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Fortuity: How a Yahoo! Glitch Got Me Mike Dunleavy

Posted by Erik on January 11, 2009

I recently started cashing in on my investment of taking a gamble on Mike Dunleavy Jr. (G/F) of the Indiana Pacers in my 18-man, head to head league (daily changes setting). He’s looking good, especially after that 22 point performance against  the Lakers off the bench. I can foresee him taking back his starting role in the next game or so.

What’s interesting about is that the thing, more like incident, that prompted me to make the move; was seeing Mike get picked up from the wires in my 13-man roto. There aren’t many active managers in that league and I guess a lot of managers didn’t really care to sit on him.

Seeing that pick-up was enough osmosis moxy for me to go ahead and risk a few games lost in the daily changes H2H.

Ironically, shortly after the news broke out (on Yahoo! player news & notes) that Mike was up to 20 minutes of practice, a glitch occurred. For a brief period, the old news of him being “out indefinitely due to tendonitis in his knee”, started to show when you clicked on that little envelope beside his name. It was the old December-ish posting that somehow, for some reason, got re-posted. If you were following the Mike Dunleavy news closely during that time, you know what I mean.

drunk-dunleavy

The guy who inspired me pick him, quickly dropped his acquisition for a sadly underwhelming Fransisco Garcia. This was fortuity at it’s finest. I was the most active manager with the best waiver priority. I got to grab Mike for a T.J. Ford I no longer had the patience to wait to be healthy. Yes, he was the least productive guy on my roster. A hopefully healthy Mike Dunleavy is obviously a far superior choice for my G spot (that’s GUARD slot, in case you are thinking of commenting something witty) than Ford any day!

I just find it ironic that someone else’s impatience paid off for me. I’m normally the one who’s impulsive and impatient when it comes to players.

I am fourth in the 13-man roto, trying to break into the “podium zone” and 4th to the last in the 18-man head to head; so I’m really counting on Mike’s last year’s performances to come back and his knee to hold up – because I can use all the help I can get.

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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.

  1. Dirk Nowitzki  PF (5th)
  2. Paul Pierce SG/SF (36th)
  3. Hedo Turkoglu SG/SF (45th)
  4. T.J. Ford PG (76th)
  5. Al Harrington PF/C (85th)
  6. Ricky Davis SG/SF (116th)
  7. Luke Ridnour PG (126th)
  8. Daniel Gibson SG (156th)
  9. Linas Kleiza SG/SF (165th)
  10. 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.

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Redemption Trifecta and Steep Learning Curves, Part 1

Posted by Erik on October 29, 2008

My mettle as a Fantasy Basketball fanatic was recently tested as I engaged in an attempt to draft for 3 leagues whose live drafts started within the span of three hours. I was desperately trying to regain focus and emotional stability after my tumultuous GMTR Readers’ League draft.

We learn wisdom from failure much more than success. We often discover what we will do, by finding out what we will not do.

– Samuel Smiles

Dinner and a Draft

The first draft was for my original Fantasy Roto League with my buddies. My friend, Frogs, invited me over for a Draft Party that evening. We had pasta, chilli, and barbecued pork.

The league is a 13-man, 9-cat, rotisserie format, with 14 roster spots to fill (PG, SG, G, SF, PF, F, C x 2, Util x 2 and Bench x 2)

Dinner started later than usual, but as soon as it did the dinner table was filled with lively and interesting conversation. As we were planning to break out the dessert, I received a text message from one of my buddies over at the league complaining about his internet connection and how he was having some problems. I replied with a short but sympathetic message. I then saw the clock on my cellular phone and it was 9:05! This is how the chaos began… (profanity has been dialed down in this version)

Me: Dude! Crap! It’s 9:05! The draft started already!

Frogs: Shit! Shit! Shit! – Runs to his PC

(I scamper to set-up my laptop)

Me: Oh my God! We probably missed the first round!

Frogs: No! Maybe even two rounds!

Me: Nooooo! <thought bubble: Thank God I pre-ranked!>

(I’m first to log-in and launch into the Live Draft applet)

Me: Dude! We missed two rounds. I am 6th and you’re 13th. I got Brand and Josh Smith. You got Granger and Bosh.

Frogs: I got who? I’m last? Oh hell no! Crap! If I knew I was last, I would have bounced Bosh and Al-Jeff! Ugh!

Me: Don’t worry man. There’s nothing that can go wrong in the first 2 rounds that we can’t compensate for in the next few rounds. It’s roto!

Frogs: Argh!

