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Adam Dunn vs Ryan Howard - Who Would You Rather Have?

As mentioned in our position rankings, First Base has become a deep, dominant position again .  With tons of young talent to choose from, its hard to draft an ageing power hitting first baseman.  But to fill in the UTIL, DH & CI positions, these old school, all or nothing hitters can really help you fill out that HR, RBI and BB categories.  Yes, they strike out a ton, but that is part of the reason you are drafting Adam Dunn or Ryan Howard in the middle rounds.  But just remember, Ryan Howard is STILL recovering from that Achilles injury, and Adam Dunn hit 41 home runs last year! Dunn managed to get just 110 hits all last season, leading to a .204 batting average but finished with a .333 OBP.  His 34% K rate was the highest of his career, so hopefully he can bring that down closer to the 30% mark and raise that average SLIGHTLY to increase RBI and 2B production. Howard is still recovering that that freak injury suffered in the 2011 playoffs where he was the final out of the s

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Fantasy Basketball Week 17 Recap

If you need help making a playoff push in your fantasy basketball league, go out and grab Jeff Green of the Boston Celtics and Derrick Williams of the Minnesota Timberwolves immediately!  These two strech 4s have put together excellent February's and can really make an impact fantasy wise.  Jeff Green is averaging 16 points per game in Feb. adding 4.4 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game!  He is shooting 53% in 31 minutes per contest and dropped 31 points against the Suns on Friday night.  The Celtics have come back down to earth playing without Rajon Rondo , but Jeff Green is stepping into the fantasy world in a big way! Over in Minnesota, Derrick Williams has finally become that player the Timberwolves drafted #2 overall in the 2011 NBA draft.  He and Ricky Rubio are clicking and connecting on unreal alley-oop passes like this one, from halfcourt!   Williams is scoring 13.6 points per game in Feb. while providing fantasy owners who stuck out the roller coaster ride with 7.8 re

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Carlos Santana vs Miguel Montero - Who Would You Rather Have

Carlos Santana is being drafted 40-50 slots ahead of Miguel Montero this year, and if you go the Santana route, you’re paying for upside. A former top prospect, Santana has highly-regarded offensive potential and could be a major contributor to your team if he realizes that potential. However--they key word is if; Montero actually ranked ahead of Santana last season despite fewer at-bats, and if a repeat is in order, you will have paid a higher price to draft an inferior player. Santana has the higher ceiling, but as I mentioned when I advocated against taking Buster Posey in the 2nd round, I think catcher is a very deep position this year. On Yahoo, guys like Aramis Ramirez and Shin-Soo Choo are being drafted after Santana; I would rather grab one of them at that stage in the draft, and get a guy like Montero later for my catcher slot. Keith actually ranked Montero one slot ABOVE Santana in his Catcher rankings. Do you agree?

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Yahoo Fantasy Baseball Registration

It's that time of the year again, Fantasy Baseball is back!  If you are looking to join a competitive Head to Head (5x5) league on Yahoo, we have the perfect league for you!  SERIOUS FANTASY PLAYERS ONLY! Live Standard Draft - Sun Mar 24 8:00pm EST Roster Positions: C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, OF, OF, OF, Util, Util 4 (SP) 2 (RP) 2 (P) 5 (BN) 2 (DL)  Batters Stat Categories: Runs (R) Runs Batted In (RBI) Stolen Bases (SB) On-base Percentage (OBP) Total Bases (TB)  Pitchers Stat Categories: Wins (W) Saves (SV) Strikeouts (K) Earned Run Average (ERA) (Walks + Hits)/ Innings Pitched (WHIP)   Sign up here!   foxyform.com

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Milwaukee Bucks Acquire J.J. Redick

The Orlando Magic have traded lethal shooter J.J. Redick to the Milwaukee Bucks. In return the Magic will receive  Doron Lamb , Tobias Harris and Beno Udrih .  Gustavo Ayon and Ish Smith will also be heading to the Bucks. This trade will ultimately hurt Redick's fantasy value as he won't be the best scorer on the team anymore. In Orlando he was able to take as many shots as he wanted because the Magic are 15-39 and simply lack scorers. He now moves over to Milwaukee where the Bucks sit in the 8th and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

