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

You think there’s a demand for pitching in mixed leagues? It’s nothing compared to AL-only.

Our first look at that half of the player pool was eye-opening in that way.

It makes sense when you take the time to break it down. Yes, Gerrit Cole and Shane Bieber play in the AL, and they’re two of the top three pitchers drafted overall. But it turns out 12 of the top 15 pitchers are in the NL. The one exception apart from Cole and Bieber is Lucas Giolito, who’s typically the seventh starting pitcher off the board.

He was the fifth player taken in this draft — pitcher, hitter, whatever. 

Our desperation only grew from there. Tyler Glasnow went with the very next pick. Jose Berrios was somehow a first-rounder. By the time I could make a play for an ace in Round 2, being the knucklehead who took Mike Trout with the third pick in the draft (Cole and Bieber going one and two, of course), the best I could do was Zack Greinke. 

Well, what was I going to do, not take one? Chris Towers managed to hold out until Round 6 before dipping into the pitcher pool. His ace is (gulp) Corey Kluber.

It didn’t help that this was a Head-to-Head points league, the format most known for elevating starting pitchers. Maybe if it was a Rotisserie league or some other format with traditional 5×5 scoring, we wouldn’t have strained so much for the top arms, instead diverting our attention to stolen bases in the early rounds.

But I actually think it’s more critical to invest in those high-end hurlers in a 5×5 league. In a points league, you could plug in anyone who piles up innings and get something out of it. In a 5×5 league, those same pitchers would just drag down your ERA and WHIP.

Some other things I noticed about the AL-only player pool:

  • It’s kind of amazing how lacking it is in high-end talent everywhere. Going by FantasyPros ADP, 17 of the top 24 players are in the NL.
  • Apart from starting pitcher, the weakest positions are probably first and second base. Even in a 10-team league, I didn’t feel like there were enough quality options to go around.
  • Some of the hitter shortages at each individual position are countered by there being so many worthwhile DH-only types between Nelson Cruz, J.D. Martinez, Yordan Alvarez, Giancarlo Stanton, Jorge Soler, Franmil Reyes and Willie Calhoun. You’ll want to think long and hard about filling your utility spot with someone who can play some other position, especially since those DH-only types tend to slide.

Here’s who took part in this draft:

1) Nick Mimikos, Stack Attack podcast (@NMimi)   
2) Kayla Van Horn, former Podcast League participant  
3) Scott White, CBS Sports (@CBSScottWhite)  
4) George Maselli, CBS Sports
5) Jeremy Latzke, lucky reader who got to join in
6) B_Don, Razzball (@RazzBDon)  
7) Chris Towers, CBS Sports (@CTowersCBS)  
8) Rhys White, Six Man Rotation (@RhysBWhite)   
9) Frank Stampfl, CBS Sports (@Roto_Frank)  
10) Andy Spiteri, Fantasy Alarm (@gasdoc_spit)

