Danny Salazar, P, CLE
204 Mello Dexter Fowler, OF, HOU
Round 18
Pick Team Player
205 Mello Neil Walker, 2B, PIT
206 Tobin Drew Smyly, P, DET
207 White Lance Lynn, P, STL
208 Aizer Aramis Ramirez, 3B, MIL
209 Di Fino Will Middlebrooks, 3B, BOS
210 Polito Alejandro De Aza, OF, CHW
211 Melchior Will Venable, OF, SD
212 Hurcomb Ervin Santana, P, KC
213 Hartstein Miguel Montero, C, ARI
214 Madden A.J. Pierzynski, C, BOS
215 Towers Ernesto Frieri, P, LAA
216 Fleming A.J. Griffin, P, OAK
Round 19
Pick Team Player
217 Fleming Kolten Wong, 2B, STL
218 Towers Jonathan Papelbon, P, PHI
219 Madden Addison Reed, P, CHW
220 Hartstein Adam Eaton, OF, ARI
221 Hurcomb George Springer, OF, HOU
222 Melchior Corey Kluber, P, CLE
223 Polito Matt Garza, P, TEX
224 Di Fino Ryan Howard, 1B, PHI
225 Aizer Justin Morneau, 1B, PIT
226 White Chris Archer, P, TB
227 Tobin Jonathan Villar, SS, HOU
228 Mello Ivan Nova, P, NYY
Round 20
Pick Team Player
229 Mello Grant Balfour, P, OAK
230 Tobin Russell Martin, C, PIT
231 White Casey Janssen, P, TOR
232 Aizer Huston Street, P, SD
233 Di Fino Tim Lincecum, P, SF
234 Polito A.J. Burnett, P, PIT
235 Melchior Bobby Parnell, P, NYM
236 Hurcomb Jarrod Parker, P, OAK
237 Hartstein Dan Straily, P, OAK
238 Madden Omar Infante, 2B, DET
239 Towers Rickie Weeks, 2B, MIL
240 Fleming Mitch Moreland, 1B, TEX
Round 21
Pick Team Player
241 Fleming Josh Reddick, OF, OAK
242 Towers Ryan Doumit, C, MIN
243 Madden Hiroki Kuroda, P, NYY
244 Hartstein Ben Revere, OF, PHI
245 Hurcomb Neftali Feliz, P, TEX
246 Melchior Scott Kazmir, P, OAK
247 Polito Mike Zunino, C, SEA
248 Di Fino Ian Kennedy, P, SD
249 Aizer Scooter Gennett, 2B, MIL
250 White Danny Farquhar, P, SEA
251 Tobin Cody Allen, P, CLE
252 Mello Josmil Pinto, C, MIN
Round 22
Pick Team Player
253 Mello Dan Haren, P, LAD
254 Tobin Martin Perez, P, TEX
255 White Alex Wood, P, ATL
256 Aizer Jose Quintana, P, CHW
257 Di Fino Welington Castillo, C, CHC
258 Polito Jim Henderson, P, MIL
259 Melchior J.J. Putz, P, ARI
260 Hurcomb Marlon Byrd, OF, PHI
261 Hartstein Joaquin Benoit, P, DET
262 Madden Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, P, PHI
263 Towers Adam Lind, 1B, TOR
264 Fleming Emilio Bonifacio, 2B, KC
Round 23
Pick Team Player
265 Fleming Josh Johnson, P, SD
266 Towers Colby Rasmus, OF, TOR
267 Madden Alex Avila, C, DET
268 Hartstein Brandon Morrow, P, TOR
269 Hurcomb Devin Mesoraco, C, CIN
270 Melchior Todd Frazier, 3B, CIN
271 Polito Rex Brothers, P, COL
272 Di Fino Geovany Soto, C, TEX
273 Aizer Dioner Navarro, C, TOR
274 White Christian Yelich, OF, MIA
275 Tobin Darin Ruf, OF, PHI
