Posted on: March 17, 2009 12:16 pm

30-Deep Finals

The second year of the 30-Deep "CBS vs. the World" is wrapping up and I just wanted to give everyone an update as to how it's going.

For those who are unaware of the league, former CBSSports.com Fantasy writer Brian Flood and I co-founded a Fantasy hoops league that features 30 teams, simulating the amount of NBA franchises. It pits 15 writers from around the Fantasy hoops industry against 15 CBSSports.commers who have a hand in our Fantasy products.

We draft 12 rounds (360 picks) and the starting lineup is six players, consisting of a point guard, shooting guard, small forward, power forward, center and a sixth man slot than can be any player. As you can imagine, the talent gets spread out pretty thin in this type of league and when you are playing against some of the most informed minds in the industry, it makes it that much tougher.

Last season, CBSSports.commer Jake Payton, who used to work for us as a fine Fantasy product developer, took home the honors as the first ever 30-Deep champ. He thought it was so awesome that he decided to retire and move up to Detroit. OK, not really, but he did move up to Detroit this past year and did not get a chance to defend his title this year.

Instead, he was replaced by Denny Burkholder, our NBA producer in the newsroom and guess what .... Denny has made it all the way to the Finals this year. Good for him. He will be up against Flood, who won the "World" Conference for the second year in a row. Flood represents the World now because he moved to New York and wrote for RotoWorld last season. He now works for the NFL in Manhattan, but having helped co-found the league he gets an honorary lifetime spot in the league as long as he wants it.

As for myself, I was ousted in the first round of the playoffs. I'm a bum, what can I say?

Using our Commissioner product's great customization options, we set up the playoffs so that six teams in each conference advance to the playoffs. The top two teams in each conference get first-round byes. The first, second and third rounds of the playoffs are single elimination games while the Finals are a best-of-three series, with the first team to win two matchups taking the whole thing.

The Finals began last week with Flood taking a close 5-4 (category-based) decision over Burkholder and a 1-0 lead in the series. You can follow it here if you'd like. Use it to give yourself some ideas as to different ways you can customize your league.

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Posted on: October 14, 2008 9:41 am

Mock drafting on a Tuesday

We are through 22 picks in our second annual 30-Deep, CBS vs. the World draft and we are not even done with the first round yet. 

For those of you who don't know what I'm talking about, the 30-Deep is a league we ran last year with 15 CBSers against 15 analysts from around the industry. The CBS side consists of our Fantasy analysts, on-air talent like Lauren Shehadi and Jason Horowitz and the producers who make our product run so well. The World side consists of Fantasy writers from all over the place, featuring names like Eric Karabell, Rick Kamla, Mike Yam, Steve Alexander and so on and so on.

Anyway, you can imagine how hard it is to get a draft to go quickly with 30 teams, so we're still chugging along in the first round. No big surprises through the first 22 picks. I still haven't had a chance to make my own (I'm at 27, so you know this isn't rigged).

But here is something interesting, there are still some excellent names available at 22:

Steve Nash
Carlos Boozer
Tim Duncan
Brandon Roy
Andre Miller
Kevin Durant
Antawn Jamison

I'm going to have a shot at one of those players ... at 27 overall. Nash is probably the most interesting player to still be available. He's gone in the first round in most Fantasy leagues for the last few years and has even gone that early this year. Sure, there is some trepidation about the coaching change and overall philosophy shift going on in Phoenix and we've even written about him on this site as a potential bust. But that's "bust" potential is because he's been going in the first round in 12-team leagues. This is pick 22 in a league where you need to start a PG, SG, SF, PF, C and 'flex'.

Shh. Don't tell anybody. But I'd gladly take the guy I wrote about as a potential bust at 27, should he get there.


Don't forget you can do a mock draft (or 12 or 50 or however many you want) of your own.
Category: Fantasy Basketball
Tags: 30-Deep
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