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Rotoworld Expert League Draft
August 21, 2007

On August 20, 2007, I participated in an Expert League Draft.  The full draft is shown below.  The league has 12 teams and 14 players (start 2 centers). The categories are P, A, R, S, B, 3, FG%, FT%. I have the following comments on the draft: 

  • Kevin Garnett went #2 overall which seems kind of high considering he is now on the same team has Ray Allen and Paul Pierce.  For most leagues, I have Garnett projected to be an early second round pick.
  • Dwayne Wade fell to12th overall as concerns over his recovery linger.
  • Steve Nash and Jason Kidd I felt were somewhat over-valued. What this effectively does though is force other managers to essentially over-value the remaining point guards. 
  • Al Jefferson was given respect with a 15 overall selection by I think that is a bit too much respect.
  • Marcus Camby went 27th overall which is too high.  But I know the manager is the type to work hard to get replacements during the times when Camby will be hurt.
  • Greg Oden went 54th overall which seems a bit high but considering 2 of 10 players must be centers it may end up working out OK.
  • After his disappointing season, Andrei Kirilenko fell to 59th. This is a pick that could really pay dividends.  I recommend owners who take him try to add Paul Millsap in later rounds for insurance.
  • Shaq went 63rd overall based on the strength of his reputation but the owner will likely regret his selection.
  • Morris Peterson was selected 83rd overall which is a nice recognition of his potential with the Hornets.
  • Rookie Acie Law went 91st overall.  There is a chance he can perform at this level being a PG in Atl but it would be a very uncommon event for a rookie drafted this low in the NBA come through with the fantasy value expected at this position.
  • Al Thornton was taken at 125 which is a late round pick that could pay dividends considering Elton Brands injury.
  • Kendrick Perkins at 146 has the potential to reward his owner as the starting center for the Celtics.
  • Yi Jianlian was taken at 162 which seems appropriate considering his limbo status.  This is a low investment that could pay off for the owner.

Some brief comments on my selections are as follows: 

Yao Ming – He was at the top of the depth chart and it eased my mind about filling the two starting center positions for the remainder of the draft.  A healthy Ming can have a huge this season. 

Carmelo Anthony – Normally I do not like taking the players whose value comes mostly from points but Anthony’s game is still developing and I could not pass on him at this spot in the draft. 

Vince Carter – Took him for similar reasons to Anthony.  He really slipped to be available at this point.  Hoping he can be part of a committee that together holds the fort in the assist category. 

Brandon Roy – Skipped down a bit to get Roy as the point based players were at the top of the chart.  It is possible the reigning rookie of the year can really explode and along the way help out the assist category. 

Ben Gordon – Once again could not resist his fantasy potential despite the fact he is a player whose value is based on points. 

Samuel Dalembert – Needed to balance the team with a player whose value was not based on points and he filled out the starting center tandem.  Thought he was a great fit for the team and did not drop too far in my depth chart to get him. 

Andrei Bargnani – Needed to take a forward with this pick and love his upside. 

Randy Foye – Another player with huge upside with KG gone.  I am not worried about Telfair. 

Paul Millsap – A little bit of a risk if Kirilenko turns it around but he has multi category potential and can complement the team drafted so far similar to Dalembert. 

Jarrett Jack – Looking for cheap assists.  He will need to compete with Steve Blake and Rodriquez is not so bad either. 

Hakim Warrick – Filling out the roster with a young player who can contribute some points and rebounds. 

Kyle Korver – Not too excited about Korver this year as I feel he has a lot of competition but his price was low. 

Travis Outlaw – Consider him to have a big upside if he can win the SF position.  He will need to compete with Martell Webster. 

Charlie Bell – Solid value with the final pick.  He has the potential to put up some stats when given playing time. 

The whole draft:

