2018 Fantasy Baseball Draft Prep: 10-team NL-only Rotisserie mock draft

A month after our last foray into the NL side of the player pool, the league is really beginning to take shape.

Most of the relevant free agents have signed. Some of the more pressing position battles are already sorted out. We can finally draft with some degree of certainty.

And so that's what these 10 of us did, opting for the traditional 5x5 Rotisserie format.

  1. Clay Link, RotoWire
  2. R.J. White, CBS Sports
  3. Adam Aizer, CBS Sports
  4. Chris Towers, CBS Sports
  5. Lance Brozdowski, BigThreeSports.com
  6. Scott White, CBS Sports
  7. Phil Ponebshek, Patton & Company
  8. Pasko Varnica, Creativesports
  9. Heath Cummings, CBS Sports
  10. George Maselli, CBS Sports

As you can see, Jake Arrieta is back to being drafted like a high-end hurler, getting picked in Round 6. Carlos Gonzalez is no longer a complete afterthought, getting drafted in the same range as Ryan McMahon and David Dahl. Paul Goldschmidt, A.J. Pollock and Jake Lamb are being downgraded because of the humidor. All is right in the world.

Well, except for the sudden and crippling drop-off across the infield, first base excluded. Yup, no shortage of quality first basemen in the NL, which is part of the reason why Goldschmidt ended up going at about the same point as he does in a mixed league. But second base, third base and especially shortstop left all their depth in the AL. You know who was the fourth shortstop off the board in this draft? Paul DeJong. Orlando Arcia was fifth and Amed Rosario sixth. It's enough for you to want to pay the premium for Corey Seager.

A few other observations:

  • Domingo Santana still went in Round 4 even though his playing time is less assured by the day. Ryan Braun recently said he's not remotely comfortable at first base yet, and that's where he'll need to spend most of his time for Santana to start regularly. Braun, for what it's worth, went four rounds later.
  • Ozzie Albies went in Round 5 and Ian Happ in Round 6. Granted, both picks may have had a little something to do with the relative lack of depth at second base on the NL side, but it's fair to say most of the Fantasy Baseball-playing world is woke to these sleepers.
  • I think it's totally conceivable given the scarcity of saves in these league specific-formats that closers like Arodys Vizcaino and Jeurys Familia would be off the board even before Round 10 in some leagues. It depends, of course, on the sensibilities of your particular league, but the bottom line is you need to be prepared to pay for these guys or do without.
  • I didn't hate the way my outfield turned out considering my minimal investment in it. Grabbing Cody Bellinger in Round 2 certainly helps, but my second outfielder didn't come until Carlos Gonzalez in Round 14, followed by Jesse Winker in Round 15, Aaron Altherr in Round 16 and Nick Williams in Round 18. Outfield is one of the deeper positions in the NL, ranking just behind first base and starting pitcher.