Round By Round

Round 1
Pos Team Player
1 Nick Mimikos G. Cole SP NYY
2 Kayla Van Horn S. Bieber SP CLE
3 Scott White M. Trout CF LAA
4 George Maselli J. Ramirez 3B CLE
5 Jeremy Latzke L. Giolito SP CHW
6 B_Don T. Glasnow SP TB
7 Chris Towers A. Rendon 3B LAA
8 Rhys White X. Bogaerts SS BOS
9 Frank Stampfl A. Bregman 3B HOU
10 Andy Spiteri J. Berrios SP MIN
Round 2
Pos Team Player
11 Andy Spiteri D. LeMahieu 2B NYY
12 Frank Stampfl K. Maeda SP MIN
13 Rhys White G. Springer CF TOR
14 Chris Towers B. Bichette SS TOR
15 B_Don L. Lynn SP CHW
16 Jeremy Latzke R. Devers 3B BOS
17 George Maselli Z. Plesac SP CLE
18 Scott White Z. Greinke SP HOU
19 Kayla Van Horn J. Altuve 2B HOU
20 Nick Mimikos A. Judge RF NYY
Round 3
Pos Team Player
21 Nick Mimikos T. Anderson SS CHW
22 Kayla Van Horn L. Voit 1B NYY
23 Scott White H. Ryu SP TOR
24 George Maselli J. Abreu 1B CHW
25 Jeremy Latzke W. Merrifield RF KC
26 B_Don E. Jimenez LF CHW
27 Chris Towers K. Tucker LF HOU
28 Rhys White N. Cruz DH MIN
29 Frank Stampfl G. Torres SS NYY
30 Andy Spiteri L. Robert CF CHW
Round 4
Pos Team Player
31 Andy Spiteri V. Guerrero 1B TOR
32 Frank Stampfl F. Valdez SP HOU
33 Rhys White D. Bundy SP LAA
34 Chris Towers Y. Alvarez DH HOU
35 B_Don F. Montas SP OAK
36 Jeremy Latzke C. Correa SS HOU
37 George Maselli J. Martinez DH BOS
38 Scott White J. Luzardo SP OAK
39 Kayla Van Horn T. McKenzie SP CLE
40 Nick Mimikos M. Olson 1B OAK
Round 5
Pos Team Player
41 Nick Mimikos L. Hendriks RP CHW
42 Kayla Van Horn G. Urshela 3B NYY
43 Scott White L. McCullers SP HOU
44 George Maselli M. Gonzales SP SEA
45 Jeremy Latzke C. Biggio 2B TOR
46 B_Don M. Chapman 3B OAK
47 Chris Towers A. Meadows LF TB
48 Rhys White Y. Grandal C CHW
49 Frank Stampfl B. Lowe 2B TB
50 Andy Spiteri A. Chapman RP NYY
Round 6
Pos Team Player
51 Andy Spiteri E. Rodriguez SP BOS
52 Frank Stampfl D. Keuchel SP CHW
53 Rhys White K. Seager 3B SEA
54 Chris Towers C. Kluber SP NYY
55 B_Don A. Mondesi SS KC
56 Jeremy Latzke A. Civale SP CLE
57 George Maselli R. Arozarena LF TB
58 Scott White G. Stanton DH NYY
59 Kayla Van Horn J. Urquidy SP HOU
60 Nick Mimikos J. Karinchak RP CLE
Round 7
Pos Team Player
61 Nick Mimikos T. Hernandez RF TOR
62 Kayla Van Horn M. Brantley DH HOU
63 Scott White C. Santana 1B KC
64 George Maselli M. Pineda SP MIN
65 Jeremy Latzke R. Pressly RP HOU
66 B_Don A. Verdugo RF BOS
67 Chris Towers J. Taillon SP NYY
68 Rhys White K. Lewis CF SEA
69 Frank Stampfl L. Gurriel LF TOR
70 Andy Spiteri F. Reyes DH CLE
Round 8
Pos Team Player
