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  • #244135

    Dan Besbris
    Keymaster
    Rank: Legend

    The SMASH HIT forum thread is back for 2019!

    Post your team below, and the saucy @santinocaccone (give him a follow for more fantasy notes on Twitter!) will break down your team’s strength and weaknesses going into the season!

    • This topic was modified 7 months ago by  Dan Besbris.
  • #244137

    @SantinoCaccone
    Moderator
    Rank: Legend

    Hello all,

    I know it’s a bit early, but if you’re like me, you’re chomping at the bit for next season, patiently waiting for your league’s draft to commence. Whether you’re new to fantasy basketball, or a veteran who’s been playing for a decade or more, it’s always fun to get some feedback on your team via multiple sources. At HoopBall we put our subscribers’ interests first and strive to give you the best fantasy bball advice around! Take advantage of all we have to offer and send in your teams whenever they are ready! Also as Dan said, you can message/DM me on twitter as well @santinocaccone and I will get back to you in a timely manner! Let’s get ready to ball out!

  • #244159

    Coach
    Moderator
    Rank: Hall of Fame

    Hi Santino! So excited that you will be taking on this role! This is going to be awesome for our HoopBallers!!!

    Here is my squad (The King and His Court) in the very competitive HoopBall Dynasty 3 League. It’s a 20 team, 9 cat league.

    Kyle Lowry
    Goran Dragic
    Bojan Bogdanovic
    LeBron James
    Kristaps Porzingis
    Tobias Harris
    Paul Millsap
    Rui Hachimura
    Bruce Brown Jr.
    Justin Jackson
    Kenrich Williams
    Alfonzo McKinnie
    Bobby Portis
    Damyean Dotson
    Brandon Ingram
    Ignas Brazdeikis

    Thanks!!
    Coach

    • #244203

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      Hey Coach! Let me start by saying if you’re not familiar with him yet, you will be soon! Coach is the host, along with Mike Apotria, of our new DFS podcast! These two masters of their craft will be offering unrivaled advice every day throughout the season! Check out their first two shows in the link here:
      HoopBall DFS

      Hitting me with a tough one right off the bat, I like it. 20 team dynasty league is intense, and I’m sure on-paper none look like rockstars. I’d like to see how this team stacks up to some others.

      The guards are not the greatest with Dragic and Lowry leading the way. Lowry is in line to get more usage this season with Leanord and Green departing. With a better supporting cast and better luck in the health department, Dragic should return to his previous levels. Whether he starts or comes off the bench has yet to be determined, but his numbers were fairly consistent with his career norms, when he was in the lineup, outside of his second-worst year shooting (the rookie year was the worst). I expect that to revert to the norm with health. Out of them, Dotson is talented, but his role is uncertain right now with Barret there. Brown is a sleeper and one that I am notably higher on than most. He had a fantastic Summer League running PG, and even if he doesn’t handle the ball in the regular season, it would be a huge bonus if he does, I am still intrigued by his skillset. In under 20 minutes as a raw rookie, he averaged .5 steals and .5 blocks. If he gets 30 or so minutes this year, I wouldn’t be shocked if he hovered around one each. Throw in a more consistent shot, and he could push for close to a three a game. It’s rare to find players that can provide that kind of statistical diversity and he is a name to keep an eye on.

      The forwards and big men are where this team makes its money. LeBron is a fantasy anchor regardless of the format. Bojan and Ingram will play their part on playoff-contending teams while Harris will play his on a championship hopeful. JJax is starting and so will McKinnie until Klay is back, and Ignas has a lot of potential. The Unicorn coming back off injury and playing with Doncic will be so much fun to watch for years to come. The Wizards are going to let Hachimura (side note, I know I’m going to get his name wrong many times this year) play through the ups and downs all year. Millsap is the epitome of underrated, consistent fantasy/real-life asset. And then there’s Portis who’s role is up in the air, but should see 20+ backup big man minutes a night.

      Blocks and field goal percentage are going to be tough for this team to win on, but the rest are pretty solid with multiple well-rounded players on the roster. Down the road maybe it’ll be different, but when you put it into perspective that there are 320 owned players in this league and only 360 active players on a full-slate game-day roster, it’s hard to fathom how this team came into play. But then again Coach is an expert at his craft and knows the game like few others do.

  • #244194

    Righto-5-O
    Participant
    Rank: Pro

    Hi Santino

    Just picked up a second hand team in an existing league to compete in a 12 team roto 9 cat 7 player keeper league. Get 2nd round pick in the draft.

    Players below with a K next to the keepers.

    Was unsure whether to drop love for possible trade value if he gets back to his old self?

    D Booker K
    M Turner K
    N Vucevic K
    B Simmons K
    K Love
    T Harris K
    Nance jr
    J Randle K
    SGA K
    N Batum
    N Noel
    A Wiggins
    J Hart
    F nikilitina

    • #244202

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      Hey man glad to hear from you! Let’s start out by saying that you’re inheriting a pretty solid roster. A lot of times people take over teams from members who quit mid-season the year prior and are left with a reclamation project, but those top four are a great foundation. I do have to ask though, when you say 2nd round pick did you mean the 2nd pick in the draft or that you don’t pick until the 2nd round of the draft? Did you trade away your first pick to acquire one of the above keepers?

      Now about the keeper situation and the Love question, in particular, there are a few ways to look at it. You know your league-mates better than I do, so you’ll have a better idea of who you can potentially get back in the draft. Keep an ear out for any information on who might be available and make a few mocks from there. For now, I would stay patient on the last keeper spots and keep gathering info until rosters need to be locked in. Maybe offer a 2 for 1 deal and fix the problem that way. If your draft is at the end of the preseason or in a month or so, you’ll have more time to evaluate the current situations. The big four are no brainers, and SGA will keep your roster balanced and should be given the reigns in OKC sooner rather than later. When and if the time comes it’ll be a decision to keep two of those three forwards (Harris, Love, Randle). You have Randle coming off a career year as a sixth man and now with the Knicks where he should be one of the offensive focal points. He started shooting threes more last year and an improvement in that department would go a long way, and at 24, it’s certainly a possibility. Harris is on a stacked starting five where he’s set to move back to the 3 (when the team plays at full strength) after the addition of Horford. Harris made a big jump in rebounds, but that looks like it should fall back down now. Then there’s the man of the hour: Kevin Love. Love hasn’t played more than 60 games in either of the past three seasons. He’s the “elder” statesmen on a young team who isn’t likely to contend for a playoff spot which means a midseason trade is highly possible, if not likely. A few things come up with that; Could the team decide to curb his minutes to keep him healthy for a trade? Will the team play him regularly to showcase him for a trade? We do know that if Love is healthy, he’s the focal point of that offense and will be a usage hog. He also quietly averaged 17.6 points, 10.9 rebounds and 2.4 threes in the 22 games he played last year. If Love goes to a contender his role would change and his value could conceivably drop, but he’ll also be around more talented players, and he proved in the past that he is still valuable in that role.

      All in all, while they’re not far off, if Love looks healthy this preseason he’d be my first choice of the three. His injury history is real and he has the lowest floor because of it, but the potential for 2+ treys and double-digit rebounds as the go-to scorer on a bad team is too enticing. For what is essentially a 6th/7th round pick in a redraft league, the higher ceiling guy is where I’d tend to go.

  • #244206

    Coach
    Moderator
    Rank: Hall of Fame

    Thanks Santino!! That is a tremendous and very helpful breakdown of my team! Great insight! I will be recommending you to the listeners on the HoopBall DFS & Box Score Breakdown podcasts! What a big plus for all the HoopBallers out there to utilize! Keep up the great work brother!

  • #244214

    ameenkreidieh
    Participant
    Rank: All-Star

    Hey Santino,

    Amazing feedback so far on the above teams.

    This is my 20 team 9 category h2h dynasty league team. All the win now guys were gone by the time i got my first pick so i had to go with the youth movement.

    Trae Young
    Delon Wright
    Ja Morant
    Will Barton
    Al Horford
    Robert Williams
    Deandre Ayton
    Thomas Bryant
    Bruno Fernando
    Tomas Satoransky
    Aaron Holiday
    Shabazz Napier
    Bruce Brown Jr.
    Troy Brown
    Damyean Dotson
    Darius Garland

    • #244370

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      Thanks for submitting your team!

      I’ll start off by saying that I am sorry to hear that, but in a 20 man league, it gets rough. I am personally not a fan of playing for the future in dynasty or keeper leagues. Going into a season not thinking or giving yourself the mindset of not winning a championship, is never my forte.I’m not a brave soul like yourself to take a season or two to rebuild. Now, if this was an NBA franchise and my favorite ex-GM Sam Hinkie was running the show, I’d be all for it. But I love winning fantasy too much to wait for something that could be.

      With that said, and taking into consideration that you yourself are trying to win now but have an eye on the future, this team isn’t all that bad. While small point guards historically don’t win NBA championships (a few exceptions), they are fun to watch! Traening day (Hopefully it catches on) is one of my favorite players to watch ball out. There’s just something about him that makes me want to turn on a Hawks game. Since 2000 alone there has been more than a few top 3 picks that have busted, and it’s the reality of sports. But Ja Morant does not look like one. I am excited to see Morant take the reigns in Memphis. He has the potential to fill up a stat sheet from day one. That’s an exciting 1-2 punch in the backcourt, then you throw in Delon Wright, who has top-50 potential this year, and Darius Garland and this team has a bright future ahead at PG. I’m a big fan of Bruce Brown’s fantasy potential as I mentioned in a previous post and Satoransky is in a good position on a young Bulls’ squad.

      The player pool dries up like the desert in a 20 man league, and I can see it got to the big men on this roster. There’s really not much to choose from but the few that you have, do offer upside. I like Ayton more than others and I see him continuing to improve this year. It’s not every day you get a rookie big man who averaged 16 and 10 with .9 blocks and .9 steals and gets looked over. Rubio will help get him easier looks this year and he’ll approach 20 ppg. Bryant enjoyed a breakout last year and after getting paid this offseason he’ll be returning as the unquestioned starter and ready to put up new career-high numbers. Fat Rob has the potential to go either way. He’s a bit of a wildcard and on a team like this, he’s perfect as you have to take these sorts of shots. Horford is Horford and is being undervalued moving back to his natural position and playing alongside Embiid and a stacked roster. Embiid is going to get his rest a lot, even when he’s not injured. His numbers should take a hit, but I don’t see the panic drop that others do. He’ll be fine and a guy you should look to move when you get a chance if you are out of the running.

      20 man leagues are tougher to judge without looking at the rest of the league. All in all, this team has potential in a few years if you can add another piece or two, specifically some big men. Right now it’s not too bad but hard to see aking a playoff run. There are a few good building blocks and with some savvy moves, you’ll add some more. I hope the plan works out going forward!

    • #244525

      ameenkreidieh
      Participant
      Rank: All-Star

      Thanks Santino. yeah i will try to do some trades and try to compete. The major issue is that teams are either very heavy on competing now or they are building for future so there are no balanced team. this makes it tougher to compete too.

      Anyway thanks for the deep analysis! cheers!

    • #244554

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      No problem! And yes, that’s the tricky thing about dynasties, trading is much harder. If that’s the case and quite a few others are playing for the future, you could sneak yourself in the playoffs on a rebuilding year. How many teams make it?

    • #244702

      ameenkreidieh
      Participant
      Rank: All-Star

      Only 8 teams out of the 20… ill keep you posted on how things go!

      Thanks again.. will be posting my yearly leagues later in October!

  • #244215

    Righto-5-O
    Participant
    Rank: Pro

    Thanks Santino, awesome detailed breakdown. Yeah sorry its 1st round 2nd pick.

  • #244216

    Stars7
    Participant
    Rank: All-Star

    Hi Santino

    Awesome thread! 10 team 9Cat h2h with extra bench spot & 2IR
    I feel like I had a great draft after listening to a few podcasts. Larry Nance on waivers should I drop Rui and get him?

    Irving
    Harden
    Butler
    Rui Hachi
    Bam Adebayo
    Trae Young
    Kelly Oubre
    Mike Conley
    Al Horford
    Brook Lopez
    JV
    Miles Bridges
    Delon Wright
    IR Covington
    IR M.Fultz

    Looking forward to the feedback. Thanks

    • #244359

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      Hey man, this is sure to be one of the more relaxed team analysis’ I get this year. Ten team leagues are more productive and have a talented starting lineup with a good bench since ya know, fewer people are being drafted. With that said, this roster is stuffed throughout with people who were great value picks. I’m assuming the draft went something like Harden, Irving, Butler, Trae, Conley, Bam, Horford, JV, Lopez, Covington? If we’re to go by ADP alone, the first ten rounds are littered with value picks and players going past rounds past their expected ADP. Not everyone will be at their preseason ADP, but to be able to get guys later than they should be going continuously is a tremendous start and one that is needed to be a championship competitor.

      The team is construction started extremely guard-heavy, and not having a stud big guy could come back to bite you. Though, you did a great job in getting ample value in rounds 6-10 on big men. Breaking down the team off of the nine categories, you can see this team being at or near the top in points, steals, threes, assists, and ft% each week. Or in shorter words 5/9 categories (a win) this team can dominate. Winning rebounding and blocks will be harder to come by, but there will be weeks in which you win, and others where you can win depending on how you play your roster and the waiver wire game. This team wasn’t built to win them every week, so being able to compete in some is a win in itself. With so many high usage guards, the team is sure to not be useful in turnover and fg% will be hard to win by as well. I wouldn’t take that as a bad thing. If there is one category I would want to be bad in its turnovers. 90% of the time it means you have a lot of high usage guys who have the ball in their hands. Which players are the best on their teams and in fantasy? High usage guys.

      All in all, this is a top-tier team. I’d see if you can try to facilitate a trade for a big man anchor, but if not, then play to your strengths. Never get complacent and continue to scour the wire and the trade market. Also in regards to the Rui or Nance question, you can use another big rebounder, so I wouldn’t be opposed, though I do like Rui’s talent. As of right now, I don’t think it would matter who you picked up as Covington is set to come off that IR before the season, so if it’s between Nance and Rui for your last spot, then Covington trumps both anyway. Maybe for now keep who has the better trade value in the league and try to facilitate something that wat. I mean you somehow have Delon Wright as the last player on your team, a guy who can be a top 50 fantasy player this year, so it is extremely hard for a team like this to drop players. You should be able to make a few 2 for 1s with the amount of depth you have and continue to find value on the wire. Kudos to you for this draft!

  • #244223

    Søren Nielsen
    Participant
    Rank: Pro

    Hi Santino,
    Great feature in here. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on my 12 team 9-Cat H2H squad. I had the 6th pick overall.

    Jokic
    Jrue Holiday
    Zion
    Buddy Hield
    Valanciunas
    Bledsoe
    Isaac
    Oubre
    Teague
    Dwight Powell
    Zach Collins
    Joe Harris
    Hachimura

    I’m adapting to categories league from my home league (ESPN points), so I tried to focus less on points and rebounds, which are heavily favored in that format, and looked more for percentages and defensive stats instead. Maybe too much in that direction? Looking forward to your feedback.

    • #244379

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      Hey man, thanks for submitting! My strategy has me putting the most focus on rebounds, assists, and defensive stats. Whether a guy can shoot threes also factors in, but I put my least stock in points and percentages and none in turnovers. That’s just my preference. When I say that, I don’t mean I’m punting the other stats, I emphasize the others. And when I say points, it refers to the people who don’t contribute much outside of scoring and threes. Going with the defensive stats was a great move!

      Your draft went well. This team should be remarkable in steals, and while you have no elite shot blockers, there are quite a few guys that will put up over 1 per game.

      Holiday, Bledsoe, Teague, Harris, and Hield is a good set of guards. Holiday is a stud, and I’ve always been a fan of Bledsoe’s well-rounded production. No more Brogdon behind him is a good thing. A healthy Teague is the X-Factor of this group, and a return to health will make this a very good crop of guys. He’s a target I like in the later middle rounds for his assist/three/steal combination that comes with about 15+ points. I am not the biggest on Hield in fantasy, as I said earlier, I tend to avoid scorers for guys who can contribute the defensive and counting stats. That said, he fits well on this team. Ironically, Harris is a guy I would take later to help in threes while I pad my counting stats earlier.

      Zion, Isaac, and Oubre is your money bracket as each of them can put up a steal, rebound and three per game with 5+ rebounds or so. Zion could push for a double-double in off the bat.

      After the Joker, you held out on your next big guy, but JV is in position to finally fully break out this year. This makes for an excellent pairing in the frontcourt. Powell should benefit from playing next to the Unicorn. He’ll get less defensive pressure and more of an opportunity to bang down low. If he can get to around 30 mpg, he’ll be useful. Ideally, he’d be the fourth or fifth big on a team. I like both Collins and Rui this year. Both are in friendly positions with not much competition behind them and secure roles. They should both be given ample playing time, and in fantasy, that means everything, well except talent.

      Overall, there are a few holes on the team. Blocks and significant man depth come to mind. While Joker makes a considerable difference, another pg would help as well. I can see you making the playoffs. The waiver and your involvement will be essential though, as drafting is step one. Good luck and let me know how everything goes. Don’t forget to tune into all the podcasts and articles we have to continue helping you along the way as new information rolls in and values change regularly.

  • #244292

    tomboek
    Participant
    Rank: Pro

    Hi Santino,

    This is my current squad for a 12 team 9 cat H2H league which i had pick 6 in.

    Jrue Holiday
    Malcolm Brogdon
    Lebron James
    Draymond Green
    Deandre Ayton
    Kyle Lowry
    Otto Porter Jr
    Robert Covington
    Gordon Hayward
    Thomas Bryant
    Bam Adebayo
    Marcus Smart
    Larry Nance Jr

    Looking forward to your reply! Thanks

    • #244400

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      Back-to-back ideal leagues (12 team 9 cat H2H) with the sixth pick overall? Interesting.

      Wow! This team is loaded and ready to compete in every statistical category and a championship. I think you got a lot of guys below their market value. There is a lot of commonalities with popular players drafted here and in previous posts, but they came at a discount for you. I’d say don’t get complacent and continue to try and improve daily. I can’t tell if you’re league mates don’t like veterans or the young guns. Who went first Green or Ayton, Brogdon or Lowry? Either way, from where it looks like you got them that’s a tremendous value. Draymond got in shape for the stretch run last season. After the way he looked in the playoffs and now no Durant or Cousins coming back, and Klay out, I don’t see how he’s a fourth-rounder.

      My quick analysis of this team: Yes, please! I’m not sure how you pulled this one off but send me a direct message because I would like to try this tactic moving forward. Unless it was a dirty tactic, then don’t send it. (wink). Or maybe the best bet is to try a more competitive league. You’ve advanced past this one.

    • #244443

      tomboek
      Participant
      Rank: Pro

      Thanks Santino!

  • #244508

    LauriMarcannon
    Participant
    Rank: Pro

    Hey Santino, here’s my team in our home league. Just a casual one with my college mates.

    9Cat-H2H 12T 8th pick

    Dame Lillard
    Jrue Holiday
    D’Angelo Russell
    Bam Adebayo
    Brook Lopez
    SGA
    Jon Isaac
    Delon Wright
    Terrence Ross
    Zach Collins
    Bojan Bogdanovic
    Darius Garland
    Nerlens Noel

    WW: Davis Bertans

    Hope to hear from you soon, man! Good luck this season!

    • #244637

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      Hey man, thanks for sending your team in. You have quite a few big names on here and the popular Bam Bam. It’s a pretty good squad. The strength on the team is with its guard play as it is incredibly guard-heavy. I love the collection of guards that you have and they as a whole should if not will be among the best in your league. You’ll be towards the top of your league standing in threes, assists, steals and ft%. You should be above average in points as well. That gives you a solid base of categories where you’ll need to win points or another cat to get yourself a win.

      With that said, there isn’t much big man depth on the team, and that will come back t bite you. Lopez’ ability to shoot threes meshes with your guard, as does Bams passing ability. They’ll play to your strengths. Unfortunately, this team will have a tough time competing in rebounds and blocks. You did get non-bigs who can get blocks, but the lack of them will show as a week wears on. Big men typically have higher fg%’s overall so that could be a tough one as well as will turnovers. With so many guards it’s expected. I do like Collins potential, and he is going to be a popular flier at the end of drafts. Noel can get a few blocks, but he won’t play much as long as Adams is there. I’m sure you can drop him for someone who will help sooner.

      I wouldn’t react now unless something great comes along, there’s still so much time until the season starts and lots of things will change. But I would consider moving a guard for a big man, or someone to help balance out your roster. Russell, SGA or Bogdo should get you a nice return from a guard-needy team. It never hurts to send floaters around and test the market. You’re current construction will be good enough to win weeks, but there is still a lot of meat left on the bone in categories you’ll struggle in. Just don’t swing too much if you move guys, keep it balanced.

      Keep me updated on what comes along, as well as using all the tools we have to offer! It’s still September, a lot will change.

  • #244527

    Christopher Kellett
    Participant
    Rank: Pro

    Hey Santino,

    I play in a dynasty 14 team 9-cat H2H league and I’d like your advice pre-draft.

    I have 6 keepers that I have made considerable moves to get them plus grabbing earlier picks.

    They are:

    Anthony Davis
    Joel Embiid
    Kyrie Irving
    Clint Capela
    Myles Turner
    Mike Conley

    I don’t have a 1st Rounder this season (7th rounder) in the trade to acquire Davis and I’ve already traded my 2nd Rounder for Chris Paul and 4th Rounder for Bojan Bogdanovic. I know I’m pretty top heavy with bigs but I’ve still got three 3rd Rounders, four 4th Rounders and two 5ths to round out all my picks.

    Who do you think I should target in those picks to help me round out a winning fantasy team?

    Thanks in advance for your feedback!

    • #244649

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      That’s a talented group of keepers man. I like the strategy of grabbing these elite guys and then rounding out your roster with cheaper, value plays. You’ll be able to take some risks with your picks if there’s someone you really want and want to reach with since you’ll have them as your backbone. Also with multiple picks each round, that makes it easier haha. And yes you definitely have a lot of big men.

      Since it’s only mid-September, player perceptions are going to drastically change from now until the season starts. Depending on when you’re draft is, this may be irrelevant information. I’d say to resend when it gets closer, but for now, I’ll do my best to try and guess who’ll be available.

      You won’t get a pick until after 112 (8X14), so your market will be lower, but if Teague, Covington, Isaac, Delon Wright, or Rubio should be the first guys you target if they’re still there. They each fit great on your team (and any team.) Milsap may be there too, the old man is getting overlooked.

      After them, since your team needs guards I’d look at the best available. I’d say Sataransky, Dragic, Dinwiddie and Rose could be there. I think you can get most in the 4th round along with Augustin or Fultz and Isaiah Thomas. With really no sg, Tyus Jones should play alongside Morant quite a bit. While not the sexiest of names, they’ll be effective in their roles with your team construction.

      Outside of pg’s, RJ Barret is a player to get for trade value alone. If he starts off strong, you’ll be getting a ton of offers for the Knicks rookie. I can’t see any of the hyped-up big guys lasting that long so I’d take a look at Collins and Kuzma. Miles Bridges as a 4th rounder. I’d take a Bruce Brown flier as well with a fifth.

      There are more names to throw around, but it all depends on how that third round goes. You have a great foundation, so you can go in any direction. Those top five and Millsap should be the top targets unless others fall. If you wind up getting a guard or two, you won’t have to put so much focus on filling those stats out and can go with the best available all-around player. If you don’t you’ll have to fill them in. Even with that said, if there’s too much value to pass up in bigs who fell don’t hesitate, you can always trade them and balance the roster out that way. You seem like an active trader who will have no problem.

  • #244574

    gsato001
    Participant
    Rank: Rookie

    Appreciate Your Great Work!

    Dynasty Roto 7th pick, wanted to go young but still compete now…picks in order…made a few mistakes (Murray and Clarke too early)…probably could have taken Dame and waited on Luka but figured he’d be gone by then.

    Luka
    Beal
    Mitch Rob
    Jamal Murray
    Thomas Bryant
    CP3
    Gallinari
    Brandon Clarke
    Whiteside
    Huerter
    FVV
    Simons
    PJ Tucker
    MPJ
    Len

    • #244651

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      How many teams are in the league? And don’t beat yourself up man, can’t take it back, so work with what you have and make the best of it. A dynasty is long term, if you want Doncic on your team, don’t fault yourself for taking him. He’s too fun to watch not to want on your team. You probably went a round early on Murray, but he just got paid top dollar to play alongside the Joker for a while. His future is bright.

      I think you did a good job in your draft overall, I like the balance of your roster. You wound up with three exciting young guards and CP3 to boot. Simons and FVV are quality bench guys, who have the potential for more should they find themselves more minutes or a larger role.

      I love the Mitch Rob and Whiteside pairing. I am higher on Whiteside than most and am expecting him to get the opportunity to do what he does best in an offense that’s going to give him a lot of spacing to clean up the glass. Throw in Thomas Bryant who has big-time upside and Alex Len who’s looking at a big role and it’s no slouch group to the stud guards. Then there’s the well-rounded Gallo and Huerter who should improve. MPJ is a lottery ticket and one who is good to have, especially in a dynasty, for should he hit then watch out. His injury risk is like an old-school WARNING sign from a spam popup, but that upside is mouthwatering.

      The team is looking good man, you did a good job of playing now and for the future.

  • #244636

    ScottyO
    Moderator
    Rank: Pro

    Hey team! Mock draft I did recently, please rate 9cat H2H

    1. Karl-Anthony Towns (Min – C)
    2. Jimmy Butler (Mia – SG,SF)
    3. Myles Turner (Ind – PF,C)
    4. Draymond Green (GS – PF,C)
    5. Kyle Lowry (Tor – PG)
    6. Tobias Harris (Phi – SF,PF)
    7. Malcolm Brogdon (Ind – PG,SG)
    8. Jonathan Isaac (Orl – SF,PF)
    9. Jeff Teague (Min – PG)
    10. JaVale McGee (LAL – C)
    11. Dwight Powell (Dal – PF,C)
    12. Nicolas Batum (Cha – SG,SF)
    13. Jaylen Brown (Bos – SG,SF)

    Was pick 8. Still can’t work out how I got KAT but not complaining. Appreciate any feedback

    • #244703

      ScottyO
      Moderator
      Rank: Pro

      FYI that is my actual team not a mock draft. Don’t know why I wrote that Lol. Also it’s a 10 team league. Thanks in advance

    • #244784

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      I’m not sure why he fell either haha but awesome! He’s going to put up some monster numbers, health provided. I love the Draymond pick and think he’ll turn out to be a steal. KAT’s teammate at the end of the 9th is another great pick should health cooperate. The Batum pick is a nice upside pick as he’ll have more of a feature role without Kemba and if he has anything left in the tank he still has that production versatility to his game.

      You had a really solid draft and your team is set up to compete in every category. You can’t ask for much more than that. Your big men are the strength of your team with KAT, Green, and Dray, but you were able to balance them out with good value. I think everyone is excited to see what Brogdon is going to do in his new home and while the name Kyle Lowry may be boring at this stage of his career, he should continue to produce in his now again alpha role.

      All of this and I didn’t even get to the wings with Jimmy B going back to his high-usage alpha dog role now that he’s with the Heat. Isaac is a defensive stud in fantasy with his ability to get blocks and steals and even threes. If he gets the time he should get this year, he could push them both closer to 1.5. Brown is a solid pick at the end of drafts as a post-hype guy. It was only last year where many had him pegged as a breakout player entering the year, and he looks like he looks really good on team USA. I wouldn’t be surprised if this is the year he puts it all o display, and with the last pick that’s exactly what you’re hoping for. I like this team.

    • #244785

      ScottyO
      Moderator
      Rank: Pro

      Thanks so much Santino! Love your work, this is why Hoop-ball is the best. Keep up the great work!

  • #244643

    David
    Moderator
    Rank: Pro

    10 Man H2H 9 Cat
    S Curry
    Brogdon
    Otto Porter Jr
    Aldridge
    Drummond
    Trae Young
    Larry Nance
    Capela
    Miles Turner
    Mitch Robinson
    J Ingles
    SGA
    K Oubre

  • #244644

    David
    Moderator
    Rank: Pro

    7th Pick

    • #244779

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      Wow. I know it’s a 10 team league and rosters will look good because of that, but you got a ton of value at your picks. While I don’t typically target Aldridge, where it looks like you got him was a steal. Trae late third, one of Mitch or Myles late fifth. Those first nine rounds couldn’t have been much better, you continually got steals in value. I’m not sure how these players kept falling to you and what your other league members were doing during this time. You had a fantastic draft, you’re team looks like a cheat code. Keep up that level of work for the grind of the season and you’ll be in prime position to take home the ship!

    • #244934

      David
      Moderator
      Rank: Pro

      Thanks Santino! Appreciate it!

  • #244701

    Christopher Kellett
    Participant
    Rank: Pro

    Thanks for the advice Santino, I appreciate it!

  • #244829

    aljstyles
    Participant
    Rank: Pro

    This is a team that was auto-pick drafted after I did a quick edit of pre-ranks. It’s not a team I would live-draft, but it’s what I ended up with:

    jamal murray
    buddy hield
    mikal bridges
    tatum
    vucevic
    dwight powell
    kat
    mitch-rob
    k-looney
    satoransky
    beverley
    I.T.
    pj tucker off waivers
    wendall carter -IL

    Can a team like this win a league?

    • #244919

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      Short answer: Maybe, but it’s going to take a lot of work. It’s certainly not the best of rosters.

      For not picking yourself, the computer did pretty well to start you off. With KAT, Vooch, and Mitch ROb leading the way you’re big men are in great shape. Looney, Powell, and Carter round out the teams’ strength which gives you a solid floor for the categories that favor big men.

      The rest of your roster wasn’t too kind to you. While Murray is good, I’d ideally want him as my second guard, or at least have a few other guards right around his value. The computer didn’t do that for ya. Tatum should get his career back on track with a big bounceback this year, and Hield is a good player, though I shy away from guys who don’t do much outside score and hit threes in fantasy, especially in the middle rounds. Sataransky was a nice value pick, and I.T is the definition of a wildcard. If he shows an inkling that he can recapture that magic before his injury, he’ll be a difference-maker.

      All in all, I can’t see you win with this team, but I’d never count anyone out this early. As long as you can scour the wire and find some gems, and make a few trades there’s always a chance. Injuries happen every year and waiver wire diamonds in the rough are discovered. With some luck and determination, you can put up a fight.

    • #245370

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      I don’t know how I missed this before, but love the username! I’m a big fan myself

  • #245019

    nick_go
    Participant
    Rank: Pro

    14 team H2H 9 cat competitive league:
    7th pick

    Dame
    Booker
    John Collins
    Clint Capela
    Brook Lopez
    Julius Randle
    Gordon Hayward
    Delon Wright
    Brandon Clarke
    Satoransky
    Hachimura
    OG Anunoby

    • #245216

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      I like the balance you have throughout the roster with those two big-time guards and a few quality big men. The strength of the team is in scoring and three-point shooting. It’s not something I tend to target, but you were able to supplement the rest of the categories somewhat. In a 14 man league, the player pool runs dry quicker, but I like how you were able to get Hayward and Hachimura so late. Even OG could prove to be a great last pick investment.

      There are a few guys who had a lot of change around them this offseason like Wright and Randle, and most likely Sataransky going to new homes and becoming starters, Hayward had Kyrie and Horford replaced by Kemba and Kanter. With another year removed from the gruesome leg injury and added responsibilities, he could return to the well-rounded stats he formerly put up. With the Suns finally getting a competent NBA-caliber PG to play with Booker, I expect big things for the almost 23-year-old. I’m a fan of Collins, and I look forward to him making another leap in his third season, but his lack of defensive stats thus far in his career makes it hard for me to justify taking him where you took him. He’ll need to improve there to be worth a 3rd round selection in fantasy. For me, Randle is in a similar boat. He’s a talented guy and both near 20/10 guys who shoot at an efficient clip and can potentially get themselves over a 3 per game are going to provide value, but the lack of defensive stats stands out in the fantasy realm.

      While I like the talent on this roster a lot, it’s not one that I would personally target. I personally put a lot of emphasis on the harder to come by defensive stats than most. While that’s the way I do it, it doesn’t mean your way is wrong, just not my prerogative. There is enough talent to make a playoff push and then go from there. One plus about having name value in players to keep in mind is that they’re usually easier to trade if you make them available.

  • #245040

    Bucketts
    Participant
    Rank: All-Star

    Hi Santino, great job so far. This was a slow draft 14 team H2H 9Cat league. The cool thing about it was people from Australia, Hong Kong, Spain and one from Canada and 9 from USA and these guys know what they are doing which made the draft even tougher. There were 14 rounds

    Here is my team and in order of my selections

    Curry
    Westbrook
    JJJ
    Tobias
    Jamal Murray
    Marvin Bagley
    DeAndra Jordan
    T Ross
    RJ Barrett
    Goran Dragic
    Herro
    Robert Williams
    Dwight Howard
    Bobby Portis

    • #245229

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      That’s awesome man! Are these friends you’ve known for a while that have traveled, or people you haven’t met before? I lived abroad in China for a few years and played fantasy during the time, it’s a great way to stay in touch with friends back home. I’m interested in this league already and haven’t even got to the team yet!

      Clearly, the strength of the team is in its point guards, and I can get behind that. Those are a great four to have in such a deep draft. They’ll keep you near the top in assists, steals, threes, while scoring a lot of points. Turnovers and Westbrooks shooting woes will be a drag, but the rest are fine. He shouldn’t be that bad of a free throw shooter again, and that’ll be another target category.

      JJJ is a fantastic pick to lead the bigs. I love me some PF/C’s who can block shots and get steals at a high clip. For how I like my teams, he’s a prime guy to have. Jordan showed last year that even for a guy who has no offensive game and was in a reduced role with a bad supporting cast, that he can still get close to his usual numbers. He’ll be in a similar playing time situation, but the supporting cast is a plus. Howard is a nice flyer at this point as he could revitalize himself back in L.A playing with Bron and AD, and if he doesn’t it’s won’t kill you. Bagley has nasty skills, but his playing time is a huge question mark with what the Kings did this summer. His talent should win out, but to what extent? Ideally, though, this team can use another big or two to even things out.

      This team is a good overall and I’d expect it to make a solid playoff run with the right moves and players hitting, assuming health cooperates. I do have to throw in Barrett somewhere in here, he’ll be a fun name to have as we hope for the Knicks to be decent at basketball again. Big men can fall into value with injuries in front of them, and I’d pay attention to that on the waiver wire throughout the season. I’m sure your league mates will as well. It might come down to timezones for players haha. This is a fun leage!

    • #245378

      Bucketts
      Participant
      Rank: All-Star

      Thanks Santino for the review. Actually, i know four of the guys in this league and the guy in Hong Kong we went to school together and now have a great job there. We started with 10 teams four years ago and I will say we have to give couple of the guys wives credit for referring to us couple of the guys who are solid and now we are at 14 teams. We had two trades before the draft and both were trades of first round picks (I know these guys dont play around lol) We did this slow draft on fantrax and i had everyone joined the Slack app to communicate since time zones are an issue and it’s a great app…

      I must say the guys overseas have the advantage at times with wavier wire LOL.

      I was thinking is it a good idea to go after Dedmon if I have Bagley? Since they have a great playoff schedule anyways or just look for a big off the wire during the season.

      If anyone ever drop out, I will definitely like to invite you!

      Thanks

    • #245380

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      That sounds fantastic! I recommend slack as well it’s very easy to use and convenient. I like how it’s a tight-knit community and even the wives got involved on the recruiting circuit. It’ll depend on the day and time of news for the wire lol.

      If you were to drop someone it’d be among the last four picks. Dedmon was good last year in his role, but not someone I’d target this year. The playoffs are a long ways away and he’s sure to be added/dropped a lot as the Kings frontcourt is the biggest logjam in the league. You didn’t mention him, but Richaun Holmes is a better basketball player than Dedmon and that alone will cut into his value. I’d wait a bit and see what happens in the preseason. Always scour the wire as more information rolls in. There’s sure to be some bigs who emerge soon enough.

  • #245085

    Vegemite Toast
    Participant
    Rank: All-Star

    10tm roto mock. Dont go into too much detail, it’s a Mock…

    Still interested to know high level thoughts on this squad drafting from the middle.

