League of Leagues Draft

Two years ago, Dalton Del Don and I partnered for the original League of Leagues, a two-year, three-sport, six-season contest with 14 teams. The sports are NBA, NFL and MLB and the goal is both to win the individual seasons in each sport and also to have the highest average finish among all the seasons. For the first go-around, Dalton and I are either going to win the entire contest or finish second. We won last year’s NFL and NBA seasons, and we’re neck and neck in NBA for the stretch run this year. (If we win NBA, we win it all.)

But as the sixth and final sport from the first edition winds down, DDD flew out to Vegas this past weekend to represent us again for the second one. We drew the 12th pick.

There are some subtle rule changes like switching from a two to one-catcher format in baseball, but the biggest change is the cumulative contest spans only one-year and three seasons rather than two and six. There’s a keeper aspect – like any other keeper league you can keep some players from your team going into next year, but the overall title for this edition is decided from 2017 MLB and NFL and 2017-18 NBA.

Because our strategy from two years ago worked so well, we saw no reason not to try it again. The idea is to punt starting pitching completely, drafting only a few closers and elite ratio set-up men. In so doing, we use very little resources on pitching, but finish first in three of five categories and last in two, i.e., we get 60 percent of the pitching points for a fraction of everyone else’s pitching expenditures (in picks, not dollars.)

We also punted running back (so injury prone, and new ones emerge all the time, including among the rookie class to be drafted in the supplemental this summer.) Instead we focused on the most reliable and impactful players in the three sports: NBA stars, first and foremost, NFL wide receivers and MLB bats. Accordingly, our first three picks were NBA players: Kawhi Leonard, DeMarcus Cousins and Chris Paul. Then we hit the wide receivers with A.J. Green, Jordy Nelson and T.Y. Hilton before moving on to MLB hitters (which incidentally use OBP, not batting average, as a category.)

Here are the full results:

