Fantasy Blockbuster Championships 2019 Draft Recap and Draft grades – Part 3

This year we decided on Fantasy Blockbuster to create a fantasy league with a couple of writers and the rest of the league members would be readers/followers. Everyone is an expert but can the readers beat the experts? This is might also be a good way to interact with our readers. We compete for bragging rights in a 20-team league, with the format head-2-head each category. The draft was done March 17 and here you have part 2 of the draft recap.

The season has begun and we could not be more excited. Finally, we can watch some baseball again! However, we are not finished with our draft evaluation for Fantasy Blockbuster Championships 2019.

The league is in the format head-2-head each category, because this way the members will have their chance to beat the expert. Eight of the 20 teams will be in the playoffs. Standard roster was used with Catcher, 1B, 2B, SS, 3B, 5 x OF, UTIL, 2B/SS, 1B/3B, 9 P and 3 Bench spots.

With 20 teams and 25 rosters spots 500 players were drafted, and of course every team will have some holes to fill. This is real life and we had some teams that went with the autopick, and some members had a bad internet connection, but here you have the full recap:

Our Fantasy Blockbuster writers/experts are Fantasy Blockbuster (FB) and Fantasy Dugout (FD). For every round we have the best pick and a question mark. The question mark can be for several reasons; such as unclear role on the team, health concerns, current free agent, drafted a lot higher than expected or simply not that high potential.

In this article we will analyze rounds 21-25 in the draft.

Round 21

1 Brandon Lowe TB, 2B Random Sports

2 Jimmy Nelson Mil, SP DETROIT GOBLUECOOP7

3 Zach Davies Mil, SP Team Gonzalez

4 CC Sabathia NYY, SP Losing Ground

5 Alex Gordon KC, LF Team JT the Brick

6 Kolten Wong StL, 2B Team Egense

7 Michael Taylor Wsh, CF Kippers Rippers

8 Ji-Man Choi TB, DH Cardington Short GamblerS

9 Hernan Perez Mil, 2B Jacksonville Phillies

10 Tyler Flowers Atl, C Jersey Jokers

11 Aaron Sanchez Tor, SP Vandalay Industries

12 Yoenis Cespedes NYM, LF Fantasy Blockbuster

13 Jeff Samardzija SF, SP Heroes of Flatbush

14 Blake Parker Min, RP FBB Freak

15 Roman Quinn Phi, CF Lakeland Tigers

16 Craig Stammen SD, RP Only The Good DeJong

17 Dereck Rodriguez SF, SP NLP People’s Elbow 20RD7

18 Kyle Wright Atl, SP NY Rocafellas

19 Dustin Pedroia Bos, 2B Team Thrushman

20 Eduardo Nunez Bos, 2B Fantasy Dugout

 

Best pick: Brandon Lowe TB, 2B Random Sports

Question mark: Jimmy Nelson Mil, SP DETROIT GOBLUECOOP7

Good value can still be found in the later draft rounds. If you can find a couple of useful players here you can start the season from a position of strength which is always a good thing. Brandon Lowe, Tampa Bay Rays, was picked by Random Sports and is a sneaky good pick. The Rays are maybe ready to compete this season, and Lowe could see regular playing time. Jimmy Nelson will start the season on the IL and a bit of a question mark, when we do not know when he will be back. Dereck Rodriguez and Kyle Wright are two interesting picks, who might both be fantasy relevant in 2019. Rodriguez finished 2018 great with the San Francisco Giants, but the second year is often tougher. Wright is the big pitching prospect for the Braves, and they have room for young arms in their rotation. Fantasy Blockbuster went with a big name in Yoenis Cespedes, but he will need at least two months on the injury list. Eduardo Nunez will be in and out of the Red Sox lineup, but if he plays, he will be useful.

