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June 3, 2014

Dynasty Dynamics

Ideal Dynasty-Style Mock Draft

by Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein


The 2014 MLB Draft is just two days away, and with this date comes a host of new fantasy prospects for dynasty leaguers to covet, debate, and decry. While this year’s crop of prep and college talent isn’t quite as impressive as some of what we’ve seen in the recent past, there’s still a bevy of young talent you can use to bolster your MiLB rosters or use as trade chips in an attempt to win now.

With the draft just around the corner, Craig and I were looking for a way to deliver original content to our readers. And then we hit on this idea: What if we created a format in which we assigned each team one player, then explained our reasoning for why each player should end up with said team? It would be like a draft mock-up. A mock draft, if you will. Groundbreaking, we know.

Yet Craig and I lack the scouting experience, patience, and basic intelligence to bring you a legit mock draft—we’ll leave that to the talented BP Prospect/Perfect Game staffs. But what Craig and I can do is tailor what we know about these players to a fantasy perspective. A daunting task indeed.

So this mock draft won’t be about where we think these players will go. It’s not even about what we think these teams should do. This is about finding the best possible fits for these players from a dynasty POV, and explaining to you why you should root for such outcomes. It’s perhaps more of a fun exercise than a truly useful one, but hopefully the discussions surrounding organizational context do provide you with some modicum of enlightenment.

Without further ado, let’s turn this over to Craig, who has the no. 1 pick. What should us dynasty leaguers be rooting for, Craig?

1. Houston Astros - Alex Jackson - C - Rancho Bernardo HS
Craig: Options abound at no. 1, as you’d expect, and while it might not make sense for the Astros to take someone like Jackson with more polished options available, when it comes to fantasy value, this might be the best spot for the backstop. Jackson’s biggest impact is behind the plate, and Houston is open-minded enough (and value conscious enough) to leave him there, despite the long road to the majors that doing so would entail developmentally. It’s not the pick they’ll make, but from an organizational standpoint, it might be Jackson’s best shot to remain a catcher.

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