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Fantasy Baseball Vision: Target & Avoid - AL West Edition

Our good friend Brett Barton ( @BrettBarton_FBV ) at Fantasy Baseball Vision will help you prep for your upcoming drafts.   Last time he gave us the Target & Avoid players from the American League Central .   Follow him on twitter so you don't miss the Fix My Team segments and of course position rankings . Houston Astros Target: Jose Veras   The Astros could go down as one of the worst teams of all time. I would put the over/under on wins at 52 this year. But with 52 wins someone needs to Save 20 of those and that brings in Jose Veras. With nearly 15 other RP being picked before him who will not get more than 5 Saves, Veras is the last Closer off the board and the 45th RP being drafted.  To me a save is a save is a save and if you need, and I do mean need, a Closer late in your draft Veras will be there. Have you ever been in a draft where a Closer is going as the 45th RP off the board…me either? Look for 20 Saves and a K/9 at 9.0. To me, that’s still production and w

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Houston Rockets Acquire Thomas Robinson

The Sacramento Kings and Houston Rockets have pulled off a six player deal that will send 1st round draft pick Thomas Robinson to the Rockets, in exchange for Patrick Patterson .  The Kings will also send forwards Tyler Honeycutt and Francisco Garcia to Houston.  In return, the Kings will receive guard Toney Douglas and center Cole Aldrich . In a separate move, Marcus Morris will join his brother Markieff in Phoenix in exchange for a second round draft pick. The Rockets clear up some of their clutter at the PF position and will most likely call up Royce White from the D-League. For fantasy owners, Thomas Robinson should see a boost in production as he now has two guards who can penetrate the lane in Jeremy Lin and James Harden who can feed him the ball in a position to score some easy hoops.  I doubt that Honeycutt and Garcia will get much playing time in Houston but that's something to watch. Patrick Patterson will get his 30 minutes per night (off the b

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Advanced Fantasy Baseball - Closer Reports

Our friend Jon Williams from Advanced Fantasy Baseball and  Big Leagues Monthly   brings to us the pre-season closer reports for EVERY team in Major League Baseball.  He lets us know who is slated to be the closer to start the year, who is next in line and then the sleepers on each teams roster.  Be sure to follow Jon on twitter @BigJonWilliams and the Big Leagues Monthy @BigLeaguesMag Cincinnati Reds Closer – Jonathan Broxton Next – Sean Marshall Sleeper – Aroldis Chapman Super-Sleeper – Jose Arredondo It would appear that Jonathan Broxton has recovered from years of abuse at the hands of Joe Torre. His strikeout rate and fastball velocity will probably never be what they were again but Broxton has learned to be effective with what he has which is a still a nice low to mid 90s fastball. As long as his control is there he should be an effective mid-tier closer. Only the return of Aroldis Chapman to the bullpen would force an effective Broxton from the closer role. Cl

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Fantasy Basketball Breakdown - Western Conference

The first half of the NBA regular season is behind us, and brings many fun things to watch for in the second half.  The trade rumors are flying as the deadline approaches and names like Paul Milsap and Eric Bledsoe are big enough to draw every ones attention.  Milsap is destined to land on a playoff team and have an important role, while Bledsoe will most likely end up on a rebuilding team looking to add a future stating PG.  While Milsap's value won't increase/decrease too much, Bledsoe will see an increase in value if and when traded. Fantasy owners need to buckle down and adjust their rosters to make their own playoff push! Lets take a look at the Western Conference from both an NBA view and a Fantasy view: Just like the Eastern Conference, we'll start with the bottom of the Western Conference and talk about the Phoenix Suns . 6 guys are averaging double figures - Goran Dragic , Luis Scola , Jared Dudley , Marcin Gortat , Shannon Brown and Michael Beas