Round 22

1 Tyler Naquin Cle, RF Fantasy Dugout

2 Robinson Chirinos Hou, C Team Thrushman

3 Mike Leake Sea, SP NY Rocafellas

4 Wade Miley Hou, SP NLP People’s Elbow 20RD7

5 Daniel Robertson TB, SS Only The Good DeJong

6 Adam Duvall Atl, LF Lakeland Tigers

7 Keone Kela Pit, RP FBB Freak

8 Joe Jimenez Det, RP Heroes of Flatbush

9 Billy McKinney Tor, LF Fantasy Blockbuster

10 Touki Toussaint Atl, SP Vandalay Industries

11 Gio Gonzalez NYY, SP Jersey Jokers

12 Derek Dietrich Cin, LF Jacksonville Phillies

13 Greg Holland Ari, RP Cardington Short GamblerS

14 Julio Urias LAD, SP Kippers Rippers

15 Albert Pujols LAA, 1B Team Egense

16 Wade LeBlanc Sea, SP Team JT the Brick

17 Sergio Romo Mia, RP Losing Ground

18 Willie Calhoun Tex, LF Team Gonzalez

19 Joe Kelly LAD, RP DETROIT GOBLUECOOP7

20 Caleb Smith Mia, SP Random Sports

 

Best pick: Julio Urias LAD, SP Kippers Rippers

Question mark: Willie Calhoun Tex, LF Team Gonzalez

Fantasy Dugout drafted Tyler Naquin with the first pick of the 22nd round. The Cleveland Indians do not have good depth at the OF position and Naquin could find regular playing time. With the 9th pick Fantasy Blockbuster took an OF Billy McKinney, who have some breakout potential with the rebuilding Blue Jays. The best pick is Julio Urias, simply because we know he has great potential and he is supposed to be healthy. He is of course also a major injury risk, especially on the Dodgers. They tend to use the injury list more often than other teams. Willie Calhoun is a big question mark. Many thought he would dominate already in 2018, but it seems like has taken a step backwards in his career. Maybe he needs another team?

Round 23

1 Pablo Lopez Mia, SP Random Sports

2 Curtis Granderson Mia, RF DETROIT GOBLUECOOP7

3 Danny Salazar Cle, SP Team Gonzalez

4 Jose Urena Mia, SP Losing Ground

5 Neil Walker Mia, 2B Team JT the Brick

6 Willians Astudillo Min, C Team Egense

7 Lucas Giolito CWS, SP Kippers Rippers

8 John Hicks Det, C Cardington Short GamblerS

9 Jonathan Loaisiga NYY, SP Jacksonville Phillies

10 Hector Neris Phi, RP Jersey Jokers

11 Lance Lynn Tex, SP Vandalay Industries

12 Carl Edwards Jr. ChC, RP Fantasy Blockbuster

13 Isiah Kiner-Falefa Tex, C Heroes of Flatbush

14 Steve Pearce Bos, 1B FBB Freak

15 Chris Davis Bal, 1B Lakeland Tigers

16 Chris Owings KC, RF Only The Good DeJong

17 Domingo German NYY, SP NLP People’s Elbow 20RD7

18 Kyle Tucker Hou, LF NY Rocafellas

19 Brad Keller KC, SP Team Thrushman

20 Chris Iannetta Col, C Fantasy Dugout

 

Best pick: Jose Urena Mia, SP Losing Ground

Question mark: Kyle Tucker Hou, LF NY Rocafellas

Jose Urena is one of the top arms for the Miami Marlins and in round 23 he will give you value, but maybe not so much upside. Houston Astros Kyle Tucker is one of the biggest prospects in baseball, but unfortunately for Tucker he plays for a team with great depth at the position. If he gets the call early, he can be the steal of the draft. It is also a possibility he will remain in Triple-A the entire season.  Fantasy Blockbuster drafted a reliever with some potential in Carl Edwards Jr. The Chicago Cubs will start the season without a clear closer and Edwards Jr, might get some save opportunities. Chris Iannetta is a catcher who will play half his games in Denver, enough said.

