MLB Barometer: Late-Round First Half Movers

MLB Barometer: Late-Round First Half Movers

This article is part of our MLB Barometer series.

In last week's MLB Barometer, I began the project of covering the players whose earned auction values diverged the most from their draft-day expectations, as established by their average draft position in NFBC contests. Last week's piece covered players from the first seven rounds; this week's entry into the two-part series will go over the rest of the draft, grouping several rounds together as we get deeper into things. There will be no fallers section for the players taken in the reserve rounds, as expectations for all those players are low to begin with and many of them get dumped very quickly, so it's not particularly useful to see which low-ranked players have been worse than the rest.

The early rounds were full of the season's biggest disappointments. That shouldn't come as a surprise, as the players selected the highest have the furthest to fall. For the top few rounds, it's very difficult for a player to actually finish higher than they were drafted, so merely staying within striking distance in the earned value rankings is commendable. It's much easier to lose your league in those rounds than win it, to put it in other terms.

This week's piece will feature some true league winners. First-round talents were apparently available as late as the 14th round, so if you wound up with several of the players among these lists of risers, you're likely in very good shape. On the other hand, you're certainly unhappy if you have many of the

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Erik Halterman
Erik Halterman is an MLB staff writer at RotoWire. He also covers KBO, NPB and CPBL daily fantasy contests.
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