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Fantasy Draft Recap

Thursday, October 11, 2018


I recently competed in the longstanding UBC Expert Fantasy Hoops League. We slow draft over a few days on CBSSports.com and use a points scoring system in a weekly head-to-head matchup. The final scores are usually similar to an NBA game score – like 115.6 to 113.7. The scoring system is unique, but it works and it’s a fun format.

 

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3-PTM = .08 points
AST = .17 points
BK = .25 points
FGM = .25 points
FGA = -.08 points
FTM = .25 points
FTA = -.17 points
PTS = .08 points
STLS = .17 points
TO = -.17 points
TRB = .10 points

 

The participants, most of which have been in this league for a very long time, and draft order.

1. Dan Dobish – Rotoworld
2. Tom Carpenter – ESPN
3. Brian Flood – Fox News Media Reporter
4. Steve Alexander – Rotoworld
5. Tim Trout – Beckett Publishing
6. Hector Castro – Empire Sports Marketing
7. Andrew Feingold – New York sports expert
8. Andre Snellings – ESPN
9. Kyle McKeown – Basketballmonster.com
10. David Klyce – HoopsKlyce.com
11. Chris Towers – CBSSports.com
12. Keith Wayland – KFBA.net


We start 12 players that includes a combination of at least four guards, four forwards and two centers. The positions listed by each player are how they’re set up on CBS, but some qualify at multiple positions. Here’s how it all went down…

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Round 1

 

1. Anthony Davis PF Dobish

2. Giannis Antetokounmpo PF Carpenter

3. Karl-Anthony Towns C Flood

4. James Harden SG Alexander

5. LeBron James PF Trout

6. Russell Westbrook PG Castro

7. Kevin Durant SF Feingold

8. Nikola Jokic C Snellings

9. Joel Embiid C McKeown

10. Damian Lillard PG Klyce

11. Stephen Curry PG Towers

12. John Wall PG Wayland

 

I would have loved to see Giannis fall to me at No. 4, but that’s something that’s not going to happen very often, especially in a league like this one. Harden at four’s not bad, though. I’ve seen a 12-team turn of Embiid/Simmons happen a few times, but this was not one of them.

 

Round 2

 

13. Ben Simmons PG Wayland

14. Kawhi Leonard SF Towers

15. Paul George SF Klyce

16. Devin Booker SG McKeown

17. Andre Drummond C Snellings

18. Victor Oladipo SG Feingold

19. LaMarcus Aldridge PF Castro

20. Kyrie Irving PG Trout

21. Kemba Walker PG Alexander

22. Donovan Mitchell SG Flood

23. DeMar DeRozan SG Carpenter

24. Kyle Lowry PG Dobish

 

Oladipo at 18 is about as low as you’ll see him go in any draft and I think he was a steal there. Drummond has solid value in this league since free throws don’t kill you, and I was satisfied with Kemba Walker here. I haven’t owned him much in the past, but he’s a very reliable fantasy point guard. Some of my Rotoworld colleagues would have taken Lowry instead.

 

Round 3

 

25. Jimmy Butler SG Dobish

26. Bradley Beal SG Carpenter

27. Kevin Love C Flood

28. Rudy Gobert C Alexander

29. Chris Paul PG Trout

30. Jrue Holiday PG Castro

31. Khris Middleton SF Feingold

32. C.J. McCollum SG Snellings

33. Deandre Ayton C McKeown

34. Tobias Harris SF Klyce

35. Blake Griffin PF Towers

36. Marc Gasol C Wayland

 

Dobish’s team is a good example of an auto-draft, as he let the computer do the picking for him for most of the draft. Ayton is the wildcard here and if he plays well, he should be a dominant fantasy big man. With two centers required to start in this league, I went Gobert a little early. Good centers don’t last long.

 

Round 4

 

37. Mike Conley PG Wayland

38. Eric Bledsoe PG Towers

39. Nikola Vucevic C Klyce

40. John Collins PF McKeown

41. Draymond Green PF Snellings

42. Clint Capela C Feingold

43. DeAndre Jordan C Castro

44. Klay Thompson SG Trout

45. Myles Turner C Alexander

46. Gordon Hayward SF Flood

47. Jayson Tatum SF Carpenter

48. Elfrid Payton PG Dobish

 

I would have liked to have gotten Collins here, but was happy to scoop up Turner, who I think is primed for a bounce-back season. Jordan’s free throws won’t kill Castro in this league, and Flood is hoping that Hayward gets the ball enough in a crowded Celtics rotation. Ditto for Carpenter and Tatum.

 


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Steve "Dr. A" Alexander is the senior editor for the NBA for Rotoworld.com and a contributor to NBCSports.com. The 2017-18 NBA season marks (at least) his 16th year of covering fantasy hoops for Rotoworld. Follow him on Twitter - @Docktora.
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