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Sunday Night was the big night. There was talking of the trash, dollar bills were flying around like it was Pacman’s favorite strip club and we had a good ole fashion duel for the rights to marry own Al Horford in the very first Arch Rivals blog league basketball auction draft. It wasn’t all rebellious fun as we did have a soft, tender moment during the festivities when long lost twins, Brook and Robin, were reunited. I won’t name names, but at least three managers shed a tear of joy. Make the jump to see the draft’s biggest winner, biggest loser and every one’s answers to my million dollar questions.

Note to self: I paraphrased most of the responses, to see their full, long winded answers click here. I brought in Benchslapped !!! specifically because he spent $39 for Russell Westbrook in our 18-team draft a week ago. I wanted to see how far Keith (Bulletproof Tigers) was really willing to go for Westbrook, in response to his aggressive ranking in the Fantasy Basketball Corporate Ladder. The draft was 12 teams deep and we are using standard roto scoring and settings.

bulletprooftigersDid you come into the draft targeting any specific players?

Carlos Boozer… Russell Westbrook… Gerald Wallace… Al Horford… Blake Griffin…

Other than you, who had the best and worst draft?

Best Draft – I think Basketball Jones’ patience strategy paid off, and he wound up with the deepest roster by far. Aldridge and West for a combined $41 is great. I was banging my head against the wall for Salmons ($8) and Cousins ($7) when I had no more cash left.

Worst Draft – Tough decision, but I think Osh Kosh Chris Bosh had the worst auction. Chris Bosh is surrounded by more talent in real life than he is on that fantasy team.

You aggressively ranked Russell Westbrook, he was the 10th player nominated and you didn’t spend any money yet, why isn’t Westbrook on your team?

Everybody knows I love Jet-Zero, but he is not worth $33… I had decided before the auction not to spend more than $30 on him… Motherfucker got me to bid $32…

Are you punting Three Pointers? How big of a FAAB bid did you put in for Kyle Korver?

I’ve always been a big Kyle Korver fan and I loved his work hosting Punk’d on MTV, but I refuse to own any Chicago Bulls. There are always three-point specialists available on the waiver wire…

 

benchslappedDid you come into the draft targeting any specific players? Who were they?

I knew I wanted a top 5 guy to anchor my team, mainly Durant and/or Curry.

Other than you, who had the best and worst drafts?

I like Chimps high priced Nash-Lebron combo… and Mak’s strategy of waiting 40 picks to start bidding…

… if I had to pick a worst drafted team then I would say The Ramblin Wreck… injuries are bound to take this team out with players like Mike Miller, Boozer, Roy, Murphy and Brand.

You took on the task for Dwight Howard’s Free Throw Percentage. Was he apart of your pre draft plans or was $35 to good a price to pass up?

I thought he would go higher. He wasn’t my top target but I did aim to bid him up to a higher level than his $33 projection. I feel I stole him at $35. He is certainly worth that even with his less than desirable FT%…

You paid $33 for Russell Westbrook, how much would you have paid for RW if Keith put up a little more fight? What are you expectations for Westbrook?

… I had hoped to bid him up a bit more and then back off but Keith beat me to it. I would have gone maybe a buck or two more and then backed off to wait for a higher rated PG who could shoot a 3pt shot! Westbrook hurts my TO’s and 3pts but maybe with another year under his belt he can curb the TOs a bit…

 

blazeDid you come into the draft targeting any specific players?

… this year i was shooting for LBJ, Danilo Gallinari, Deron Williams, Jeff Green and Roy Hibbert to name a few…

Other than you, who had the best and worst drafts?

MDS had a good draft…

Basketball Jones has a good team, but he forgot blocks were a category. Keith punted 3′s, FT% and turnovers. NewBvick has a really intriguing team, but he don’t have any 3′s and Melo, Wall and Iggy will have him near the bottom in turnovers. Ramblin wreck… didnt draft anybody who can block.

Yoms (52) had a good draft….wait….never mind he bailed b/c he is scared…

$31 for Joakim Noah, what’s going on between the two of you? Are you aware of the league’s policy that prohibits manager-player relations?

I love me some Joakim Noah. He was BEASTING before the injury last year. I’m a just sucker for good centers and PG’s…

 

basketball_jonesDid you come into the draft targeting any specific players?

