2021 Fantasy Baseball Draft Prep: NL-only Head-to-Head (H2H) points mock draft


It’s official: The NL-only draft pool is easier than the AL this year. Our latest Head-to-Head points mock, as compared to the AL-only one that came before it, was enough confirmation for me

It’s easier on the front end, with 17 of the top 24 highest-drafted players being in the NL. It’s easier on the back end, offering a higher caliber of starting pitcher for those last few roster spots.

In fact, starting pitcher is where the difference is most evident. Going by FantasyPros ADP, 12 of the top 15 starting pitchers are in the NL. Fittingly, there wasn’t the same desperation in the early rounds of this mock, with everyone reaching for something purely out of scarcity. In fact, the first two rounds weren’t so unlike what you’d see in a standard mixed league.

In addition to starting pitcher, the NL is probably the strongest at first base, which is a departure from past years. There are more than enough quality options to go around in a 10-team league. Third base is pretty strong, too, especially if you’re a believer in Ke’Bryan Hayes and Alec Bohm. Shortstop of course offers its share of studs, but the drop-off is steep after the top nine or so. Some of us were having to stretch in the outfield, too, even in a three-outfielder league.

At the time of this draft, Justin Turner (Round 11), Mark Melancon (Round 15) and Trevor Rosenthal (Round 17) were all still free agents, which might explain why they fell. There were fairly strong indicators all would return to the NL, but no one could say for sure what roles Rosenthal and Melancon would fill. For other free agents like Taijuan Walker (Round 9) and James Paxton (Round 10), there was no telling where they’d ultimately wind up.

Here’s who took part in this draft:

1) George Maselli, CBS Sports  
2) Crosby Spencer, RotoFanatic (@crosbyspencer1)   
3) Kayla Van Horn, former Podcast League participant   
4) Scott White, CBS Sports (@CBSScottWhite)  
5) Richardo, Razzball (@RichardoPL83)  
6) Chris Towers, CBS Sports (@CTowersCBS)  
7) Rhys White, Six Man Rotation (@RhysBWhite)   
8) B_Don, Razzball (@RazzBDon)     
9) Phil Ponebshek, Patton & Company   
10) Chris Mitchell, FantasyData (@CJMitch73)