    Nikola Jokic
    Jimmy Butler
    Mtich Robinson
    Draymond Green
    Buddy Hield
    CJ McCollum
    M.Gasol
    Shai G.A.
    Enes Kanter
    Gary Harris
    Serge Ibaka
    Bogdan Bogdanovic
    Pat Beverley

    • #245373

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      This is a quality mock. I love the Mitch and Green pairing in rounds 3 & 4. Gasol in the 7th is a tremendous value. He can still play at a high level. Kanter and Ibaka are nice big men to grab so late. I’d shoot for another PG, but Jokic helps out a lot, and I like the overall level of balance to the team. This would be a good team to take in a real draft, and that’s what you hope for. Continue to experiment with different players in mocks and see if you like any other rosters better.

    • #245579

      Vegemite Toast
      Participant
      Rank: All-Star

      Took a different tack with a separate (auction) mock. My thoughts are it is a fairly well rounded team with real strengths in percents, 3pm and points. A bit weak on the defensive stats.

      KAT
      Lillard (yep, not much cash left…)
      Otto Porter
      Mike Conley
      Blake Griffin ($2, I couldn’t help it!)
      LeMarcus Aldridge
      CJ McCollum
      Tobias Harris
      Bam Adebayo
      Jonas Valenciunas
      Shai Gilgeous
      Marc Gasol
      Ricky Rubio

    • #246117

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      This is definitely a deep team with all top 100 guys. Blake for $2 is a steal. It’s hard to really judge an auction mock because people tend to leave before it’s over and all the stuff that makes it unrealistic. If Blake went for $2, I’m assuming you got some of those guys for $1 which shouldn’t happen in a normal draft. If this was a real draft it’s a very good team that is well-rounded. But again, I can’t say much on this draft as a mock, which is a bummer in itself.

  • #245088

    annakarina
    Participant
    Rank: All-Star

    Just finished a 14 team 9-cat dynasty, first three years paid in advance. One of the rules is that we must always have a rookie on our rosters.

    Here’s my current team. I’ll be sliding KD and Klay into IL spots and digging through the wire for two more players.

    3 Karl Anthony-Towns (MIN) C
    26 Kemba Walker (BOS) PG
    31 Russell Westbrook (HOU) PG
    54 Victor Oladipo (IND) PG/SG
    59 Kevin Durant (BKN) SF/PF
    82 Brook Lopez (MIL) C
    86 Klay Thompson (GS) SG/SF
    87 Jarrett Culver (MIN) SF
    110 T.J. Warren (IND) SF/PF
    138 Willie Cauley-Stein (GS) PF/C
    143 Michael Porter Jr. (DEN) SF
    166 Paul Millsap (DEN) PF/C
    171 Dennis Schroder (OKC) PG
    194 Kent Bazemore (POR) SG/SF
    199 Derrick Jones Jr. (MIA) SF
    222 Richaun Holmes (SAC) PF/C

    Thanks!

    • #245377

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      Happy to see more women on the forums doing fantasy!! Also, the detail that you put in your post is tremendous and much appreciated! This league doesn’t mess around; three years paid in full and the interesting rookie wrinkle.

      This team has a lot of potential in the long run. You took a few injured guys, but honestly, I like how you said “screw it” and took them all; KD, Klay, and Dipo. I mean these are studs when they are healthy, and with an eye towards the future, if everything goes according to plan, you’ll have an impressive roster.

      As of right now, it’s pretty tough to compete in a 14 man league when 3 of your top 7 picks are looking at playing roughly half a year or less this season. If you can stay afloat when a few of those reinforcements come around, that could all change, even without KD.

      Your guards are fantastic and easily the engine that’ll run this team when it’s at peak capacity. You’ll need a few more bigs to pair with Towns, but grabbing Millsap at 166 is a steal. I’ve mentioned him a few times on here, and it’s because of that reason. He may be unsexy and old, but he can still play basketball, and he’s turning into natural value at this point with how far he’s been falling in some drafts. I’m excited to see Porter finally play (and stay healthy) as that guy oozes talent. Whether he can show it or not is another story. I’m curious if your league counts him as a Rookie or not because he technically is unless you do it by drafted year.

      I do enjoy this team. I said in an earlier post that I don’t like to play for the future, but KD at 59 is too hard to pass up. And if you’re going to have him and Dipo by round 5, might as well throw in Klay on your team also a few rounds later. Can’t fault that strategy. They have all been proven All-Stars in this league, at the least for KD and Klay, so you know the talent they possess if they can overcome significant injuries. Klay is the safest bet as we see more and more people having success after ACL surgery.

      I think the future of this team is bright and hopefully, you can continue making great roster moves throughout the year, starting with those two open spots. Also, I have to mention the Holmes pick for the big guy; Underrated asset who is going to sneakily play more than people realize and help you in defensive stats, rebs, and fg%. You can tell that you’ve been a HoopBall faithful for a bit with that last pick!

  • #245089

    alowry16
    Participant
    Rank: All-Star

    Hello!

    This is my 2nd year, Dynasty 8 cat league, I won the league last year, just looking for any holes that I could shore up, and if I should do anything about Paul George….

    Karl-Anthony Towns
    Paul George
    Jrue Holiday
    Luka Doncic
    Rudy Gobert
    Mitch Robinson
    Otto Porter Jr
    Clint Capela
    Thomas Bryant
    Josh Richardson
    Jonathan Isaac
    Miles Bridges
    Caris LeVert
    Derrick White
    Jeff Teague
    Dwight Powell
    Bogdan Bogdanovic
    Tomas Satoransky
    Will Barton

    As you can see I’m in a fairly win-now mode, but trying to keep my guys relatively young while doing so!

  • #245379

    @SantinoCaccone
    Moderator
    Rank: Legend

    Hello!

    This is my 2nd year, Dynasty 8 cat league, I won the league last year, just looking for any holes that I could shore up, and if I should do anything about Paul George….

    Karl-Anthony Towns, Gobert, Mitch, Capella, Bryant, Powell
    Paul George, Porter, J Rich, Isaac, Bridges, Bogdo, Barton
    Jrue, Doncic, Teague, Sataransky, White, LeVert

    As you can see I’m in a fairly win-now mode, but trying to keep my guys relatively young while doing so

    Congrats on winning last year! Let’s keep the good times rolling! I love the deep rosters btw.
    Holy hell man, how many teams are in this league? This is an insanely deep and talented roster. I’m assuming you had to get Mitch, White, Isaac, and Bryant on waivers last year? Quite literally, there are no holes on this team. You have far too many studs for there to be. I guess if I had to buckle down I’d say you can use an additional guard, but really the team is loaded. You should be in championship contention again with good fortune and health.

    For George, what are your options and what do you want to do with him? If his shoulders are healed and he looks good in the preseason, outside of probable loas management games, he’s one of the best players in the league. If you want to trade him for those reasons I could understand, but unless you’re getting top value for him it’s a move you’ll be regretting. I for one love to trade, so I’d still guage his market or others you want to move, but with the team you have, you don’t need to make any rash decisions.

  • #245554

    image6435
    Participant
    Rank: Rookie

    Hi Guy,

    This is my 2nd year with Fantasy, please rate my following 9CAT H2H 12-TEAM (Yahoo Pro League):

    I was 9th pick (not a good position if you ask me) but was able to draft Joker while managers ahead me picked up Embiid, LBJ and Kawhi.

    It’s hard to develop a punt strategy around Joker since he really doesn’t hurt you anywhere (maybe TOs) so I just picked the most valuable/upside worthy players and slightly tanking block.

    Mike Conley
    Eric Bledsoe
    Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
    Derrick White
    Goran Dragic

    Robert Covington
    Gordon Hayward
    Kelly Olynyk
    Miles Bridges
    Nicolas Batum

    Nikola Jokic
    Andre Drummond
    Jakob Poeltl

    Any feedback is greatly appreciated!

    • #245690

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      Before we get started, I know it’s all the rage lately in fantasy basketball, but I’m just curious as to why you wanted to develop a punting strategy? And what category is it that you wanted to give up? You’re the first person on here to talk about punting, and I’m just curious at your thoughts about going this route because it is an exciting option to take, but must be executed with value picks to work. It’s not something I actively target, but I won’t pass on value because of a bad %.

      Joker is a tremendous value at 9, and he and Drummond complement each other very well. Poeltl makes a quality third big with upside if he can consistently see 25+ mpg. Another big in the mix would be great to piggyback off your top-two studs. Drummond scares people off with his FT% but getting league-leading rebounds, a good fg% and those defensive numbers make it worth every penny. He and Whiteside make for a great pair if you want to punt free throws.

      You have another quality batch of guards with Conley and Bledsoe leading the way. Two guys that are typically amongst the league leaders in steals. The three behind them are good plays as well. White may have the murkiest outlooks with Murray ready to come back, but he’s shown the ability to play both on and off the ball and has earned Pop’s trust.

      A healthy RoCo is a fantasy darling, and someone every owner should want. He’s a prototypical 3-and-D fantasy player, and those are hard to come by. If it’s not a thing yet, it should be. With improvement and more consistency, Miles can make himself into a 1/1/1 3-and-D guy himself. With the upside route you took, I like the Hayward and Batum gambles as both are looking at increased roles and have been top 50 guys in the past. Hayward is another year removed from that brutal injury, and although Batum hasn’t been good, he still has a diverse statistical skillset for fantasy.

      I think you did well overall, especially for your 2nd year in fantasy and expect you to keep up the solid work throughout the season!

    • #245702

      image6435
      Participant
      Rank: Rookie

      Hi Santino,

      Wow, that was REALLY helpful, super appreciated.

      What you’ve said pretty much equates to my thought process during the draft. I’m glad that youre able to verify that my approach made sense.

      To answer your question about punting, I’m personally not a huge advocate for punting because like you said it often interferes with your decision on picking the most valuable player in certain round of the draft. It does make more sense when things happen more naturally like if you get LeBron first round and the next best player available in the second round is Drummond, which makes punting FT much more reasonable and less forceful. With that combo, rather than offsetting the FT with a higher FT% guard or galli, to me it’s much logical to commit to punt all the way by drafting the likes of Capela, Fox, or someone good that happens to have poor FT%. To be honest, that was my initial strategy knowing that I had pick 9 lol but hey you never know!

      Second round pick can make and break your team so it took a lot of guts to grab Drummond. I was deciding between him, Jrue, Vuec and Vuec. A lot of people recommend to focus on a good guard, especially with higher assists, in the early round. Jrue was on the top of my mind but knowing that Drummond finished so strong in the end of the last season, like top 5, made the cut for me. Vuec is like Joker without any flaws in his stats but just doesn’t have that strong energy in his game and I don’t see him getting any better this year.

      I’m loving the conversation but I gotta go back to work so I’ll reply you more on this topic tonight!

      Thanks again

    • #245704

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      No problem! And thanks for the quick reply. Yeah, I was just curious if you had a master plan with the punting as I have been seeing going around lately. But yes, I am pretty much in the same boat with that.

      Neither of those three is a bad pick, they’ll all be going within that range. It’s just on preference and who you feel is better. Is it great to have a top-flight G? Yes. Do you need one in the first two rounds to win? No. There’s a lot of draft left to go, and you find the pieces then. Your analysis is exactly what it should be in that situation. You have 3 options, but you went with who you like the most. Experts and analysts can only do so much, at the end of the day this is your team and you’re the one who’s got to look at it all season. If you want/like someone more then go with your gut or else you’ll be second-guessing on it.

    • #245802

      image6435
      Participant
      Rank: Rookie

      Yeah, when it doubt, just believe in your instinct.

      More about my team… I just imported my team to hashtag bball system and, based on their projected power ranking, my team is supposedly 2nd, which is mind boggling because my points is in 12th place and 3pt is in 10th! Other than these two stats, assist, steals, and TO are elite and the rest are average. I’m thinking of going deep with this punt 3pt and points build (tanking ft%) by trading away Conley for Draymond, which bottoms out those punted categories but boosts every other categories, making FG% and rebound elite.

      What do you think about this approach? It’s interesting that my original intention was to draft whoever was overall best in each round but ended up with a potential punt build that works in my favor. Obviously, you have to take these data with a grain of salt but it sort of makes sense to follow the overall sign of strengths and weaknesses of your team.

    • #246121

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      Again, I don’t really try to punt categories, it gives you less room for error to win in a head-to-head matchup. I tend to stick to the best players with a higher grade for people who can gobble up defensive stats. With that said, I am extremely high on Draymond this year and will be heavily targeting him. If it were me, I would take that deal. While Conley is a great player and does his thing, I would take Dray higher in the draft. He has too unique of a statistical output and now KD is gone. He was a consensus top 20-guy before KD and showed in the playoffs that he should be running the offense and pushing the ball more again. I like his talent more so I would definitely do it, and if you need to add another guard later then you can trade for one at that time.

  • #245876

    james.boarotto
    Participant
    Rank: Pro

    Hello HoopBall,

    10 Team H2H Dynasty (1st Year of 5 years) (15 Players Each)

    Bledsoe
    Harden
    Delon Wright
    Kyle Andersen
    Draymond Green
    Robert Covington
    Andre Drummond
    Rudy Gobert
    Jarrett Allen
    Mikal Bridges
    Thomas Bryant
    Patrick Beverley
    Jarrett Culver
    Jayson Tatum
    Zach Collins

    • #246096

      james.boarotto
      Participant
      Rank: Pro

      Forgot to mention it is 9 CAT

    • #246350

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      I’m curious to know if you and Mitch, who posted below a few minutes later, are in the same league?

      Anyway, I like this squad. That’s a mouthwatering big man group with Drummond, Draymond, and Gobert leading the way. This team is going to be awesome in the defensive and rebounding categories. This is probably the best collection of bigs in your league.

      Harden is elite. getting Wright, Bledsoe and Covington is going to pair tremendously with your bigs. I really like the Tatum pick, he can most certainly return to the promise he showed as a rookie. Collins, Allen, and Anderson are more solid late-round picks with upside. They each have questions and concerns about entering the season but have the ability to quell them easily. That’s what you want to do with your later round guys.

      This is a very good team that shouldn’t have any issues making the playoffs and competing for a championship this year, barring unforeseen circumstances. With the youth on your team, you are set up for future success as well. Good draft!

  • #245879

    Mitch Ashby
    Participant
    Rank: Pro

    Rate this squad!

    1st Year of 5, 10 team Dynasty League H2H 9Cat, I had pick 2

    2: KAT
    19: Trae
    22: Myles
    39: Durant
    42: Middleton
    59: Otto Porter
    62: Klay
    79: Larry Nance jr
    82: Miles Bridges
    99: Marcs Smart
    102: Lamb
    119: Satoransky
    122: Huerter
    139: Rudy Gay
    142: Rui Hachimura

    Let me know what your think!

    • This reply was modified 6 months, 2 weeks ago by  Mitch Ashby.
    • This reply was modified 6 months, 2 weeks ago by  Mitch Ashby.
    • #246351

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      With Klay and KD this team is looking towards the future. I like taking both in a dynasty, as I mentioned in an earlier post. They’re worth the gamble at their current prices. You’re looking at an uphill climb to make the playoffs this season, I just don’t see it, but it could be a completely different case next year.

      KAT is a stud and I am a huge fan of Trae. Porter is a good all-around fantasy contributor and one of the more solid picks. I like Middleton’s story and play, but he’s not a guy I would personally target with where he’s typically going. Really like Miles pick even if it was a bit earlier than usual. He has the ability to be a 1/1/1 guy with more time and expected improvement in a bigger role. Sataransky was a great snag late as well. I am just as intrigued in Rui as so many others.

      This team ultimately all comes down to how KD overcomes the Achilles injury. Klay should be fine with so many athletes now beating ACL injuries and beating them quicker, but the Achilles has historically been the worst possible injury for an NBA athlete to have. With a talent like KD I wouldn’t put it past him to break the mold, and as I said is worth the risk, but it’s a major one.

    • #246416

      Mitch Ashby
      Participant
      Rank: Pro

      Cheers for the breakdown!

      Update, I put KD and Klay in my IR spots and grabbed Bazemore and Barton from the WW

      Any positions or stats you think I’m lacking in and if so how would you go about filling the holes up?

    • #246833

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      I’d say you need another big man or two. You used two top-22 picks on bigs and then only have Nance and Rui to round them out and not guys who necessarily contribute in blocks and rebounds outside of those two. Durant will help out, but that won’t happen until 2020-21. Assists is another cat you’re low on, but it’ll be tough to find that on the wire until someone gets hurt.

  • #246098

    Rashby
    Participant
    Rank: All-Star

    Were finally back into fantasy hoops season after what feels like years. I can now go back to ignoring my loved ones and not having to make chit chat with co-workers!

    Ive been given the number one pick for the first time and after looking through the rankings tried my first mock.

    Let me know your thoughts. I’m torn between curry and AD as first pick. Will AD hold value with the new pieces in LA and playing alongside Lebron? Curry will be huge this year but 1st pick huge?

    Tried to grab the best upside bigs early then add assists and then steals and backup centres.

    Ad
    Siakam
    Ayton
    Capela
    Lowry
    Lonzo
    Bagley
    Smart
    Dejounte
    Danny green
    Huerter
    Looney
    H Barnes

    It’s 12 team 9cat H2H.

    • This reply was modified 6 months, 2 weeks ago by  Rashby.
    • #246354

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      AD is going to be a monster with whoever he plays with. There really is nothing he can’t do on a basketball court when he’s on one. Steph is certainly worthy of a top pick, but it would be hard for me to pass on AD.

      Mocks are hard to judge because people leave them so early every time. While they give you a baseline of some sort, it’s basically just ADP for whatever site you use after the first couple rounds since there are so many auto picks.

      That’s not a bad strategy to take highest upside bigs, I’d throw in Mitch Robinson and Draymond as targets during those rounds. Lowry and Lonzo were good mid-round values as well. If Lonzo can prove healthy he should finally be able to showcase his skillset this year. Looney is an underrated great late-round target at the end of drafts. Kerr really likes him and he’s going to get the chance to play more valuable minutes this year.

      I think the strategy can be effective and it’ll depend on the value you can get. I think this is a solid team that’ll be competitive, but it’s missing something for me and I can’t quite tell what it is.

  • #246437

    andreasantoniostsatsos1988
    Participant
    Rank: All-Star

    9 CAT, H2H league, 12 teams….

    Just concluded our draft a few minutes ago. i had the 2nd overall pick in a snake draft. It’s a daily lineup setup, starting 6 players, PG,SG,SF,PF,C,1 UTL… and the remaining 7 are bench players.

    What are your thoughts on my team guys? Areas that I need to improve on? Is this team an average team?,contender? or a weak team? Any recommendations are wlecome.

    First Round-KARL ANTHONY TOWNS
    2nd Round- JRUE HOLIDAY
    3rd Round- DEANDRE AYTON
    4th Round- OTTO PORTER
    5th Round- BUDDY HIELD
    6th Round- JONAS VALANCIUNAS
    7th Round- SHAI GILGEOUS ALEXANDER
    8th Round- JONATHAN ISAAC
    9th Round- MILES BRIDGES
    10th Round- DELON WRIGHT
    11th Round- DERRICK WHITE
    12th Round- TJ WARREN
    13th Round- DAVIS BERTANS

    • #246862

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      Is this a 12 man or 10 man league? That’s a big one to know. Before I get started I have to stress that I am not a fan of standard-sized leagues and avoid them in general in all fantasy sports. While this league is a standard-league size, it takes a different approach to rosters. Personally, I emphatically dislike it. I would prefer to do a standard league and as I said earlier, I avoid them.

      I’m not sure why there are more bench guys than starters but to each their own. To me, starting only six people takes all the fun out of identifying sleepers and potential breakouts after the top 70 (assuming it’s a 12 man league). It takes on the look of an NBA roster, which sounds cool in theory, but doesn’t quite blend into fantasy.

      With all that said I’ll try to do my best on this. This team does have its flaws, no big man after the sixth round, punting assists, and a few guys you drafted earlier than others on in comparison to some of the earlier posts, but this format may be a silver lining for you. You can put more emphasis on certain cats each week depending on how it’s going for you, and can somewhat mitigate deeper teams. For example, just having the trio of bigs will keep you afloat more in this league than one where you start even the standard 10. I mentioned in an earlier post that I don’t typically target Heild where he goes, but in this league, his numbers make more sense to me. A blocking specialist becomes extremely valuable here as well since most of the teams’ production will be on the bench.

      Your team will be good at the 3-and-D categories and that’s a great start and you can play the matchups to however the week is going. I’d say to try and get more bigs and blocks, but ultimately it’s hard to judge a fantasy team on its depth when the league rules (for the most) mitigate it. Under the league construction, I like your chances to make the playoffs. Your team is well-rounded enough to maneuver your daily lineups accordingly in each matchup.

  • #246905

    andreasantoniostsatsos1988
    Participant
    Rank: All-Star

    @santino- Its a 12 team league, which picks did you feel like I grabbed someone earlier than expected? It doesn’t make sense to me, I felt like I grabbed everyone at the right range. Yes we only start 6 guys but its a daily setup so you can start different players each day.

    • #247069

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      Hey man, sorry about that I saw the rounds wrong and was up 1 for some reason on the middle rounds back. Don’t mind that. You’re in the relative range of earlier posts.

      Also yeah, daily lineups are the default on all fantasy sites, so it’s no different from a standard league comparison except that the available starters per day are almost cut in half. Obviously, teams don’t play every day, but this setup is going to leave an extreme amount of stats on the bench even on a slow slate.

  • #247113

    shadowmoses7
    Participant
    Rank: Pro

    Cool thread! I typically don’t post in “Rate My Team” forums but this one has caused me to have a change of heart. 🙂

    Am I allowed to post multiple teams because there are two, in particular, I’m keen on getting feedback on? If not, that’s totally fine; I don’t want to take up too much of your time and Team 2 is my priority. For what it’s worth, I can bribe you with…positive life karma? Maybe a virtual hug?

    Team 1 is my team from Hoop Ball Dynasty 4 (24-Team, 8 starters/4 bench/1 minors, H2H, 9-Cat, etc)
    C Mitchell Robinson – NY 1 19 19
    PG Shai Gilgeous-Alexander 2 18 42
    SF Jonathan Isaac – ORL 2 23 47
    G Cam Reddish (R) – ATL 5 18 114
    SG Lonnie Walker IV – SA 5 23 119
    F Harry Giles – SAC 6 2 122
    Flx De’Andre Hunter (R) 6 12 132
    PF Sekou Doumbouya (R) 6 15 135
    PF Nerlens Noel – OKC 7 10 154
    PF Luka Samanic (R) – SA 8 6 174
    SF Keldon Johnson (R) – SA 11 6 246
    SF Moe Harkless – LAC 12 15 279
    SG Jordan Poole (R) – GS 13 4 292

    Team 2 is from an NFBKC Draft Champions League (12-Team, 12 starters (4xG, 4xF, 2xC, 2xUTL)/13 bench players, 8-Cat, Roto, Weekly Lineups, No In-Season Pickups or Trades)
    10 1 Booker, Devin G
    15 2 Holiday, Jrue G
    27 3 Mitchell, Donovan
    46 4 Cousins, DeMarcus (Pretend he’s still alive obviously haha)
    51 5 DeRozan, DeMar G
    70 6 Isaac, Jonathan F
    75 7 Hayward, Gordon F
    94 8 Murray, Dejounte
    99 9 Dedmon, Dewayne C
    118 10 Looney, Kevon F
    123 11 Prince, Taurean F
    142 12 Bazemore, Kent FLEX
    147 13 Gay, Rudy F
    166 14 Anderson, Kyle F
    171 15 Kennard, Luke G
    190 16 Curry, Seth G
    195 17 Harkless, Maurice
    214 18 Fultz, Markelle G
    219 19 Holmes, Richaun F
    238 20 Lyles, Trey FLEX
    243 21 Jones, Damian C
    262 22 Johnson, Cameron
    267 23 Spellman, Omari FLEX
    286 24 Leaf, T.J. FLEX
    291 25 Caruso, Alex G

    PS- Should’ve also mentioned that the NFBKC Draft Champions League comes with an overall prize in addition to the typical league prizes, so merely winning the league isn’t necessarily the end goal.

    • This reply was modified 6 months, 2 weeks ago by  shadowmoses7.
    • #247263

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      I’ll keep this one short and simple for ya!
      24 teams is bonkers and kudos to you for taking it on. I can only imagine what everyone’s team looks like.

      I see you went with the play for the future plan. I don’t like to do dynasties that way, but I also have never done a 24 man league so who knows. There is potential for a bright future, but you are going to struggle to win games this year.

      There was a lot of maneuvering around in the draft which is cool. I like how you were active and tried to find a spark. But I am curious what your ultimate trades were. I see you moved back in the second to get two 2nds and had no 3rd or 4th. Some guys went a bit earlier than expected. I think you had a very real shot at getting Isaac with your normal 3rd rounder, or just a few picks in front. Walker is an enticing talent, but 119 is high. Same with Giles. I can see why the later guys were picked after you established a theme already, and they make for solid lottery tickets. It’s going to be a long year though with too many guys needing to climb the ladder right now. In another year or two, it may be a different story. Hopefully, you’re prepared to stomach the hurt this season.

    • #247271

      shadowmoses7
      Participant
      Rank: Pro

      Great responses! Thanks for taking the time to evaluate both.

      Team 1
      24 teams is bad enough, and then you sprinkle on the dynasty format. Too much anxiety lol.

      Yeah, Isaac was a tough call for me. I had a feeling I could have waited to get him but wasn’t confident enough in that prediction to risk losing out on a guy I was really high on, especially since at that point in the draft no one sparked my interest quite as much as he did. Ditto for Robinson, who cost me more than I would’ve liked to move up.

      I completely understand your perspective. Dynasties are so tough since you never know when someone might be taken, especially in the later rounds. For instance, Brandon Clarke went at 66, Huerter at 99, Rui at 105, etc. Plus, it seemed like the remaining top-10 draft picks run was starting at the time, with Culver and White being drafted in the same range, so I figured it was best to play things safe.

      I had actually traded down multiple times beforehand in an attempt to figure out the best time to pick those guys and ended up settling there, though I did think about dropping back one final time. It helped that I had done a similar dynasty the year before, during which I noticed that by pick 150 a lot of the bigger-name prospects had come off the board and so I didn’t want to get too close to this mark. With Lonnie and Giles, in particular, I had done a lot of homework on each of them, so once I had committed to youth they became two of my top targets. However, I do wish I would’ve traded back to get Giles a little later given his lesser hype and uncertain future within the Kings frontcourt.

      If you’re curious, here are the 6 draft deals I was involved in (left column is me with each set representing one deal). By the way, we had 36(!!) trades go down during the draft alone and have had a bunch more since then. I never knew dynasty drafts could get THIS crazy!

      2019 Draft PickRound 11 Pick 4 2019 Draft PickRound 7 Pick 15
      2020 Draft PickRound 1  2019 Draft PickRound 6 Pick 12
      2019 Draft PickRound 9 Pick 4

      2019 Draft PickRound 5 Pick 12 2019 Draft PickRound 6 Pick 2
      2020 Draft PickRound 2  2019 Draft PickRound 5 Pick 23
      2019 Draft PickRound 6 Pick 19

      2019 Draft PickRound 5 Pick 6 2019 Draft PickRound 5 Pick 12
      2019 Draft PickRound 7 Pick 4 2019 Draft PickRound 6 Pick 15
      2021 Draft PickRound 2

      2019 Draft PickRound 6 Pick 7 2019 Draft PickRound 2 Pick 23
      2019 Draft PickRound 3 Pick 4 2019 Draft PickRound 7 Pick 4
      2019 Draft PickRound 4 Pick 21 2019 Draft PickRound 5 Pick 6

      2019 Draft PickRound 6 Pick 21 2019 Draft PickRound 5 Pick 18
      2019 Draft PickRound 7 Pick 6 2019 Draft PickRound 6 Pick 7
      2019 Draft PickRound 2 Pick 4 2019 Draft PickRound 2 Pick 18
      2019 Draft PickRound 8 Pick 21 2019 Draft PickRound 7 Pick 18

      2019 Draft PickRound 1 Pick 21 2019 Draft PickRound 1 Pick 19
      2019 Draft PickRound 5 Pick 4 2019 Draft PickRound 7 Pick 6
      2019 Draft PickRound 10 Pick 21 2019 Draft PickRound 11 Pick 6
      2019 Draft PickRound 7 Pick 4 2019 Draft PickRound 6 Pick 19

      Team 2
      I feel you on the no-trading aspect of things. I tend to throw in a couple of these types of leagues on top of my normal ones since the latter leagues can take up quite a bit of time, especially for heavy traders like us haha. It’s just nice to have a couple of insane leagues like this one which are deep while simultaneously not requiring a lot of work. It lasts until the end of the regular season per usual.

      Yeah, the draft was in early August. The funny thing about that is I also did some late September drafts last year and in a couple of them I had drafted Murray. Granted, he got hurt in early October so it’s not quite the same thing, but those preseason injuries are the worst. At least this time I only had one Cousins share to lose.

      Ever since the draft I’ve been coming down on Murray little by little, so I agree with you there. At the same time, he was a good fit for my roster with his rebounding ability and the price wasn’t terrible. I’ll have to live with it I guess. As for Caruso, I was actually pretty mad at myself for not realizing he was still on the board much sooner haha. Even with the hype being considerably less at the time, I agree there’s no way he should’ve lasted so long. With the other “boring” guys, I decided to play things safer than I have in the past, as too many times have I gotten burned in this format with certain higher-risk guys not panning out and injuries forcing me to dip deeply into my inadequate depth. I feel like this group offers a decent combination of high floor and a hint of upside. Had this been a standard redraft league, I’d have gone for more upside.

      Speaking of bigs, yeah lol I’m in trouble. I couldn’t really afford a significant injury to one of my bigs, and of course it would happen in the preseason to my one true big on the roster. Even with a healthy Cousins, it wasn’t going to be an area of strength, especially in the rebounding department.

      It’s tough. Given the goal of the overall league prize, you want to draft maximum value while at the same time being balanced enough to compete at a decent or better level in every category, and threading that needle can be difficult depending on the way a draft would play out. With my 3rd pick, I actually came pretty close to drafting Ayton (Collins was also in the mix), but I ended up going with Mitchell who I liked quite a bit more than them with the hope that I could somehow piece together enough big man stats later on despite knowing how quickly that cliff comes. I probably should’ve just bitten the bullet and drafted one of those bigs rather than trying to pull off a miracle.

      With that said, I’m actually not too worried about my FG%, as Booker, DeRozan and Jrue all stand a chance to be roughly FG%-neutral, high-volume scorers (DeRozan I actually have right around .500%). Ditto for Mitchell to a lesser degree, who I think can make a jump into the .460+ range with Conley around. Granted, if those guys end up shooting the ball worse than expected, things could get dicey. Rebounds I am undoubtedly toast in. Blocks I might be able to be fringy middle-of-the-pack in if Isaac can take another step with his added mass, Dedmon and Looney can hold up their end of the bargain, and guys like Jrue and Harkless can continue to contribute something there.

      Anyway, thanks again for the feedback. No need to respond to my essay haha. Just thought you deserved some reciprocation for your efforts.

      • This reply was modified 6 months, 2 weeks ago by  shadowmoses7.
    • #247639

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      I get the anxiety haha, I can’t even imagine a 24 team dynasty.

      I don’t have a problem with Mitch that at 19 if you like him. Isaac wasn’t bad, but it would have been ideal if you were able to move back even a bit. Yeah, you know what was going on better than I do during the draft. Clarke went in the 3rd round? Maybe Isaac wouldn’t have lasted then.

      Wow a ton of trade! That’s awesome to be a part of. You had a lot of interesting trades and I see you dealt away future picks but also committed to the youth movement. You did give a lot to get Mitch and it was just two spots up. I’m assuming he was going to get taken by one of the two guys.

      Yeah, I can see your point about throwing in some crazy leagues to supplement the normal ones. It seems interesting to try some of these, but yeah it would be tough to not be able to trade or pick anyone up all year. And only COusins as of now (hopefully I don’t jinx you haha). I like Murray as a player, and he was great the last time he was healthy and playing for the Spurs, but they may manage him coming off that injury and yeah if he finishes top 80, you wouldn’t really get any ROI for where you got him if you know what I mean. Though, that’d still be a positive pick.

      That’s not a bad strategy to take in this crazy type of league where you can’t replace someone who doesn’t live up to expectations. But yeah your bigs were behind the 8-ball from the get-go, Cousins crushed any hopes of them doing something lol. For fg% you have good scorers for high-volume shooters, but traditionally big men have a much higher fg% than guards. Add in the high-volume big men, and the difference grows more. With you not really having any bigs who shoot, that is why I say that. But yeah, you should be good in the majority of cats, and like I said no turnovers is a boon for you. Both these leagues are different and challenging, and I hope they work out for you! I’m sure your normal leagues are going to be a breath of fresh air when you draft them.

      Thank you for responding again, this was fun. I enjoy talking to a like-minded fantasy personality! Keep up the hard work!

  • #247255

    @SantinoCaccone
    Moderator
    Rank: Legend

    Hey man thanks for the comment! I’ll try my best and start with Team 2 since it’s your main league. How long does this league last?

    This is an insane roster and I love every second about how deep the league is! My one reservation is the no in-season pickups or trades, as trade talk is right behind the draft in my favorite part about fantasy. Having such a deep league helps quell the no-pickups also, but there will still be some hidden gems to emerge. It’s going to be a tough and very enticing league for the fact that you can only make moves with what you have. Though I’d shed a few tears for the no trading department.

    I love the parenthesis around Cousins! Did you draft this year? I learned my lesson almost a decade ago with an early draft and haven’t done one since (I could be stubborn) haha. Too many things could happen in between the start of a season that’ll ruin it right off bat.

    Your top 4 guards can really score the basketball with a decent chunk of assists, and solid steals overall. I tend to lean more towards PG’s, but those four are going to complement each other well with their similar fantasy styles. Murray is an intriguing pick but is also a big question mark and for where you took him may not only break even in value with a good season. Kennard and Curry are both solid late-round guys vying for playing time. The Pistons are hoping for Kennard to establish himself, but we’ll see if he gets the time after the team added a few more guards this offseason. I absolutely love the two late-round guard picks in Fultz and Caruso, and am not sure why they lasted so long in such a deep league. The Caruso hype has been trending throughout the offseason (he even had a video package), and there is talk of him joining the starting unit. Could be a tremendous value, and as your last pick! Fultz is another guy who could prove great value. You got him extremely late and he was just cleared for full basketball activities. As an exiled and unknown recent #1 pick, the range of outcomes is anyone’s guess, but that’s a lottery ticket I plan on buying everywhere.

    You’re forwards are alright. Isaac is a fun guy to have for his defensive upside. Another year removed and no Kyrie or Horford, Hayward should return closer to his pre-injury form and find himself handling the ball a lot more. Prince, Bazemore, and Gay do what they do, which isn’t bat, but they won’t excite you and have limited upside. Spellman is a solid ticket as he could potentially carve out a role on the loaded Warriors. And Anderson showed promise before going down for the year. He could be a sneaky source of defensive stats.

    Your big men group is flat out not good. I love the guards and you have a few solid forwards, but there are no bigs on the team. Losing Cousins is brutal, but after him, your next big was Dedmon who’s in a muddied frontcourt. Looney was a great pick and we expect big things from him this year, and Holmes (who’s better than Dedmon) was a bargain, but there’s just nothing there to compete in Rebounds, blocks, or fg%. Not having turnovers as a stat does help you out tremendously though! This is the most barren I’ve seen yet, and yes Cousins played a huge role in that, but the no trading really hurts you here.

    Ultimately this team will have to win the other five cats on a consistent basis to make the playoffs, which is doable as you have the guys to do it but it’ll be tough. Your weekly lineup decisions are the most important thing to do in this league and I’d put as much emphasis on winning points, assists, ft%, threes, and steals as you could each week. Those top 4 guards will give you a nice head start.