What else? See for yourself ...

Round By Round
Round 1
Pos Team Player
1 Clay Link T. Turner SS WAS
2 R.J. White N. Arenado 3B COL
3 Adam Aizer C. Blackmon CF COL
4 Chris Towers B. Harper RF WAS
5 Lance Brozdowski C. Kershaw SP LAD
6 Scott White K. Bryant 3B CHC
7 Phil Ponebshek M. Scherzer SP WAS
8 Pasko Varnica A. Rizzo 1B CHC
9 Heath Cummings P. Goldschmidt 1B ARI
10 George Maselli F. Freeman 1B ATL
Round 2
Pos Team Player
11 George Maselli M. Bumgarner SP SF
12 Heath Cummings J. Votto 1B CIN
13 Pasko Varnica S. Marte LF PIT
14 Phil Ponebshek C. Seager SS LAD
15 Scott White C. Bellinger 1B LAD
16 Lance Brozdowski C. Yelich CF MIL
17 Chris Towers A. Rendon 3B WAS
18 Adam Aizer R. Hoskins LF PHI
19 R.J. White D. Murphy 2B CHC
20 Clay Link S. Strasburg SP WAS
Round 3
Pos Team Player
21 Clay Link M. Ozuna LF STL
22 R.J. White T. Pham LF TB
23 Adam Aizer Z. Greinke SP ARI
24 Chris Towers N. Syndergaard SP NYM
25 Lance Brozdowski Y. Darvish SP CHC
26 Scott White J. deGrom SP NYM
27 Phil Ponebshek B. Hamilton CF CIN
28 Pasko Varnica L. Castillo SP CIN
29 Heath Cummings K. Jansen RP LAD
30 George Maselli L. Cain CF MIL
Round 4
Pos Team Player
31 George Maselli R. Ray SP ARI
32 Heath Cummings C. Martinez SP STL
33 Pasko Varnica T. Shaw 3B MIL
34 Phil Ponebshek J. Turner 3B LAD
35 Scott White W. Myers 1B SD
36 Lance Brozdowski E. Hosmer 1B SD
37 Chris Towers B. Posey C SF
38 Adam Aizer T. Story SS COL
39 R.J. White W. Contreras C CHC
40 Clay Link D. Santana RF MIL
Round 5
Pos Team Player
41 Clay Link A. Nola SP PHI
42 R.J. White J. Quintana SP CHC
43 Adam Aizer R. Acuna CF ATL
44 Chris Towers A. Pollock CF ARI
45 Lance Brozdowski A. McCutchen CF NYY
46 Scott White Z. Godley SP ARI
47 Phil Ponebshek J. Lester SP CHC
48 Pasko Varnica D. LeMahieu 2B COL
49 Heath Cummings O. Albies 2B ATL
50 George Maselli C. Knebel RP MIL
Round 6
Pos Team Player
51 George Maselli L. Weaver SP STL
52 Heath Cummings R. Iglesias RP CIN
53 Pasko Varnica J. Cueto SP SF
54 Phil Ponebshek I. Happ CF CHC
55 Scott White C. Taylor CF LAD
56 Lance Brozdowski F. Vazquez RP PIT
57 Chris Towers B. Hand RP CLE
58 Adam Aizer J. Arrieta SP PHI
59 R.J. White Y. Cespedes LF NYM
60 Clay Link B. Morrow RP CHC
Round 7
Pos Team Player
61 Clay Link Y. Puig RF LAD
62 R.J. White A. Wood SP LAD
63 Adam Aizer S. Doolittle RP WAS
64 Chris Towers A. Eaton CF WAS
65 Lance Brozdowski J. Realmuto C MIA
66 Scott White R. Hill SP LAD
67 Phil Ponebshek W. Davis RP COL
68 Pasko Varnica E. Inciarte CF ATL
69 Heath Cummings P. DeJong SS STL
70 George Maselli C. Anderson SP MIL
Round 8
Pos Team Player
71 George Maselli O. Herrera CF PHI
72 Heath Cummings J. Bruce RF NYM
73 Pasko Varnica H. Neris RP PHI
74 Phil Ponebshek K. Schwarber LF CHC