276 Mello Dillon Gee, P, NYM
Team by Team
Adam Aizer
Rd.Pk Player
1.9 Chris Davis, 1B, BAL
2.4 Dustin Pedroia, 2B, BOS
3.9 Carlos Gomez, OF, MIL
4.4 Shin-Soo Choo, OF, CIN
5.9 David Price, P, TB
6.4 Andrelton Simmons, SS, ATL
7.9 Matt Cain, P, SF
8.4 Wilin Rosario, C, COL
9.9 Craig Kimbrel, P, ATL
10.4 Leonys Martin, OF, TEX
11.9 Brett Lawrie, 3B, TOR
12.4 Tony Cingrani, P, CIN
13.9 Michael Cuddyer, OF, COL
14.4 Sonny Gray, P, OAK
15.9 David Robertson, P, NYY
16.4 Brett Gardner, OF, NYY
17.9 Zack Wheeler, P, NYM
18.4 Aramis Ramirez, 3B, MIL
19.9 Justin Morneau, 1B, PIT
20.4 Huston Street, P, SD
21.9 Scooter Gennett, 2B, MIL
22.4 Jose Quintana, P, CHW
23.9 Dioner Navarro, C, TOR
Nando Di Fino
Rd.Pk Player
1.8 Jacoby Ellsbury, OF, NYY
2.5 David Wright, 3B, NYM
3.8 Ian Desmond, SS, WAS
4.5 Justin Upton, OF, ATL
5.8 Jay Bruce, OF, CIN
6.5 Yoenis Cespedes, OF, OAK
7.8 Zack Greinke, P, LAD
8.5 Josh Hamilton, OF, LAA
9.8 Mat Latos, P, CIN
10.5 Chase Utley, 2B, PHI
11.8 Jon Lester, P, BOS
12.5 CC Sabathia, P, NYY
13.8 C.J. Wilson, P, LAA
14.5 Joe Nathan, P, DET
15.8 Kendrys Morales, 1B, SEA
16.5 Anthony Rendon, 2B, WAS
17.8 Rafael Soriano, P, WAS
18.5 Will Middlebrooks, 3B, BOS
19.8 Ryan Howard, 1B, PHI
20.5 Tim Lincecum, P, SF
21.8 Ian Kennedy, P, SD
22.5 Welington Castillo, C, CHC
23.8 Geovany Soto, C, TEX
Jameson Fleming
Rd.Pk Player
1.1 Mike Trout, OF, LAA
2.12 Adrian Beltre, 3B, TEX
3.1 Yu Darvish, P, TEX
4.12 Chris Sale, P, CHW
5.1 Carlos Santana, C, CLE
6.12 Jayson Werth, OF, WAS
7.1 Starlin Castro, SS, CHC
8.12 Jedd Gyorko, 2B, SD
9.1 Alex Gordon, OF, KC
10.12 Aroldis Chapman, P, CIN
11.1 Brandon Belt, 1B, SF
12.12 Yan Gomes, C, CLE
13.1 Taijuan Walker, P, SEA
14.12 Ubaldo Jimenez, P, CLE
15.1 Oscar Taveras, OF, STL
16.12 Brandon Beachy, P, ATL
17.1 Hyun-Jin Ryu, P, LAD
18.12 A.J. Griffin, P, OAK
19.1 Kolten Wong, 2B, STL
20.12 Mitch Moreland, 1B, TEX
21.1 Josh Reddick, OF, OAK
22.12 Emilio Bonifacio, 2B, KC
23.1 Josh Johnson, P, SD
Larry Hartstein
Rd.Pk Player
1.4 Robinson Cano, 2B, SEA
2.9 Adam Jones, OF, BAL
3.4 Max Scherzer, P, DET
4.9 Matt Holliday, OF, STL
5.4 Eric Hosmer, 1B, KC
6.9 Everth Cabrera, SS, SD
7.4 Kyle Seager, 3B, SEA
8.9 Gio Gonzalez, P, WAS
9.4 Wilson Ramos, C, WAS
10.9 Jordan Zimmermann, P, WAS
11.4 Michael Wacha, P, STL
12.9 Asdrubal Cabrera, SS, CLE
13.4 Alex Cobb, P, TB
14.9 Corey Hart, 1B, MIL
15.4 Josh Willingham, OF, MIN
16.9 B.J. Upton, OF, ATL
17.4 Steve Cishek, P, MIA
18.9 Miguel Montero, C, ARI
19.4 Adam Eaton, OF, ARI
20.9 Dan Straily, P, OAK
21.4 Ben Revere, OF, PHI
22.9 Joaquin Benoit, P, DET
23.4 Brandon Morrow, P, TOR
Michael Hurcomb
