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Recapping My 12-Team Auction Draft

12 team Auction Draft with a weekly lock points scoring setup. The scoring in this league is slanted to power hitters. Here’s my draft.  

5 Aaron Judge, NYY OF  K   $2
17 Luis Severino, NYY SP  K   $2
29 Rhys Hoskins, Phi 1B  K   $2
41 Lucas Giolito, CWS SP  K   $2
53 Gleyber Torres, NYY SS  K   $1
74 Nolan Arenado, Col 3B   $41
75 Freddie Freeman, Atl 1B   $25
95 Addison Russell, ChC SS   $7
97 Manny Machado, Bal 3B   $31
104 Jason Kipnis, Cle 2B   $4
107 Jon Lester, ChC SP   $8
141 Starling Marte Pit OF   $5
143 Evan Longoria, SF 3B   $6
158 Didi Gregorius, NYY SS   $7
163 Yadier Molina, StL C   $4
173 Tyler Chatwood, ChC SP   $5
174 Miguel Cabrera, Det 1B   $10
188      Luiz Gohara Atl SP $2
197 Aaron Sanchez, Tor SP   $3
200 Cole Hamels, Tex SP   $3
209 Yoan Moncada, CWS 2B   $5
218 Wilson Ramos, TB C   $2
221 Jeurys Familia, NYM RP   $6
224 Stephen Piscotty, Oak OF   $2
225 Jon Gray, Col SP   $3
233 Greg Holland, FA RP   $5
240 Avisail Garcia, CWS OF   $4
257 Matt Harvey, NYM SP   $1


I believe I was able to spend big on a few players I really liked due to my cheaper keepers. Arenado was my player regardless of cost.  Machado can play SS, 3B, MI, CI. Eligibility justified whatever cost. I wanted the cheapest player out of Votto, Rizzo, Goldschmidt, and Freeman.  Power throughout my lineup was the goal. The red flags are I bought some older All-Star players that are on the decline in Molina, Longoria, Hamels, Lester, and Cabrera. I do believe their cost justified the purchase. Bouncebacks that will outperform costs are Ramos, Kipnis, Piscotty, Russell, and Sanchez. Rotation has some solid arms with upside that didn’t break the bank.  I feel strongly that I built a good rotation while keeping costs down. My Bullpen will be a work in progress throughout the season, but we get points for Holds. Spent very little for a few lottery tickets in Gohara, and Harvey. I’ll spend a dollar to find out if the Dark Knight rebounds. I’m happy with the depth and upside of my team.  Let me know what you think feel free to leave comments.

Week 22 Fantasy Basketball Circle Of Trust

Warriors SG/SF Nick Young

With injuries to Curry, Durant, and Thompson, Swaggy P is getting more run. Has scored in double figures in 3 consecutive games, including 3 from downtown in each contest. Owned in 7.9 % of ESPN fantasy leagues. Owners know what they’re getting with Swaggy P. If you need scoring and 3-point shooting, feel free to use him in a 3-game slate. On the road vs. the Spurs, followed by home matchups with Hawks and Jazz.


Bulls PG Cameron Payne

4-game slate this week on the road vs. the Knicks, home against the Nuggets and Bucks, then back to the road vs. the Pistons. Kris Dunn is dealing with a toe injury and Payne should see more run for the Tank Bulls. Owners looking for Assists, may want to use Payne for this scoring period.  Owned in 4.1% of ESPN Leagues.


Pistons SG Reggie Bullock

Has hit 3 from downtown in 5 consecutive games. Averaging 16.4 PPG in the month of March. Ownership is at 17.3% of ESPN leagues. 4-games this week on the road with the Kings, Suns, and Rockets, followed by a home tilt with the Bulls. Great schedule for this scoring period vs. 3 tank teams.  

Week 21 Fantasy Basketball Circle Of Trust

Cavaliers PF/C Larry Nance Jr

Owned in 65.7% of ESPN leagues. Averaging 16.8 PPG and 12.0 RPG in 4 games as the starting Center. Fantasy owners should look to ride the hot streak during this 3-game week with games on the road vs. the Suns, Blazers, and Bulls.  

