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    Entering a Test Draft is valuable

    Chase Utley's hip injury didn't prevent him from being a first-round pick.
    Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - I always recommend you do an online fantasy draft for a league you don't care about, before going into your primary draft. That's because no matter what you see and read over the winter, you won't know what other fantasy owners really think until you go up against them.

    Well, yesterday was my test draft and here are some of the things I noticed from my 10-team, rotisserie-style, online snake draft:

    1) Only six of the team owners actually showed up for the draft, meaning the other four either pre-ranked their teams or went with whatever ranking the site gave them in their autodraft pick option.

    2) Hanley Ramirez, Albert Pujols and David Wright will likely be 1-2-3 in your draft although the order might change.

    3) Apparently Chase Utley's hip injury didn't prevent him from being a first-round pick.

    4) Johan Santana is being picked before Tim Lincecum despite the latter being the Cy Young Award winner in 2008.

    5) Ichiro Suzuki was picked at No.21, too high for the player he is today, one who hits .310, scores 100 runs and steals 35-40 bases, but has a slugging percentage under .400.

    6) Evan Longoria was picked four spots ahead of Alex Rodriguez and 12 picks in front of Aramis Ramirez.

    7) Ian Kinsler, despite being one of the top-five fantasy players in all of baseball until his season-ending injury, still isn't getting the respect he deserves at No.28.

    8) Apparently playing in Oakland versus Colorado is worth 22 spots. Last year Holliday was a No.7 pick, this time around No.29.

    9) One fantasy owner thinks Carlos Delgado is back, drafting in the 34th position after just one year ago having an ADP of 144. His current ADP is around 90 in most leagues.

    10) Fantasy owners in my league didn't believe B.J. Upton found his stroke in the post-season because he went at No.42 in my draft versus an ADP of 21.5 in other drafts.

    11) The first closer, Jonathan Papelbon went at No.53, just ahead of Mariano Rivera.

    12) David Ortiz fell to No.56 in our draft, 50 spots below last year's ADP of 16.

    13) Troy Tulowitzki, one of my candidates for best bargain of 2009, lasted until the ninth round when I plucked him at No.88.

    14) Despite going 55 picks behind Aramis Ramirez, Adrian Beltre's stats are nearly equal over the last two years. Ramirez has two more home runs, eight more runs scored and 36 RBIs than Beltre, who stole 20 more bases.

    15) Because of his elbow injury, Ervin Santana was picked in the 15th round, not a bad gamble for a pitcher who went 16-7 with a 1.12 WHIP and an ERA of 3.49.

    16) Colorado catcher Chris Iannetta went in the 16th round (158th) although I have him as a top-10 catcher in 2009. One of us is wrong in our evaluation.

    17) Just one year ago, Justin Verlander was a top-10 pitcher, but he went in the 17th round. At that spot it's definitely worth the gamble.

    18) Kelly Shoppach, who hit 21 HRs last season, apparently still isn't getting any love. He was a No.204 selection in our draft.

    19) Neither is Melvin Mora who hit 23 HRs and knocked in 104 runs in 2008 yet went No.216.

    20) Mark Reynolds was picked in the 22nd round, yet hit more homers than every other third baseman except Rodriguez, Wright and Jorge Cantu.

    Comments? Criticism? Applause? Contact Steve Schwarz at sschwarz@sportsnetwork.com.

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      Great 38: Win tickets to Daytona 500

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      Here's your chance to win tickets to the 2015 Daytona 500. Entering is easy, simply fill out the entry form included. More>>

      • Great Stuff

      News Now: Media General CEO talks about his career, future for company Video included

      Updated:

      In December, LIN Media and Media General merged to create the second largest broadcasting company in the country. The former CEO and President of LIN Media, Vince Sadusky, was placed at the helm of the new and improved Media General. More>>

      Bill Schifino, Jr talks about being President-Elect of the Florida Bar Video included

      Updated:

      Earlier this month, Bill Schifino, Jr. was announced as the 2015-16 President-Elect of the Florida Bar. Schifino comes to this position with a strong resume. More>>

      Trio sets off on 900 mile trek across Florida Video included

      Updated:

      Joe Guthrie, Mallory Lykes Dimmitt, and Carlton Ward Jr. are embarking on a journey of a lifetime. The trio are setting off on a 70-day, 900 mile trek across the state???without any automobiles.
      More>>

      How this guide dog helps one blind triathlete chase her Paralympic dream

      Updated:

      Every time Paralympic hopeful Amy Dixon makes it to the end of another grueling triathlon, she knows her trusty companion will be waiting for her at the finish line. Sixteen years after she lost vision in her right eye, which she says she viewed as "a death sentence" at the time,  More>>

      Legoland Florida hotel to open in spring; built for kids

      LEGOLAND Florida photo LEGOLAND Florida photo
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      Legoland Florida Hotel will welcome its first guests a month earlier than previously expected.During an announcement Thursday, Legoland executives announced May 15 as the revised opening date.  More>>

      3 rhinos escape from safari zoo, return safely Video included

      Updated:

      Three rhinoceroses escaped from their site at a safari zoo in Israel this week, NBC reported.  More>>

      VIRAL VIDEO: Bossy 4-year-old girl feeds 6 pit bull dogs

      Little Girl Controls Pit Bull Dogs | Future Dog Trainer, Jukin Video on YouTube Little Girl Controls Pit Bull Dogs | Future Dog Trainer, Jukin Video on YouTube
      Updated:

      A video of a very authoritative 4-year-old girl feeding six very obedient pit pulls in the middle of a kitchen has gone viral on the web and is prompting a heated debate about the pit bull breed.
      More>>

      8 fun things to do in Tampa Bay this weekend | January 17-18 Video included

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      See 8 fun things happening this weekend in Tampa Bay!
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      'Birdman,' 'Budapest' top Oscar nominations with 9 nods each

      Updated:

      Two extravagant comedies, "Birdman" and "The Grand Budapest Hotel," tied for the most Oscar nominations Thursday morning with nine nods each, including best picture. More>>

      109th Tarpon Springs Epiphany: Schedule of Events, Road Closures

      TARPON SPRINGS EPIPHANY CELEBRATION 2011 photo by Sue Thomas TARPON SPRINGS EPIPHANY CELEBRATION 2011 photo by Sue Thomas
      Updated:

      The 109th Epiphany celebration begins Monday, January 5 with the Arrival of His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios and the blessing of the fleet and continues on Tuesday, January 6 with Epiphany Services, Procession, Cross Dive and Glendi Celebration.  More>>

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