Earlier this week I recapped a H2H mock draft done by the fantasy baseball writers and experts of CBS Sportsline. That post can be read here.
Today I wanted to take a look at another similar mock draft performed by the Rotowire staff with a much different scoring format than the one I used in my rankings or seen in the aforementioned CBS mock draft. The entire draft and commentary can be read here.
This particular mocked draft was based on the Yahoo! standard 5x5 Point League scoring:
Hitting- Run 2 pt., Hit 0.5 pt., HR 4 pt., RBI 2 pt., SB 2 pt.
Pitching - IP 1 pt., W 5 pt., SV 5 pt., ER -0.5, K 2 pt.
As you can see, the big difference here is that there are very few categories in this format that cost you points as well as no penalty for hitters who strike out often or losses from pitchers.
Draft results below:
Rotowire Expert H2H Mock Draft:
|1||Albert Pujols 1B||26||Cliff Lee SP||51||Jon Lester SP||76||Craig Kimbrel RP|
|2||Matt Kemp OF||27||Adrian Beltre 3B||52||Dan Haren SP||77||Hunter Pence OF|
|3||Miguel Cabrera 1B||28||David Wright 3B||53||David Price SP||78||Lance Berkman 1B/OF|
|4||Troy Tulowitzki SS||29||Felix Hernandez SP||54||Yovani Gallardo SP||79||Michael Young 2B/3B|
|5||Jose Bautista 3B/OF||30||Starlin Castro SS||55||Ben Zobrist 2B/OF||80||CJ Wilson SP|
|6||Carlos Gonzalez OF||31||Brian McCann C||56||Matt Cain SP||81||Mat Latos SP|
|7||Jacoby Ellsbury OF||32||Jay Bruce OF||57||Michael Bourn OF||82||Desmond Jennings OF|
|8||Robinson Cano 2B||33||Dan Uggla 2B||58||Nelson Cruz OF||83||Madison Bumgarner SP|
|9||Evan Longoria 3B||34||Tim Lincecum SP||59||Shin-Soo Choo OF||84||Miguel Olivo C|
|10||Adrian Gonzalez 1B||35||Ryan Zimmerman 3B||60||Brandon Phillips 2B||85||Michael Cuddyer 2B/OF|
|11||Justin Upton OF||36||Cole Hamels SP||61||James Shields SP||86||Drew Stubbs OF|
|12||Clayton Kershaw SP||37||Brett Lawrie 3B||62||Matt Garza SP||87||Ian Kennedy SP|
|13||Curtis Granderson OF||38||Ryan Braun OF||63||Michael Pineda SP||88||Cameron Maybin OF|
|14||Jose Reyes SS||39||Matt Holliday OF||64||Alex Rodriguez 3B||89||Jason Heyward OF|
|15||Prince Fielder 1B||40||Elvis Andrus SS||65||Mark Reynolds 1B/3B||90||Jayson Werth OF|
|16||Carlos Santana C/1B||41||Josh Hamilton SP||66||Aramis Ramirez 3B||91||Rickie Weeks 2B|
|17||Hanley Ramirez SS||42||CC Sabathia SP||67||Mike Morse 1B/OF||92||Matt Wieters C|
|18||Andrew McCutchen OF||43||Zack Greinke SP||68||Ricky Romero SP||93||Josh Beckett SP|
|19||Joey Votto 1B||44||Mike Napoli C/1B||69||Pablo Sandoval 1B/3B||94||Shane Victorino OF|
|20||Dustin Pedoria 2B||45||Jered Weaver SP||70||Carl Crawford OF||95||Adam Jones OF|
|21||Justin Verlander SP||46||Paul Konerko 1B||71||Buster Posey 1B/C||96||Jimmy Rollins SS|
|22||Ian Kinsler 2B||47||Eric Hosmer 1B||72||Alex Gordon OF||97||Brandon Morrow SP|
|23||Roy Halladay SP||48||Stephen Strasburg SP||73||Asdrubal Cabrera SS||98||Joe Mauer C/1B|
|24||Mike Stanton OF||49||BJ Upton OF||74||Kevin Youkilis 1B/3B||99||Matt Moore SP|
|25||Mark Teixeira 1B||50||Asdrubal Cabrera SS||75||Howie Kendrick 2B/OF||100||Drew Storen RP|
For a H2H Points League mock draft, it might seem odd that only one pitcher (Clayton Kershaw) would be drafted within the first 20 Rounds. However, in looking at last seasons consensus #1 pitcher and #1 hitter, Roy Halladay scored 738 points in this format compared to 701 for Albert Pujols. Overall, its a fairly balanced format with pitching and hitting rather equal.
What a difference the lack of a strikeout penalty makes! In this format, Mike Stanton being selected at 24th overall makes sense and is in line with his Mock Draft Central ADP and consensus value for traditional roto scoring players.
Considering a single, double or triple are of little value in this league, it makes sense why a perennial home run hitter such as Mark Reynolds would be drafted as early as 65th overall.
Carlos Santana being drafted in the 2nd Round of H2H expert mocks is becoming a trend. I can't say I disagree with it much as his Relative Value to Position (RVP) is nearly 50% higher than the average Top 20 catcher. However, considering BB Is useless, I might prefer Mike Napoli at 43rd overall. This might be the only draft/format this season where you see Miguel Olivio selected 84th overall.
Since all three are nearly the same player, it would be interesting to know why someone valued BJ Upton at 49th overall when Drew Stubbs could be selected at 86th overall and Chris Young is nowhere to be found in the Top 100.
Considering there is no penalty for hits against or walks, it's not surprising to see Brandon Morrow in the Top 100 of this scoring format.
It turns out Ryan Braun at 38th overall will be a steal after the announcement that he won his appeal and will not face a 50 game suspension.
What are your thoughts on this mock draft and scoring format? Personally, I would rather play traditional roto scoring than this watered down version of a points league. Comment below.