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Why didn't you pick until the 20th? Almost all leagues institute a snake draft, so pick 10 gets pick 11 as well, then doesn't pick again until 30 and 31. If you had to pick at the end of the round every time, you're dead already, no matter how well you drafted.

I'm thinking of doing an auction draft this year with a $100 buy in and 12-16 players. I've never done an auction league, but it seems like there's more strategy that goes into it than with a normal draft.

OK move, depending upon your RB situation and league point structure. Definitely made your RB situation less risky; Johnson has a low standard deviation on rushes per game, so you know what you're going to be getting each week. Normally RBs on overperforming teams from the year before are bad bets because RBs thrive in the 4th quarter when the winning team is looking to milk the clock, but the Titans were careful to save him for when he was needed, so his numbers look legit. And trading Brees now is definitely a "sell high" situation.

But: Warner's production could fall off a cliff at any time given his age and injury history. There's a good chance that Carson Palmer is going to be your QB by late in the season, which is fine, and they should be down in games a fair deal so there should be passing yards there, but the injury situation is real there as well, and the Bengals don't have the weapons on offense they used to. All in all, I'd say a good trade if you had a major hole in your first RB position, but if he's just your number two, you may be exposing yourself to too much risk. At the very least, I'd look to add Matt Leinart as insurance if you can spare the bench space.

It's June 28th. You can turn off the gunner switch now.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Please Help. Should i transfer to UCLA???
« on: June 25, 2009, 05:15:42 PM »
This seems like a no-brainer to me.  You want to work in the area that your school is in.  Your grades rock at a school has some "very good local recognition", which, by extension, means that it places well in your local area... the area you want to work in.

Call me crazy (you wouldn't be the first), but I wouldn't budge.  No way.  Law review + top 8% + networking in the area you want to practice in = stay where you are. 

Sorry, but I respectfully disagree. I don't care how much prestige your school has in your particular area- UCLA has more. There may be a couple of places that put some credence into your performing well at a school down the street, but not many, and if the school you're going to is in a relatively small area (like a traditional college town) and you want to practice there, chances are they'll be more impressed that someone is leaving LA to set up shop there. Plus, in this economy and going forward, prestige is going to count for even more than it used to, and you may not to practice in Podunk forever.

Add in the fact that UCLA was your dream school (why, I'm not sure. The dreadful football? The disappointing Final Four appearances? The mascot that everyone has to google to figure out what they are? I kid, I kid), and the choice should be easy. Go where you want to be. Plus, there's a good chance that if you were top 8% where you are now, you'll finish UCLA somewhere pretty high in your class as well.

I know people generally love Strauss, and I didn't have him so I can't comment, but I find it funny that whenever anything "elements-y" comes up on class, everyone from Dixon's class knows what they're talking about and someone from Strauss's class says they never talked about it. This has happened at least half a dozen times this year in my classes.

It sounds like most of the people here either stay at Regents or the grad halls; are there any people here that live in any of the smaller private housing units around the Hyde Park area? I'll be living with my fiancee so a roommate isn't really feasible, which makes Regents a little pricey. Are there any deals to be had, or are most of the available places in the nether regions of Hyde Park?

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