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DRAFT RECAP – The Bonanza Keeper League - 1 comments

By SKIP

Twelve members of the Café just finished assembling their teams for the seventh season of The Bonanza Keeper League. You can check out keepers, draft history, comments, and rosters in this forum. A few members agreed to share their thoughts in a post-draft review. Members who wished to participate were sent a questionnaire only hours after the draft’s completion.

For reference, here are the questions that were asked:
1. What was your toughest keeper decision?
2. Which draft pick was your biggest reach?
3. Which player did you sleep on for too long?
4. Did you have a specific strategy when keeping and drafting players?
5. How would you grade your overall team going into this season?

Manager – geodbear

1. What was your toughest keeper decision?

My hardest decision was not to keep Rashard Lewis. I had decided my definite keepers were Kevin Durant, Tyreke Evans, and Danilo Gallinari. I was left with deciding which of Andray Blatche, Anthony Randolph, and Lewis to drop. Prior to last season, Lewis was a top-30 player. With the rest of my team so young, I decided to stay with the theme.

2. Which draft pick was your biggest reach?

In general, I like the spots where I picked my players. If I had to pick one, it would be Yao Ming (the equivalent of a 78th pick) due to the uncertainties surrounding his recovery from injury and the amount of playing time he will see this season.

3. Which player did you sleep on for too long?

I don’t feel I slept too long on any player. Having been through the mock drafts and knowing most of the managers, I had a decent idea of where players would and should go. I do feel I may have waited too long to acquire my third point guard, but that’s a general miss.

4. Did you have a specific strategy when keeping and drafting players?

My general strategy was to build around the strengths of my keepers and in particular, Durant. Categories I wanted to build on were points, threes, blocks, turnovers, and the percentages.

5. How would you grade your overall team going into this season?

I would grade my team as a B. I feel it definitely has a chance to make the playoffs, but in order to win the championship, I would need some solid improvements from my young keepers, in particular Evans, Blatche, and Randolph.

Manager – timbaland

1. What was your toughest keeper decision?

My keeper decisions were pretty straightforward. No one else on the roster that I took over was worthy of keeping.

2. Which draft pick was your biggest reach?

Probably Serge Ibaka with the 3rd pick of the 5th Round. I had really wanted Roy Hibbert or JaVale McGee so when I missed both of these guys I went for Ibaka. I was trying to get a little stronger in blocks and if Ibaka gets the minutes he can certainly help me there.

3. Which player did you sleep on for too long?

Anthony Morrow. I went with John Salmons before him thinking he may make it back. After the Ron Artest pick I was really hoping for Tiago Splitter, JJ Hickson, Wilson Chandler, or DeMar DeRozan with my next pick and they all went straight away.

4. Did you have a specific strategy when keeping and drafting players?

I always like to have a shot at winning a title so I definitely tried to build the best team I could for this year. After securing Jason Kidd with my first pick, my strengths were assists, steals, threes, and FT%. After that I really tried to pick up some strength in some other defensive categories especially blocks and rebounds. That’s why I went with Tyrus Thomas, Robin Lopez and Ibaka.

5. How would you grade your overall team going into this season?

Hmmm… that’s tough. My small-ball players are all veterans and need to continue to produce. To make a dent in the playoffs I will really need my younger big guys (Thomas, Ibaka, Paul Millsap, LaMarcus Aldridge and Lopez) to come along leaps and bounds. I’ll give myself a C+.

Manager – Fenris-77

1. What was your toughest keeper decision?

I have a lot of young players on my team and in general it was a tough decision. Andre Iguodala and Russell Westbrook were no-brainers, and once I’d decided to give Greg Oden and Blake Griffin one more season I was left with the unenviable task of choosing between Darren Collison and Marcus Thornton. That seems like an easy decision in favor of Collison (post trade anyway) but I already had Westbrook and I was set on drafting John Wall first overall so once you add in Collison it sounded like a lot of straight PG eligible players. I decided to roll with it anyway and maybe trade from strength at some point.

