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Friday 15th Dec 2017

Funny how the universe tosses us stuff. In fact, a few weeks ago, I even wrote a column on how things do indeed happen in threes.

Well, two weeks ago there was the LABR 12-team mixed draft, and a week later the Bloomberg 12-team mixed, and as I strolled into the NFBC draft room yesterday morning at the Bellagio, in Las Vegas, I stumbled into the double play which featured a 12-team mixed.

So, I thought it would be fun to compare and contrast. Not that it means anything other than who values whom, when.

Rd 1. LABR Bloomberg NFBC
1. Hanley Ramirez Hanley Ramirez Albert Pujols
2. Albert Pujols Albert Pujols Hanley Ramirez
3. Ryan Braun Alex Rodriquez Alex Rodriguez
4. Alex Rodriguez Ryan Braun Ryan Braun
5. Matt Kemp Chase Utley Mark Teixeira
6. Chase Utley Mark Teixeira Joe Mauer
7. Miguel Cabrera Prince Fielder Carl Crawford
8. Tim Lincecum Matt Kemp Chase Utley
9. Mark Teixeira Evan Longoria Prince Fielder
10. Evan Longoria Joe Mauer Evan Longoria
11. Prince Fielder Carl Crawford Tim Lincecum
12. Kevin Youkilis Ian Kinsler Miguel Cabrera


Ok, so no surprises, but, it is interesting to see how differently we can concoct a team relative to what we are thrown. Which is largely the point, and why wedding ourselves to ADP is not a good idea. Sure, we can use ADP to judge who might be chosen at a given time, but, there is indeed the question of "what is left?" balanced against "what do I need?"

But, just for grins, let's also take a peak at round 23, the round which ostensibly completes a standard roster and see how that shakes out?

Rd. 23 LABR Bloomberg NFBC
1. Jame McDonald Cody Ross Ryan Thierot
2. Brett Gardner Josh Willingham Daisuke Matsuzaka
3. Matt Lindstrom Wade Davis Ryan Madson
4. Carlos Santana Chris Young (P) Carlos Gomez
5. Travis Snider Conor Jackson Austin Jackson
6. Dioner Navarro Carlos Santana Chris Perez
7. Bronson Arroyo Miguel Olivo Chris Young (OF)
8. Ryan Thierot Buster Posey Joba Chamberlain
9. Randy Wolf Lastings Milledge JJ Hardy
10. Ryan Rowand-Smith Cameron Maybin Gerald Laird
11. John Buck John Baker Garrett Atkins
12. Justin Masterson Elijah Dukes Josh Willingham

 Interesting, no?  Which means for the most part, leagues wind up at the same place at basically the same time. It is how the deck is shuffled that determines the winning hand. So, the trick is to try and get the deck stacked in your favor.

It is a lot of work. And, it is a lot of fun. Happy drafting this week.

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