75 Scott White M. Melancon RP SF
76 Lance Brozdowski R. Braun LF MIL
77 Chris Towers J. Gray SP COL
78 Adam Aizer L. Gregerson RP STL
79 R.J. White G. Gonzalez SP MIL
80 Clay Link C. Santana 1B PHI
Round 9
Pos Team Player
81 Clay Link J. Baez 2B CHC
82 R.J. White R. Zimmerman 1B WAS
83 Adam Aizer Y. Molina C STL
84 Chris Towers J. Samardzija SP SF
85 Lance Brozdowski J. Bell 1B PIT
86 Scott White K. Hendricks SP CHC
87 Phil Ponebshek J. Bour 1B PHI
88 Pasko Varnica J. Villar 2B BAL
89 Heath Cummings S. Souza RF ARI
90 George Maselli M. Margot CF SD
Round 10
Pos Team Player
91 George Maselli C. Hernandez 2B PHI
92 Heath Cummings G. Polanco RF PIT
93 Pasko Varnica A. Duvall LF ATL
94 Phil Ponebshek A. Vizcaino RP ATL
95 Scott White J. Familia RP OAK
96 Lance Brozdowski I. Desmond LF COL
97 Chris Towers M. Carpenter 1B STL
98 Adam Aizer S. Gennett 2B CIN
99 R.J. White K. Maeda SP LAD
100 Clay Link J. Taillon SP PIT
Round 11
Pos Team Player
101 Clay Link R. McMahon 1B COL
102 R.J. White D. Fowler CF STL
103 Adam Aizer T. Walker SP ARI
104 Chris Towers J. Peraza 2B CIN
105 Lance Brozdowski J. Lamb 3B ARI
106 Scott White E. Suarez 3B CIN
107 Phil Ponebshek C. Dickerson LF PIT
108 Pasko Varnica O. Arcia SS MIL
109 Heath Cummings Y. Grandal C LAD
110 George Maselli E. Thames 1B MIL
Round 12
Pos Team Player
111 George Maselli E. Longoria 3B SF
112 Heath Cummings A. Barnes C LAD
113 Pasko Varnica M. Mikolas SP STL
114 Phil Ponebshek J. Teheran SP ATL
115 Scott White A. Rosario SS NYM
116 Lance Brozdowski J. Harrison 2B PIT
117 Chris Towers D. Lamet SP SD
118 Adam Aizer P. Corbin SP ARI
119 R.J. White B. Ziegler RP ARI
120 Clay Link K. Wong 2B STL
Round 13
Pos Team Player
121 Clay Link Y. Hirano RP ARI
122 R.J. White S. Castro 2B MIA
123 Adam Aizer B. Belt 1B SF
124 Chris Towers L. Brinson CF MIA
125 Lance Brozdowski M. Wacha SP STL
126 Scott White T. Roark SP WAS
127 Phil Ponebshek M. Franco 3B PHI
128 Pasko Varnica J. Martinez LF STL
129 Heath Cummings C. Maybin CF SEA
130 George Maselli S. Newcomb SP ATL
Round 14
Pos Team Player
131 George Maselli D. Dahl LF COL
132 Heath Cummings A. Ramos RP NYM
133 Pasko Varnica T. Barnhart C CIN
134 Phil Ponebshek J. Hader RP MIL
135 Scott White C. Gonzalez RF COL
136 Lance Brozdowski A. Bradley RP ARI
137 Chris Towers J. Alfaro C PHI
138 Adam Aizer A. Hedges C SD
139 R.J. White A. Russell SS CHC
140 Clay Link J. Musgrove RP PIT
Round 15
Pos Team Player
141 Clay Link T. Frazier 3B NYM
142 R.J. White M. Conforto LF NYM
143 Adam Aizer M. Kemp LF LAD
144 Chris Towers T. Glasnow SP TB
145 Lance Brozdowski D. Swanson SS ATL
146 Scott White J. Winker RF CIN
147 Phil Ponebshek H. Pence RF SF
148 Pasko Varnica A. Minter RP ATL
149 Heath Cummings M. Taylor CF WAS
150 George Maselli M. Wieters C WAS
Round 16
Pos Team Player
151 George Maselli D. Leone RP STL
152 Heath Cummings V. Robles RF WAS