Round By Round

Round 1
Pos Team Player
1 George Maselli J. deGrom SP NYM
2 Crosby Spencer J. Soto LF WAS
3 Kayla Van Horn M. Betts RF LAD
4 Scott White R. Acuna CF ATL
5 Richardo F. Tatis SS SD
6 Chris Towers F. Freeman 1B ATL
7 Rhys White C. Yelich LF MIL
8 B_Don T. Bauer SP CIN
9 Phil Ponebshek C. Kershaw SP LAD
10 Chris Mitchell T. Turner SS WAS
Round 2
Pos Team Player
11 Chris Mitchell W. Buehler SP LAD
12 Phil Ponebshek F. Lindor SS NYM
13 B_Don B. Harper RF PHI
14 Rhys White T. Story SS COL
15 Chris Towers L. Castillo SP CIN
16 Richardo Y. Darvish SP SD
17 Scott White A. Nola SP PHI
18 Kayla Van Horn J. Flaherty SP STL
19 Crosby Spencer C. Bellinger CF LAD
20 George Maselli M. Scherzer SP WAS
Round 3
Pos Team Player
21 George Maselli C. Seager SS LAD
22 Crosby Spencer B. Woodruff SP MIL
23 Kayla Van Horn Z. Gallen SP ARI
24 Scott White M. Machado 3B SD
25 Richardo O. Albies 2B ATL
26 Chris Towers M. Ozuna DH ATL
27 Rhys White N. Arenado 3B STL
28 B_Don B. Snell SP SD
29 Phil Ponebshek P. Alonso 1B NYM
30 Chris Mitchell D. Lamet SP SD
Round 4
Pos Team Player
31 Chris Mitchell S. Strasburg SP WAS
32 Phil Ponebshek C. Carrasco SP NYM
33 B_Don K. Marte 2B ARI
34 Rhys White K. Hendricks SP CHC
35 Chris Towers E. Suarez 3B CIN
36 Richardo J. Realmuto C PHI
37 Scott White C. Burnes SP MIL
38 Kayla Van Horn K. Hiura 2B MIL
39 Crosby Spencer S. Gray SP CIN
40 George Maselli M. Fried SP ATL
Round 5
Pos Team Player
41 George Maselli N. Castellanos RF CIN
42 Crosby Spencer M. Conforto RF NYM
43 Kayla Van Horn C. Blackmon RF COL
44 Scott White Z. Wheeler SP PHI
45 Richardo C. Paddack SP SD
46 Chris Towers A. Rizzo 1B CHC
47 Rhys White P. Corbin SP WAS
48 B_Don M. Muncy 1B LAD
49 Phil Ponebshek C. Morton SP ATL
50 Chris Mitchell P. Goldschmidt 1B STL
Round 6
Pos Team Player
51 Chris Mitchell K. Bryant 3B CHC
52 Phil Ponebshek S. Marte CF MIA
53 B_Don J. Baez SS CHC
54 Rhys White T. Grisham CF SD
55 Chris Towers S. Sanchez SP MIA
56 Richardo I. Anderson SP ATL
57 Scott White D. Swanson SS ATL
58 Kayla Van Horn D. Smith 1B NYM
59 Crosby Spencer M. Moustakas 2B CIN
60 George Maselli M. Soroka SP ATL
Round 7
Pos Team Player
61 George Maselli J. Hader RP MIL
62 Crosby Spencer J. Musgrove SP SD
63 Kayla Van Horn J. Urias SP LAD
64 Scott White J. McNeil LF NYM
65 Richardo T. Pham LF SD
66 Chris Towers S. Alcantara SP MIA
67 Rhys White W. Myers RF SD
68 B_Don A. Bohm 3B PHI
69 Phil Ponebshek W. Contreras C CHC
70 Chris Mitchell M. Stroman SP NYM
Round 8
Pos Team Player
71 Chris Mitchell K. Jansen RP LAD
72 Phil Ponebshek B. Hand RP WAS
73 B_Don D. May SP LAD
74 Rhys White W. Smith C LAD
75 Chris Towers P. Lopez SP MIA
76 Richardo G. Marquez SP COL
77 Scott White K. Gausman SP SF
78 Kayla Van Horn K. Hayes 3B PIT
79 Crosby Spencer E. Diaz RP NYM
80 George Maselli J. Bell 1B WAS
Round 9
Pos Team Player
81 George Maselli T. d’Arnaud C ATL
82 Crosby Spencer K. Schwarber LF WAS
83 Kayla Van Horn D. Price SP LAD
84 Scott White Mike Yastrzemski OF SF
85 Richardo T. Edman 3B STL
86 Chris Towers I. Happ CF CHC
87 Rhys White T. Mahle SP CIN
88 B_Don Taijuan Walker SP Unaffiliated
89 Phil Ponebshek K. Calhoun RF ARI
90 Chris Mitchell M. Bumgarner SP ARI
Round 10
Pos Team Player
91 Chris Mitchell Jon Berti 2B MIA
92 Phil Ponebshek C. Kimbrel RP CHC
93 B_Don K. Wright SP ATL
94 Rhys White T. Gonsolin SP LAD
95 Chris Towers Z. Eflin SP PHI
96 Richardo D. Williams RP MIL
97 Scott White R. Hoskins 1B PHI
98 Kayla Van Horn N. Syndergaard SP NYM
99 Crosby Spencer James Paxton SP Unaffiliated
100 George Maselli J. Davis 3B NYM
Round 11
Pos Team Player
101 George Maselli A. Riley 3B ATL
102 Crosby Spencer D. Gregorius SS PHI
103 Kayla Van Horn H. Kim SS SD
104 Scott White D. Carlson RF STL
105 Richardo E. Hosmer 1B SD
106 Chris Towers J. Winker DH CIN