Tm Silver Feldman Mergler Lozo Evans Kogod Mayo
Rd Sedler Freyman Bornstein Funston
1 Westbrook James Harden Antetokounmpo Anthony Davis Mike Trout K.A.Towns Kevin Durant
2 Jimmy Butler LeSean McCoy M.Machado Nolan Arenado C. Kershaw Bryce Harper Rudy Gobert
3 Joey Votto Antonio Brown Anthony Rizzo Damian Lillard Dray Green CJ McCollum Julio Jones
4 Max Scherzer Miguel Cabrera Marc Gasol Jordan Howard Mike Conley Melvin Gordon C.Blackmon
5 Devin Booker Syndergaard Dez Bryant George Springer M. Thomas D. Freeman F. Freeman
6 G. Stanton Jake Arrieta Todd Gurley Goran Dragic Jay Ajayi Eric Bledsoe D. Schroder
7 Joel Embiid A.J. Pollock D. Murray Corey Kluber X. Bogaerts Chris Sale Carlos Hyde
8 Doug Baldwin Al Horford Ryan Braun Andrew Wiggins Kevin Love Amari Cooper Brian Dozier
9 Allen Robinson Jrue Holiday Serge Ibaka Hanley Ramirez Alshon Jeffery A. Rodgers 1st Supp Pick
10 S. Watkins Wil Myers C. Anthony Spencer Ware 2nd Supp Pick C. Santana Yu Darvish
11 Jacob DeGrom Keenan Allen Rougned Odor Jean Segura K. Schwarber M. Carpenter S. Strasburg
12 Todd Frazier Jose Bautista C.J. Anderson Julian Edelman A. Chapman Kenley Jansen Jose Peraza
13 Isaiah Crowell Kyle Hendricks Adrian Beltre Travis Kelce Eddie Lacy M. Crabtree Edwin Diaz
14 Billy Hamilton L. Aldridge Craig Kimbrel Aaron Sanchez Ben Zobrist Keon Broxton Jusuf Nurkic
15 R. Covington Kenneth Giles Roberto Osuna Avery Bradley Victor Oladipo Gorgui Dieng Kelvin Herrera
16 Eric Thames Drew Brees Jabari Parker Dustin Pedroia Evan Longoria Jordan Reed Jose Ramirez
17 Albert Pujols Jeurys Familia Ian Desmond Andrew Miller O. Herrera Adam Eaton Eric Gordon
18 Y. Grandal A. Russell J.D. Martinez Kole Calhoun Kenta Maeda W.Contreras Maikel Franco
19 J. Crowder A. Colome 4th Supp Pick Elvis Andrus Tobias Harris J. Taillon Cody Allen
20 Rich Hill A. Peterson Greg Monroe Ty Montgomery K-Rod D. Robertson Matt Kemp
21 Julius Randle B. Marshall Jae Crowder Zach LaVine Eric Decker D. Salazar Wes Matthews
22 Jeremy Hill Logan Forsythe Lorenzo Cain Shawn Kelley Brandon Belt Greg Bird Paul Perkins
23 Greg Holland Doug Martin J. Matthews A. Gonzalez Rajai Davis M. Pineda Hernan Perez
24 K. Kiermaier L. Blount D. Jackson Stefon Diggs J. Clarkson Aledmys Diaz M. Brantley
25 Danilo Gallinari C.Granderson Dwyane Wade Steven Matz Bilal Powell R. Matthews J. Valanciunas
26 Neftali Feliz Randal Grichuk Tyler Eifert Nomar Mazara C.Meredith Trevor Ariza Dev. Parker
27 Javier Baez Willie Snead David Price Addison Reed M. Semien Shin-Soo Choo Aaron Nola
28 L. McCullers Koda Glover Adam Duvall Salvador Perez D. Favors Marcin Gortat A.Abdullah
29 M. Brogdon Jose Reyes Ryan Madson Russell Wilson M. Mariota Matt Moore V. Velasquez
30 Devon Travis Marvin Williams Dak Prescott Evan Fournier Pomeranz C.J. Prosise Cauley-Stein
31 Jamaal Charles Matt Harvey Kenneth Dixon Dion Lewis R. Iglesias Marcus Smart Evan Gattis
32 Drew Smyly Caldwell-Pope Matt Forte Jake Odorizzi Max Kepler M. Moustakas Kenny Britt
33 D. Santana Roethlisberger Russell Martin Tyler Naquin J. Cotton B. Bogdanovic Jeremy Lin
34 Marco Estrada Y. Solarte Pau Gasol Gleyber Torres Zach Ertz C. Hernandez J.Winston
35 Kirk Cousins B. Kintzler Shoemaker JaMychal Green Clint Capela S.Shepard Dion Waiters
36 Kyle Rudolph Howie Kendrick Starlin Castro Marvin Jones B.Perriman Tyler Skaggs B, Crawford
37 Charles Sims Eric Ebron TJ McConnell 9th Supp Pick TJ Warren Brett Gardner Blake Snell
38 A. Wainwright Aaron Gordon Broncos D Ian Kennedy Stephen Vogt Gio Gonzalez Fiedorowicz
39 Orlando Arcia Skal Labissiere Josh Doctson Aaron Judge Y.Gurriel Ja. Johnson J.J. Nelson
40 Ryan Anderson Jahlil Okafor Mitch Moreland Will Fuller Dwayne Allen Lucas Duda Cam Maybin
41 Steve Pearce Blake Treinen Jorge Soler Tyler Johnson Leonys Martin A. Vizcaino C.J. Cron
42 Alex Wood Mike Zunino A. DeSclafani Chiefs D Robin Lopez J. Winslow Josh Gordon
43 Kevin Pillar C. Dickerson Jalen Richard K.Barraclough Ivan Nova Vikings D Joe Musgrove
44 Patty Mills B. Boxberger Justin Bour Ersan Ilyasova David Phelps Lance Lynn Tyson Ross
45 Jose De Leon Cardinals D Matt Wieters De.Washington M. Strahm Ted Ginn Lucas Giolito
46 Sean Kilpatrick 11th Supp Pick Alex Len Brandon Moss B. Zimmer 10th Supp Pick Daniel Norris
47 Marqise Lee Tony Romo Junior Guerra Collin McHugh Tyrod Taylor Kenny Stills Phillip Dorsett
48 Carson Wentz Didi Gregorius J. Hellickson Taj Gibson Jung-Ho Kang Coby Fleener Ravens D
49 13th Supp Pick Rodney Hood Jason Hammel Matt Joyce Terrence Ross Zimmermann Tajae Sharpe
50 Jets D Rajon Rondo R. Zimmerman J.Garoppolo Falcons D Kris Dunn F. Kaminsky

 

