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On Thursday, February 15th, we brought together an illustrious group of industry experts to take part in the RotoBaller Friends and Family mock draft. We'll be playing this out as a best ball league.

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After the dust settled, we asked these fantasy baseball experts some tough questions about how it all shook out. The full draft board is available at RealTime Fantasy Sports: rtsports.com/rotoballer

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The Big Board

 

It may have been a reach, but I'm glad I got _____ on my team.

"Christian Yelich. He's going to be a top-seven OF and return second round value." -Vlad Sedler

"Greg Bird. He's got a fantastic hitting tool and he'll be batting third in one of the most insane lineups in the game." -Howard Bender

"Xander Bogaerts. He's entering his age-25 season and I believe that his thumb injury played a huge role in his lower power and average. I see him flirting with .300, hitting 15-plus homers and swiping 15 bags." -Nick Mariano

"Michael Conforto as my 17th pick because once he returns he will prove to be an outstanding value at that level." -Scott Engel

"Khris Davis...it caused controversy." -Lawr Michaels

"Aaron Nola. He's so dreamy..." -Kyle Bishop

 

If I could hit the "Undo" button, I would not have taken ______

"Zack Cozart -- I would have been just as happy with Marcus Semien a couple rounds later and still have reservations as to how his power is affected by the move to LA." -Howard Bender

"Ronald Acuna - I could have used a better lock-down third OF, but the draft still played out well in the outfield so it ended up being fine." -Ray Flowers

"Mike Zunino - most catchers just aren't worth taking before round 12. I might have taken Salvador Perez in the 10th, but of course he was taken two picks before my turn." -Pierre Camus

"Michael Fulmer, because Ohtani went the very next pick. (crazy to think that it's become a 'where were you when Ohtani was drafted' kinda feel." -Andy Singleton

 

Not that I'm jealous, but I really like ____'s team because _____

"Alex Chamberlain. He grabbed several guys I like a lot - Pham, Osuna, Jose Martinez - and nailed the early rounds." -Kyle Bishop

"Howard Bender has a good early balance of power and pitching." -Scott Engel

"I like how Kyle and Ray filled out their teams. Kyle had a great first four rounds, and his mid-round run (from rounds 10-15, roughly) is delightful. Most of Ray's first 11 picks are excellent in aggregate." -Alex Chamberlain

"Tim Heaney....he swiped six of the guys I was planning on taking. RotoWire on RotoWire crime, indeed!" -Vlad Sedler

 

I greatly respect _____ as a colleague, but I'm not sure what he was thinking when he _____

"Lawr, took Alex Colome ahead of guys like Roberto Osuna and Aroldis Chapman. Colome's swinging-strike rate fell from 15.1% to 11.6% last season, prompting a drop in strikeout rate from 31.4% to 20.6%. His SIERA rose from 2.56 in '16 to 4.05 last year. I'm not seeing it." -Nick Mariano

"Pierre Camus, took Jose Berrios in the 7th. It's the first egregiously early pick, in my opinion. Glancing at the grid, I see probably 10 other starters I would've taken sooner." -Alex Chamberlain

"Ray Flowers - he took Willson Contreras in the sixth round. If this were a dynasty league, that would be reasonable, but I don't know if Contreras is an elite hitter just yet." -Pierre Camus

"Scott Engel -- drafted AJ Pollock in the third round. We continue to overrate the need for speed at the front end of a draft, but if you do, then at least overdraft someone with a better health track record." -Howard Bender

 

I was shocked that _____ lasted so long!

"Ryan Zimmerman ... Where I got him, there's little risk in hoping he has another season of 25-plus homers with run production befitting the Nationals' stacked lineup." -Tim Heaney

"Jake Lamb. Humidor or not, Lamb falling outside the top 250 (!!!) is crazytown. I had 3B well covered and thought he was already off the board anyway, so this is clearly everyone's fault but mine." -Kyle Bishop

"Evan Longoria - not that I expect from huge turnaround in SF, but he's stable in so many ways." -Ray Flowers

"Eric Hosmer" -Nick Mariano

"Kyle Hendricks" -Lawr Michaels

 

The late-round pick that will have the biggest impact is _____

"Jose Martinez and Derek Fisher." -Vlad Sedler

"Sean Manaea, Alex Reyes, and Joe Musgrove are all guys I'm betting the farm on." -Andy Singleton

"Aside from Lamb, probably Willie Calhoun. I might even prefer Calhoun to Lamb. Super-boring honorable mentions: Todd Frazier, Kendrys Morales, Evan Longoria. Wild cards: Tyler Glasnow, Nick Senzel, Derek Fisher." -Alex Chamberlain

"Maikel Franco. I believe a rebound is coming. His power is undeniable, and the issues he had last year don't fit with the stellar plate discipline he's had most of his professional career." -Tim Heaney

"Ryan McMahon - he's being given the chance to become the regular first baseman. He's the type of player you take at that point in the draft, with tremendous upside." -Pierre Camus

"Yoshihisa Hirano -- Will easily lead the DBacks in saves this year and could potentially finish top 5 in all of MLB." -Howard Bender

"Fernando Rodney's gonna somehow save 40 games again." -Kyle Bishop

"David Dahl. Hey, one can dream, can't he?" -Ray Flowers

 

In best-ball format, _____ is going to be a league-winner for me

"Nick Senzel." -Howard Bender

"Alex Reyes." -Vlad Sedler

"Chad Green 100%" -Kyle Bishop

"Brad Hand. The Saves will add up, and the elite ratios will matter." -Andy Singleton

"Nick Castellanos. Qualifies at two spots, plays daily, and could improve on last year's numbers" -Ray Flowers

"Dinelson Lamet - he may have the occasional wild start, but when he's on, he can be electric and rack up strikeouts. I was happy with where I got him even if this were a standard roto league, but in BB format, it's even better." -Pierre Camus

"Ian Desmond. 1B/OF eligibility for roster versatility, 20-20 potential, Coors Field for (hopefully) a full season to make up for his groundball tendencies. He could become my MVP." -Tim Heaney

 

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