This is one of the money leagues that I’m in this year and it’s quite an intense league. It’s been going on for nearly a decade now and bragging rights are very important because we’re all real life friends. The format is a head-to-head, snake draft held on Yahoo! and it’s with the default positions with one extra UTIL spot and an IL spot. Because of privacy issues, I’ll be using their first names only. Hopefully this will help you a bit if you still haven’t drafted.


Round 1

1. Plato – Russell Westbrook
2. Alex – James Harden
3. Kelvin – Stephen Curry
4. Brian #1 (me) – Karl-Anthony Towns
5. Michael – Kevin Durant
6. William – Kawhi Leonard
7. Justin Giannis Antetokounmpo
8. Ivan – Chris Paul
9. Byron – Anthony Davis
10. Tim – Damian Lillard 
11. Brian #2 – Hassan Whiteside
12. Clement –  Paul George

Personally, I would’ve taken Harden with the first pick but you can’t really fault Plato from taking Westbrook. I took KAT fourth over Durant and it’ll be interesting to see how that plays out. Towns been shooting threes in preseason and making them so I’m a big believer of that. If healthy, the Brow could be a steal for Byron at the ninth pick so it’s the ultimate risk/reward pick in the first round. Lillard at ten seems a bit too high when there are the likes of DeMarcus Cousins or LeBron James but it’s not too bad. Overall a decent first round.


Round 2

13. Clement – DeMarcus Cousins
14. Brian #2 – LeBron James
15. Tim – Paul Millsap
16. Byron – Jimmy Butler
17. Ivan – Al Horford
18. Justin – John Wall
19. William – LaMarcus Aldridge
20. Michael – Victor Oladipo
21. Brian #1 (me) – Kyrie Irving
22. Kelvin – Kyle Lowry
23. Alex – Draymond Green
24. Plato – Kemba Walker

A good pairing of Boogie wit PG13 to start the second round. Set for a punt FG% team by Clement. Another solid pairing with LeBron and Whiteside for a punt FT% team by the fake Brian. Jimmy Butler was a questionable pick at 16 and it’s because Byron panicked and auto-drafted this pick, poor him. A decent pairing with Horford and CP3 by Ivan, locking him down players with elite percentages. Big Willy’s got two Spurs players in the first two rounds, if Pop decides to rest them on any given night, he’s going to lose big. I was going to go either Dipo or Kyrie whoever was there and turns out Dipo was grabbed right before me. Kemba pairing with Westbrook is also a good pairing for a punt FG% team and he’s locked down two elite point guards already. A total of 5 point guards gone in this round. Should grab yourself a point guard early if you want an elite one.


Round 3

25. Plato – Isaiah Thomas
26. Alex – Kristaps Porzingis
27. Kelvin – C.J. McCollum
28. Brian #1 (me) – Mike Conley
29. Michael – Myles Turner
30. William – Serge Ibaka
31. Justin Blake Griffin
32. Ivan – Brook Lopez
33. Byron – Nikola Jokic
34. Tim – Carmelo Anthony
35. Brian #2 – Ricky Rubio
36. Clement –  Rudy Gobert

The Pizza Guy went at pick 25 to continue the trend of low FG% point guards but that’s three point guards for Plato’s first three picks. Pick 27 for CJ is also a little high for Kelvin and he also a guard heavy team as well. I went with Mike Conley because I think he’ll have potential to be a top-20 player but turns out my team ended up punting assists and steals so his value diminishes on my team, bad pick. Michael really likes his boy Myles Turner. He’s the Mike Gallagher in our league as you’ll see later. Jokic at 33 for Byron could be a good pick given his upside. His value dropped a bit after preseason because of Jusuf Nurkic but I still think he’ll be good. Melo at 34 is good value for Tim. Gobert is questionable for Clement’s team when he decided to walk the punt FG% line but Rudy is the exact opposite of that.


