Breaking News as Hoops Season Ends

16 04 2009

On the last day of the fantasy basketball season, my squad miraculously snuck into a tie for second place, having sat in third for months.  Props to the Hurricane, who elected to bench our three best players–LBJ, Paul Pierce and Rashard Lewis–all of whom did not play.  And congrats to the first place guy, the first ever to beat Hurricane and I, who had a 16.5 point advantage in a 12 team rotisserie league, which is pretty remarkable.  He led the league nearly all year with a team that featured top-pick Chris Paul, healthy Yao Ming, career-year Troy Murphy, bounce-back Ray Allen, finally-got-it-together Andrea Bargnani, and yay-Mike-D’Antoni Nate Robinson.

In other breaking news, Jon Barry MVP Matt Bonner got added on the last day of the season, by the very team I said should pick him up (after I emailed the manager).

With hoops and hockey done, attention will focus on baseball for now, until fantasy football season, or something else pops up.





We’re not experts

23 09 2008

I play in a 12-team fantasy football league with my co-blogger.  We’re currently both 0-3, good for 11th and 12th place.  We also play together in a 14-team fantasy baseball league.  We’re currently in 13th and 14th place.  So when our tagline reads, “special insights into fantasy sports”, we mean Special Olympics special.

In defense of my football team, during my week 2 loss, I put up the second most points by any team in any week so far this season.  It just happened that I played against the guy who had the highest point total through three weeks.  In week 3, I lost 76.41-72.84, not exactly a drubbing.  In defense of my baseball team, I got hit pretty hard by injuries.  Also, my team dropped Jason Bay early on, due to miscommunication with my co-manager.  (Not my co-blogger mind you, totally different dude.  Well, they’re both Asian.  But that shouldn’t even matter…they’re from different Asian countries, so they’re totally different.  Also, my co-manager’s pretty little, while my co-blogger’s a fairly big dude…not this big, definitely not this big.

This upcoming weekend will be very exciting, as my co-blogger and I square off to see who remains winless.  There can be only one.  This matchup will take place while I’m attending my co-blogger’s wedding, putting me at a severe disadvantage, since I’ll be busy all weekend with wedding festivities.





ESPN.com fantasy basketball preview

11 09 2008

ESPN has their fantasy basketball draft kit live.  They have two pretty good articles, one on rookies and the other on coaching changes.  Berry’s draft-day manifesto manages to be both atrocious and exactly the same as last year’s, which is fine, whatever…  Go on, Incredible Mr. Roto, spread your weird ideas; I’ll just keep on crushing your readers.  I also like this article, which focuses on players that you probably shouldn’t have on your team, but also included some players that you do want to have on your team.  If that description is confusing, then you understand how I feel about the article.

Then there are the rankings.  Just like Funston’s big board, none of the experts give any methodology or justfication for their rankings, it’s just a big dump of “here’s who I think is good.”  And speaking of big dumps, I’d like to take one on all these rankings, because they’re really bad.  Which is what happens when you design rankings without any methodology or justification.  I’m not gonna criticize any of the rankings specifically (Dwyane Wade at #5, really?  Has he ever had a top 10 fantasy season?  Top 25?) because I haven’t done my homework yet (Jason Kidd #40, isn’t he like, dead?) but at some point I’ll build a model (Yao Ming at #29, yup that’s a good pick) and then use it to dominate drafts.