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Fantasy Baseball 2011: NL-Only League Draft Results

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JUPITER, FL - MARCH 24: Hanley Ramirez #2 of the Florida Marlins hits a single against the Boston Red Sox in the first inning at Roger Dean Stadium on March 24, 2011 in Jupiter, Florida. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)
JUPITER, FL - MARCH 24: Hanley Ramirez #2 of the Florida Marlins hits a single against the Boston Red Sox in the first inning at Roger Dean Stadium on March 24, 2011 in Jupiter, Florida. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)
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I have the day off today, so I will try to get another post up for later today and/or tomorrow, but there is a chance I won't get to it. I have my UBA league draft tonight in NYC, so I won't be near my laptop till sometime on Saturday.

I participated in another NL-Only, 5 x 5 redraft league draft last night, and here are my results. I had the 2nd pick in the draft and went with Hanley Ramirez with the second overall pick, with the hope that he can hit for more power in 2011.

The rest of my draft results after the jump:

1-Hanley Ramirez-SS

2-Chris Young-OF

3-Mike Stanton-OF

4-Jayson Werth-OF

5-Casey McGehee-3B

6-Chad Billingsley-P

7-Adam Laroche-1B

8-Wandy Rodriguez-P

9-Brandon Belt-CI-yes, very early, and kinda regretting this pick

10-Alfonso Soriano-OF

11-Craig Kimbrel-CL

12-John Axford-CL

13-Ty Wigginton-2B

14-Jhoulys Chacin-P

15-Derek Lowe-P

16-Jonathan Nese-P

17-Ramon Hernandez-C

18-Jonathan Herrera-MI

19-Sean Burnett-CL

20-Kenley Jansen-RP

21-Scott Hairston-OF

22-Chris Heisey-U

23-David Ross-C

The first three rounds of this draft goes 1-11, then 11-1, then 11-1 again-a modified snake draft. The format of the first three rounds lead to my decision to take Chris Young with the #21 overall pick. I was actually happy to grab Mike Stanton late in the 3rd round, and followed that up with Jayson Werth, who should see plenty of nice pitches hitting in front of Ryan Zimmerman. I am hoping he steals 20 bases this year hitting in the two hole.

I went into this draft wanting to draft just my starting pitchers from the 2nd-3rd tier, leading me to draft Billingsley and Wandy-Rod in the 6th and 8th rounds. I decided that I wanted two closers in this league so i drafted Kimbrel and Axford back to back, and supplemented them with Burnett later in the draft. Burnett appears to be the closer in Washington to open the season.

My team has plenty of power, but just average SB guys. I have a couple of upside starters in Chacin and Niese to go with Lowe, Billingsley and Rodriguez. I could have drafted Shaun Marcum in the 9th round instead of Belt, but the hype surrounding him pushed me to take him-probably a few rounds too early.

Some suprising picks:

Cliff Lee-12th overall and 2nd SP taken

Michael Bourn-picked in 3rd round

Angel Pagan-4th round

Starlin Castro-6th round pick and 5th SS overall

Brandon Belt-9th round pick

Chris Young -2nd round pick, and 21st overall

Ricky Nolasco-picked before Zack Greinke, Wandy Rodriguez, Ryan Dempster and Ted Lilly among others