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Fantasy Baseball 2023 Mock Draft 2.0: Should Aaron Judge be the 2023 No. 1 overall pick?

The Yahoo fantasy baseball analystsAndy Behrens, Scott Pianowski and Dalton Del Don — took part in a two-round mock draft. Each analyst gets four picks in the first round (to represent a 12-team league). The first iteration, the first round, of this mock draft is here; their updated picks, along with Round 2 selections, are below. Stay tuned for our Mock Draft 3.0, which will feature their picks for the first THREE rounds.

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Now, on to the picks:

Round 1, Pick 1: Aaron Judge, OF, New York Yankees

Power sells the tickets, but he was a five-category god last year. And his 2021 season shows a ridiculous floor, too. — Pianowski

Round 1, Pick 2: Ronald Acuña Jr., OF, Atlanta Braves

Two frustrating seasons but still just 25 and probably hasn't had his career year yet. — Pianowski

Round 1, Pick 3: Trea Turner, SS, Philadelphia Phillies

There's black ink all over his résumé, and the Phillies lineup might represent an upgrade. — Pianowski

Round 1, Pick 4: Julio Rodríguez, OF, Seattle Mariners

Injuries curbed his running game in the second half of 2022, but a fully healthy Rodríguez is going to stuff five categories. — Pianowski

Round 1, Pick 5: José Ramirez, 3B, Cleveland Guardians

He can realistically go 100-30-100-30, which is outrageous at any roster spot (and ridiculous at third base). — Behrens

Round 1, Pick 6: Kyle Tucker, OF, Houston Astros

It wouldn't be crazy to see Tucker finish as the season's No. 1 overall player; he should benefit from the shift rules in a significant way. — Behrens

Round 1, Pick 7: Mookie Betts, OF/2B, Los Angeles Dodgers

Betts remains a category leader who checks all the fantasy boxes, and it's hard not to love the lineup. — Behrens

Round 1, Pick 8: Juan Soto, OF, San Diego Padres

Soto will be an MVP candidate for the next dozen seasons. Plus, the Padres lineup is silly. — Behrens

[2023 Fantasy Baseball Rankings: C | 1B | 2B | 3B | SS | OF | SP | RP]

Round 1, Pick 9: Vladimir Guerrero Jr., 1B, Toronto Blue Jays

His knee soreness is a concern, but Vlad is my pick to win MVP this year if healthy. — Del Don

Round 1, Pick 10: Bo Bichette, SS, Toronto Blue Jays

He has vowed to steal more bases this season and will benefit from Toronto's new launching pad. — Del Don

Round 1, Pick 11: Shohei Ohtani, UTIL, Los Angeles Angels

There’s some worry he won’t run as much, and UTIL only isn’t ideal, but Ohtani has fallen far enough here. — Del Don

Round 1, Pick 12: Fernando Tatís Jr., SS, San Diego Padres

He’s coming off multiple surgeries and won’t be eligible to play until April 20, but Tatis’ fantasy upside is second to none, and he might even be healthier now. — Del Don

Round 2, Pick 13: Bobby Witt Jr., 3B/SS, Kansas City Royals

He just went 20/30 as a 22-year-old, but it came with a .722 OPS. Third base and shortstop eligibility add to his value. — Del Don

Round 2, Pick 14: Gerrit Cole, SP, New York Yankees

Cole won’t have to pitch with so many “Goldilocks” balls this year and remains fantasy’s top SP given his advantage in wins over Burnes. — Del Don

Round 2, Pick 15: Corbin Burnes, SP, Milwaukee Brewers

There’s certainly an argument that Burnes remains worthy of a first-round fantasy pick. — Del Don

Round 2, Pick 16: Mike Trout, OF, Los Angeles Angels

I decided Trout’s injury concerns are slightly less than Yordan Alvarez’s current situation (he has yet to attempt swinging with a sore hand), but that could easily backfire. — Del Don

Round 2, Pick 17: Manny Machado, 3B, San Diego Padres

The great thing about the No. 8 pick in a draft is you can open with Pocket Padres. — Behrens

Round 2, Pick 18: Yordan Alvarez, OF, Houston Astros

Look, you are gonna have to deal with worrisome injury notes throughout the season — today it's a hand, next month it'll be an ankle — but that's a small price to pay for an elite power profile. — Behrens

Round 2, Pick 19: Freddie Freeman, 1B, Los Angeles Dodgers

Freeman is a near lock to reach triple-digit runs and RBIs while challenging for a batting title. — Behrens

Round 2, Pick 20: Pete Alonso, 1B, New York Mets

You're getting 40-plus bombs and exceptional run production; it's not absurd to consider Alonso at the end of the first. — Behrens

Round 2, Pick 21: Austin Riley, 3B, Atlanta Braves

The 2021 breakout was a little out of nowhere, but last year's monster year validated everything. The Braves' lineup is deliciously buoyant. — Pianowski

Round 2, Pick 22: Marcus Semien, 2B/SS, Texas Rangers

He'll be a third-round pick in many leagues but shouldn't last that long. Horrible start with his new team last year, but Semien was fantasy's No. 4 player from May 18 forward. — Pianowski

Round 2, Pick 23: Rafael Devers, 3B, Boston Red Sox

Nice to see Boston finally lock up one of its homegrown stars, but this is the worst supporting cast Devers has ever dealt with. — Pianowski

Round 2, Pick 24: Francisco Lindor, SS, New York Mets

Likely a five-category contributor, and the Mets lineup will challenge for the runs scored title. — Pianowski