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Rotoworld Expert Fantasy Draft

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

The Rotoworld crew got together for this nine-category mock. A lot of us (myself included) were on our flag-planting ways and most fantasy owners won't have to reach quite as high in your drafts. We start a PG, SG, G, SF, PF, F, C, and three UTIL in this league.

 

Here are the owners for this draft. 

 

Jonas Nader - Rotoworld

Scott Bogman - In This League

Mike Gallagher - Rotoworld

Steve Alexander - Rotoworld

Jared Johnson - Rotoworld

Ethan Norof - Rotoworld

Tommy Beer - Rotoworld

Ryan Knaus - Rotoworld

David Klyce - HoopsKlyce.com

Matt Stoup - Rotoworld

Daniel Dobish - Rotoworld

Rick Kamla - NBATV

 

 

ROUND 1
1 Giannis Antetokounmpo, Mil SF Team Nader
2 Karl-Anthony Towns, Min C Team Bogman
3 Kevin Durant, GS SF   Team Gallagher
4 Russell Westbrook, OKC PG Team alexander
5 James Harden, Hou SG Team Johnson
6 Kawhi Leonard, SA SF Team Norof
7 Anthony Davis, Nor PF Team Beer
8 Stephen Curry, GS PG Team Knaus
9 DeMarcus Cousins, Nor C Team Klyce
10 LeBron James, Cle SF Team Stroup
11 John Wall, Wsh PG Team Dobish
12 Damian Lillard, Por PG Team Kamla

 

For the umpteenth time, the same eight players go in the top eight. The order can vary with sometimes Curry going 1-2 or we've even seen KAT go six -- that's crazy talk to me, by the way. I've probably done about 50 mocks and this is the highest I've seen Boogie go. He could be worth it with his added fitness and now he made over two treys per game with NOP. I love Dame at 12 for his sixth-ranked post-break run and a whopping 79.2 games per season.

 

ROUND 2
13 Draymond Green, GS SF Team Kamla
14 Nikola Jokic, Den PF Team Dobish
15 Jimmy Butler, Min SG Team Stroup
16 Kyrie Irving, Bos PG Team Klyce
17 Rudy Gobert, Utah C Team Knaus
18 Myles Turner, Ind PF Team Beer
19 Hassan Whiteside, Mia PF Team Norof
20 Kristaps Porzingis, NY PF Team Johnson
21 Paul George, OKC SF Team alexander
22 Chris Paul, Hou PG   Team Gallagher
23 CJ McCollum, Por PG Team Bogman
24 Bradley Beal, Wsh SG Team Nader

Right off the bat, we get a surprise. Dray usually goes around 20, but it's hard to blame Kamla for taking the best player for defensive stats. Jokic is the first steal of the draft here and he almost always go 9-10, so that's a big pickup. Besides that, everything pretty much falls into place here, but I was surprised to land CP3 at 22. Imagine getting CP3 and KD on the same team two years ago. The NBA is so loaded. Other values I like are Beal at 24, KP at 20, Gobert at 17 and Myles at 18. 

 

ROUND 3
25 Kyle Lowry, Tor PG Team Nader
26 Gordon Hayward, Bos SG Team Bogman
27 Joel Embiid, Phi C   Team Gallagher
28 Al Horford, Bos C Team alexander
29 Kemba Walker, Cha PG Team Johnson
30 Khris Middleton, Mil SF Team Norof
31 Mike Conley, Mem PG Team Beer
32 Klay Thompson, GS SG Team Knaus
33 Blake Griffin*, LAC PF Team Klyce
34 Marc Gasol, Mem C Team Stroup
35 DeMar DeRozan, Tor SG Team Dobish
36 Devin Booker, Pho SG Team Kamla

You can really see the drop off after pick 25 here with a lot of us taking guys with a wide range of draft position. I've seen Hayward go in the 40s and all the offense around him could be a tough adjustment. I reached a smidge on The Process, but I desperately needed a big man. Doctor A was in my boat and perhaps he was reaching a bit on Big Al, but expect him to thrive and finish second for dimes with great percentages and defensive stats. For what it's worth, I did take The Process because I want at least one team with him. He's the most fun player in the NBA. Blake could be a tremendous value, but there is concern he won't be ready for the start of the season. If he had been healthy, I would've grabbed him over TTP. I thought DeMar DeRozan and Booker were a little early, but you can understand Kamla going with a scoring guy after he snapped up Dray. Conley is probably the best value at 30 in this round. Beer gets rewarded for going double big early (AD and Turner), so that gave him a huge edge. I can't stress this enough: GET A BIG IN THE FIRST THREE ROUNDS! For nine cat, especially. Maybe two or even three if you can.