107 Rhys White T. La Stella 2B SF
108 B_Don N. Senzel CF CIN
109 Phil Ponebshek J. Turner 3B LAD
110 Chris Mitchell V. Robles CF WAS
Round 12
Pos Team Player
111 Chris Mitchell C. Martinez SP STL
112 Phil Ponebshek M. Keller SP PIT
113 B_Don M. Gore SP SD
114 Rhys White B. Anderson 3B MIA
115 Chris Towers A. Wood SP SF
116 Richardo K. Kim SP STL
117 Scott White D. Pomeranz RP SD
118 Kayla Van Horn A. Garrett RP CIN
119 Crosby Spencer A. McCutchen LF PHI
120 George Maselli D. Smyly SP ATL
Round 13
Pos Team Player
121 George Maselli Z. Davies SP CHC
122 Crosby Spencer J. Segura 2B PHI
123 Kayla Van Horn S. Howard SP PHI
124 Scott White E. Hernandez SP MIA
125 Richardo A. Pollock LF LAD
126 Chris Towers R. Rodriguez RP PIT
127 Rhys White J. Cronenworth 2B SD
128 B_Don C. Pache LF ATL
129 Phil Ponebshek J. Votto 1B CIN
130 Chris Mitchell K. Wong 2B MIL
Round 14
Pos Team Player
131 Chris Mitchell B. Nimmo CF NYM
132 Phil Ponebshek L. Cain CF MIL
133 B_Don J. Pederson LF CHC
134 Rhys White P. DeJong SS STL
135 Chris Towers A. DeSclafani SP SF
136 Richardo C. Walker 1B ARI
137 Scott White A. Alzolay SP CHC
138 Kayla Van Horn L. Weaver SP ARI
139 Crosby Spencer W. Smith RP ATL
140 George Maselli G. Hampson CF COL
Round 15
Pos Team Player
141 George Maselli M. Melancon RP ATL
142 Crosby Spencer E. Escobar 3B ARI
143 Kayla Van Horn D. Peralta LF ARI
144 Scott White A. Wainwright SP STL
145 Richardo C. Smith SP ARI
146 Chris Towers D. Varsho CF ARI
147 Rhys White S. Lugo RP NYM
148 B_Don E. Lauer SP MIL
149 Phil Ponebshek J. Profar LF SD
150 Chris Mitchell G. Lux 2B LAD
Round 16
Pos Team Player
151 Chris Mitchell R. Tapia LF COL
152 Phil Ponebshek M. Moore SP PHI
153 B_Don J. Hicks RP STL
154 Rhys White C. Taylor LF LAD
155 Chris Towers N. Ahmed SS ARI
156 Richardo J. Lindblom SP MIL
157 Scott White A. Nola C SD
158 Kayla Van Horn Giovanny Gallegos RP STL
159 Crosby Spencer J. McCann C NYM
160 George Maselli A. Duvall LF ATL
Round 17
Pos Team Player
161 George Maselli K. Pillar CF COL
162 Crosby Spencer E. Rios 3B LAD
163 Kayla Van Horn G. Cooper DH MIA
164 Scott White T. Rosenthal RP SD
165 Richardo H. Neris RP PHI
166 Chris Towers S. Castro 2B WAS
167 Rhys White L. Sims RP CIN
168 B_Don J. Chisholm 2B MIA
169 Phil Ponebshek T. Rainey RP WAS
170 Chris Mitchell M. Lorenzen RP CIN
Round 18
Pos Team Player
171 Chris Mitchell C. Kieboom 3B WAS
172 Phil Ponebshek B. Belt 1B SF
173 B_Don A. Bradley RP PHI
174 Rhys White A. Garcia CF MIL
175 Chris Towers M. Kelly SP ARI
176 Richardo B. Reynolds LF PIT
177 Scott White J. Aguilar 1B MIA
178 Kayla Van Horn C. Kelly C ARI
179 Crosby Spencer M. Mikolas SP STL
180 George Maselli T. Rogers SP MIA
Round 19
Pos Team Player
181 George Maselli A. Mills SP CHC
182 Crosby Spencer J. Lucchesi SP NYM
183 Kayla Van Horn B. Rodgers 2B COL
184 Scott White M. Wisler RP SF
185 Richardo J. Lester SP WAS
186 Chris Towers J. Gray SP COL
187 Rhys White A. Houser SP MIL
188 B_Don T. Toussaint SP ATL
189 Phil Ponebshek J. Cueto SP SF
190 Chris Mitchell F. Peralta RP MIL
Round 20
Pos Team Player
191 Chris Mitchell O. Narvaez C MIL
192 Phil Ponebshek Jonathan Villar 2B NYM
193 B_Don J. Bart C SF
194 Rhys White E. Cabrera SP MIA
195 Chris Towers T. Antone RP CIN
196 Richardo D. Peterson SP NYM
197 Scott White S. Kingery 2B PHI
198 Kayla Van Horn Brusdar Graterol RP LAD
199 Crosby Spencer A. Dickerson LF SF
200 George Maselli D. Bard RP COL
Round 21
Pos Team Player
201 George Maselli J. Heyward RF CHC
202 Crosby Spencer K. Freeland SP COL
203 Kayla Van Horn M. Dubon CF SF
204 Scott White J. Soria RP ARI
205 Richardo R. McMahon 2B COL
206 Chris Towers D. Solano 2B SF
207 Rhys White L. Webb SP SF
208 B_Don V. Velasquez SP PHI
209 Phil Ponebshek B. Posey C SF
210 Chris Mitchell A. Reyes RP STL