I was looking to draft a balanced team. I was hoping to get Stephen Curry or Deron Williams, Brook Lopez or Al Horford, Josh Smith and Monta Ellis from the top 30.  I had several guys I considered fairly equal in the next flight of players… Guys like David West, Joe Johnson, Aaron Brooks fell in that category.


Other than you, who had the best and worst drafts?

…teams I like from draft day are Makenzies Monsters first, and then there are teams such as Twins (yourself), Miyagi Smalls and Blaze…


In the two drafts we’ve done, you seem to sit back and watch the action unfold for awhile before delving into the player pool, is this your style?

It was my style this year… My goal going in was balance and depth, not a couple super stars…


Al Horford was the 73rd player nominated, were you targeting him at that point in the draft? We got into a good bidding war, I think the two of us drove Horford’s price from $30 up to $47. How did you feel about me playing the role of sheriff there?

I was going to get Al Horford or Noah at that point in the draft.  I had the cash, and I had waited to long to bid or nominate a guy to anchor my Center slot.  I had no problem with you playing sheriff, as that is part of the strategy of auction drafts.  I wish you hadn’t done it, but I had no problem with it if you get my drift.
ramblin_wreckDid you come into the draft targeting any specific players?

Dirk for me was a player I’ve always targeted… Al Horford was another guy I was really high on…

Other than you, who had the best and worst drafts?

I look at BLAZE as a guy who had a really good draft…

In terms of worst, BenchSlapped !!! seems like what I would consider “worst”…

Yes or No, are you worried about Dirk and Kidd playing less, Boozer’s hand, Murphy’s back, Scola seeing less usage (Yao, Miller) and Roy, Hedo and Brand coming off down seasons?

I’m not concerned at all about Dirk’s playing time… As for Kidd, well he’s old, sure… I’m only moderately concerned about Boozer and Murphy at this point… I don’t see Yao affecting Scola as much… Roy’s “down year” was largely due to missing 17 games… Hedo, for me, will excel in Phoenix’s more up-tempo style… As for Elton Brand, sure there’s reason to be skeptical here, considering it’s Philly, but I’m on the Doug Collins bandwagon; he’ll turn him around…
Did you come into the draft targeting any specific players?
I came into the draft targeting players like Jrue Holiday, Mike Conley, Luke Ridnour, Rodrigue Beaubois, Marcus Thornton, Mike Dunleavy, Nicolas Batum, Dorell Wright, Marvin Williams, Amir Johnson, Roy Hibbert, JaVale McGee and Robin Lopez. After I drafted Rajon Rondo, I targeted Ray Allen and Manu Ginobili.
Other than you, who had the best and worst drafts?
Trick question, no one had  a better draft than I. The Talented Dr Roto or Blaze can scrap it out to see who is the first loser. Worst draft? That’s between Benchslapped !!! and Ramblin Wreck.
How would you feel differently about your auction if you had wound up getting Al Horford for $46? What was your thought process during that showdown?
I wouldn’t have minded landing Horford at $46, I would have more $1 players filling out my roster though. About a week before this draft, I witnessed Jim get Horford for a nice price so I wasn’t going to let that happen again. At that point in the draft, he had a lot of money to spend and few players to chase so I knew he would pay anything to land Horford. My goal was to make him pay for Horford, what I had to pay for Brook Lopez and I accomplished that goal. They call me sheriff around these parts.
makenzies_monstersDid you come into the draft targeting any specific players?
I came into the draft not specifically targeting certain players, but “groups” of players in each category that were among the league leaders in each relevant roto cat…

Other than you, who had the best and worst drafts?

I thought TWINS had a really nice draft…

I did not particularly like the team BenchSlapped assembled. It seemed like he was throwing money around like Dennis Rodman at a strip-club and was broke 10 minutes after the draft started… I thought Bench used way too much money landing Durant, Billups , Westbrook and Howard and now he has to gamble on several lower tier players, rookies and oft-injured former superstars.

You paid $26 for Roy Hibbert, what are your expectations for him?

If the bidding would have hit the $30 mark, I would have backed out. I fully expect him to provide at least $20 of the price i paid for him, but I probably did overpay a few bucks on him. However,it was worth it to solidify a shot blocking presence.

You made Tyreke Evans the 14th highest paid player in the draft, weren’t you listening when Flava Flav said, “don’t believe the hype”?

