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Best Picks Of The RotoAuthority League Draft

The RotoAuthority draft is in the books; in this post you'll find the rosters as well as a poll to vote for the team you think is strongest.  So far based on 186 respondents, the prevailing opinion is that Dizzy Llamas and Miss Behavin' will be battling it out for the title.

On Saturday I looked at the best picks in the first nine rounds of the draft.  Let's continue on that topic.

  • Round 10: Socks Without Partners takes Adrian Beltre with the 110th pick.  Very much in line with his ADP, this is still a fine pick.  With Edwin Encarnacion and Alex Gordon already off the board (why? this ain't no keeper league!) the dropoff at third was big after Beltre.
  • Round 11: Greek God Of Walks takes Yovani Gallardo with the 132nd pick.  Also eerily close to his ADP.  Even in 190 innings, Gallardo is a $15 pitcher with upside well beyond my projected 3.80 ERA and 1.30 WHIP.
  • Round 12: Aubrey Huff's $34.99ers takes Josh Hamilton with the 139th pick.  I buy the Spring Training mashing.  I have Hamilton at .291-24-69-75-6 in 425 ABs.  He could certainly get more ABs, and he could also get double digit steals.  Strong round with Matt Capps, Pedro Martinez, and Dustin McGowan leaving the board in shrewd picks.
  • Round 13: Volvo Stationwagons takes Kosuke Fukudome with the 151st pick.  As I've said, he could be a top 20 outfielder.
  • Round 14: Philly Phliers takes Jered Weaver with the 165th pick.  I am digging Weaver in a post-hype sleeper type of way.  It's been said his fastball has some extra zip on it this spring.  Wouldn't surprise me as a $15 pitcher.
  • Round 15: Santa's Magic Janitors takes Lastings Milledge with the 170th pick.  I had hoped he'd drop further.  Milledge with 550 ABs is a 20/20 guy, maybe even 20/30.  Great way to round out an outfield.  And his playing time is not in question at all right now.
  • Round 16: Santa's Magic Janitors takes B.J. Ryan with the 191st pick.   Ryan is a huuuuuge sleeper as a possible top tier closer.  It's not that risky when he's dropping this far.
  • Round 17: Los Genius takes George Sherrill with the 202nd pick.  This is about the time I go trolling for closers also.   There's no reason to think Sherrill can't save 30.  He just hasn't done it before is all.
  • Round 18: Dizzy Llamas takes Kelvim Escobar with the 216th pick.  Damn, that's value!  I can't see why he can't give you 170 innings and earn as much as John Maine, Jeremy Bonderman, Joba Chamberlain, or Adam Wainwright.   Preseason injuries are always overrated.

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