  • #247385

    nick_go
    Participant
    Rank: Pro

    12 team Roto 13 players

    Giannis
    Myles Turner
    Devin Booker
    Eric Bledsoe
    Jayson Tatum
    Ricky Rubio
    Miles Bridges
    Enes Kanter
    Bojan Bogdanovic
    Kent Bazemore
    Dario Saric
    PJ Tucker
    Malik Monk

    • #247914

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      Starting with Giannis gives you a head start over most teams with his insane (and still growing) diverse skillset. Turner and Booker went where they should, and so did Bledsoe. While I do like Tatum to bounce back this year, I think early 5th (I’m assuming you had an early pick with Giannis) is early. In comparison to the above posts, that’s the earliest Tatum has gone in any of them. Bridges is another who I also like but went maybe round earlier than he has been in previous posts. They have good upside and can definitely return value, but ideally, you’d want to get them without reaching up. I like Bojan but he’s in a less favorable destination as he is no longer the go-to scorer like he was for the most part last year. While there is talk of Big Rob starting, Kanter makes for a solid fantasy role player. I like Saric playing next to Rubio, but having three Suns might be too much, and his defensive numbers have been nonexistent since entering the league. I do wonder if you’ll want 3 Suns players trotting out there though. Monk is a decent flier at the end of drafts in hopes he can carve out a larger role with the Hornets in what looks like a rebuilding year.

      I think you’ll be competitive because having Giannis will do that, and your first handful of picks are all high-caliber players in this league and will carry you to wins on some occasions. The back end of the draft leaves a bit to be desired, as there’s nothing that really sticks out. Preferably I’d like to see a few more swings in the back end for higher ceiling type of guys, but you went with Tucker and Bazemore. No offense to them, but Giannis affords you the chance to take a risk or two back there, and since it is a standard league there may be quite a few names that have breakout potential left. The last 4/5 picks of the draft in a standard-sized league left a lot to be desired. I’d check the wire and see what’s out there for the last few spots.

    • #247916

      nick_go
      Participant
      Rank: Pro

      Yeah I may have over reached a bit for Bridges and forgot about Warren where I drafted Bojan.
      I dropped Tucker and Monk for Time Lord and Isaiah thomas to see if those to can give me more output.

      Booker, Rubio and Saric. Who’d you stick with?
      Thanks for the inputs.

      • This reply was modified 6 months, 1 week ago by  nick_go.
    • #247920

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      They are still talented and as I said may very well still beat that draft spot, but ideally, you’d want to get the most bang for your buck. Sometimes though, you have to go a bit earlier for someone you really like. Yes, Big Rob is a great flier, as he’s getting talked about to potentially start and at the very least have a big role. He averaged over a block a game and barely even played and wasn’t in the best of shape last year. IT2 is another nice flier at the end of the team. Worst case you replace him, which you do with the end of the bench guys anyway. Best case, he resembles a bit of the player he used to be before getting injured. As the likely second option for a bad Wizards team, it’s worth the risk.

      Booker and Rubio haha. You won’t get much, if anything, for Saric right now, so I’d wait it out for now unless another exciting player is out there. You drafted Booker and Rubio high and both fit in well with your team.

  • #247563

    j_segal
    Participant
    Rank: Pro

    12 team roto 8 cat

    Stephen Curry
    Eric Bledsoe
    Kyle Lowry
    Gordon Hayward
    John Collins
    Serge Ibaka
    Andre Drummond
    Brook Lopez
    Paul Millsap
    T.J. Warren
    Tim Hardaway Jr.
    OG Anunoby
    RJ Barrett
    P.J. Tucker

    • #247918

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      Since I don’t know what pick you had or what rounds they were in, I’m going to go off a guess as to where you went with everyone.

      Curry and Drummond make for a fantastic pairing where you cover every category (elite-ly) in the first two picks. I’m a fan of Collins, and maybe the Hawks in general. they’re a fun young team to watch play. While I would personally shy away from him in the third and go for someone who brings more defensive numbers to my team, he is a goof pick to round out a very good top 3.

      Bledsoe and Lowry are great supplements to your first three picks and really give you a top-notch guard allotment. Through five picks you’ve covered every basis and are most certainly elite in steals. Brook looks like your pick in round six and while he somehow has a career average under 7 rebounds per game at 7’0″ 270lbs, he’s been hitting threes at an elite rate the past few years and will hover near 2 blocks per game which is valuable. A year stronger Hayward is another nice supplement to the squad as he looks to return to his all-around fantasy-friendly ways and take on a larger leadership role.

      The underrated old man Millsap is another good supplemental pick. Ibaka may find himself in a starting role at some point should the Raptors decide to trade Gasol who is an impending free agent. Love the Barrett pick for many reasons, and Onunoby is a great lottery ticket towards the end of drafts as he should get the first crack at starting on the wing. Warren as well looked good before going down, and will get the opportunity to start in Indiana.

      I like this team a lot for the balance. It is balanced from guard to bigs, balanced to compete in every category, and outside of the studs you have safe boring guys balanced out with exciting high-upside guys. Yes, I said the word balance a few times there haha, but that’s what this team is. You’ll be able to compete in every category each week.

  • #247806

    matthewray0
    Participant
    Rank: Pro

    Hey mate, Great work so far! Loving the level of the detail, it’s really appreciated!

    So I’m in a 14 team standard 9cat H2H league, and I landed the first overall pick. It seemed like people were relying too hard on the ESPN rankings which really jumbled where I thought players would go so decent players kept falling to me. My team is as follows:

    Anthony Davis
    Jrue Holiday
    John Collins
    Otto Porter
    Mitch Robinson
    Bam Adebayo
    Jeremy Lamb
    Delon Wright
    TJ Warren
    Marcus Smart
    Mikal Bridges
    Darius Garland
    Kent Bazemore

    Any help or tips are appreciated!!

    • #247923

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      Haha yeah, I agree with you on the ESPN rankings as well. That’s the site I mainly use, not because it’s the best but I’ve been using it for years so I just stick with it, and I like how they ranked people because it helps me out.

      The first thing that sticks out to me is Mitchell Robinson in the 5th round. Wow. With how he finished last year, and the hype that he is getting, paired with being a Knick, and not to mention his talent, I am completely baffled how he lasted that long (Pick 57!) I can say now, that this will easily be the latest he goes in any team I see.

      That’s a preface of saying that this team is loaded. While you are low on guards and are going to struggle in assists and threes while being decent in ft%, but the rest of the categories are loaded. Your bigs are fantastic with AD and Mitch, Collins and Bam Bam. You didn’t take another big after that which is odd, but the Mitch value is insane enough.

      Your defensive numbers all around are great with so many players who rack up steals and people who can get pitch in with some blocks to supplement the big guns. I wouldn’t have drafted Lamb there but you did need a shooter. Overall for a deeper 14 man draft, I think your first 6 rounds went better than you could have possibly hoped for and you set yourself up for success the rest of the way. You were able to get the Wright later with the veteran Smart and two good wilcards in Mikal and Garland who have the potential to crush those ADP’s if things fall correctly.

  • #247899

    nick_go
    Participant
    Rank: Pro

    14 team – 13 player no IL
    H2h

    Kawhi
    Jrue Holiday
    Zion Williamson
    Bledsoe
    Kevin Love
    SGA
    Levert
    D. Powell
    Saric
    Z. Collins
    Bazemore
    Garland
    Bacon

    • #247925

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      So two drafts in the matter of a few days with different approaches. While this is a deeper league and you weren’t fortunate enough to start with Giannis this time, I like this team overall better.

      The Pelicans are going to be a fun team to watch, and if not for trade value alone Zion is going to be chief among the fun. Everyone is going to want a piece of the prized number one overall pick and I am sure they will be paying up a premium, should you make him available, after a few games if he does as expected. I like the Kevin Love pick. He was a top 20 pick last year in what is essentially the same situation. You got him pretty late and with some health he’ll easily beat that ROI. Levert going so early looks weird, though it’s because of a deeper draft, but he has an exciting skillset and is bound too swing your team one way or the other.

      Powell and Collins were great picks at that price. Collins, in particular, is a popular breakout candidate. He should have the PF position all to himself for a while. that’s a late rounder with big upside that I mentioned in the last post. Your last two picks are big upside guys as well with Garland and Bacon. Garland is a top 5 pick this year and will get the chance to pay a lot of minutes for a bad team. That is usually a recipe for fantasy goodness. How him and Sexton play together is the key there. As for Bacon, he’s being looked at as one of the main scorers on a rebuilding Hornets squad. If he proves up to the task, that’ll be an easy ROI for your last pick in a deeper league.

      I didn’t mention Leonard, Jrue, and Bledsoe who are all known commodities at this point and should deliver what you expect. I also left out SGA who I touched on in previous posts. Pick 84 is good for him and the sooner he gets the keys to the city the better his fantasy game is going to be for it. Until then, he’ll still be a primary scorer on a team that will be looking to sell off their veteran pieces throughout the season.

      Even though the draft was deeper I thought you did a much better job here and got value throughtout.

  • #248114

    wcydadi
    Participant
    Rank: Pro

    18 team H2H 9cat

    Jrue Holiday
    Nikola Vucevic
    Tobias Harris
    Malcolm Brogdon
    Marvin Bagley
    Mikal Bridges
    Kevin Huerter
    Dario Saric
    Ish Smith
    Norman Powell
    Will Barton
    Isaiah Thomas
    Richaun Holmes

    I look forward to hearing from you at your earliest convenience

    • #248314

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      Another very deep league, 18 teams is a tough one. I’m curious what pick did you have and are these in order? I’m assuming you were at the back end of the draft which in itself is a tough spot in a league as deep as this. Jrue is great, but not ideal in the first, but thus is life in a deep league.

      Taking it at face value, you have usually had 30+ picks in-between your even to odd round picks, which is a long time. For that reason, I can see why you had to jump to some guys you liked earlier than normal. Starting with Brogdon. I’ve seen others get him later so far, but you had to take him roughly in the top 60 because he wasn’t coming back around. The same can be said for Mikal who went around the top 80. He does have that kind of upside, but he seems more attainable to get if you waited back to your selections. I do like how the back end of your draft played out, with numerous players with good upside. Having both Ish and Isaiah can either be annoying or good fortune as they’ll likely split time unless one establishes themselves or gets hurt. IT has the potential if he can prove his health but Ish has been an above-average fantasy player in the past when given the opportunity. Powell is another guy looking to step into a more prominent role after the team’s departure. He could very well win that starting 2-guard role and be a nice source of steals and threes with a jump in scoring. I’m with my colleagues on Holmes, he is an underrated player and if he can earn the lions share of minutes wil be a valuable contributor.

      This team can definitely hit triples and should get a good amount of steals while being above average at not turning the ball over. It doesn’t stick out in much anything else, but the deep nature of this league will do that to most everyone. This team has a lot of young guys looking to take the next step forward, which gives a high-ceiling/low-floor baseline. You could end up on either side of the spectrum. You do have a few breakout candidates as well. it’l be interesting to see what ultimately happens in the end. You should hit on at least a few guys but it’s never a given.

  • #248383

    dan_shandy_ong
    Participant
    Rank: Rookie

    18 Team H2H 9-Cat

    Damian Lillard Por – PG
    Mike Conley Uta – PG
    Kyle Kuzma LAL – SF,PF
    Pascal Siakam Tor – PF
    Al Horford Phi – PF,C
    Montrezl Harrell LAC – PF,C
    Bobby Portis NY – PF,C
    Eric Gordon Hou – SG
    Kris Dunn Chi – PG,SG
    Troy Brown Was – SG,SF
    Aron Baynes Pho – C
    Ersan Ilyasova Mil – SF,PF
    Victor Oladipo Ind – PG,SG

    Awesome thread man! Great work!

    • #248492

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      Hey man! Another deep 18-man league, awesome. I can tell the picks aren’t in draft order so I’ll try my best and focus more on how the team ended up instead of where you got people.
      Dame Dash and Conley are a great coup to start off your guard sets. Oladipo is an intriguing sleeper, though it’ll be a while until he plays and gets a full complement of minutes. If that happens sooner rather than later, this will be an awesome trio of guards. You have Gordon’s reliable shooting and the literal question mark of Kris Dunn to round out the group. It’s no secret the Bulls’ brass doesn’t like Dunn, even before signing Sataransky and drafting White. But with his price tag in the tank right now he’s worth the flier in hopes he finds his groove again, whether it’s on the Bulls or another team.

      Your big men are solid as well with Siakam leading the way. Harrell is a fun guy to own with how much energy he brings to each game and the stats he can provide even in limited minutes. Horford is as reliable as it gets and now moves back to what always seemed like his natural position on a star-studded team. Kuzma should see a lot of open shots in the Lakers offense when he gets healthy. Baynes is a deep-sleeper who may play more than people think.

      You did a good job of rounding out your team in a very deep league and avoided wings sans Troy Brown. That’s a pretty good strategy and one that was implemented more before the emergence of small-ball. While you won’t be dominant in any, you should be able to compete in the majority of categories (blocks being a weak point) and that is what you’re hoping to achieve in a deeper draft.

  • #248427

    ScottyO
    Moderator
    Rank: Pro

    Hey Santiago love your work. Looking for feedback on my teams. I had pick 5 in a 10 team league 9 cat H2H. My opinion is I’m not extremely weak in any cat (rebs and points maybe) but not extremely strong in any cat also. Taking a few risks (more than I hoped) on players. I was one or 2 picks off landing the ideal player in some spots but that’s how it goes.

    Curry
    SGA
    Conley
    Porter
    George
    Bam
    Mitch Rob
    Gasol
    Isaac
    Lamb
    D. Wright
    Bertans
    Powell

    Thinking of picking up Z Collins (see how he goes if he starts) when I IL George. Might pick up T.Thompson to carry my rebs also. George at 16 was right on the line of to draft him or not. Hopefully Curry can carry me for the first few weeks and he’s back by mid Nov.

    Thank you

    • #248505

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      Hey man, before I start, yeah I’d pick up Collins now. He has too much upside to be on the waiver wire right now. Without much competition, he will start. If you wait for confirmation, he might not be there by then. Though your team is deep in a 10 man standard league.

      10 team leagues are fun as everyone’s roster looks good on paper, and this team is no different. I agree George at 16 is the right range. He’s going to miss the start of the season and now on a new team, but he had first-round value before injuring his shoulders last year, and that was with another high-usage superstar player on his team. He can easily return to that value when he gets healed up.

      Curry has many factors working in his favor to return to the elite of the elite in fantasy. I think you’ll be among the leaders in assists and it has more to do with getting Bam, Gasol, and George who will provide a big boost to the solid guards you have already. Wright Conley and SGA round out a very effective 4 man-guard group.

      You have a fun collection of bigs with Mitch, Bam, and Gasol. Mitch should stay among the leaders in blocks, and Bam looks like he’s on the verge of becoming a household name. Gasol is Gasol and will help in every category as usual. Powell is a nice late-round big man. Bertans could be dropped for Collins, but that team continues to take a beating, he’s looking at a sizable role to start the season.

      Lamb is bound to lose time later in the season when Dipo is ready to play big minutes, but he’ll be a good source of threes until then. Porter has been an underrated all-around fantasy performer for a few years now and that shouldn’t change this year. Isaac has huge defensive potential and will swing your team if he can reach it.

      All in all, your team is a very well-rounded team that should compete in every category. With Curry and George leading the way with an exciting big man group, I like your chances at making a run.

    • #248539

      ScottyO
      Moderator
      Rank: Pro

      Unbelievable Santiago! Thank you! You are a machine!

  • #248456

    BasketballJones
    Participant
    Rank: Pro

    12-Team 8 Cat H2H pick 2

    J. Holiday
    J. Harden
    B. Ingram
    M. Bagley III
    D. Ayton
    S. Adams
    L. Nance Jr
    J. Allen
    D. Murry
    Z. Collins
    K. Anderson
    T. Ross

    Glad this thread is back!Look forward to the response!

    • #248603

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      Hey man, good to hear from you. The second pick is a good one. I’m not sure where everyone went, but my first impression of this team: Deeeeeeeep group of bigs. They’re all good players looking at starters minutes and good roles, with Allen’s minutes being the only ones up in the air right now but should see roughly half at least. there aren’t any who stand out in blocks or rebounds, but as a group, they’ll be good together. Ayton and Bagley are looking to take the next step in their sophomore seasons while Nance is getting a full-time starting job and Collins should follow suit as a popular breakout candidate. Adams has been a solid force for a few years now.

      Harden and Jrue are an excellent pair to start the backcourt with. Murray is reportedly healthy and looking good, but he is the only one behind those two, which means you may want to add another at some point. the wings are solid as well. With Ross, you know what you’re getting at this point with him. Anderson has talent and if he’s healthy he’ll be a solid, if unspectacular, contributor in multiple areas. Ingram is the real wildcard here as he recently recovered from a blood clot and is now on a new team. Same pace, but different role. He was underwhelming playing next to Bron but put up numbers without him. In his new surroundings he’ll be next to Zion, Jrue, Favors and the familiar Ball. He should fit in nicely but that might not translate to the fantasy box score. It’s a good gamble to take.

      The team doesn’t wow me, but it’ll be solid enough to get the job done. Harden gives you a leg up on the competition and he could get you to the playoffs alone, as I have seen far worse teams be carried by him. I expect that to happen for you as well with quality surroundings.

  • #248574

    Bucketts
    Participant
    Rank: All-Star

    I did a mock with some top fantasy heavyweights , I was very lucky to get in this mock. It’s a H2H 14 team league 9Cats with 2 Center position. I realize that picking 12th is just horrible!!! This is my team

    Irving
    Vuc
    Conley
    Markkanen
    Bagley
    Sabonis
    Lamb
    Powell
    Gay
    Saric
    Jerami Grant
    Bacon
    Payton

    • #248613

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      Kudos for getting into the mock with some fantasy heavyweights, that sounds like a fun experience. But luckily this was only a mock haha, cause I’m not too thrilled with the end product. Your pick number may have played a factor since you have so many picks in between each pick. Also, the level of competition probably played into it as well. You saying that the pick is horrible shows me you acknowledge that you’re not thrilled with it either.

      While you have some talented players, as all teams do, there’s just something missing. The Pacers typically play at one of the slowest places in the league and you have 2 guys in the first 7 picks. For me personally, there’s nothing too exciting about Lamb’s game to take him as a 7th pick. Gay at 9 gives me the same feel. I wouldn’t want to count on him as a starter on my team. Grant is good, but his role is up in the air also and he’s your first guy off the bench. I’ve seen Powell and Saric go as bench guys in most leagues above me, so you got them a bit earlier as well. But that’s what better competition will do to you.

      Altogether it’s a very shallow team that would seem destined to be on the outside looking in. I’d take this as a learning experience and use it to crush the draft when it actually counts.

    • #248618

      Bucketts
      Participant
      Rank: All-Star

      I realize that in 14 teams league you will have to reach a bit as well PUNT especially with good competition. My aim for this mock was to punt blocks which i believe i did but IMO my major error was not reaching to take another guard earlier. I took Payton at the end of the draft to get a guard on the team but i chalk this one as a good learning experience.

    • #248643

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      Ohhh okay, my mistake, I thought it was a 12 man league and you had the last pick. 14 makes it a little different and changes my numbers around. But yeah, I think you could have gotten another one or two in that late starter/early bench range. Or at least a more exciting alternative. That’s also me speaking from the outside and not in the draft so take it with a grain of salt.
      What is the size of your normal league, and do you know your pick yet?

    • #248699

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      I personally never look to enter a draft looking to punt categories. I like to get the best talent possible, and if that turns into a punt, then that’s how it goes. With that said, I pay the least amount of attention to turnovers and points. Empty scorers are my least favorite fantasy players. And if you put up numbers and have the ball in their hands a lot, I expect the turnovers to come with it.
      I am a huge fan of players that put up defensive numbers and tend to put the most emphasis on them haha so I’m not the one to ask about punting blocks. I like my bigs to come along with at least a block per game.

  • #248575

    GdayfromDownUnder
    Participant
    Rank: Rookie

    Hi Santino,

    loving your work on the thread so far and looking forward to your appearance on the hoopball podcast!

    A bit confused about how I built my team this year, given that I have some high FG% bigs with not-so-great FT% combined with volume-stat guards.

    PG: Harden
    SG: DLo
    SF: Butler
    PF: Zion Williamson
    C: Clint Capela

    G: Terry Rozier
    SG/SF: Josh Richardson
    PF/C: Al Horford
    UTIL: Derrick Favors
    UTIL: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

    Also, someone sent me a trade for my Capela and DLo for his Booker and Montrez Harrell. Thoughts?

    Thanks in advance!

    • #248698

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      Hey, man thanks for the compliment! Shout out for an Australia guy!

      I’m curious as to what pick you had, how many people were in this league, and f there are any bench players or everyone starts? There are only 10 players here, and if this team seems too stacked to be any deeper than a 10 man league. If it is, oh my. Even a 10 man, this is a fantastic team. I see that you said you were confused, but I’d be happy to have this collection of guys. I’d need a little more information to fully put this in context, but at a glance, this is an easy playoff team.

      As I mentioned in a recent previous post earlier today, Harden can carry a team by himself. Butler is a stud, and the reports coming out about him showing up to practice 6 hours early are crazy and (if true) show he’s ready to feast again as the focal point of the Heat. I’ve mentioned it a few times already but getting Zion could turn into another first rounder as there is sure to be one guy in every league who will pay a premium in a trade for him. That trade is really close but with the way your team is constructed, I’d say to keep Capela. You can’t really make up for losing his rebound production.

      The back end of the team is also above average. Rozier, SGA and j Rich add to your already loaded guards. Horford and Favors do a good job of complimenting Capela. I’m particularly keen on Favors bringing in an ROI for many fantasy owners this year as he’ll be starting at the 5 and going to see minutes he hasn’t seen in a while. His defensive numbers have always given him value even at capped minutes. Getting out of Utah’s snail pace for an uptempo offense is another bonus.

      You have a ton of talent on the team, especially in the guard/wing rotation. You should have no problem making the playoffs if it’s a 12 man league. I’d like to have another big or two on the bench which would go a long way. You only sent 10 players so it’s a bit shallow. You’ll be in good shape to make a run though.

  • #248647

    Bucketts
    Participant
    Rank: All-Star

    I have two leagues one is 12 and the other is 14 teams. I have the 5th pick in the 12 team league but the other league of 14 teams i will find out next week Sunday.

    i will need to practice more on my punt block for the 14 team league. I always punt in 14 team leagues and usually punt FG% and TO but this time i feel the way the drafts are turning out punting blocks is excellent way to go.

    What are your thoughts regarding punting in 14 team leagues and on my idea of blocks in this draft season with all the bigs out there.

    • #249456

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      This one wound up slipping through the cracks. My favorite stats to have are defensive stats, so I personally wouldn’t go that route. You can get away with it sure, and grab shooters who get steals and make your team up that way. I would rather have blocks and more balance but it’s a doable strategy.

  • #248651

    @SantinoCaccone
    Moderator
    Rank: Legend

    I personally never look to enter a draft looking to punt categories. I like to get the best talent possible, and if that turns into a punt, then that’s how it goes. With that said, I pay the least amount of attention to turnovers and points. Empty scorers are my least favorite fantasy players. And if you put up numbers and have the ball in their hands a lot, I expect the turnovers to come with it.
    I am a huge fan of players that put up defensive numbers and tend to put the most emphasis on them haha so I’m not the one to ask about punting blocks. I like my bigs to come along with at least a block per game.

  • #248742

    javmh
    Participant
    Rank: Pro

    10 team, 9 cat roto league with an auction draft:

    Damian lillard
    Andre Drummond
    Russell Westbrook
    John Collins
    C.j McCollum
    Danilo Gallinari
    Steven Adams
    Wendel Carter jr
    Zach Collins
    Malcom Brogdan
    Bojan bogdanovic
    Shai gilgeous Alexander
    Ja morant

    • #248753

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      You can tell the difference immediately from a 10 man standard league and others even slightly deeper, but this takes the cake. I don’t know what your league mates were doing, but you completely crushed it in this auction. GIf you equate it out to a normal draft, you continually got steals later than normal in an ADP sense. Collins as a fourth-rounder! Brogdon, Ja, and SGA as potentially your 8/9/10? Awesome. You would have even ended the draft with high upside big man in Collins and Carter. t’s not like you didn’t get big-time guys either with Dame, Russ, and Drummond leading the way.

      Through and through, you were able to crush this draft. I’m curious as to the dollar amount that you spent on each guy and when exactly Dame and Russ were put up for auction. It looks like you had a combination of good timing, lots of cash, and league-mates who just didn’t want to bid on quality players. You don’t have weaknesses outside of turnovers (who cares) and will compete in every category. Whatever you did, it worked and this team should be amongst the favorites to win the ship. Job well done.

  • #248845

    Genie
    Participant
    Rank: Pro

    Hi Santino,

    Would appreciate any thoughts especially on who i should look to pick up from the waivers.

    10 team 9 cat H2H had the 4th pick

    LuKa Doncic
    Eric Bledsoe
    Mike Conley
    Jon Isaac
    Andre Drummond
    KAT
    Mitchell Robinson
    Miles Bridges
    Wendell Carter Jr
    Delon Wright
    D Bertans
    T Ross
    Klay Thompson (IL)

    Just picked up Klay to put on IL, so automatically need to add another player. Not a big fan of Ross but had to pick up given my weak 3s. But still considering to drop and potentially add more big man stats to just crush it on FG%, Rebs, Stls, Blks, TOs.

    Still decent waivers given 10man. Waivers:
    WCS, D Powell, Joe Harris, Kyle Anderson, Z Collins, J Grant, K Bazemore, D Saric, D Augustine, Anunoby.

    Any feedback would be appreciated. Thanks.

    • #248886

      Genie
      Participant
      Rank: Pro

      Also just got offered Giannis and Kemba for KAT and Luka. Any thoughts?

    • #248905

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      I’m shocked that no one in your league drafted Klay, especially knowing that there is an IL spot, but that’s a great pickup for the back half of the season.

      You have a deep and talented team as is that is well rounded and should be competitive in most categories. Ft% and threes are your weakest and may be below average on them in comparison to your league mates. Getting either Conley or Bledsoe in the back half of the 6th really helped you as it solidified the guards and they typically are going in the 40/50 pick range.

      I love the pairing of Mitch and Drummond behind Kat, for what they could provide in the defensive cats. You throw in Isaac and Carter (It’s early in his career, but he needs to prove he can stay healthy) after that and you have yourself a formidable fantasy defense. All your guards can get steals in bunches and Miles could push for 1/1/1 this year. I like to have defensive numbers on my teams and this team sure would qualify as that.

      In all, you did extremely well to get a balanced team that covers your bases, especially defensively, and that’s a recipe for success. And like I mentioned above, Klay was a steal and is really going to help when he comes back. Barring injury and misfortune I like your chances of making the playoffs and making a run at winning.

      As far as who to pick up, that list honestly has a lot of interesting names and a reason why I like deeper leagues. But based on that list and your preference on big men I would pick up Collins. I know it’s a 12 man league, but he should be on a roster currently. I like Powell, but if you are low on threes you can also take a look at Saric as a stretch 4 in an expected up-tempo offense. For the trade offer, you received, wow that’s pretty even. I’d stick with KAT and Doncic, but if you wanted/liked one of the other guys more then don’t be worried about pulling the trigger.

    • #248947

      Genie
      Participant
      Rank: Pro

      Thanks heeps!

  • #248910

    Bucketts
    Participant
    Rank: All-Star

    What round you think is safe to draft Klay in H2H league?

    • #249457

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      I most certainly responded to this, idk where it went, but I’ll keep this one shorter. It depends who is still on the board and size of the league, but if you have an IL spot, he should be drafted in leagues. If you can get him as a bench pick, then that’s very comfortable. If you have to take him as a borderline starter, that’s okay as well. Anything earlier and it gets harder to take since he’s expected to return after the ASB. Even with the injury, his name still carries more trade value than most in the 100 range. No IL spot standard league, I’d let someone else take him and try to pry him away in a month or two so I don’t take the full brunt of an empty spot the whole time.

  • #248914

    odeathodeath
    Participant
    Rank: Pro

    Would to hear your thoughts on my squad!

    I’m aware im not super deep (spent a lot of auction money on giannis and lebron)

    Standard 8-cat, 11-team roto

    PG – Eric Bledsoe
    SG – Buddy Hield
    SF – Giannis Antetokounmpo
    PF – Lebron James
    C – Jonas Valanciunas
    G – Zach Lavine
    F – Jonathan Isaac
    Util – Derrick White
    Util – Jaylen Brown
    Util – Jordan Clarkson
    Bench – Klay Thompson (may just keep him, cost me nothing)
    Bench – Brandon Clarke (not sure about this)
    Bench – empty! suggest someone please??

    Thanks!

    • #249158

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      I think auctions are an interesting concept, and I like to see different ways to approach it. You took the top-heavy approach which can work out well if you can get cheap steals later on. I think you did pretty good on that end. Though the 11 team is a real bummer (unless it’s a typo). This means someone is going to have a bye week every week. Ehh.

      With Lebron and Giannis you have the two best all-around fantasy contributors in the game who don’t do anything bad (outside less than optimal ft% and TO’s which aren’t counted in this league). If an angry/hungry Bron can stay healthy this year these two are going to make a monster pairing. like you mentioned Bledsoe, JV, Hield, and LaVine are solid guys to surround your stars with. As you mentioned your depth is low, and if it was a normal draft, it would equate to trading a 2 and 3 for a first-rounder at the minimum.

      Isaac has the defensive potential and Jaylen Brown is a good later pick in hopes he bounces back. White’s role is somewhat uncertain but Pop loves him and will play him both on and off the ball. I’d prefer to have him as a bench player, and that is ditto for Clarkson. Do you have an IL spot to stash Klay on? He’s worth keeping, I mentioned that the other day, but your lack of depth will give you a tough choice if early matchups come down to a few stats. Clarke is an intriguing talent with tons of potential, but his rookie-year role is fluid right now. If he can solidify 25 mpg he’ll be valuable for his blocking ability and knack to finish around the rim.

      Your 2 big guys are going to keep you competitive and in contention for what they are able to do, but on weeks where they have light slates (or Bron gets managed, he is getting up there), you’re going to struggle. I’d look to add a 3 point shooter or a big who can get blocks for your last spot. If they can do both then that’s great. If you have a few options that you’re looking at I can let you know ho i’d go with instead of a blind recommendation (could be someone better available than who I mention).

    • #249292

      odeathodeath
      Participant
      Rank: Pro

      Thanks for the in depth breakdown, I went ahead and added Davis bertans as I expect him to get a lot of run this year and he can really shoot the 3 plus he has good percentages. Also open to dropping Brandon Clarke for whoever…keeping an eye on Mo bamba after that line he had the other night (to address blocks).

      Btw my league is not H2H, dunno how that would effect your analysis! But hopefully this means I’m better than you thought!!

      Thanks again!

    • #249297

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      Bertans was a good pickup for your team. A big who can shoot threes. He’s going to get a ton of run at least in the beginning of the year with how banged up the team is. Is Alex Len still available in your league? Hes probably borderline, but if him or Collins are there i’d rush to get them. Roto, you can make up ground later in categories you were poor in if you need to.

  • #249070

    Andrew
    Participant
    Rank: Pro

    Hey Santino, would love to hear what you think of my team.

    14-team H2H, standard 9-cat, I got the 1st pick:

    Guards: (28) Devin Booker, (56) Kyle Lowry, (112) Tomas Satoransky, (168) Darius Garland

    Wings: (57) Robert Covington, (85) Miles Bridges, (113) Kevin Huerter, (141) OG Anunoby, (169) Malik Beasley

    Bigs: (1) Anthony Davis, (29) Deandre Ayton, (84) Larry Nance, (140) Kelly Olynyk

    I think I got too caught up in picking up the guys who fell that I’m not punting anything lol. Also seems like I’m too lacking in blocks and rebounds? Also thinking of dropping Malik for Josh Okogie.

    What do you think?

    • This reply was modified 6 months ago by  Andrew.
    • #249264

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      I think you have a pretty solid squad where your best cats should be in steals, points, and threes. AD is a monster and your 2/3 are looking at playing with a new field general (Rubio) which will help them get easier looks. The biggest question there is if Monty Williams will let his team push the pace. SO far all the picks are pretty chalk as that’s where they are going. Lowry is another guy who is chalk and a good value at 56. He’ll be leaned on as a playmaker and scorer again without Klaw. Covington went earlier than he has in past posts, but he was unlikely to come back to you and is starting to creep up drafts as more info is rolling in. He’s an awesome 3-and-d fantasy guy and complements AD well. Bridges is another player Covington-lite who could creep past 1 in each with some natural progression to his game.
      Nance is in a nice spot next to Love as they both should complement one another well and that team is going to be getting a lot of garbage time opportunity. Hopefully, their guards can get them the ball in optimal positions. Speaking of their guards, I really like the Garland pick at 168. Assuming he stays healthy, he’s going to get a ton of run and will be allowed to go through all the learning curves. He’s in a great position to provide fantasy value. OG is a good upside pick late in drafts as he should get the first crack at the open SF position and he’s athletic enough to turn himself into something.
      i think overall you have a solid team and while it isn’t eye-opening by any means, it should be good enough to compete for one of the backend playoff spots. It’s unlikely you’ll find another guard in Free agency unless Fultz is still there. Okogie has upside and should get a lot of wing minutes whether he’s starting all year or off the bench, but since you want rebounds and blocks and can use some more, I’d take a look at Fat Rob if he’s there.

    • #249305

      Andrew
      Participant
      Rank: Pro

      Thanks a lot for the detailed response Santino! This is one of my better 14-team drafts actually. Only legit hesitation was picking between RoCo and Tobias, and Mikal Bridges vs. Huerter.

      Regarding Fultz, he’s still actually available. You thinking he’s worth the upside shot?

    • #249306

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      It’s a good team. It is close, but I would have gone with Covington over Tobias also. I like defensive stats and he has more upside there. If you prefer Tobias’ skillset then go that route. Huerter and Mikal are pretty close also. You went defense earlier and three-point shooter here which evens itself out. Mikal has more upside but Huerter’s extreme team pace and role is more clear. Also yeah, I’d take a shot at Fultz over Beasley if you want to keep the guards. He has special upside if everything is right with him.

    • #249307

      Andrew
      Participant
      Rank: Pro

      Yeah that was my exact thinking why I went Huerter over Mikal actually. Went with the more offense oriented guy because I got RoCo already. Got it will see if I can get Fultz. Thanks Santino!

    • #249308

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      Haha awesome! And yeah if he is ehh you drop em but all indications are that he’s ready and it’s not everyday you get a dart throw former #1 pick type of talent for free.

  • #249141

    Rashby
    Participant
    Rank: All-Star

    Finally drafted. This is the team I managed to draft. Happy I got jrue to pair with AD as a starter but I think I got lost in the mid rounds and went for value over positioning and have left myself short in guard players. I’m punting assists in a 9 cat 12 team H2H.

    How did I do?

    AD
    Jrue
    Vuc
    Otto Porter
    Roco
    Whiteside
    D Powell
    J Issac
    Looney
    Saric
    K Anderson

    • #249304

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      It’s never a bad strategy to go value over position, and it should be the preferred route. You could always trade later. There are only 11 players so I’m curious who you are missing unless this is it? You’ll definitely need more guards if this is it. How many starters are there? Even if there’s more, you’ll need another guard as you only have one.

      I like the first 6 rounds. Vuc is a great pick in the third after your top two. Roco and Porter well-rounded and will contribute across the board. I’m very high on Whiteside and don’t mind the ft% if I can get his elite blocks and rebounding at the right price. He’s among the eaders in both in 20-25 mpg, if that bumps up to 30-35 then those are numbers you’ll regret not having. I like Powell as a late big man, but the seventh is way too early. It takes most of his value out.

      I actually like the next picks more than him in Isaac and looney. I’ve talked about Isaac’s defensive potential a lot and that pairs well with your team and Looney is capable of making a name for himself this year. Saric and Anderson are good picks too. Did you miss a player in between them? It would seem to make more sense and then your 13th spot at the end. You’re going to have a fun team this year. Good draft.

      All in all for what you sent, I like your team and the well-roundedness of it. You’re going to be awesome in the defensive numbers, rebounds and have a good fg%. You’ll be very competitve and hard to beat in most cats. I’d pick up another three point shooter, unless your last two players can shoot.

    • #249396

      Rashby
      Participant
      Rank: All-Star

      Thanks santino!