Grizzlies SF/SG Dillon Brooks

A 17-game losing streak has dropped the Grizzlies into the top lottery slot at this stage of the season.  Brooks usage rate in March has jumped up to 26.3% There’s no reason for the team to play veterans to decrease lottery odds. I anticipate Brooks getting an extended look to the end.  Owners looking for scoring stats my want to use Brooks for this week. Owned in 11.8% of ESPN leagues. 3-home games this week vs. the Bucks, Bulls, and Nuggets. I picked up Brooks in my league as a block to other players in my league.

Clippers PF Montrezl Harrell

Scored in double figures in 9 straight games. Usage rate has increased up to 29.6 % in March, while his Field Goal percentage is 72.3%.  These rates are unrealistic to sustain long term, but owners looking for help in FG% and FT% from a big should target Harrell. Owned in 28.5% of ESPN leagues.  4-game slate this week on the road vs. the Bulls, Rockets, and Thunder followed by a home matchup with the Blazers.

Kipnis To Rebound in 2018

Indians 2B Jason Kipnis is one of  my favorite bounce back candidates to target in upcoming drafts.  Last season the wheels fell off for Kipnis to the tune of a .232./.291/.414 slash rate.  A .581 slugging percentage vs. the Cubs in the 2016 World Series may have led to Kipnis to being a bit overdrafted by owners in 2017.  Owners that took the plunge were disappointed in their return .232/.291/.414. Kipnis season was delayed by a right rotator cuff strain, then hamstring problems limited him to 90 games.  His 5 consecutive seasons of double digit stolen bases was snapped. One stat that jumps out from 2017 is his 44% fly ball rate went up from 37% in 2016 and 28% in 2015.

In the big picture, his career slash rate during 7 seasons is .268/.340/.422.  KIpnis is raking so far this spring with 6 dongs and 12 RBI in 17 plate appearances.  This small sample size shows me that Kipnis may be more comfortable with his swing adjustment to get the ball in the air more and that he is healthy entering the season.  With the logjam of talent on the Tribe last season, Kipnis moved around the diamond appearing in 11 games as an outfielder. ESPN still lists him as just a 2B, while Yahoo gives him dual position eligibility.   

Kipnis is much higher in my rankings than many analysts. I believe Kipnis can finish as a Top 12 2B this season.  The high teens-low twenties is where I’ve seen Kipnis in preseason rankings. I play in 1 daily league and 2 weekly leagues. I will draft him sooner in the daily league more so than the weekly league in case injuries creep up again.  Even though I have him ranked higher I’ll try to get him as my first 2B taken late or as a high-end backup.  I believe Kipnis could end up being a nice upside pick in 2018. 

My Starting Pitching Targets

Starting Pitching is the most volatile position to draft in fantasy baseball in my opinion. I would rather spend an early draft choice or auction money on hitters since they play more and are less likely to suffer a season-ending injury.  Hitters don’t typically have Tommy John, Rotator Cuff, or Shoulder Labrum surgeries. I play in multiple leagues each season and tend to build up my lineup, then take pitchers on the upswing. Avoiding older pitchers is also a priority because they typically don’t go deep into games. WHIP and SO/9 are the metrics I pay attention to the most.  My viewpoint is based off what I believe they will do this year, not so much what they’ve done in the past. If my pitchers don’t pan out, the eject button is hit quickly for the next hot pickup. These are the pitchers that I will try to draft based off draft slot, auction price, and upside. Some of these pitchers are going to be late round lottery tickets.      