… Basketball Jones wanted him. Once the bidding began I was trying to get him at a decent price, but then I fully realized Basketball Jones wanted him pretty badly so I just decided I wasn’t going to let him have him, regardless of the cost.
newbvickDid you come into the draft targeting any specific players?

… I eneded up with 4 of my 13 targets in Wall, Johnson, Iguodala and Jamison…

Other than you, who had the best and worst drafts?

The best draft would be Basketball Jones. Outside of the $47 Horford I believe he got the most value according to my rankings…

The worst draft would be Blake Panthers. Sure I like Wallace but outside of him I think he has the most overvalued players and I can’t find any late picks that scream sleeper.

It appears you have given a lot of responsibility to John Wall, what are you expectations for him?

Wall was one of my greatest value picks of the draft. People question if the 3′s will be there but I think he will average at least 1 a game. Outside of that he will produce in a favorable manner if all other categories.

Blocks, I don’t see see many of them. Are you worried? How many offers have you sent out for the Birdman?

… I’m confident that I will find valuable pick-ups that will complement my studs throughout the season…

chimps_attackDid you come into the draft targeting any specific players?
Nash… Kevin Love… Pau Gasol… Noah… Marc Gasol, Bargnani, Blatche, Griffin, and Millsap…

Other than you, who had the best and worst drafts?
I think Moe had the best draft…  I think Blaze, Blake Panthers, and MDS had good drafts too.

The worst team drafted:  Benchslapped.  Yes he has Durant, but he has Howard who kills FT% and Westbrooke who kills FG% and he does not appear to have a whole lot else… I am not very high on Harrington in this format with his current health and I am not high on Martin.  I am not a big J-Rich fan.  Billups has been great for roto in the past, but he is wearing down.  Ming and Bynum are pretty risky..

After Kevin Durant went for $72, you paid $78 for Lebron. Open up and tell us what happened. Were you jealous of not having Durant or do you really think LBJ is that good?
Durant is projected to produce more than Lebron this year, yes…  I figured pay for Lebron and everything else will fall into place somehow…
miyagi_smallsDid you come into the draft targeting any specific players?
I knew that I wanted to start off with one of the top 3 fantasy players- Lebron, Durant, or Paul…
Other than you, who had the best and worst drafts?
Moe’s team seems like it’s the most balanced. Charles’s team (Benchslapped !!!) is starting off with his bench players being injured, so, he has no margin to work with when his starters become injured…
You officially had the most $1 buys, did you come to the draft with a “Stars and Scrubs” mentality and how do you feel about your $1 buys after all is said and done?
I think I have some good deals on my team, had I known there would be so many good dollar deals, I would have paid more for other top tier players…
Was it by design or simply destiny to reunite CP3 and Collison?
I wanted to back up a stud with an equally good player in the same position, potentially giving me some trade value down the road after I dominate some of those scoring categories…
mr_basketballDid you come into the draft targeting any specific players?

Stephen Curry… Emeka Okafor… Jrue Holiday… Linas Kleiza… Al Jefferson did not want to play for WHEN CHIMPS ATTACK… Mike Conley… Andray Blatche… Joakim Noah…

Other than you, who had the best and worst drafts?
Makenzies Monsters – he waited a while in the draft but put together a good roto team

NewBVick – the worst that could happen – had 7 one dollar players that stink – did not budget his money

Were you surprised to land Danny Granger for only $32?

I was not interested in him at all – way too many injuries but the come on down the Price is Right.

How many votes do you think you received for the best draft award?

None – reason be is simple – everyone has different value on talent so I am sure they had no interest in my talent…

osh_koshDid you come into the draft targeting any specific players?

… Nicolas Batum, Anthony Morrow, and Jeff Green…
Other than you, who had the best and worst drafts?
… Blaze had a good draft… I actually like Keith’s team… I really don’t get the hype about Basketball Jones’ team. He over payed for AL Horford, actually payed for Mehmet Okur, and really has no consistency whatsoever save maybe David West.
Your team is full of players who don’t drink their milk, whether you admit it or not, you are flirting with danger by drafting Kobe, Martin, Gilby, Butler and Biedrins.
I couldn’t resist the 40$ price tag for a consistent fantasy star. Biedrins is going to have a bounce back season… Arenas has too much upside…

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