It has been a frustrating and fruitless 3-year drought but eventually I was able to claim the Good Life Fantasy League™ Championship trophy against an extremely tough Lebron-led Moscow Maulers.
It was a fitting Finals matchup of the top 2 regular-season teams, which started off with a dominating start from the Maulers, only to leave the door slightly open for a late comeback from my own team, named Bella Vista Trending Upwards.
It came down to a final day with the 3-Pointers-Made and Blocks categories up for grabs. The Maulers were obviously streaming in the 3PM category so the emphasis of the matchup revolved around which team was going to make the most threes on that day’s play. With the Miami Heat locked into the No. 2 spot in the East I took a gamble on LeBron being rested and I employed the services of three point specialists Eddie House and James Jones, as well as Andres Nocioni who was making a spot start in place of Iggy.
Luckily for me I came out of the day with a surprisingly high 28 total threes to gain 5 of the 9 categories and the grand final victory. I don’t think I have seen anyone amass 28 threes in one day ever before in any fantasy basketball competition. Let alone, in a deep 20-team league, in the deciding category, on the last day of a final. A very nice stroke of luck for me. So finally, my very own Bella Vista is the undisputed champion!
And to sign off for this fantasy basketball season, I want to thank my guys below (with their final overall Player Rater ranking in brackets)…
Amare Stoudemire (6) – acquired through trade
Al Jefferson (10) – keeper 2
Dwyane Wade (11) – acquired through trade
Steve Nash (30) – keeper 1
Channing Frye (36) – drafted at #108
Beno Udrih (38) – drafted at #93
David West (42) – keeper 3
Wes Mathews (45) – acquired through trade
Francisco Garcia (139) – drafted at #228
Marcus Thornton (141) – free agent
Reggie Williams (157) – drafted at #188
Marco Belinelli (160) – drafted at #253
Omri Casspi (202) – drafted at #213
… and my 2 busts… thanks for nothing…
Roddy Beaubois (317) – drafted at #133
Tiago Splitter (330) – drafted at #148