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Fantasy Baseball Mock Draft: Raisel Iglesias, Manny Machado, Christian Yelich, Nick Castellanos (2024)

My task in these upcoming articles is to take part in quick mock drafts using the FantasyPros Mock Draft Simulator. I will draft from the front, middle and back of the draft, discussing the results and other potential picks available in that part.

In the end, remember these are just mock drafts and should be used to help build a better player pool concept. To realize when to target pitchers, certain hitting positions or statistics, and more. Below we dive into a full notable picks. Here’s the full mock draft.

Fantasy Baseball Mock Draft: Early Pick (2024)

Results

The lineup for this 12-team draft is 2 C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, CI, MI, 5 OF, UTIL, 8 P and 4 BN, conducted using FanasyPros Draft Simulator.

5.2: Manny Machado (3B – SD)

I am all-in on the Machado draft day dip right now. Machado played hurt most of last year and still hit 30 home runs. He has had surgery and is expected back to start the season. At least DH will start the season and eventually return to 3B. Machado may only steal a few bases, but he can provide four-category solid production at third base.

Others Considered: Nolan Jones (1B, OF – COL)

6.11: Christian Yelich (OF – MIL)

Yelich does a little bit of everything for your fantasy team. He has a 20/20 upside with a 15/20 floor while hitting for average and scoring 100 runs. The Brewers may not be good this year, but hitting leadoff should still provide plenty of fantasy production from Yelich. I also severely needed an outfielder, as this is a five-outfielder league, and the top end of production dries up quickly.

Others Considered: Josh Lowe (OF – TB)

7.2: Raisel Iglesias (RP – ATL)

It’s time to grab the team’s first closer. Iglesias is as consistent as they come. He should provide 30+ saves with ease as he closes for a Braves team that should win close to 100 games again. Iglesias returns excellent ratios and strikeouts, making him a top-end closer that doesn’t come at an elite price.

Others Considered: William Contreras (C – MIL)

8.11: Nick Castellanos (OF – PHI)

Castellanos bounced back and had a strong 2023. He brings a nice batting average with power and a little speed. Castellanos will contribute to all five ROTO categories while hitting in the middle of an elite Phillies lineup. Since I waited on the outfield, Castellanos is a nice OF2 to have on the team.

Others Considered: Alexis Diaz (RP – CIN)

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