**Pictured Above: Orioles CF, Adam Jones Running Into A Plane, I Mean A Wall***
Written By: Matt Vereb
The middle rounds of a fantasy draft ultimately define one’s team. The first ten rounds offer owners opportunities to draft the 100 best players in the game. After that group, there is debate as to whom will follow. Rounds 11-16 offered a lot of interesting selections…
Kenny led this round off:
||A. Jones, OF
||J. Hamilton, OF
||U. Jimenez, SP
||K. Morales, DH
||C. Pena, 1B
||A. Cabrera, SS
||Y. Molina, C
||M. Ramirez, OF
||J.A. Happ, SP
Elvis Andrus and David Aardsma
I can be definitely classified as one of those baseball fans who are on the Elvis Andrus bandwagon. As a rookie, Andrus hit .267, 6 HRs, and stole 33 bases last season for the Texas Rangers. I think Andrus can streal 40 bases this year, but given his draft positon, he was reached for. Andrus is only 21-years-old so there is some concern about going forward.There were other, more established SS options(A. Cabrera, Drew, Escobar) that could have been had 5+ rounds later.
David Aardsma stepped into Seattle’s closer role last season after Brandon Morrow went down with an injury. Aardsma had a great season, recording 38 saves. His fly ball rate is a little concerning (58%). Fantasy owners also have some red flags when it comes to durability(missed most of 2008). There were some other safer options, like Trevor Hoffman, that were available at the same spot.
Jair Jurrjens and Shin-Soo Choo
Jurrjens recorded a 2.60 ERA in 34 starts for the Atlanta Braves last season. His 1.21 WHIP was one of the best among NL starters. Owners wonder whether he can do it again this season. The risk is low enough in the 16th Round to find out. Good value pick.
Indians outfielder, Choo reached the coveted 20-20 level last season. He also hit .300 to boot. Choo is a five category contributor who will have Grady Sizemore hitting in front of him this season. He could have a career year. A great value in the 14th.
Owners: React to Rounds 11-16
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