Tm Buescher Reiter Keri Iacono Liss Dameshek Rank
Rd Brinson Reiter Gewirtz Del Don Koh
1 Stephen Curry Mookie Betts David Johnson Le’Veon Bell Kawhi Leonard Jose Altuve LeBron James
2 Goldschmidt Kris Bryant Isaiah Thomas John Wall D. Cousins Ezekiel Elliott Nikola Jokic
3 J.Donaldson Paul George Mike Evans O. Beckham Chris Paul Carlos Correa Kemba Walker
4 Kyle Lowry H. Whiteside Kyrie Irving Trea Turner A.J. Green K. Porzingis K. Thompson
5 Jeff Teague Corey Seager Myles Turner Starling Marte Jordy Nelson Blake Griffin D. DeRozan
6 Bumgarner G. Hayward Jonathan Villar Paul Millsap T.Y. Hilton Bradley Beal F. Lindor
7 Encarnacion R.Gronkowski Otto Porter Jr. Mark Ingram Chris Davis D. Hopkins Jose Abreu
8 Daniel Murphy Lamar Miller Nelson Cruz Y. Cespedes Trevor Story Buster Posey R. Cano
9 Brook Lopez A. Drummond Jon Lester Nicolas Batum Brandin Cooks Carlos Martinez A. McCutchen
10 Dem. Thomas Johnny Cueto Davante Adams Christian Yelich Gary Sanchez Ricky Rubio C. Gonzalez
11 Jarvis Landry Chris Archer Kyle Seager Alex Bregman Dee Gordon Danny Duffy Adam Jones
12 Justin Upton Ben Simmons Justin Verlander Terrelle Pryor DJ LeMahieu G. Polanco 3rd Supp Pick
13 M.Tanaka Zach Britton Khris Middleton DeA. Jordan M. Melancon A. Benintendi H. Barnes
14 Ian Kinsler Wade Davis Mark Trumbo S.H. Oh Rudy Gay Yoan Moncada Miguel Sano
15 Tom Brady A. Rendon Dario Saric Carlos Carrasco Greg Olsen Gerrit Cole J. Lucroy
16 Jackie Bradley Eric Hosmer Tevin Coleman Elfrid Payton Nikola Vucevic Tyreek Hill Jason Kipnis
17 Rick Porcello Robert Kelley Jake Lamb D. Swanson Justin Turner Seth Curry D. Moncrief
18 K. Gausman Zack Greinke Cole Hamels Jose Quintana Andrew Luck K. Benjamin M. Stroman
19 M. Morris D. Howard Dexter Fowler 5th Supp Pick Byron Buxton C. Parsons James Paxton
20 Golden Tate 6th Supp Pick Sam Dyson Julio Teheran K. Morales Enes Kanter Marcell Ozuna
21 L. Fitzgerald S. Piscotty A.J. Ramos Latavius Murray Jim Johnson Troy Tulowitzki F. Hernandez
22 E. Nunez Emm. Sanders Joc Pederson Khris Davis C. Bedrosian Tony Watson M. Bryant
23 J. Stewart Jimmy Graham Tyrell Williams Dellin Betances David Dahl Jay Bruce D. Keuchel
24 Lou Williams Randall Cobb Julio Urias Matt Ryan Yasiel Puig M. Lynch D. Russell
25 Derrick Henry Neil Walker M. Chriss Nerlens Noel B. Maurer Carlos Gomez Robbie Ray
26 Frank Gore J.T. Realmuto Gary Harris Michael Fulmer George Hill G. Richards Rex Burkhead
27 John Lackey Tanner Roark Brad Miller Adam Thielen Ryon Healy W. Chandler Corey Coleman
28 Thomas Rawls Derek Carr Tim Hardaway Mike Napoli Y. Tomas Cam Newton Taijuan Walker
29 Delanie Walker Re. Jackson J. Gomez Tyler Glasnow Hunter Pence J.Samardzija M. Bennett
30 Jonathan Gray J.Ellsbury Carlos Rodon Derrick Rose F. Rodney Hunter Henry J.J. Redick
31 Carlos Beltran Tim Anderson Jarrod Dyson N.Castellanos Matt Holliday B. Ingram Steven Adams
32 Kidd-Gilchrist Buddy Hield T.Jankowski Hernangomez Thad Young Hunter Renfroe Will Barton
33 Ender Inciarte Sean Manaea J. Schoop Manuel Margot D. Collison Joshua Bell Mitch Haniger
34 Nate Jones Victor Martinez Tyler Ulis Cameron Brate Dirk Nowitzki Tommy Joseph J. Heyward
35 7th Supp Pick Jeremy Maclin 8th Supp Pick Jerad Eickhoff P. Beverley Jamal Murray Philip Rivers
36 Mason Plumlee J.A. Happ Brian McCann Asd. Cabrera David Peralta F. Liriano Pierre Garcon
37 Melky Cabrera Kyle Korver D. Booker W. Castillo Hector Neris Ivica Zubac Carter Capps
38 Yadier Molina Chris Carter Joe Ross R.Gsellman John Brown Adam Ottavino Jack Doyle
39 Hector Rondon Ryan Mathews Tyler Lockett Marcus Morris Gio Bernard Dylan Bundy D. Woodhead
40 Trevor Booker Kevin White M. Stafford Taylor Gabriel Danny Green L. Green M. Mitchell
41 Matt Bush Seahawks D Cody Bellinger Texans D Daniel Hudson J. Rodgers Theo Riddick
42 Trevor Bauer B.Phillips T.J. Yeldon M. Conforto Ryan Schimpf Mike Gillislee Duke Johnson
43 Mallex Smith Josh Reddick Corey Grant Brandon Drury Patriots D Jedd Gyorko Yunel Escobar
44 T. Thornburg Mo Harkless Alex Reyes Eli Manning Chris Ivory Jayson Werth Taurean Prince
45 John Henson H.Iwakuma Foltynewicz Tyler Boyd J. McKinnon Clint Frazier Sonny Gray
46 C. Michael Terrance West D. Valencia Richaun Holmes Allen Hurns Rams D Ben Revere
47 Zach Davies Tom Murphy Alan Williams Michael Wacha Chris Hogan Alex Gordon Byung-ho Park
48 Char. West Mike Wallace Julius Thomas Corey Knebel Sean Doolittle 12th Supp Pick E. Suarez
49 Kyle O’Quinn Scott Schebler Panthers D Quincy Enunwa 14th Supp Pick M. Wheaton Andrew Bailey
50 Steelers D Chris Bosh Torrey Smith Austin Rivers J. Benoit Jared Cook Jaguars D

 

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