      You are completely right, I missed off Kevin ‘the power’ Huerter. It was late here and I was rushing as my draft got me all hyped up! He will add more 3 point shooting hopefully and keep my %’s efficient. I also forgot Derrick White! Again a scoring focused guy ok %’s and a good amount of 3’s. Hoping he’ll pick up good minutes playing pop ball and with Murray coming back from injury.

      I’m glad you like the draft. I’m showing as 2nd best in the team rankings on yahoo straight out the doors and although that doesn’t count for much, it let’s me see where I’m missing in cats.

      As we got to the tail end I thought I would focus on the best available and worry about positioning later. As guards tend to always be available on the waiver wire I thought bigs were ok to focus on. The commissioner in my league had a bad draft and went heavy on guards and is already up for a trade. So I’ll see how pre season goes and the early games and see if there’s someone or 2 I can shift for a solid guard who doesn’t go huge with assists and is efficient with shooting.

      I had to take Powell early as he would’ve been gone by my next pick and Gary Harris and delon Wright has gone in the picks just before mine. I took him at 97 I mixed up the draft order in the post draft haze! Is that still to early? I’m hoping Kleber is inconsistent again this year and Powell cements a starting role.

      • This reply was modified 6 months ago by  Rashby.
    • #249458

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      Haha ok I knew it looked weird both Powell that early and the missing spots. Huerter and White will help with the lack of shooting that was previously there. That’s one of your swing cats that if you can win consistently, you’ll be very tough to beat. Yeah, Powell is much better in that range as a borderline starter. All indications are that he’s going to start next to the Unicorn. If you could get a guard from him for cheap it’s worth a look as your weak there, but your collection of bigs are a great pair.

  • #249146

    tomschlicker3
    Participant
    Rank: Pro

    Hi ,
    After some feedback/advice on what I should do with my last pick based on my team. Or any types of players I should look at picking up/trading for throughout the season.
    10 team, 14 man roster
    9 cat roto 82 game limit per spot

    Pg: Harden
    Sg: Lavine
    G: Irving
    Sf: J Rich
    Pf: Barnes
    F: Hayward
    C: Drummond
    Utility: Robinson
    Utility: Conley
    Utility: Adebayo

    Bench: McGee
    Bench: Gary Harris
    Bench:

    IR: Oladipo

    Players left to pick from include:
    Reggie Jackson
    Jerami Grant
    Jabari Parker
    Joe Harris
    Bogdan Bogdanovic
    Looney
    Delon Wright
    Alex Len
    Brandon Clarke
    Robert Williams
    Taurean Prince

    • #249460

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      Again, 10 teamers are much more visually appeasing, but this is a really exciting team. You have both awesome guards and bigs that I am very high on. If you pick up Len, it’ll get them even better. You have a team that will make the playoffs (assuming health and fortune) that will compete for a ship. Harden Irving Conley as your guards is awesome. Throw in LaVine and that 4 is going to be hard to top. Oh, and Dipo waiting in the wings also. Drummond and Mitch compliment one another so well. I love Drummonds fantasy game and Mitch, even with a step back, certainly can block shots. Bam’s getting a lot of breakout hype, and he’s ready to show off why that is. McGee is a solid fourth big off the bench to have.
      Your forwards are solid but don’t match up to the rest of your squad. I am a fan of Hayward and expect a bounce back towards his pre-injury levels now that he is another year removed from that gruesome injury. JRich will still be productive but now that he’s no longer the best player on his team, and instead the 4th option at best, his numbers will take a hit. I’m not worried about him though as where you got him is still very good value. The player I just don’t like is Barnes. Nothing about him excites me in the least bit. He upped his threes to a career high with Sacto and shoots well from the line on a handful of attempts, but that’s about it and now contending for time with Ariza.
      Overall though, this team is has a lot of firepower, and as I mentioned above, is well positioned to go all the way.

    • #249600

      tomschlicker3
      Participant
      Rank: Pro

      Thanks Santino!
      I definitely agree on the forwards. Early in the draft I just took best player available and it was Gs and Cs.
      There were multiple rounds where I missed out on players like Isaac, JJJ, Levert, even Oubre within 2-3 of my pick.
      I ended up grabbing the Fs when I had filled all other starting spots.
      I’m hoping that a F gets banged up and I can grab him off waivers during the year or there is a big breakout due to an injury etc
      Thanks heaps!

    • #249672

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      Those are some good guys you missed out on, but your team is still strong. You’ll definitely need more F’s because you have no depth outside the 3, but for right now u don’t need to press the issue and pick up someone in free agency who’s worse because they’re a F. Something will come up either in a trade or injury situation soon enough. Continue to evaluate your options

  • #249262

    @SantinoCaccone
    Moderator
    Rank: Legend

    Guards: (28) Devin Booker, (56) Kyle Lowry, (112) Tomas Satoransky, (168) Darius Garland

    Wings: (57) Robert Covington, (85) Miles Bridges, (113) Kevin Huerter, (141) OG Anunoby, (169) Malik Beasley

    Bigs: (1) Anthony Davis, (29) Deandre Ayton, (84) Larry Nance, (140) Kelly Olynyk

    I think I got too caught up in picking up the guys who fell that I’m not punting anything lol. Also seems like I’m too lacking in blocks and rebounds? Also thinking of dropping Malik for Josh Okogie.

    What do you think?

    I think you have a pretty solid squad where your best cats should be in steals, points, and threes. AD is a monster and your 2/3 are looking at playing with a new field general (Rubio) which will help them get easier looks. The biggest question there is if Monty Williams will let his team push the pace. SO far all the picks are pretty chalk as that’s where they are going. Lowry is another guy who is chalk and a good value at 56. He’ll be leaned on as a playmaker and scorer again without Klaw. Covington went earlier than he has in past posts, but he was unlikely to come back to you and is starting to creep up drafts as more info is rolling in. He’s an awesome 3-and-d fantasy guy and complements AD well. Bridges is another player Covington-lite who could creep past 1 in each with some natural progression to his game.
    Nance is in a nice spot next to Love as they both should complement one another well and that team is going to be getting a lot of garbage time opportunity. Hopefully, their guards can get them the ball in optimal positions. Speaking of their guards, I really like the Garland pick at 168. Assuming he stays healthy, he’s going to get a ton of run and will be allowed to go through all the learning curves. He’s in a great position to provide fantasy value. OG is a good upside pick late in drafts as he should get the first crack at the open SF position and he’s athletic enough to turn himself into something.
    i think overall you have a solid team and while it isn’t eye-opening by any means, it should be good enough to compete for one of the backend playoff spots. It’s unlikely you’ll find another guard in Free agency unless Fultz is still there. Okogie has upside and should get a lot of wing minutes whether he’s starting all year or off the bench, but since you want rebounds and blocks and can use some more, I’d take a look at Fat Rob if he’s there.

  • #249322

    @SantinoCaccone
    Moderator
    Rank: Legend

    Hey man I’ll get to yours tomorrow. But I’d pick up Alex Len immediately with Wright a close second. Len is going to get all the run he can handle on an uptempo team. He’s in a prime position to put up a Dbl/dbl with block, and 3 per game as long as he can stay healthy. He shouldn’t be on the waiver wire. Looney is another guy on the list with talent and could be a nice grab but I’d rank him 3rd. Surprised so many guys are still out there

  • #249372

    Vandy
    Participant
    Rank: Pro

    Hi Santino man I am excited. Just did my first draft for this season and my goal was to put myself in a position that I wouldn’t be forced to trade because I feel confident in my team and I think I did that. I think this might be my year man.

    So without further pause.. this is my team the only mistake I think I did but maybe not I’ll let you decide. I chose fox instead of trae young, so i’m kind of stressing over that minuscule detail but when you do your analysis you can break it down for me including anything I may need to address.

    16 Teamer
    H2H 8-cat no turnovers.
    I got the 4th pick.

    Steph Curry (4th)
    Fox(29)
    Jaren Jackson Jr (36)
    Otto Porter (61)
    Kanter (68)
    Gary Hariss (93)
    Barnes (100)
    De’Andre Hunter (125)
    Javale McGee (132)
    Wesley Matthews (157)
    Kelly Olynyk (164)
    Landry Shamet (189)
    Josh Okogie (196)
    Coby White (221)

    • This reply was modified 6 months ago by  Vandy. Reason: added the picks I took them at
    • #249487

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      Fun deep league, I am on board with it. I think you did well overall. JJJ’s upside is tantalizing. Him and Curry round out every category for you with elite potential. Fox has elite athleticism and with the expected pace that Luke Walton is bringing to the team, he’s ready to bust out big time. You don’t need to second-guess that pick. It’s close, but I personally would have taken Traening Day, partly because I’m a fanboy and partly because he’s awesome and in an uptempo offense. Porter is a good all-around contributor who gels with the other three guys.

      Kanter is in a good spot as the primary big, but he’s never had more than .5 blocks or .5 steals in his career and doesn’t shoot threes. An empty double double a target I’d make for my 5th best player. I mentioned in the post above how I’m not a fan of Barnes either. I’d let someone else take him. Harris and Hunter are intriguing tho, as is Mcgee playing next to AD. Those were good picks. I like the last 5 you went with. Wes is a solid vet on a great team in a starting role. Olynyk has value, Shamet can shoot and with KL and George drawing the defense in, he’ll get open shots. Okogie is an intriguing talent who is going to get a lot of minutes on a team that pushed the pace under their new oach last season when he took over.

      You’ll be elite in threes and towards and above average in steals. Since it’s a deeper league not everything will be pretty, and that’s the case for blocks. Having JJJ could be great, but outside of McGee and a little Porter no one else gives you anything there. With low big man depth, rebounding will be tough as well. You’ll need to add another. In a 16 all teams will have their weaknesses so it’s understandable. The team is okay for a deep league and could should be competitive, but a few of those picks in the mid-rounds weren’t ideal.

  • #249397

    Vandy
    Participant
    Rank: Pro

    I’m projected the second best team overall out of the 16 teams, I dont usually take stock in those since its just projections but my league mates are saying they really like some of my picks so who knows lmao or maybe this is just a mind game strategy of theirs haha.

  • #249459

    Søren Nielsen
    Participant
    Rank: Pro

    Hi Santino,

    In the middle of a 9-cat H2H slow draft, where I’m picking from the turn. I came into the draft determined not to punt. I snagged Drummond and leveled off his horrible FT with Kyrie, but when Capela fell to me in the third, I decided to lean into the FT-punt build. It’s a competitive league and I thought I had to create my own edge being at the turn.

    12. Kyrie
    13. Drummond
    36. Capela
    37. Chris Paul
    60. Brook Lopez
    61. Steven Adams
    84. Joe Ingles
    85. Jeff Teague

    With this foundation my question is now that we’re about to step ashore no man’s land, how do I most productively fill out the rest of the roster? Do I bank even more on 5-ish categories from other big men or big men types? Do I keep building up categories that are in ok shape like assists and TOs? Or do I try to make up ground in 3’s and points, which are lacking?

    Any thoughts on the foundation and advice on targets in no man’s land are really appreciated. FYI, one other team in the draft is also punting FT.

    • #249598

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      You’ve had an awesome start to the draft. Paul has been sliding a bit further down draft boards, but top 40 is good range for him. When he’s healthy he is still a prime contributor and isn’t sharing pg duties with Harden anymore. Your bigs are awesome with Drummond, Capela, Adams and Lopez. They all get blocks. This is funny to say still, but Lopez is a sharpshooter who gets blocks now (plenty valuable). That’s a studded cast to start off with.

      Your guards aren’t anything to sneeze at with Kyrie, Paul and Teague who for some reason is being overlooked right now. Steals, points, threes and assists with this group are plenty. Ingles helps in all these areas as well.

      I love the PG/Big man combination of this draft and you executed it great to where you compete in every category and be really good in them on top of that. I’d stick to what you’ve been doing so far as it has been working. Take the best players available and go from there. You have all bases covered so you don’t need to pass on someone’s talent for a specific position or stat. it’s never a bad thing to have a surplus of something, especially when you have everything well-rounded. There are more than enough shooters left late if that’s what you need.

  • #249522

    Vandy
    Participant
    Rank: Pro

    Yeah my reasoning was that I already had Steph so I didn’t want to be redundant but yeah fox should still be good. So I should target more rebounding and blocks? How am in the other cats especially assists and free throws and fg%? And which picks weren’t ideal

    • #249570

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      Kanter and Barnes weren’t where you took them. Hunter could have been gotten later. That’s a lot of meat left on the board, and those first two give you nothing on defense. Since the majority of your team is wings who don’t have the ball in their hands, you are lower on assists as you only have 2 players that will consistently get some, but it may be okay enough in a league this deep. This late it’ll be tough to find them out there. Outside chance that Ish Smith, Caruso, or Fultz are available. Your fg% should be strong and Steph will keep your ft% above par.

  • #249580

    Vandy
    Participant
    Rank: Pro

    ohh okay makes sense. Caruso is in fact available in the waivers I assume you’d recommend putting a waiver wire claim on him? and even though you didnt say it I assume im going to dominate in points as well haha. My thinking was also I should survive on boards since my wings also rebound as well, so my drafting was good aside from those 3 picks? My next draft is this saturday so im trying to learn from this one. Also if im picking up caruso who am I dropping coby white? or someone else.

    • #249593

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      You’ll be good in points, but I wouldn’t say dominate. It’s possible you only have one guy over 20ppg, but you have some people that will score in the upper teens and Fox should hit that benchmark though. I’d probably moreso target another big with good fg% and ft%. I’d try to move Barnes if you could (easier said than done).

  • #249592

    Vandy
    Participant
    Rank: Pro

    So I just got offered bledsoe for my otto porter. What do you think? that would make me in elite in assists I think but giving up porter im hesitant on.

    • #249599

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      Pretty even trade. Porter has a higher ceiling, Bledsoe the safer floor. It would help assists but your %s would take slight hits. I’d just let it ride for now

  • #249908

    alpit.shah
    Participant
    Rank: Pro

    14-team H2H league…picked at 2 spot: Any feedback as I go through the season?

    James Harden 
    Derrick White 
    Miles Bridges 
    John Collins
    Deandre Ayton
    Mike Conley
    Kyle Lowry 
    Derrick Favors
    Kevon Looney 
    Kevin Huerter 
    Dario Saric 
    Kent Bazemore
    Cody Zeller 

    • #250027

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      Just a heads up, as we get closer to the season, there’s starting to get a lot more inquiries all at once and to keep my sanity I’ll have to keep them shorter than what I was doing previously ha.

      First impression; I like it, and would feel confident going into the season. You have a team that looks more like a 12 team league that I would be happy with and were able to get it in a 14 man league. Two young big men with upside right around pick 30 paired with two rock-solid veteran pg’s right after make for a really strong top five picks.

      I like your next four pairings as well. I am a fan of Favors who should certainly see more than 23 mpg this year, with more space in the post without Gobert and leaving one of the slowest paces in the league to one of the fastest. 13/8 plus a block and a steal with the chance for a little more seems easily attainable. Miles is going to get a ton of run and it looks like mainly at the 4 spots. With an expected minutes increase and some improvement a block, steal and three per game is doable, if not more likely than not. Huerter gives you another shooting that you needed at that point and White is a player. Looney is another big that has a lot of upside and a favorite of Kerr’s.

      You have a strong starting lineup for a slightly deeper league and a quality bench. You’re solid in every category (sans turnovers) and will be competitive througohut, and a tough team to beat. Very good draft. Playoffs are in sight, don’t mess it up haha!

    • #250083

      alpit.shah
      Participant
      Rank: Pro

      Thank you Santino! I appreciate your time and your analysis, it really helps!

      Also, hats of to you and the work you are putting in. I read through most of your replies and you really know your stuff.

      And yes, definitely will try and not mess this up.

    • #250120

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      No problem and thank you for the compliments!

  • #249944

    Rubens
    Participant
    Rank: Pro

    Hey Santino,

    I haven’t played H2H in a few years and I’m wondering where/how I can improve this team before the season begins.

    This is a 12 team 8-cat H2H league (I had pick #11).

    Kawhi Leonard
    Russell Westbrook
    Clint Capela
    Tobias Harris
    Otto Porter Jr.
    Mike Conley
    Al Horford
    Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
    Jonathan Isaac
    Caris LeVert
    Marcus Smart
    Tomas Satoransky
    Delon Wright

    Thanks!!

    • #250045

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      Yes, please! This team is deep! Is this in the correct order? Ideally, I’d take Tobias later but Conley in the 6th is fantastic value and basically swaps them out. You don’t have many big men so blocks will be hard to win, but you have rebounders in different areas to help out.

      Russ and Klaw (assuming he doesn’t get too many rest days) are great athletes. Russ’ %’s are bad, and last year were historically bad, but they can’t get worse right? It’s hard to see him shoot that bad from the line again. If you can stomach that fg% you’re getting a 20 point near triple-double with two steals and a triple a game. Solid compromise. His value gets a boost with no turnovers.

      Horford in the 7th is great value. SGA in the 8th and Isaac in the 9th is also great value as they have been steadily climbing up boards the more teams I get in here. I’ve been seeing them in the 6th/7th respectively lately. Your last four guard picks were all quality value as well and pair nicely with your team. Wright as the last pick in the draft is a steal. That’s free value for a top 100 guy.

      You got a lot of value with your picks and underrated players. Blocks, fg% and rebounds are your weakest areas. You can definitely use another big guy and should be able to trade for one with the surplus of guards you have. You’ll be strong in assists, steals and ft%. The other two you’ll be good in. The no turnovers is a big one and gives you a bigger boost. Should be one of the better teams in the league.

  • #249951

    B
    Participant
    Rank: Pro

    Hi, Santino. I just did my first draft of the season.
    Format: Standard Yahoo 12 team/9 cat (H2H)

    Nikola Jokic (Den – PF,C)
    Andre Drummond (Det – PF,C)
    De’Aaron Fox (Sac – PG)
    LaMarcus Aldridge (SA – PF,C)
    Zach LaVine (Chi – PG,SG)
    Terry Rozier (Cha – PG,SG)
    Ricky Rubio (Pho – PG)
    T.J. Warren (Ind – SF,PF)
    JaVale McGee (LAL – C)
    OG Anunoby (Tor – SF,PF)
    Goran Dragic (Mia – PG,SG)
    Landry Shamet (LAC – PG)
    Taurean Prince (Bkn – SF)

    Thanks!!!

    • #250118

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      I can get behind this team. I like the number of bigs and PG’s, something I like to do if the opportunity presents itself.

      Joker and Drummond make for a dominant frontcourt pairing. Together they cover every category with elite tools. While I never target Aldridge and always let someone else take him, he still produces and adds a third big to a formidable duo. McGee was a nice target late as well and should see his typical allotment of minutes providing stead value. Another big with blocking ability would be nice to have on the bench.

      Fox, Rozier, Rubio and LaVine is a good group of guys. Fox has blowup potential as one of the most athletic (and fastest) players in the league. LaVine has been teasing us for years from blowup games to ridiculous dunks, including b2b Slam Dunk titles, to going to ChiTown and putting it all together. Unfortunately, he has not been able to stay healthy for an entire season the past three years and after a couple of times, it becomes a trend, but boy was he good last year before going down. Rubio is one of my 3 favorite players in the league, (he has been since before he arrived. I like pg’s lol) so I’ll never say anything bad about him. He has a high IQ, top-tier court vision, and a new team with a new coach that will hopefully let him play to his strengths this year. I’d be grabbing him in any draft where you got it (take that as you will). Then there’s Dragic looking to bounceback. You got him at no risk essentially and if he can return to even 80% form you’ll get a solid return there. I saved Rozier for last purely because he’s the young guy getting his first chance at leading a team and the jury is still out on him as far as is he even a good basketball player or not. He’s going to get a chance to show it this year on a team devoid of stars and committed to development. He could still provide value this year even if he winds up being Reggie Jackson (think of his first year in Detroit), so he’s worth the shot.

      Warren is a solid pick if he proves his health. he showed a nice all-around game before going down last year (albeit in a more fantasy-friendly tempo). Onunoby is another sleeper looking to take advantage of his opportunities. You took a few chances on guys, him being one, who haven’t typically been being drafted in standard-sized leagues. It doesn’t mean they have no upside or value, it just means you probably could have grabbed them off waivers later if needed.

  • #249953

    tomschlicker3
    Participant
    Rank: Pro

    Hi Santino,
    This is my other team, thanks heaps for the advice on grabbing Len off waivers, looked good in his limited minutes after his ankle/back.
    Anyway, this league is a new format for us (3rd year in). We previously had had 12 team H2H leagues but have had the 3-4 players that lose interest and end up ruining the league. It’s slightly complex. We’ve decided to go with a 12 man 8 team 9 cat H2H keeper league with real salary. $120 million salary cap. We can keep up to 7 players (only those who are drafted at the start of the year can be kept.
    I had pick 7, and when everyone before me went big contracts, I decided to go with the smaller ones (so did pick 8).
    Anyway let me know what you think!

    Pg: Jrue Holiday (pick 90)
    Sg: Donovan Mitchell (pick 10)
    G: Trae Young (pick 7)
    Sf: Jimmy Butler (pick 39)
    Pf: JJJ (pick 23)
    F: Wendell Carter Jr (pick 42)
    C: Myles Turner (pick 26)
    Bench: Dejounte Murray (pick 58)
    Bench: Ja Morant (pick 74)
    Bench: Robert Williams (pick 87)
    Bench: Landry Shamet (pick 71)
    Bench: Johnathan Isaac (pick 55)

    I’ve included the picks, although they probably aren’t all that important. I know it’s too hard to assess when players were picked. But given it’s a 9 cat h2h how do you think my team stacks up in taking out 5 each week (leant towards a punt fg/turnover build)
    Also, I think I easily have the most depth, I think I’ll have a tough choice next year with which 7 to keep!

    Thanks!

    • #250124

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      Fantastic concept and am now thinking of incorporating it next season! I am a huge fan of salaries and the cap, so this has me very giddy right now just looking at the post. I’ve never done this before, so I’ll try my best. As you say below, yes a very deep team that would have tough choices to make right now. The year is long though so we’ll see by the end of it. Can you trade keepers? As in, do the keepers have to be drafted by you?

      You don’t have a first-round pick which is clear, were it a regular draft. But you have multiple 2s/3s/4s. Getting Jrue late because you saved your money is a really savvy move. he costs a ton, but you took cheap young talent to afford him then. In a few years when your guys sign extensions you’ll have to worry, but until then fire this team up! I love it. You have a defensive big in Turner paired with 2 young bigs oozing upside in JJJ and Carter. Great trio. Ideally another big would solidfy this group, but for now it’s up-and-coming with the emphasis on coming. Isaac being sneaky at the bottom of the list pairs great with these guys for defense.

      Jrue, Mitchell, Butler, Trae, Morant, Murray, OH MY! I don’t think I have to elaborate much on how fantastic of a group this is and will leave it at this: watch out.

      You worked the salary cap tremendously and built yourself a championship contender on day 1 for at least the next couple of years (barring injuries). I do like how you included the picks, it gives a glimpse into where your mind went and what you did to get everyone, and yes I am fully behind you on them. I also don’t know who was left and all that, but whatever lol, you did great. You’ll obviously have trouble in fg% and turnovers because you have so many ball-dominant guards, but that’s okay. Rebounds will be an issue against teams with big man depth. But everything else will be winnable. Points, ft% and threes will be elite if not tops in the league. Steals should be among the top quarter. Assists should be in the top half and you have the potential to have multiple guys over 2 blocks per game. Your team is loaded.

    • #250141

      tomschlicker3
      Participant
      Rank: Pro

      Thanks heaps!
      Yeah we like the concept, there may be tweaks with how many roster spots etc. we can keep players if they are traded . So essentially any player drafted can be kept by the person who drafted them or by someone who trades for them (which could get interesting at the end of the year with some of the low salary high upside players).
      I think with this type of draft you can’t go in with any plan, and really need to pay attention to the other teams and their remaining cap. I was able to wait a while until I grabbed jimmy butler, and then jrue last because other teams had grabbed two big contracts out of the gate. The first 6 picks were the standard first 6 you see in any draft.
      I’m aiming to be very competitive in ft, 3s, points, assists, steals, blocks. So that’s great.
      Because we only have 8 players (was a preference because you need 8 committed players rather than 2 extra so are semi into it) there are players on the wire at all contracts that are solid (other than sub 5 mil)
      We’ve decided that if you use your IR spot, it doesn’t count towards your salary cap, this way if Butler gets injured, my season isn’t over, thoughts?
      Top players left include: Booker, Gobert Drummond!
      Which is good because there is scope for another 1-2 teams to join the competition in future years!

    • #250148

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      I thought it was a 12 man league, that’s what it looked like you wrote. 8 man makes a huge difference with 1/3 of the teams disappearing. Your team is still plenty good, but with only instead of the presumed 12 it makes more sense how you were able to get so many good guys. Other teams must be strong as well. In any case, you still worked the wire great and were able to get value at each dollar price. That’s tough seeing players like that on the wire but very understandable given the construction of the league. It’d be hard to make a move for on one of those three at the time as there’s no clear money space. The IR thing is cool, but not easy to do since they’ll jump right back to your salary once cleared. I’m sure Klay, Durant, and Dipo got taken earlier with that in mind.

  • #249957

    Vegemite Toast
    Participant
    Rank: All-Star

    Santino,

    Love your work, Big task you have taken on here!

    12tm roto league squad, draft is almost done but like to get your thoughts. Drafting 12th.

    R1, P12: Brad Beale
    R2, P13: Kyrie Irving
    R3, P36: Mitch Robinson
    R4, P37: Buddy Hield
    R5, P60: Al Horford
    R6, P61: Malcolm Brogdon
    R7, P84: Kelly Oubre
    R8, P85: Marc Gasol
    R9, P108: Mikal Bridges
    R10, P109: Dwight Powell
    R11, P132: Kyle Anderson
    R12, P133: Nerlens Noel

    I am generally happy, particularly drafting from deep into no mans land. Thoughts are that its a generally strong squad, if a little light on Reb amd Assists.

    • #250383

      Vegemite Toast
      Participant
      Rank: All-Star

      Add to that a couple flyers in round 13 amd 14.

      Josh Okogie + Ivica Zubac.

    • #250424

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      Thanks for the compliment man!

      Getting the last pick is a tough break as it’s pretty much no man’s land this year and puts you behind the eight ball to start. Yes Beal is awesome and they’ll be without Wall, but on paper, it’s not as aesthetically pleasing to the eye with Beal as your top guy compared to others if you catch my drift.

      Anyway, I like what you were able to do. Your team can most certainly score points and hit treys. Three of those first 4 get buckets. Beal is coming off a career year and is in a position to do it again, especially with the team already banged up again. Irving is coming career-high per-game averages in rebounds, assists, and steals and went to BKN as the main man. Hield is also coming off a career year and looking to repeat in Walton’s fast-paced system. You never want to pay up for so many career year types, but Irving and Beal are definitely safe. Another guy you have at guard is Brogdon who is another long-range sniper.
      You were able to get value in your big man as well. Mitch put up insane numbers in limited minutes and his blocks output alone gives him value even if he took a step back. Horford is being overlooked because of his new team/role, age, and whatever else it is, but he’s a rock-solid veteran who contributes in every category. Ditto for Gasol (except the new team) who also is being overlooked and also contributes to everything. Those two plus your other guys give you a fantastic assists floor. Powell makes for a quality big off the bench to compliment the first guys. Noel and Zubac are a bit of wildcard with minimal value in their current roles but the potential for more if circumstances change.

      Both Sun’s small forwards are an interesting wrinkle and with both being multi-cat players, they both carry value and if one happens to go down then the other is a must-start. Anderson is another potential steal/three/block guy he can stay healthy. Good value and shots were taken here.

      I think that you are correct, it is a generally solid team that will compete in quite a bit. I don’t think your assists are too low. You don’t have anyone who will be among the leaders, but you have a few guys who will get 5+, in addition to two bigs that generally get 3.5 or more. You won’t be the best, but you’ll above water, middling. Rebounds are low, fg% will be too. ft%, trey, steals look to be among the leaders while points will be high. You should be able to take most cats though. Your draft went well.

  • #249987

    Andrew
    Participant
    Rank: Pro

    Hey Santino! I went and joined a random casual league. It’s a 12 team H2H standard league, I picked 2nd. i screwed around and tried an extreme punt team.

    Guards: James Harden, Trae Young, Mike Conley, Terry Rozier, Tomas Satoransky

    Wings: Caris Levert, Mikal Bridges, Bogdan Bogdanovic, Cedi Osman

    Bigs: John Collins, Lamarcus Aldridge, Thomas Bryant, Kelly Olynyk

    My initial assessment is that I should be tops or close to top in FT%, 3s, Points, Assists, and Steals. Last in blocks and TOs. Below average in FG% and Rebounds.

    What do you think?

    • #250439

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      It’s always fun to try something new and play around with a few different strategies.

      Your points, steals and ft% are sure to be fantastic. Assists (you have multiple sources) and treys (young and harden alone is lethal) should be among top quarters as well. Your fg% and turnovers are going to be towards the bottom. Blocks and rebounds are pretty weak as well. In all, the strategy gives you 5 categories where you should be among the top half of the league and four that you’ll be among the bottom half of the league. It means you have the advantage of winning every week with being so good at the majority of cats, but there isn’t much wiggle room or room for error on a given week. While I have seen this work, and know it can, that’s a tough spot to put yourself in for the playoffs. Narrowing down your cats means that one down week from Harden or company could be the end of it all, or if another team is similarly as good in one or multiple they have the advantage. The firepower and strategy should get you to that point though.

  • #250378

    image6435
    Participant
    Rank: Rookie

    Hi Santino (again),

    First time Auction Draft (Yahoo Pro League), 9cat H2H and here is my team:

    1. (35) Andre Drummond (Det – PF,C) $42
    2. (37) Clint Capela (Hou – PF,C) $26
    3. (48) Robert Covington (Min – SF,PF) $18
    4. (52) Derrick Favors (NO – PF,C) $18
    5. (59) Lonzo Ball (NO – PG) $10
    6. (61) Larry Nance Jr. (Cle – PF,C) $7
    7. (68) Bam Adebayo (Mia – PF,C) $20
    8. (69) Ricky Rubio (Pho – PG) $7
    9. (74) Eric Bledsoe (Mil – PG,SG) $19
    10. (99) JaVale McGee (LAL – C) $8
    11. (104) Miles Bridges (Cha – SF) $5
    12. (106) Jeff Teague (Min – PG) $17
    13. (109) Patrick Beverley (LAC – PG,SG) $2

    Took me two damn hours but it was so worth it! Much more strategic and rewarding than snake!

    Since auction draft allows for more control as to what players you want, I had a triple punt strategy (pts,3pt,ft%) in place… and I think it turned out pretty well, at least I hope it did lol

    Spending $18 on Teague towards the end shows you my lack of budget management.I also spent extra on Drummond (hot commodity) and Capela but for the reason that they were the key pieces to my build. Bam & Favors also gain tremendous value from this build, really happy that no one fought hard to get them.

    The only piece that I slipped out of my hand was Draymond and Adams, they would have been fantastic on my team, but then I would have had too many centers.

    Ran some analysis on Hashtag and it appears that the team does in fact excel (top 1 or 2) in fg%, reb, ast, stl, blk with TO being above average (4).

    Sorry for all my babbling, I’d like to hear your thoughts on this!

    Thanks,
    Allen

    • #251253

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      Just wondering, did you have $200 to spend on players, and had $8 leftover? Just curious as to why you didn’t want Adams or Draymond (I know you said too many C’s) if you were going with a punting strategy that catered to big men. You could still wind up trading bigs at some point.

      I like the depth of the team. Your bigs are fantastic, and you did well to target your specific punt. I know you went the route of not ponying up for the elite studs, and it’s a tough route to take without one leading the way. Punting so many cats gives you an edge in the others, but doesn’t give you a lot of room for error.
      As far as picks go, you were right with Bam, he was a tremendous value, as was Rubio for a mere $7. Even if you don’t like him, that is nothing. Bridges for %4 is another no-risk pick. You were able to get quite a few guys at minimal values which are awesome, and makes you wonder what your team would have looked like if you went for a first-rounder? It looks like you would have still had many of the same guys. I like Teague for where he’s going this year in snake drafts. If you had the money you might as well throw it at him at that point but in relation to what you paid it’s ehh for value.

      Auction drafts are tough and fun at the same time. If you spend up big for an elite guy, sometimes the rest of the pieces don’t look so great, and vice versa if you miss and end up paying too much for the late guys with the leftover money. I think you did a good job to build a competitive team without that top guy and had a few savvy picks to put yourself in a position to get to the playoffs for your first auction.

  • #250413

    keithjenkins79
    Participant
    Rank: Pro

    Hey Santino! Just wrapped up my 12 team 9 cat H2H draft in a Hoop-Ball league!

    Here is The Fantasy Factory! roster by pick, thank you for all you are doing!

    Karl Anthony-Towns 1/2
    Devin Booker 2/23
    Donovan Mitchell 3/26
    Eric Bledsoe 4/47
    Kris Middleton 5/50
    Marvin Bagley 6/71
    Ja Morant 7/74
    T.J. Warren 8/95
    JaVale McGee 9/98
    Spencer Dinwiddie 10/119
    RJ Barrett 11/122
    DeAndre Jordan 12/143
    Jarrett Culver 13/146
    Robert Williams 14/167

    • #251260

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      Hey man hope all is well! I’m indifferent about how it all came out as you most certainly punted blocks and rebounds with fg% and turnovers being sub-par as well. It looks different because KAT was your first pick. You’ll definitely be among the top 3 in points and threes. Ft% and steals are going to be strong as well. You are deceptively strong in assists though with a multitude of players that pitch in a handful.

      The no big man strat is not something I’d really entertain myself, but so far with what you have done and some others earlier, it’s not that bad of an idea. You still give away or put yourself behind the eight-ball in too many cats, but if you are able to execute it well enough it could work. While you have minimal room for error and consistency may be hard to come by, and it may ultimately be more splash than substance, you gave yourself a chance to win.

  • #250792

    texasHorns
    Participant
    Rank: Pro

    Hey Santino,
    Love the work you doing here!

    I just finished up my draft a few days ago and after my initial assessment I’m not sure how I feel about the team.
    I had the 12th pick in a 9-cat standard H2H league.

    1. (12) Bradley Beal
    2. (13) Jimmy Buttler
    3. (36) Mike Conley
    4. (37) LaMarcus Aldridge
    5. (60) Josh Richardson
    6. (61) Al Horford
    7. (84) Marc Gasol
    8. (85) Miles Bridges
    9. (108) Delon Wright
    10. (109) Davis Bertans
    11. (132) P.J. Tucker
    12. (133) Cedi Osman
    13. (156) Zach Collins

    I think I’ll be solid in FT%, steals, and TOs. Middle of the pack in 3pm & assists. Towards the bottom in FG%, Reb, Block, and points.
    What do you think? Should I try and target certain types of players to boost any of these categories?

    Thanks in advance for any feedback!

    • #251276

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      Thank you for the compliment! And sorry to hear you had the twelve spot, it’s a real underwhelming spot to be in. You miss out on the surefire elite and get stuck with guys who could really get back to the middle half of the second (a la Butler). He’s no slouch, but you get him without getting a Curry or Jokic as well, with an earlier third-round pick. Nothing you could do about the luck of the draw and have to go with the hand you are dealt with.

      I agree with you and think FT% is a definite strength. You have some bigs who get assists, so I think you’ll be a little better than average but not so much. You have a solid veteran team, taking a lot of people that get overlooked because they aren’t flashy and new.

      You pretty much got everyone around where they are going, with Collins being an excellent late-rounder. I Wouldn’t have gone with J Rich where you did, and that kind of changes the whole dynamic of your team. He’s been going later, and while he is a very good player, hit numbers are going to drop with all the surrounding pieces. He doesn’t rebound much and without being the go-to guy anymore his scoring and assists that he got last year should suffer as well. He’ll hit threes and get steals, with sneaky blocks for a guard, but will that be enough to rely on? Miles at 85 was better value.

      In all, I think you made some good picks and stayed in everyone’s price range. I agree with your assessment that you have weaknesses, and some cats that don’t appear strong, but you do have people who contribute across the board which will help you compete in most of them. it’ll be tough to make moves as you don’t have the flashy new toy or exciting sexy breakout picks on your team that garners so much trade interest at this point in time (a few towards the back end, but that’ll be hard to trade for an impact guy until they prove themselves more). Guys like Gasol, Horford and J Rich aren’t going to wow anyone to trade. That’s not a knock on them, it’s just how the fantasy game goes. For instance, Morant at 60 carries more hype on the market right now than JRich would even if he doesn’t reach his projections. I think this team is a much better real-life team than a fantasy team. They have extensive playoff experience and people you’d ride with. It may not translate fully to our game this year, but it’s still nothing to sneeze at.