Team by Team

George Maselli
Rd Pk Player
1 1 J. deGrom SP NYM
2 20 M. Scherzer SP WAS
3 21 C. Seager SS LAD
4 40 M. Fried SP ATL
5 41 N. Castellanos RF CIN
6 60 M. Soroka SP ATL
7 61 J. Hader RP MIL
8 80 J. Bell 1B WAS
9 81 T. d’Arnaud C ATL
10 100 J. Davis 3B NYM
11 101 A. Riley 3B ATL
12 120 D. Smyly SP ATL
13 121 Z. Davies SP CHC
14 140 G. Hampson CF COL
15 141 M. Melancon RP ATL
16 160 A. Duvall LF ATL
17 161 K. Pillar CF COL
18 180 T. Rogers SP MIA
19 181 A. Mills SP CHC
20 200 D. Bard RP COL
21 201 J. Heyward RF CHC
Crosby Spencer
Rd Pk Player
1 2 J. Soto LF WAS
2 19 C. Bellinger CF LAD
3 22 B. Woodruff SP MIL
4 39 S. Gray SP CIN
5 42 M. Conforto RF NYM
6 59 M. Moustakas 2B CIN
7 62 J. Musgrove SP SD
8 79 E. Diaz RP NYM
9 82 K. Schwarber LF WAS
10 99 James Paxton SP Unaffiliated
11 102 D. Gregorius SS PHI
12 119 A. McCutchen LF PHI
13 122 J. Segura 2B PHI
14 139 W. Smith RP ATL
15 142 E. Escobar 3B ARI
16 159 J. McCann C NYM
17 162 E. Rios 3B LAD
18 179 M. Mikolas SP STL
19 182 J. Lucchesi SP NYM
20 199 A. Dickerson LF SF
21 202 K. Freeland SP COL
Kayla Van Horn
Rd Pk Player
1 3 M. Betts RF LAD
2 18 J. Flaherty SP STL
3 23 Z. Gallen SP ARI
4 38 K. Hiura 2B MIL
5 43 C. Blackmon RF COL
6 58 D. Smith 1B NYM
7 63 J. Urias SP LAD
8 78 K. Hayes 3B PIT
9 83 D. Price SP LAD
10 98 N. Syndergaard SP NYM
11 103 H. Kim SS SD
12 118 A. Garrett RP CIN
13 123 S. Howard SP PHI
14 138 L. Weaver SP ARI
15 143 D. Peralta LF ARI
16 158 Giovanny Gallegos RP STL
17 163 G. Cooper DH MIA
18 178 C. Kelly C ARI
19 183 B. Rodgers 2B COL
20 198 Brusdar Graterol RP LAD
21 203 M. Dubon CF SF
Scott White
Rd Pk Player
1 4 R. Acuna CF ATL
2 17 A. Nola SP PHI
3 24 M. Machado 3B SD
4 37 C. Burnes SP MIL
5 44 Z. Wheeler SP PHI
6 57 D. Swanson SS ATL
7 64 J. McNeil LF NYM
8 77 K. Gausman SP SF
9 84 Mike Yastrzemski OF SF
10 97 R. Hoskins 1B PHI
11 104 D. Carlson RF STL
12 117 D. Pomeranz RP SD
13 124 E. Hernandez SP MIA
14 137 A. Alzolay SP CHC
15 144 A. Wainwright SP STL
16 157 A. Nola C SD
17 164 T. Rosenthal RP SD
18 177 J. Aguilar 1B MIA
19 184 M. Wisler RP SF
20 197 S. Kingery 2B PHI
21 204 J. Soria RP ARI
Richardo
Rd Pk Player
1 5 F. Tatis SS SD
2 16 Y. Darvish SP SD
3 25 O. Albies 2B ATL
4 36 J. Realmuto C PHI
5 45 C. Paddack SP SD
6 56 I. Anderson SP ATL
7 65 T. Pham LF SD
8 76 G. Marquez SP COL
9 85 T. Edman 3B STL
10 96 D. Williams RP MIL
11 105 E. Hosmer 1B SD
12 116 K. Kim SP STL
13 125 A. Pollock LF LAD
14 136 C. Walker 1B ARI
15 145 C. Smith SP ARI
16 156 J. Lindblom SP MIL
17 165 H. Neris RP PHI
18 176 B. Reynolds LF PIT
19 185 J. Lester SP WAS
20 196 D. Peterson SP NYM
21 205 R. McMahon 2B COL
Chris Towers
Rd Pk Player
1 6 F. Freeman 1B ATL
2 15 L. Castillo SP CIN
3 26 M. Ozuna DH ATL
4 35 E. Suarez 3B CIN
5 46 A. Rizzo 1B CHC
6 55 S. Sanchez SP MIA
