This year I made the choice to join the Fantasy Sports Writers Association and I couldn’t be happier.  Not only do I get to belong to a great group that supports the industry’s best and brightest, but I get to participate in leagues with fellow writers.

This season I was asked to join the latest FSWA Fantasy Baseball Draft (The Nado DiFino Award) and I thought that was a great chance to see where my rankings stacked up before my main money leagues drafted over the next two weekends.

For Reference FSWA Leagues Start-


and Scoring is

Runs,RBIs,SBs,OB%,Slugging%     –     Ks,ERA,WHIP,QS,Saves

When I found out I had the fourth pick in the draft I was praying that Andrew McCutchen would fall to me becuase he fills up all five offensive categories and plays a position that will end up being depleted with 12 teams having to start 5 Out Fielders.  Well in a draft full of fantasy writers that didn’t happen.  Paul Goldschmidt was there for me to take him, but in a league where you start 9 Pitchers every week I couldn’t pass up on the clear number one, tier to himself, Clayton Kershaw.  That was the first of many slightly controversial picks I made in this draft.

Clayton Kershaw

4 Clayton Kershaw, LAD SP  Over Goldschmidt was tough, but I’m happy
21 Jose Bautista, Tor OF  Needed a high upside Outfielder and Bautista can top four categories if healthy
28 Justin Verlander, Det SP  This was a personal preference. I have him rated 3rd-SP most don’t
45 Joe Mauer, Min C  2-Catcher League Mauer is huge in OB% and Runs
52 Matt Kemp, LAD OF  -Big gamble on health here. Wouldn’t have got him in the next round
69 Matt Carpenter, StL 2B  -Value pick here as he is plus in Runs,OB% and decent in Slugging%
76 Josh Donaldson, Oak 3B  -Another value pick, Wanted to wait and go with a sleeper later, but not bad.
93 Trevor Rosenthal, StL RP  -The last of the upper tier Closers and now with Chapman hurt its good value
100 Jose Abreu, CWS 1B  -needed some upside power at 1B and love to gamble on Abreu
117 Hisashi Iwakuma, Sea SP  -Iwakuma has a lot of upside as long as that finger is ready soon
124 Danny Salazar, Cle SP  -Salazar is going to break out this year and reached a little here
141 Austin Jackson, Det OF  -Jackson was always a target and his ESPN ADP kept him off screen
148 Jason Castro, Hou C  -Castro was the last offensive Catcher that could be plus in Slugging%
165 Jason Grilli, Pit RP  -Steady closer who has a decent WHIP as well
172 Brad Miller, Sea SS  -big time target for me and it was tough to lay off Castro and Simmons as they fell
189 Khris Davis, Mil OF  -Fourth Outfielder with power upside-a bit of a gamble
196 Lance Lynn, StL SP  -Lynn is nice starter to have in this format with his K totals
213 Matt Garza, Mil SP  -Auto picked Garza when Adam Eaton was in my que but had been sniped-still stings
220 Nate Jones, CWS RP  -The last decent upside closer left.
237 Taijuan Walker, Sea SP  – Walker here was a round early based on ADP, but the shoulder sounds good
244 David Freese, LAA 3B  – Batting fourth against Lefties and if healthy not a bad Corner Infielder
261 Oswaldo Arcia, Min OF  – One of my favorite late round power sources
268 Michael Brantley, Cle OF  -Solid outfielder with room for improvement-pure depth
285 Neil Walker, Pit 2B  – Could be a nice value pick for MI depth-if not, to the wire I go
292 Devin Mesoraco, Cin C -Vargas knee issues had me looking for a 3rd Catcher when normally I wouldn’t
309 Todd Frazier, Cin 3B  – Too much potential this late in the draft.  RBIs in a pinch
316 Erik Johnson, CWS SP  – Late round sleeper or bust.  I like what I saw last year and worth a gamble
333 Junior Lake, ChC OF  – Needed Steals and he could get 20 this year while putting up decent Slugging%

As you can tell my team lacks stolen bases and I will have to look to make a trade early on or raid the waiver wire for this year’s Nate McLouth.  Let me know what you think and who you are targeting in your fantasy baseball drafts.