Rd.Pk Player
1.5 Paul Goldschmidt, 1B, ARI
2.8 Bryce Harper, OF, WAS
3.5 Jason Kipnis, 2B, CLE
4.8 Cliff Lee, P, PHI
5.5 Ryan Zimmerman, 3B, WAS
6.8 Elvis Andrus, SS, TEX
7.5 Cole Hamels, P, PHI
8.8 Mark Trumbo, 1B, LAA
9.5 Billy Butler, DH, KC
10.8 Brian McCann, C, NYY
11.5 Greg Holland, P, KC
12.8 Xander Bogaerts, 3B, BOS
13.5 Justin Masterson, P, CLE
14.8 Brian Dozier, 2B, MIN
15.5 Glen Perkins, P, MIN
16.8 Eric Young, OF, NYM
17.5 Clay Buchholz, P, BOS
18.8 Ervin Santana, P, KC
19.5 George Springer, OF, HOU
20.8 Jarrod Parker, P, OAK
21.5 Neftali Feliz, P, TEX
22.8 Marlon Byrd, OF, PHI
23.5 Devin Mesoraco, C, CIN
Peter Madden
Rd.Pk Player
1.3 Andrew McCutchen, OF, PIT
2.10 Matt Kemp, OF, LAD
3.3 Felix Hernandez, P, SEA
4.10 Ian Kinsler, 2B, DET
5.3 Allen Craig, 1B, STL
6.10 Manny Machado, 3B, BAL
7.3 Carlos Beltran, OF, STL
8.10 Mike Napoli, 1B, BOS
9.3 Victor Martinez, DH, DET
10.10 Jered Weaver, P, LAA
11.3 Carl Crawford, OF, LAD
12.10 Mark Teixeira, 1B, NYY
13.3 Matt Moore, P, TB
14.10 Jimmy Rollins, SS, PHI
15.3 Fernando Rodney, P, TB
16.10 Jake Peavy, P, BOS
17.3 Yovani Gallardo, P, MIL
18.10 A.J. Pierzynski, C, BOS
19.3 Addison Reed, P, CHW
20.10 Omar Infante, 2B, DET
21.3 Hiroki Kuroda, P, NYY
22.10 Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, P, PHI
23.3 Alex Avila, C, DET
Al Melchior
Rd.Pk Player
1.6 Joey Votto, 1B, CIN
2.7 Jose Reyes, SS, TOR
3.6 Yasiel Puig, OF, LAD
4.7 Adam Wainwright, P, STL
5.6 Jose Altuve, 2B, HOU
6.7 David Ortiz, DH, BOS
7.6 Pedro Alvarez, 3B, PIT
8.7 Jonathan Lucroy, C, MIL
9.6 Curtis Granderson, OF, NYY
10.7 Francisco Liriano, P, PIT
11.6 Austin Jackson, OF, DET
12.7 Gerrit Cole, P, PIT
13.6 Michael Bourn, OF, CLE
14.7 Sergio Romo, P, SF
15.6 Brad Miller, SS, SEA
16.7 Marco Estrada, P, MIL
17.6 Travis d'Arnaud, C, NYM
18.7 Will Venable, OF, SD
19.6 Corey Kluber, P, CLE
20.7 Bobby Parnell, P, NYM
21.6 Scott Kazmir, P, OAK
22.7 J.J. Putz, P, ARI
23.6 Todd Frazier, 3B, CIN
Igor Mello
Rd.Pk Player
1.12 Clayton Kershaw, P, LAD
2.1 Hanley Ramirez, SS, LAD
3.12 Jose Bautista, OF, TOR
4.1 Joe Mauer, C, MIN
5.12 Adrian Gonzalez, 1B, LAD
6.1 Starling Marte, OF, PIT
7.12 Aaron Hill, 2B, ARI
8.1 Anthony Rizzo, 1B, CHC
9.12 Chase Headley, 3B, SD
10.1 Mike Minor, P, ATL
11.12 Coco Crisp, OF, OAK
12.1 Koji Uehara, P, BOS
13.12 Angel Pagan, OF, SF
14.1 Johnny Cueto, P, CIN
15.12 Andrew Cashner, P, SD
16.1 Brandon Moss, 1B, OAK
17.12 Dexter Fowler, OF, HOU
18.1 Neil Walker, 2B, PIT
19.12 Ivan Nova, P, NYY
20.1 Grant Balfour, P, OAK
21.12 Josmil Pinto, C, MIN
22.1 Dan Haren, P, LAD
23.12 Dillon Gee, P, NYM
Joe Polito
Rd.Pk Player