TEAM

OVERALL

RND

PICK

LAST

FIRST

Dave Gawron

1

1

1

Marion

Shawn

Matt Buser

2

1

2

Garnett

Kevin

Steve Alexander

3

1

3

James

LeBron

Matt Lawrence

4

1

4

Bryant

Kobe

Geoffrey Stein

5

1

5

Arenas

Gilbert

Mike Obert

6

1

6

Nowitzki

Dirk

Brian Styers

7

1

7

Nash

Steve

David Klyce

8

1

8

Ming

Yao

Brian McKitish

9

1

9

Stoudemire

Amare

Matt Fisher

10

1

10

Duncan

Tim

Jonathan Gangi

11

1

11

Smith

Josh

Keith Broham

12

1

12

Wade

Dwyane

Keith Broham

13

2

1

Kidd

Jason

Jonathan Gangi

14

2

2

Paul

Chris

Matt Fisher

15

2

3

Jefferson

Al

Brian McKitish

16

2

4

Iverson

Allen

David Klyce

17

2

5

Anthony

Carmelo

Brian Styers

18

2

6

Gasol

Pau

Mike Obert

19

2

7

Bosh

Chris

Geoffrey Stein

20

2

8

Iguodala

Andre

Matt Lawrence

21

2

9

Williams

Deron

Steve Alexander

22

2

10

Wallace

Gerald

Matt Buser

23

2

11

Lewis

Rashard

Dave Gawron

24

2

12

Pierce

Paul

Dave Gawron

25

3

1

Allen

Ray

Matt Buser

26

3

2

Butler

Caron

Steve Alexander

27

3

3

Camby

Marcus

Matt Lawrence

28

3

4

Howard

Dwight

Geoffrey Stein

29

3

5

Davis

Baron

Mike Obert

30

3

6

McGrady

Tracy

Brian Styers

31

3

7

Boozer

Carlos

David Klyce

32

3

8

Carter

Vince

Brian McKitish

33

3

9

Johnson

Joe

Matt Fisher

34

3

10

Okafor

Emeka

Jonathan Gangi

35

3

11

Redd

Michael

Keith Broham

36

3

12

O'Neal

Jermaine

Keith Broham

37

4

1

Barbosa

Leandrinho

Jonathan Gangi

38

4

2

Billups

Chauncey

Matt Fisher

39

4

3

Felton

Raymond

Brian McKitish

40

4

4

Jamison

Antawn

David Klyce

41

4

5

Roy

Brandon

Brian Styers

42

4

6

Howard

Josh

Mike Obert

43

4

7

Hinrich

Kirk

Geoffrey Stein

44

4

8

Okur

Mehmet

Matt Lawrence

45

4

9

Artest

Ron

Steve Alexander

46

4

10

Martin

Kevin

Matt Buser

47

4

11

Miller

Mike

Dave Gawron

48

4

12

Deng

Luol

Dave Gawron

49

5

1

Durant

Kevin

Matt Buser

50

5

2

Ginobili

Emmanuel

Steve Alexander

51

5

3

Parker

Tony

Matt Lawrence

52

5

4

Ford

TJ

Geoffrey Stein

53

5

5

Wallace

Rasheed

Mike Obert

54

5

6

Oden

Greg

Brian Styers

55

5

7

Chandler

Tyson

David Klyce

56

5

8

Gordon

Ben

Brian McKitish

57

5

9

Odom

Lamar

Matt Fisher

58

5

10

Miller

Andre

Jonathan Gangi

59

5

11

Kirilenko

Andrei

Keith Broham

60

5

12

Davis

Ricky

Keith Broham

61

6

1

Randolph

Zach

Jonathan Gangi

62

6

2

Rondo

Rajon

Matt Fisher

63

6

3

O'Neal

Shaquille

Brian McKitish

64

6

4

Williams

Maurice

David Klyce

65

6

5

Dalembert

Samuel

Brian Styers

66

6

6

Richardson

Jason

Mike Obert

67

6

7

Wallace

Ben

Geoffrey Stein

68

6

8

West

David

Matt Lawrence

69

6

9

Bibby

Mike

Steve Alexander

70

6

10

Maggette

Corey

Matt Buser

71

6

11

Terry

Jason

Dave Gawron

72

6

12

Marbury

Stephon

Dave Gawron

73

7

1

Granger

Danny

Matt Buser

74

7

2

Aldridge

LaMarcus

Steve Alexander

75

7

3

Ellis

Monta

Matt Lawrence

76

7

4

Krstic

Nenad

Geoffrey Stein

77

7

5

Curry

Eddy

Mike Obert

78

7

6

Jefferson

Richard

Brian Styers

79

7

7

Gay

Rudy

David Klyce

80

7

8

Bargnani

Andrea

Brian McKitish

81

7

9

Biedrins

Andris

Matt Fisher

82

7

10

Lee

David

Jonathan Gangi

83

7

11

Peterson

Morris

Keith Broham

84

7

12

Hamilton

Richard

Keith Broham

85

8

1

Ilgauskas

Zydrunas

Jonathan Gangi

86

8

2

Nelson

Jameer

Matt Fisher

87

8

3

Milicic

Darko

Brian McKitish

88

8

4

Bogut

Andrew

David Klyce

89

8

5

Foye

Randy

Brian Styers

90

8

6

Hilario

Nene

Mike Obert

91

8

7

Law IV

Acie

Geoffrey Stein

92

8

8

Conley Jr.

