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1 hour ago, hipriest69 said:

Always stay active and ready...because of course, we all knew the season would come down to depending on players like Noah, Rondo, House, Caruso, Favors, Harkless, Augustin, Jabari Parker, and James Johnson to boost you to the championship 😂

 

And that owning Elfrid Payton and Kelly Oubre could be a great thing (I wish i did).  

 

Adding to the list of current improbable fantasy championship contributors - Waiters, Parsons, Wade, Robin Lopez.  Geez we just need Tyson Chandler to come out and grab 20 rebounds now.  

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5 hours ago, Kaboom said:

Ignore turnovers in 9-cat. The top two teams in our league have a 1 and a 2 in TO's. The bottom two teams have an 11 and a 12 in TO's. That's no coincidence.

Punting turnovers is the easy way out. However your path to greatness is paved with a mine field. You and every other player in your league will try to punt TO, so the pool of players who will be competing with you for talent is as large as it can be. 

Differentiate and Punt something else to give yourself a competitive edge.

 

I was 6th seed so I’m facing the 1st seed right now. He decided to punt TO. His team is substantially better than mine but I steamed out two spots and covered STL/AST/BLK/REB/TO. I’ll be advancing to the next round, streaming in 3 new players. 

 

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Punt ast build is pretty good, been first place throughout mostly because of it. Don't draft guards like Gary Harris that relies on high fg% and steals especially in the earlier rounds.

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Being strong in at least one percentage (preferably two if not punting FG or FT) is an absolutely massive advantage and is better than being strong in a counting stat. It's harder for the schedule/injuries to kill you. I had 35 games in my first-round matchup (opponent had 44) and I made it through because my punt blocks team is dominant in FG and very good in FT. The same thing is happening this week. 

Also, pay attention to turnovers. You don't have to be great in turnovers but a full-out punt of TOs is a bad idea. If you punt TOs you're likely still going to lose TOs during weeks where you're getting crushed by injuries. Injuries without a TO win is basically death in the playoffs. 

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2 hours ago, FantasyBallFan said:

3. Never draft unproven players at their ceiling (biggest mistake you can make)

6. Acquire as much elite talent as possible early on. Over 20+ weeks there will be a lot of opportunities to fill out your roster

 

3. I gotta disagree with. Ayton was preseason ranked 63rd in Yahoo and drafted 40-ish in ESPN this year. On the player raters he's 27th and 32nd respectively. He was a complete unknown and has exceeded avg. draft positions so far. Even Harden was under performing going into his 3rd year, some guys are late bloomers, others are just good out of the gate. I'd say unprovens are more of a crap shoot than a DND.

6. I'm with you. Elite and no inj history guys for me from here on out, lol. 

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1 hour ago, Russianog said:

Punting turnovers is the easy way out. However your path to greatness is paved with a mine field. You and every other player in your league will try to punt TO, so the pool of players who will be competing with you for talent is as large as it can be. 

Differentiate and Punt something else to give yourself a competitive edge.

 

I was 6th seed so I’m facing the 1st seed right now. He decided to punt TO. His team is substantially better than mine but I steamed out two spots and covered STL/AST/BLK/REB/TO. I’ll be advancing to the next round, streaming in 3 new players. 

 

My bad, I should have specified that it's a roto league. There's no streaming, or rounds, in roto. Or punting, other than TO's. Or complaints about a difference in games played. Or injury concerns for the most part. 

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1 hour ago, BillWalton said:

Being strong in at least one percentage (preferably two if not punting FG or FT) is an absolutely massive advantage and is better than being strong in a counting stat. It's harder for the schedule/injuries to kill you. I had 35 games in my first-round matchup (opponent had 44) and I made it through because my punt blocks team is dominant in FG and very good in FT. The same thing is happening this week. 

Also, pay attention to turnovers. You don't have to be great in turnovers but a full-out punt of TOs is a bad idea. If you punt TOs you're likely still going to lose TOs during weeks where you're getting crushed by injuries. Injuries without a TO win is basically death in the playoffs. 

 

Agree on targeting %s but disagree on withstanding injuries. I punt assists and have an average-TO team, but in the past week I lost Zeller, Brogdon, Mirotic, and just dropped Porter and the drop off in my FG% is drastic. Still winning it this week but some weeks I was well above 50% and now its 45-47 range

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3 hours ago, cochise316 said:

3. I gotta disagree with. Ayton was preseason ranked 63rd in Yahoo and drafted 40-ish in ESPN this year. On the player raters he's 27th and 32nd respectively. He was a complete unknown and has exceeded avg. draft positions so far. Even Harden was under performing going into his 3rd year, some guys are late bloomers, others are just good out of the gate. I'd say unprovens are more of a crap shoot than a DND.

6. I'm with you. Elite and no inj history guys for me from here on out, lol. 

Ayton at 40 still left room for value as he showed in preseason. And he obviously backed it up during the year. Im talking about taking guys like Donovan Mitchell in the 2nd/3rd round where there was literally zero value. Unless an owner somehow thought Mitchell could be top 15 (which is crazy) they had no business drafting him so high.

Another guy consistently drafted above his ceiling is booker, who is fairly one dimensional fantasy wise. I expect Doncic will be the next guy who’s touted as a 2nd rounder and disappoints the owners caught up in the hype.