1.7 Carlos Gonzalez, OF, COL
2.6 Evan Longoria, 3B, TB
3.7 Justin Verlander, P, DET
4.6 Buster Posey, C, SF
5.7 Ben Zobrist, 2B, TB
6.6 Alex Rios, OF, TEX
7.7 Matt Adams, 1B, STL
8.6 Julio Teheran, P, ATL
9.7 J.J. Hardy, SS, BAL
10.6 Alfonso Soriano, OF, NYY
11.7 Evan Gattis, OF, ATL
12.6 Kris Medlen, P, ATL
13.7 Daniel Murphy, 2B, NYM
14.6 Jason Grilli, P, PIT
15.7 Doug Fister, P, WAS
16.6 Torii Hunter, OF, DET
17.7 Adam Dunn, 1B, CHW
18.6 Alejandro De Aza, OF, CHW
19.7 Matt Garza, P, TEX
20.6 A.J. Burnett, P, PIT
21.7 Mike Zunino, C, SEA
22.6 Jim Henderson, P, MIL
23.7 Rex Brothers, P, COL
Jeff Tobin
Rd.Pk Player
1.11 Ryan Braun, OF, MIL
2.2 Prince Fielder, 1B, TEX
3.11 Matt Carpenter, 2B, STL
4.2 Jose Fernandez, P, MIA
5.11 Hunter Pence, OF, SF
6.2 Martin Prado, 3B, ARI
7.11 Matt Wieters, C, BAL
8.2 Jason Heyward, OF, ATL
9.11 Hisashi Iwakuma, P, SEA
10.2 Patrick Corbin, P, ARI
11.11 Jed Lowrie, SS, OAK
12.2 Shelby Miller, P, STL
13.11 Norichika Aoki, OF, KC
14.2 Trevor Rosenthal, P, STL
15.11 Nick Swisher, 1B, CLE
16.2 Chris Carter, 1B, HOU
17.11 Danny Salazar, P, CLE
18.2 Drew Smyly, P, DET
19.11 Jonathan Villar, SS, HOU
20.2 Russell Martin, C, PIT
21.11 Cody Allen, P, CLE
22.2 Martin Perez, P, TEX
23.11 Darin Ruf, OF, PHI
Chris Towers
Rd.Pk Player
1.2 Miguel Cabrera, 3B, DET
2.11 Giancarlo Stanton, OF, MIA
3.2 Stephen Strasburg, P, WAS
4.11 Freddie Freeman, 1B, ATL
5.2 Anibal Sanchez, P, DET
6.11 Brandon Phillips, 2B, CIN
7.2 Yadier Molina, C, STL
8.11 James Shields, P, KC
9.2 Desmond Jennings, OF, TB
10.11 Nelson Cruz, OF, TEX
11.2 Jhonny Peralta, SS, STL
12.11 Jeff Samardzija, P, CHC
13.2 R.A. Dickey, P, TOR
14.11 Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C, BOS
15.2 Pablo Sandoval, 3B, SF
16.11 Derek Holland, P, TEX
17.2 Jim Johnson, P, OAK
18.11 Ernesto Frieri, P, LAA
19.2 Jonathan Papelbon, P, PHI
20.11 Rickie Weeks, 2B, MIL
21.2 Ryan Doumit, C, MIN
22.11 Adam Lind, 1B, TOR
23.2 Colby Rasmus, OF, TOR
Scott White
Rd.Pk Player
1.10 Troy Tulowitzki, SS, COL
2.3 Edwin Encarnacion, 1B, TOR
3.10 Jean Segura, SS, MIL
4.3 Albert Pujols, 1B, LAA
5.10 Josh Donaldson, 3B, OAK
6.3 Madison Bumgarner, P, SF
7.10 Wil Myers, OF, TB
8.3 Domonic Brown, OF, PHI
9.10 Billy Hamilton, OF, CIN
10.3 Shane Victorino, OF, BOS
11.10 Homer Bailey, P, CIN
12.3 Kenley Jansen, P, LAD
13.10 Jose Abreu, 1B, CHW
14.3 Jurickson Profar, 2B, TEX
15.10 Salvador Perez, C, KC
16.3 Jason Castro, C, HOU
17.10 John Lackey, P, BOS
18.3 Lance Lynn, P, STL
19.10 Chris Archer, P, TB
20.3 Casey Janssen, P, TOR
21.10 Danny Farquhar, P, SEA
22.3 Alex Wood, P, ATL
23.10 Christian Yelich, OF, MIA

