Friday Fantasy Roundup: Mad Men, women and drafts
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This weekend is going to be absolutely insane. Four games of NCAA March Madness Friday, two games Saturday and two games Sunday as well as a whole slate of NBA games. Sunday night is also the season premiere of the greatest show on television. Not one, but a two hour premiere of AMC’s Mad Men. Even with all of this going on this weekend, for some of us, this is the big fantasy draft weekend.
I used to be a one-league kind of guy, and now I’m in four. Through this gauntlet of amazing must-see basketball and two hours of the greatest drama on television, I have to do three drafts on Sunday in roughly 4 hours. It would be fine if I lived on my own, because I could draw the blinds, order pizza and beer, and not come out of my man cave for a good 48 plus hours. While in some fantasy land this would be ideal; nonetheless, I have an old lady that will not be very happy if this is the case.
I have laid the groundwork. I subtly asked what “our” plans were this weekend. None. First hurdle cleared. Next, I cooked an amazing Thai dish (pineapple chicken curry) to butter her up, then casually mentioned to her that I have a “stupid baseball draft thingy” this Sunday. With a full stomach, she hesitated but gave in to my will. Needless to say, she is still going to be super ticked, that from 5 p.m. on, I will be glued to my computer staring at draft boards, with the squeaking of tennis shoes in the background; while all the while, counting down the minutes for Mad Men. When Monday comes, I will have to deal with a couple dirty glances or maybe even a punch in the balls. Regardless of her range of emotions and or assaults, I am beyond excited about this weekend. Go Wildcats!
Now, onto the news.
Let’s start with the most important headline going into non-keeper league drafts which would be Miguel Cabrera getting his eye jacked up. I have been wavering over who should go first this season. I like safe first-round picks (if there is actually such a thing), and I do not like to get cute with my top-tier picks. I have really been wanting to take Kemp number-one overall, and this minor Cabrera injury kind of pushed him to the top for me. Third base is a tough position to play, and Cabrera is not going to win any Gold Gloves in the near future there. This worry is enough to push him down to second overall. I could be wrong, and he could jack 40 home runs, but I will take my chances with Kemp.
We are not sure what is going on with Chase Utley‘s knees; however, we do know that he will be out of commission for at least opening day, and I think Utley needs to get the number of Kobe’s doctor. All kidding aside, Utley is going onto my do-not-draft list because, if you want him, you are going to have to take him around his average draft position. Someone in your league will pull the trigger for this guy, I hope it is not you.
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