Monday, December 28, 2015


So with the fantasy football season now in the rearview mirror, 2016 fantasy baseball will now fully take front and center.  We already have started our features and projections for the new season and today will be no different as we attempt to formulate what a typical mixed league ROTO 12-team format's first round might look like.  Here is how one peanut stand sees each of the first 12 picks going.

1.  Mike Trout:  The only sure thing in the always chaotic game of fantasy baseball is that Mike Trout is the slam dunk number 1 pick in the game.  If we need to explain why, this is an indictment on your preparation already.

2.  Bryce Harper:  It all came together for Harper in 2016 as he went nuts to the tune of 42 home runs, 118 runs, 99 RBI, and a .330 average.  Whether your like him or hate his attitude, Harper should be the number 2 guy off the board due to his always potent collection of numbers and the fact he still has some years of ceiling left to his name.

3.  Paul Goldschmidt:  The hulking Arizona slugger is the very rare five-tool fantasy baseball first baseman as he cracked 33 home runs, passes the 100 mark in runs and RBI, challenged for the batting title with a .321 average, and swiped 21 bases.  Now laughable we even debated between him and Jose Abreu last season.

4.  Giancarlo Stanton:  The injuries remain a problem but there is not a better pure power hitter in the game today.  A game where home runs are becoming more and more rare.

5.  Andrew McCutchen:  McCutchen fought through some injuries in 2015 but he still put up his standard five-tool production.  Still McCutchen stole just 11 bases last season and that made it two years in a row he dropped sharply in that category.  Also the home runs have come in at 21, 25, and 23 the last three years so McCutchen is a TOTAL statistics guy when it comes to being picked this high. 

6.  Jose Altuve:  For the second year in a row, Altuve well worth using a first round pick on.  While the average fell sharply from his 2014 mark of .341, Altuve still batted .315 and swiped 38 bags.  Altuve also added a new trick in terms of reaching double-digits in home runs with 11. 

7.  Josh Donaldson:  Donaldson will be the first of what should be up to FIVE third baseman who can see their names go in the first two rounds.  Just an explosion of talent here led by the AL MVP who hit 41 home runs and drove in 123 batters in 2015.

8.  Manny Machado:  My goodness this kid busted out in a monstrous way last season, brushing off his past knee injuries to hit .286 and shock everyone with his power in smacking 35 home runs.  As a bonus, Machado ran more than ever as he swiped 20 bases.  It is all working at a very high level here. 

9.  Nolan Arenado:  More Josh Donaldson than Manny Machado in terms of big power with his 42 home runs and little speed but the numbers were ridiculous either way. 

10.  Anthony Rizzo:  Is Paul Goldschmidt-lite in terms of power with his 31 home runs last season and with the speed as he swiped 17 bags.  The .278 average is not glowing by any means as Rizzo strikes out a bunch but everything else checks out as a first round talent. 

11. Miguel Cabrera:  Still a dominant pure hitter as evidenced by his .338 average but Cabrera has now hit 25 and 18 home runs the last two years as injuries are now becoming part of the equation.  Cabrera is aging as he turns 33 in April and so we have to accept his MVP days are finished.

12. Clayton Kershaw:  Tough call between Kershaw and Carlos Correa but I went with the best pitcher in the game and multiple Cy Young winner.  We always advise not using a first round pick on a pitcher but if you must do so, this is your guy. 

So what do you think?  Who should be included or taken out?  Post below. 


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