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Offseason Beat

Fantasy Draft Recap

by Steve Alexander
Updated On: October 10, 2018, 11:46 pm ET

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.

 

Round 5

 

49. Al Horford PF Dobish

50. Enes Kanter C Carpenter

51. Luka Doncic PG Flood

52. Aaron Gordon SF Alexander

53. Hassan Whiteside C Trout

54. Ricky Rubio PG Castro

55. Lou Williams SG Feingold

56. Goran Dragic PG Snellings

57. Jusuf Nurkic C McKeown

58. Zach LaVine SG Klyce

59. Andrew Wiggins SF Towers

60. Dwight Howard C Wayland

 

Kanter’s going to be a popular pick, especially in a two-center league, and the two-center requirement also boosted the value of Nurkic and Howard. However, I’m not too confident about either of them, especially Howard with his back problem. I think LaVine is going to have a monster season and was sad I didn’t get him in the next round. However, I also think Aaron Gordon is going to go off, and am targeting him everywhere.

 

Round 6

 

61. Jeff Teague PG Wayland

62. Gary Harris SG Towers

63. D’Angelo Russell PG Klyce

64. Jabari Parker SF McKeown

65. Lonzo Ball PG Snellings

66. Steven Adams C Feingold

67. Brandon Ingram SF Castro

68. DeMarcus Cousins C Trout

69. Jarrett Allen C Alexander

70. Julius Randle PF Flood

71. Jonas Valanciunas C Carpenter

72. Paul Millsap PF Dobish

 

I got center No. 3 with Jarrett Allen here, and I’m not ashamed of it. I think this was way too early on Cousins, as we simply don’t know when we’ll see him on the court, let alone at full strength.

 

Round 7

 

73. Harrison Barnes PF Dobish

74. Will Barton SF Carpenter

75. Jamal Murray SG Flood

76. De’Aaron Fox PG Alexander

77. Dennis Smith Jr. PG Trout

78. Trae Young PG Castro

79. Otto Porter Jr. SF Feingold

80. Kris Dunn PG Snellings

81. Nicolas Batum SG McKeown

82. Nikola Mirotic PF Klyce

83. Derrick Favors PF Towers

84. Brook Lopez C Wayland

 

I was eyeing Jamal Murray here, but Flood sniped him, and I was pleased to get Fox. I don’t see how he doesn’t have a nice year for the Kings. This was a guard-intensive round, with the much maligned DSJ going at 77, Trae Young at 78, Kris Dunn at 80 and Batum at 81.

 

Round 8

 

85. Evan Fournier SG Wayland

86. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson PF Towers

87. Dennis Schroder PG Klyce

88. Jeremy Lamb SG McKeown

89. Rajon Rondo PG Snellings

90. Tim Hardaway SF Feingold

91. Dario Saric PF Castro

92. Serge Ibaka PF Trout

93. Josh Richardson SF Alexander

94. Collin Sexton PG Flood

95. Willie Cauley-Stein C Carpenter

96. Darren Collison PG Dobish

 

I feel like Josh Richardson is a forgotten man and he returned Top 40 value in most leagues last season. What happens to him if he’s traded to Minnesota remains a mystery, I still think he’s going to be a fantasy stud as long as he’s healthy.

 

Round 9

 

97. Reggie Jackson PG Dobish

98. Lauri Markkanen PF Carpenter

99. Kyle Kuzma PF Flood

100. Joe Ingles SF Alexander

101. Marvin Bagley PF Trout

102. Bobby Portis PF Castro

103. Markelle Fultz PG Feingold

104. Robert Covington SF Snellings

105. Cedi Osman SF McKeown

106. Kelly Olynyk PF Klyce

107. Tyreke Evans SG Towers

108. T.J. Warren SF Wayland

 

CBS oddly has Taurean Prince listed as Waller Prince, Taurean, and I honestly just missed him. Had I figured that out a minute earlier, I would have taken him over Ingles here.

