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Friday 24th Mar 2017

We're done with mock drafting.

Until 2016, that is. The 12-team, 10-round Fantasy 411 Slow Mock reached its conclusion yesterday with Rotowire's Derek Van Riper selecting Jonathan Lucroy. And with this pick, I crossed Lucroy's name off my list of potential players to discuss in this article. That's because this article will not be about the 120 players who were drafted. Instead, let's focus on the players who remain on the board. More specifically, let's look at a handful of players who remain on the board but shouldn't still be on the board, at least according to preliminary rankings on several sites. Why were our mock drafters hesitant to take these guys?

Jose Reyes - I was tempted to draft Reyes in the 8th round. I was even more tempted to draft him in the 9th. I almost drafted him in the 10th. But aside from the suspension possibility, it just didn't feel right. In 47 games with the Rockies last season, Reyes batted .259 with three homers and an underwhelming 21 runs scored. I expected better from a former All-Star who would now be calling Coors Field home. The eight steals were nice, and a fully healthy 2016 season could result in 30 swipes. But since when was Reyes a safe bet to stay healthy? I'm curious to see how the market values Reyes in the coming months, especially if he ends up avoiding a suspension. Although he is probably a top-100 player, I wasn't particularly excited about adding him to my roster. As it turned out, the other 11 owners felt the same way.

Adam Wainwright - Expect Wainwright's draft stock to steadily rise going forward. After missing five months due to injury last season, the Cardinals righty pitched well out of the bullpen down the stretch. Wainwright will head back into the starting rotation in 2016, and considering his established track record, a return to ace form is within reach. The best part is that you won't need to pay ace price to draft him.

Evan Longoria - Remember when Longoria was a first-rounder? He's still useful in fantasy, but a true difference maker? Not quite. Outside of his injury-plagued 2012 campaign, the Rays third baseman is coming off a season in which he posted career-lows in home runs (21) and RBI (73). I guess I shouldn't be surprised that he lasted beyond the top-120, but it sure is strange.

Michael Wacha - This is a case where I don't understand why Wacha is being ranked so high (#75 overall on a recent ESPN list). Yeah, he's only 24 and is fresh off a solid and injury-free season. But a 7.6 K/9 is nothing special, and after pitching to a 2.93 ERA and 1.10 WHIP in the first half, Wacha registered a 4.01 ERA and 1.38 WHIP following the All-Star break. I need to see better consistency before I can comfortably draft him as my SP2 in a 12-team mixed league.

Brian McCann - Being that the catcher pool is rather thin this year, I like the idea of drafting McCann within the top-120, and maybe even the top-100. If we continued this mock beyond the 10 rounds, he would not have been available for much longer. McCann's 26 homers last season led all catchers while his 94 RBI ranked second behind only Buster Posey. Unfortunately for his fantasy owners, all of that offensive production came along with a .232 average, and McCann has now batted below .235 in three of the last four seasons. But at the catcher position, I'd be willing to sacrifice batting average for power, especially when we're talking about a catcher who has strung together eight straight seasons of at least 20 home runs.

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