Round 4

37. Clement – Goran Dragic
38. Brian #2 – DeAndre Jordan
39. Tim – Eric Bledsoe
40. Byron – Jonas Valanciunas
41. Ivan – Trevor Ariza
42. Justin – Andre Drummond
43. William – Gorgui Dieng
44. Michael – D’Angelo Russell
45. Brian #1 (me) – Evan Fournier
46. Kelvin – DeMar DeRozan
47. Alex – Klay Thompson
48. Plato – Kevin Love

The Dragon at 37 might pay off but again the extreme opposites in terms of percentages between Clement’s round 1 and 2 with his round 3 and 4 picks are contrasting each other. Hopefully it could balance out. DJ with Whiteside is lethal. Brian’s got LeBron and Rubio for the assists and steals so it’s becoming a dominant punt FT% team. Another punt FT% in the league is Justin and he’s also looking solid with Giannis and Drummond pairing up. It’ll be interesting to see the battle of the worst FT%. Michael again reaching for D’Angelo for his high upside. Whether it’ll pay off, it remains to be seen but he’ll definitely take a hit on his FG% which diminishes KD’s value. Did I reach for Fournier? I might have but I really like him and have him in all my leagues. He’s my boy. Klay at 47 for Alex is a steal and looking back, I should’ve drafted him over Conley.


Round 5

49. Plato – Nicolas Batum
50. Alex – Marc Gasol
51. Kelvin – Jeff Teague
52. Brian #1 (me) – Pau Gasol
53. Michael – Nikola Vucevic
54. William – Tobias Harris
55. Justin Jabari Parker
56. Ivan – Jae Crowder
57. Byron – Derrick Favors
58. Tim – Ryan Anderson
59. Brian #2 – Andrew Wiggins
60. Clement –  Zach LaVine

Plato continuing on with his punt FG% with really strong assists on his team with his Batum pick. Marc has been hitting his threes and if he can keep this up, he could also be better than a top-50 break but his injuries are worrying. The Teague pick, I’m not that big of a fan. I went with Gasol even though I don’t really a big who can give me good assists numbers in that position. I wanted a big and I like him more than Vooch so he’ll give me solid percentages with good rebounds and blocks. Jabari is a breakout player and fits Justin’s punt FT% team but I can’t see any thing else aside from the points. Ivan picked up two swing man in the last two rounds of Crowder and Ariza who I both really like but they could end up hurting his FG% a bit. Ryno could be a little high at 58 but Tim will surely like more points and threes on his punt FG% team.


Round 6 

61. Clement – Steven Adams
62. Brian #2 – Aaron Gordon
63. Tim – Darren Collison
64. Byron – Avery Bradley
65. Ivan – Gordon Hayward
66. Justin – Marcin Gortat
67. William – Dennis Schroder
68. Michael – Robin Lopez
69. Brian #1 (me) – Devin Booker
70. Kelvin – Rudy Gay
71. Alex – Dirk Nowitzki
72. Plato – Robert Covington

Aaron Gordon is a good pick up for the less superior Brian and he’s slowly developing a good core of guys who can’t shoot. Avery Bradley is also a sneaky pick up for Byron and I think quite a few guys in the league wanted him. He fits Byron’s punt assists build really nicely. Hayward’s going to be on Ivan’s IL list to start the season but when he’s back, he’ll have a very fantasy friendly team. Schroder is an interesting pick and was definitely one of the targets I would reach for if I needed his contributions. Big Willy needed a point guard and Schroder’s upside might play him into a top-50 player. I needed a player who can score and hit some threes whilst ignoring their ability to steal the ball. Booker was the obvious choice for me and I really like his upside. Covington at 72 is too high, he’ll be there later for Plato but I guess he doesn’t mind the the percentages.