2. Which draft pick was your biggest reach?

Probably Marreese Speights on the turn at pick 5.01. I wanted to add another big with real potential but I could have waited another couple of rounds for Speights. I like Speights this year, but I’m going to blame the reach on a few-too-many cups of coffee. There were a bunch of more high profile guys who would have better value there.

3. Which player did you sleep on for too long?

Amir Johnson, for sure. From what I’m hearing out of Toronto the Raptors are going to be playing at a really high pace this year (quite possibly 100+ possessions a game) and I think Amir is going to rack up a bunch of boards and blocks in their new offense. I should have taken him on the turn at 6.12, but I was already regretting the reach on Speights and got gun shy. C’est la vie.

4. Did you have a specific strategy when keeping and drafting players?

Yeah, mostly it was to try and not draft as badly as last year. Beyond that I mostly went young (with Elton Brand on the rebound as an exception) and I also punted threes based on the Westbrook-Wall-Collison trio’s deficiency there.

5. How would you grade your overall team going into this season?

Good gravy. That’s a rough question for the dog’s breakfast of a squad I’m running. Let’s go with wild optimism and grade me at a D. This team needs another year or two to work it’s way back into top form.

Manager – Nene

1. What was your toughest keeper decision?

Jrue Holiday, Hedo Turkoglu, or OJ Mayo. I went with Jrue mostly based on team needs, but I do think Turkoglu and Mayo are going to have good seasons. Mayo was probably the safe pick but Holiday could outperform him this year.

2. Which draft pick was your biggest reach?

DeMarcus Cousins. I had to go with someone that had a lot of upside. I did it last year with Stephen Curry and it worked out beautifully. Sometimes a gamble in a keeper league can pay off.

3. Which player did you sleep on for too long?

I’m not certain there was anyone that I felt I slept too long on.

4. Did you have a specific strategy when keeping and drafting players?

Most of the time I go BPA (Best Player Available). I feel that you can later address deficiencies through trades. I go with a mixture of win now and win for the future because I think winning now is important. Finally, if you never draft a risky rookie you’ll never really make leaps in the standings.

5. How would you grade your overall team going into this season?

I’d say B+. I got 5th last year and I kept a strong core of keepers. I wish Bosh had remained in Toronto or went to Chicago or somewhere where he would have been a first round type player. I don’t think the last three rounds matter that much usually as you tend to cycle through those guys in adds/drops, but I felt like Omri Casspi and Travis Outlaw were both great late round picks. Outlaw should get every chance to be the starting small forward in New Jersey and Casspi had a great rookie season. If Bosh had stayed in Toronto or anywhere else where he would be a #1 option, I would give myself an A. Due to that uncontrollable shaft, I say B+.

Manager – snakehuynh

1. What was your toughest keeper decision?

I was handed this team and it was difficult to keep 5 but it was down to Troy Murphy and Jason Kidd. I was blasted for not keeping Kidd but I wanted a balance between good big men and guards and keeping 4 guards was not what I wanted to do since there are so many good guards available I was high on.

2. Which draft pick was your biggest reach?

I don’t think I reached on anybody, but there were a good amount guards and small forwards to pick from since others were picking up all the big men early.

3. Which player did you sleep on for too long?

Truthfully its all the big men that got drafted but most had too much risk. I really wanted Elton Brand and Shane Battier, so those two would be it.

4. Did you have a specific strategy when keeping and drafting players?

I kept the players as a team with above average in FG%, FT%, threes, steals, assists, and points. The category I wanted to win as well was blocks without drafting too many big men. I always try to draft by the best available within my means of strategy even though it got spoiled by all the big men disappearing so early after I drafted Andrei Kirilenko (whom I think will have a big year).

5. How would you grade your overall team going into this season?

I would give myself a C+, since I didn’t really draft what I wanted and was confused on what I should do next. I’m assuming trading to my strength is in order, but that’s always not possible.