Yu Darvish

Luis Severino

Kyle Hendricks

Jacob deGrom

Aaron Sanchez

Noah Syndergaard

Gerrit Cole

Aaron Nola

Jose Berrios

Jose Quintana

Chase Anderson

Tyler Chatwood

David Price

Luis Castillo

Sonny Gray

Jon Gray

Kenta Maeda

Jameson Taillon

Luke Weaver

Miles Mikolas

Mike Minor

Matt Harvey

Johnny Cueto

Bryan Mitchell

Mike Clevinger

Daniel Mengden

Week 20 Fantasy Basketball Circle Of Trust

Grizzlies PF Jarell Martin

4-games this week on the road with the Spurs then Bulls, home vs. the Jazz, then back on the road against the Mavericks.  Martin has scored in double figures with 6 or more rebounds in 3 straight games. Has played 23 or more minutes in 9 consecutive games. Short-term add with all the injuries in Memphis.  Owned in 3.1 percent of ESPN leagues.


Raptors PF/C Jakob Poeltl

3 or more blocks in 5 out of last 6 games. Owned in 7 percent of ESPN leagues.  Raptors play a 4-game slate home with the Hawks, road vs. the Pistons, back home against the Rockets, then back to the road vs. the Knicks.   


Bulls PF Bobby Portis

4-games this week at home with the Celtics and Grizzlies, followed by road games with the Pistons and Hawks.  As the Bulls embrace the youth movement Portis should continue to see big-time minutes down the stretch.  11 consecutive games with double digit scoring.  Owned in 42 percent of ESPN leagues.  Players looking for help in scoring should add Portis.    

Week 19 Fantasy Basketball Circle Of Trust

Best collection of names so far this season on The Circle Of Trust.

Lakers C Ivica Zubac

Scored in double figures in back-to-back games. Brook Lopez should start to see fewer minutes as Zubac’s playing time goes up.  Zubac has a 3-game slate this week on the road vs. the Hawks, Heat, and Spurs.  Daily play right now that could develop dynasty league appeal in short order.  I recommend picking up Zubac and seeing what happens. Owned in just 1.7% of ESPN fantasy leagues.


Pelicans C Emeka Okafor

Great story coming back after years out of the NBA.  Deserves a lot of credit.  Owned in 0.6% of ESPN fantasy leagues.  Has 12 blocks combined in his last 4 games.  Seeing over 14 MPG in that span.  The Pelicans are starting Okafor as a defender next to Anthony Davis. Daily players looking for blocks and boards may want to use Okafor. 3 games this matchup home with the Suns, on the road vs. the Spurs and Mavericks.  


Wolves SF Nemanja Bjelica

Playing time should go up with Jimmy Butler’s knee injury. Short term scorer for fantasy owners while Butler is out. Shooting 85% from the free throw line and 44% from downtown.  On the road for 3 games this week with the Kings, Blazers, and Jazz.  

Week 18 Fantasy Basketball Circle Of Trust

Magic PG Shelvin Mack

4-games during slate this matchup on the road vs. the Bulls, home with the Hornets and Knicks, then back to the road against the 76ers. Mack is coming off a 19 point 10 assist performance vs. the Bucks.  DJ Augustin is currently the starter, but Mack has 5 or more assists in 3 of his last 5 games. This situation could be fluid as the Magic seem to be giving both players good minutes. I picked up Mack and will stash him on my bench as a wait-and-see. Daily owners looking for assists can stream Mack.  Owned in 2.3% of ESPN leagues.


Pistons SG Reggie Bullock

Owned in 13% of ESPN leagues. Has hit 2 or more from downtown in 8 of his last 9 games.  Has also seen 30 or more minutes in each game during that stretch.  4-games this matchup home vs. the Pelicans, Hawks, and Celtics, while on the road with the Pelicans. Streamer with upside that can help owners with 3-point shooting.  


Heat PF Bam Adebayo

Streamer while Kelly Olynyk out with a shoulder injury. 10 or more rebounds in 3 of his last 5 games. 2 blocks in 3 straight contests. Is a solid dynasty league stash. Has cut into Hassan Whiteside’s PT in the 4th quarter.  Owned in just 7 % of ESPN leagues. 4-games this matchup on the road vs. the Raptors, 76ers, and Pelicans, with a home matchup with the Grizzlies.  

