FANTASY BASEBALL 2012: FIRST ROUND MOCK DRAFT
Trying to figure out who you’re going to take with your 1st round pick? Read this article to see who I would take in order of preference. Full Mock draft coming later.
1st) Matt Kemp: Top Prediction (.301 Average. 50 HRs. 111 RBIs.51 SBs. 105 Runs)
How many guys are going to go 50/50 this season. Maybe zero. But who is one player who has the potential to do it. Matt Kemp.
2nd) Troy Tulowitzki: Top Prediction (.314 Average. 37 HRs. 114 RBIs. 14 SBs. 102 Runs)
There are only 3 SS’s in fantasy baseball that are elite. Troy heads the class and can still give you 30+ HRs. 100+ RBIs. 10+ SBs. While batting .300. Is that not 1st round quality enough for you? You can make up the extra power with other guys later in your draft.
3rd) Albert Pujols: Top Prediction (.304 Average. 44 HRs. 110 RBIs. 11 SBs. 109 Runs)
Even in a down season Albert hit 37 HRs and 99 RBIs. Playing for the Angels, a team that will set him up with plenty more RBI opportunities, the sky is the limit. Plus pitchers do not know how to pitch to him.
4th) Jose Bautista: Top Prediction (.290 Average. 45 HRs. 110 RBIs. 10 SBs. 107 Runs)
40+ HRs. Check. 100+ RBIs. Check. A batting average near .300 with double-digit SBs. Only question mark, but still should be a check. Bautista is the best hitter in baseball right now, and he is having a fantastic Spring. You would be crazy to let him slip.
5th) Miguel Cabrera: Top Prediction (.330 Average. 35 HRs. 115 RBIs. 4 SBs. 108 Runs)
He will hit over .300 easily. He probably will hit over 35+ HRS and drive in 110 RBIs, but I would still rather have Bautista who has more power and a little more speed.
6th) Jacoby Ellsbury: Top Prediction (.317 Average. 32 HRs. 105 RBIs. 44 SBs. 120 Runs)
30/30 guys do not come everyday. The power may have been a fluke last season, but even if it does not come he can still steal over 50 bases. Jacoby is a special player who is only getting better.
7th) Ian Kinsler: Top Prediction (.280 Average. 32 HRs. 84 RBIs. 33 SBs. 120 Runs)
Kinsler is the top 2nd Baseman in fantasy baseball. He gives you power, and speed. Cano is only power, Pedroia is 1/3 less than Kinsler with better batting average. Do yourself a favor and take a lock for 30/30 at the thin 2nd base position.
8th) Robinson Cano: Top Prediction (.305 Average. 31 HRs. 112 RBIs. 7 SBs. 106 Runs)
Cano may break the 30 HR plateau this season. Playing in that Yankee lineup he is guaranteed to have over 100 RBIs. Not much safer picks in the 1st round than taking this guy.
9th) Hanley Ramirez: Top Prediction (.290 Average. 32 HRs. 96 RBIs. 37 SBs. 100 Runs)
Since SS only has three elite guys, why not take one of them. Hanley was a debatable #1 pick last season, and with 3rd Base also being added to his elgibility there is more reason to take him high. Last season was a fluke, and he is ready to be the 30-100-30 guy with Jose Reyes getting on base in front of him.
10th) Jose Reyes: Top Prediction (.320 Average. 10 HRs. 65 RBIs. 80 SBs. 110 Runs)
One last elite SS, I will take him. He could steal 80 bases this season if Miami chooses to let him do it. Either way 60+ is expected with a nice batting average and potentially double digit HRs. Do not let Reyes slip for a 1st baseman like Votto when you can easily match production later with Hosmer.
11th) Carlos Gonzalez: Top Prediction (.304 Average. 37 HRs. 111 RBIs. 32 SBs. 108 Runs)
30-100-30 is easily in reach for CarGo. If Ellsbury did not go 30/30 last season, CarGo would have gone higher on this list making him more exclusive. He has elite potential and can easily go 40/40. Not a lot of risk as injuries can happen to anyone, like it did to CarGo last season.
12th) Adrian Gonzalez: Top Prediction (.330 Average. 34 HRs. 124 RBIs. 2 SBs. 107 Runs)
Adrian can easily be the best 1st baseman in fantasy baseball. Even in a season where he failed to hit 30 HRs he still knocked in 117 RBIs and hit .338. The shoulder problems are past him, and the RBIs will come quickly in Boston.
Notable players left out. Joey Votto. Ryan Braun. Justin Verlander. Roy Halladay. Evan Longoria. Justin Upton.
Votto- His production can be matched by other 1st baseman later on in your draft.
Braun- I see a down season with no Prince Fielder protecting him, or steroids this season.
Verlander- Should be top pitcher, but you can always find pitching late. Grab elite offense.
Halladay- The NL version of Verlander, same reason.
Longoria- I would rather grab MI options like Reyes and Kinsler before grabbing Longoria. Beltre can match his production.
Upton- Should be a monster, the other guys are more rock solid.