As we move into the fifth and sixth rounds of our first 2015 Fantasy Baseball Rotisserie mock draft of the preseason, everyone has established their base of Fantasy studs.
The power-speed studs are long gone, and the strikeouts kings without any arm issues are off the board.
Now, we’re going to start dipping into the hitters that have lost a little luster on their shine either in recent years or they haven’t quite made it up to superstar Fantasy status just yet. We should also expect a short run on closers.
Enjoy a couple more rounds of our analysis draft — and feel free to comment at the bottom on some of the picks!
This 2015 experts mock draft is for a mixed Rotisserie mock draft, with standard 5×5 scoring, 12 teams, with the starting lineup set up this way: 2-Catchers, 1-1B, 1-2B, 1-3B, 1-SS, 5-OF, 1 corner infielder, 1 middle infielder, one utility hitter and nine pitchers.
Each writer was asked to give a sentence or two of analysis for each pick, so you’ll get to see the thinking behind each selection.
Rounds 1 & 2 | Rounds 3 & 4 | Rounds 7 & 8 | Rounds 9 & 10 | Rounds 11 & 12 | Rounds 13 & 14 | Rounds 15 & 16 | Rounds 17 & 18 | Rounds 19 & 20
5.01 Jon Lester, SP, Chicago Cubs
Steve Pimental, FantasyAlarm.com: I feel like Adam Wainwright and Lester are just as good as, if not better than, every pitcher outside of Clayton Kershaw and Felix Hernandez. Lester might not ever have a 4.58 K/BB rate like he did last season, but he doesn’t need to now that he is in the National League.
Roster: 3B-Beltre, OF-Trout/Braun, SP-Wainwright/Lester
5.02 Matt Kemp, OF, San Diego
Roster: 1B-Freeman, OF-McCutchen/Kemp, SP-Hernandez/Darvish
5.03 Aroldis Chapman, RP, Cincinnati
Jim Finch, FantasyAssembly.com: Getting Kimbrel was Phase 1, adding Chapman is Phase 2. I know saves are only one category, but Chapman contributes so much more when you factor everything else in. The combined strikeouts these two give me will match many of the elite pitchers already taken, and the combined ERA and WHIP are unmatched. Sure they won’t get me wins, but I’m sure there will be plenty of pitchers available in the mid-rounds, when the closer run starts and everyone else is scrambling for saves.
Roster: 1B-Goldschmidt, SS-Desmond, 3B-Frazier, RP-Kimbrel/Chapman
5.04 Starling Marte, OF, Pittsburgh
Andy Singleton, FantasyFiveStar.com: You may have noticed a theme brewing with my roster through the first five picks: all hitters. I have said it before, staunchly supported by others I see with the same mantra — Starting Pitching is deep this year. Really deep. As I look at the names still available, I’m much more comfortable with a starting pitcher I anticipate being available in another round or two — or three — than I am with filling another positional spot. Most notably, outfielders starting to dry up, so getting Marte here is a huge score, in my opinion. Improving each year, filling up all categories, and coming into his power prime. What’s not to like?
Roster: 1B-Cabrera, SS-Reyes, 3B-Seager, OF-Springer/Marte
5.05 Jonathan Lucroy, C, Milwaukee
Lawr Michaels, Mastersball.com: Solid production the past three years from Lucroy, with a .306-17-83 mean and he seems to never get hurt. Gives me two primo backstops too, and in such a shallow format as this, take what the other guys give you.
Roster: C-Posey/Lucroy, 3B-Donaldson, OF-Cespedes/Calhoun
5.06 Zack Greinke, SP, L.A. Dodgers
Daniel Archer, LeagueSafePost.com: First, I really wanted Starling Marte here. There are all kinds of reasons to believe he’s ready to take the leap. Second, there are still a lot of bats I love, but part of Fantasy success is knowing the format and knowing your own tendencies. In Head-to-Head, I can cobble together a late-round staff with the best of them. In Rotisserie, I tend to dig myself a deep hole while I sort out the Corey Klubers from the Justin Mastersons and wait for Francisco Liriano to do something good.
So I’m taking Greinke here. He’s posted some of his best lines with the Dodgers, thanks to all those games at pitcher-friendly parks and the built-in NL advantages. He’s a safe bet for 200 IP, a WHIP around 1.15, and better than a strikeout per inning. With the ERA/FIP/xFIP triumvirate all firmly under three last season, he’s also a good bet for 15% of my total IP at 2.75 or so. With a staff anchor firmly in place, I can take more gambles later on.
