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The Holidays

December 23, 2011 - Jay Bennett
Although a lot of people don't really care for NBA basketball, I can honestly say I'm not one of them.

Sure, it seems to go longer than golf season, but after all, "It's FANTASTIC!"

With the season set to begin on Christmas, that means fantasy basketball fans don't have a lot of time left to join leagues. However, I've managed to do a few of the ESPN free fantasy auction drafts and I'm anxious to see how my squads do.

One of the things I like most about fantasy leagues, especially the free kind on ESPN, is that one can choose from either head-to-head or roto leagues. I usually do a mixture of both.

I'm not one for punting a category in roto, so that means players who can't make foul shots or shooting guards who are lucky to hit two out of every five shots often are left off my rosters.

Another aspect I like about auctions, aside from being able to buy whatever player one really wants as opposed to being stuck in a snake draft, is sometimes being in the same 10-team league with someone who has ties to West Virginia or actually lives in the Mountain State.

In my last auction, I decided to do stars and scrubs, meaning I purchased both Kevin Durant and Dwight Howard and just filled in with whatever else I could get.

Always up for a trade, I pulled the trigger today on a big one. I decided to give up Mr. Durant, but in return I got both Danny Granger and Deron Williams. I suppose time will tell how that goes.

In closing, although he's not going to be a fantasy factor this year more than likely, kudos are in order for former WVU Mountaineer Devin Ebanks, who not only made the Lakers team but is expected to get the starting nod at small forward on Sunday.


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