We recently completed the first round of our 2016 Rookie Draft in the FakeTeams Dynasty League, and I thought it would be helpful to share the results and give our readers a feel for how these drafts are shaking out. I don't believe there is much value in nitpicking the order players were taken, since arguing over preference lists tends to be a fruitless endeavor, but where these results get interesting is seeing how players of different acquisition methods are valued. There are plenty of lists that rank the top international FA signings (mine is here), or the top prospects selected in the Amateur draft, but isolating only those players and combining the lists is a difficult list to get a read on. Also considering prospects who have been in the minors, but were not previously owned, make these results a very useful barometer of where we can find value in our prospect drafts.
A few considerations before reviewing the results of our first round:
- 20 team roto league with 6x6 scoring
- Prospects come through on a very inexpensive pay scale. Managers tend to chase the high-upside picks since prospects can be cut with no cost if they don't pan out, and are dirt cheap for the first 5-6 years.
- Only players signed to a contract before the draft are eligible - you won't see Kenta Maeda on this board.
1. Yoan Moncada (BOS - SS)
2. Carson Fulmer (CHW - P)
3. Blake Snell (TB - P)
4. Byun Ho Park (MIN - 1B)
5. Francis Martes (HOU - P)***
6. Brendan Rodgers (COL - SS)
7. Andrew Benitendi (BOS - OF)
8. Dansby Swanson (ATL - SS)
9. Alex Bregman (HOU - SS)
10. Anthony Alford (TOR - OF)
11. Eddy Julio Martinez (CHC - OF)
12. Daz Cameron (HOU - OF)
13. Kolby Allard (ATL - P)
14. Jose de Leon (LAD - P)
15. Jacob Nottingham (OAK - C)
16. Victor Robles (WAS - OF)
17. Ian Happ (CHC - 2B)
18. Kyle Tucker (HOU - OF)
19. Dillon Tate (TEX - P)
20. Cornelius Randolph (PHI - 3B)
21. Trent Clark (MIL - OF)
*** denotes a make-up pick for an MIA owner that took place in the middle of the second round
Here are a few of my thoughts on the results of this draft, and others I have completed so far this off-season:
- The high-school/college players tend to go early and in the order they were drafted - there's a little movement within tiers, but due to the additional coverage those prospects get, they are heavily favored in the draft.
- The J2 prospects don't go as early as I would have expected. EJM and Yusniel Diaz (taken in round 2) went much later than anticipated. The thought is probably that the time it will take for them to develop isn't worth the roster spot, but in a league with deep minor league rosters (20 spots) and free to cut at any time, they're a risk-free investment with huge upside.
- Buzzy prospects who were traded in the past off season tend to get a bump in value. Jacob Nottingham is an example this year and has gone high in all of my drafts; Willy Adames was a similar player last year after the David Price trade. I do like Nottingham at that spot given his track record, but you are paying close to full-price here.
What does everyone think? If anyone is interested, I can also post the results to rounds 2-5 as they are completed, as well as the results of another league I'm in with a very similar set-up.
If you have any questions about your upcoming dynasty drafts or fantasy in general, feel free to shoot me an e-mail (email@example.com) or reach out on Twitter @BrianCreagh