Roster: 1B-Gonzalez, OF-Gomez/Puig/Harper, SP-Greinke
5.07 Victor Martinez, 1B, Detroit
David Kerr, FantasySquads.com: In 1994, R&B superstar Aaliyah released an album entitled, “Age Ain’t Nothing But a Number.” If I had to use current baseball players as tracks on the album, Victor Martinez would be the opening track with the hottest hook.
At age 35, Martinez had the best season of his entire career as he posted a triple slash of .335/.409/.565 with 32 home runs and 103 RBI. On top of that, his walk-to-strikeout ratio was 70-to-42, a number that shows incredible plate discipline. We’ve seen David Ortiz continue to mash late in his career and V-Mart is going to do the exact same thing. Last season, Martinez played 35 games at first base and that bumps his value up noticeably. While he may not match his power from a season ago, the rest of his numbers will once again be fantastic and I am extremely pleased that I was able to land him in the fifth round.
Roster: 1B-Martinez, SS-Ramirez, OF-Stanton/A.Jones/Ellsbury
5.08 Ian Kinsler, 2B, Detroit
Brendan O’Brien-Cockson, FantasySquads.com: Well, I was definitely eyeing a different Tiger at this position (Thanks, David), but I am very happy to settle with Kinsler. Outside of Altuve and Cano, Kinsler has to be one of the most valuable second basemen. He had a good 2014 campaign, with a slash line of .275/.307/.420. Health and batting splits aren’t an issue, as Kinsler played 161 games last season and his stats are almost identical against righties and lefties. Can’t complain about his 15 SBs each of the last two seasons either. Both of my infielders (Kins and Longo) have a reasonable floor, but have immense upside. Your move, Kantecki.
Roster: 2B-Kinsler, 3B-Longoria, OF-Hamilton, SP-Kershaw/Bumgarner
5.09 Carlos Gonzalez, OF, Colorado
Alex Kantecki, FakeTeams.com: Not long ago, Gonzalez was a first-round pick. A myriad of injuries have kept him from producing at an elite level, but even 120 games out of CarGo can be plenty valuable. If he manages to put together a full season (fingers crossed), he can win you a league title.
Roster: 1B-Abreu, 2B-Rendon, OF-Brantley/Gonzalez, SP-Strasburg
5.10 Corey Dickerson, OF, Colorado
Brad Binns, MoxyBall.com: With Carlos Gonzalez gone, my decision was made easy as I was torn between these two. Dickerson burst onto the scene last year with a slash line of .312/.364/.567 while hitting 24 bombs and swiping 8 bags. He is a pure hitter, who has posted an elite line drive rate north of 26% since he arrived in the show. I like him to be a pretty safe bet for 20 homers while helping out in BA. While he has the skill-set to steal more bases, he wasn’t all that efficient when running last year (he was caught 7 times in 15 attempts). In order to be given the opportunity to do so, and take another leap in fantasy circles — he must get more efficient on the bases. Even if he doesn’t, and he settles in the 8-10 SB range, he is a good enough hitter that I’m happy to pencil him into my OF here in Round 5.
Roster: 1B-Encarnacion, 2B-Altuve, OF-Dickerson, SP-Scherzer/Kluber
5.11 Hunter Pence, OF, San Francisco
Neil Parker, LockerRoomFantasySports.com: It is a little boring, but the numbers are consistent, with an 80-20-80-.270-15 line being a near lock. I am likely missing someone with more upside, but happy to add another solid bat to my fake club.
Roster: 2B-Cano, SS-Tulowitzki, 3B-Arenado, OF-J.Upton/Pence
5.12 Jason Kipnis, 2B, Cleveland
Greg Jewett, TheSportsScript.com: I am willing to give Kipnis a mulligan due to his oblique injury in 2014. Both he and his manager Tito Francona have been predicting Kipnis will be back with a vengeance so I will find out. Prior to his injury marred stats in 2014 here are Kipnis’ average stat lines from 2012 & 2013: 150 G, 86 Runs, 15 HR, 80 RBI, 30 SB .270/.350/.415. I will take that from a second baseman any day. His double-digit home runs and potential for 30 steals is a much needed addition to the squad, so hello Kipper to my fake mock team.
Roster: 1B-Rizzo, 2B-Kipnis, OF-Bautista, SP-Sale/Price
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