Manager – RedHopeful

1. What was your toughest keeper decision?

Keeping Zach Randolph over Tim Duncan. Went with Randolph in the end because I read he is not likely to face any legal difficulties and thus a probable suspension. Also, I had read he is in better shape come into training camp (probably due to it being a contract year). Meanwhile, Duncan’s minutes and production will continue to keep falling ever so slightly.

2. Which draft pick was your biggest reach?

I don’t feel like I had one but perhaps some people might consider it to be Trevor Ariza. Many people were hyping him last year. Considering where he was taken, many were quite disappointed. Well this year, I’m starting a legitimate bandwagon. I feel he is going to finish in the top 50 as he is now in a role with the Hornets that will suit his strengths.

3. Which player did you sleep on for too long?

Didn’t sleep on any particular player I felt I really wanted but I did have my eye on Shane Battier when I took Thaddeus Young and Brendan Haywood. He almost made it back to me but someone else sniped him right before my next two picks.

4. Did you have a specific strategy when keeping and drafting players?

Yeah, don’t worry about age and punt assists. Last season, I felt I had to rebuild my team and go young after finishing in the middle of the pack the year before. My first four picks were Blake Griffin, Wilson Chandler, JR Smith and Aaron Brooks. I kept none of them but I did end up winning the league due to some shrewd in-season moves including trading away David Lee for solid depth. Motto is always play for the coming year unless you desperately lack any talent whatsoever.

5. How would you grade your overall team going into this season?

Giving it a B-. Carmelo Anthony, Rudy Gay, Derrick Rose, Brook Lopez and Zach Randolph aren’t the most intimidating bunch but they are suited well enough to be a core I can work with.

Manager – baller crimson

1. What was your toughest keeper decision?

Gilbert Arenas. After being burned the past couple seasons since his Agent Zero days, I thought I’d give him one last chance to redeem himself before I release him back into the player pool.

2. Which draft pick was your biggest reach?

Wesley Johnson. Some people aren’t that high on his ability to contribute early on and his potential even, but all signs point to the fact that he’s prepared for the NBA. Hopefully he pans out.

3. Which player did you sleep on for too long?

I didn’t really think I slept on any players too long. Most players went where they should’ve and according to team fits.

4. Did you have a specific strategy when keeping and drafting players?

Basically, I want to try to compete this year while laying a foundation for future. I don’t want to be rebuilding every season. Fortunately, I feel I have pieces that can compete to win this year (Al Jefferson, Dirk Nowitzki, Carlos Boozer), while adding some young pieces with potential (Brandon Jennings, Wes Johnson, Andrea Bargnani) and filling the holes with some solid players.

5. How would you grade your overall team going into this season?

B-. I don’t think I can actually give this team a straight B until it proves itself, but on paper, I like the final result. Plus, the past two losing seasons lower my expectations a bit as well.

Manager – silentjim

1. What was your toughest keeper decision?

In retrospect, it should be Andrew Bogut knowing that it’s possible he may miss some games to start the season. Either way, I have no regrets with it knowing we each keep five players.

2. Which draft pick was your biggest reach?

Kenyon Martin at 7.08 (plus five keeper rounds) was probably the biggest reach only because his value might not be there as his value is plummeting with knee injuries. Intentionally, Ronnie Brewer was probably my biggest reach, but having a steals guy was necessary after taking some other players.

3. Which player did you sleep on for too long?

I really wanted/needed Tyrus Thomas in the second, but landing a legit guard who fit my strategy was more of a need than my want for Thomas. Also mentioned in the draft commentary at some point that choosing Carl Landry over Thaddeus Young was a decision that I could have flip-flopped on all draft. In the end, the better FG% and scoring won out but I’m still not 100% sold on my own decision.

4. Did you have a specific strategy when keeping and drafting players?

My strategy is fairly simple: Tank FT% and threes without being the team with Dwight Howard (Skippyoz’) and ignore turnovers. Essentially a 6 category-dominating machine, which I think I did well with. I employed a similar strategy last year with not as much success, but I’m more pleased with my starters this year than I have been in previous years. My bench isn’t as high on talent as I would have liked, but there are a ton of experienced managers in this league and picks were slim.

