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2008 Fake Teams Fantasy Baseball Mock Draft Results

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The first Fake Teams mock draft for the 2008 fantasy baseball season was completed last night. At its peak, there were eight active drafters and four computer teams. Those four teams altered the complexion of the draft as the highest ranked players were taken automatically. This meant closers and starting pitchers began falling off the board in the 4th round.

As a result, I reached for a closer in the 7th round in order to get a top-rated one. The lucky winner? Takashi Saito of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Unfortunately, there were plenty of third- and fourth-tier closers available late with the Texas Rangers' nominal closer, CJ Wilson, being the last player taken in the 25-round draft. Thank you, Mock Draft Central, for the ability to hold mock drafts prior to the real thing. This lesson learned will not be forgotten.

While my team looks to be filled with potential breakouts, the projection system available at MDC showed my offense to be the third best. If only the pitching projections had worked, I'm sure I would have been predicted to win it all!

Picking first, I had to take Alex Rodriguez. I toyed with selecting Marlins' SS Hanley Ramirez, but ultimately decided on the surest thing for five categories that currently exists in fantasy baseball. Coming I did something I normally do not do and reached for a position of scarcity to take Dodgers' catcher Russ Martin. After passing on Ramirez and his 50+ SB at #1, I wanted to make sure I grabbed SB where I could and no other catcher is going to provide the SB totals that Russ Martin will. Plus, I knew he would not be available 23 picks later as the autodrafters would get him before the draft came back to me.

I'm not sure I would follow the same strategy in future drafts, but I was able to do so thanks to the "mock" in a mock draft. The draft results are in the jump page so click it to see where everyone was drafted.

