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2019 Fantasy Baseball Mock Draft (12 Team Roto)

by Bobby Sylvester | @bobbyfantasypro | Featured Writer
Jan 30, 2019

Kershaw may prove to be an incredible value in this year’s drafts

Believe it or not, we are just 2 short months from the fantasy baseball season starting. Fantasy drafts are right around the corner so now is the time to work on the craft as often as you are able to stuff into your free time. With our Draft Wizard tool, you can complete several drafts over a short lunch break and each one will play out differently. There is no substitute for practice, and if you blitz through several mocks from every potential draft position, you’ll be sure to dominate your league on draft day. With Draft Wizard, you can customize the software to your league settings. I’ve already executed over a dozen drafts this week and today I’ll tell you about my favorite of the bunch.

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League Rules

5×5 Roto (HR, RBI, R, SB, BA, ERA, WHIP, W, K, SV)
12 Teams (Randomized Snake Draft Order had me picking 5th)
C, 1B, SS, 3B, CI, MI, 4 OF, UTL, 5 SP, 2 RP, 2 P, 4 BN


Clayton Kershaw (3), Walker Buehler (4), Jack Flaherty (8), Rich Hill (13), Ross Stripling (17), Josh James (19), Freddy Peralta (23), Alex Reyes (24)
Apparently, I’m high on the Dodgers’ pitching staff this season. This is actually the first time this preseason that I’ve selected Kershaw, but when he fell to me at pick 29, I had to pull the trigger. Innings are the concern, of course, but you know he will be filthy for my rotation whenever he pitches. That is the theme throughout my rotation: a concern for innings, but no doubts whatsoever in regards to ERA, WHIP or strikeouts when they are on the mound. Think of it this way, by drafting these 8 ratio-monsters, I am getting a projected 1000 innings pitched with the equivalent ratios of borderline ace pitchers. Would you trade your 3rd, 4th, 8th, 13th, 17th, 19th, 23rd and 24th picks for five 4th round picks? Yeah, I would too. That is essentially what I have accomplished here by acquiring a rotation stocked with low-inning stars.


Kirby Yates (14), Corey Knebel (15), Jose Alvarado (18), Trevor May (25)
In keeping with the goal of dominating the ratio categories, I added four quality, yet lesser-known, closers to my staff. While your leaguemates are out competing for Edwin Diaz and Aroldis Chapman in the 5th and 6th rounds, you can load up on closers like this each and every year 100 picks later. Consensus projections have this group finishing 3rd in saves with an above-average ERA, WHIP and 336 Ks combined. Much like I did with starting pitchers, that is the equivalent production of Kenley Jansen, Roberto Osuna and Raisel Iglesias, which would have cost you 6th, 7th and 9th round picks. You’d trade your 14th, 15th, 18th and 25th picks for a 6th, 7th and 9th in a heartbeat so you might as well accomplish it by waiting for these sneaky closers.


Jose Ramirez (1), J.T. Realmuto (6), Jean Segura (7), Jonathan Villar (10), Rougned Odor (11), Eric Hosmer (12), C.J. Cron (23)
By waiting on closers and filling out the mid-portion of my rotation late in the draft, it enabled me to grab the league’s top offense in the early rounds. Had I set my strategy earlier to forgo batting average at the expense of conquering the other four categories, this unit could have potentially placed first in all of HR, RBI, R and SB. As it ended up, we did just fine. It certainly helps any time a player like Ramirez falls to the fifth overall pick. Realmuto has been a constant selection of mine, as after him, there is no certainty at the position whatsoever. The middle infield trio of Segura, Villar and Odor are some of my favorite mid-round values this season. These each help quite a bit in four categories and are constantly outperforming their somehow stagnant ADPs. Hosmer and Cron fit the bill as “whatever 1st basemen fell in the draft”. There is no point in reaching for a preferred first baseman when you can get 30+ homers, tons of RBIs and a solid batting average after pick 200.


Aaron Judge (2), Khris Davis (5), Joey Gallo (9), Billy Hamilton (16), Corey Dickerson (20), Odubel Herrera (21)
Just look at the power of those first three. Conservative projections would have them combining for 120 bombs all by themselves. It is entirely possible that they squeeze out 150 with 350 RBIs together. The batting averages are by no means ideal, nor is there much in the way of stolen bases, but those categories are much easier to make up later in drafts than sheer power, which impacts RBIs and runs as well. For example, when Hamilton is added to those three, the group of four suddenly becomes a plus asset in stolen bases. Dickerson and Herrera are not exciting whatsoever, but both are consistent four category producers who happened to fall. Much like first basemen, my goal is to always save outfield spots late into drafts because there will always be a handful of useful options who fall. You will never get that luxury at third base, in the middle infield, or especially at catcher.




I expect to complete another 100+ draft simulations this preseason and if I get another 99 score, I’d be shocked. It takes a handful of players falling to spots they rarely see (like Ramirez and Kershaw did) plus perfect execution. In this particular draft, my goal was to dominate the pitching ratios, saves and every hitting category besides batting average. It worked to a tee. Make sure to utilize the premium Strengths & Weaknesses tabs to monitor your league’s projected standings during your mock draft. It helps build awareness of your team’s balance for when your real draft comes. Oh by the way, you can upload your league into Draft Wizard and sync your live draft so the tools track it all for you during your draft. Have fun and good luck!
















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Bobby Sylvester is a featured writer at FantasyPros. For more from Bobby, check out his archive and follow him @BobbyFantasyPro.

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