71 Andy Spiteri E. Rosario LF CLE
72 Frank Stampfl N. Eovaldi SP BOS
73 Rhys White R. Iglesias RP LAA
74 Chris Towers T. Rogers RP MIN
75 B_Don Y. Moncada 3B CHW
76 Jeremy Latzke S. Perez C KC
77 George Maselli M. Kepler RF MIN
78 Scott White K. Yates RP TOR
79 Kayla Van Horn M. Semien SS TOR
80 Nick Mimikos D. Moore LF SEA
Round 9
Pos Team Player
81 Nick Mimikos B. Singer SP KC
82 Kayla Van Horn A. Puk RP OAK
83 Scott White J. Donaldson 3B MIN
84 George Maselli D. Garcia SP NYY
85 Jeremy Latzke A. Heaney SP LAA
86 B_Don N. Solak LF TEX
87 Chris Towers M. Sano 1B MIN
88 Rhys White C. Javier SP HOU
89 Frank Stampfl A. Colome RP CHW
90 Andy Spiteri C. Bassitt SP OAK
Round 10
Pos Team Player
91 Andy Spiteri C. Vazquez C BOS
92 Frank Stampfl G. Sanchez C NYY
93 Rhys White R. Yarbrough SP TB
94 Chris Towers N. Pearson SP TOR
95 B_Don J. Montgomery SP NYY
96 Jeremy Latzke J. Means SP BAL
97 George Maselli M. Kopech SP CHW
98 Scott White T. Mancini RF BAL
99 Kayla Van Horn A. Santander RF BAL
100 Nick Mimikos G. Canning SP LAA
Round 11
Pos Team Player
101 Nick Mimikos J. Soler DH KC
102 Kayla Van Horn B. Keller SP KC
103 Scott White D. Fletcher SS LAA
104 George Maselli J. Gallo RF TEX
105 Jeremy Latzke R. Laureano CF OAK
106 B_Don A. Benintendi LF BOS
107 Chris Towers J. Sheffield SP SEA
108 Rhys White B. Buxton CF MIN
109 Frank Stampfl R. Mountcastle LF BAL
110 Andy Spiteri D. Castillo RP TB
Round 12
Pos Team Player
111 Andy Spiteri J. Polanco SS MIN
112 Frank Stampfl A. Kirilloff RF MIN
113 Rhys White S. Manaea SP OAK
114 Chris Towers S. Ohtani DH LAA
115 B_Don J. Walsh 1B LAA
116 Jeremy Latzke M. Boyd SP DET
117 George Maselli W. Adames SS TB
118 Scott White N. Madrigal 2B CHW
119 Kayla Van Horn M. Garver C MIN
120 Nick Mimikos A. Gimenez SS CLE
Round 13
Pos Team Player
121 Nick Mimikos S. Murphy C OAK
122 Kayla Van Horn J. Happ SP MIN
123 Scott White W. Franco SS TB
124 George Maselli C. Sale SP BOS
125 Jeremy Latzke C. Frazier RF NYY
126 B_Don R. Ray SP TOR
127 Chris Towers J. Paxton SP NYY
128 Rhys White J. Kelenic CF SEA
129 Frank Stampfl D. Dunning SP TEX
130 Andy Spiteri M. Haniger RF SEA
Round 14
Pos Team Player
131 Andy Spiteri D. German SP NYY
132 Frank Stampfl T. Skubal SP DET
133 Rhys White L. Arraez 2B MIN
134 Chris Towers C. Mize SP DET
135 B_Don J. Leclerc RP TEX
136 Jeremy Latzke N. Anderson RP TB
137 George Maselli Y. Gurriel 1B HOU
138 Scott White M. Canha RF OAK
139 Kayla Van Horn R. Montero RP SEA
140 Nick Mimikos W. Calhoun DH TEX
Round 15
Pos Team Player
