Sweet 16 sleeper SP — and 20 Cinderellas

March Madness is finally back. I always enjoy this time of year, when I and so many others pretend to know everything about college basketball and fill out a bracket with blind confidence.

I know a little bit more about fantasy baseball, and March brings about another favorite activity: picking middle- and late-round starting pitchers primed to break through for the coming season.

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Cowboys 2017 Mock Draft 2.0

With the Combine and the initial wave of free agent signings now done, Dallas’ shopping list heading into the draft¬†has become a little clearer. The return of Terrance Williams removes the need for an early WR, but the secondary still has some glaring holes with Nolan Carroll being little more than a depth option. The offensive line suddenly has a couple of openings, and La’el Collins can only fill one of them. The pass rush is still a concern, and the Cowboys still need to start grooming a replacement for Jason Witten (unless you believe all the optimistic talk starting to bubble up about Rico Gathers).

With all that understood, I went back to Fanspeak for my second mock of the draft season (the first can be found here), using Fanspeak’s big board and the fan-voted team needs to guide the selections for the other 31 clubs. The Cowboys, during Will McClay’s tenure running the show as the team’s draft guru, have¬†focused on SPARQ stars from power conferences, so that’s where I’ll direct my attention.

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RotoWire Staff Keeper League Auction

The RotoWire Staff Keeper League auction took place Tuesday night – it started at 11 pm Western European Time and lasted until 4:20 am. It’s an 18-team mixed league with a standard 23-man roster, seven bench spots and 10 minor leaguers. You’re allowed to keep up to 15 players from the previous year with the caveat that heading into their third (C) years with your team you have to either (1) keep them at their current prices, but lose them to free agency in 2018; or (2) extend them at an additional cost of $5 per year extended. So if you had Mike Trout heading into Year 3 at $40, you could keep him this year at $40, keep him through 2018 at $45 per year, 2019 at $50 per, etc. So when you extend players they not only are more expensive in the future, they’re also more expensive in the present. (This is an important point which I discuss below.)

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