Dirkie-poo Takes Me to #1
Posted by Erik on December 2, 2008
“Dirkie-poo?” Yeah, we’re close like that. Well in a fantasy basketball kind of way…
I’ve been a big fan of 7-footers who can shoot treys like guards. Yes, Andrea Bargnani’s growing on me with every Raptor game that rolls on by.
Back to Dirk.
I love how he’s such a quietly underrated multi-cat kind of guy. Fine, he isn’t as donkalicious like say Dwyane Wade or LeBron James or Chris Paul, but man can he fill up those cats nicely! He blows away opponents on the FT% cat among others and he’s a fantastic big man core player for small ball – one of the few. I have him at number five on my recently updated Top 72 players for Head to Head Page.
I recently reached the top spot over at the 20-man Give Me The Monster League of Give Me The Rock, with a sweet record of 27-16-2. I’m only a game ahead of like 4 other teams so this moment might be short lived. So I plan to savor it as long as I can milk it. 🙂
It’s nice to beam with pride about this league as I am skimming the scum, close to the bottom in the GMTR Reader’s League. Scraping victories only against injury-ridden teams. – but that rant is for another post.
I owe my success to my first round pick, Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas Mavericks, PF).
I don’t know exactly happened to the post I had on queue that highlighted my pride on a team-well-drafted for the Monster League. Oh well, now seems like a more auspicious time anyway.
I was 5th to pick and chose him over the likes of Dwyane Wade (yeah, I didn’t see this season coming either) and Elton Brand, KG, Matrix – thank goodness! Anyway, in a nutshell, here’s how my draft went.
- Dirk Nowitzki PF (5th)
- Paul Pierce SG/SF (36th)
- Hedo Turkoglu SG/SF (45th)
- T.J. Ford PG (76th)
- Al Harrington PF/C (85th)
- Ricky Davis SG/SF (116th)
- Luke Ridnour PG (126th)
- Daniel Gibson SG (156th)
- Linas Kleiza SG/SF (165th)
- Chris Quinn PG/SG (196th)
Of course, I wouldn’t be hitting the top of the heap on that draft alone. Over the course of the first month I made a few moves here and there. The most recent was to burn my waiver position to pick up Raja Bell who was thrown to the wires by another team. Raja is gold among trash in the pool, especially in a 20-man league. Believe you me! I’m now extra glad I didn’t throw away Al Harrington to the wires during the heat of his retarded tantrum over at GSW.
Here’s my line up for this coming week:
PG: T.J. Ford
SG: Paul Pierce
G: C.J. Miles
SF: Hedo Turkoglu
F: Marquis Daniels
PF: Dirk Nowitzki
C: Al Harrington
Util: Raja Bell
Bench: Luke Ridnour
Bench: Craig Smith – I plan to dump him and grab… uh someone… shhh! they might be reading this…
Not bad for a small ball team considering there are 20 managers, eh?
Well for now, I plan to ride my first round stud’s fantastic fantasy performances-to-date and keep my fingers crossed that I don’t get nailed by the injury bug. I hope his “Championship Dream” will keep him fueled and fired up to carry the Dallas Mavericks and my fantasy teams to the top.
Dirk Nowitzki – “Mission: Championship 2009”
KIA Awards: Dirk Nowitzki: The Month of November 2008