153 Pasko Varnica T. Mahle SP CIN
154 Phil Ponebshek L. Gohara SP ATL
155 Scott White A. Altherr LF PHI
156 Lance Brozdowski M. Harvey SP CIN
157 Chris Towers A. Cabrera SS PHI
158 Adam Aizer G. Holland RP WAS
159 R.J. White J. Pirela LF SD
160 Clay Link W. Buehler RP LAD
Round 17
Pos Team Player
161 Clay Link D. Dietrich 3B MIA
162 R.J. White A. Avila C ARI
163 Adam Aizer N. Senzel 3B CIN
164 Chris Towers C. Moran 1B PIT
165 Lance Brozdowski A. Reyes SP STL
166 Scott White K. Marte SS ARI
167 Phil Ponebshek S. Schebler RF CIN
168 Pasko Varnica T. Chatwood SP CHC
169 Heath Cummings H. Perez LF MIL
170 George Maselli F. Galvis SS SD
Round 18
Pos Team Player
171 George Maselli T. Flowers C ATL
172 Heath Cummings B. Crawford SS SF
173 Pasko Varnica D. Peralta RF ARI
174 Phil Ponebshek B. Boxberger RP ARI
175 Scott White N. Williams RF PHI
176 Lance Brozdowski J. Crawford 3B PHI
177 Chris Towers J. Nelson SP MIL
178 Adam Aizer J. Reyes SS NYM
179 R.J. White D. Straily SP MIA
180 Clay Link J. Flaherty SP STL
Round 19
Pos Team Player
181 Clay Link C. Iannetta C COL
182 R.J. White M. Foltynewicz SP ATL
183 Adam Aizer A. Jackson CF NYM
184 Chris Towers J. Pederson CF LAD
185 Lance Brozdowski V. Velasquez SP PHI
186 Scott White G. Marquez SP COL
187 Phil Ponebshek M. Pina C MIL
188 Pasko Varnica H. Renfroe RF SD
189 Heath Cummings K. Barraclough RP MIA
190 George Maselli C. Owings SS ARI
Round 20
Pos Team Player
191 George Maselli B. McCarthy SP ATL
192 Heath Cummings J. Eickhoff SP PHI
193 Pasko Varnica B. Woodruff SP MIL
194 Phil Ponebshek T. d'Arnaud C NYM
195 Scott White K. Suzuki C ATL
196 Lance Brozdowski K. Plawecki C NYM
197 Chris Towers T. Williams SP PIT
198 Adam Aizer T. Lyons RP STL
199 R.J. White L. Forsythe 2B MIN
200 Clay Link F. Cordero CF SD
Round 21
Pos Team Player
201 Clay Link A. Toles LF LAD
202 R.J. White J. Dyson CF ARI
203 Adam Aizer H. Ryu SP LAD
204 Chris Towers N. Pivetta SP PHI
205 Lance Brozdowski S. Kingery 2B PHI
206 Scott White F. Cervelli C PIT
207 Phil Ponebshek J. Chacin SP MIL
208 Pasko Varnica A. Wainwright SP STL
209 Heath Cummings A. Swarzak RP NYM
210 George Maselli S. Dyson RP SF
Round 22
Pos Team Player
211 George Maselli J. Heyward RF CHC
212 Heath Cummings S. Matz SP NYM
213 Pasko Varnica S. Vogt C MIL
214 Phil Ponebshek J. Panik 2B SF
215 Scott White J. Vargas SP NYM
216 Lance Brozdowski A. Almora CF CHC
217 Chris Towers B. Zobrist 2B CHC
218 Adam Aizer G. Parra LF COL
219 R.J. White R. Madson RP LAD
220 Clay Link Z. Wheeler SP NYM
Round 23
Pos Team Player
221 Clay Link N. Hundley C SF
222 R.J. White C. Edwards RP CHC
223 Adam Aizer B. Phillips 2B BOS
224 Chris Towers A. Gonzalez 1B NYM
225 Lance Brozdowski I. Nova SP PIT
226 Scott White J. Gyorko 3B STL
227 Phil Ponebshek B. Anderson 3B MIA
228 Pasko Varnica C. Headley 3B SD
229 Heath Cummings R. Stephenson RP CIN
230 George Maselli C. Spangenberg 3B SD