Round 7

73. Plato – DeMarre Carroll
74. Alex – Jeremy Lin
75. Kelvin – Chandler Parsons
76. Brian #1 (me) – Jusuf Nurkic
77. Michael – Bradley Beal
78. William – Enes Kanter
79. Justin Otto Porter
80. Ivan – Jordan Clarkson
81. Byron – Thaddeus Young
82. Tim – J.J. Redick
83. Brian #2 – Nerlens Noel
84. Clement –  Dwight Howard

A league full of asians and Lin goes at 74. That’s probably pretty low in asian leagues. Parsons injury concern is worrying but Kelvin’s paying for his upside. If he’s healthy, he’ll be a top-50 player for sure. It was between Kanter and Nurkic for me and Jusuf’s gained a lot of hype over the preseason period. Hopefully this pays off and I’m also taking a hit on my FT%. Clarkson is a solid pick at 80 but it’s a shame that Walton wants to use him as the sixth man. Redick could fit my team very well actually and I was sad to see him go this early but I knew he couldn’t be there on my eighth round pick. Brian could’ve went Dwight Howard over Noel to fit his team better. Luckily it didn’t go that way.


Round 8

85. Clement – George Hill
86. Brian #2 – Rondae Hollis-Jefferson
87. Tim – Harrison Barnes
88. Byron – Monta Ellis
89. Ivan – Terrrence Jones
90. Justin – Rajon Rondo
91. William – Brandon Knight
92. Michael – Danilo Gallinari
93. Brian #1 (me) – Nikola Mirotic
94. Kelvin – Deron Williams
95. Alex – Greg Monroe
96. Plato – Elfrid Payton

Before preseason, RHJ was on a lot of people’s radar but his performances in preseason didn’t live up to the hype. He’s the guaranteed starter for the Nets and fits Brian’s team well. We’ll see how that plays out. Terrence Jones was a sleeper pick and I had him on my queue for my 93rd pick. He’s going to be Davis’ backup but I see a lot of Pelicans line up where Jones plays the four and Davis plays the five. Justin stole Rondo before all the punt FT% team tried to nab him. Knight is questionable for William’s team. He has solid percentages and Knight’s going to ruin all of that. I’m a big believer in Mirotic and the Bulls just need players who can shoot. Surprised Payton went at 96 to a team that’s not punting free throws.


Round 9

97. Plato – Wesley Matthews
98. Alex – Kenneth Faried
99. Kelvin – Derrick Rose
100. Brian #1 (me) – Marvin Williams
101. Michael – Danny Green
102. William – Eric Gordon
103. Justin Clint Capela
104. Ivan – Kent Bazemore
105. Byron – Dwyane Wade
106. Tim – Julius Randle
107. Brian #2 – Jahlil Okafor
108. Clement –  Kentavious Caldwell-Pope

I’m a big believer of Matthews bouncing back this year. He’s probably going to have more food on his plate with Harrison Barnes not ready to step up yet. Marvin Williams was a no-brainer for me, potential for a triple one and won’t hurt my percentages. Gordon might actually be a sneaky pick up. With Beverley out for a while, Gordon is stepping in as the starting shooting guard and has a ton of open threes to shoot. If only he can stay healthy. With Byron’s last two pick of Ellis and Wade, he’s punting threes and I don’t fault his picks if that’s his strategy. Wade could be a sneaky pick up. Okafor and Noel on the same for Brian and he’s hoping for Embiid and Saric not to play.


Round 10

109. Clement – Al-Farouq Aminu
110. Brian #2 – Markieff Morris
111. Tim – Jrue Holiday
112. Byron – Joel Embiid
113. Ivan – Taj Gibson
114. Justin – Rodney Hood
115. William – Gary Harris
116. Michael – Dario Saric 
117. Brian #1 (me) – JaMychal Green
118. Kelvin – Bismack Biyombo
119. Alex – Reggie Jackson
120. Plato – Kyle Korver

Who knows when Holiday is back but Tim decided to stash him on his IL for the rest of the season. Maybe it’ll pay off because Jrue was projected to have a breakout year before the unfortunate event to his wife. Byron trusted the process and added Embiid to his list of bigs. Curious to see if he’ll sit out back-to-back’s because that’s 17 games he’s going to miss if he does sit. I had Gibson as a contingency plan for Mirotic but again, Ivan picked him ahead of me. Rodney Hood and Gary Harris could be a steal at their respective picks. Especially when Harris returns, he’s a top-75 player. I like JaMychal Green and now that he’s in the starting line up with a faster pace system and a new head coach, everything’s pointing up.