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Jake Arrieta gives owners something to remember
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12:32 pm ET) Just in case you were beginning to have some doubts about Jake Arrieta, noticing that he hasn't been quite as dominant in recent weeks with a 3-4 record, 3.67 ERA and 8.3 strikeouts per nine innings in 12 starts since his breakthrough June, he made sure that line of thinking wouldn't haunt you in the offseason, regardless of how his final two starts go, with his performance Tuesday night.

Not only did he record his first complete game and shutout, but he threw a one-hitter, setting a career high with 13 strikeouts. It was a start even better than any of those he had in June, and he did against the same Reds team that beat him up for six earned runs in four inning back on Aug. 28 -- one of two ugly starts that served to inflate his ERA during that 12-start stretch.

The 28-year-old right-hander has maintained his velocity throughout and, apart from a trio of three-walk games at the beginning of July, hasn't encountered any of his past control issues. And for all his strikeouts, he has one of the lowest home run rates in the majors, making him the best of both worlds as far as quality pitchers -- a groundballer who won't give up a bunch of cheap singles pitching to contact.

In other words, he checks off every box on the list.

The one exception, of course, is durability. Until he goes 200 innings, you have reason to wonder if he can. But once all the established aces go off the board, Arrieta will rank as high as any pitcher in 2015. Top 25 seems like a lock.

Jake Lamb, David Peralta still out for Diamondbacks
by Marty Gitlin |
(12:18 pm ET) Diamondbacks third baseman Jake Lamb (quad) and outfielder David Peralta (back) remain absent from the lineup Wednesday against visiting San Francisco.

Lamb has had just one at-bat since Friday after an encouraging 7-for-19 stretch. Peralta has been sidelined since Sept. 5.

Nolan Arenado down again Wednesday
by Marty Gitlin |
(12:09 pm ET) Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado is set to sit again Wednesday against the visiting Dodgers with a chest contusion. Rafael Ynoa has been tabbed to man the position.

Arenado was on a 1-for-13 slide before going down.