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5 hours ago, Kaboom said:

Yes, 9-cat roto, I should have specified. I gave up H2H years ago and never looked back. 

I wish my friends did this too

can we be friends?

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Best thing I did all year is scoop up the injured players I knew were coming back before playoffs or during playoffs. I might have sacrificed a matchup or two, but that got me the likes of Payton/Markkanen/JV/Bagley. All of whom are now destroying for me in the championship.

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17 minutes ago, ttann71 said:

Best thing I did all year is scoop up the injured players I knew were coming back before playoffs or during playoffs. I might have sacrificed a matchup or two, but that got me the likes of Payton/Markkanen/JV/Bagley. All of whom are now destroying for me in the championship.

 

I kind of wish I had done this in my leagues, but I was more concerned about securing 1st round byes. I'm still in favorable positions in these leagues, but seeing my potential opponents (who didn't secure byes) benefiting from these players grinds my gears a bit

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On 3/21/2019 at 11:33 AM, Tekno Team 2000 said:

Never panic.  Never make a move out of anger. 

And when you are torn between two or three guys for a pickup, put their names in a hat and have your 6 month old son randomly pick it for you.

100% agree on the hat thing....should have done it yesterday with giles, bridges and troy brown.....

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This is my first year doing fantasy and the one thing I learned is dont put such a huge premium on 3s at the expense of other cats (like blocks/steals).

 

There will always be guys on the waiver wire who can go off for 5-7 3s on any given night (Ross, Shamet, Jordan Clarkson etc.). Not many guys on the wire who can go get you 3+ blocks or 3+ steals. Draft them and use your moves to fortify 3s. This also why I'm not as high on Buddy Hield as alot of other people are. If he fell in the mid rounds, sure. But I'm not sold enough on the value of his production vis a vis other options to warrant drafting him in the 2nd or 3rd rounds.

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On 3/22/2019 at 1:29 PM, justaguy said:

This is my first year doing fantasy and the one thing I learned is dont put such a huge premium on 3s at the expense of other cats (like blocks/steals).

 

There will always be guys on the waiver wire who can go off for 5-7 3s on any given night (Ross, Shamet, Jordan Clarkson etc.). Not many guys on the wire who can go get you 3+ blocks or 3+ steals. Draft them and use your moves to fortify 3s. This also why I'm not as high on Buddy Hield as alot of other people are. If he fell in the mid rounds, sure. But I'm not sold enough on the value of his production vis a vis other options to warrant drafting him in the 2nd or 3rd rounds.

Sure. Many can make 3s in today’s game and therefore Buddy isn’t justified as 3rd pick in my mind. However, get someone who can sure do twice more three’s than average specialist and pair with players who excel at stocks but no 3s - easier to find and not as expensive such as Isaac, Nurkic, etc.

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On 3/22/2019 at 1:29 PM, justaguy said:

This is my first year doing fantasy and the one thing I learned is dont put such a huge premium on 3s at the expense of other cats (like blocks/steals).

 

There will always be guys on the waiver wire who can go off for 5-7 3s on any given night (Ross, Shamet, Jordan Clarkson etc.). Not many guys on the wire who can go get you 3+ blocks or 3+ steals. Draft them and use your moves to fortify 3s. This also why I'm not as high on Buddy Hield as alot of other people are. If he fell in the mid rounds, sure. But I'm not sold enough on the value of his production vis a vis other options to warrant drafting him in the 2nd or 3rd rounds.

 

He also provides elite points, efficiency (at least this season) and a fair amount of rebounds for a guard. And he’s young and probably still improving on an up and coming team. If he can bump his steals up to 1.5 or so he’s a second third rounder for sure.

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Don't let Rich Paul rep your star player. AD
 

Don't trade Kyrie and Whiteside for KD for KD to disappear in the playoffs where Kyrie would have been better for me even if Whiteside is invisible. 

Don't trade a draft pick for Jeff Teague to help with assists, he will get further hurt.

And Derrick Favors is very underrated.

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3 hours ago, Purple Hippo said:

 

He also provides elite points, efficiency (at least this season) and a fair amount of rebounds for a guard. And he’s young and probably still improving on an up and coming team. If he can bump his steals up to 1.5 or so he’s a second third rounder for sure.

Hield is 26.  I am not sure how much better he can get on a young and upcoming team. I would draft based on current production from him

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I ended up punting assists, mostly because of injuries during the year. Its surprisingly powerful. I’ll be doing a lot more punt assist builds next year. 

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On 3/23/2019 at 7:51 PM, gooseball said:

Sure. Many can make 3s in today’s game and therefore Buddy isn’t justified as 3rd pick in my mind. However, get someone who can sure do twice more three’s than average specialist and pair with players who excel at stocks but no 3s - easier to find and not as expensive such as Isaac, Nurkic, etc.

I drafted Steph 7th overall in my league and he has won me 3s single handedly many times. It let me focus on some other cats while he did the heavy lifting for 3s.

 

I'm going up against a punt-3s teams in the finals. Steph alone should be enough hahaha

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In this age of resting and tanking you have to say goodbye to studs in the playoffs. Never dropped so many top players like this season on my way to 3 finals.

Next season I`ll focus even more on drafting players not on teams heading for the tanking marathon.

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