 

Round 10

 

109. Danilo Gallinari SF Wayland

110. Spencer Dinwiddie PG Towers

111. Domantas Sabonis C Klyce

112. Wendell Carter Jr. PF McKeown

113. Marcin Gortat C Snellings

114. Caris LeVert SF Feingold

115. Taurean Prince SF Castro

116. Josh Jackson SF Trout

117. Kevin Knox SF Alexander

118. Jaylen Brown SG Flood

119. Buddy Hield SG Carpenter

120. Rudy Gay SF Dobish

 

And of course, once I saw Prince was still there, I had him locked and loaded for the 117th pick. And, on cue, Castro snagged him from my grasp. I cannot repeat here the text message that ensued, but let’s just say I kind of lost my mind for a minute. And took Kevin Knox. Also, I love the Caris LeVert pick. I think he’s going to be a fun own this season.

 

Round 11

 

121. Pau Gasol C Dobish

122. Jaren Jackson Jr. PF Carpenter

123. Carmelo Anthony SF Flood

124. Jonathan Isaac SF Alexander

125. George Hill PG Trout

126. Malcolm Brogdon PG Castro

127. Mo Bamba C Feingold

128. Isaiah Thomas PG Snellings

129. Kyle Anderson PF McKeown

130. Larry Nance Jr. PF Klyce

131. Eric Gordon SG Towers

132. James Johnson PF Wayland

 

I went all upside with Jonathan Isaac here, and Dobish may have gotten burned by the autopick of Pau Gasol. Carmelo Anthony is the opposite of an upside pick, and I won’t own him anywhere, ever again. Snellings is hoping that Isaiah Thomas can return to form at some point, but I’m not holding my breath. The Mo Bamba pick by Feingold was probably the most intriguing pick of this round.

 

Round 12

 

133. Thaddeus Young PF Wayland

134. Dirk Nowitzki PF Towers

135. Trey Burke PG Klyce

136. Stanley Johnson SF McKeown

137. Kristaps Porzingis PF Snellings

138. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope SG Feingold

139. Harry Giles PF Castro

140. J.J. Redick SG Trout

141. Josh Hart SG Alexander

142. Terry Rozier PG Flood

143. Avery Bradley SG Carpenter

144. Markieff Morris PF Dobish

 

Josh Hart just looks like too good a player not to get minutes and production in L.A. and Snellings gambled again, hoping that Kristaps Porzingis is able to return sooner than later from his knee surgery. He could be out for most of the season, possibly.

 

Round 13

 

145. Tyler Johnson SG Dobish

146. Rodney Hood SG Carpenter

147. Miles Bridges SF Flood

148. Patty Mills PG Alexander

149. Taj Gibson PF Trout

150. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander PG Castro

151. Emmanuel Mudiay PG Feingold

152. Jordan Clarkson SG Snellings

153. Jeremy Lin PG McKeown

154. Montrezl Harrell C Klyce

155. Cody Zeller C Towers

156. Patrick Beverley Wayland

 

With Dejounte Murray going down, likely for the entire season, I went Patty Mills here, as someone has to play point guard for the Spurs. I also liked the Miles Bridges, Jordan Clarkson and Montrezl Harrell picks here.

 

Round 14

 

157. Milos Teodosic PG Wayland

158. Dewayne Dedmon C Towers

159. Denzel Valentine SF Klyce

160. Bogdan Bogdanovic SG McKeown

161. Mario Hezonja SF Snellings

162. Allonzo Trier SG Feingold

163. Allen Crabbe SG Castro

164. Michael Porter Jr. PF Trout

165. Derrick White PG Alexander

166. Nerlens Noel C Flood

167. DeMarre Carroll SF Carpenter

168. Ish Smith PG Dobish

 

I grabbed Derrick White here, so either way, I should have the starting point guard in San Antonio. And given the rest of the picks in this round, I have no regrets about snagging White. I’m curious to see how Allonzo Trier looks in New York once the regular season starts. He’s unknown and a bit intriguing.

 

We drafted for three more rounds to fill out the end of our benches, but I think 168 picks is enough for one night.

 

Good luck in your drafts, your DFS ventures, and the NBA season!

Steve Alexander

Steve "Dr. A" Alexander is the senior editor for the NBA for Rotoworld.com and a contributor to NBCSports.com. The 2020-20 NBA season marks (at least) his 20th year of covering fantasy hoops for Rotoworld. Follow him on Twitter - @Docktora.