Welcome back for the second edition! In case you missed the first one about the ESPN rankings, go ahead and bang it here. There is also some introduction stuff to think about during your draft, as well.
Moving on, I did several mock drafts in the past few days with the public and really noticed a couple things. For some reason, the industry/competitve leagues tend to target the point guards a little heavier. I was able to pick up a number of guards sliding like getting Jeff Teague at 45 in one public, which would never ever happen in any of my real leagues. I also noticed it was a little easier to get big men later in those, too. Gorgui Dieng slips a lot and perhaps the untrained eye gets caught up in him coming off the bench. Minutes are minutes no matter if you’re starting or coming off the bench. Plus, bench players could have higher usage rates and/or assist percentages, too.
In this second edition, it’s for standard nine-category leagues on Yahoo! Sports. Yahoo! made a number of changes to their rankings recently, which include bumping up a number of my favorite targets. That means a lot of the guys you could steal aren’t under the radar nearly as much. Still, there are some similarities on ESPN and Y!, so you also might want to check out that first edition to contrast and compare.
Generally, I do like to go with a big over a small when it comes to a coin-flip decision. Although, Yahoo! didn’t bump up the bigs quite as much in the 60-100 range, so I don’t think it is as important as it is on ESPN. That said, I have never done a draft and said “I wish I had more smalls.”
Ranked higher than expected
Lower than expected
Scroll Down Gang for players after 130 worth drafting in standard leagues
Kyle O’Quinn (195) – He’s looked terrific and the Knicks need a bench big man in the worst way.
Watch list guys down in the rankings
Deep diggin’ for guys after 300
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