Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Fantasy Draft 2008: Alternate View

Considering that I got stuck at the #8 spot (one of the worst spots to draft from), I'm happy with how my team ended up. Thanks to Zee passing on Nash, I ended up grabbing Marion and Nash with my first 2 picks. And as you know from my previous post, I ranked both of those guys in the top 8. So I'm a happy camper. With my next 2 picks, I grabbed Calderon and Joe Johnson (solidifying my strength at AST and 3PT). Also Nash and Calderon are of the rare PG breed that shoots ridiculously high FG% and FT%. So my team, at this point, is super efficient at scoring. The cons of my strategy is that excluding JJ none of them are big scorers. Also most of these guys are turnover machines. And Lol. I have like 3 of the 5 starters from the 2004-05 Phoenix Suns team. Too bad I couldn't get Amare or Q-Rich.

The next 4 rounds I went with big men to balance out my team. I drafted Okur, Okafor, Horford and Beasley (in that order). Okur fits nicely into my draft strategy. He'll provide me with 3's at the Center position. Okafor is the traditional big man: high FG%, low FT%, but his huge rebound and block numbers were too hard to pass up. Horford and Beasley in the 7th and 8th rounds were very good value picks. Both are young players with big upside. These picks helped balance my team out with a huge boost in FG%, REB and BLK. Notice at this point, that I have drafted 3 PG and 5 PF/C. This allows me to cover most of the stat categories efficiently. And it also fills the hardest positions to cover.

In the #9 round, I picked up Raymond Felton (who I think was a steal here), to put AST on lock-down. I don't think any team can compete with me in this category. After that, I selected players with upside to fill out my bench: Marvin Williams, Michael Pietrus, Luis Scola (who turned into Marc Gasol), and Rudy Fernandez. Lol. I was talking to Zee earlier today, and I just realized that I have a ton of international players on my team. I have no idea how that happened. But I have like the UN of basketball or something. In any case, I'm looking forward to a competitive season. Good luck to everyone; may the best team win.

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