141 Nick Mimikos D. Cease SP CHW
142 Kayla Van Horn L. Gilbert SP SEA
143 Scott White L. Severino SP NYY
144 George Maselli M. Barnes RP BOS
145 Jeremy Latzke R. Tellez 1B TOR
146 B_Don Z. Britton RP NYY
147 Chris Towers R. Grossman LF DET
148 Rhys White J. Candelario 1B DET
149 Frank Stampfl N. Lowe 1B TEX
150 Andy Spiteri M. Minor SP KC
Round 16
Pos Team Player
151 Andy Spiteri D. Dahl CF TEX
152 Frank Stampfl J. Quintana RP LAA
153 Rhys White H. Harvey RP BAL
154 Chris Towers C. Hernandez 2B CLE
155 B_Don G. Richards SP BOS
156 Jeremy Latzke A. Vaughn 1B CHW
157 George Maselli T. France 2B SEA
158 Scott White A. Hicks CF NYY
159 Kayla Van Horn A. Eaton RF CHW
160 Nick Mimikos L. Taveras CF TEX
Round 17
Pos Team Player
161 Nick Mimikos W. Castro SS DET
162 Kayla Van Horn K. Bubic SP KC
163 Scott White J. Diekman RP OAK
164 George Maselli B. Dalbec 1B BOS
165 Jeremy Latzke Y. Kikuchi SP SEA
166 B_Don J. Adell RF LAA
167 Chris Towers H. Dozier 1B KC
168 Rhys White C. Mullins CF BAL
169 Frank Stampfl N. Pivetta RP BOS
170 Andy Spiteri R. Ruiz 3B BAL
Round 18
Pos Team Player
171 Andy Spiteri G. Holland RP KC
172 Frank Stampfl J. Schoop 2B DET
173 Rhys White J. Odorizzi SP MIN
174 Chris Towers M. Manning SP DET
175 B_Don J. Barria SP LAA
176 Jeremy Latzke Chris Archer SP TB
177 George Maselli D. Duffy SP KC
178 Scott White R. Dobnak SP MIN
179 Kayla Van Horn S. Torkelson 3B DET
180 Nick Mimikos R. Hill SP MIN
Round 19
Pos Team Player
181 Nick Mimikos R. Stripling SP TOR
182 Kayla Van Horn J. Fleming SP TB
183 Scott White T. Houck SP BOS
184 George Maselli A. Ottavino RP BOS
185 Jeremy Latzke K. Akin SP BAL
186 B_Don M. Wacha SP TB
187 Chris Towers C. Quantrill RP CLE
188 Rhys White G. Soto RP DET
189 Frank Stampfl S. Turnbull SP DET
190 Andy Spiteri A. Hays CF BAL
Round 20
Pos Team Player
191 Andy Spiteri S. Matz SP TOR
192 Frank Stampfl M. Margot CF TB
193 Rhys White D. Kremer SP BAL
194 Chris Towers W. Ramos C DET
195 B_Don J. Wendelken RP OAK
196 Jeremy Latzke J. Wendle 3B TB
197 George Maselli S. Huff C TEX
198 Scott White T. Roark SP TOR
199 Kayla Van Horn H. Renfroe RF BOS
200 Nick Mimikos T. Chatwood SP TOR
Round 21
Pos Team Player
201 Nick Mimikos F. Whitley SP HOU
202 Kayla Van Horn A. Rutschman C BAL
203 Scott White F. Mejia C TB
204 George Maselli R. Osuna RP HOU
205 Jeremy Latzke R. Grichuk CF TOR
206 B_Don T. Murphy C SEA
207 Chris Towers M. Fulmer SP DET
208 Rhys White A. Simmons SS MIN
209 Frank Stampfl I. Kiner-Falefa 3B TEX
210 Andy Spiteri A. Rosario SS CLE