Round Nagy`s Nine eph_unit dave is a homo. Hinz57er TradeJuanPierre Fukudome Weiss Krispies roid rage Walker Texas Ranger false premises Dave.Fuller//Ace MoFo`s Round
R1 L Alex Rodriguez Jose Reyes Hanley Ramirez Albert Pujols David Wright Jimmy Rollins Chase Utley Matt Holliday Alfonso Soriano Carl Crawford Miguel Cabrera Grady Sizemore R1
R2 Carlos Lee Mark Teixeira Brandon Phillips Lance Berkman (OF) Jake Peavy Ichiro Suzuki Johan Santana David Ortiz Carlos Beltran Ryan Braun Prince Fielder Ryan Howard R R2
R3 L Russell Martin Vladimir Guerrero B.J. Upton (2B) Bobby Abreu Alex Rios Curtis Granderson Manny Ramirez Victor Martinez (1B) Brian Roberts Derek Jeter Magglio Ordonez Aramis Ramirez R3
R4 Robinson Cano Josh Beckett Adam Dunn Brandon Webb Torii Hunter Joe Nathan Garrett Atkins Jon Papelbon Travis Hafner Derrek Lee Erik Bedard Justin Morneau R R4
R5 L Carlos Guillen (1B) J.J. Putz Brian McCann Carlos Zambrano John Lackey Joe Mauer Mariano Rivera Eric Byrnes Chris Young Cole Hamels Troy Tulowitzki C.C. Sabathia R5
R6 Nick Markakis Ian Kinsler Jason Bay Justin Verlander Chipper Jones Gary Sheffield Jorge Posada Carlos Pena Chone Figgins Hunter Pence Francisco Rodriguez Dan Haren R R6
R7 L Takashi Saito Vernon Wells Paul Konerko Billy Wagner Scott Kazmir Miguel Tejada Roy Oswalt Rafael Furcal Jose Valverde Francisco Cordero Dan Uggla Bobby Jenks R7
R8 Daisuke Matsuzaka Chris Young Shane Victorino Corey Hart John Smoltz Brad Hawpe Juan Pierre Johnny Damon Hideki Matsui Andruw Jones Aaron Harang Michael Young R R8
R9 L Matthew Cain Felix Hernandez Ryan Zimmerman Brad Lidge Jim Thome Jermaine Dye Carlos Delgado Edgar Renteria Brett Myers Aaron Rowand Jeff Francoeur Delmon Young R9
R10 Alex Gordon (1B) Tim Lincecum Fausto Carmona Kelly Johnson James Shields Roy Halladay Ken Griffey Javier Vazquez Adrian Gonzalez Ben Sheets Kelvim Escobar Trevor Hoffman R R10
R11 L Chad Billingsley Howie Kendrick Adrian Beltre Jason Isringhausen Todd Helton Kenji Johjima Pedro Martinez Huston Street Ted Lilly Rich Hill Orlando Cabrera Rickie Weeks R11
R12 James Loney Yovani Gallardo A.J. Burnett Jacoby Ellsbury Raul Ibanez J.J. Hardy B.J. Ryan Chad Cordero Manuel Corpas Brad Penny Pat Burrell Jarrod Saltalamacchia (1B) R R12
R13 L Matt Kemp Ivan Rodriguez Jeff Francis Mike Lowell Nick Swisher (1B) John Maine Frank Thomas Joba Chamberlain Chien-ming Wang Jered Weaver Josh Fields (OF) Kosuke Fukudome R13
R14 Kevin Gregg Jhonny Peralta Joakim Soria Matt Capps Carlos Marmol Tim Hudson Philip Hughes Jeremy Bonderman Ian Snell Kevin Youkilis Dustin McGowan Francisco Liriano R R14
R15 L Michael Bourn Oliver Perez Adam Wainwright Khalil Greene Orlando Hudson Dustin Pedroia Stephen Drew Derek Lowe Michael Cuddyer Joe Borowski Rafael Soriano Willy Taveras R15
R16 Cameron Maybin Clay Buchholz Troy Glaus Jack Cust Placido Polanco Kaz Matsui Troy Percival Edwin Encarnacion Gary Matthews Jr. Garret Anderson Jeremy Hermida Rick Ankiel R R16
R17 L Julio Lugo Ryan Garko Felipe Lopez (2B) Mark Ellis Joe Blanton Barry Zito Hank Blalock Bronson Arroyo Josh Willingham Jeremy Guthrie Geovany Soto Jay Bruce R17
R18 Evan Longoria Chris Carpenter Todd Jones Adam LaRoche Mike Cameron Barry Bonds Jeff Kent Rocco Baldelli Moises Alou A.J. Pierzynski Melky Cabrera Eric Gagne R R18
R19 L Brian Wilson Tony Pena Jason Giambi Jason Varitek Al Reyes Curt Schilling Randy Johnson Ryan Dempster Dontrelle Willis Corey Patterson Zach Greinke Andy Pettitte R19
R20 Aaron Hill Mark Teahen Tom Gorzelanny Jose Guillen J.D. Drew Casey Blake Richie Sexson Eric Chavez Paul Lo Duca Nate McLouth Jonathan Broxton Jason Bartlett R R20
R21 L Lastings Milledge Ubaldo Jimenez Rich Harden Jeremy Accardo Akinori Iwamura Yunel Escobar (2B 3B) Bill Hall Ryan Theriot Matt Garza Coco Crisp Joey Votto Jon Garland R21
R22 Kerry Wood Pat Neshek Josh Hamilton Masahide Kobayashi Luis Castillo Aubrey Huff David Weathers Casey Kotchman Tom Glavine Ty Wigginton (2B) Homer Bailey Hideki Okajima R R22
R23 L Mark Buehrle David DeJesus Gil Meche Tadahito Iguchi Bobby Crosby Jon Lester Kevin Kouzmanoff Scott Rolen David Eckstein Ramon Hernandez Carlos Silva Justin Upton R23
R24 Sergio Mitre Mark Reynolds Billy Butler Hiroki Kuroda Brian Fuentes Heath Bell Jerry Owens Xavier Nady Mike Jacobs Omar Vizquel Andrew Miller Justin Towles R R24
R25 L Adam Jones Rajai Davis Chad Qualls Reggie Willits Johnny Estrada Joe Saunders Ian Kennedy Mark DeRosa Jose Lopez Manny Delcarmen C.J. Wilson Asdrubal Cabrera R25