Side note: For whatever personal reasons he may have, Frogs NEVER pre-ranks. I always do. Perhaps after this harrowing experience, he may change his mind about pre-ranking.

Ok it wasn’t the best of starts for any Live draft, but I didn’t mind my core. Here’s how my team eventually panned out:

1. (6th pick) Elton Brand PF/C – AUTOPICKED. Not a problem here as far as I’m concerned. I don’t mind drafting a team (roto especially) around a solid big man and that’s exactly how I view Elton to be this year in Philly.

2. (21st pick) Josh Smith SF/PF – AUTOPICKED. I’m actually kind of surprised Josh reached me. I normally see him get reached for earlier in this league. I normally would have preferred to have paired my drafted top tier center with a top tier PG, but Josh was a welcome autodraft consolation. He solidifies my blocks cat while providing me with a lot of other strong contributions in various other cats.

3. (32nd pick) Rudy Gay SF/PF – Since the drop off of PGs passed me and I didn’t really feel like gambling on Jason Kidd. David West was still on the board but I felt that I had to start transitioning into some small guy numbers and Rudy was the best transition pick on the block. I really like his upside this year and I can’t wait to see what kind of season he will bring. I simply couldn’t pass up on his talent at this spot.

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GMTR Mock Draft Analysis: Round 8

Posted by Erik on October 5, 2008

This will be the final installment of the GMTR Mock Draft on a round by round basis. I will be doing a round up of the Mock as a whole, with all of the teams’ complete rosters. Why? Well because the draft is over and done with and it seems moot to give my 2 cents on not-as-critical draft choices.

ROUND 8

Pick Round Fantasy Team Player Position
85 8-1 Alpha_Terrance T.J. Ford PG
86 8-2 Points in the Paint Al Harrington PF/C
87 8-3 SA Spurscasters Richard Hamilton SG
88 8-4 Sexy Time Luol Deng SF
89 8-5 OKC Thunder Zach Randolph PF
90 8-6 GiveMeTheRock Anthony Parker G/F
91 8-7 Doneycat Richard Jefferson SF
92 8-8 Bucko Rajon Rondo PG
93 8-9 REAL Batman Raja Bell SG
94 8-10 Jeff’s Jawai-nots Leandro Barbosa PG
95 8-11 2nd Round Reach Ronnie Brewer SG
96 8-12 Epicte Randy Foye PG/SG

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Player Movement

Posted by Erik on June 28, 2008

TRADES

Richard Jefferson for Yi Jianlian and Bobby Simmons – The NETS are clearing cap space for an eventual bid to woo LBJ into their ranks and are making an investment (?) for the future in what they perceive to be a quality big man in Yi. Well, as far as Yi goes, I’m still a bit of a skeptic. So far he’s been 20% hype, 30% unfulfilled potential, 15% injured, 35% promising; as far as I can rate him based on last year’s performance. Based on last season’s real life and fantasy impact, he’s looking more Kwame Brown than Yao Ming so far… I guess the NETS are hoping he will emerge from his rookie cocoon as viable frontcourt presence. This move doesn’t really change the fantasy values of the players involved as far as I’m concerned. RJ was a proven, dependable, scoring swingman back in NJ, but he mostly had Kidd to get him the ball and run the offense for the team. I think he will fit in nicely running the floor alongside Michael Redd and Charlie Villanueva. Charlie will be the greatest fantasy beneficiary of this trade as his biggest playing time (PT) competitor at the PF slot has been shipped off. More playing time for Charlie, hopefully translates to better fantasy production. Fantasy managers like myself are waiting to see him reproduce his multi-cat production from his break out Toronto season.

Jermaine ONeal for TJ Ford and Rasho Nesterovic – Off the top, the big fantasy winner in this transaction isn’t even involved in it, and that’s Danny Granger. Danny shined everytime JO wasn’t playing, which was pretty much most of the season anyway. The Pacers are now HIS team and I expect this Multi-cat Monster to just explode this season. TJ guarantees a backcourt presence, especially since Jamal Tinsley has not been exactly the poster boy for consistent health in the past. I suppose two injury-prone PGs are better than one. On the other end of the deal, its Jose Calderon who I expect to benefit the most from this deal. With Ford gone, Calderon will now have license to dish out those assists of his with extreme prejudice. JO can now play mini Twin Towers with Chris Bosh and provide Toronto with its much needed frontcourt depth. JO was frankly slumping – well fine, more like downward spiraling fantasywise prior to this trade. I’m personally not holding my breath for a dramatic turnaround,  but hey, he could surprise his naysayers and turn a new leaf now that he’s in a new team playing in a new system.

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