Week 17 Fantasy Basketball Circle Of Trust

Clippers SF/PF Danilo Gallinari

Owned in 41.6% of ESPN fantasy leagues. Has scored 15, then 24 in his 2 games back. The Clippers are a team in transition as more trades are expected to take place. Gallinari could thrive as the best of the remaining players.  The Clippers have a 3-game week at home with the Mavericks followed by road matchups with the Pistons and 76ers.  Gallinari will help owners looking for scoring and 3-point shooting. I’d be leery of using Gallinari in weekly lineup lock formats, but certainly usable in Daily play.


Grizzlies SF/SG Dillon Brooks

Scored in double figures in 9 of his last 10 games. Brooks could be in line for more playing time if Tyreke Evans gets traded. Owners looking for scoring and multiple position eligibility may want to stream Brooks for this week. 3-games on the docket on the road with the Hawks, home vs. the Jazz, followed by a road tilt against the Thunder.  Owned in 7.1% of ESPN fantasy leagues.


Wizards SF/PG Tomas Satoransky

4-games this week on the road with the Pacers then 76ers, home against the Celtics, followed by a road matchup with the Bulls. Satoransky has 2 steals in each of his last 3 games. Owned in just 6.6% of ESPN leagues.  Has started over Tim Frazier with John Wall on the shelf due to a knee injury.  Is a short-term add while Wall is out. Multiple position eligibility an added bonus.

Targeting Pitchers To Fill Out Rotations

Toronto Blue Jays SP Aaron Sanchez

I love him; hope to have him in every league.  Blister problems derailed his 2017.  Led American League with a 3.00 ERA in 2016. I’ll go up and spend a mid-round pick on Sanchez this year.


Milwaukee Brewers SP Chase Anderson

12-4 2.74 ERA 1.090 WHIP in 25 starts. Anderson missed time with a side injury.  Living in Milwaukee I’ve watched him warm up before games and long toss in the outfield. Has a very strong arm.  Ratio’s may serve as a career year, but worth a rotation spot in fantasy lineups. Club gave him a 2-yr $11.75 extension early this offseason.


Oakland Athletics SP Sean Manaea

12-10 with a 4.37 ERA 1.399 WHIP in 29 starts. A 9.17 ERA in 5 August starts brought down his numbers.  He won 3 games in May, June, and September.  Manaea is a mid-round flier with upside.


St. Louis Cardinals SP Miles Mikolas

Couldn’t break thru in 6 minor league seaons/3 Major League seasons in the Padres and Rangers organizations. Went to Japan and found himself.  31-13 with a 2.18 ERA 0.994 WHIP and 8.0 SO/9 in 3 seasons in Japan.  Cardinals gave him a 2-yr deal worth $15.5 million dollars. If the Cardinals are willing to spend money to bring him back to the Majors, He’s worth a late round flier for my fantasy teams.


Texas Rangers SP Mike Minor

Jon Daniels was willing to give out a 3-yr deal worth $28 million dollars to a pitcher that was dynamite in relief for the Royals last season.  The plan is for Minor to work as a starter. He did pitch well for the Braves as a starter back in 2013 until shoulder injuries derailed his career.  I’m willing to spend a late round flier on Minor.


San Diego Padres SP Bryan Mitchell

Gets a chance to win a rotation spot in San Diego.  Couldn’t break thru in rotation in the Bronx. 9.3 SO/9 in AAA last season. Worth an end of the rotation roll of the dice.


Oakland Athletics SP Daniel Mengden

Worth drafting for the Moustache alone. Was acquired by the A’s from the Astros as part of the Scott Kazmir trade in 2015.  Had a 1.54 ERA in 5 late season starts. Pitching in that ballpark is at least a streamer for home matchups.


Mets SP Matt Harvey

6.70 ERA and 1.69 WHIP along with a myriad of injuries sum up Harvey’s 2017.  Cubs were reportedly trying to buy low on Harvey in December. Worth a last round lottery ticket in case The Dark Knight returns.  I’ll keep tabs on his velocity in Spring Training.