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Fantasy Basketball Breakdown - Eastern Conference

The first half of the NBA regular season is behind us, and brings many fun things to watch for in the second half.  The trade rumors are flying as the deadline approaches and names like Josh Smith and J.J. Redick are big enough to draw every ones attention.  These guys, if traded, are bound to land on a playoff team & will be a major part of that teams playoff run.  Danny Granger is set to return to the Indiana Pacers lineup soon and that should spark some trades in your fantasy leagues.  I don't doubt that he will have an impact on Paul George 's amazing first half, but I would not get rid of George if I owned him. Will Derrick Rose suit up for the Chicago Bulls, or will he need to sit out the season in order to be 110%?  Fantasy owners need to buckle down and adjust their rosters to make their own playoff push! Lets take a look at the Eastern Conference from both an NBA view and a Fantasy view: I am going to start from the bottom of the conference with the C

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The Price Isn't Right

The Price Isn't Right

Every year, there are a handful of players who get advanced up the draft boards more than they probably should. Maybe it's a big name, or the chic sleeper pick of the year, or a guy who had a strong second half. The problem is, as buzz builds around these players, they get drafted earlier and earlier, thus eliminating any "value" from the pick. Strictly using Yahoo's current O-Ranks, I will simulate 7 rounds of a fantasy draft for a 12-team league, naming one player in each "tier" I will not be taking in that round. Note that I am not saying in any cases that these guys aren't useful fantasy players; I am merely saying I don't think the price will be right relative to the value they will bring. So, without further ado, here are the list of players who probably won't make my teams this year because I don't agree with their current prices:

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Fantasy Basketball Breakout Seasons - All-Star Break Update

ALL STAR BREAK UPDATES Last year, PG Jeremy Lin , SG Paul George , SF Gordon Hayward , PFs Ersan Ilyasova and  Ryan Anderson  and C Nikola Pekovic had break out seasons and earned respect in the Fantasy Basketball world.  This year, we thing the following guys are going to take home the crown for the respective positions. George Hill  PG Indiana Pacers My man, George, is having one heck of a season.  14.7 points 5 assist and 4 rebounds is nothing to be ashamed of, but he is being overshadowed by Greivis Vasquez ' amazing 1st half.  Let's not forget that Hill will be getting Danny Granger back as soon as the second half starts and that will do two things: 1.) Open up that lane for Hill to drive to the hoop as Granger's defender can not help 2.) Because if Granger's man comes over with the help defense, Hill can dish it out to Granger who will knock down open jumpers with the best of them.  Also, Roy Hibbert is shooting 41%.  He is 7'2 and is shooting 41%. 

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The Case for R.A. Dickey

R.A. Dickey may be the least respected Cy Young winner I have witnessed in my lifetime. People seem to think he will somehow implode due to age, regression, or Tim Wakefield . I expect some regression as he is moving to the AL. However, I do not expect a drastic decline. The following are a few arguments that people make against RA Dickey in 2013 that I try to counter: 1.) The AL East saw Time Wakefield. 3/5 AL East teams that Dickey will pitch against saw Wakefield. And how many of the players actually had ABs vs. Wakefield? Regardless, R.A. Dickey is a different pitcher than Wakefield. His knuckleball averaged 77 MPH last year compared to Wakefield’s 65-67 MPH. Dickey’s FB averaged 83 MPH compared to Wakefield’s 72-75 MPH. Dickey also was more of a ground ball pitcher than Wakefield, which will help him adjust better to the AL East.

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Fantasy Basketball Week 15 Recap

The Boston Celtics have now played 7 games without Rajon Rondo and to EVERY ONES surprise they are 7-0.  They have defeated the Miami Heat, the Los Angeles Clippers, the new look Toronto Raptors, the Los Angeles Lakers and beat the Denver Nuggets last night in OT.  Paul Pierce took over last night and finished with a triple-double, his second during this 7 game stretch.  Kevin Garnett has had 4 double-doubles and also added in a 13 point 9 rebound night against the Kings.  Jeff Green has taken full advantage of Jaredd Sullinger's absence and is averaging 15 points per game in the month of February.  Jason Terry had his first 20 points game of 2013 last night and is shooting 54% in February.  Continue to roll out the veterans and expecting solid results.

