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Draft Guide Preview

Draft Guide Preview: Taking Stock

by NBC Sports EDGE Staff
Updated On: March 23, 2020, 7:17 pm ET

Since before draft season began, we've been providing looks into our 2020 Rotoworld Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide to help give you the knowledge you need to make smarter decisions when your league's draft rolls around.

Complete with content covering various league types — from projections and rankings to tiers, ADP reports, mock drafts and exclusive expert columns — this year's edition is the finest we've produced.

Our latest preview is from one of our exclusive columns, Taking Stock, which features our experts picking their favorite hitters and pitchers that they're targeting in every draft this spring.

Take a look:

 

Hitters

Max Muncy

I’ve been trying to reach for Max Muncy in every standard mixed league draft that I’ve participated in this spring, sometimes grabbing him 10-15 picks ahead of his current 72.6 average draft position on Yahoo. The 29-year-old has posted a combined .927 OPS over the last two seasons and has averaged 41 home runs, 104 RBI, and 103 runs scored for every 162 games played since the beginning of 2018. He inked a three-year, $26 million contract extension with the Dodgers in early February, so there’s some faith from the team that his mid-career breakout is legit. He could often bat second this season between Mookie Betts and Cody Bellinger, which has me dreaming big on his counting-stats upside. Beyond all of that, Muncy carries eligibility at first base, second base, and third base. I especially like to deploy him at second base given the lack of depth at that position leading into 2020. – Drew Silva (@drewsilv)

 

Pitchers

Zac Gallen

The Marlins finally called up Gallen in late June last season following an insane run at Triple-A New Orleans, where he posted a 1.77 ERA, 0.71 WHIP, and 112/17 K/BB across 91 1/3 innings. The right-hander impressed with a 2.72 ERA over seven outings before the Marlins surprisingly traded him to the Diamondbacks at the deadline. Gallen put up a sub-3.00 ERA down the stretch for the D-backs, as well, and finished with 96 strikeouts in his first 80 big league frames. The 24-year-old was a bit fortunate to hold a 2.81 ERA (his FIP was 3.61), but I also expect him to greatly improve upon his control after he posted a surprisingly-high 10.8 percent walk rate in 2019. Additionally, workload shouldn’t be an issue for Gallen in 2020 after he threw 171 1/3 innings between the majors and minors last year. Fantasy owners haven’t gotten much of a discount on Gallen, who is being drafted as a top-40 starter. I do like him more than a handful of guys he’s generally going after, though, which is why I’ve wound up with him on a few teams. – Ryan Boyer (@RyanPBoyer)

 

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