7 66 S. Alcantara SP MIA
8 75 P. Lopez SP MIA
9 86 I. Happ CF CHC
10 95 Z. Eflin SP PHI
11 106 J. Winker DH CIN
12 115 A. Wood SP SF
13 126 R. Rodriguez RP PIT
14 135 A. DeSclafani SP SF
15 146 D. Varsho CF ARI
16 155 N. Ahmed SS ARI
17 166 S. Castro 2B WAS
18 175 M. Kelly SP ARI
19 186 J. Gray SP COL
20 195 T. Antone RP CIN
21 206 D. Solano 2B SF
Rhys White
Rd Pk Player
1 7 C. Yelich LF MIL
2 14 T. Story SS COL
3 27 N. Arenado 3B STL
4 34 K. Hendricks SP CHC
5 47 P. Corbin SP WAS
6 54 T. Grisham CF SD
7 67 W. Myers RF SD
8 74 W. Smith C LAD
9 87 T. Mahle SP CIN
10 94 T. Gonsolin SP LAD
11 107 T. La Stella 2B SF
12 114 B. Anderson 3B MIA
13 127 J. Cronenworth 2B SD
14 134 P. DeJong SS STL
15 147 S. Lugo RP NYM
16 154 C. Taylor LF LAD
17 167 L. Sims RP CIN
18 174 A. Garcia CF MIL
19 187 A. Houser SP MIL
20 194 E. Cabrera SP MIA
21 207 L. Webb SP SF
B_Don
Rd Pk Player
1 8 T. Bauer SP CIN
2 13 B. Harper RF PHI
3 28 B. Snell SP SD
4 33 K. Marte 2B ARI
5 48 M. Muncy 1B LAD
6 53 J. Baez SS CHC
7 68 A. Bohm 3B PHI
8 73 D. May SP LAD
9 88 Taijuan Walker SP Unaffiliated
10 93 K. Wright SP ATL
11 108 N. Senzel CF CIN
12 113 M. Gore SP SD
13 128 C. Pache LF ATL
14 133 J. Pederson LF CHC
15 148 E. Lauer SP MIL
16 153 J. Hicks RP STL
17 168 J. Chisholm 2B MIA
18 173 A. Bradley RP PHI
19 188 T. Toussaint SP ATL
20 193 J. Bart C SF
21 208 V. Velasquez SP PHI
Phil Ponebshek
Rd Pk Player
1 9 C. Kershaw SP LAD
2 12 F. Lindor SS NYM
3 29 P. Alonso 1B NYM
4 32 C. Carrasco SP NYM
5 49 C. Morton SP ATL
6 52 S. Marte CF MIA
7 69 W. Contreras C CHC
8 72 B. Hand RP WAS
9 89 K. Calhoun RF ARI
10 92 C. Kimbrel RP CHC
11 109 J. Turner 3B LAD
12 112 M. Keller SP PIT
13 129 J. Votto 1B CIN
14 132 L. Cain CF MIL
15 149 J. Profar LF SD
16 152 M. Moore SP PHI
17 169 T. Rainey RP WAS
18 172 B. Belt 1B SF
19 189 J. Cueto SP SF
20 192 Jonathan Villar 2B NYM
21 209 B. Posey C SF
Chris Mitchell
Rd Pk Player
1 10 T. Turner SS WAS
2 11 W. Buehler SP LAD
3 30 D. Lamet SP SD
4 31 S. Strasburg SP WAS
5 50 P. Goldschmidt 1B STL
6 51 K. Bryant 3B CHC
7 70 M. Stroman SP NYM
8 71 K. Jansen RP LAD
9 90 M. Bumgarner SP ARI
10 91 Jon Berti 2B MIA
11 110 V. Robles CF WAS
12 111 C. Martinez SP STL
13 130 K. Wong 2B MIL
14 131 B. Nimmo CF NYM
15 150 G. Lux 2B LAD
16 151 R. Tapia LF COL
17 170 M. Lorenzen RP CIN
18 171 C. Kieboom 3B WAS
19 190 F. Peralta RP MIL
20 191 O. Narvaez C MIL
21 210 A. Reyes RP STL

So which 2021 Fantasy baseball sleepers should you snatch in your draft? And which undervalued first baseman can help you win a championship? Visit SportsLine now to get Fantasy baseball rankings for every single position, all from the model that called Will Smith’s huge breakout last season, and find out.





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