Team by Team
Clay Link
Rd Pk Player
1 1 T. Turner SS WAS
2 20 S. Strasburg SP WAS
3 21 M. Ozuna LF STL
4 40 D. Santana RF MIL
5 41 A. Nola SP PHI
6 60 B. Morrow RP CHC
7 61 Y. Puig RF LAD
8 80 C. Santana 1B PHI
9 81 J. Baez 2B CHC
10 100 J. Taillon SP PIT
11 101 R. McMahon 1B COL
12 120 K. Wong 2B STL
13 121 Y. Hirano RP ARI
14 140 J. Musgrove RP PIT
15 141 T. Frazier 3B NYM
16 160 W. Buehler RP LAD
17 161 D. Dietrich 3B MIA
18 180 J. Flaherty SP STL
19 181 C. Iannetta C COL
20 200 F. Cordero CF SD
21 201 A. Toles LF LAD
22 220 Z. Wheeler SP NYM
23 221 N. Hundley C SF
R.J. White
Rd Pk Player
1 2 N. Arenado 3B COL
2 19 D. Murphy 2B CHC
3 22 T. Pham LF TB
4 39 W. Contreras C CHC
5 42 J. Quintana SP CHC
6 59 Y. Cespedes LF NYM
7 62 A. Wood SP LAD
8 79 G. Gonzalez SP MIL
9 82 R. Zimmerman 1B WAS
10 99 K. Maeda SP LAD
11 102 D. Fowler CF STL
12 119 B. Ziegler RP ARI
13 122 S. Castro 2B MIA
14 139 A. Russell SS CHC
15 142 M. Conforto LF NYM
16 159 J. Pirela LF SD
17 162 A. Avila C ARI
18 179 D. Straily SP MIA
19 182 M. Foltynewicz SP ATL
20 199 L. Forsythe 2B MIN
21 202 J. Dyson CF ARI
22 219 R. Madson RP LAD
23 222 C. Edwards RP CHC
Adam Aizer
Rd Pk Player
1 3 C. Blackmon CF COL
2 18 R. Hoskins LF PHI
3 23 Z. Greinke SP ARI
4 38 T. Story SS COL
5 43 R. Acuna CF ATL
6 58 J. Arrieta SP PHI
7 63 S. Doolittle RP WAS
8 78 L. Gregerson RP STL
9 83 Y. Molina C STL
10 98 S. Gennett 2B CIN
11 103 T. Walker SP ARI
12 118 P. Corbin SP ARI
13 123 B. Belt 1B SF
14 138 A. Hedges C SD
15 143 M. Kemp LF LAD
16 158 G. Holland RP WAS
17 163 N. Senzel 3B CIN
18 178 J. Reyes SS NYM
19 183 A. Jackson CF NYM
20 198 T. Lyons RP STL
21 203 H. Ryu SP LAD
22 218 G. Parra LF COL
23 223 B. Phillips 2B BOS
Chris Towers
Rd Pk Player
1 4 B. Harper RF WAS
2 17 A. Rendon 3B WAS
3 24 N. Syndergaard SP NYM
4 37 B. Posey C SF
5 44 A. Pollock CF ARI
6 57 B. Hand RP CLE
7 64 A. Eaton CF WAS
8 77 J. Gray SP COL
9 84 J. Samardzija SP SF
10 97 M. Carpenter 1B STL
11 104 J. Peraza 2B CIN
12 117 D. Lamet SP SD
13 124 L. Brinson CF MIA
14 137 J. Alfaro C PHI
15 144 T. Glasnow SP TB
16 157 A. Cabrera SS PHI
17 164 C. Moran 1B PIT
18 177 J. Nelson SP MIL
19 184 J. Pederson CF LAD
20 197 T. Williams SP PIT
21 204 N. Pivetta SP PHI
22 217 B. Zobrist 2B CHC
23 224 A. Gonzalez 1B NYM
Lance Brozdowski
Rd Pk Player
1 5 C. Kershaw SP LAD
2 16 C. Yelich CF MIL
3 25 Y. Darvish SP CHC
4 36 E. Hosmer 1B SD
5 45 A. McCutchen CF NYY
6 56 F. Vazquez RP PIT
7 65 J. Realmuto C MIA
8 76 R. Braun LF MIL
9 85 J. Bell 1B PIT
10 96 I. Desmond LF COL
11 105 J. Lamb 3B ARI
12 116 J. Harrison 2B PIT
13 125 M. Wacha SP STL
14 136 A. Bradley RP ARI
15 145 D. Swanson SS ATL
16 156 M. Harvey SP CIN
17 165 A. Reyes SP STL
18 176 J. Crawford 3B PHI
19 185 V. Velasquez SP PHI
20 196 K. Plawecki C NYM
21 205 S. Kingery 2B PHI
22 216 A. Almora CF CHC
23 225 I. Nova SP PIT
Scott White
Rd Pk Player