Round 11

121. Plato – Willie Cauley-Stein
122. Alex – Tyreke Evans
123. Kelvin – David Lee
124. Brian #1 (me) – Andrew Bogut
125. Michael – Tim Frazier
126. William – Tristan Thompson
127. Justin Trey Lyles
128. Ivan – Courtney Lee
129. Byron – Cody Zeller
130. Tim – Mason Plumlee
131. Brian #2 – Justise Winslow
132. Clement –  Marcus Smart

At this point of the draft, it’s hard to find players that can contribute without hurting your team significantly. Alex just went back-to-back IL spot guys and we only have 1 IL spot. He’ll be giving up one player until one of them returns or he’ll just regret picking them and dropping one of them because he can’t take the hit. Bogut should be ranked higher and it’s hard to find big men this late in the draft. I’m praying for him to stay healthy. Frazier from Michael is a good pick and I’m sure a lot of owners after him have him queued up. Another few picks I like is Trey Lyles (because I don’t trust Favors’ health) and Courtney Lee (going to reap in the benefits from playing with the big names).


Round 12

133. Clement – Joakim Noah
134. Brian #2 – Alex Len
135. Tim – Zach Randolph
136. Byron – Luol Deng
137. Ivan – Roy Hibbert
138. Justin – Solomon Hill
139. William – Buddy Hield
140. Michael – J.R. Smith
141. Brian #1 (me) – Larry Nance Jr. 
142. Kelvin – Brandon Ingram
143. Alex – Jamal Murray
144. Plato – Michael Kidd-Gilchrist

Noah actually has good value if he stays healthy. He has the potential to have a bounce back season and he’ll give some good assists from the center position. There are some rookies that are taken here with a flier pick like Buddy and Ingram. I like Buddy more but he’s playing behind E’Twaun Moore so it’ll be interesting to see how this positional battle will play out. In the long run, he might win the starting position but sixth man role might actually suit him best for his development. J.R. Smith is a steal at 140 and I was praying that Michael wouldn’t pick him but he did. I like Nance and he has some upside to his game. I’ll be patient with him.


Round 13

145. Plato – Marquese Chriss
146. Alex – Al Jefferson
147. Kelvin – Dion Waiters
148. Brian #1 (me) – Mirza Teletovic
149. Michael – Josh Richardson
150. William – Bojan Bogdanovic
151. Justin Timofey Mozgov
152. Ivan – Matt Barnes
153. Byron – Evan Turner
154. Tim – Jeff Green
155. Brian #2 – Emmanuel Mudiay
156. Clement –  Tony Parker

Chriss played well in preseason and is worth a flier pick. I needed some threes and was sad J.R. was gone. Mirza was my choice but thinking back I should’ve went with Bojan instead especially with the Snell-MCW trade. Richardson’s knee still bothering him but he still has some upside and seems like that’s the only word in Michael’s dictionary for his team. Mudiay might hurt Brian’s FG% and turnovers by a lot but he also has some upside. Will it cost too much though?


Round 14

133. Clement – Will Barton
134. Brian #2 – T.J. Warren
135. Tim – Bobby Portis
136. Byron – Matthew Dellavedova
137. Ivan – Seth Curry
138. Justin – Allen Crabbe
139. William – Trevor Booker
140. Michael – Kris Dunn
141. Brian #1 (me) – E’Twaun Moore
142. Kelvin – Stanley Johnson
143. Alex – Ish Smith
144. Plato – Ben Simmons

Warren in the last round of the draft isn’t bad considering that Brian doesn’t really need threes in his team. Good to see him stick to his strategy. I also like a few picks in this round like Delly and Curry. Delly’s going to be feisty and with a starting role on the Bucks, he’s going to rack up some threes and steals. The guard rotation at Dallas is injury prone as fudge. Curry is going to have his chances and having a late round pick on Curry for when Williams gets injured is a good plan. Booker is also a solid pick for decent rebounds. Lastly, I finished with Moore because I saw some value in his starting position over Hield and he had a good preseason. I was careful because I didn’t want to draft a player that could hurt me in turnovers or percentages.