 

ROUND 4
37 DeAndre Jordan, LAC C Team Kamla
38 Carmelo Anthony, NY SF Team Dobish
39 Paul Millsap, Den PF Team Stroup
40 Nerlens Noel, Dal C Team Klyce
41 Victor Oladipo, Ind SG Team Knaus
42 Kevin Love, Cle PF Team Beer
43 Eric Bledsoe, Pho PG Team Norof
44 Brook Lopez, LAL C Team Johnson
45 Dennis Smith Jr., Dal PG Team alexander
46 Jamal Murray, Den SG   Team Gallagher
47 Jusuf Nurkic, Por C Team Bogman
48 D'Angelo Russell, Bkn PG Team Nader

If you're going to draft DJ, you have to know you're zapping the value in FT% for your guards. Dame was fourth for FT% percentage output after the break, so that's really a tough pill to swallow for Kamla there. That's also a testament to how tough it is to draft bigs this year. I've never seen Melo go this high, but his 3-pointer ceiling could be unlocked in Houston -- that would also really hurt Trevor Ariza and perhaps CP3 or Harden. Beer got another really nice pick with Love at 42 and he could be even better if Isaiah Thomas is held out. Basically the whole RW crew wants Dipo, so Ryan gets him at 41, which is really nice. ESPN was super aggressive on Nurk Alert's ranking, so if you want him you will have to take him before 50. I can't do it. I'm going to bash the rest of Doctor A's picks the rest of he way because he took my man DSJ. Love him. Perhaps that rattled me to take Jamal Murray at 46, but #brand for life. All in on the Blue Arrow. I also like DAR here.

 

ROUND 5
49 Ricky Rubio, Utah PG Team Nader
50 Otto Porter Jr., Wsh SF Team Bogman
51 Marquese Chriss, Pho PF   Team Gallagher
52 James Johnson, Mia SF Team alexander
53 Nicolas Batum, Cha SF Team Johnson
54 Andrew Wiggins, Min SG Team Norof
55 Goran Dragic, Mia PG Team Beer
56 Nikola Vucevic, Orl C Team Knaus
57 Dennis Schroder, Atl PG Team Klyce
58 Jrue Holiday, Nor PG Team Stroup
59 Ben Simmons, Phi PF Team Dobish
60 Lonzo Ball, LAL PG Team Kamla

Rubio is a major value here with many of us going with sexy picks. This quickly turned into the #brand section with Steve taking his black-belted boy James Johnson while I went after my breakout pick of Marquese Chriss. Massive upside there. No real surprises besides that, but I am a little worried about how Wiggins will perform because he's so scoring based. Lonzo Ball almost always goes 45-60, so he's right there on the back end of that. Beer is Mr. Value again with Dragic at 55.

 

ROUND 6
61 Markelle Fultz, Phi PG Team Kamla
62 Isaiah Thomas, Cle PG Team Dobish
63 Serge Ibaka, Tor PF Team Stroup
64 Robert Covington, Phi PF Team Klyce
65 Gary Harris, Den SG Team Knaus
66 Avery Bradley, Det SG Team Beer
67 Brandon Ingram, LAL PF Team Norof
68 Gorgui Dieng, Min C Team Johnson
69 Andre Drummond, Det C Team alexander
70 Aaron Gordon, Orl PF   Team Gallagher
71 Elfrid Payton, Orl PG Team Bogman
72 Clint Capela, Hou C Team Nader

Kamla with the double-dip on rookies. With Embiid likely getting a usage rate in the upper 30s and Ben Simmons running the offense, Fultz will really have to add the steals to produce. It's certainly possible, though. We had some draft-room groans when Avery Bradley coming off the board, so that's a great pick here. IT finally comes off the board here and he may slide even more. Personally, there's too much value on the board to take him here. Doctor A was building a strong FT% team to this point, but he ruined it with Drummond. Again, bigs are at a premium like never before -- I've been playing fantasy for almost 20 years... I'm old. Ryan gets Gary Harris about as often as I get Jamal Murray and this is a great spot for him. I was thrilled to land Aaron Gordon at 70 after he busted out for third-round value after the break. I actually like him more than Chriss, but I thought he could slide. Brandon Ingram is pure ceiling, but it's possible he can return dividends at this costly price. Elf Payton, like AG, was also terrific late.

 

ROUND 7
73 Tobias Harris, Det PF Team Nader
74 Jeff Teague, Min PG Team Bogman
75 Taurean Prince, Atl SF   Team Gallagher
76 Julius Randle, LAL PF Team alexander
77 Trevor Ariza, Hou SF Team Johnson
78 Willy Hernangomez, NY C Team Norof
79 Harrison Barnes, Dal SF Team Beer
80 TJ Warren, Pho SF Team Knaus
81 Jeremy Lin, Bkn PG Team Klyce
82 LaMarcus Aldridge, SA PF Team Stroup
83 Marcin Gortat, Wsh C Team Dobish
84 Ryan Anderson, Hou PF Team Kamla

Teague at 74 is pretty nice and he's basically the older version of Jamal Murray without the fun (and blue arrows). I don't think I've ever said a bad thing about any of Ryan's picks in our years together and I loved Warren here. Sometimes I wish I could draft as soundly as Ryan. As I say on the pod (and as you can probably tell how I draft), I love the mystery box and untapped potential, so I was happy to land Prince here -- there were some groans as well, so it was on time. All these picks are really solid and the only one I can't sign off on is Ryan Anderson. Although, a trade could catapult his value.