    • #251298

      texasHorns
      Participant
      Rank: Pro

      Thanks Santino for getting back with your assessment!

      I agree, I may have reached on JRich, after looking back at it I probably should have waited to see if I could have picked him up later on. I guess there isn’t much to do for now, I’ll just have to wait and see how these players start the year. Hopefully, some of them can make some noise and maybe I’ll be able to make some trades.

      Thanks again for the taking your time and sending your assessment!

    • #251884

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      Well this is all just relatively speaking on my part. Float out some feelers and see what your fellow league members are looking for. It doesn’t hurt to try! Or at least gauge the interest level of members.

    • #251885

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      Well this is all just relatively speaking on my part. Float out some feelers and see what your fellow league members are looking for. It doesn’t hurt to try!

  • #251163

    GBrown
    Participant
    Rank: Pro

    Hey just did my first draft of the season yesterday, 12 team 9-cat standard h2h league. However the payout at the end does value the regular season winner more. Let me know how I did and if you think I can improve somewhere. Thanks.

    Jrue Holiday
    Kawhi Leonard
    Mike Conley
    LaMarcus Aldridge
    Jonathan Isaac
    Gordon Hayward
    Mitchell Robinson
    Ja Morant
    Enes Kanter
    Delon Wright
    Dwight Powell
    Brandon Clarke
    Kelly Olynyk

    • #251898

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      Haha ouu I couldn’t hate that payout any more. I’ve done a league or two that paid the regular season winner before (money back) and I didn’t like one bit of it! This one seems to have taken that up another notch. I know rest days and untimely shutdowns can happen in the playoffs, but who in fantasy or reality would be happy to have the best record in the regular season but not win a championship? Sorry, I just had to throw that tidbit in early.

      The picks are a little jumbled so I’ll do my best at sorting it out in my head. Also what pick did you have? It looks like it’s eight or later.

      I think you did a good job at balancing out your team to compete in everything.

      Your guards are great with Jrue, Conley, Morant, and Wright as your G’s. A balance of two reliable vets and 2 exciting young guys.
      Klaw and Hayward are multi-cat guys who give you a little of everything and then Isaac as a defensive dynamo to pad that as well.
      And lastly, you have a plethora of big men offering different skillsets. Mitch will get you those big-time blocks, Aldridge pitches in, and Clarke is a late-round flier who (if he can get the time) can be excellent at blocks as well.

      Your team should be the number one steals team. You’ll be near the top at assists and ft%. Your rebounds, blocks, and treys will also be good. FG% is probably your weakest category, but you’ll be able to compete in them all week-in, week-out. The draft went very well. I think you’re well-equipped to enter the season as is, but always scour the wire and the trade market to see if anyone can help you improve, especially when you’re winning. The big question looming over is what type of “load management” will Leonard get this year? I hope it’s closer to 75 than 60 again as a fan of the game, but with the depth that Clippers have, they’re well prepared to get him frequent rest and ready for the playoffs.

  • #251248

    endimurataj
    Participant
    Rank: Pro

    Hey Santino!
    I enjoy reading all of the responses you post. I figured I’d take some constructive criticism from you as well. This is my team for the year in a yahoo pro league. 12 Team 9 CAT H2H Standard Draft League. This is a extremely competitive league ($500 buy-in). I went into the draft with tons of preparation, however everyone in my cue kept getting taken from me a 1 or 2 picks before me. Very frustrating, but overall I am not that disappointed about where some players fell to me. I look forward to reading your thoughts on my team. Thanks in advance!

    1. (9) Bradley Beal
    2. (16) Jrue Holiday
    3. (33) Kristaps Porzingis
    4. (40) Jayson Tatum
    5. (57) Jonathan Isaac
    6. (64) Malcolm Brogdon
    7. (81) Larry Nance Jr.
    8. (88) Wendell Carter Jr.
    9. (105) Mikal Bridges
    10. (112) Zach Collins
    11. (129) Tyler Herro
    12. (136) Collin Sexton
    13. (153) Derrick Rose

    • #251909

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      $500 buy-in!!! You guys play no games! You guys are going to have to start taking out loans to get through the different fantasy sports seasons lmao. I love it

      Don’t you hate that when the players you want keep getting taken right in front of you by that same friend who can get really annoying? Yeah, me too! For $500 I’d be really upset with any pick outside the top 7, because of the tier dropoff.

      Porzingis at 33 requires some big cajones. Unicorn is a stud and a top 20 talent easily. But coming off that ACL tear with a team that is still building toward the future, it’s easy to see them treating him like kid gloves. The 40 pick would have made me more at ease. Isaac has immense defensive upside, but another guy who has gone a bit later than where you got him at.

      Even still, I like your draft overall. Even though I think those two guys went a tad early, they’re still loaded with talent and upside. Porzingis has 2 block/2 steal potential. How many people can that be said for? Beal at 9 is starting to look more and more normal, and with the way that team looks right now he should get every opportunity to top last year’s career year. A trade or injury is the only thing that can derail him as a usage monster.

      You had some nice picks in the early-middle to late-middle rounds, starting with Tatum. If you take out %s Taytum improved in every stat last year and is looking to do it again. That’s with him not being a good player last year. Everyone is excited about what Brogdon can do with a full complement of minutes and running the show. I’m on board with carter this year, he just needs to stay healthy and he can push for top-50 value. Him staying healthy is easier said than done at this point though as he is on the injury report nightly. Bridges and Collins are two nice popular pickups at the back end of the lineup. Your bench is different but also intriguing. Herro’s role is up in the air still but he has looked really good this offseason, and Sexton was a top-10 pick last year who’s basically free. not a bad lottery ticket.

      You’ll be on the lower end with assists, and aren’t surefire elite in any cat, but you’re well-rounded and will be competitive in most. You’ll be able to fight for your chance at the dance. But beware that you have a lot of injury risk on your team, whether it’s Carter or Porzingis, or Jrue who’s only played more than 70 games once since 2012-13. Beal’s pesky leg issues seem to have taken the Curry treatment and just disappeared the last few years which is a welcome sight for all.

  • #251275

    @SantinoCaccone
    Moderator
    Rank: Legend

    Thank you for the compliment! And sorry to hear you had the twelve spot, it’s a real underwhelming spot to be in. You miss out on the surefire elite and get stuck with guys who could really get back to the middle half of the second (a la Butler). He’s no slouch, but you get him without getting a Curry or Jokic as well, with an earlier third-round pick. Nothing you could do about the luck of the draw and have to go with the hand you are dealt with.

    I agree with you and think FT% is a definite strength. You have some bigs who get assists, so I think you’ll be a little better than average but not so much. You have a solid veteran team, taking a lot of people that get overlooked because they aren’t flashy and new.

    You pretty much got everyone around where they are going, with Collins being an excellent late-rounder. I Wouldn’t have gone with J Rich where you did, and that kind of changes the whole dynamic of your team. He’s been going later, and while he is a very good player, hit numbers are going to drop with all the surrounding pieces. He doesn’t rebound much and without being the go-to guy anymore his scoring and assists that he got last year should suffer as well. He’ll hit threes and get steals, with sneaky blocks for a guard, but will that be enough to rely on? Miles at 85 was better value.

    In all, I think you made some good picks and stayed in everyone’s price range. I agree with your assessment that you have weaknesses, and some cats that don’t appear strong, but you do have people who contribute across the board which will help you compete in most of them. it’ll be tough to make moves as you don’t have the flashy new toy or exciting sexy breakout picks on your team that garners so much trade interest at this point in time (a few towards the back end, but that’ll be hard to trade for an impact guy until they prove themselves more). Guys like Gasol, Horford and J Rich aren’t going to wow anyone to trade. That’s not a knock on them, it’s just how the fantasy game goes. For instance, Morant at 60 carries more hype on the market right now than JRich would even if he doesn’t reach his projections. I think this team is a much better real-life team than a fantasy team. They have extensive playoff experience and people you’d ride with. It may not translate fully to our game this year, but it’s still nothing to sneeze at.

  • #251624

    LauriMarcannon
    Participant
    Rank: Pro

    Hey, Santino!

    Got my 2nd league draft done. It is a 14Team 9CAT H2H League.

    This is my team (9th pick):
    1. Damian Lillard
    2. Trae Young
    3. Mike Conley
    4. Lauri Markkanen
    5. Thomas Bryant
    6. Jonas Valanciunas
    7. Miles Bridges
    8. Tomas Satoransky
    9. Mikal Bridges
    10. Kevon Looney
    11. Dwayne Bacon
    12. OG Anunoby
    13. Markelle Fultz

    Overall, I was not happy at first but I had players who fell who I could trade in order to get the categories I am strong at and I’m happy with that. Will look to shop Conley and Valanciunas in order to get a top 20 player, maybe? Looking forward to hear from you, Santino. Good luck this season!

    • #251916

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      Your draft looks like a rollercoaster ride with point guards and bigs haha. It worked out really well. I think you made your team very balanced because of it, and then added both multi-cat Bridges. I think you went too early on Sataransky, but the rest are pretty much in line with where they’re going. I’d be satisfied with the team you drafted. You should be among the worst in turnovers (which I think is stupid anyway) but otherwise, you have a good team.
      If you could find a fifth big to it, it’d be ideal, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to do so. It’s normal to be a little hesitant at first glance in a deeper league, but you were able to do well man. I’ve brought it up a few times, and I may be alone here, but I’m on board with the Fultz pick. In a deep league, you got him as what the 177th pick or so? He’s going free in drafts and that late it’s about talent and upside, which he has a lot of. I know as little as everyone else about his “injury” but at his price tag, it costs you nothing but a roster spot to find out and I’d rather be too early than too late with it. I know you want to trade Conley and JV, but you don’t need to be in a rush to do so, they fit nicely with your squad. If you could get a top-20 guy though that is something to definitely contemplate.

    • #251989

      LauriMarcannon
      Participant
      Rank: Pro

      Hahahah yeah, my queue got was gone before I got to my pick and some picks were made with 5 seconds left, actually wanted a big on the 3rd round but did not want to reach for JJJ and Clint Capela just got picked so I just went with Conley. Luckily, Lauri and Bryant were available. The only pick I regretted was maybe JV over Lonzo? I’m sure JV will have a good season and 76 was a good bargain for him but now, I dont have any shares of Ball who’s gonna play in a super fast paced team. Really enjoyed their preseason.

      That’s what I’m actually afraid of, that my team is too balanced although I really do enjoy watching the guys I got this preseason. For Sato, it was actually him or Delon Wright. But the draft happened during his hamstring stuff and I got scared maybe and I saw some stuff regarding their guard rotations. I like Sato because maybe he gets to play 1-3 this season and he is efficient. Man, I love Fultz. I know his jumper is still a work in progress but I can already see he is looking to improve it and is also looking more confident while playing. Right now, I’m only worried about JV because of his foot issue and OG, he looked good during their games but still not polished so all in all, I would probably not make moves until the first week of the season.

      Got my eyes on some players though like Thybulle, NAW, Norman Powell, Mo Wagner, and Kennard. Thank you so much for the analysis, Santino! Hope you have a great szn!

    • #252449

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      You went PG with your first three picks so it’s fine that you went big there, but if Ball is a guy you really want then try to see if you could trade for him. Throw some feelers his owners’ way and gauge his interest.

    • #252845

      LauriMarcannon
      Participant
      Rank: Pro

      Not really, just worried about JV this season especially post-ASB. Kept thinking I could’ve gotten Hayward, Ball, Rubio, or WCJ instead of him but he was falling and yes, I needed a big and he got good percentages too. Also liked his videos shooting those corner 3s. Hopefully it is something he uses this season. But overall Santino, you think this is a good team? I thought I was going to be strong in FT% but I am now worried about it. My steals are lacking so hopefully Looney, Fultz, and both of the Bridges help me with it. Only hoping that my late picks Looney, Bacon, OG, and Fultz blow up a little bit. Also thinking of grabbing NAW, Thybulle, Noel, Norman Powell, Kennard, Coby White, or Richaun Holmes to swap for my last 3 picks depending on what I need after 1st or 2nd week.

    • #252962

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      He was averaging nearly 20 and 11 for the Grizz last year. With a healthier roster and new faces, 18 and 10 with a block and good percentages seem realistic with health. The ASB is months away and you’re playing for the right now. If you get nervous about him missing games late in the season, you can move him as the season rolls along, but for now, that’s another 4 months away. Yeah, for a 14 team league I think you have a solid squad. Those guys should help in the steals dept by getting 1+ or so a game. You have Lillard, Young, Conley, and Marks as your first four picks, so ft% should remain a strength of your going forward.
      From the players, you listed NAW, White, and Powell are the most intriguing to me. I’d be okay with dropping OG for one of them. Noel has enticing defensive upside, but I’d hold off and pounce when the Adams’ rumors start to gain more momentum.

    • #253527

      LauriMarcannon
      Participant
      Rank: Pro

      This is all noted, Santino! Thanks a lot! Good luck on your season and as of right now I’ve decided to hold onto all of my players. But, I am also looking to grab Thybulle and drop Fultz or OG if the stocks translate to regular season.

  • #251718

    Coach
    Moderator
    Rank: Hall of Fame

    THIS IS MY ALL-TIME FAVORITE HOOPBALL THREAD!
    GREAT JOB SANTINO!

    • #251917

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      Thank you Coach, much appreciated! It still has nothing on the Daily Fantasy HoopBall podcast!

  • #251729

    @BushLeague_Ball
    Participant
    Rank: Pro

    Thanks for doing this Santino…I’m in a 12 team, 9-cat yahoo pro league…I know I need another center and will trim a pg or two once their rotations get hashed-out lol:

    (4) Giannis
    (21) Kemba
    (28) Zion
    (45) Markkanen
    (52) Bledsoe
    (69) John Isaac
    (76) Sabonis
    (93) Delon Wright
    (100) Kanter
    (117) Sexton
    (124) Taurean
    (141) Reg Jackson
    (148) Markelle

    • #251959

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      Everyone in the top 5 is going to be elite, but getting Giannis at 4 still has to put a smile on your face. He’s the reigning MVP and honestly, we still don’t know what the guys ceiling is. You went with the Zion Express and got him in a perfect spot. The third-round still lets you get two other top guys and takes out some of the risks with him. I wouldn’t be surprised to see his ADP rise with another big preseason game. I’ve said it a few times previously but if you were to put him on the trade market people would be foaming at the mouth to pay up for him.

      We have a Sabonis sighting! Sabonis and Kanter are both similar players who rebound with mid-teens scoring but don’t shoot treys or get defensive numbers. I do like Kanter at 100. Now that is a good value for him. Your bench is different: Fultz, read above. Jackson and Prince are different, but Prince has the chance to earn a starting job and Jackson, well, he’s the definition of boring. He’s kinda, maybe, possibly, who really knows, serviceable with theoretical upside, but boring.

      Yeah agree with you, you’ll definitely need another big or two, some that get blocks preferably. As a whole, blocks, treys, and ft% are going to be lower. Your rebounds, fg%, and points will be strong and your team will get some steals. You’ll be equipped to fight for a playoff spot with your current roster, but I’d want to get another big man who can get defensive stats and tinker with the bench spots. With Giannis and Zion, you’re going to have a lot of fun “fantasy watching” (watching games with your players in them) this Year!

  • #251798

    romerb
    Participant
    Rank: Rookie

    Hi Santino! Thanks in advance if you are able to provide feedback on my team below.

    League: 16 team, Weekly H2H 9-cat, Starting 7 players (PG, SG, SF, PF, C, UTL x 2)

    R1. Joel Embiid, C (9)
    R2. Deandre Ayton, C (24)
    R3. Kemba Walker, PG (41)
    R4. Mike Conley, PG (56)
    R5. Wendell Carter Jr., PF (73)
    R6. Miles Bridges, SF (88)
    R7. Victor Oladipo, SG (105)
    R8. Tomas Satoransky, PG/SG (120)
    R9. Norman Powell, SG/SF (137)
    R10. Justice Winslow, SF (152)
    R11. Davis Bertans, PF (169)
    R12. Cody Zeller, C (184)

    Personally, I think I came away with a strong team. Strengths will be REB, PTS, FT%, ASTS, while putting up decent numbers in the other categories. My weakest categories are likely TOS and STLS. But I’m biased, so I’d love to hear what an outside set of eyes thinks.

    • #251975

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      You most certainly did come away with a strong team. Dipo is risky, but you were able to get him as a borderline starter that kicks out a lot of risks. Your bench has some good value guys with Bertans going real late and Cody being free. He’s not exciting and has a limited skill set but he’s big with a starting job. Powell and Winslow were solid dart throws late as well.

      Conley at 56 is great value and a full round after his ADP, and that’s in your 16 team league. I don’t understand how Kemba fell to pick 41 as it makes no sense to me, but good for you man. That’s not a steal, that’s a full-on bank robbery. It’s honestly a game-changer to get a top 25 guy as a top 50 guy. He’s not an unknown commodity either or hoping he hits his upside, he’s an established three years running All-Star. I like the Bridges and carter picks and think they both fit right into your teams’ strengths and will outperform those ADP’s.

      Hey, it’s not bad to be biased! You have confidence in your team and you should! Sometimes even if you’re wrong you can talk your league mates into thinking that your guys are great with confidence, advantageous stats, and some crafty sales tactics. Whatever works! But yes, I also think your team is strong in virtually everything (sans TO’s). If Dipo can make it back in a reasonable time, get healthy, and get up to speed with full minutes he’ll bump up your steals. If not, you’ll be a little below avg but okay enough. Very strong draft man, you’re in for a fun ride!

  • #251872

    daniel.margolin
    Participant
    Rank: Pro

    9 cat h2h 12 team

    Towns
    Butler
    Mitchell
    Conley
    Hayward
    Horford
    Valanciunas
    Rubio
    Bogdan
    Looney
    Herro
    Nurk (on il and looking at olynk)

    Thank you

    • #251899

      daniel.margolin
      Participant
      Rank: Pro

      9 cat h2h 12 team
      Forgot to mention I had pick 4
      Towns
      Butler
      Mitchell
      Conley
      Valanciunas
      Hayward
      Horford
      Rubio
      Bogdan
      Looney
      Herro
      Nurk (on il and looking at olynk)
      Thank you

    • #251978

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      It looks different, but the end product developed nicely. I think you’re missing someone having just 12 listed. Butler and Mitchell make a dynamic scoring guards duo and along with Towns put you among the tops in the points department. Your assists are going to be at the top as well with those guards along with Rubio, Conley, and Horford. Steals and treys will be a strength on this team. Ft% should be above average. Another big is needed to help out in blocks and rebounds and fg% which are on the lower end even with Towns. Nurk is a good stash, but that’ll be a while until he can contribute. Turnovers are another cat you’ll struggle in having so many guys who have the ball in their hands (that’s a good thing). In all, you’re very good in 5 categories with the other four needing help. It gives you little room for error, but you have the players to make it work, and with a few additions you can turn them into strengths.

  • #251957

    Capt. Caineghis
    Moderator
    Rank: All-Star

    Hey, Santino! What’s good, brother??

    Here’s one of my recent big money drafts. It’s 9CAT H2H with 2 IR slots. I got the 7th pick again…

    7. Dame Lillard (Pretty standard at this spot)
    18. Booker (a bit of a reach some would say, but a strong PG with solid assists…I liked him more than Trae)
    31. Kristaps (true risk/reward, but I wanted a big here and JJJ already was off the board…also great blocks go early)
    42. Conley (I really wanted Capela here, but got sniped…I didn’t really want Conley until round 5, but with the PG scarcity, I’ll take him)
    55. Lowry (Old Fart Under Drafted…with him, I now had 4 elite PGs…could use one for trade bait if needed)
    66. Whiteside (Probably a round or two earlier than me or anyone would like, but at this point Bigs were flying off the board…guys like Adams and Bryant were already gone, and I really could use a solid rebounder and secondary shot-blocker)
    79. Gallinari (we all know the story here, but he fell a couple rounds and won me some leagues last year, and should score a lot this year, so I figured, “why not?”)
    90. Ingram (a round or two earlier than I wanted to go, but I thought he had the most upside of those available here)
    103. Collin Sexton (a backup PG for my top 4 strong ones. He won’t assist much, but I think he’ll be solid at this range)
    114. Zach Collins (I was really hurting for bigs, so one who could shoot 3s and block shots was a must-have)
    127. Culver (Take-a-shot time. Talk is he could overtake Teague or at least become a starter before long)
    138. Nurkic (with 2 IRs, I thought he was a no-brainer and good handcuff when I already had Whiteside and Collins)
    151. Bamba (shooting for blocks here. He’s had a good preseason and shores up my blocks)

    My evaluation at a glance: I think I’m great in points, triples, assists and FT. I think I’m strong in blocks. I’m probably losing rebounds most weeks. I’m not quite sure how I’m looking in FG, steals and turnovers.

    What do you think, Santino?

    • #251994

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      Hey man how’s it going? I really enjoy the little tidbits about each pick. Very detailed all around and gave me so much information. This is awesome, I’ll try to match with quick tidbits:

      I’m against the standard I guess, I can’t pass on Bron for Lillard there. Booker is a two-guard who played the point a lot last year out of necessity, but now they brought in Rubio to solidify the position for once. His assists are going to take a dip but he’s one of the best scorers in the game and Rubio’s vision and IQ is going to make it look that much easier for him. I mentioned earlier tonight that porzingis is a stud, but in an ideal world near 40 would be perfect. A lot of variables with him but his talent is top 20 no question.
      Conley and Lowry went right where they’ve been going and give you four top guards. Both good picks and now you’re insanely elite in that area. There’s absolutely no way Whiteside would last another two rounds. He went right where he should be; even at 23 mpg he was top 10 in rebounds and blocks with a great fg%, now on a team that wants him and could play him 30 minutes. Gallo was a nice pick. Whenever he’s healthy he produces. He’ll get the CP3 bonus for a little bit at least also.
      Ingram went too high for me, not someone I typically look at with all the options on the team. The offense does give him some upside tho. Sexton looks better as a bench player but another guy who can score and could be good if he takes the sophomore leap. Didn’t need to go pg specific just for the position though. Collins was a needed pick as you only had two bigs at this point. Culver has upside and should see time at a few positions. Nurk is a good pick with 2 IR’s, I mean you might as well at this point right? And have one to spare. Bamba needs court time and he’ll help shore them up.

      I agree with your strengths you’ll be strong in the four you mentioned and steals. Elite in assists. Whiteside doesn’t shott enough ft’s to crush your guards’ numbers (unless that changes). You don’t have much blocks outside the two, but they can both be among the leaders so it’ll be interesting. Getting one more guy who can pitch in would be big a boost. Rebounds, turnovers and fg% aren’t going to be good, and you’ll be among the worst. That’s just how it goes with a guard-heavy team. In all though, you have the advantage in 5 of the 9 cats and blocks could get into swing territory with another guy. Your draft turned out well, but you’ll need to take those cats each week to continue to churn out wins. You have the ability to do so.

  • #251998

    ameenkreidieh
    Participant
    Rank: All-Star

    Hello Santino,

    Again and again thanks for the great work you’re doing here!

    Draft season has finally started for me.. this is my team in a 16 team 9 cat h2h league. I am not sure if i like it or not.. i got the guys i wanted to get. but passed on Robinson in the 3rd round to take Collins and i think that was a mistake.

    1 Anthony Davis LAL, PF
    32 Devin Booker Phx, SG
    33 John Collins Atl, PF
    64 Bam Adebayo Mia, C
    65 Ja Morant Mem, PG
    96 Miles Bridges Cha, SF
    97 Marcus Smart Bos, SG
    128 Delon Wright Dal, PG
    129 Kevin Huerter Atl, SG
    160 Zach Collins Por, C
    161 Kevon Looney GS, PF
    192 Isaiah Thomas Wsh, PG
    193 Monte Morris Den, PG

    • #252453

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      This was a big draft weekend I can see. TO get to everyone’s I’ll have to do a quick analysis. This team is loaded and for a 16 team nonetheless! While Collins won’t get the blocks that Mitch will, he’s still going to be plenty valuable for what he does. If he can take a step forward in his defensive numbers (his blocks dropped off in his sophomore season), and his 3-ball continues to improve he can contribute across the board more than Mitch. But yes, those blocks are enticing. Either way, your draft went very well. You got everyone at the right price and your team is balanced in all cats without a glaring weakness (threes aren’t the worst) when taking into account the deep nature of the league. You’ve set yourself up for success!

  • #252017

    Youngin
    Participant
    Rank: Pro

    Hello Santino 🙂 I appreciate any feedback you can give me on the 2 teams I just drafted. Only difference between the leagues is one has 10 teams and one has 12. Both leagues have 1 IR spot.

    Team 1 (9 Cat 10 team H2H):

    5. Giannis
    16. PG13
    25. Andre Drummond (bad idea?)
    36. DLo (also not sure about this)
    45. Buddy Heild
    56. CJ McCollum
    65. Julius Randle
    76. Sabonis
    85. Lou Will
    96. Jeff Teague
    105. Wendell Carter Jr.
    116. Delon Wright
    125. Derrick White
    (PG13 moved to IR spot. Not sure if I should pick up Javale McGee or Bogan Bogdanovic from F/A?)

    Team 2 (9 cat 12 team H2H):

    4. Harden
    21. Kemba
    28. Ayton
    45. Middleton
    52. Blake Griffin
    69. Bagley
    76. Gordon Hayward
    93. Lonzo Ball
    100. Jeremy Lamb
    117. Justice Winslow
    124. Dwight Powell
    141. Rui Hachimura (lol)
    148. Tauren Prince

    Appreciate all the hard work. Hoop-Ball has been my go to for the past 3 fantasy seasons, you guys all rock 🙂

    • This reply was modified 5 months, 4 weeks ago by  Youngin.
    • #252019

      Youngin
      Participant
      Rank: Pro

      I forgot to leave this note under my 2nd team: I feel like the team is a little small. Dwight Howard didn’t get drafted and is a F/A, should I make a move on him? I could maybe drop Tauren or Rui?

    • #252485

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      Yeah get Mcgee, you won scoring already haha. And get Howard for Prince, you can use blocks right now.

    • #252465

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      Team 1: Drummond in the middle of the third round? Bad idea? No sir, that’s theft. Your fellow league members should have reported you to the authorities by now. Carter is a fantastic value after pick 100. You did go a few quick-strike 2 guards with picks 3/4/5 who are somewhat similar and make you elite in threes and scoring. You could look to trading one at some point for another shot-blocking big where you’re pretty low. Your team is loaded with scorers and getting Drummond that late to pair with Giannis gives you a nice defensive backbone. When PG3 comes back this team will be lethal. You’re certainly strong in threes, points, steal, and boards, but could use some help in the rest of the cats, but you have the pieces to make moves if you want with so many bucket getters.

      The initial reaction is that it’s clear that your teams punt blocks and go all-in on scoring. I like to solidify my defensive numbers, but there’s more than one way to be successful. Ball and Blake fell a little farther than usual, which takes away some of the risks involved with those picks and gives them a good value. This team is weaker in more areas than your last but is still pretty well rounded. Points, steals, assists look strong and any team with Harden is automatically a step ahead in treys. You should have fairly strong %s and set yourself up for success.

      Both of your teams are capable of making noise this year.

    • #252467

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      Team 1: Drummond in the middle of the third round? Bad idea? No sir, that’s theft. Your fellow league members should have reported you to the authorities by now. Carter is a fantastic value after pick 100. You did go a few quick-strike 2 guards with picks 3/4/5 who are somewhat similar and make you elite in threes and scoring. You could look to trading one at some point for another shot-blocking big where you’re pretty low. Your team is loaded with scorers and getting Drummond that late to pair with Giannis gives you a nice defensive backbone. When PG3 comes back this team will be lethal. You’re certainly strong in threes, points, steal, and boards, but could use some help in the rest of the cats, but you have the pieces to make moves if you want with so many bucket getters.

      The initial reaction is that it’s clear that your teams punt blocks and go all-in on scoring. I like to solidify my defensive numbers, but there’s more than one way to be successful. Ball and Blake fell a little farther than usual, which takes away some of the risks involved with those picks and gives them a good value. This team is weaker in more areas than your last but is still pretty well rounded. Points, steals, assists look strong and any team with Harden is automatically a step ahead in treys. You should have fairly strong %s and set yourself up for success.

      Both of your teams are capable of making noise this year.

  • #252037

    j_orjalo
    Participant
    Rank: All-Star

    Hello. First time drafting with the b150. 12tm 9cat h2h. I had the 9th pick. 1 IR slot.

    9. Beal
    16. Westbrook
    33. Fox
    40. Capela
    57. Tatum
    64. Bledsoe
    81. Whiteside
    88. Marc gasol
    105. Javale McGee
    112. Ingles
    129. Jaylen brown
    136. Kuzma
    153. Schroder

    Thank you hoopball.

    • #252492

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      A PG heavy team, but you were able to get some quality big men afterward. You have a well-rounded team that should compete in most cats. You got Tatum at good value, as well as Whiteside a little later than usual. Kuzma went almost free and Jaylen Brown is a nice flier. Your assists are going to be great, as will steals. Rebounds look to be in good shape with Capela, Whiteside, and Westy. I’d throw in one more big if you could. %s, turnovers and threes will be lower than normal. I think you got standard values and everyone in the right place though, and while you’ll be down in roughly 4 cats, you are strong in the other five. %s can usually fluctuate anyway on given weeks.

  • #252056

    Mohamad
    Participant
    Rank: Pro

    Hi Santino! Keen to hear your thoughts on my team just drafted – 10 team H2H most categories, 9cat

    2. James Harden
    19. Jimmy Butler
    22. DeAndre Ayton
    39. JJJ
    42. Chris Paul
    59. Mike Conley
    62. Bam Adebayo
    79. SGA
    82. Jarrett Allen
    99. Serge Ibaka
    102. TJ Warren (moved him to IR)
    119. Tomas Satoransky
    122. Kevon Looney

    Just picked up Jarrett Culver off waivers, figured I needed a bit of a scoring boost due to my bigs not being particularly high scorers. CP3 obviously a risk in H2H but thought that the fifth round was an okay place to take him in the hope that he can play 65+ games. Any input/feedback is appreciated!

    • #252522

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      Fantastic draft. From 1-8 you picked amazing. Conley fell to the 6th and Bam to the 7th is awesome. They’ve been going near pick 40. Your bench is above average as well with good value there. Paul in the fifth is fine. He’s being overlooked in drafts, and to get Conley after anyway makes them interchangeable. I don’t like Allen as a starter since he’s going to be in an even timeshare, but every other pick was solid. This is going to be a good team. Culver is a nice flier for right now and may even earn a starting job sometime in the near future who knows.

  • #252151

    Giannis Michaels
    Participant
    Rank: Rookie

    Hey Santino,

    H2H 9CAT – 10 Players – 12 Teams

    Kristaps Porzingis
    Devin Booker
    John Collins
    Mitch Robinson
    Otto Porter
    LaMarcus Aldridge
    Mike Conley
    Jonathan Isaac
    Josh Richardson
    Derrick Favors

    I’m punting assists.

    Thanks!

    • #252526

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      There’s no bench? That’s really weird and makes things less interesting with no depth on a roster. Was this an auction draft? This had to be right? You ended up with a solid team with no assists and lower end steals. The rest are solid. Conley is easy money in the 7th round. While the team still came away strong, if this wasn’t an auction then you got entirely too cute for your own good taking Porzingis in the first. His talent is top 15/20, but he’s not a first-rounder in any league. You robbed yourself of getting a first-round talent and still getting Porzingis by taking him in this slot and making his ROI nonexistent. You still had a strong draft, but this really put a damper on what could have been.

  • #252185

    Liad gil har
    Participant
    Rank: Pro

    Hi Santino,
    This is a great opportunity so thank you!
    I’m in a 9 cat, 12 teams, h2h, 12 players for a team, 6 max for a night: C,G,G,F,F,UTL

    My picks last night in our ESPN draft we’re:
    10. Beal
    15.butler
    34. Draymond Green
    39. Capela
    58. Favors
    63. Bam Abedayo
    82. Carter Jr.
    87. Nance Jr.
    106. Satoransky
    111. Ish Smith
    130. Looney
    136. Bazemore
    Would love to hear your thoughts on
    The team and recommended move ahead.

    Thank you,
    Liad

    • #252532

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      Big heavy team! I think Favors went a little too early, but you were still able to get Bam right after which makes it better. Points and threes are not on the menu for this team. Assists are low as well with no point guards, but you have some bigs to help out there. ft% isn’t the greatest either. Besides that, this team is ready to help contribute in every other category. Six straight bigs from the 3-8 picks is nuts, but you did get good players. Bam is ready to break out and Carter is oozing potential and another injury. There is a lot of potential with this team to dominate steals and boards while having a strong fg% and blocks, but there’s also a lot of downsides to bomb right out. If Favors and Carter continue on their frequently injured paths, the final result won’t be so rosy. This team has a punchers chance though with quality players with the seriously small starting lineup (6 players) working in your favor.

  • #252188

    Jonathan Antebi
    Participant
    Rank: Pro

    12 Team H2H Cat
    ESPN

    PG: Jrue H
    SG: Buddy Hield
    SF: Tobias Harris
    PF: Anthony Davis
    C: Draymond Green
    F: Robert Covington
    G: Jarret Culver
    Util: Al Horford
    Util: Brook Lopez
    Util: Brandon Ingram
    B: Larry Nance
    B: Tomas Satoransky
    B: Nerlens Noel

    • #252534

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      This looks to be the punting assists strategy, and I think it worked out well for you. You were able to supplement big-time defensive numbers with scorers who knock down triples. The majority of your big men aren’t among the leaders in rebounds, but you have players who can get 5 or so of them in other areas. I think this team is well rounded enough to be competitive in virtually every category besides assists which is fantastic! good job of mixing and matching guys to fill all the holes of a team!

  • #252302

    Eddie Cha
    Participant
    Rank: Pro

    Hey Santino and Dan. Looking forward to the feedback on both my teams. 9 cat H2H

    1. (12) Jimmy Butler (Mia – SG,SF)
    2. (13) Joel Embiid  (Phi – PF,C)
    3. (36) Jrue Holiday  (NO – PG,SG)
    4. (37) Robert Covington (Min – SF,PF)
    5. (60) Bam Adebayo (Mia – PF,C)
    6. (61) Al Horford (Phi – PF,C)
    7. (84) Jeff Teague (Min – PG)
    8. (85) T.J. Warren (Ind – SF,PF)
    9. (108) Tomas Satoransky (Chi – PG,SG)
    10. (109) Darius Garland
    11. (132) Jerami Grant (Den – SF,PF)
    12. (133) Kelly Olynyk (Mia – PF,C)
    13. (156) Kyle Anderson (Mem – SG,SF)
    14. (157) Landry Shamet (LAC – PG)

    1. (8) Anthony Davis  (LAL – PF,C)
    2. (17) Karl-Anthony Towns  (Min – C)
    3. (32) Chris Paul (OKC – PG)
    4. (41) Eric Bledsoe (Mil – PG,SG)
    5. (56) Josh Richardson (Phi – SG,SF)
    6. (65) Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (OKC – PG,SG)
    7. (80) Kelly Oubre Jr. (Pho – SF)
    8. (89) P.J. Tucker (Hou – SF,PF)
    9. (104) Dejounte Murray (SA – PG)
    10. (113) Gary Harris (Den – SG,SF)
    11. (128) Kent Bazemore (Por – SG,SF)
    12. (137) Kevin Durant (Bkn – SF,PF)
    13. (152) Taurean Prince (Bkn – SF)
    14. (161) Kevon Looney (GS – PF,C)

    Durant is in the IR and Robert Williams is in his place.

    • #252536

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      To be honest I don’t really like the first team. Not that you did anything crazy or wrong, but first impression is that it just doesn’t pop off as giving me a “wow” response. It seems middle of the packed and nothing that really gets you excited. there are some good picks and value, and I like the majority of the players, but there’s just something missing. Again, I don’t think you did anything wrong, I’m just not getting the vibes from it.