Round 24

1 DJ Stewart Bal, LF Fantasy Dugout

2 Forrest Whitley Hou, SP Team Thrushman

3 JT Riddle Mia, SS NY Rocafellas

4 Merrill Kelly Ari, SP NLP People’s Elbow 20RD7

5 Dexter Fowler StL, RF Only The Good DeJong

6 Ryan Borucki Tor, SP Lakeland Tigers

7 Kurt Suzuki Wsh, C FBB Freak

8 Bo Bichette Tor, SS Heroes of Flatbush

9 Brian McCann Atl, C Fantasy Blockbuster

10 Tyler Anderson Col, SP Vandalay Industries

11 Greg Bird NYY, 1B Jersey Jokers

12 Chris Devenski Hou, RP Jacksonville Phillies

13 Ty Buttrey LAA, RP Cardington Short GamblerS

14 Peter O’Brien Mia, 1B Kippers Rippers

15 Mark Melancon SF, RP Team Egense

16 Nick Williams Phi, RF Team JT the Brick

17 Matt Harvey LAA, SP Losing Ground

18 Jordy Mercer Det, SS Team Gonzalez

19 Hunter Dozier KC, 3B DETROIT GOBLUECOOP7

20 Chance Sisco Bal, C Random Sports

 

Best pick: Greg Bird NYY, 1B Jersey Jokers

Question mark: Matt Harvey LAA, SP Losing Ground

It is not clear if Greg Bird will start the season as the 1B for the New York Yankees, but if he does, he will have great fantasy value. In round 24 you will have to take some chances, and if you get the Yankees 1B here it is a great pick. Matt Harvey has struggled the last couple of seasons, and can he bounce back in California? Fantasy Dugout once again had a shaky internet connection and had to settle for an autopick with DJ Stewart. Fantasy Blockbuster went with a catcher in Brian McCann, who at least will play for a good team in Atlanta.

Round 25

1 Chad Pinder Oak, 2B Random Sports

2 Freddy Galvis Tor, SS DETROIT GOBLUECOOP7

3 Lou Trivino Oak, RP Team Gonzalez

4 JaCoby Jones Det, CF Losing Ground

5 Evan Gattis FA, DH Team JT the Brick

6 Steve Cishek ChC, RP Team Egense

7 Christian Walker Ari, 1B Kippers Rippers

8 Devon Travis Tor, 2B Cardington Short GamblerS

9 Justus Sheffield Sea, SP Jacksonville Phillies

10 Raimel Tapia Col, CF Jersey Jokers

11 Ivan Nova CWS, SP Vandalay Industries

12 Logan Allen SD, SP Fantasy Blockbuster

13 Lonnie Chisenhall Pit, RF Heroes of Flatbush

14 Mitch Garver Min, C FBB Freak

15 Anthony Swarzak Sea, RP Lakeland Tigers

16 Jake Cave Min, CF Only The Good DeJong

17 Martin Maldonado KC, C NLP People’s Elbow 20RD7

18 Sean Manaea Oak, SP NY Rocafellas

19 Jaime Barria LAA, SP Team Thrushman

20 Brent Honeywell TB, SP Fantasy Dugout

Best pick: Chad Pinder Oak, 2B Random Sports

Question mark: Brent Honeywell TB, SP Fantasy Dugout

It always seems you find a great player in the last round of the draft. Who will be that great player in this draft? Time will tell, but Chad Pinder is a good pick. He has a chance to play a semi-regular role with the Athletics and if they get injuries, he can get regular playing time. Brent Honeywell will miss the first couple of months of the season when he recovers from Tommy John surgery. If he plays in 2019 for the Rays he can be dominate as he still is considered a great prospect. Fantasy Blockbuster took a chance with Logan Allen who has a chance to be in Padres starting rotation. Allen is also considered a top 100 prospect.

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