I’m pretty much of the mentality to win now all the time in keeper leagues. I’m not ever really playing for the future as I lose interest if I’m not competitive.

5. How would you grade your overall team going into this season?

I would give myself an A- grade. As mentioned I think I can out-big the Dwight Howard team and I don’t think many teams can come anywhere close with competing with me in at least 5 of my 6 categories. My points and steals are theoretically capable of being beaten, but I can shift my starters enough to overcome this, or at the very least take a 5-4 win.

I give myself the minus because I’m still not 100% sold on my bench makeup. Had to settle for positional guys at some picks late just because I capitalized on value early on ignoring that I finished with seven center eligible players. I essentially drafted Tayshaun Prince needing a SF/PF eligible player.

Manager – bleedtheblack

1. What was your toughest keeper decision?

Andrea Bargnani or Marc Gasol; I went with Gasol. I faced similar situation last year and went with Al Horford over Andrew Bynum. Hopefully this works out as well.

2. Which draft pick was your biggest reach?

Well, there were a few. I suppose Mehmet Okur was a pretty big reach coming off an achilles injury and possibly losing his starting gig. My philosophy is always to be a risk-taker in later rounds.

3. Which player did you sleep on for too long?

Probably slept too long on a second point guard. Oh well. Hopefully Luke Ridnour can stay healthy and keep the starting job in Minnesota.

4. Did you have a specific strategy when keeping and drafting players?

I have not had a specific strategy in this league. I never make a cheat sheet. This is the only basketball league I am in this year. I just try and draft the best team possible and go from there. So far I have been competitive every year and had some good drafts.

5. How would you grade your overall team going into this season?

Overall grade: B+ I like my starting lineup and hope for a couple of bench players to emerge.

Manager – Skippyoz

1. What was your toughest keeper decision?

My toughest decision was between Emeka Okafor and Andrew Bynum. It basically came down to the injury/stability factor. I feel that Bynum has more upside (better skills, better stats, younger) and more downside (injury prone). Okafor is boring, steady, and effective.

2. Which draft pick was your biggest reach?

Roy Hibbert with the 6th pick of the 1st round. With Dwight Howard and Okafor already on my team I didn’t need another center. However, of all the players drafted after him, he would have been the player I would have been most angry with myself if I had missed.

3. Which player did you sleep on for too long?

Jarret Jack and Jose Calderon. I couldn’t decide which of the two would get more minutes at the point for Toronto this year and I didn’t want to end up with the backup. I drafted Corey Maggette instead, and both players went before my next pick.

4. Did you have a specific strategy when keeping and drafting players?

I took over the team with Dwight Howard on it. With Howard, Josh Smith, and Okafor I knew I had a solid foundation in FG%, rebounds, and blocks. Stephen Jackson and Raymond Felton gave me some threes, assists, and steals. I wanted a pair of keeper-replacements (Hibbert to replace Okafor and OJ Mayo to replace Jackson). As a new member of the league, I am going to use this year to get a feel for how easy or difficult it is to transact with other teams. Hopefully, my middle and late round picks will be easy to trade as they are generally dependable players.

5. How would you grade your overall team going into this season?

I give the team a B. I think I drafted a decent enough blend of players (bigger, smaller, older, younger, specialists, generalists, etc.) to compete this year as drafted or to use as trade chips in the event I have to change direction mid-year.

 
I have been participating in fantasy sports since the good old days (paper, pencil, box scores in newspapers, etc.). Basketball and baseball are my favorites though I've dabbled (without success) in football and hockey. You name it, I've done it (standard/custom, serpentine/auction, live/computer/message board, public/private/winners, etc.).
 
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One Response to “DRAFT RECAP – The Bonanza Keeper League”

  1. User avatar silentjim says:

    I’m honestly surprised more people aren’t giving themselves A’s.

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