      Was team 2 an auction draft? There’s no way that Davis went 8 and Towns went 17! I’m going to assume that was the case and then evaluate it from that perspective. If it wasn’t this is completely insane and you got stuck with an unfair advantage that makes up for anything (Tucker at 89, J Rich at 56, KD at all). You can make the playoffs on the back of these two alone, and if you are able to hit after them this team gets frontrunner status. Paul, Bledsoe and, SGA, and Murray are a good complement to have in your backcourt after splurging for the big two. I like Oubre’s game and Harris is good value. Looney for nothing is also a great pick. I think there are quite a few picks that I’d question (depending on the price), but overall it’s hard to bet against multiple top 5 players. If AD stays healthy he and KAT are going to be monsters. They’ll carry you to the playoffs at least.

  • #252334

    charliefantasy
    Participant
    Rank: Pro

    Hi Santino,

    This is my current squad for a 14 team 9 cat H2H league which i had pick 11th in with doublt punt FT/AST strategy. Appreciated your help!

    1. Irving
    2. Drummond
    3. Hield
    4. Otto
    5. Whiteside
    6. Miles Bridges
    7. T-Ross
    8. Jaylen
    9. D.Powell
    10. Olynyk
    11. Jerami Grant
    12. Cedi

    • #252538

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      For punting ft% and assists%, you did pretty well. The one qualm I have with that is you don’t have bigs outside of Drummond and Whiteside. You’ll need more rebounds and players with a strong fg% to make this strategy its most effective. Your steals and threes look awesome, but the rest seem to be just hanging around. You would usually expect more when you’re punting cats, to begin with. Whiteside and Drummond give you a rebound and block advantage, but there’s not much else to compliment them, so going up against teams with a collection of bigs will pose a challenge. With that said being pretty good at most things will still get you wins, it’ll just be more of a battle.

    • #252627

      charliefantasy
      Participant
      Rank: Pro

      Who to drop to maybe pickup Poeltl?

    • #252651

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      Do you have a 13th player?

    • #252656

      charliefantasy
      Participant
      Rank: Pro

      No. It’s 14 team league with 12 player only. U mentioned I need reb and fg, so Poeltl maybe the one?

    • #252661

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      Yeah he makes for a quality pickup to fill those cats as long as he’s going to be given the starting job and a full allotment of minutes. If so, you could replace him with Cedi. Or Grant. He is good, but you’ll be able to use what Poeltl brings more. If it doesn’t look like he’ll get that full allotment, he’s not really rosterable in a shallow league.

  • #252335

    Trex_MB
    Participant
    Rank: All-Star

    Hi Santino,

    HI Team!!!

    Can you evaluate my squad puretty please….. Im in a 9 cat H2H 12 team league i had 7th in a snake draft

    1. Dame
    2. Vuc
    3.D’Angelo
    4. Hayward
    5. Ibaka
    6. Bam
    7. Donovan Mitchell
    8. T Ross
    9. Lavine
    10. Rudy

    11. Oly
    12.Zubac
    13. Brendan Clarke

    FA Batum, Barton, McGee, Morris, Vonleh

    Thinking i need more boards than assists at tjhis stage what do you think. Trying to punt boards but looks like i am

    Thanks Sant

    • #252540

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      I’m confused at what order these are supposed to be in as Mitchell and LaVine can’t be that low. Also at first glance, I assumed Rudy was Rudy Gobert, but then I read that you are punting boards? Can you clarify?

    • #252734

      Trex_MB
      Participant
      Rank: All-Star

      Hi Santino,

      My Bad let me clarify it looks like im trying to punt assists but Im not really trying to punt any cats. Just in case its 9 cat H2H League I had 7th pick

      1. Damian Lillard
      2. Nikola Vucevic
      3. D’Angelo Russell
      4. Donovan Mitchell
      5. Bam Adebayou
      6. Zac Lavine
      7. Serge Ibaka
      8. Gordon Hayward
      9. Terrence Ross
      10. Rudy Gay
      11.Kelly Olynk
      12. Javale McGee
      13. Ivica Zubac

    • #252748

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      Okay, that looks much better now! Also, I’d pick back up Clarke for Zubac. He has so much more upside and fits better on your team. I can see why assists would look lower, but you do have a handful of people that’ll get over 4 assists. It’s not a strength, but not a glaring weakness either. I’d still have taken LeBron over Lillard. You are going to be lethal in threes and scoring with good steals and a very high ft%. Turnovers and fg% will be lower with all the high usage guards. You could use more assists, rebounds, and blocks where you’re middle of the pack at. Clarke helps in 2 of those. I think Russell went a bit high in at that spot, but I guess he can be changed with Mitchell. You have a pretty solid base for most of the draft with people going in their normal ranges and did well to give yourself five cats a week. I’d work at trying to improve the swing cats while keeping your big cats similar. You’re in position to reel off wins, but a little help in those areas will go a long way to giving you the weekly advantage.

  • #252336

    Trex_MB
    Participant
    Rank: All-Star

    Oops also Cedi on FA

  • #252338

    Tueston Oh
    Participant
    Rank: Pro

    Hello Santino!

    This is awesome. Love this thread looking at your comments. I’m just hoping i dont draft with too many other people on here. You guys put so much thoughts into every pick. Here’s mine. 9cat h2h, pick 3, 12 teams.

    Pick 3: Stephen Curry
    Pick 22: Myles Turner
    Pick 27: Jimmy Butler
    Pick 46: Mike Conley
    Pick 51: Otto Porter
    Pick 70: Jonas V
    Pick 75: Thomas Bryant
    Pick 94: Lonzo Ball
    Pick 99: Fred VV
    Pick 118: Kent Bazemore
    Pick 123: Will Barton
    Pick 142: Rui Hachimura
    Pick 147: De’andre Hunter

    Thoughts after the draft is that I’m not going to that well in %s. So that worries me a little. Tried to draft with all cats in mind (im a roto guy), not sure if it is the right strat since it is my first cash h2h.

    • #252543

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      I am not a fan of roto leagues, but I also like to do well in every stat and don’t intend to go for punting. Butler in the third is great value. Turner went a little higher than I would have liked though. Besides that I think everyone went pretty much where they are going and you did quite well for yourself. You have people who contribute in every category (blocks being scarce) and are going to be able to compete and take 5 a week. The more chances you give yourself to take the five cats to, the more chances you have to win. Some people like to spread the love and some others like to narrow it down and specifically target their five for an advantage, but in narrows, your margin for error while making them stronger. It’s all about preference. Two thing that matters whether it’s roto or h2h is talent and opportunity. Talent and opportunity play to any league setting and should be what is zeroed in on when drafting a player. For a new h2h guy, I think you acclimated yourself well and are going to enjoy the greener grass on this side!

  • #252369

    Hibachi
    Participant
    Rank: Pro

    Hi Santino,

    One of the Hoop-Ball league drafts is coming to an end. 9-cat H2H. Here is my team by ovrl draft number.

    5. Steph Curry
    20. Jimmy Butler
    29. Myles Turner
    44. Bam Adebayo
    53. Lauri Markkanen
    68. Malcolm Brogdon
    77. Wendell Carter Jr.
    92. Derrick White
    101. Serge Ibaka
    116. Gary Harris
    125. Terrence Ross
    140. Rudy Gay
    149. Brandon Clark
    164. Richaun Holmes

    Thanks.

    • #252562

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      Extremely well-rounded team here man. I really like this one. EVery once in a while, someone will post a team where it looks like they drafted with their 5-year-old brother or aging grandparent who don’t know what fantasy is. And in turn, they get an all-star loaded team with players free falling when they shouldn’t. This is not one of those times. You pretty much went with the grain on each pick, no one too high, no one too low. A standard ADP draft. But this worked out, there is something here that I really like. I think your collection of players is going to gel extremely well together and you’ll be able to compete in every category. Fg% looks to be your only weakness. But 8/9 categories with a potential to win every week is extraordinary. You obviously won’t do that haha, but you have the ability. Job well done.

  • #252370

    ericindra.kurniawan
    Participant
    Rank: All-Star

    Please rate my team and what trade should i looking to improve my team

    14 team h2h 9 cat 14th pick

    Jimbut
    Drummond
    Capela
    Conley
    JV
    A gordon
    D favors
    D white
    J brown
    OG
    S dinwiddie

    Thx before

    • #252565

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      Stuck in no man’s land. Sorry to hear that. You made the most of it though. You ft% is going to bad, and there’s not many assists to go around. Scoring and treys look roughly avg as well. You’ll get a ton of steals, strong rebounds, good blocks and fg% could be really strong (if Gordon can improve there). Turnovers can be another strength of yours. I think you have an alright team with some flaws, but enough fight in most cats to make a push.

    • #253973

      ericindra.kurniawan
      Participant
      Rank: All-Star

      Hey santino
      Someone in my league offer me
      My Dame n lauri mark for drummond n capela

      Is it good for my team?
      His roster is

      Dame
      Turner
      DAR
      J issac
      L mark
      ja morant
      L nance
      mikal bridges
      Zach collins
      Kevin huerter
      Alex len

      Please advice

  • #252371

    Søren Nielsen
    Participant
    Rank: Pro

    Hi Santino,

    Would you give a breakdown of my 8-Cat, 12-team Roto squad? I had the second overall pick.

    Harden
    Vucevic
    Kemba
    Tatum
    Lavine
    Randle
    Whiteside
    Hayward
    Ibaka
    Derrick White
    Dwight Powell
    Osman
    Kyle Anderson
    Tyus Jones

    Thanks. Love the thread.

    • #252568

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      A well-rounded team that’ll be a nice fit for roto leagues. Your fairly strong in every category and Harden is awesome at everything. His ft% nullifies anything that Whiteside could do to it on a few attempts a game. You have scorers mixed with steals guys, and rebounders with assists guys. You don’t have to worry about turnovers, so the only things that you are below avg on is fg% and blocks. With all those guard and wing scorer you’re bound to have a lower fg%. You can get another shot blocker too when you need to. You’re in a position to be among the leaders in a few cats tho, starting with points!

  • #252413

    doug.koal
    Participant
    Rank: Pro

    12tm Points league H2H 8th pick Snake draft.
    We count Double Doubles 2 and Triple Doubles 3, Pts 1, AST 1.5, Reb 1.2, Blk 3, Stl 3, TO -1, 3PM 1, FGA/FGM -1/1, FTA/FTM -1/1

    The team results:
    LBJ
    Drummond
    D. Mitchel
    K. Middleton
    Jarrett Allen
    Al Horford
    Buddy Hield
    RJ Barrett
    Delon Wright
    S. Dinwidee
    Jaylen Brown
    Dwight Powell
    Goran Dragic
    Dennis Schroeder
    Jordan Clarkson
    Josh Okogie

    Buddy Hield was my keeper from last year.
    (Requirement was I had to keep someone I drafted in 5th round or later)

    • #252657

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      LeBron and Drummond were a great start with this format, even with the expected loss of points with free throw misses. Double-doubles and defensive numbers will more than make up for that. With Hield as a keeper, the 7th round is easy money value. Big points there. Some of the picks though are hard to see. Allen in the 5th and Barrett in the 8th the ones that stick out like a sore thumb for being extremely high. Allen is going to split the minutes right down the middle, he should be closer to double digits then 5th round. Barrett is an exciting young kid, and one that I’ve mentioned a few times here that I like, but that high takes all the fun and upside out of him. He’s going as a bench player in almost all leagues, which is where the return on investment comes in. The negative points for misses doesn’t translate too well for him. I thought your bench did pretty well and like a few of the fliers you took there. With the dbl-dbl settings and negative points for misses of any kind, it would have been ideal to load up on defensive bug men with a higher fg% and who get easier dbl-dbls. Preferably they’d be guys who get defensive stats. You have a solid team, but the format may play against your favor as the draft wore on.

  • #252462

    upwad
    Participant
    Rank: Pro

    12 team 9 cat H2H
    I started with pick 5
    Make a couple pick swap trades between rounds 5 and 11

    Round 1) harden
    Round 2) trae young
    Round 3) PG13
    Round 4) Bam
    Round 5) SGA
    Round 6) whiteside
    Round 7) brook lopez
    Round 8) Wendell carter JR
    Round 9) josh Richardson
    Round 10) delon Wright
    Round 11) Davis Bertans
    Round 12) Mikal bridges
    Round 13) Alex Len
    Round 14) javale McGee

    • #252667

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      SGA went a little too high (looks like it was a pick swap like you mentioned). With that out of the way, I love this team. PG13 in the 3rd pairing him with Harden and Trae! Awesome! A great collection of big men with Bam, Whiteside, Carter, and Lopez in the middle rounds. Len and Bertans as bench players to shore it up even more. Richardson is a good value as a borderline starter. You nailed every pick and put yourself in a position to crush it every week. This is a really good team set up to make a deep run. I’d ride with this squad all day. Great job my friend!

  • #252539

    moe_ark
    Participant
    Rank: Pro

    9 cat roto, 9 team auction:

    my team:
    KAT
    Kyrie
    Jimmy Butler
    Vucevic
    Conley
    Bledsoe
    Caris Levert
    Wendell Carter
    Miles Bridges (dropping for Gallinari. Maybe pick up Bojan Bogdan instead?)
    Jon Isaac
    Jeff Teague
    Al Horford

    was planning on saving my budget but butler and vucevic came at a real bargain and couldn’t pass up
    missed out on Collins but got a decent bargain on Horford so kinda makes it up, plus I have KAT and Vucevic
    wanted to get Fox but ended up trading for Bledsoe (gave up Thomas Bryant), and ended up getting my target Isaac, giving up Jeremy Lamb.

    this is 9 team league, so needless to say, all teams are stacked.

    Have Gallinari on waiver
    Have Bojan Bogdan, Jarrett Allen, Joe Ingles, Mikal Bridges on waiver.

    any recommendations? I feel like I’m a little lacking on pts

    • #252675

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      I saw this team and instantly wondered what happened to the rest of the league! Seeing 9 team made a little more sense, but still. (Side note: You gotta have an even number of teams, no one wants a bye week during the regular season!). Vooch as your 4th best player?! OH MY! Getting Butler and Vooch cheap is a game-changer especially when you have KAT and Kyrie already. You were better off keeping Bryant with how your team ended up panning out, but it’ll still work. I’d do Lamb for Isaac every chance I got. Some very talented players on the waivers. Gallo needs to be owned by someone. To say he’s not a top 100 player is nuts. You’re able to replace him with Teague since you have a great guard collection already. You could go Bridges if you want as well, but I like his versatility and role as the best player on a bad team. You have a lot of points and the nature of the league makes most teams stick out as awesome with fewer players to go around. In this type of league and the fact that there is so much production left in waivers, the best thing to do is to trade for stars. Do 2-1s and 3-1s for your favorite top 30 guys and then go pick up the production leftover in free agency. The more elite guys you can stack up the better, and the back end of your roster still won’t feel any effects from this.

  • #252589

    Bucketts
    Participant
    Rank: All-Star

    Hi Santino, this is a mock but this was against big money league guys..Standard 9 Cat 12 teams H2H

    this is the order of my mock… I will be drafting this Wednesday for real.. Just curious what you think.

    Harden
    Jrue
    Zion
    LMA
    Tobias
    Whiteside
    Dipo
    Ball
    Powell
    McGee
    Ingram
    Prince
    Looney

    • #252696

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      The first 4 rounds are perfectly fine. Harris and Whiteside are regularly going in those ranges as well. Harris does come with a little more risk as Horford is there to take some of his boards away, but the rest of his value is pretty safe. Dipo at early 7 is a pick that you’re going to want back. This is real high for a guy who won’t be back until the new year and that’s with expected kid gloves and a minutes limit. This high bakes more risk than reward into him. He’s the only one that I’d say is a little too high for my liking, but the rest are pretty solid and going right where they normally do/should. You have almost the entire Pelicans starting 5 on your team and idk how that’ll play out on days when they aren’t playing. But with Harden and Zion on your team this is going to be a fun to watch squad.

  • #252668

    brenno
    Participant
    Rank: Pro

    First draft of the year

    12team, h2h, 11 cat(+dd and td), 8th spot on snake draft

    Damian Lillard
    Jimmy Butler
    Zion
    Jaren Jackson Jr
    Mike Conley
    Robert Covington
    Jonathan Isaac
    Wendell Carter Jr
    Van Vleet
    Zach Collins
    Davis Bertans
    Kevon Looney
    Mcgee

    Thoughts?

  • #252707

    @SantinoCaccone
    Moderator
    Rank: Legend

    Plus double-double and triple-double seems weird as only a few people get the latter a year and just one can swing an entire matchup. I like this team and would think it’d be higher if not for those 2 extra cats. You’re likely to start off at 0-1-1 every week. The Zion pick as a lat 3rd is probably the latest he’ll go and that I’ve seen, especially with the way his preseason has gone. It makes the pick much more comfortable. I think you have a well-rounded tea that can compete in everything. You got a lot of defense in those middle rounds which is salivating. Your team can score points, and shoot threes, get defensive numbers, and some assists. Rebounds and fg% are going to be trouble areas, but the rest looks pretty solid. You did well overall and maybe your league mates gravitated more towards that extra dbl dbl stat while you shied away.

  • #252749

    BeKean
    Participant
    Rank: Pro

    Hi there,

    I’m in a 10team, h2h, 9 cat league and was 8th spot on snake draft (3 bench slots + IR)

    Damian Lillard
    Kawhi Leonard
    Kemba Walker
    LaMarcus Aldridge
    Jaren Jackson Jr
    Lauri Markkanen
    Malcolm Brogdon
    Bam Adebayo
    Wendell Carter Jr.
    Dejounte Murray
    Brandon Ingram
    Miles Bridges
    Gary Harris

    Thoughts? Any weakness or players I should put on trade market?

    • This reply was modified 5 months, 3 weeks ago by  BeKean.
    • #252924

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      Wow, you crushed the middle rounds. Brogdon fell a round, Bam fell multiple rounds, Carter fell a full round. You got so much value here it is crazy. Bridges fell to almost free agency level and he’s going as a starter. Ingram is the only iffy pick with all that talent, and while he’s a bench pick and doesn’t cost you much, I wonder who else was there with the way the draft went. In all man, the other owners in your league must have slept through the middle of the draft while you ran laps around them. So manu people fell to you. This team is a playoff team for sure.

    • #252925

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      Wow, you crushed the middle rounds. Brogdon fell a round, Bam fell multiple rounds, Carter fell a full round. You got so much value here it is crazy. Bridges fell to almost free agency level and he’s going as a starter. Ingram is the only iffy pick with all that talent, and while he’s a bench pick and doesn’t cost you much, I wonder who else was there with the way the draft went. In all man, the other owners in your league must have slept through the middle of the draft while you ran laps around them. So manu people fell to you. This team is a playoff team for sure.

  • #252796

    jessenguyen
    Participant
    Rank: All-Star

    Hey, Glad you are doing this. It’s interesting to read about other teams too! Hope you dont get drained keeping up with this thread.

    14-team (13 player roster) 9-cat H2H

    1 Anthony Davis
    28 Nik Vucevic
    29 Mike Conley
    56 Kevin Love
    57 Demar Derozan
    84 Kelly Oubre
    85 Jeff Teague
    112 Delon Wright
    113 Terrence Ross
    140 Davis Bertans
    141 Cedi Osman
    168 Anfernee Simons
    169 Tyus Jones

    I drafted on Canadian Thanksgiving so had to sneak away from the family to draft on my phone, and ended up rushing the last 3/4 rounds. Feel kind of blah about those last picks but oh well. My first impression is that I’ll be light on steals and assists. What do you think?

    (How can a team with the first pick and Anthony Davis feel kind of boring, haha.)

    • #252934

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      Yeah I think you could do better for the last two and find players who should play a bit more. Haha, the boring thing is kind of funny, because after reading that I do kind of agree with you. Love, Derozan, Conley, Vuc, Teague I mean they’re not the exciting players, all being veterans who’ve been in the league for a while. That’s how you get AD and still look pretty boring. I think Conley went a bit too high and your last two could be better, but other than that no one went crazy or sticks out. Even with AD, I think you’ll be low in blocks as Vuc and a little Oubre are the only other guys who get any. Assists seem low. You have a good trio of big men for rebounding, but then it’s a big drop off. I think your steals look pretty good actually and your %s and turnovers look to be great. You also guys who hit treys and score points, especially with the back end of the starters/ beginning of the bench picks. You came away with a decent enough squad to push for a playoff spot, but I can’t help but think that the draft day and inconvenience of sneaking around and drafting on your phone really put a damper on what could have been for your draft. Can’t do anything about it now, but it really handicapped you and that’s unfortunate. Haha, yeah I can tell you already know this though.

    • #253035

      jessenguyen
      Participant
      Rank: All-Star

      Thanks for the response! I hate punting, so every draft I’ve ever been in I only take guys with solid %s and low TOs as the foundation to my team, since those are hard to get from free agents. Then depending on where the draft goes, I find 2 more core stats to get my 5. The way it went, I hope I can get a hold of pts (3s?) and rbs too. And if you think my steals are good, maybe I something I can build on as the year goes on.

      1
      About reaching for Conley, yea I agree. And after taking AD and Vuc, both being PF/C I thought I had to take a PG and Conley was the best PG on the board at that point. After Conley the next few guards off the board were Devin Booker, Zach Lavine, Deangelo Russell, and Chris Paul.

      2
      Do you agree with my core 5 stats? I can probably drop my last 2/3 guys to solidy any of the cats after %s and TOs.

    • #253135

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      That’s a solid strategy. Everyone has different ways of doing it, but as long as it comes together then they can all work. I personally don’t care about turnovers at all (Good players/high usage players turn the ball over) and let %s work themselves out. I usually go after the fluff stats first (defense/rebs/assists) and fill in the rest. Three-point shooters are always floating around, and while %s are important, if someone checks all the other boxes I won’t pass on them at the right price.

  • #252830

    matz_shorts
    Participant
    Rank: Rookie

    Hey, amazing work! I had a 12 team, 9 cat, $200 auction draft. Looked to punt points, pretty happy with the value.

    Any thoughts?

    Clint Capela $20
    Thomas Bryant $24
    Lonzo Ball $15
    Chris Paul $19
    Khris Middleton $15
    Eric Bledsoe $16
    Kevin Love $19
    Kyle Lowry $17
    Mike Conley $18
    Brook Lopez $11
    Larry Nance Jr. $11
    Al Horford $14
    JJ Redick $1

    • This reply was modified 5 months, 3 weeks ago by  matz_shorts.
    • #252951

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      I see you went with the no stars method as well, and weirdly Thomas Bryant was your highest-paid player. Your collection of guards is fantastic, and they’re all point guards: Paul, Conley, Lowry, Bledsoe, Ball. You can’t possibly lose assists any week and your steals are going to be elite as well. They all hit threes too (sans Ball) which gives you a solid floor in that department. Add in Lopez, Middleton, Love and Reddick and you jump towards the elite there as well. On the flip side fg% and turnovers are bound to not be good. You have a bunch of bigs which will give you a good floor in boards as well. If Love stays healthy, him and Capela give you a good duo where the others can fill in behind with 7 or so and up. You have a few guys who get blocks that will keep you competitive there. Not having anyone that would go in the top-25 picks really puts a cap on the teams’ ceiling, but you were able to get a lot of top 50-70 guys to make up for it. You have the ability to take 5 plus each week, and look to be in a position to push for the playoffs, but you’ll probably realize the value that the elite of the elite carries in fantasy ball soon enough.

  • #252990

    Wally
    Participant
    Rank: Pro

    Hello experts!
    I’m in a Yahoo 10 team H2H standard league, 13 player roster plus one IL. This is my draft result:
    1. (2) Stephen Curry (GS – PG,SG)
    2. (19) Jimmy Butler (Mia – SG,SF)
    3. (22) Paul George (LAC – SF,PF)
    4. (39) LaMarcus Aldridge (SA – PF,C)
    5. (42) Kevin Love (Cle – PF,C)
    6. (59) Jamal Murray (Den – PG,SG)
    7. (62) Malcolm Brogdon (Ind – PG,SG)
    8. (79) Danilo Gallinari (OKC – SF,PF)
    9. (82) Wendell Carter Jr. (Chi – C)
    10. (99) Derrick White (SA – PG,SG)
    11. (102) T.J. Warren (Ind – SF,PF)
    12. (119) Kelly Olynyk (Mia – PF,C)
    13. (122) Taurean Prince (Bkn – SF)

    I have PG on IL spot for now. Pls rate my team and also what type of player should I pick up while PG is on IL?
    Many thanks !!!

  • #253012

    @SantinoCaccone
    Moderator
    Rank: Legend

    This is a really strong team here! You’re going to crush your opponents in points and triples. Steals and ft% are going to be at the top of the league as well. You have a playoff team for sure. The one obvious need for the team is big men. You have scoring big guys and outside of Carter, who has yet to show his health, there’s nod defense with them. You are most likely going to be a league-worst in turnovers and blocks. With that last spot and even Prince, I’d look to see if there are any more rebounders or shotblokers to add to your team. If you can patch up that weakness, it’ll be hard to beat you on a given week when George returns. You can always move a guard at some point as well since you’re loaded there.

    • #253021

      Wally
      Participant
      Rank: Pro

      Thanks Santino, That is very helpful. The FAs available are: B Clarke, Millsap, Gay, C Zeller, Hachimura, Kleber, J Grant, Noel. Who should I pick up? Also, are you suggesting I should drop Prince?

    • #253038

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      I’d pick up Clarke for right now for his upside in rebounds and blocks. Prince is a good player but with the way your team is built, you don’t necessarily need him. If Noel were to get a starting job, he’d be a perfect fit for your team.

  • #253025

    arz_bayani
    Participant
    Rank: Pro

    Hi Santino, Thanks for taking your time to rate our teams. Can you give your 2 cents on my home league? It’s an 18 team, 9-Cat H2H league and I got the 17th pick.Thank you!

    17th pick, Jrue Holiday
    20th pick, Jimmy Butler
    53rd pick, Bam Adebayo
    57th pick, Mike Conley
    89th pick, Domatas Sabonis
    92nd pick, Serge Ibaka
    125th pick, Spencer Dinwiddie
    128th pick, Cedi Osman
    161st pick, Taurean Prince
    164th pick, DeAndre Hunter
    Last pick, Isaiah Thomas

    • #253142

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      Ouch getting the second to last pick in an 18 team league. That hurts. You were able to get food value in your picks though with Conley, Sabonis and Ibaka all sliding. Dinwiddie falling to 125 and taking a flier on IT who could go on the IL. Solid picks that should help recuperate an unlucky draft spot draw. With so many teams, everyone is sure to look barren and it’s hard to tell you where you stand in each cat. But you have 2 players that can get blocks (another would help) with guards that pitch in on occasion. Have a couple of solid rebounders and a few guys that’ll get a handful of assists, and Bam looks like he’ll add another to that making it fairly strong. Steals is a definite strength of yours as is ft%. Your fg% isn’t going to be among the top half, but triples should be. There’s quite a few swing cats, but not many where you’ll struggle. Looks like it’ll be one of the top half of teams and in the hunt for the playoffs.

  • #253027

    Waveman
    Participant
    Rank: Pro

    Hi Guys,

    I have 2 teams I would like you to rate

    First Team: 10 Team league head to head standard 9 Cat
    Westbrook
    Ingles
    Morant
    Lebron James
    Drummons
    Vucevic
    Capela
    Mcgee
    Ball
    Isaac
    Barrett
    TJ Warren
    Statoransky
    D. White
    D. Powell

    Second Team: 12 Team League Standard Head to Head 9 Cat League

    Trae Young
    Bojan Bogdanovic
    Morant
    L. James
    P. George
    Capela
    B. Lopez
    W. Carter Jr
    Teague
    Thaddeus Young
    Dinwiddie
    Joe Harris
    Brandon Clarke
    T. Prince
    J. Hayes

    • #253144

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      The first team looks like you drafted by yourself. You have LeBron, then 3 people who are going in the top 20- in Drummond, Westy and Vucevic. Then Capela. You supplemented them with J Ma, Isaac, and a few other nice picks. your ft% and turnovers aren’t going to be good, likely threes as well, but this team is far too stacked to not make the playoffs. The only way you can’t make the playoffs is injuries.

      Round 2 for Bron Bron. This team looks a lot more realistic. It’s also very good. ‘m under the assumption that George won’t be out too long so that’s how I’m viewing it. You have a trio of top-20 caliber guys that will carry your team. Morant and Clarke are exciting players to have. Your bigs are pretty solid but could use another rebounder. Your team knows how to score and hit triples. You’ll be good at assists and steals. Blocks are solid. This is another well-rounded team ready to compete in the majority of cats. It looks like another playoff team as long as George is okay and back soon.

  • #253071

    Pierre
    Participant
    Rank: Pro

    Hello,

    Finally, i had my auction draft tonight.
    14 team, 200$ cap, H2H, 9 cat.

    My keepers:
    Hield / 13$
    W. Carter Jr / 6$
    JJ Jackson Jr / 9$
    S. Gilgeous / 2$
    M. Brogdon / 9$
    Jonathan Isaac / 6$

    My picks tonight:
    S. curry / 71$
    E. Kanter / 21$
    A. Horford / 21 $
    Joe Harris / 13$
    Brandon Clarke / 10$
    K. Anderson / 3$
    De. Murray / 6$
    Mo. Morris / 3$
    D. Jones Jr / 1$
    R. Holmes / 1$

    TOTAL: 195$

    I had these guys on a short list. I miss some too (Bledsoe, Nance Jr,Lamb). I had some goals when i made these picks:
    Efficiency (FG; FT) and very good 3pts shooting efficiency too.
    Rebound everywhere because bigs with efficiency doesnt always has big rebound number
    Pass everywhere too.
    Defense, Defense, Defense.

    My roster isn’t flashy but a lot of guys are well liked by HoopBallers! ^^

    So, your opinion?

    PS: sorry for my tentative english.

    • #253152

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      Haha, reading your goals was funny because you pretty much mentioned every stat besides points and turnovers. That’s the ultimate goal; to be good at everything, but it’s a hard feat to accomplish. Your keepers were fantastic prices which let afforded you the ability to pay up for Curry! I must say I do not like the Kanter pick whatsoever. He’s your second highest $ guy, and even though your keepers were good, I can’t help but think that money would have been spent well somewhere else. he doesn’t provide any defense or threes, and that was before the Celtics C position seemed so open. Murray was great value as well. Clarke is an intriguing guy too. Jones for $1 may turn out to be a steal. I think the strength of your team stems from the fantastic set of keepers that you have and Curry, while the draft went alright. You can ride Curry towards a playoff birth though.

    • #253605

      Pierre
      Participant
      Rank: Pro

      Thanks Santino.

      I have to admit that i paid a heavy price for Kanter and Joe Harris.
      I wanted Kanter because of his rebounding contributions with good percentages and I had in mind that a lot of my other guys would get me BLK and STL.
      Joe Harris because he is eligible SF on ESPN (not a lot of good efficient SF to target) and he has good FG% with good 3PM contribution.

      Maybe i put too much emphasis on % and i miss good opportunities during the auction draft.

  • #253132

    Name
    Participant
    Rank: Rookie

    Hey! What do you think of my team? I’m not sure what direction I should go in as far as punts and choosing categories to strengthen. Thanks 🙂

    8-team H2H 8-Cat

    Anthony Davis
    Jimmy Butler
    Jrue Holiday
    Kemba Walker
    John Collins
    D’angelo Russell
    Otto Porter Jr.
    Mitchell Robinson
    Eric Bledsoe
    Robert Covington
    Brook Lopez
    Al Horford
    Johnathan Isaac

    • #253153

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      So this is what an eight-team roster looks like? Wow. You don’t need to punt cats in an eight-man league as you get a star-studded squad as seen below. You got Collins in the 5th, Mitch in the 8th, and Isaac as your last pick. You’re going to be strong in virtually every category except turnovers. It’s hard to improve a shallow league like this in free agency. My best advice is to try and trade multiple guys for better players and fill in the holes with what I’m sure is a deep and exciting free agency. See what it’ll take to get a Harden or Curry for example. That’ll give you the advantage and get you closer to a ship, that’s if anyone is willing to move any.

    • #253154

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      Correction: It’s only 8 cats. So yeah, there are no holes on this roster. And there isn’t anyone to just easily drop. 2-1 trades then adding ppl is your best bet to improve.

  • #253141

    kakarot31
    Participant
    Rank: Pro

    12 team 8 cat roto (10th pick)

    (12 starting spots)

    Lebron
    Kawhi
    Conley
    Paul
    Markkanen
    Carter Jr
    Hayward
    Zach Collins
    Powell
    Gary Harris
    Huerter
    Osman
    Derrick Jones Jr
    Beverley

    Thanks!

    • #253158

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      Lebron falling to the 10th pick? That’s just easy money. I like Carter but he went early there and paired the Bulls frontcourt with B2B picks. I probably don’t have to tell you, but you need another big man. Your blocks and rebounds are pretty low. Turnovers will be bad. You have elite assists, steals, and threes. Your %s looks pretty strong and points are a strength as well. You need another big, but you’ll be better than most teams on any given week as long as Klaw gives a full season. You have a lot of talent but the risk for injury on this roster is blinking bright red in caps. While I wouldn’t let Bron fall any lower than 7, he still did get hurt last year for a while and is getting up there. Klaw’s injury has been well-document and he pretty much coined the term load management. Conley was out a while last year, Paul hasn’t stayed healthy for a few seasons, Carter can’t stay healthy. There is a ton of risk with the players you are relying on to carry you this year and that’s gotta be in the back of your mind.

  • #253155

    charliefantasy
    Participant
    Rank: Pro

    Thx

  • #253397

    jimmy_au24
    Participant
    Rank: Rookie

    16 team H2H, 9 cat, Pick 13

    (13) Andre Drummond PF,C

    (20) Jrue Holiday PG,SG

    (45) Mike Conley PG

    (52) Shai Gilgeous-Alexander PG,SG

    (77) Wendell Carter Jr. C

    (84) Ricky Rubio PG

    (109) Dwight Powell PF,C

    (116) Zach Collins PF,C

    (141) Joe Harris SG,SF

    (148) Brandon Clarke PF

    (173) Troy Brown SG,SF

    (180) Matisse Thybulle SF

    (205) Dwayne Bacon SG

    started with punt FT in mind due to late pick with Drummond. But it went off rail after the second pick I think. All my punt FT target are being sniped.

    How does the team look? Weak in ft%, 3s and points :((( How am I looking at the other cats? able to win FG%, Reb, Ast, Stl, blocks comfortably?

    any potential trade target to help my team? I am thinking trade away Rubio and Joe Harris

    • #253489

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      Drummond is a good pick there, he stuffs the stat sheet as few others can. It’s hard to find what he can do. Besides him you seem fairly solid in ft%. Assists seem to be a strength, along with steals. Threes and points, not so much. I think you have some upside in blocks with a few of your later guys like Collins and Clarke who can turn it into a strength. A lot of point guards means turnovers should come a long with them. Drummond saves you here, but you don’t have a lot of bigs who grab boards, so some teams can make up for the difference in there. It’s a deeper league so the team isn’t going to be sunshine and roses. You have some strengths, but no, I would not say that you are able to win 5 cats comfortably. I like Shai, but you could have used another big or 3-and-D type player where you picked him. You were able to get Rubio the next time it got back to you and that made 4 pgs in 6 picks, but not a lot to compliment Drummond.

  • #253401

    djrens
    Participant
    Rank: Pro

    1. (5) Karl-Anthony Towns (Min – C)
    2. (20) Nikola Vucevic (Orl – PF,C)
    3. (29) Pascal Siakam (Tor – PF)
    4. (44) Mike Conley (Uta – PG)
    5. (53) Otto Porter Jr. (Chi – SF,PF)
    6. (68) Al Horford (Phi – PF,C)
    7. (77) Wendell Carter Jr. (Chi – C)
    8. (92) Mikal Bridges (Pho – SG,SF)
    9. (101) Bojan Bogdanovic (Uta – SG,SF)
    10. (116) Jaylen Brown (Bos – SG,SF)
    11. (125) Dwight Powell (Dal – PF,C)
    12. (140) Kevin Huerter (Atl – SG)
    13. (149) P.J. Tucker (Hou – SF,PF)

    12 team, 9cat h2h. Very thin on assists, still undecided whether to punt or to trade for more. Got sniped on every guard I wanted after Conley so just went for value instead.

