2017 FSTA Fantasy Baseball Draft Review: Round 1

Dr. Roto analyzes the first round of the FSTA Expert Baseball Draft, which he took participated in on Monday, January 23.

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FSTA Review Part 1

Well, I am back from the FSTA Conference in Nashville where I took part in the FSTA Experts Baseball Draft this past Monday night. If you missed the draft live, you can listen to it on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio either on rerun or on demand. The draft had 13 teams including Ron Shandler, Lawr Michaels/Todd Zola, Steve Gardner, Ray Flowers, Baseball HQ’s Ray Murphy and Brent Hershey, Colton and the Wolfman, and many other top notch Fantasy Baseball experts from around the country. The draft lasted 29 rounds and took well over four hours to complete. Over the coming days, I will break down some of the best and worst picks from the draft (including my own) and try to show you how some of the top experts constructed their rosters.

Today I will start with Round 1 (I picked 12 out of 13):

1-Fantistics (LAA OF Mike Trout)
2-Colton and the Wolfman-(BOS OF Mookie Betts)
3-Mastersball-(COL 3B Nolan Arenado)
4-USA Today-(HOU 2B Jose Altuve)
5-CDM Sports (ARI 1B Paul Goldschmidt)
6-NFBC-(CHC 3B Kris Bryant)
7-Rotowire-(LAD SP Clayton Kershaw)
8-FNTSY- (BAL SS Manny Machado)
9-SiriusXM-(CHC 1B Anthony Rizzo)
10-Fantasy Alarm-(WAS SP Max Scherzer)
11-Ron Shandler-(COL OF Charlie Blackmon)
12-Dr. Roto-(WAS OF Bryce Harper)
13-Baseball HQ-(TOR 3B Josh Donaldson)

Best Pick of the Round: NFBC’s pick of Kris Bryant was the best pick of the round. Not only is Bryant a huge source of power, I think he has a little more speed than most people seem to realize.

Worst Pick of the Round: Ron Shandler’s pick of Charlie Blackmon at 10. It’s not that I don’t like Blackmon, but with Donaldson and Harper still on the board, I was pretty shocked that Ron chose to go with Blackmon. Blackmon is a true five-tool player, but something tells me that his numbers have peaked.

Dr. Roto’s pick: I could not have been happier to get Bryce Harper at 12. In fact, I was secretly hoping that Harper would end up as my first selection. Last year Harper went as the 3rd overall pick, and people were disappointed that he did not breakout. Harper was dealing with injuries and off-field issues. With a contract extension looming, I think he puts it all together this season and is dominant.

Who else was I thinking of taking?: I could easily make a case for taking Donaldson. Third base is relatively thin, and Donaldson is one of the top three at the position. Moreover, he is incredibly consistent in a top offense. While Harper is volatile and could win me (or lose me) the league, Donaldson is very steady and would have been the safe choice to make.


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