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Quick Site Update

Listen to internet radio with TSCRN on Blog Talk Radio Tonight I made my first ever appearance on a podcast, thanks to Route 4 Sports .  I had always been hesitant to join one or even start my own because I hate hearing myself on a recording.  I don't even like using my voice on the answering machine / voicemail message, but I sure am glad that I was apart of the show tonight.  It has relieved me of my fear and I should now have an easier time joining other podcasts and further expanding the We Talk Fantasy Sports brand, by growing our audience. Who knows, maybe I will be able to start my own show with my brother @Mike_WeTalkFS ,  which might be the most entertaining thing ever!  If you though that Steven A. Smith and Skip Bayless "Embrace Debate" on First Take, than you have never heard two brothers "debate" sports.  Maybe we will even record some Google Hangouts (which I have yet to even try) with the sites contributors and other fantasy friends we have

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Join Us Tonight On Route 4 Sports Podcast

Join  @SportsProphet1 @TheHarrisonian and myself tonight from 7:00 - 9:00 pm EST on Route 4 Sports podcast .  The NFL season may be over but there's still plenty to talk about.  Here are some of the highlighted topics: Recap Super Bowl XLVII Go over some of the highlights from 2012 Debate Joe Flacco's status among the NFL's elite Key free agent players What each team needs to improve in 2013 Alex Smith, Darrelle Revis, Wes Welker, Greg Jennings, Tim Tebow and more players that may be on the move. Feel free to call 347-996-5176 and be part of the show.  Here's the link, just click and you're there  The Route 4 Sports Podcast 7:00 - 9:00 pm EST This is my 1st ever appearance on a podcast and I hope it's the 1st of many!

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Pau Gasol Out At Least 6 Weeks

Update: Gasol is expected to miss at least 6 weeks! Just one day after the Philadelphia 76ers lost Thaddeus Young for about a month , the Los Angeles Lakers will be without Pau Gasol for at least the month of February. Last night against the Brooklyn Nets, Gasol went to jump to defend a Brook Lopez shot, but got no lift and went down grabbing his foot. He stayed in the game the next possession, but you could tell he was injured. The Lakers power forward went straight to the locker room and was seen leaving the game on crutches. It turns out that he strained or might have even torn his plantar fascia.  The Lakers are already under .500 and are playing without .  The Lakers are already under .500 and are playing without Dwight Howard at the moment who is also injured. If you didn't own Earl Clark before, you better go pick him up now! Earl Clark (34% Yahoo, 41.5% ESPN, 73% CBS) has been a valuable fantasy player for the past 30 days now, but has just jumped to must own stat

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Thaddeus Young Hamstring Strain - Out 3 Weeks

UPDATE : An MRI revealed that Thaddeus Young suffered a Grade-1 hamstring strain and he is expected to miss a minimum of three weeks. The Philadelphia 76ers might be without Thaddeus Young until the All-Star Game and even longer if he has a complete tear of his hamstring.  Young had a terrific December, averaging 16.5 points a game while grabbing 6.7 rebounds a night.  His defense was superb tallying nearly 2 steals and a block night in and night out.    He struggled in January to just 14.4 points per game but picked it up on the board with over 7 per night.  After dropping 23 points on the Sacramento Kings and grabbing 15 rebounds, Young was limited to just 15 minutes on Monday night after suffering a hamstring injury.  The damage is yet to be known but he did undergo an MRI and we will update you as soon as we know the results.  What we do know is that he will miss a handful of games in a best case scenario so owners need to prepare to be without him. 