Hanley Ramirez again a no-go Wednesday
by Marty Gitlin |
(12:03 pm ET) An elbow strain that prevented oft-injured Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez from playing Tuesday night also has him sidelined Wednesday afternoon in Colorado.

Ramirez, who has missed more than 30 games this season, boasts a stat line of .277/.362/.444. He had nine hits in 17 at-bats before his latest physical setback.

Dee Gordon catching break Wednesday against Rockies
by Marty Gitlin |
(12:00 pm ET) Red-hot Dodgers second baseman Dee Gordon will cool his heels Wednesday afternoon in Colorado. He is out of the lineup in favor of Darwin Barney, who will also assume his leadoff spot.

Gordon owns a 10-game hitting streak with seven multi-hit games. He is 18 of 41 during that stretch with 14 runs scored and four stolen bases.

Brad Peacock start Friday pushes Dallas Keuchel back a day
by Marty Gitlin |
(11:49 am ET) Astros right-hander Brad Peacock, who lost his Monday start to back soreness, has returned to the rotation, thanks to a pain-free bullpen session Tuesday. He is set to start Friday night against Seattle, the Houston Chronicle has reported.

The move pushes ace lefty Dallas Keuchel back to Saturday, giving him an extra day of rest.

Steve Pearce could be in line for occasional break
by Marty Gitlin |
(11:39 am ET) The promotion of prospect Christian Walker could mean a bit of rest for blossoming Orioles first baseman Steve Pearce downt the stretch after the team clinched the American League East title Tuesday night, per the Baltimore Sun.

Pearce has received more significant playing time than at any point in his major league career. He has been particularly hot lately with eight hits, including two home runs, in the last 17 at-bats. Despite having made his debut in 2007, his 320 at-bats this year nearly doubles his previous single-season high.

Yonder Alonso seeking return to Padres next year
by Marty Gitlin |
(11:32 am ET) Padres shelved first baseman Yonder Alonso is hoping he will be asked back in 2015 after losing the last seven weeks of this season to a wrist injury that required surgery.

"I don't deal with the business side of it, but I think we have really good people here, really good guys that make really good decisions (as far as) the guys that came in," Alonso told the San Diego Union-Tribune. "They know the game, they know baseball and they know what I can bring."

What Alonso brought this year was a stat line of .240/.285/.397 and seven home runs in 267 at-bats. He finished with a flourish with 11 hits in his last 17 at-bats, including two taters.

Alonso could be non-tendered next season in his first year of arbitration eligibility.

Rusney Castillo not much help this year
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11:31 am ET) Rusney Castillo's debut for the Red Sox Wednesday night in Pittsburgh shouldn't create the mad dash to the waiver we're used to seeing for midseason callups. If you play in a traditional weekly league, you have just one more opportunity to set a lineup, and nothing he does in the next five days would compel you to switch from what you already have (outside of AL-only leagues, of course, where he's probably been owned since the day he signed).

And I suspect it won't be so noteworthy anyway. Other than the 22 at-bats he got during the minor-league playoffs, he hasn't played competitive baseball in over a year. And now, he's competing against the best the world has to offer.

But his arrival is still welcome news in Fantasy. Often, the most difficult players to assess going into a new season are the ones imported from overseas, where the competition is questionable and the available scouting reports are limited. The Red Sox are removing much of the mystery by giving us this sneak peak.

So what would be a successful debut for Castillo? My latest post to the Fantasy Baseball Today blog discusses just that. Be sure to give it a look.

Offseason back surgery an option for Angel Pagan
by Marty Gitlin |
(11:22 am ET) The bulging disk that has plagued Giants center fielder Angel Pagan much of the year could require offseason surgery, per the San Francisco Chronicle.

That, however, is one of several options.

Pagan missed his second straight game Tuesday with the back issue. Bruce Bochy is hoping to plug him back in Wednesday as the team continues its fight for a playoff spot. Pagan has been one of the team's most dependable players when healthy. He owns a stat line of .302/.342/.391 with 56 runs scored in 381 at-bats.