    • #253490

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      You have an exciting array of scoring big men at the front, with a few quality bigs later to supplement making fg%, and rebounds a strength. You’re pretty well-rounded across the board except in assists and to a lesser degree threes. You should be able to find someone better to replace Tucker. At this point, it’ll be tough for you to compete in assists. You could throw a trade at someone, but how high of a guard are you looking for? If you can get an assist guy for cheap I’d look into it. You may even find Ish Smith on the wire right now to see how that goes for the first week or two. Those first three bigs are enticing, and you have a veteran savvy team with some fliers later on. It’s a pretty good mix.

  • #253402

    aytokutkan10
    Participant
    Rank: Rookie

    12 team H2H, 9 cat Keeper League
    Jrue Holiday
    Victor Oladipo
    Paul George
    Lebron
    Giannis
    Dejounte Murray
    Gallinari
    Wendell Carter
    Favors
    Dedmon
    Delon Wright
    Cody Zeller
    Landry Shamet

    Any recommendations for trade targets? I know im weak in FG,and maybe a little bit in blocks.

    • #253491

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      Giannis and LeBron? Wow. Along with George and Holiday. That’s incredible. If George can get back soon and look right, you’ll have three first-round talents on your team and will be ready to rock your opponents. There should be better options on the wire now or in the near future than Shamet and Zeller in a league this shallow, and you’ll be able to fill out the last few spots. The team is very top-heavy but you have multiple do-it-all studs and will be ready to compete in every cat. Dipo is another guy I missed and will help more next season than this one. If someone was willing to pay up for him I’d look into it and go for it all this year. ft% ant turnovers aren’t going to be great with those too, but you have the bases covered around everything else.

  • #253404

    blakelawatch
    Participant
    Rank: Rookie

    12 teamH2H 9-cat…2 keeper and I have Harden and AD! The rest of the team…
    Kemba Walker
    RoCo
    Capela
    SGA
    Oubre
    M Robinson
    Satoransky
    Z Collins
    Brandon Clarke
    Fred VanVleet
    Klay Thompson (for the playoffs)

    I love this team and it shows how crazy of a team you can get on ESPN

    • #253492

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      I think the ESPN rankings are way off, but this has nothing to do with the site you chose. Harden and AD on the same team is clearly a league issue as there is no way that should happen outside of trading a huge haul of picks. Maybe you traded a 2/3 for a 1/4, but still, that’s an easy yes. Your team is unfair.

  • #253408

    Eli Ross
    Participant
    Rank: Pro

    14 team keeper league, 9 cat, H2H
    6 keepers.

    This is a really competitive league.

    Karl Anthony Towns
    Andre Drummond
    Mitchell Robinson
    Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
    Hassan Whiteside
    Malcolm Brogdon

    Fred VanFleet
    Jeff Teague
    Brandon Clarke
    Taurean Prince
    Tyus Jones
    Will Barton
    PJ Washington

    IL. DeMarcus Cousins

    • This reply was modified 5 months, 3 weeks ago by  Eli Ross.
    • #253493

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      Love your collection of bigs. You are going to dominate blocks, rebounds and fg% while having a low number of turnovers. Your steals are going to be high as well giving you an advantage in the five cats. I see you tried to get a few three-point shooters to surround them and give you a chance to take another cat, and that’s what I’d recommend. Ft% and points might as well be punted, but you can make up ground in assists and triples. This is a really good team and for a 14 team nonetheless. I think Clarke is going to wind up in that keeper list by year’s end. Good luck in the playoffs.

    • #253554

      Eli Ross
      Participant
      Rank: Pro

      Thanks for the feedback this league is super competitive I’ve always seemed to make the playoffs but haven’t won yet. Fingers crossed this is my year-the first of many lol

    • #253494

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      Love your collection of bigs. You are going to dominate blocks, rebounds and fg% while having a low number of turnovers. Your steals are going to be high as well giving you an advantage in the five cats. I see you tried to get a few three-point shooters to surround them and give you a chance to take another cat, and that’s what I’d recommend. Ft% and points might as well be punted, but you can make up ground in assists and triples. This is a really good team and for a 14 team nonetheless. I think Clarke is going to wind up in that keeper list by year’s end. Good luck in the playoffs.

  • #253416

    David
    Participant
    Rank: Rookie

    9Cat H2H Pick 11
    Drummond
    Embiid
    Capela
    DARussell
    Lonzo
    Rubio
    Oladipo
    LeVert
    JaVale
    Poeltl
    DJ Augustin
    PJ tucker
    Batum
    Kyle Anderson

    Feel like Embiid and DAR don’t fit the resulting build (punt pts, 3, FT) so may look to trade them. Should be able to get a good haul back hopefully and boost FG, reduce TO

    • #253507

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      I mean for fg% you have Ball and Rubio, and although they don’t shoot a ton (10/11 per game) they are not good shooters, so they’re going to hurt you there. I think Drummond, Embiid, and Capela is an awesome trio of bigs for boards, blocks, and steals. As great as Embiid is I wonder what you’ll get in a trade with his constant DNP’s looming over negotiations. How many people were in this league? Was it 12? I gotta say, I did not like your middle rounds at all. Ball in the 5th, Rubio in the 6th, and Dipo in the 7th is entirely too early for each of them. The former two are routinely going a few rounds later, and Dipo is too early as a 7th rounder, especially if you were punting threes. Tucker and Augustin fit into the same mold as against the grain on the narrative of the punting three late in the draft. The more time Batum misses, the more chance there is that he’s lost his starting job, and if the teams’ wishes are true, it’ll be to PJW for good. You have strong assist numbers and rebounds, with good steals and blocks, but the rest is kind of wishy-washy. It’s not a team that I’s feel comfortable with so many crucial mid-round picks being reaches.

    • #253552

      David
      Participant
      Rank: Rookie

      Thanks for the feedback.
      It was a 12 team and from pick 11 I had to take a few chances. The mid round assists grabs were exactly that and Dipo at 83 felt like a reasonable risk. DJ & PJ felt like attempts to cover for Dipo’s assists/steals while he’s out.
      I don’t love it either, 11 is hard to draft from, but think if I can get some luck and maybe some good trades I might be able to be strong in 5 cats each week. Fingers crossed and thanks for the summary.

      • This reply was modified 5 months, 3 weeks ago by  David.
  • #253419

    Andrew
    Participant
    Rank: Pro

    12 team
    8 cat
    10 starters

    Kawhi
    Vucevic
    Lowry
    Bledsoe
    Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
    Harrell
    Bagley III
    Ingles
    Smart
    Jaylen Brown

    Miles Bridges
    Richaun Holmes
    Davis Bertans
    Zubac

    • #253587

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      I like the value you got with Bagley in the late 7th. Your team has some solid scorers and you should be one of the better teams there. %s look fairly well and so do and steals. The team lacks assists, and shot blockers. It’s not that bad from a cat standpoint and you should be able to hold your own, but the team as a whole lacks a lot of pizzazz. Glitz and glamor isn’t always a recipe for success, but it is much more aesthetically pleasing to the eye. I don’t think the team can make up the difference if Klaw goes through another year of load management.

  • #253421

    chris.rademacher2006
    Participant
    Rank: Pro

    12 team H2H 9 cat 1st pick

    Harden
    Ayton
    Booker
    Bam Bam
    Bledsoe
    G Harris
    L Ball
    VanVleet
    Looney
    D Sabonis
    Bogdan Bogdonovich
    Cedi Osman
    D Hunter

    • #253627

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      Lucky you, first pick! Congrats. The first five picks went well, but Gary Harris in the 6th kind of threw me off. That’s too early for him as he routinely falls later. Looney has been going as a bench player in most leagues as well, so the 8th is a bit early. Sabonis went as your last starter and that’s great value. Your assists will be elite. Harden gives you an advantage in threes and points and will keep those strong as well. Ayton will need to do more on defense to make you have a good base with blocks since you don’t have many big men and Sabonis gives you nothing there. Steals look pretty good. You have a surplus of guards and I’d look to get another big man who can block shots. I hope reaching on Harris doesn’t bite what could have been another impact big instead. Having Harden’s durability and consistent elite production gives you a backbone to ride all year to a playoff berth. He’s that good.

    • #253773

      chris.rademacher2006
      Participant
      Rank: Pro

      Thanks man, my apologies I actually got out of order. Below is the revised order. Also I built this on a punt blocks build so if looney can grab some rebounds with 28 min a night I hope that will help.

      Harden
      Ayton
      Booker
      Bam Bam
      Bledsoe
      Ball
      Sabonis
      VanVleet
      Harris
      Looney
      Bogdan
      Cedi
      Hunter

  • #253425

    vcube
    Participant
    Rank: Rookie

    14 Team, H2H 9-Cat, Snake, 8th pick

    Beal
    Jrue
    Zion
    Conley
    Thomas Bryant
    Harrell
    TJ Warren
    Winslow
    Bojan Bogdanovic
    Millsap
    Brandon Clarke
    Fournier
    Bacon
    IL- Nurkic

    Thank you so much!

    • #253634

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      Zion at 36 is the lowest I’ve seen in quite some time, which now makes it a good investment. You started strong in guards with a strong foundation for assists, treys, and steals. Another big who can block shots would help the team, and hopefully, Clarke can blossom into that role right out of the gate. FG% is something this team is going to lack, along with lower blocks and boards, but the rest of the cats seem pretty solid. You have scorers in the later rounds to compliment your first guys, and in a deep league that should be enough in most circumstances. it’s a pretty solid team but may ultimately fall short of the top 6 playoff spots.

  • #253427

    JP Vecsi
    Participant
    Rank: Pro

    12 H2H 9-Cat Keeper League (Counting 3P% instead of 3PM)

    (8) Luka Doncic
    (17) Jimmy Butler
    (32) John Collins
    (41) Mike Conley
    (56) Robert Covington
    (65) Marvin Bagley III
    (80) Montrezl Harrell
    (89) Marc Gasol
    (104) Wendell Carter Jr.
    (113) Jeff Teague
    (128) Mikal Bridges
    (137) Kevin Huerter
    (152) Brandon Clarke

    Not excited about this team at all. Let me know if there is anything I can do to improve.

    • #253645

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      I love watching Doncic as much as the next guy, and yes he is a pretty standard first-round keeper pick, but for this year him at 8 will hurt you. This was a pick with an eye towards the future. With 3P% being invoked over 3PM, Donic will need to improve there which he should as he continues to get more seasoning. I think you’ll be competitive this year, but I can’t see you making much noise. With that said you have fantastic keepers (depending on how many you can keep) with so many talented young guys. Collins, Clarke, Bagley, Luka, Carter; That’s a good foundation to continue on from.

    • #253657

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      You can always message me on Twitter @santinocaccone if you have any questions.

  • #253428

    vcube
    Participant
    Rank: Rookie

    16 Team, h2h 9cat, 12th pick

    Drummond
    Trae young
    JJJ
    Markannen
    Brogdon
    Thomas Bryant
    Nance
    Delon wright
    Culver
    Looney
    Norman Powell
    PJ washington

    • #253646

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      I love this team. It’s a very deep 16 man league and you got pick 11, putting you in a tough spot, but you nailed all your picks. Nance’s role is tentative until the team moves Love (if they can), as TT is expected to start. He’ll still be solid, but less than what was presumed a week or so ago. The top 6 picks went awesome for you. Multiple defensive bigs along with sniper guards (and a sniper big). You set yourself up for success around the board. Culver is looking better and better as the preseason goes on and the same can be said about PJW. Looney and Powell are nice late upside pick to fill in the gaps. This is a very strong team and one of the better late-pick teams I have seen. Great job beating the handicap.

  • #253440

    alpit.shah
    Participant
    Rank: Pro

    Hi Santino – wanted to get your thoughts on my team for a 12-team 9 cat league:

    Pick Player
    (4) James Harden
    (21) Andre Drummond
    (28) Deandre Ayton
    (45) Zach LaVine
    (52) LaMarcus Aldridge
    (69) Ja Morant
    (76) Lonzo Ball
    (93) Hassan Whiteside
    (100) Jeff Teague
    (117) Bojan Bogdanovic
    (124) Bogdan Bogdanovic
    (141) Kevon Looney
    (148) Dwayne Bacon

    • #253654

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      Drummond at 21 is a snag. He and Harden literally cover you (elite) in every category and is the ultimate 1-2 punch. Honestly, after that your set to run roughshod on teams. You didn’t make any bad picks here and getting Whiteside to pair with Drummond (yeah you’ll have two of the worst ft shooters on a few attempts) gives you two of the top 5 best rebounders and shot blockers in the league. Your assists are going to be strong and points as well with maybe 3 20+ guys and then Harden. The Bogdo brothers give you additional shooting and scoring. I think you are set in basically every category except turnover (who cares) and the %s will be tricky. Even so this is a strong team that’ll be found in the playoffs come March/April.

  • #253442

    crebuck2308
    Participant
    Rank: Pro

    Dynasty League (Back to back Champs!!)
    Money Team

    Devin Booker, SG
    LeBron James, SF/PF
    Andre Drummond, C
    Pasacal Siakam, PF
    Russell Westbrook, PG
    Brandon Clarke, PF
    Delon Wright, PG
    Brook Lopez, C
    Nickeil Alexander-Walker, SG
    Michael Porter Jr, SF
    Dwight Powell, C
    Willie Cauley-Stien, C (IR for now, looking to move in a 2-1 trade to not lose him to waivers for nothing)
    Joe Harris, SG
    Lou Williams, SG
    Danny Green, SG/SF

    My guys are ordered as they are found in Hoop-Balls own Zach Bodhane’s Dynasty-150 Rankings.

    Thoughts? I’m looking to move WCS and maybe Lou William package. I’d love to open up a spot to get M. Thybulle (PHI) and secure the defensive categories. All criticism is welcome.

    Chris.

    • #253672

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      When LeBron and Westbrook fall off, you’ll need to find reinforcements, this team is extremely strong and in prime position to get you in the dance with a shot to make it back to back to back. How many teams are in the league? I don’t know what you’ll get for a Lou and WCS package but it’s worth it to try. The talent, let me rephrase that the talent is strong, the value for this year falls off big after them, but you have so many young and exciting dynasty guys filling the rest. ft% and turnovers is going to be a problem. Fg% maybe as well. But defense and points won’t be, and all those sharpshooter at the end of the bench will make u strong in treys. You can use another rebounder or assist guy but Westy and Lebron is big for both. You have so much young firepower I think you can trade a few to increase your odds this year. This is a very good team for this year.

    • #253890

      crebuck2308
      Participant
      Rank: Pro

      Santino,
      Thanks for your quick breakdown of my team. It’s a 12 team 9 cat H2H league. I feel pretty good about making it to the playoffs but will definitely have to find another solid piece or two that will get me to my third championship. I think I just need to hear it from somebody else to move a young piece to prepare for this year. I dropped NAW to pick up M. Thybulle last night but I definitely feel like I need a guy like NAW to prepare for my teams future. I’m on the fence about offering MPJ and Clarke. I love Clarke and have been excited to see if MPJ can reach his “potential”. I’ve been listening to Dan and think I may target a few of his “old guys” to get ready to defend my championships and create my dynasty.

      Thanks again,

      Chris

  • #253464

    jcole25
    Participant
    Rank: Pro

    12 Team H2H 10th Pick
    Feel I went too low turnover now need more stat heavy players.

    1. Irving (PG,SG)
    2. Butler (SG,SF)
    3. Collins (PF,C)
    4. Conley (PG)
    5. Bam Adebayo (PF,C)
    6. Brook Lopez (C)
    7. Montrezl Harrell (PF,C)
    8. Teague (PG)
    9. PJ Tucker (SF,PF)
    10. Terrence Ross (SG,SF)
    11. Dwight Powell (PF,C)
    12. Cedi Osman (SF,PF)
    13. Jerami Grant (SF,PF)

    • #253680

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      Hey man glad to have you, you can always message me on twitter @santinocaccone if you have any questions throughout the year.

      Turnovers. No one likes turnover, it just makes the most sense as a 9th stat. With that said, turnovers should never be a focus on your draft. The best players have the ball in their hands the most, which 90% of the time will mean they’ll have the most turnovers (for fantasy purposes). With that said, you had a pretty solid draft. You got everyone pretty much where they are going except Tucker who is more of a last pick than a starter. Don’t let the GSW playoff round fool you. he could have been replaced with a player with more value. This team will be a plus three-point shooter while getting steals and sinking free throws. Rebounds are okay but nothing special, but you can get assists. The team is pretty well-rounded but nothing flashy that jumos off the page at you. Be ready to be in the grindhouse, where your daily/weekly moves will determine quite a few matchups.

  • #253486

    tybraun
    Participant
    Rank: Pro

    Ok 12 team league, 9 categories.

    Chris Paul
    Kawhi Leonard
    Mike Conley
    Jonathan Isaac
    Clint Capela
    Nic Vucevic
    Bam
    Jeff Teague
    Josh Richardson
    Jonas Valanciunas
    Delon Wright
    FVV
    Javale McGee

    Weekly league so the last few roster spots don’t matter because you only start 10 guys a week.

    • #253528

      danpak89
      Participant
      Rank: Pro

      Tybraun, pretty sure you won your league lol.

    • #253607

      tybraun
      Participant
      Rank: Pro

      Yeah? Well I’d love that.

      I think I’m weak in 3s and somewhat weak in points. Hopefully solid across the board on the rest.

    • #253681

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      Ouu weekly league, that means more of an emphasis on stars. Try throwing as many 2-1s or more as you can to get the top-heaviest team possible. You cover all your bases in those ten. Capela, Vuc, Bam, Jonas is a great set of bigs. I like your wiley veteran guards to hold down the fort. Then do-it-all Klaw and Isaac’s defense. You didn’t land a top pick, but you have enough firepower to take 5 cats every week with not a real glaring weakness. Strong %s, with lower turnovers. You can get defensive stats and shoot threes. While they aren’t all elite, you have yourself a nice well-rounded team, and one that has the ability to trade for an elite guy. I wouldn’t be as confident as the other guys saying you won. There’s going to be others out there strong.

  • #253487

    gracco79
    Participant
    Rank: Pro

    Here is my team.. It is an 8 cat 12 team roto league with 10 starters and 4 bench… 4 g’s 4 f’s 1 c and 1 flex are starting. Fantrax league.

    Drafting out of the 6th spot…

    Lillard
    Trae young
    Ayton
    otto porter
    bam adebayo
    Derrick favors
    Terry Rozier
    Miles bridges
    Marcus smart
    Javale mcgee
    Beverley
    Bertans
    Kennard
    Kyle anderson

    Thoughts?

    • #253876

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      I am apparently against the grain here, but I couldn’t Lillard at 6 when LeBron and Jokik are still there. Bertans was a fine pick and the more that team gets beaten up, the better it looks. The other bench players aren’t too enticing. Slow-Mo is someone with upside but who’s injury and overall boringness has me soured on him a bit. After the ehh’s now onto the ahhs, as you have a good trio of both bigs and guards. Your first two picks are sharpshooters with great ft%s. And your bigs should be able to get over a block and steal a game (Ayton might fall short but narrowly). Points will be strong, and Bam will help compliment the guards in assists. FT% and steals should be strong as well. While the back half isn’t the most exciting of players, you have a quality core group to win 5 cats on any given week.

  • #253500

    vcube
    Participant
    Rank: Rookie

    14 team, h2h 9cat, snake, 10th pick

    Kawhi
    Irving
    Collins
    Otto Porter Jr.
    Covington
    Horford
    Dedmon
    Delon Wright
    Derrick White
    Zubac
    Bertans
    Kleber
    Alexander-Walker

    Klay Thompson -IL

    • #253884

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      I like how you took some chances on big men in the later rounds, but Kleber and Zubac are still borderline. Dedmon may have gone a bit early. NAW and Bertans were good picks at the end with the way they’re looking. They pair well with the awesome shooting your team has. You have a good base right now and again, will be strong in threes, steals and ft%, but the lack of big men is going to be an issue with rebounding, blocks and fg%. Assists are in the middle. The draft went pretty standard for those first 6 picks, nothing wrong, but there is something missing to truly feel confident entering the season.

  • #253501

    vcube
    Participant
    Rank: Rookie

    12 Team, 9cat H2H, 11th pick

    Beal
    Irving
    DLo
    Markkanen
    Adebayo
    Josh Richardson
    Shai
    Lou Will
    Marc Gasol
    Terrence Ross
    Cedi Osman
    Delon Wright
    Mo Bamba

    Thanks!!!

    • #253889

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      Your team can certainly shoot threes and score points! Your ft% is going to be strong and so will assists. Steals look above average as well. You’ll need to win these five cats as you don’t have enough bigs to win boards or blocks any week. You also have a lot of high volume shooting guards who will prevent you from winning fg% and bring turnovers. It’s a good team, but you’re backed in a corner to needing to win those specific five evry week. J Rich and Lou Will went a bid early and a big wouldve worked well in that area.

  • #253517

    vcube
    Participant
    Rank: Rookie

    16team, h2h 9cat, 7th pick

    Lillard
    Collins
    Otto Porter
    Valanciunas
    Jeremy Lamb
    TJ Warren
    Redick
    Hachimura
    Zubac
    P. Washington
    Culver

    Thank you so much!

    • #253893

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      I’m not a Lamb guy to take him in the 5th round, even if it is a deeper league. Redick went a bit early as well, but he’ll be in a fast-paced offense and get a lot of looks from deep. I really like your late-round picks and think they’ll provide nice value. The trio of rookies looks like they’re going to earn roles right from the get-go and produce different sets of numbers. I would have felt a lot more comfortable with another big in the Lamb range. As it stands your defensive numbers are not great and will be hard to win. Those are potent backbones to have on a fantasy team. You’re going to dominate in treys and have good scoring for such a deep league, but there’s not enough well-roundedness to count on each week.

  • #253530

    danpak89
    Participant
    Rank: Pro

    $100 H2H League: 12 man, 9 cat, 7th pick

    Dan, Santino, Coach, and fellow hoopballers, hows my squad?

    In order by Rounds.

    R1- Damian Lillard
    R2- Andre Drummond
    R3- Myles Turner
    R4- Chris Paul (Mike Conley went right before)
    R5- Otto Porter Jr.
    R6- Eric Bledsoe
    R7- Kelly Oubre
    R8- Ricky Rubio
    R9- Javale McGee
    R10- Bogdan Bogdanovic
    R11- Jerami Grant
    R12- Derrick White (Wow)
    R13- Will Barton (will probably drop for Culver depending how Barton fits in that deep Denver roster)

    I thought commish. had changed settings to the league where IR slots would be available this season. There are no IR slots and it is changed to weekly line ups so that super late Derrick White pick helped with the Bledsoe situation for first few weeks of the season.

    *I sent out a trade of McGee+Rubio for Jonathan Isaac+Satoransky. Good trade for me or think the player will easily deny?

    • This reply was modified 5 months, 3 weeks ago by  danpak89.
    • #253895

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      You’ll wanna win that $1200! If you have any questions throughout the season you can always reach out to me on twitter. That’s a bit brutal to change the settings post-draft, but it’s good if it worked out for you. Paul has more upside than Conley, so it’s not the worst. As it stands he’s the best player on his team (potential trade candidate if a team can take on that contract) while Conley will share ball-handling duties with Mitchell one of the slowest paces in the league. There’s devils advocate for you to feel better about it! I’d take a chance on Culver right now, Denver is so deep and bartons shooting woes are still showing. White was good value that late, and regarding the trade it’s not crazy enough where he’ll easily deny it. It wouldn’t be too bad. I’d recommend getting another big, not taking one from 4-8, but you have strong all-around guys which is a good strategy. You’re elite in assists, so you can move Rubio like you were looking to do and you’d still be among the elites there. You have a very strong base that’ll be lower on turnovers but is pretty good everywhere else around. A few tweaks will go a long way, starting with another big to compliment your top 2.

  • #253548

    gracco79
    Participant
    Rank: Pro

    8 team h2h keeper league where ftm replaces ft% and off and def rebs replaces rebs and turnovers.
    Kept Harden, Jokic and Doncic…

    Rest of team…

    Fox
    Trae Young
    Adebayo
    Mitchell Robinson
    Hassan whiteside
    Love
    Isaac
    Derek white
    Brook Lopez
    Shamet playing first night streamer

    Should I be punting any category based on team? I feel like nothing stands out

    • #253898

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      How many keepers are you allowed to keep each year? You have an entire team of keepers. 8 team leagues are fun huh? This team looks like a Subway sandwich with all the works. I’m sure others have a stacked team as well but you have 2 top 6 players and then three exciting young guards and Bigs who are going to stuff the blocks sheet. I’m sure you could find someone better than Shamet after night one and probably White since it’s so shallow. There’s not much to do here though, you are stacked and ready to roll. Since there should be a ton in free agency, you should keep trying to do 2 for 1s and get as top-heavy as possible.

  • #253599

    Francisco
    Participant
    Rank: Pro

    9catH2H
    Jimmy Butler
    Andre Drummond
    J.Jackson jr
    Chris Paul
    Thomas Bryant
    Ja Morant
    J.Allen
    E.Kanter
    F.VanVleet
    D.Wright
    K.Bazemore
    E.Gordon
    Tyler Herro
    Klay Thompson

    • #253971

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      How many teams are in the league and what pick were you? I’m assuming 12 and 12th? The first 7 rounds went well, but Allen in the 8th isn’t an ideal pick. He’s going to split minutes down the middle all year, and while he looks good, his upside is capped. Guys like Wendell Carter Jr are better picks in this range. I don’t like Kanter, as I’ve mentioned earlier but he’s good value at 9. You’re pretty well-rounded across the board where you can compete in everything. There’s nothing that sticks out as the top of the league, but nothing that sticks out as the bottom either. This is a great position to be in, giving yourself many avenues to get a W each week.

  • #253602

    Francisco
    Participant
    Rank: Pro

    9catH2H
    Kyrie Irving
    Jimmy Butler
    S.Gilgeous Alexander
    K.Oubre jr
    JJJ
    Draymond Green
    S.Adams
    Marc Gasol
    R.Barrett
    M.Bridges
    R.Gay
    D.Bertans
    T.Herro
    P.J.Tucker

    • #253975

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      Same as the first team. I don’t know the pick or the size of the league.
      Another solid team here. Better crop of big men overall, and stronger scoring team. I think you put yourself in good positions twice even though you had a back end pick. I’d give the nudge to the first team though with all that Drumond brings to the table. I like the no punting strategies of both and trying to win every cat.

  • #253637

    orlgln
    Participant
    Rank: Rookie

    Thanks in advance!
    9 cat 12 team H2H keeper

    Giannis
    Damian Lillard
    Paul George (IL)
    Buddy Hield
    Thomas Bryant
    Wendall Carter Jr.
    Caris LeVert
    Marc Gasol
    Tomas Satoransky
    Zach Collins
    Taurean Prince
    Landry Shamet
    PJ Washington

    • #253977

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      It looks like you traded a 5th/7th and 2nd for another 1? I may be wrong, but there’s no way Lillard fell that far. This is a super top-heavy team, but if Georg can get back into the groove of things soon enough you’ll potentially have three-first rounders on your team. You have solid pieces around them as well making this the team to beat. Even while George is mending you have the firepower led by Giannis to be a good team. This is going to be scary when it’s at full force.

    • #254302

      orlgln
      Participant
      Rank: Rookie

      Oh no, we are allowed to keep up to 5 players. Keeping 5 players uses up your first 5 rounds of picks. I kept Giannis, Lillard, PG, Buddy, and T Bryant. Also, the order in which you pick is based off of last year’s finishes, I finished 2nd so I pick second to last every round. I traded Oladipo for PG last year before Oladipo went down, crazy lucky I know. Feels like I’m kind of light on steals with PG out so I used the extra spot from IL to pick up Matisse Thybulle, let’s see if he can be RobCov lite haha.

    • #254437

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      Ohh okay, that makes more sense and great trade! What timing! Though you still win that trade if both stay healthy. It’s a good flier that dude can rack up the defensive stats. If he can find 20-25 mpg then watch out.

  • #253689

    kristinnm09
    Participant
    Rank: Pro

    H2H 10team 11cat standard 9cat plus DD and FTM

    Damian Lillard
    Jrue Holiday
    Josh Richardson
    Jaren Jackson Jr.
    Nikola Vucevic
    Jonathan Isaac
    Mitchell Robinson
    Myles Turner
    Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
    Miles Bridges
    Delon Wright
    Dwight Powell
    Eric Bledsoe

    What is my strong cat and what do i need, and how to fix it, thanks

    • #253984

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      H2H 10team 11cat standard 9cat plus DD and FTM
      It’s only 1 cat, but that’s a sure weakness for you there you don’t have any guys who get any besides him. Added to that, you don’t have a lot of guys who take and make free throws. The two added cats do you no favors. Outside of that, you are strong. You would have been much better off in a 9 cat league. You have an excellent crop of big men led by those big four. And four strong guards to lead off. Your defensive numbers are awesome and I like that. the team can shoot the three-ball, grab boards and get dimes. fg% doesn’t look too great, but ft% isn’t bad. This is a deep team (ten men might’ve helped) that is much better off without those added two cats. Hopefully, they don’t come back to bite you. Since it’s 11 cats you now need 6, ft%, turnover (which looks pretty good right now) and treys the most. The counting stats are strong as is.

  • #253853

    jrq456
    Participant
    Rank: Pro

    Hi, Santino! First off let me just say that I bought the premium pack (not so that you feel obliged to rate my team) and I’m loving it. I felt confident after my first draft and looking forward to my next 4. At any rate, appreciate you rating so many teams on a daily basis.

    I also have a pending offer for Lillard + Collins in exchange for AD + Delon Wright, which I’m inclined to accept given my depth with guards. Would love to get your thoughts on the team and the trade.

    Pick 7 H2H 10 team standard 9 cat

    (7) Damian Lillard
    (14) Jimmy Butler
    (27) Kyrie Irving
    (34) John Collins
    (47) Otto Porter, Jr.
    (54) Eric Bledsoe
    (67) Jonathan Isaac
    (74) Wendell Carter, Jr.
    (87) Enes Kanter
    (94) Miles Bridges
    (107) Jeremy Lamb
    (114) Garry Harris
    (127) Dwight Powell

    • #253992

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      Holy freefall Kyrie. Yeah, I’d feel confident if I got Kyrie in the middle of the third too. That’s a steal, and there’s no reason that should happen. This is a very strong team, but you need more big men. There’s not much in the way of blocks here outside of Carter and Isaac. Kanter offers nothing in that department. Points, threes and ft% are a given with this team. Your assists are also strong and should be among the tops. On the flipside boards and blocks will be among the lowest. Turnovers and fg% are question marks as well. Steals are the wildcard and will be the swing stat. The team is pretty strong, but you’ll need to address the big man dead zone at some point. And it looks like you are going right at it with AD. AD is a big injury risk and Collins is looking to take another leap, but I’d take that trade if I can get an upgrade on Delon Wright, and I think if you play hardball you can bump it up to another player. I’d even look to throw in Kanter for a big who contributes defensively if he is interested.

    • #254010

      jrq456
      Participant
      Rank: Pro

      Thank you for the feedback and the solid advice!

  • #253900

    William Baez
    Participant
    Rank: Rookie

    Hi Santino!

    I loved coming onto hoop-ball 2 seasons ago. Unfortunately, I could not play in any leagues last year. I am glad to be back! Here is my team H2H 11-cat 16 team

    PG De’Aaron Fox
    PG Cam Reddish
    PG/SG D’Angelo Russel
    PG/SG Derrick White
    PG/SG Avery Bradley
    SG/SF Josh Richardson
    SG/SF Joe Ingles
    SF/PF Jae Crowder
    PF/C Anthony Davis
    PF/C Alex Len
    PF/C Kevon Looney
    C Jonas Valanciunas
    C Deandre Jordan

    I have also received a trade offer…. I trade away D’Angelo Russell & I receive Kyle Lowry & Brandon Ingram… Would you do this trade? Thanks for all of your help.

    • #254352

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      This is a solid roster breakdown. You have an abundance of wings and forwards. Steals look to be strong, and so does ft%. Treys look to be good as well. You have a solid collection of bigs that’ll give you a good base with rebs and blocks every week. There’s not too much that sticks out as strong or weak though. I assume JV was your fourth pick, and those went good, but after that, it dries up quickly. JRIch wouldn’t have been my next target with where you were. Ingles, White, and Looney can contribute to multiple cats and Reddish is looking stronger the more murky Huerters knee situation becomes. You have some good later fliers, though there should be better upside options than Crowder or Bradley out there. As for the trade, I’d probably take my chances and do it. Russell and Lowry are pretty much going within a few picks of each other in drafts, so it’s a point of your preference there. Ingram moves the needle a little more due to how deep the league is. He’s not the most exciting but that offensive pace will help him get shots up. Russell has the most upside

  • #254039

    mattransom
    Participant
    Rank: Pro

    Hey Santino,

    Here is my team. 14 team H2H 9 cat very competitive league. 13th pick which isnt a great start!

    PG Mike Conley
    SG Bradley Beal
    SF Jimmy Butler
    PF Jonathon Isaac
    C Mitchell Robinson
    Util Hassan Whiteside
    Util Marc Gasol
    Util Mikal Bridges
    Bench Davis Bertans
    Bench Dewayne Dedmon
    Bench Cedi Osman
    Bench Brandon Clarke
    Bench Marcus Morris

    IR Isaiah Thomas
    IR Jusuf Nurkic

    Thanks heaps!

    • This reply was modified 5 months, 3 weeks ago by  mattransom.
    • #254355

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      Agree with the non-ideal start but I like this team and how it ended up. You’re going to dominate in blocks. The Beal/Butler/Conley trio is a strong start and you’ll need IT to come back ready to go to compliment them to complete your guards. As I mentioned before Blocks is extreme and you have guys who can grab boards and shoot treys. Your steals are strong as well and while you won’t win points you have players that can shoot. You should take both defensive stats most every week while competing in treys, boards and ft% (if Whiteside only takes the few he usually does). Turnovers could be another plus with a lot of low usage guys. It’s a good base of players with a strong defensive backbone. You can look to move a big to see what’s out there since you have so many.

    • #254368

      mattransom
      Participant
      Rank: Pro

      Thanks for the quick reply!

  • #254050

    MNA
    Participant
    Rank: Pro

    Hey there!

    12 team, 11 category (normal 9 plus oreb and ftm) H2h league (auction draft):

    Lillard
    Cp3
    Jjj
    Bam Adebayo
    Thomas Bryant
    SGA
    Caris Lavert
    Terry Rozier
    Jarret Allen
    JA Morant
    Joe Ingles
    Brandon Ingram
    Terrence Ross

    Start 10, bench 3 every week. Would love your input! Thanks.

    • #254369

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      Weekly league? Not a fan. Interesting additions to the stat chart, I don’t know how I feel about it though. Let me know how it goes! You can reach me on twitter. Anyway, this is a strong draft and impressive for an auction. You missed a second-round value guy (in relation to a snake) but got a lot of mid-round value. JJJ, Bam, and Bryant are a nice upside filled trio with good defensive potential. You can look to get another with the surplus of awesome guards you have. You are going to crush assists and steals. Having both Ingles and Bam throws even more assists your way giving you the luxury to move any one of the guards without your assists falling off too much. FT% is sure to be strong as well, and threes look to be pretty good (not great though). You’ll definitely struggle in boards and fg%, while being ok in blocks. This is a guard-heavy team that is built to go for the stats guards typically get while having the upside of taking blocks.

  • #254064

    jcole25
    Participant
    Rank: Pro

    Hey guys,
    Thoughts on this one. 9cat H2h 12 teams. Third pick.

    3. Curry
    22. Vucevic
    27. Collins
    46. Conley
    51. Porter
    70. J Rich
    75. JV
    94. Mikal Bridges
    99. Delon Wright
    118. Bojan Bogdanovic
    123. Davis Bertans
    142. Cedi Osman
    147. Kyle Anderson

    • #254373

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      This is a big-time three-point shooting team that can also make free throws. you can also get steals and score points. Got a few bigs that can grab some boards, but it doesn’t look particularly strong and blocks will definitely be among the lowest in the league. This looks like a block punt team and having Curry at the forefront is a good start for that strategy (Whether that was the intent or not). You’ll need to snag fg%, assists or turnovers to win each week, but it shouldn’t be hard to take at least one since your pretty good in each. This is a good team.

