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Buzz Lightyears Draft

by Mike Gallagher
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

So I’m always into coming up with new ideas. We all love our favorite targets and we all love snake drafts, but what about a combination? I thought it might be fun to do a draft based on players we were planning to target aggressively in drafts.


We did this based on some August ADP numbers and it was for players who were going after 50. So yes, guys like Jarrett Allen may no longer qualify for the mid-round number anymore.


So basically, I told everyone to draft a player who you think will vastly exceed their value from last year. In other words, you want Rookie of the Year, Most Improve Player, or players who could be post-hype sleepers or bounce-back candidates.


Like Joe Lacob said, it's all about being lightyears ahead, and then in fantasy it's all about the buzz guys. Hence Buzz Lightyears Draft!


I thought it was fun and here’s how it came out:


Round 1    
1 Tommy Beer Luka Doncic 
2 Ryan Knaus Jarrett Allen 
3 Steve Alexander John Collins 
4 Mike Gallagher Wendell Carter Jr. 
5 Jonas Nader Jaren Jackson Jr. 
6 Jared Johnson Lauri Markkanen 

 So again, we're kind of just doing this based on guys we'd like to target as a "buzz guy" or something along those lines. Doncic was a bit of a mild surprise to go first because I assumed it would have been Collins or Allen to kick it off. Still, Doncic looks awesome already, so he could be a major factor right away. I am all in on WCJ after his magnifcent Vegas run, and Jonas obviously loves JJJ.


Round 2    
1 Jared Johnson Deandre Ayton 
2 Jonas Nader Jonathan Isaac 
3 Mike Gallagher Dejounte Murray 
4 Steve Alexander Taurean Prince 
5 Ryan Knaus Josh Jackson 
6 Tommy Beer Trae Young 

 Again, this wasn't exactly based off ADP, and it was more about how you'll reach for a guy. In other words, Jared thiks Ayton should be a top-40 pick, which I am on board with. Love him. When I came up with this idea, I was planning on taking Allen in the first and Isaac on the way back. Neither happened and it feels like it's almost a unanimous front on those two second-year defensive players. Dejounte is another guy many of us love, and there tend to be groans when he comes off the board.


Round 3    
1 Tommy Beer Kevin Knox 
2 Ryan Knaus Marvin Bagley III 
3 Steve Alexander Collin Sexton 
4 Mike Gallagher Jordan Bell 
5 Jonas Nader Markelle Fultz 
6 Jared Johnson Kris Dunn 

Tommy went homer mode to kick it off, which is fair after he showed he could be a high-volume scorer. Although, his nine-cat value should be limited. I think Collin Sexton could be the most valuable rookie guard and am always targeting him. My love for Bell is no secret and Jonas is buying Drew Hanlen's care of Markelle.


Round 4    
1 Jared Johnson Zach LaVine 
2 Jonas Nader D'Angelo Russell 
3 Mike Gallagher Mo Bamba 
4 Steve Alexander De'Aaron Fox 
5 Ryan Knaus Mitchell Robinson 
6 Tommy Beer OG Anunoby 

If LaVine can up his efficiency, maybe he scores over 23 per game with other stats. I really believe Steve Clifford will get a ton out of his young guys, so I love drafting any Magic guy under 24. Mitch-Rob blocked everybody in Vegas and it's not going to be hard for him to find a role. He'll be an aggressive target in deep leagues. 


Round 5    
1 Tommy Beer Cedi Osman 
2 Ryan Knaus Harry Giles 
3 Steve Alexander Seth Curry 
4 Mike Gallagher Pascal Siakam 
5 Jonas Nader Josh Hart 
6 Jared Johnson Brandon Knight 

I thought I might be alone on Cedi Island, so I thought he would slide. Nope. He looks like a capable No. 3 NBA scorer this summer, so I'm definitely on board. The Raptors are making changed to their rotation, so Pascal could benefit. Giles is also a player to watch. I love Josh Hart. Knight was picked before the Suns-Rockets deal.


Round 6    
1 Jared Johnson Jaylen Brown 
2 Jonas Nader Frank Ntilikina 
3 Mike Gallagher Elie Okobo 
4 Steve Alexander Alex Len 
5 Ryan Knaus Dennis Smith Jr. 
6 Tommy Beer Montrezl Harrell 

Nothing really too sexy here and I just took Okobo for the #Brand.


Mike Gallagher
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.