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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

2016 XC Fantasy Draft

Welcome to the 2016 XC Fantasy Draft! The draft will be held on November 2nd starting at 8:00 PM sharp!

This year we will be trying something a little different, housing the draft live on the blog for everyone to enjoy and anonymous competitors to participate in. As of the writing of this post we currently have 9 teams. Because each team will be picking 7 runners, I'd like to cap the draft at 10 teams. I think that's as high as we can realistically go. That being said, I will accept alternate entries who can participate if one of the 10 selected teams is missing from the draft at start time and not available to make their pick.

So here are the teams I currently have listed. Hopefully I haven't missed anyone. If are worried your team is missing from this list, contact me ASAP so I can throw you in the draft. I've used a random number generator to assign the draft order. Remember that this will be a snake draft.

1. Team Team
2. Forrest CRN's Team (Forrest has taken this final spot but has offered to switch out if someone else really wants in)
3. MightyMort
4. Team Shake n Bake
5. Ryan1220
6. Views from the Seven (this is etrain's team)
7. John Seena (Defending Champion)
8. The Avon Grove RedDevil
9. OutKickU

So just to re-outline the rules, I'll give you a quick overview. If you don't understand these rules, I suggest you ask quickly as I would like to move efficiently through the process on draft night.

- Each team makes seven picks, similar to a varsity cross country team. Picks will be made in the order above in snake draft format. This means that Team 1 will have the last pick in the first round and the first pick in the second round. Once a runner is drafted, no one else can pick this runner.

- Only runners in the AAA boys state championship can be drafted. Runners are scored based on there place in the state meet. For example, if you drafted Brian Iatarola last year and he finished 25th, he scores 25 points for your team. The places for your highest finishing five runners are added together to give yourself a team score, again similar to a varsity cross country team. The lowest score wins.

- To make your pick, post it up here in the comment section of this post. Please use the comment section only to make your picks until the draft is over so that everyone involved can keep track of who has been picked and when. Remember that the comment section will not update automatically, so you will have to refresh the page in order to see any new comments. I will do my best to also live tweet the draft on our account @TheRealTrain11, but I will be managing a lot of things so I may not completely follow through on that promise.

- Stay on top of your picks and try to keep things moving quickly. We have to make 70 picks so even if each pick only takes a minute, this will take over an hour. Be aware of the commitment and try your best to keep track of the order. For everyone's first pick, I will grant up to 4 minutes of time to make your pick once the draft begins. If you do not make a pick in that time, the first alternate team (if applicable) will get to take over your spot. After that, I will keep a timer of 2 minutes. If you do not pick in that time, you will be autodrafted a runner based on my top 50 predictions (best runner available). Consecutive autodrafts will also risk being removed from the draft and an alternate team taking your spot.

- My advice to you is to get in touch with me before the draft to get some type of direct messaging that will update automatically when picks are made. You also can then ask me questions during the draft about whose turn it is, which players have been taken and any rules that you have last minute questions about. I will do my best to give everyone the benefit of the doubt, but those who I have a direct line of communication with will definitely have an extra advantage with respect to timing.

- Last rule; have fun! This is just a fun little idea to bring some excitement to the predictions. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have the past few years.

Any last minute questions hit me up quickly! jarrettfelix1130@gmail.com or on twitter!

77 comments:

  1. if you need an extra player i'll join tonight, but i don't mind giving my spot up to someone else who would like to participate :)

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  2. To those of you following along, we are about to begin. I will be starting the draft shortly by releasing the first pick from Team Team. We will have 9 teams in this draft. I've updated the order in the post above for reference. Let's have fun out there!

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  3. With the first pick in the draft Team Team selects Noah Affolder from Carlisle High School

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  4. With the second pick in the draft, ForrestCRN selects Nate Henderson from JP McCaskey

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  5. With the third pick, MightyMort selects Rusty Kujdych from Neshaminy

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  6. Auto draft me dawg! My only stipulation is that I get Noah Dusseau as my 7th pick! #sleeperpick #������

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  7. With the fourth pick, Team Shake n Bake selects Sam Affolder from Carlisle

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  8. bummer i was hoping noah would drop to 9 ;)

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  9. Zach Lefever of Ephrata

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  10. Awesome Ryan, thanks for the pick. With the sixth pick, Views from the Seven selects Mark Provenzo from Franklin Regional

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  11. Ryan James
    -John Seena

