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Drafting from the No. 7 spot in a 12-team redraft league presents an interesting dilemma. On one hand, you very likely will end up missing out on the top tier running backs. On the other hand, you have a shot at drafting either a premium receiver, tight end or quarterback. There's plenty of possibilities, but after doing several mock drafts from the No. 7 position using fantasypros.com draft wizard, I've come up with a pretty sound strategy to draft a good team.
First pick, 1.7 overall — Marshawn Lynch
Reasoning: While it can be tempting to go with a Dez Bryant or Julio Jones, you have to remember that you will be getting the fifth pick in the second round and the likelihood of a good receiver still being there is high. It's not so much the case with running backs.
Second pick, 2.6 overall — Calvin Johnson
Reasoning: And there you have it. A premium receiver like Johnson is still available in round 2. With so much hype surrounding Antonio Brown, Dez Bryant and Odell Beckham Jr., you end up with the best receiver of his generation slipping through the cracks. A.J. Green was also available at this point in the draft as well.
Third pick, 3.7 overall — Jimmy Graham
Reasoning: Rob Gronkowski is going in the first round, and I've always thought using a first-round pick on an injury-prone tight end is very risky, no matter how big the payoff. Graham is the second-best tight end in this class and is only behind Gronk because he was inconsistent last year. He's now on a Seattle team that lacks a sexy wide receiver and will love to use him in the red zone. Graham led the Saints in red zone targets last year with 21. He could very likely put up 12 touchdowns this season. Great value in third round.
Warning*: The experts seem to be very high on Frank Gore but I wouldn't want to utilize a third-round pick on him. He'll likely see a committee backfield and be used more as a PPR back than an every-down rusher.
Fourth pick, 4.6 overall — Alfred Morris
Reasoning: Rounding out the running back core, Morris managed to record 1,000 yards in each of his first three seasons. While I'm not as high on him as most due to the wear and tear he's accumulated after running the ball so much (he has the second most carries of any running back over a three-season period) he's still great value at this point in the draft. Just have to hope the offensive line improves and there's some hope that will happen with first-round pick Brandon Scherff taking over the tackle position.
Fifth pick, 5.7 overall — Latavius Murray
Reasoning: Murray has looked very good in preseason and his cutting ability has been compared to (gasp) Adrian Peterson. While a comparison like that is something that could easily be an exaggeration, Murray is an exciting player who is finally getting the keys to the Raiders' rushing game handed to him.
Sixth pick. 6.6 overall — Cam Newton
Reasoning: With wide receivers boiled down to guys like Vincent Jackson (playing with a rookie quarterback), Allen Robinson (playing with a sophomore quarterback that struggled as a rookie in a potentially bad offense) plus a slew of rookies at running back (Todd Gurley, T.J. Yeldon, Duke Johnson) I decided to go with a quarterback here. Probably a little earlier than I usually would but based on the value of who was available I think this is the best choice. Newton's ability to run with the football gives him a very nice edge among all the later-round quarterbacks. Though those later-round QBs such as Tony Romo, Eli Manning and Philip Rivers are still very strong and I will look to target them as backups later on in this draft.
Seventh pick, 7.7 overall — C.J. Spiller
Reasoning: Allen Robinson was still available but there's plenty of receivers I like that I can get in the later rounds. Spiller is a unique player that can make big plays both in the run and passing game. He's finally around an offensive guru in Sean Payton, a guy who can maximize his talents like he has with Darren Sproles in the past. A great flex guy to have.
Eight pick, 8.6 overall — Buffalo defense
Reasoning: Always like to reach up for a defense a round or two earlier. Buffalo will get after the quarterback like crazy with their defensive front and should come close to leading all teams in sacks. Sacks always lead to rushed throws by the quarterback which creates opportunity for turnovers.
Ninth pick, 9.7 overall — Eric Decker
Reasoning: You will definitely think my receivers are weak but Decker has more value this year than last. He's playing under a more offensive-friendly coach, he has a quarterback who arguably was better than the former starter, and he has a much better receiver in Brandon Marshall to take the pressure off him. The Jets offense has the potential to surprise in 2015.
Tenth pick, 10.6 overall — Philip Rivers
Reasoning: Always love when Rivers goes this late. He's put together back-to-back 30 touchdown seasons and nobody seems to ever want him as their fantasy quarterback. A fantastic backup.
Eleventh pick, 11.7 overall — John Brown
Reasoning: Here comes to receiver stockpile sequence. All guys I think have great potential but could also bust as well. The last picks are listed below.
Twelfth pick — John Brown
Thirteenth pick — Eddie Royal
Fourteenth pick — Stevie Johnson
Fifteenth pick — Stevie Johnson
Sixteenth pick — Kenny Stills
Seventeenth pick — Dan Bailey (kicker)
And there you have it. Drafting from the seventh spot. Like my team? Hate it? Think I'm awful or good. Feel free to comment or mock yourself and we can see how you fare from this spot.