 

ROUND 8
85 Rajon Rondo, Nor PG Team Kamla
86 Zach LaVine*, Chi PG Team Dobish
87 Evan Fournier, Orl SG Team Stroup
88 Buddy Hield, Sac SG Team Klyce
89 Markieff Morris, Wsh PF Team Knaus
90 Tim Hardaway Jr., NY SG Team Beer
91 Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, LAL SG Team Norof
92 Danilo Gallinari*, LAC SF Team Johnson
93 Derrick Favors, Utah PF Team alexander
94 Boban Marjanovic, Det C   Team Gallagher
95 Darren Collison, Ind PG Team Bogman
96 Richaun Holmes, Phi PF Team Nader

Rondo was a smart pick for Kamla with DJ on his team, so he should maximize his value there with the FT% punt. I can't do Zach LaVine despite how the Bulls are saying he could be ready to start the year. Beer, again, had another really nice pick on THJ and I've seen him go as high as 65 -- he was a seventh-round player after the break and has a massive opportunity in front of him. Gallo at 92 is pretty nice, especially after we saw him stay on the floor last year. He should score a bunch as the No. 2 option. I'm kind of coming around on Favors even though he's sporting a knee brace in casual activities. Pacers continue to be values and Collison here is solid. I was hoping to land Holmes on the way back to 'cuff Embiid, but let's see what vegan Jahlil Okafor has to say. Unleash the Boban.

 

ROUND 9
97 Jonas Valanciunas, Tor C Team Nader
98 George Hill, Sac PG Team Bogman
99 Rodney Hood, Utah SG   Team Gallagher
100 Seth Curry, Dal SG Team alexander
101 Josh Richardson, Mia SG Team Johnson
102 Jae Crowder, Cle SF Team Norof
103 Willie Cauley-Stein, Sac C Team Beer
104 Patrick Beverley, LAC PG Team Knaus
105 Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Bkn SF Team Klyce
106 Josh Jackson, Pho SF Team Stroup
107 Jabari Parker*, Mil SF Team Dobish
108 Dwight Howard, Cha C Team Kamla

I've drafted JV for years, but I just can't do it this in 2017. I wish him well, but there's a lot that could go wrong. He's like an ex. George Hill should play a lot, but injury concerns and losing minutes to Star Fox will be perpetual storylines. Knaus continues to plant his flag on Pat Bev and it's easy to see why with more minutes and probably more scoring. RHJ went higher than I thought, but I'm on board and usually come away with him at like 125. Kamla continued his smart picks with Dwight on the FT%, so the hit on Dame and Booker may be worth it. I won't be drafting Jabari or Jae Crowder, but maybe Crowder can still produce on limited touches. I love Rod Hood and general manager Dennis Lindsey thinks he could score 18 per game.

 

ROUND 10
109 Marcus Morris, Bos PF Team Kamla
110 Pau Gasol, SA PF Team Dobish
111 Tyler Johnson, Mia SG Team Stroup
112 Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Cha SF Team Klyce
113 Rudy Gay, SA SF Team Knaus
114 Lou Williams, LAC PG Team Beer
115 Dwyane Wade, Chi SG Team Norof
116 Wilson Chandler, Den SF Team Johnson
117 Malcolm Brogdon, Mil SG Team alexander
118 John Collins, Atl PF   Team Gallagher
119 Thaddeus Young, Ind SF Team Bogman
120 Greg Monroe, Mil PF Team Nader

MKG is undervalued in every single draft and you could say the same for Lou Williams. Both should be top-100 guys. There's some value here with veterans D-Wade and Pau Gasol going off the board, but this is about where they'll go. I won't draft them. Marcus Morris is going to need a lot of volume to hit and it'll be interesting to see how Jayson Tatum fits in for Boston. There were a surprising amount of low-upside guys here in Brogdon, Monroe and Johnson, but they should be solid. I will draft young players on bad teams in the late rounds all day.