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  12. Thank you John. It looks like, based on the comments above The Red Devils will be going on autodraft for a bit so they will take the next available runner on my Top 50 list which is Ryan Campbell from CRN

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  13. Nick Feffer with the final pick of the first round

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  14. First pick of the second round - Carlisle #3 man - Isaac Kole

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  15. Thanks for the picks! Now going back through the order we have the Avon Grove Red Devil Auto Pick. They will receive Spencer Smucker from Henderson and that puts John Seena up to pick

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  16. Connor McMenamin
    -John Seena

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  17. etrain11's squad picks Morgan Cupp from Mechanicsburg. Ryan1220 is up next

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  18. Noah Beveridge of Butler

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  19. Team Shake n Bake selects Liam Conway from Owen J Roberts

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  20. Seth Slavin of Pleasant Valley
    -MightyMort

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  21. Team Team picks Evan Addison from LaSalle and Matt D'Aquila from Lower Merion

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  22. Tim Hass from Council Rock North
    -MIghtyMort

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  23. Team Shake n Bake selects Casey Conboy from Baldwin

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  24. Sam Owori of Seneca Valley

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  25. etrain selects Gavin Inglis from O'Hara

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  26. Evan Hutton
    -John Seena

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  27. Alright next up we have the autopick from Avon Grove which will be Haverford's James Abrahams

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  28. Jared Giannascoli from Lower Dauphin

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  29. Alright, next up we have the auto draft from Avon Grove. They will be receiving the next highest name on the top 50 list which is Jake O'Neill from DT West.

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  30. Bryan Keller
    -John Seena

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  31. etrain will select Austin Maxwell from Kennett

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  32. Stephen Paul - LaSalle

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  33. Next pick for team Shake n Bake is Avery Lederer from Penncrest

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  34. Amadou Diallo from Taylor Allderice
    -MightyMort

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  35. Team Team ends the fourth round with Sam Early from CRN and begins the fifth round with Gabe Sullivan from Pleasant Valley

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  36. Yahya Soliman from Cumberland Valley
    -MightyMort

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  37. Team Shake n Bake selects Seth Ketler from Seneca Valley

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  38. Eric Kersten - Pennsbury

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  39. Etrain picks Andrew Sullivan from Hershey

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  40. Trey Razanauskas
    -John Seena

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  41. Alright next up is the Avon Grove squad who is autopicked for Colton Cassell of Lower Dauphin

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  42. ok..gotta detour from the list...Will Griffen from Cheltenham (based on Sean Collins sleeper pick)

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  43. and a roll of the dice here...Nate Kaplan from Central Dauphin..gotta have a Nate on your team...

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  44. Alright! I like the sleeper picks. Next up we have another autodraft here for Avon Grove. We are in the 6th round now. They are autodraft slotted for Sam Morgan of Parkland

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  45. Matthew Scarpill
    -John Seena

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  46. etrain will select Sean Brown from Roman Catholic

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  47. Shaun Bullock - DTW

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    1. pretty good value to get this guy at this slot when his teammate when so much higher

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    2. I had actually been considering him in the previous round. I was really surprised to still get him.

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  48. Team Shake n Bake will select Drew Alansky also from DT West

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  49. Josh Higgins from Cumberland Valley
    -MightyMort

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  50. darn it mightymort :p
    Carlos Schultz from Conestoga

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  51. Alright we are into the last round of picks here! Team Team will close out the 6th round with Sean Rahill William Tennent and then begin the 7th and final round with Shane Ainscoe of Spring Ford

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  52. Andrew Sulon from Mechanicsburg
    -MigthyMort

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  53. Team Shake n Bake will select Ethan Koza from CR North

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  54. Hailemicheal Geiger - Parkland

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  55. With etrain's final pick, he will select Bobby Lutz from North Allegheny

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    1. not going with the freshman sensation? hmmmm

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    2. I think he means Dan McGoey, also from North Allegheny. Top frosh at WPIALs. I thought about him too but the freshman thing scared me away

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  56. Jake Brophy

    lol jk Tavonne Davis
    -John Seena

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  57. As requested, team Avon Grove takes Noah Dusseau with their 7th and final pick!

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  58. hmmm..is you took brophy...im taking Jaxson Hoey

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  59. ok the final pick of the draft is Jack Wisner - Carlisle

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  60. Alright thanks everybody! Best of luck! I'll organize the teams and post them up at some point soon. Gotta get those team rankings up first ...

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