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Fantasy Baseball Second Basemen Rankings

Fantasy Baseball Second Basemen Rankings

When drafting a second basemen this season, if it's not Robinson Cano it's not worth a pick in the first 5 rounds.  It's hard to imagine Aaron Hill being the #2 second basemen again and Ben Zobrist is now an outfielder, who I am pretty sure will lose 2B eligibility with Kelly Johnson on board.  Everyone else is just too risky, including Brandon Phillips & Ian Kinsler.  After Dustin Pedroia, there will not be too much range in terms of value so the #15 2B won't be to far behind the #6 or #7 2B.  Study and pick 3 guys you really like, and wait until you are forced to pick one up! Same Face, New Place - Infielders Who Would You Rather Have? Aaron Hill or Dan Uggla? * - New Team ** - Sleeper 1.) Robinson Cano - New York Yankees The final week of the 2012 season, Robinson Cano was as hot of a hitter as a hitter can be. The final 9 games of the year, Cano hit .615 (24-39) with 11 runs scored, 14 RBI, 7 doubles, and 3 home runs. Once the playoffs started Cano b

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Fantasy Baseball Catcher Rankings

Last year the Catcher position provided very little help for fantasy owners.  Buster Posey proved his knee was not an issue and dominated the position hitting 39 doubles, 24 homers and driving in over 100 runs.  A.J. Pierzynski continued to produce even at the age of 35.  Now playing in Texas, the warm weather should help him continue keep pace with the young group of backstops.  Fantasy newcomers Wilin Rosario and Salvador Perez give owners some nice new options in this years draft.  Outside of Posey and Joe Mauer (who you can argue against) you should not be looking for a catcher in the first three or four rounds.  Carlos Santana was last seasons #3 catcher and he was not even top 100 overall! * - New Team ** - Sleeper Same Face, New Place - Infielders Who Would You Rather Have? Carlos Santana or Miguel Montero? 1.) Buster Posey - San Francisco Giants 2.) Joe Mauer - Minnesota Twins 3.) Miguel Montero - Arizona Diamondbacks 4.) Carlos Santana - Cleveland Indians

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Fantasy Basketball Week 14 Recap

Could the Boston Celtics be willing to trade Kevin Garnett to the Los Angeles Clippers?  That is a question Sporting News is wondering   and thinks the deal would revolve around Eric Bledsoe and Caron Butler .  To me the move makes little sense for the Celtics as they have Rajon Rondo  ( who is lost for this season ) heading into to next season and this one is pretty much lost without him.  Trading Garnett for a replacement point guard doesn't make you better when you trade Garnett.  The Celtics also lost Jared Sullinger for the season with a back injury this weekend so they would be left with Brandon Bass &  Jeff Green to play PF while Jason Collins and Fab Melo play center.  That won't work or win the Eastern Conference.  If Boston were to trade Kevin Garnett , I hope they do so looking into the future by acquiring draft picks and players of position of need (center) and / or under great contracts.  Teams looking to win the championship this season would be more th

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The Case for Adding Byron Mullens

Byron Mullens intends to play tomorrow vs. Miami , and it’s time to pick him up in your league if he’s available. As of this writing, Mullens is just 23% owned in Yahoo leagues, dropped by many after his injury news came out. He carries some red flags, sure, but as I'll show below, I believe he's one of the best values you can get among the pool of free agents in your league. At this stage of the game, it's very hard to find guys who will become long-term assets for your league. Viable free-agent pickups generally occur at this time because of an injury making a player useful in the short-term, such as Eric Bledsoe with Chris Paul out; or a pickup when you need a short-term boost in a single category. Both of these types of moves can help you win your matchup that week, but these players rarely have staying power, either because the starter returns from injury, or because single-category contributors are a long-term limitation.

