<
>

Fantasy baseball mock draft recap: 10-team head-to-head points league

play
What closer should managers target first? (1:46)

Tristan H. Cockcroft and Eric Karabell break down the top relievers managers should draft in the early rounds. (1:46)

Fantasy baseball draft season is well underway, so our experts got together for another mock draft to help get you ready for the season.

This time, the format was that of a 10-team points league, using ESPN's default scoring settings. For those who haven't played before, ESPN head-to-head points leagues award one point per run scored, total base, RBI, walk and stolen base, while subtracting one for each strikeout for hitters. For pitchers, the default scoring awards a point per inning pitched and strikeout, awards five for wins and saves, and deducts one for hits or walks allowed, two for earned runs and five for losses. Managers may only accrue 12 games started per week by their starting pitchers.

This format differs from roto leagues (see our roto mock draft here) in many ways, as you'll see when surveying the picks below. For one thing, some managers elect to go with closers early, as five points for a save plus points for strikeouts means elite closers can earn lots of points without cutting into their team's starting pitcher limits. You may also notice that stolen base threats don't go quite as early. Without the need to fill every category, players who specialize in steals (or any other category) no longer hold special value.

The experts who took part in this mock draft, in order of pick, were: AJ Mass, Todd Zola, Dan Mullen, Dave Schoenfield, Leo Howell, Eric Karabell, Pierre Becquey, Damian Dabrowski, Tim Heaney and Tristan H. Cockcroft.