Have I mentioned yet that I love mock drafting? It was round three for me to participate in an expert mock draft run by Howard Bender over at RealTime Fantasy Sports. Again, Howard from Fantasy Alarm and host on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio, wasn't the only expert in this draft. 2-time AL Tout Wars champ Lawr Michaels (@lawrmichaels) was also in attendance . There were a number of other excellent players making this a very competitive mock draft.
Similar to my last two mocks (check them out here and here), this one was a 23 round standard 12 team draft (14 hitters / 9 pitchers). This time I landed with the 3rd pick overall. I haven't drafted 3rd yet this season so I was looking forward to seeing some different players in the early rounds.
Before I dive into my picks, you can go here to see the full grid results of every team's picks round by round.
And here is my team:
My initial reaction couldn't have been happier with this draft. There were very few picks where I felt like I had a guy taken right before my pick and felt like a ton of value fell to me late. Let's now look at the actual projected stats starting with the batting:
Now, I understand at first glance this isn't the best hitting team I've drafted, but when you consider the pitching that goes along with it, I'm very pleased. Average could win my league and SB would also be near the top. I could be in the middle of the pack in Runs, HR's and RBI's looking at these numbers and I'm very happy with that.
Now lets see pitching:
Really felt like I hit it big with pitching. ERA and WHIP could win a league and having more K's than IP would put me in a position to lead there as well. Finally 3 closers that I'm comfortable with and I think it would be realistic to have a shot to win all 5 pitching categories. Absolutely love this pitching staff!
So where does that leave this team projected overall? Check it out here. When I saw these projected results, my jaw dropped. I knew I'd dominate pitching and figured I'd do well hitting, but I was shocked to see FantasyPros.com projected me to sweep both hitting and pitching. This is now 3 mocks in a row where they've projected me to have the best team. This time, it's not even close. Hopefully this means I'm doing something right, but we shall see when it comes time for some real drafts.
I'd like to thank Howard Bendor again for continually hosting these mocks. They are always a ton of fun.