So with less than a week until opening day, you still haven't drafted yet? For shame.
But for many of you in the working world, it's for real.
We understand. Actually, we don't understand. Work for us is Fantasy Baseball. If we hadn't drafted yet, we'd probably be fired.
But because we can empathize even when we don't sympathize, we're giving you procrastinators -- or prioritizers, I guess -- one last mock draft with all the latest and greatest info.
The format is Rotisserie. The size is 12 teams. The participants are the usual:
1. Al Melchior, Data Analyst
2. Bill Passonno, Fantasy Writer
3. Adam Aizer, Fantasy Video/Podcast Host
4. Scott White, Senior Fantasy Writer
5. Jeff Tobin, Associate Managing Editor
6. Michael Hurcomb, Fantasy Editor
7. Jamey Eisenberg, Senior Fantasy Writer
8. Nando Di Fino, Senior Fantasy Writer
9. Chris Cwik, Fantasy Writer
10. Peter Madden, Director, Fantasy Sports
11. Jeff Lippman, Fantasy Writer
12. Matt Snider, CBSSports.com Senior MLB Blogger
The observations are as follows ...
Just a few days after the Cardinals revealed he'll begin the season on the DL because of a strained elbow, Jason Motte was the 18th closer selected. He went in Round 17. Jason Grilli, Chris Perez and J.J. Putz all went in Round 16. I actually do have Putz ranked ahead of Motte, but not the other two. I understand the concern, though. The Cardinals say they still need to assess the severity of the problem, which leads me to believe it might not be just a two-week issue. If it is, lucky Jeff Tobin.
Aroldis Chapman, meanwhile, was the second closer taken, going in Round 6, only 10 picks after Craig Kimbrel. As expected, his Fantasy value only improved with the Reds' decision to keep him in the bullpen. By comparison, Kris Medlen, who used to rank ahead of Chapman for me, went in Round 9.
Bryce Harper just keeps going earlier and earlier, getting drafted midway through Round 2 in this one. He's having a monster spring and is obviously a monster talent. That early, I think he might have a hard time living up to the price tag in his sophomore season, but if you're the type of Fantasy owners who lives and dies by hunches, that might be when you have to take him. Yoenis Cespedes and Jason Heyward, who are similar in terms of risk and reward, went with the first two picks of Round 4.
I took Domonic Brown in Round 14. Maybe it was a reach, but I'm not comfortable letting him drop any further than that anymore. I love him too much to see him go to someone else. Maybe it's Lucas Duda -- last year's unrequited love -- all over again, but if so, I'm going to have to learn the hard way.
Some of the other big gainers during spring training -- Aaron Hicks, Jedd Gyorko, Matt Carpenter, Leonys Martin and Brandon Belt -- all went in Rounds 14-17. If you want those players, you're going to have to reach for them a bit. It's just the nature of drafting this late in the game.