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FANTASY BASEBALL: Mock-draft simulation when holding the No. 7 slot

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Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts (33 HRs, 117 RBI, 110 runs, 4 steals, .308 batting in 2019) enjoyed back-to-back months of 20-plus RBI and a 1.000-plus OPS last year (June/July).

Here’s a dry run of draft expectations when holding the No. 7 pick in a 12-team mixed roto league, specifically working off an ESPN.com mock draft (March 12), the Average Draft Position report from Fantasy Pros … and our fluid positional rankings for 2020 (below).

POSITIONAL FANTASY RANKINGS
TOP 40 STARTING PITCHERS
TOP 25 FIRST BASEMEN
TOP 30 SHORTSTOPS
TOP 25 SECOND BASEMEN
TOP 30 THIRD BASEMEN
TOP 20 CATCHERS
TOP 50 OUTFIELDERS

For the sake of brevity … we’ll cut off the options portion of this exercise at Round 18.

My only prerequisites: a) Get value at every turn … and b) snag six offensive players within the first eight picks.

Round 1, Pick 7 overall—Best overall player

First option: OF Mookie Betts, Dodgers
Second option: SS Trevor Story, Rockies
Third option: SS Francisco Lindor, Indians

Round 2, Pick 18 overall—Best overall player

First option: 3B Anthony Rendon, Angels
Second option: 3B Rafael Devers, Red Sox
Third option: SP Max Scherzer, Nationals

Round 3, Pick 31 overall—Best overall player or middle infielder

First option: SS Xander Bogaerts, Red Sox
Second option: 2B Fernando Tatis Jr., Padres
Third option: 2B/SS Gleyber Torres, Yankees

Round 4, Pick 42 overall—Most accomplished versatile hitter

First option: 2B/SS/OF Ketel Marte, Diamondbacks
Second option: 3B/OF Kris Bryant, Cubs
Third option: 1B Paul Goldschmidt, Cardinals

Round 5, Pick 55 overall—Best overall player

First option: RP Josh Hader, Brewers
Second option: OF Eloy Jimenez, White Sox
Third option: 3B Eugenio Suarez, Reds

Round 6, Pick 66 overall—Best starting pitcher or middle infielder

First option: SP Zack Greinke, Astros
Second option: SS Marcus Semien, Athletics
Third option: SS Aldaberto Mondesi, Royals

Round 7, Pick 79 overall—Best outfielder or starting pitcher

First option: OF Jorge Soler, Royals
Second option: OF Victor Robles, Nationals
Third option: SP Tyler Glasnow, Rays

Round 8, Pick 90 overall—Best corner infielder or starting pitcher

First option: 3B Josh Donaldson, Twins
Second option: 3B Yoan Moncada, White Sox
Third option: SP Noah Syndergaard, Mets

Round 9, Pick 103 overall—Best available player

First option: C Gary Sanchez, Yankees
Second option: OF Giancarlo Stanton, Yankees

Round 10, Pick 114 overall—Best middle infielder or starting pitcher

First option: SS Tim Anderson, White Sox
Second option:  SP Jose Berrios, Twins
Third option: SP Sonny Gray, Reds

Round 11, Pick 127 overall—Best starting pitcher or reliever

First option: SP Mike Soroka, Braves
Second option: RP Raisel Iglesias, Reds
Third option: RP Brandon Workman, Red Sox

Round 12, Pick 138 overall—Best starting pitcher or corner infielder

First option: SP David Price, Dodgers
Second option: 1B/3B Yuli Gurriel, Astros
Third option: SP Max Fried, Braves

Round 13, Pick 151 overall—Best player available

First option: SP Max Fried, Braves
Second option: 1B/2B/3B/SS/OF Danny Santana, Rangers

Round 14, Pick 162 overall—Best corner infielder or starting pitcher

First option: 1B/2B/3B/SS/OF Danny Santana, Rangers
Second option: SP Matthew Boyd, Tigers
Third option: SP Zac Gallen, Diamondbacks

Round 15, Pick 175 overall—Best starting pitcher

First option: SP Matthew Boyd, Tigers
Second option: SP Kenta Maeda, Twins
Third option: SP Zac Gallen, Diamondbacks

Round 16, Pick 186 overall—Best closer available

First option: RP Ian Kennedy, Royals
Second option: RP Hector Neris, Phillies
Third option: RP Carlos Martinez, Cardinals

Round 17, Pick 199 overall—Looking for upside with infielder or outfielder

First option: 1B/3B/OF Hunter Dozier, Royals
Second option: OF Andrew McCutchen, Phillies
Third option: SS/OF Jon Berti, Marlins

Round 18, Pick 210 overall—Best player available

First option: SP Dylan Bundy, Angels
Second option: 3B/OF Tommy Edman, Cardinals
Third option: RP Keone Kela, Pirates

FULL 25-MAN SQUAD

C — Gary Sanchez, Yankees
1B — Yuli Gurriel, Astros
2B — Ketel Marte, Diamondbacks
SS — Xander Bogaerts, Red Sox
3B — Anthony Rendon, Angels
1B/3B — Josh Donaldson, Twins
2B/SS — Tim Anderson, White Sox
OF — Mookie Betts, Dodgers
OF — Jorge Soler, Royals
OF — Victor Robles, Nationals
OF Hunter Dozier, Royals
SP — Zack Greinke, Astros
SP — Mike Soroka, Braves
SP — Max Fried, Braves
SP — David Price, Dodgers
SP — Matthew Boyd, Tigers
RP — Josh Hader, Brewers
RP — Ian Kennedy, Royals
RP Scott Oberg, Rockies
BENCH — 1B/DH Miguel Cabrera, Tigers
BENCH — OF Bryan Reynolds, Pirates
BENCH — 1B/2B/3B/SS/OF Danny Santana, Rangers
BENCH SP Dylan Bundy, Angels
BENCH SP Michael Kopech, White Sox
BENCH OF Jo Adell, Angels

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Jay Clemons remains the only sports writer on the planet to capture Cynposis Media’s national award for Sports Blog Of The Year (beating out NBA.com, MLB.com, PGATour.com, The Players’ Tribune in 2015), along with the Fantasy Sports Writers Association’s pre-eminent award for Best Writer (2008). Through the years, Mr. Clemons has been a key figure with numerous blue-chip sports/media brands, namely the Detroit Lions, Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports, Bleacher Report and the NBC/Universal family. With Sports Illustrated (2006-11), Clemons served a triple role with SI.com‘s heralded football coverage—editing Peter King’s famed ‘Monday Morning Quarterback’ column, penning award-winning pieces for NFL and then writing/narrating scripted videos within the NFL and baseball realms. In 2013, Clemons’ first year with the company, FOX Sports South enjoyed a monumental increase of approximately 34 million Web hits in a 12-month cycle—merely posting 11 million hits the previous year. 

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