 

ROUND 11
121 Dirk Nowitzki, Dal PF Team Nader
122 Marvin Williams, Cha SF Team Bogman
123 Lauri Markkanen, Chi PF   Team Gallagher
124 Wesley Matthews, Dal SG Team alexander
125 Steven Adams, OKC C Team Johnson
126 Joe Ingles, Utah PF Team Norof
127 Allen Crabbe, Bkn SG Team Beer
128 Robin Lopez, Chi C Team Knaus
129 Dewayne Dedmon, Atl C Team Klyce
130 Skal Labissiere, Sac PF Team Stroup
131 JaMychal Green, Mem PF Team Dobish
132 Eric Gordon, Hou SG Team Kamla

Young players on bad teams late. Cant preach this enough. Markkanen should get every opportunity to succeed. Dirk just slides every draft and 121 is almost comical. I love Marvin Williams here and coach Steve Clifford have him a vote of confidence recently. I'm firmly on Team Crabbe and I think RoLo is another guy I'd like to take, especially with how thin his position is. Dedmon is one of the best block specialists you can get this late and I also like Ingles as a high-floor guy. I'm probably not touching Rockets not named Harden, Paul and Capela.

 

ROUND 12
133 Dion Waiters, Mia SG Team Kamla
134 Jayson Tatum, Bos SF Team Dobish
135 Kent Bazemore, Atl SG Team Stroup
136 Marcus Smart, Bos PG Team Klyce
137 Caris LeVert, Bkn PF Team Knaus
138 Dario Saric, Phi SF Team Beer
139 Norman Powell, Tor SG Team Norof
140 Donovan Mitchell, Utah SG Team Johnson
141 Jordan Clarkson, LAL PG Team alexander
142 Kris Dunn, Chi PG   Team Gallagher
143 JJ Redick, Phi SG Team Bogman
144 Terrence Ross, Orl SG Team Nader

Both ESPN and Yahoo! were super aggressive on their Dario ranking, but this is a more accurate spot for him. Too much competition for touches. I'm big on Norm Powell and I liked my boy LeVert going here. Young players on bad teams, you guys.

 

ROUND 13
145 Thon Maker, Mil PF Team Nader
146 Zach Randolph, Sac PF Team Bogman
147 Chandler Parsons, Mem SF   Team Gallagher
148 Frank Ntilikina, NY SG Team alexander
149 Milos Teodosic, LAC SG Team Johnson
150 Reggie Jackson, Det PG Team Norof
151 Jaylen Brown, Bos PF Team Beer
152 Jarrett Allen*, Bkn C Team Knaus
153 Trevor Booker, Bkn PF Team Klyce
154 Ersan Ilyasova, Atl PF Team Stroup
155 Derrick Rose, Cle PG Team Dobish
156 Tristan Thompson, Cle PF Team Kamla

Reggie Jackson at 150 is kind of wild, but you could see why with his lingering knee issue. Still, it's a solid pick. You could say the same thing about Parsons. Ryan took my boy Jarrett Allen. I've picked him up in almost every mock until now, so it makes sense to be more aggressive on him. Blocks specialists. I really don't see a reason to draft Z-Bo or Tristan Thompson, but again bigs are at a premium. Ghostface Ilya is a really sneaky pickup.

 

 

ROUND 14
157 Lance Stephenson, Ind SG Team Kamla
158 Kelly Olynyk, Mia C Team Dobish
159 Maurice Harkless, Por SF Team Stroup
160 Larry Nance Jr., LAL PF Team Klyce
161 Andre Iguodala, GS SF Team Knaus
162 Mike Muscala, Atl C Team Beer
163 Justise Winslow, Mia SG Team Norof
164 Al-Farouq Aminu, Por SF Team Johnson
165 Juan Hernangomez, Den PF Team alexander
166 Bogdan Bogdanovic, Sac SG   Team Gallagher
167 Alan Williams, Pho C Team Bogman
168 Jonathan Isaac, Orl SF Team Nader

Mike Muscala was a target of mine here and I also really liked Moe Harkless here. I took a chance on Bogdan after a strong run at EuroBasket. I'm beating this young players, bad teams thing to death, huh?

 

ROUND 15
169 Cheick Diallo, Nor PF Team Nader
170 De'Aaron Fox, Sac PG Team Bogman
171 Dejounte Murray, SA SG   Team Gallagher
172 Jordan Crawford, Nor SG Team alexander
173 Tyreke Evans, Mem SF Team Johnson
174 Tyler Ulis, Pho SG Team Norof
175 Nikola Mirotic, Chi PF Team Beer
176 Mason Plumlee, Den PF Team Knaus
177 Jeremy Lamb, Cha SG Team Klyce
178 Will Barton, Den SG Team Stroup
179 Enes Kanter, OKC C Team Dobish
180 Malik Monk, Cha SG Team Kamla

Star Fox at 170 is pretty nice and you could say the same for Malik Monk, especially with MCW hurt. I took a shot on Dejounte Murray despite his letdown at summer league.

 

 

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Mike Gallagher has covered fantasy hoops for eight years and this season is his second with Rotoworld. You can find him on Twitter talking about a player's shots at the rim.
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