I have to share this unicorn draft. Anyone else got one?

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I have to share this unicorn draft. Anyone else got one? 

Post#1 » by FNQ » Tue Mar 28, 2017 11:40 pm

So full disclosure: I usually hate the whole "rate my team" thing. Its code for "tell me how great I am". I want to share this because I'm simply in disbelief at how lucky I was, and would like to know if anyone else has had anything like this happen to them. My squad, in a 8-team ESPN standard roto league:

C: Grandal
1B: Goldschmidt, Hanley (UTIL)
2B: D. Murphy, R Odor (MI)
SS: Correa
3B: Villar, Seager (CI)
OF: Hamilton, K. Davis, Eaton, Benintendi, Broxton, Dahl (Bench/DL)

SP: Kershaw, Syndergaard, Lackey, Smyly, Shoemaker, Paxton, R. Ray
RP: Oh, Kimbrel, C. Allen, S. Kelley

I got almost every sleeper I wanted, and people fell to me in ridiculous rounds. Here's how it went round by round:

#4: Kershaw (Ok, cool)
#13: Goldschmidt (Wow, feeling lucky)
#20: Syndergaard (back to normal, like a regular draft)
#29: Correa (now I'm stunned, giddy)
#36: D. Murphy (who I'd normally grab in the 3rd/4th)
#45: Villar (I've never seen him last past 35, ever)
#52: Seager (another guy I'd expect to be gone 10 picks ago)
#61: Odor (see: Villar, Seager)
#68: Hamilton (pinching myself; never owned Hamilton but at this spot? too enticing. Risked not getting my next guy but felt lucky)
#77: Hanley (mainstay on my teams, actually had to UTIL him. I'm drooling.)
#84/#93: Oh and Kimbrel (meh value but I figured I'd get my sleeper SPs)
#100: K Davis (meh value)
#109: Eaton (another mainstay of my teams, usually gone by this round)
#116: Benintendi (ranked #116, but usually gone about 10-20 picks ahead of this)
#125: Cody Allen (meh value again but peeps usually reach for closers)
#132: Lackey (figure my sleepers arent that safe so take a safety net)
#141: Smyly (big Ks, winning team, + ballpark, somehow not drafted yet)
#148: Shoemaker (was really good before that whole linedrive to the eye debacle)
#157: Grandal (I NEVER draft a catcher before the last round unless Lucroy falls or Grandal falls)
#164: Paxton (this year's Danny Duffy)
#173: Broxton (mashing in ST, 30-40 steals, sneaky power)
#180: Robbie Ray (Ks, biggest + differential between ERA - FIP)
#189: Shawn Kelley (likely closer on 2nd best team in NL, Glover ain't ready)
#196: Dahl (goes 100 picks earlier if healthy, only out for a week or two)

To anyone who got to the end of this, thank you. I had to share this, because as a fantasy geek, I've never walked away from a draft thinking I got everyone I wanted and then some. Until this draft today. So if anyone has had this kind of moment happen to them, share it here, I always love to see unicorn drafts.
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Re: I have to share this unicorn draft. Anyone else got one? 

Post#2 » by FNQ » Tue Mar 28, 2017 11:47 pm

And right after the draft, someone offered me Schezer for Syndergaard and Kelley. Which I took, because I can just pick Cam Bedrosian off waivers.

I want to 80 this league so bad. 10 x 8 :D
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Re: I have to share this unicorn draft. Anyone else got one? 

Post#3 » by jason bourne » Sun Apr 2, 2017 3:22 am

Excellent draft. The only guy I don't like is Robbie Ray. Sure he can get hot, but too streaky. If he starts off hot, fine, else I'd drop him like a hot tamale. I would try and get or trade for Jahrel Cotton, Sean Manea, Dylan Bundy, Joe Musgrove, Taijuan Walker (prolly gone) or JA Happ (also gone). The other SP who helped me at the end-of-season is Robert Gsellman. Or try and trade for other sneaky picks like Maeda, Richards, Stroman, Quintana or Aaron Sanchez. There are injured SPs from last season like Rodon, Nola or Matz available, too. Assume McCullers gone. Guys who could be buy low trade targets are McCullers, DeGrom, Hamels or Archer (what if he starts out cold?). Make other teams afraid of your pitching. I'd cyclops Lance Lynn who could be a sneaky play. What about Jeurys Familia? BOS has Joe Kelly. I assume last year's top rooks are gone like Benintendi, Moncada or Glasnow, but this year's should still be available. Austin Hedges C? Dansby Swanson SS? Hunter Renfroe OF? You can't always count on guys you make projections on, so that's why I have others in mind. Then there are guys one drafts like Maikel Franco or Zack Greinke. May be too good to drop until it's too late. I usually look to pick them up after they're dropped. If one of your speed burners gets hurt or doesn't produce, there's Manuel Margot. I like Ryon Healy from last year, too. What kind of teams are you competing against?

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