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Friday 26th May 2017

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
Pass  XX 280 Jedd Gyorko
Pass  XX 297 Jharel Cotton

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