As we race towards Opening Day, I have one more mock comparative, this time contrasting the 12-team MockDraftArmy #39 driven by Fantrax with a 12-teamer organized by Ryan Hallam at Fighting Chance Fantasy Sports, and driven by our friends at Couch Managers.
These drafts were different despite the 12-team format in that one was a one-catcher, and the MockDraftArmy setup accounted two extra picks.
But, I decided this time to actually throw the experimentation out the window and simply try to draft the best possible team I could with two completely different sets of participants.
At Fighting Chance, I picked second, while with Howard Bender (@RotoBuzzguy), I picked ninth. But since I am two weeks removed from the 12-team BARF draft, a week past the 12-team LABR auction, and two weeks shy of the AL Tout Wars auction, simply trying to draft a straight ahead roster a couple of days in a row seemed like a prudent exercise.
I did try to draft in a vacuum in that I did not purposely select the same players, and in trying to grab the next best available player who could help my team, dupes surely did occur, like Chris Archer and Freddie Freeman. But, later in the draft, some interesting gyrations and dynamics made it such that there were some players--Max Kepler and Brad Miller, for example--who survived one draft for a bit where I did not think either player would in an earlier round.
The results fairly speak for themselves, but the best thing is after LABR I feel more than prepared for Tout, XFL, the Murphy League, and any of the other drafts I have looming.
I will be participating in one more week of the MockDraftArmy, but then it will be off to the Grapefruit League and New York City, with reports coming from both venues. In the meantime, here is my last comparative, and don't forget you can find me @lawrmichaels.
|Player||Pick #||Pick #||Player|
|Nolan Arenado||2||9||Bryce Harper|
|Freddie Freeman||23||16||Freddie Freeman|
|Trevor Story||26||33||Francisco Lindor|
|Christian Yelich||47||40||Chris Archer|
|Chris Archer||50||57||Yoenis Cespedes|
|Matt Carpenter||71||64||Carlos Martinez|
|Danny Duffy||74||81||Khris Davis|
|Odubel Herrera||95||88||Alex Bregman|
|Stephen Piscotty||98||105||Devon Travis|
|Marcus Stroman||119||112||Jon Gray|
|Kevin Gausman||122||129||Brad Miller|
|Salvador Perez||143||136||Kevin Gausman|
|Alex Colome||146||153||Dellin Betances|
|Brad Miller||167||160||Russell Martin|
|Robbie Ray||170||177||Kevin Kiermaier|
|Hector Neris||191||184||Hector Neris|
|Max Kepler||194||201||Manuel Margot|
|Sonny Gray||215||208||Jerad Eickhoff|
|Devon Travis||218||225||Ryan Madson|
|Ryan Madson||239||232||Max Kepler|
|Hunter Pence||242||249||Brandon Crawford|
|Stephen Vogt||263||256||Sandy Leon|
|Brandon Finnegan||266||273||Ervin Santana|