1 6 K. Bryant 3B CHC
2 15 C. Bellinger 1B LAD
3 26 J. deGrom SP NYM
4 35 W. Myers 1B SD
5 46 Z. Godley SP ARI
6 55 C. Taylor CF LAD
7 66 R. Hill SP LAD
8 75 M. Melancon RP SF
9 86 K. Hendricks SP CHC
10 95 J. Familia RP OAK
11 106 E. Suarez 3B CIN
12 115 A. Rosario SS NYM
13 126 T. Roark SP WAS
14 135 C. Gonzalez RF COL
15 146 J. Winker RF CIN
16 155 A. Altherr LF PHI
17 166 K. Marte SS ARI
18 175 N. Williams RF PHI
19 186 G. Marquez SP COL
20 195 K. Suzuki C ATL
21 206 F. Cervelli C PIT
22 215 J. Vargas SP NYM
23 226 J. Gyorko 3B STL
Phil Ponebshek
Rd Pk Player
1 7 M. Scherzer SP WAS
2 14 C. Seager SS LAD
3 27 B. Hamilton CF CIN
4 34 J. Turner 3B LAD
5 47 J. Lester SP CHC
6 54 I. Happ CF CHC
7 67 W. Davis RP COL
8 74 K. Schwarber LF CHC
9 87 J. Bour 1B PHI
10 94 A. Vizcaino RP ATL
11 107 C. Dickerson LF PIT
12 114 J. Teheran SP ATL
13 127 M. Franco 3B PHI
14 134 J. Hader RP MIL
15 147 H. Pence RF SF
16 154 L. Gohara SP ATL
17 167 S. Schebler RF CIN
18 174 B. Boxberger RP ARI
19 187 M. Pina C MIL
20 194 T. d'Arnaud C NYM
21 207 J. Chacin SP MIL
22 214 J. Panik 2B SF
23 227 B. Anderson 3B MIA
Pasko Varnica
Rd Pk Player
1 8 A. Rizzo 1B CHC
2 13 S. Marte LF PIT
3 28 L. Castillo SP CIN
4 33 T. Shaw 3B MIL
5 48 D. LeMahieu 2B COL
6 53 J. Cueto SP SF
7 68 E. Inciarte CF ATL
8 73 H. Neris RP PHI
9 88 J. Villar 2B BAL
10 93 A. Duvall LF ATL
11 108 O. Arcia SS MIL
12 113 M. Mikolas SP STL
13 128 J. Martinez LF STL
14 133 T. Barnhart C CIN
15 148 A. Minter RP ATL
16 153 T. Mahle SP CIN
17 168 T. Chatwood SP CHC
18 173 D. Peralta RF ARI
19 188 H. Renfroe RF SD
20 193 B. Woodruff SP MIL
21 208 A. Wainwright SP STL
22 213 S. Vogt C MIL
23 228 C. Headley 3B SD
Heath Cummings
Rd Pk Player
1 9 P. Goldschmidt 1B ARI
2 12 J. Votto 1B CIN
3 29 K. Jansen RP LAD
4 32 C. Martinez SP STL
5 49 O. Albies 2B ATL
6 52 R. Iglesias RP CIN
7 69 P. DeJong SS STL
8 72 J. Bruce RF NYM
9 89 S. Souza RF ARI
10 92 G. Polanco RF PIT
11 109 Y. Grandal C LAD
12 112 A. Barnes C LAD
13 129 C. Maybin CF SEA
14 132 A. Ramos RP NYM
15 149 M. Taylor CF WAS
16 152 V. Robles RF WAS
17 169 H. Perez LF MIL
18 172 B. Crawford SS SF
19 189 K. Barraclough RP MIA
20 192 J. Eickhoff SP PHI
21 209 A. Swarzak RP NYM
22 212 S. Matz SP NYM
23 229 R. Stephenson RP CIN
George Maselli
Rd Pk Player
1 10 F. Freeman 1B ATL
2 11 M. Bumgarner SP SF
3 30 L. Cain CF MIL
4 31 R. Ray SP ARI
5 50 C. Knebel RP MIL
6 51 L. Weaver SP STL
7 70 C. Anderson SP MIL
8 71 O. Herrera CF PHI
9 90 M. Margot CF SD
10 91 C. Hernandez 2B PHI
11 110 E. Thames 1B MIL
12 111 E. Longoria 3B SF
13 130 S. Newcomb SP ATL
14 131 D. Dahl LF COL
15 150 M. Wieters C WAS
16 151 D. Leone RP STL
17 170 F. Galvis SS SD
18 171 T. Flowers C ATL
19 190 C. Owings SS ARI
20 191 B. McCarthy SP ATL
21 210 S. Dyson RP SF
22 211 J. Heyward RF CHC
23 230 C. Spangenberg 3B SD
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