  • #254078

    ngalanot
    Participant
    Rank: Pro

    Hey Santino, would very much appreciate some feedback.

    It’s a 14 team H2H 9cat (Don’t really care about TOs though) with PG, SG, SF, PF, C, 5 UTIL and 3 BENCH spots. I had the second pick and my team is as follows:

    2. Harden
    27. Booker
    30. Ayton
    55. JJJ
    58. Thomas Bryant
    83. Rubio
    86. Favors
    111. Delon Wright
    114. Satoransky
    139. Sexton
    142. Prince
    167. Herro
    170. Shamet

    • This reply was modified 5 months, 3 weeks ago by  ngalanot.
    • #254409

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      Harden’s going to carry any team this year. He’s that strong. But I like your team throughout. JJJ at the end of the fourth in a 14 teamer is good value. Satoransky outside the top 100 is another good one. There were good picks throughout and they fit well together. Strong in steals, treys and ft%. Scoring with Booker and Harden gives you a leg up on everyone, and you’ll need that with a lot of people who don’t score later. 3 Suns may turn out to be annoying on low slate days, but they all look to be in a good position. You have good boards for such a deep league and if Ayton takes a step forward on defense your blocks look good as well. You’re pretty well-rounded all throughout and this is one of the stronger teams with the playoffs well in sight and no true weaknesses outside of turnovers.

  • #254089

    Abishek Bhasin
    Participant
    Rank: Pro

    Hello Santino!

    Thanks for taking the time to do this. My main question is a high upside player, who do you like better for my team Bacon or NAW?

    12 team H2H / 3 Player Keeper League

    Kyrie Irving (K)
    Mike Conley
    Rudy Gobert (K)
    Andre Drummond (K)
    Pascal Siakam
    Otto Porter
    Kyle Lowry
    DeMar DeRozan
    Josh Richardson
    Kelly Oubre Jr.
    Jarrett Allen
    Jeff Teague
    Dwayne Bacon

    • #254423

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      Haha funny thing, in a deep league I was faced with the same question last week. I went with Bacon at first since he is expected to have a larger role than NAW. Redick still hasn’t returned and it’ll change his playing time. A few days later I did not like my decision as NAW’s upside as a microwave scorer who can shoot treys and get assists looks like a great fit next to Zion. Between the two I’d take the shot with NAW at this moment in time. I eventually picked up PJ Washington earlier this week instead as he looks to be the likely starter at SF and I don’t think he loses it. He does a little bit of everything.

      Gobert and Drummond is the ultimate 3 cat pairing for bigs. You dominate fg%, boards, and blocks and can fill in the rest throughout. This team is extremely strong all around and for a 12 team nonetheless. Everyone is in an ideal spot to produce value. Siakam at 4, Porter at 7? DeRozan maybe in the 8th? Oubre in the 10th? These would be value picks in a 10 man league. Even Lowry in the 6t. Awesome. Bacon is the only guy on the team that looks out of place, but there will be a ton of options to fill the last spot throughout the year with whatever you need. It would be a huge upset if you missed the playoffs, as you have to be among the select few to win it all. Great job.

    • #254425

      Abishek Bhasin
      Participant
      Rank: Pro

      Thank you coach!

      I’ll head your advice and scout the following 1) Washington 2) NAW 3) Bacon

      I’ll let you know how my team does.

    • #255520

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      More PT just opened up for NAW with Zion out and the rotation shifting down. I’d put him at 1 between those three now.

  • #254232

    cayote
    Participant
    Rank: Rookie

    Hi Santino,

    Here’s mine
    12T H2H 11Cat (+DD and FGM)

    KAT
    Booker
    John Collins
    Conley
    Covington
    Bagley
    SGA
    Jonathan Isaac
    Kanter
    Delon Wright
    Javale
    Len

    Punting AST and going hard on bigs.
    Thanks, appreciate you doing this.

    • This reply was modified 5 months, 3 weeks ago by  cayote.
    • This reply was modified 5 months, 3 weeks ago by  cayote.
    • #254426

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      Looks like just 12 picks. For an extra DBL/DBL cat, Kanter is a nice value as the last starter. If he does one thing well it’s those two things. kAT is going to be a monster this year. You have a lot of dbl dbl bigs, but not many strong blocks bigs, Tho Cov and Isaac are big helos there. You have a few scoring guys that help in the punting of assists. You’re fairly strong in mostly all the cats like you mentioned. You look like a playoff team here it is a strong well-rounded team.

  • #254325

    Tyler
    Participant
    Rank: All-Star

    Hey all! I saw the Rate my Team thread all of last year but didn’t participate. Figured it would be cool and helpful to do so this year, thanks for any and all advice!

    12 team, H2H, 9Cat, one IR spot, playoffs one week earlier than usual (week 21 through 23):

    (In order of position from PG down to UTIL/BENCH, not draft order)
    Dame Lillard
    Delon Wright
    Malcolm Brogdon
    Miles Bridges
    Pascal Siakam
    Dwight Powell
    Rudy Gobert
    Mitchell Robinson
    Kyle Lowry
    Eric Bledsoe
    Joe Harris
    Danny Green
    Davis Bertans

    • This reply was modified 5 months, 3 weeks ago by  Tyler.
    • #254428

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      Fantastic group of guards along with two elite shot blockers. Assists, steals, and ft% are the strengths of this team no doubt. And with guys who can shoot threes and the two big blocks guys, you’ll be strong in those as well. There are some holds and other teams could still be stronger in a few of those cats with heavier emphasis, but you put yourself in position to push for the playoffs.

    • #256217

      Tyler
      Participant
      Rank: All-Star

      Sorry for the delay, finally getting around to sending a thanks for your analysis! I was hoping my optimism was founded in the right way, and I hope the strategy to bolster strong shot blockers/good percentages with elite-ish guards early pays off. Good luck, thanks again, and can’t wait for the season to start tomorrow!

  • #254334

    Vegemite Toast
    Participant
    Rank: All-Star

    Santino,

    Love to get your thoughts on this 10tm roto auction team. Players in no particular order.

    I got a bit trigger happy with some top guys and missed alot of my mid round targets. What areas do you think i need to work on?

    Lillard
    Kawhi
    Mitch Robinson
    Siakam
    John Collins
    Brogdon
    Lamb
    Gasol
    Mikal Bridges
    Delon White
    Dwight Powell
    Kelly O
    Taurean Prince

    Thanks in advance!

    • #254431

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      In a 10 team standard league, getting trigger happy is the right call. There’s so much leftover in free agency that it’s easy to fill in the back end of your roster. Ideally, you’d get one of the big guns, but you did well to get a very good top 6. The back end on your squad isn’t that exciting and I wonder how much you had left to spend on them all. I’m also lower on Lamb than others and wouldn’t target him as my 7th best player. Treys, points, and steals are strong. Ft% will be as well. Nothing else really sticks out. Nothing sticks out as too bad either, but in a 10 man you’d want to shoot for more strengths. Mitch will keep you higher in blocks, but there’s not much to help him out when you’re facing a team with another elite shot blocker. You can use some help on the boards. Klaw come playoff time is really scary. He’s a risky investment as one of the best basketball players on the planet who can be rested at any time with a strong supporting cast that has an eye on winning it all. His games played will be a hard thing to cope with all year and I don’t think this team could fare to lose him.

  • #254452

    kchan808
    Participant
    Rank: Pro

    Sup Santino
    Would like you insight on my team. Conley was passed on and I couldn’t not draft him at 57 then after that was Brogdon got sniped on Roco at 64. Had Roco last year he was awesome when he was available. Thanks a bunch
    9 cat 12 team h2h 9th pick
    Lillard
    Brogdon
    Conley
    Bogdanovic sac team
    Drummond
    Porzingis
    Dray Green
    D Murray
    Whiteside
    Sato
    Bazemore
    Saric

    • #254793

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      He’s good value at 57, and you whether you needed him or not, it’s the right move. You can always make a trade later. RoCo looks healthy and has been a plus rebounder the past few preseason games. I’m interested to see if that lasts because his value would only increase if he’s able to pull down a few more per game. Anyway, I really like this team. I think you missed a pick though. Conley was a snag there and really solidifies your guards. Plus you got Sato and Murray later to add to them. Your bigs are awesome with multiple elite shot-blockers who can rebound. Porzingis’ load management is the only concern (hopefully it’s nothing more than the b2b sets and no injuries happen). That would leave him slightly under 70 games played. Whiteside and Drummond will kill your ft%, but you have elite guys there who could make up a good chunk of the difference. It’ll still be among your weakest cats. Blocks, boards and assists are your strengths, but other than ft% there’s really not true weakness. Points and treys look lower, but they’ll be decent enough. This is a good team capable of competing across the board.

    • #254796

      kchan808
      Participant
      Rank: Pro

      Thank you Santino I feel the same way cant’t wait for this season to start to see how my team performance in real life vs on paper. I hope the unicorn can play more games than they say.Mav should be good and close to making the playoffs.

    • #255159

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      Haha yup! Real life vs. Paper is always the struggle. Hope for health and improvement!

  • #254516

    jisquick
    Participant
    Rank: All-Star

    14 Teams, H2H, non-keeper, standard 9 cats (FG%, FT%, points, 3’s, rebounds, assists, steals, blocks, TO)

    G-Beal
    G-Trae Young
    F-Middleton
    F-Draymond Green
    C-Jonas
    UTL-Marc Gasol
    UTL-Rozier

    BN-Jarrett Allen, Delon Wright, Fournier, Gay

    • #254797

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      Fairly shallow roster settings for a 14 team league. It’s not much more than a standard 10 man. This looks to be a punt blocks strategy, or at least just how it ended up. Your team knows how to score points and hit treys. Your steals are going to be above average as well. Your bigs make you extremely strong in assists as well. Ft% should be fairly strong. rebounds and fg% join blocks as not particularly strong. Turnovers are going to be hit or miss on most weeks, and it will be a big one for you. You have an avenue to take 6 cats in a matchup, but five is going to be the more realistic shot of the two. You can be competitive, but it just seems like you got the short end of the stick in the draft on this one.

    • #254854

      jisquick
      Participant
      Rank: All-Star

      With Jonas, Gasol, Draymond, and Jarrett Allen, I don’t think that would be punting blocks. There’s enough there to compete and win in most weeks.

    • #261922

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      Do you still think you can win blocks most weeks?

  • #254517

    varusman
    Participant
    Rank: Pro

    Hey Santino,

    Love this thread (been scanning it regularly prior to my draft) and looking forward to another great season of fantasy. 10 team, 9 CAT, H2H, one IR spot. Generally try to go for a more all around team, but took Giannis with the 4th pick this year so adjusted on the fly. Initial thoughts are I’m punting 3s, assists and going after the rest – would love to know what you think (any holes I should try and fill off the waivers?)

    4. Giannis
    17. Kawhi
    24. Bledsoe
    37. Tobias Harris
    44. Mitch Robinson
    57. Otto Porter Jr
    64. T Bryant
    77. JRich
    84. Millsap
    97. Gary Harris
    104. T Prince
    117. Javale
    124. Kelly Olynyk

    • #255156

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      Giannis is certainly well-rounded haha. I don’t think you had to adjust too much getting the reigning MVP at 4. It’s hard to pass on Klaw at 17. The potential for rest days is a concern, but at that point, his talent wins out. Bledsoe was a reach and taken in the top 25 really hurt. He’s currently hurt and in a 10 man league, there is a real chance you could get him in the 7th round. Mitch and Giannis give you a leg up in blocks on everyone. Your fg% is going to be awesome and defensive numbers look strong as well. Surrounding Mitch and Giannis are capable shooters and supplemental scorers, helping in those areas as well. I think ft% and assists are your weak spots. Rebounds and turnovers are average and can go either way. And rebounds and treys would be my first cats to target and improve on. You could put yourself in a fantastic position. If Klaw can creep near 70 games this team will make the playoffs with two of the best 3 players in the NBA.

    • #256269

      varusman
      Participant
      Rank: Pro

      Thanks for the feedback! Have added Redick to boost up those 3s. Was thinking of dropping McGee for Barnes to shore up both rebounds and 3s, any thoughts?

  • #254520

    Bucketts
    Participant
    Rank: All-Star

    Thanks for doing this Santino…. I dont believe i am punting anything yet LOL… This is a 14 team league H2H 9Cats with 14 spots and 1IL spotI had the 14th pick and i tried my best to deal with what was left for me to have each round… I screwed up by picking Klay because of computer issues at that point of draft…. The following guys are available on wire so far….Daniel House, JaMychal Green,Kurucs, Aminu, Time Lord, Okogie, IT, Harkless

    Dont hold back Santino because i really dont know how i feel about this team but from drafting from the last spot, i am NOT totally disappointed if that makes sense.

    Here is my team

    1. (14) Jimmy Butler (Mia – SG,SF)
    2. (15) Kemba Walker (Bos – PG)
    3. (42) Mike Conley (Uta – PG)
    4. (43) Mitchell Robinson (NY – C)
    5. (70) Thomas Bryant (Was – C)
    6. (71) Terry Rozier (Cha – PG,SG)
    7. (98) Klay Thompson (GS – SG,SF)
    8. (99) Montrezl Harrell (LAC – PF,C)
    9. (126) Dwight Powell (Dal – PF,C)
    10. (127) Collin Sexton (Cle – PG)
    11. (154) Rudy Gay (SA – SF,PF)
    12. (155) Ivica Zubac (LAC – C)
    13. (182) Tyus Jones (Mem – PG)
    14. (183) Marvin Williams (Cha – SF,PF)

    • This reply was modified 5 months, 3 weeks ago by  Bucketts.
    • #255183

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      Yeah, you were in a tough spot at 14, and the Klay thing is a real bummer man. That takes out a potential impact player from your team. You have strong guards and steals are going to be your best cat. The jury is still out on Rozier being good at basketball, but 71 is a good value for a guy who will get a lot of opportunities. That’s half of the equation in fantasy. You have Mitch leading the way in blocks which should keep them good. Your ft% and rebounds are going to be weak, along with fg%. You have some three-point shooting, but it’s more middle of the pack. There’s gotta be better options than Marvin Wiliams in FA with his expected bench role, and you can take another flier after putting Klay on IL. I didn’t like any of the players you mentioned except IT, but you’ll have Klay in the IL spot and you’ll need all the roster spots you can. If it’s a daily league with a good amount of weekly pickups, you can even stream every day with one, and maybe a good looking weekly streamer with the other. Jones and Zubac are a bit boring as well. I kind of agree with you in that I don’t totally hate it, but I don’t like it either. There’s just not enough here that I’d be comfortable rolling into the season with and I think you’ll struggle. You have some nice players, but there’s not much that sticks out in terms of cats and whatnot. The waiver wire and some trades are going to be crucial for you this year. You can always message me if you want my advice on players.

  • #254584

    tugd
    Participant
    Rank: All-Star

    Would love some feedback on my team. League is 10-team, H2H points. I’ve put two guys on IL so I have room to pick up replacements. Thanks in advance.

    G – Bledsoe. Beal. SGA. FVV. Delon (DAL).
    F – RoCo. Isaac. Thybulle.
    C – Myles. Collins (ATL). KAT.
    IR – WCS. Klay.

    • #255188

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      At first glance, I was going to say I only see a few players. Then I was going to say where are your first picks. Ha. But now I see them hiding in the back. Beal has been going in the back end of the first round and to get him that late (I assume you had a top 4/5 pick) is a fantastic value. that’s a pairing you don’t see every day getting two first-rounders. Your team is loaded. Your first 8 picks were very good (yes I know 10 man league) but still good value for a few that had to fall. I like the FVV pick, he’s looking better and better each passing day and whether he starts at the two or not, he’s going to play both Guard positions a lot. I’m curious where you took WCS and Klay? If you took them as starters I’d say I’d want them back, but you still ended up strong all around anyway. Thybulle looks great but he’ll need to play enough to be worth a spot in a shallow league and that team has the depth to hold him back. Your defensive numbers are awesome and are going to get you a ton of points. Maybe a Culver and Clarke are there to pick up, or a Terrence Ross.

    • #255543

      tugd
      Participant
      Rank: All-Star

      Santino! Thank you for the advice. Let me follow this up by saying EVERY STAT is worth 1 point only; turnovers are -1. Does that change anything for you? It’s a Yahoo league, btw.

      Also, I got Klay and WCS as back end guys with the last 2 picks of the draft to stash for down the road. WCS May be worth a drop though with the way the points system falls off… likely as some other as well.

  • #254625

    Righto-5-O
    Participant
    Rank: Pro

    Wow Santino,

    Over 350 posts, appreciate the hard yards!

    My league is an ESPN 13 team 9 cat Roto. Game plan was safe, durable middle rounders, ended up with high risk stars and scrubs, gotta love Auctions!

    PG CP3
    SG G.Harris
    SF Kawhi
    PF A.D
    C Vucevic
    G K Huerter
    F T.Ross
    UTL J.Mcgee
    UTL C.Osman
    UTL Mikal Bridges (Phoenix)
    BE J. Clarkson
    BE Olynyk
    BE Coby White

    Notable players available on the wire are:

    Kyle Anderson
    Bazemore
    Tucker
    Hood
    Okogie
    RHJ
    N.powell

    • #255208

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      I appreciate the cross-sport reference there! Touche. Haha, “I love it when a plan comes together!” 13 team. No! Someone has an unwanted bye week every week. Also, I’d leave all those guys on the waivers. Haha yeah man I love those top four, but knowing it’s an auction draft I wonder how much you spent for them all, because those middle rounds are dormant. It’s not ideal to have Harris and bridges as your 5th and 6th best players, but I can see you know this already lol. With not much in the way of depth, the risky nature of AD, Klaw and Paul’s injuries and load management the past few years takes center stage. If one of them were to go down, you’d be in trouble. You have some solid players in the back end, but overall they are being asked to play above their pay level. Like when the Mavs signed Harrison Barnes to a max deal and instead of being a glue guy and the fourth option he was tasked with being the number 1. Or the Mavs signing Parsons to a max a few years earlier (sorry Mavs fans, nothing personal). Or Solomon Hill, Alan Crabbe, etc, etc. There’s enough to write a book, but the similar thing is they were all tasked with playing above their heads and I’m afraid that’s how your auction draft went. Your team can certainly bang threes and make their free throws. Those could even lead the league. The depth really hurts everything else though, and you didn’t get any cheap steals there. I think next auction you’re going to sit back and get less trigger happy because now you know how fast the well can dry up if you’re not too careful.

  • #254694

    JC123
    Participant
    Rank: All-Star

    10 team 9 cat H2h:

    Guards:
    J. Holiday
    D. Russel
    Shai
    C. McCollum
    C. Sexton

    Wings:

    K. Oubre
    G. Harris
    D. Hunter
    T. Prince

    Bigs:
    D. Ayton
    M. Turner
    M. Robinson
    B. Griffin
    P.Milsap
    I. Zubac

    • #255217

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      I’m assuming you made a few trades here? Looks like you traded your first two picks for a lot of picks in the 3-6 range. While you don’t have that stud, this is a DEEP team. You are loaded all-around the roster. High scoring team, that gets triples, steals, blocks and boards. You really don’t have many weaknesses and are going to be a tough team to beat on a weekly basis. This is about as good as it gets with a “no star” team.

    • #255502

      JC123
      Participant
      Rank: All-Star

      Thanks man. It is an auction league and decided to go with depth instead of stars. Hope you are right I wasn’t too sure about it.

    • #255519

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      Ahh, yes, an auction makes more sense

  • #254852

    annakarina
    Participant
    Rank: All-Star

    Hmm I just posted in this thread but now I’m not seeing my post?

  • #254861

    annakarina
    Participant
    Rank: All-Star

    Well that really blows. Ugh, I guess I’ll try and type it again.

    I really appreciated the response last time, figured I’d see what you think of this team as well.

    16 team 9-cat keeper (8 keepers kept by round, players picked up from the wire count as last round). Going on its fourth year. I won the first two seasons but dropped to 5th last season.

    I attempted to drop KD in hopes of getting a first rounder who will help me out this season, but the next highest player was Myles Turner so I went ahead and grabbed KD again despite how much it pains me.

    Asterisks indicate my keepers:

    1 Kevin Durant SF/PF [BKN]
    2 Jaren Jackson Jr. PF/C [MIN]*
    3 Rudy Gobert C [UTA]*
    4 Brandon Clarke PF [MEM]
    5 Khris Middleton SG/SF [MIL]*
    6 Dennis Smith Jr. PG/SG [NY]
    7 Mitchell Robinson C [NYN]*
    8 Markelle Fultz PG/SG [ORL]
    9 Jordan Clarkson PG/SG [CLE]
    10 Jabari Parker SF/PF [ATL]
    11 Jonathan Isaac SF/PF [ORL]*
    12 Josh Richardson SG/SF [PHI]*
    13 Daniel Gafford C [CHI]
    14 Spencer Dinwiddie PG [BKN]*
    15 Delon Wright PG/SG [DAL]*

    After moving KD to IR, I picked up Richaun Holmes from the wire. I also picked up Bol Bol and Chuma and dropped them in my IR in hopes they work out and I can keep them as 15th rounders in the future.

    The draft was absolutely painful considering we basically started at the 125th pick of the draft. This will probably be the only time I ever draft Markelle Fultz but I needed more guards and the pool was rough.

    Thanks!

    • #255224

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      Dang, that’s rough to post again as this is a really detailed post. Sorry to hear that! I’m glad you liked the response enough to come back haha, thank you! The rough setback with Durant and yeah it’s going to be a big blow having a guy who’s in all likelihood out for the year repping you in the first round. Turner is a letdown in the first, but he’s roughly a top-30 guy who’d have helped you out this year and been good trade bait. I’d assume you were might have just dropped him next year at that price tag anyway.

      Your bigs are exciting and the block potential for this team, oh my! Your late-round keepers are nice with Isaac and J Rich in the double digits and Dinwiddie and Wright basically free. It’s hard to judge your picks since there are already 128 players being kept and you can see the well dried up fast. Clarke is a great one tho in a dynasty. He looks like an immediate contributor, and not one who’s just “fantasy good.” You took a few shots after that with Smith and Fultz. I’ve hopped on the Fultz band late in drafts, and at that point in a draft, you have nothing to lose. this is the deepest league I’ve seen so far and I love every second of it! Sure, as you mentioned, the draft must have been brutal. You get all excited to start it and then your third pick was DSJ. But that makes you invested in everything about the season, not just the big names.

      As for your team, you’ll likely win turnovers every week with a lot of non-ball dominant guys. Blocks and boards are going to be great, and steals will be fairly strong as well. Let’s hope fg% can stay up there too. Without KD, your points aren’t going to be there and you don’t have much in the way of assists. Your bigs are going to knock you down in ft% since they aren’t good from the line. You have some potential in threes but nothing to feel super confident in. It’s such a deep league that the waiver wire is going to determine a lot of matchups and who finishes were throughout the season. Durant coming back into the focus next year is going to change the teams dynamic and you’ll jump back up in treys, ft% and points. And you at least get another fantastic keeper in Clarke at a 4th round price tag. I think it’s only inevitable you take a step back since your best player is gone, but those late-round keepers put you in a playoff-hopeful territory with an eye towards getting back in the upper echelon next year. Even though it’s not your year you’ve shown a knack for finding gems in the draft or free agency to get yourslef back on top soon enough.

  • #255000

    andy
    Participant
    Rank: Pro

    Yahoo 12 team 9 can H2H

    Chris Paul
    Kawhi Leonard
    Derrick White
    Marcus Smart
    Miles Bridges
    Joel Embiid
    John Collins
    JaVale McGee
    Bam Adebayo
    Jonathan Isaac
    Gordon Hayward
    P.J. Tucker
    Jordan Clarkson

    • #255225

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      Load management. On talent alone, absolutely, but it’s hard to trust starting a team with both Leonard and Embiid. Embiid just can’t handle a full season, and it remains to be seen in Leonard want to do that again either after how successful last season was and the depth the Clips have to manage his games. For two teams who are among the favorites to win the ship this year, it’s especially concerning during the fantasy playoffs.

      Anyway, Bam looks great at the end of the 5th he fits right in with the rest of the top five. Isaac helps out with the already strong defensive numbers that you have, and Hayward is a solid all-around contributor. Bridges hopefully can take a step forward this year and he’ll certainly have the opportunity to do so. White was a nice pick that late but is being tasked to be your second best guard which isn’t ideal. You look strong in points, steals, blocks with lower turnover. You have a solid amount of assists from non-guard sources and good %s.

      You have a well-balanced team capable of competing across the board, but the load management looks like it’ll ultimately be your downfall. It’s just too risky to start a team with the two likeliest players to miss games this year.

    • #255723

      andy
      Participant
      Rank: Pro
  • #255008

    Porzingod
    Participant
    Rank: Pro

    Ahoii,

    Here is my team for the classic 12 team, 9-cat. Got the dreaded 11th pick but I think I managed to do ok? Feel like I got good value with my picks but maybe a bit low in blocks and boards?

    1. (11) Kawhi Leonard SG,SF
    2. (14) Jimmy Butler SG,SF
    3. (35) Mike Conley PG
    4. (38) John Collins PF,C
    5. (59) Eric Bledsoe PG,SG
    6. (62) Al Horford PF,C
    7. (83) Joe Ingles SG,SF
    8. (86) Jarrett Allen PF,C
    9. (107) Delon Wright PG,SG
    10. (110) Dwight Powell PF,C
    11. (131) Joe Harris SG,SF
    12. (134) Kevon Looney PF,C
    13. (155) Goran Dragic PG,SG

    Notable free agents: David Bertans, Reggie Jackson, Tim Hardaway Jr, Zubac, Norman Powell, Cedi Osman, Marvin Williams

    Anyone to consider from that bunch or to stay pat for now?

    • #255527

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      You should have an open roster spot with Powell expected to miss a few games. I’d add Bertans from that group. You have a lot of shooting, but he’s still the best available guy there and should be rostered.

      I agree with you that you got solid value all around. Conley has been dropping a bit lower in drafts, but not enough that he’d be coming back to you. You have a strong collection of wings and guards, but your bigs could use some help. As you mentioned, boards and boards are very weak. I’d throw in fg% as well for being sub-par in. Your team can get steals, triples, assists and shoot well from the ft line. Turnovers and points will be hit or miss.
      You’re deep in the guard department and I’d look into moving one to try and compensate for your lack of bigs. you’ll need quite a bit of help there though. This is a solid team, but I think that your opponents will be able to attack your Achilles heal more often than not.

  • #255052

    janis.nikolajevs
    Participant
    Rank: All-Star

    Hey, Santino. Would like to hear your feedback. First year I feel so bad about my team, because I started with the 15th pick and first two guys were potential punt guys but I ended about without strategy to punt on anything.

    16 team, 9cat, H2H league:

    (15) A. Drummond
    (18) T. Young
    (47) C. Paul
    (50) M. Conley
    (79) J. Isaac
    (82) Miles Bridges
    (111) J. McGee
    (114) D. Powell
    (143) M. Kleber
    (146) C. Osman
    (175) D. Bacon
    (178) M. Monk
    (207) M. Thybulle

    On waiver: R. Holmes, I. Thomas, A. Simons

    Really would like to grab that Holmes but dont know who to drop

    • #255541

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      The dreaded (almost) turn, and a deep turn nonetheless. I’m on board with Drummond as that pick though. For all the flack he gets for ft%, he’s elite in 4 other cats and scores about 17ppg. That more than makes up for him being selected here. Last year he was the leading rebounder (again), top 10 in steals and blocks, and finished 22nd in fg% overall, but only 2 players ahead of him shot more shots than him. I’m surprised that more people can’t look past his flaw and accept that he’s a monster, but such is life.

      Speaking of his flaw, you masked it pretty well with your next three picks being great ft shooters (the next couple after changed it back, but whatever). The trip of point guards were standard and with Paul and Conley dropping a bit lower than normal. Even though you backcourt loaded, you can’t pass that value up.
      All that said, I agree with what you said. You have good value with your picks, but they don’t really fit a clean puzzle. You have Dre but not another big inside the top 100. You have free throw shooters to offset Dre, but more bigs that struggle from the line later on. Trea’s gonna score, but there’s not many other bucket getters after.

      In all, you’ll be strong in assists, steals, and threes. You have some sneaky blocks potential which will be a stat you can take. Dre will give you a boost in boards, but you don’t have the pieces around him to fully take advantage of what he brings. fg% is another stat you look to be pretty good in considering. The team looks scrappy enough to fight in a good amount of stats on most weeks and win, but there’s just something off here, in which I agree with you on. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but it’s there. But hey, that’s why they play the games.

      It’s looking likely that Powell may miss a few games to start the season and that should fix your problem for a few days (assuming he does).

  • #255192

    LauriMarcannon
    Participant
    Rank: Pro

    Hey Santino! This is my last team for the year. Just a 10-team league(9CAT) with my past co-workers.

    Here is my roster(5th pick):
    5. James Harden
    – I can’t believe he went this low, got super hyped when I saw the top 2 picks were Curry and Giannis.

    16. Trae Young
    – A no-brainer to ultra boost my assists once Jrue was taken.

    25. Devin Booker
    – Was supposed to be Vucevic but got sniped and then I noticed that DBook was still available, took him in a hurry.

    36. Clint Capela
    – It was either him or JJJ but I went with the safe and proven route to get some REBs and BLKs.

    45. Otto Porter
    – Because Bam was taken 43rd and wanted to boost my steals so that I won’t have to search for it at the end of the draft.

    56. Thomas Bryant
    – My go-to 5th round center(in this case, 6th). Like him this year and like what I saw from the preseason, could use his BLKs though if it shows up on the reg season.

    65. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
    – I love me some SGA and wanted some efficient scoring to go along with my team. Excited for him post-ASB.

    76. Wendell Carter Jr.
    – Was the pick I took the most time with. Could’ve gotten either him, Bagley, or Sabonis. Ultimately went with WCJ for his upside. Hopefully he stays healthy.

    85. Lonzo Ball
    – At this point of the draft, I was amazed with the names I could see since this is my first time doing a smaller league(always have been a 12T or 14T). Been getting him at 60s and I see this as a huge bargain if he stays healthy with the pace that they are playing at. Big help with my 3s, ASTs, Stocks.

    96. Gordon Hayward
    – Ultra boring move but somebody sniped me with Zach Collins. Love Hayward though this season. Thinking it would be a bounce-back year for him and at this point of the draft, I’m just hunting for players who’s gonna exceed their ADP.

    105. Delon Wright
    – After a hum-hum preseason for him, people have been staying away. I’m actually one of those but I had to decide whether it was him or White(who I believe isn’t in a better situation than Wright). I still believe in him and I think he’s gonna get comfortable soon once his hamstring is all good.

    116. Javale Mcgee
    – Was happy to get him. Even with low minutes, he produces. Big plus to my BLKs and FG% in case I still want to compete in it.

    125. Kevon Looney
    – Supposed to be my 116th but Javale was available. Glad no one took Looney, got big hopes for him this season I think he can be a top-100 player this season. Looking for the boost on my stocks with solid rebounding and good FG%.

    Overall:
    – I think it was a good team and I was happy with it. A good balanced team with higher upside than their draft-picked position. Looking to do some 2 for 1s soon to get some guys on the WW cause it is looking good. Looking at Thybulle, Bertans, Len, etc.

    That’s the team, Santino. Hoped you liked the breakdown. And I also hope you’re not having a breakdown, man there’s a lot of posts in here. We owe you a lot, man! Thanks so much and have a great day ahead!

    • #255544

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      Thank you for the kind words! Also, your breakdown was awesome, you already have my job covered for me!

      Harden at 5? Staples has a big red button for that pick. Trae is pretty standard there as well, as is Booker. You have elite threes, scoring, ft% and assists through thre rounds. There’s a chance Capela could have dropped to the 5th in a ten teamer. I like JJJ’s upside more and that would’ve been my choice, but he’s a fine consolation seeing as you had more of a need for a traditional big. Bam would have been perfect! Porter isn’t a bad settle, but another guy who could have fell a round in a 10 teamer. You needed another C and Bryant is a good choice. I wouldn’t have minded a Whiteside (in the next round) either to pair another shot-blocker/big-time rebounder with Capela. Pretty standard for Shai. Your scoring is off the charts. Bagley was still hanging around at 76? I like both of them and Carter’s defensive potential is more of a use to you, but his injury woes would have pushed me Bagley’s way. Still fine with either. Ball is just a surplus luxury for you at this point. You have so many guards, you don’t need them all. Still, have to take the talent here and find a trade partner another time. Hayward is boring, yeah, but top 100 value should be easily attainable for him. And maybe there’s a Celtics fan who wants him more than most. Your last few picks all made sense especially the two big men. You have insane scoring guards and you could use continued help in the frontcourt.
      For a league this shallow, Thybulle is a wait-and-see guy. The team is still loaded and he’s not going to get enough minutes right now to be worth rostering. If that changes then yes, get him. 2 for 1’s will be crucial for you, especially if you can add more bigs. This team is good and you got value at the back end of the draft, but the one weakness is big men. Even without them you’re still capable of taking enough cats each week, but another impact big would have you sitting pretty

    • #256124

      LauriMarcannon
      Participant
      Rank: Pro

      Thank you, Santino! I’m planning right now to do a 2 for 1 trade. Gonna trade Porter + Hayward for JJJ. He already likes Porter but he says he needs a +1 so I’m still thinking who to add since he has a surplus of bigs and lacks some guard stats. If the trade goes down, I’ll probably just use the spot as a streaming one. Have a great season, Santi!

  • #255298

    Vishal
    Participant
    Rank: All-Star

    9 cat h2h 12 team

    Drop anyone for these Free agents? – holmes, olynk, okogie, bazemore, crowder, shamet, marcus morris, lord Williams, washington, knox, mo bamba, wood, okafor

    Harden
    Paul
    White
    Reggie jackson

    Hayward
    Bridges
    Bogdonavic
    Barton
    Michael Porter jr.

    Turner
    BAM
    JJJ
    Sabonis
    Zubac

    IR – thomas

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    • #255554

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      I like this team. You are very well-rounded and ready to compete across the board. It looks like this is more of a free agent question it’s always good to have the last few spots on your team identified. I’d say Reggie Jackson, barton, Zubac, Porter and Zubac in that order would be how I would drop them. With the Nuggets guys waiting to see how the rotation plays out. Its extremely deep and they haven’t named a starter yet. Zubac provides big man stats but he’s also looking at minutes in the low 20. RJax is just boring and they brought in competition. It’s a standard league so you don’t need to dive too deep into the free-agent bin yet, but Washington is worth a look for now.

  • #255349

    David
    Participant
    Rank: Rookie

    Loving this thread. Got a couple of teams to send through. Appreciate the feedback.

    12 team H2H 9 cat pick 7

    7 – Lillard
    18 – Kyrie
    31 – Porzingis
    42 – Covington
    55 – Lonzo
    66 – Gallo
    79 – miles Bridges
    90 – Dedmon
    103 – VanVleet
    114 – Satoransky
    127 – Ross
    138 – Bacon
    151 – Thybulle
    162 – Portis

    • #255627

      @SantinoCaccone
      Moderator
      Rank: Legend

      The end product looks pretty good, but the mid-rounds loo like you went one round too early on a lot of guys. Still, the FVV, Ross, and Satoransky picks look good late. Thybulle is making his way onto standard rosters but unless he’s getting consistent 20 mpg (which is hard on that team) he’s more of a watch than hold. His preseason has been exciting and those defensive numbers are enticing but he needs the time. Overall your team can bang threes with the best of em. Steals, ft%, and points are other strengths of this team. There’s little in the way of big men and that rebounds and fg% are going to suffer because of it. Turnovers look below avg. And blocks are pretty weak overall too, especially with Porzingis expected to miss at least 13 games. There’s enough to compete and win 5 cats each week, but the lack of big men really back you into a corner. There’s little room for error here.

  • #255353

    David
    Participant
    Rank: Rookie

    Last one.
    12 team 9 cat Roto pick 3.

    3 – harden
    22 – trae
    27 – turner
    46 – bam
    51 – SGA
    70 – Wendell carter jr
    75 – LeVert
    94 – Dejounte
    99 – Gary Harris
    118 – Kanter
    123 – Sexton
    142 – Eric gordon

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