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Fantasy Baseball Vision: Target & Avoid - AL Central Edition

Our good friend Brett Barton ( @BrettBarton_FBV ) at Fantasy Baseball Vision will help you prep for your upcoming drafts.   Last time he gave us the Target & Avoid players from the American League East .   Follow him on twitter so you don't miss the Fix My Team segments and of course position rankings . Chicago White Sox Target: Tyler Flowers C Tyler Flowers is now the No. 1 catcher in the wake of veteran C A.J. Pierzynski signing with Texas, and the Sox have spent the last month talking up the positives of having Flowers start. Of course, it's just talk until Flowers can go out there and prove it on a consistent basis. Now Flowers is not an elite C or even a top 10 but he has legit power and could help any team, especially in 2C formats. His current ADP is 316 and that pick is coming in the last 2 rounds of a 12 team 28 man roster. I definite feel Flowers will out produce the 10 catchers being drafted ahead of him like Salty, Martin, Jaso, Suzuki, Castillo, Granda

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Breaking Down Super Bowl XLVII

Breaking Down Super Bowl XLVII

    Baltimore Ravens  vs  San Francisco 49ers When: Sunday, February 3rd, 2013 @ 6:30 PM ET on CBS Where: Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana Announcers: Jim Nantz, Phil Simms , Steve Tasker & Solomon Wilcots National Anthem: Alicia Keys Halftime Show: Beyonce Favorite:  49ers - 4 1/2 Over/Under: 47.5   Join Our Group on ESPN Super Pick 'Em and make some prop bets!     Ravens on Offense: Do not turn the ball over! The Ravens have pulled off upsets against the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots on the road by not turning the ball over. Joe Flacco has been almost perfect this postseason, throwing 8 TDs and 0 INTs. He did lose 1 fumble in the Broncos game but I think everyone forgave him after he threw a 70 yard TD pass with 30 seconds left in the game to force OT.  

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Breaking Down the Super Bowl Box Pool Odds

Breaking Down the Super Bowl Box Pool Odds

Based on the final score from 256 regular season games and 10 playoff matchups from the 2012-13 season, the following information should help you understand your odds of winning your Super Bowl Box Pool this year!  What boxes did you end up with and how much did you pay per box? DOWNLOAD YOUR SUPER BOWL BINGO CARDS ! Scores from ESPN 0 appeared 72 times (13.58%) 1 appeared 52 times (9.81%) 2 appeared 23 times (4.34%) 3 appeared 87 times (16.42%) 4 appeared 84 times (15.85%) 5 appeared 20 times (3.77%) 6 appeared 41 times (7.74%) 7 appeared 79 times (14.91%) 8 appeared 45 times (8.49%) 9 appeared 27 times (5.09%) The winning team most commonly finished with a 4 (17.74%) while the losing team usually finished with a 3 (22.26%)! The least common number for a winning team was 2 (4.15%) while the least common number for the loser was 5 (1.51%). Ironically enough, the 10 playoff games this year have brought mainly 4's and 8's and never once produced a 6 or

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MLB Auction Draft Tips & Tricks

It's time to welcome another member to the We Talk Fantasy Sports family!  Devin Hughes is  a recent graduate of Ohio University's E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, where he studied public relations .  Follow him on twitter for fantasy baseball advice all season long @RDevinHughes Decide to try an auction draft for the first time this year? You’ll be glad you did. Auction is actually my favorite draft format because of the added element of strategy, but also because it is absolutely fair. If you want Miguel Cabrera on your team, you can guarantee you get him--if you pay the price. And if you want Esmil Rogers...well, you’ll probably get him in any format. So while draft auctions can be a blast, they are definitely a different animal than snake drafts. If you’re doing your first one, I encourage you to try some mock drafts just to get a feel for things, notice trends, etc. Just like snake drafts, there are a number of team-building strategies that will depend on your GM sty

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Top Plays for Fanthrowdown 2/1

We consider Thursdays to be one of the worst days of the week. It’s a complete tease being right before Friday, and then the NBA gives us two games every week?! C’Mon! Well, it’s Friday and it’s a glorious day for oh so many reasons. We have a massive 12 game schedule tonight, and we’re going to be ready for it, and so are you. This Friday we give to you our top three plays at each position on Fanthrowdown .

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