Team by Team

Nick Mimikos
Rd Pk Player
1 1 G. Cole SP NYY
2 20 A. Judge RF NYY
3 21 T. Anderson SS CHW
4 40 M. Olson 1B OAK
5 41 L. Hendriks RP CHW
6 60 J. Karinchak RP CLE
7 61 T. Hernandez RF TOR
8 80 D. Moore LF SEA
9 81 B. Singer SP KC
10 100 G. Canning SP LAA
11 101 J. Soler DH KC
12 120 A. Gimenez SS CLE
13 121 S. Murphy C OAK
14 140 W. Calhoun DH TEX
15 141 D. Cease SP CHW
16 160 L. Taveras CF TEX
17 161 W. Castro SS DET
18 180 R. Hill SP MIN
19 181 R. Stripling SP TOR
20 200 T. Chatwood SP TOR
21 201 F. Whitley SP HOU
Kayla Van Horn
Rd Pk Player
1 2 S. Bieber SP CLE
2 19 J. Altuve 2B HOU
3 22 L. Voit 1B NYY
4 39 T. McKenzie SP CLE
5 42 G. Urshela 3B NYY
6 59 J. Urquidy SP HOU
7 62 M. Brantley DH HOU
8 79 M. Semien SS TOR
9 82 A. Puk RP OAK
10 99 A. Santander RF BAL
11 102 B. Keller SP KC
12 119 M. Garver C MIN
13 122 J. Happ SP MIN
14 139 R. Montero RP SEA
15 142 L. Gilbert SP SEA
16 159 A. Eaton RF CHW
17 162 K. Bubic SP KC
18 179 S. Torkelson 3B DET
19 182 J. Fleming SP TB
20 199 H. Renfroe RF BOS
21 202 A. Rutschman C BAL
Scott White
Rd Pk Player
1 3 M. Trout CF LAA
2 18 Z. Greinke SP HOU
3 23 H. Ryu SP TOR
4 38 J. Luzardo SP OAK
5 43 L. McCullers SP HOU
6 58 G. Stanton DH NYY
7 63 C. Santana 1B KC
8 78 K. Yates RP TOR
9 83 J. Donaldson 3B MIN
10 98 T. Mancini RF BAL
11 103 D. Fletcher SS LAA
12 118 N. Madrigal 2B CHW
13 123 W. Franco SS TB
14 138 M. Canha RF OAK
15 143 L. Severino SP NYY
16 158 A. Hicks CF NYY
17 163 J. Diekman RP OAK
18 178 R. Dobnak SP MIN
19 183 T. Houck SP BOS
20 198 T. Roark SP TOR
21 203 F. Mejia C TB
George Maselli
Rd Pk Player
1 4 J. Ramirez 3B CLE
2 17 Z. Plesac SP CLE
3 24 J. Abreu 1B CHW
4 37 J. Martinez DH BOS
5 44 M. Gonzales SP SEA
6 57 R. Arozarena LF TB
7 64 M. Pineda SP MIN
8 77 M. Kepler RF MIN
9 84 D. Garcia SP NYY
10 97 M. Kopech SP CHW
11 104 J. Gallo RF TEX
12 117 W. Adames SS TB
13 124 C. Sale SP BOS
14 137 Y. Gurriel 1B HOU
15 144 M. Barnes RP BOS
16 157 T. France 2B SEA
17 164 B. Dalbec 1B BOS
18 177 D. Duffy SP KC
19 184 A. Ottavino RP BOS
20 197 S. Huff C TEX
21 204 R. Osuna RP HOU
Jeremy Latzke
Rd Pk Player
1 5 L. Giolito SP CHW
2 16 R. Devers 3B BOS
3 25 W. Merrifield RF KC
4 36 C. Correa SS HOU
5 45 C. Biggio 2B TOR
6 56 A. Civale SP CLE
7 65 R. Pressly RP HOU
8 76 S. Perez C KC
9 85 A. Heaney SP LAA
10 96 J. Means SP BAL
11 105 R. Laureano CF OAK
12 116 M. Boyd SP DET
13 125 C. Frazier RF NYY
14 136 N. Anderson RP TB
15 145 R. Tellez 1B TOR
16 156 A. Vaughn 1B CHW
17 165 Y. Kikuchi SP SEA
18 176 Chris Archer SP TB
19 185 K. Akin SP BAL
20 196 J. Wendle 3B TB
21 205 R. Grichuk CF TOR
Rd Pk Player
1 6 T. Glasnow SP TB
