October 16, 2017, 7:59 pm
I have no idea what happened this year but I’m in more fantasy leagues than ever. Every year, if you do this long enough, you tell yourself that you’re only going to join ‘x’ number of leagues. You might go over by one or two or maybe even three, but this year I went over by about 10.
Cue Billy Hoyle … sometimes you wake up and the birds are singing …
So I thought it would be something new and maybe interesting to just break out who I took in drafts this year. I chose a group of drafts in the same format with a good cross-section of intermediate and expert players. A bunch of the formats are DraftMasters formats where you select 25 players and there are no pickups for the rest of the year. Sprinkled in are some high stakes roto formats with 16 players and 12 starters.
There were eight drafts in this group, so as you can see James Johnson had a 75 percent draft rate for me in this group.
Nikola Mirotic almost made the Hoop Ball 6 but his career-long inconsistency and medium-sized logjam in the frontcourt kept him from having quite the bang for the buck needed to get there. That said, his ADP hovering around 100 was way too low for a player with his risk/reward ratio.
James Johnson and Richaun Holmes are both Hoop Ball Sixers (patent pending) and the fact that I got both of them so many times was a major surprise for me, especially in the case of Johnson. Holmes was slept on by the big sites late last year and that helped my cause this year.
I have a lot riding on Jeff Teague and he looked great in the preseason. A good amount of my high ranking for him is due to Tom Thibodeau’s play until you break philosophy and the easy fit he’ll have playing next to his offensively talented teammates.
Gorgui Dieng fell a good amount as his backup role started to become clear and it didn’t help that Taj Gibson is a Thibs favorite. Still, the center minutes are better for his value and he can be good in a lower minute role. Gibson isn’t a picture of health, either.
We’re all of the smug hipster vibe having Justin Holiday on the radar way before everybody else knew about him. I gambled a bit thinking I could get him near 200 and got bit a couple of times. Jimmy Butler was my early second round guy and I had to start peeling off eventually because I didn’t want over-invest.
Taurean Prince on just four teams is a surprise but there were a ton of B150 readers in these drafts. Those are the breaks when we give you the goods.
Joe Ingles was another player I wish I had more of but my teams were getting steals-heavy and there are a ton of great targets where he was drafted. Throw in a little B150 hype and I’m under-invested. Allen Crabbe was a great late-round solution for me when my defense-heavy teams needed scoring and threes.
Greg Monroe was extremely underdrafted for a guy that was pretty damn effective in last year’s playoffs. Jordan Clarkson was a popcorn stat Band-Aid for B150 teams locked into their money counting stats. Tyler Ulis is a talented basketball player whose stat-set isn’t optimal but could definitely improve to match all that upside.
Ivica Zubac was my last round center of choice, with the Lakers going nowhere this year and Brook Lopez playing it safe for his next deal. Dwight Powell was another flier pick that I got a lot of — and he looks a lot smarter out there on the basketball court. Physically, he’s moving very well out there and any signs of life have mild breakout potential.
Draymond Green is last year’s shiny new toy and therefore there was some value there. Joel Embiid is a pretty intense selection and I got him three times and that’s probably higher than most drafters in an eight-contest set. Elfrid Payton is great to pair with Stephen Curry if you want to lock down a strong point guard front. Dwyane Wade fell way too far in drafts this year.
Kelly Olynyk (or Olynk as I typed into the image) should have been on more of my teams. But alas, I screwed up. The same goes for Jeremy Lamb but I have him in enough of my other squads to not feel short-changed here. Evan Turner is going to have a bounce-back season. He looks good and the addition by subtraction is perfect.
Nikola Jokic landed on a lot of my late-mid first round pick squads and I don’t feel great about it, but he’s Hoop Ball’s adult son and he still hasn’t written us back about the horse we sent him for his birthday.