Mike

Matt Lawrence

93

8

9

Miller

Brad

Steve Alexander

94

8

10

Harrington

Al

Matt Buser

95

8

11

Kaman

Chris

Dave Gawron

96

8

12

Childress

Josh

Dave Gawron

97

9

1

Jackson

Stephen

Matt Buser

98

9

2

Crawford

Jamal

Steve Alexander

99

9

3

Diaw

Boris

Matt Lawrence

100

9

4

Bell

Raja

Geoffrey Stein

101

9

5

Prince

Tayshaun

Mike Obert

102

9

6

Stojakovic

Predrag

Brian Styers

103

9

7

Horford

Al

David Klyce

104

9

8

Millsap

Paul

Brian McKitish

105

9

9

Bynum

Andrew

Matt Fisher

106

9

10

Hughes

Larry

Jonathan Gangi

107

9

11

Richardson

Quentin

Keith Broham

108

9

12

Villanueva

Charlie

Keith Broham

109

10

1

Thomas

Tyrus

Jonathan Gangi

110

10

2

Fisher

Derek

Matt Fisher

111

10

3

Wilcox

Chris

Brian McKitish

112

10

4

Parker

Anthony

David Klyce

113

10

5

Jack

Jarrett

Brian Styers

114

10

6

Brewer

Corey

Mike Obert

115

10

7

Harris

Devin

Geoffrey Stein

116

10

8

Belinelli

Marco

Matt Lawrence

117

10

9

Szczerbiak

Wally

Steve Alexander

118

10

10

Atkins

Chucky

Matt Buser

119

10

11

Walton

Luke

Dave Gawron

120

10

12

Alston

Rafer

Dave Gawron

121

11

1

Tinsley

Jamaal

Matt Buser

122

11

2

West

Delonte

Steve Alexander

123

11

3

Thomas

Tim

Matt Lawrence

124

11

4

Nocioni

Andres

Geoffrey Stein

125

11

5

Thornton

Al

Mike Obert

126

11

6

Dunleavy

Mike

Brian Styers

127

11

7

Green

Jeff

David Klyce

128

11

8

Warrick

Hakim

Brian McKitish

129

11

9

Calderon

Jose

Matt Fisher

130

11

10

Knight

Brevin

Jonathan Gangi

131

11

11

Turkoglu

Hidayet

Keith Broham

132

11

12

Pachulia

Zaur

Keith Broham

133

12

1

Battier

Shane

Jonathan Gangi

134

12

2

Ariza

Trevor

Matt Fisher

135

12

3

Almond

Morris

Brian McKitish

136

12

4

Mobley

Cuttino

David Klyce

137

12

5

Korver

Kyle

Brian Styers

138

12

6

Gibson

Daniel

Mike Obert

139

12

7

Dampier

Erick

Geoffrey Stein

140

12

8

Francis

Steve

Matt Lawrence

141

12

9

Kapono

Jason

Steve Alexander

142

12

10

Williams

Marvin

Matt Buser

143

12

11

Herrmann

Walter

Dave Gawron

144

12

12

Magloire

Jamaal

Dave Gawron

145

13

1

Murphy

Troy

Matt Buser

146

13

2

Perkins

Kendrick

Steve Alexander

147

13

3

Scola

Luis

Matt Lawrence

148

13

4

Ridnour

Luke

Geoffrey Stein

149

13

5

Morrison

Adam

Mike Obert

150

13

6

Stackhouse

Jerry

Brian Styers

151

13

7

Williams

Louis

David Klyce

152

13

8

Outlaw

Travis

Brian McKitish

153

13

9

Balkman

Renaldo

Matt Fisher

154

13

10

Swift

Robert

Jonathan Gangi

155

13

11

Brand

Elton

Keith Broham

156

13

12

Smith

JR

Keith Broham

157

14

1

Gooden

Drew

Jonathan Gangi

158

14

2

Simmons

Bobby

Matt Fisher

159

14

3

Frye

Channing

Brian McKitish

160

14

4

Navarro

JuanCarlos

David Klyce

161

14

5

Bell

Charlie

Brian Styers

162

14

6

Jianlian

Yi

Mike Obert

163

14

7

Cassell

Sam

Geoffrey Stein

164

14

8

Mourning

Alonzo

Matt Lawrence

165

14

9

James

Mike

Steve Alexander

166

14

10

Smith

Joe

Matt Buser

167

14

11

McDyess

Antonio

Dave Gawron

168

14

12

Garbajosa

Jorge

 

 

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