2 15 L. Lynn SP CHW
3 26 E. Jimenez LF CHW
4 35 F. Montas SP OAK
5 46 M. Chapman 3B OAK
6 55 A. Mondesi SS KC
7 66 A. Verdugo RF BOS
8 75 Y. Moncada 3B CHW
9 86 N. Solak LF TEX
10 95 J. Montgomery SP NYY
11 106 A. Benintendi LF BOS
12 115 J. Walsh 1B LAA
13 126 R. Ray SP TOR
14 135 J. Leclerc RP TEX
15 146 Z. Britton RP NYY
16 155 G. Richards SP BOS
17 166 J. Adell RF LAA
18 175 J. Barria SP LAA
19 186 M. Wacha SP TB
20 195 J. Wendelken RP OAK
21 206 T. Murphy C SEA
Chris Towers
Rd Pk Player
1 7 A. Rendon 3B LAA
2 14 B. Bichette SS TOR
3 27 K. Tucker LF HOU
4 34 Y. Alvarez DH HOU
5 47 A. Meadows LF TB
6 54 C. Kluber SP NYY
7 67 J. Taillon SP NYY
8 74 T. Rogers RP MIN
9 87 M. Sano 1B MIN
10 94 N. Pearson SP TOR
11 107 J. Sheffield SP SEA
12 114 S. Ohtani DH LAA
13 127 J. Paxton SP NYY
14 134 C. Mize SP DET
15 147 R. Grossman LF DET
16 154 C. Hernandez 2B CLE
17 167 H. Dozier 1B KC
18 174 M. Manning SP DET
19 187 C. Quantrill RP CLE
20 194 W. Ramos C DET
21 207 M. Fulmer SP DET
Rhys White
Rd Pk Player
1 8 X. Bogaerts SS BOS
2 13 G. Springer CF TOR
3 28 N. Cruz DH MIN
4 33 D. Bundy SP LAA
5 48 Y. Grandal C CHW
6 53 K. Seager 3B SEA
7 68 K. Lewis CF SEA
8 73 R. Iglesias RP LAA
9 88 C. Javier SP HOU
10 93 R. Yarbrough SP TB
11 108 B. Buxton CF MIN
12 113 S. Manaea SP OAK
13 128 J. Kelenic CF SEA
14 133 L. Arraez 2B MIN
15 148 J. Candelario 1B DET
16 153 H. Harvey RP BAL
17 168 C. Mullins CF BAL
18 173 J. Odorizzi SP MIN
19 188 G. Soto RP DET
20 193 D. Kremer SP BAL
21 208 A. Simmons SS MIN
Frank Stampfl
Rd Pk Player
1 9 A. Bregman 3B HOU
2 12 K. Maeda SP MIN
3 29 G. Torres SS NYY
4 32 F. Valdez SP HOU
5 49 B. Lowe 2B TB
6 52 D. Keuchel SP CHW
7 69 L. Gurriel LF TOR
8 72 N. Eovaldi SP BOS
9 89 A. Colome RP CHW
10 92 G. Sanchez C NYY
11 109 R. Mountcastle LF BAL
12 112 A. Kirilloff RF MIN
13 129 D. Dunning SP TEX
14 132 T. Skubal SP DET
15 149 N. Lowe 1B TEX
16 152 J. Quintana RP LAA
17 169 N. Pivetta RP BOS
18 172 J. Schoop 2B DET
19 189 S. Turnbull SP DET
20 192 M. Margot CF TB
21 209 I. Kiner-Falefa 3B TEX
Andy Spiteri
Rd Pk Player
1 10 J. Berrios SP MIN
2 11 D. LeMahieu 2B NYY
3 30 L. Robert CF CHW
4 31 V. Guerrero 1B TOR
5 50 A. Chapman RP NYY
6 51 E. Rodriguez SP BOS
7 70 F. Reyes DH CLE
8 71 E. Rosario LF CLE
9 90 C. Bassitt SP OAK
10 91 C. Vazquez C BOS
11 110 D. Castillo RP TB
12 111 J. Polanco SS MIN
13 130 M. Haniger RF SEA
14 131 D. German SP NYY
15 150 M. Minor SP KC
16 151 D. Dahl CF TEX
17 170 R. Ruiz 3B BAL
18 171 G. Holland RP KC
19 190 A. Hays CF BAL
20 191 S. Matz SP TOR
21 210 A. Rosario SS CLE


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