Understanding Fantasy Basketball

Understanding Fantasy Basketball

Fantasy basketball has become widely popular in the nineties. Until now, the excitement and popularity of this game has never fizzled. Though it has a strong resemblance to fantasy baseball, general managers (term used for players of fantasy basketball) can still get confused with the game. Choosing your draft from the professional NBA players and earning points based on their performance could be a hard feat.

You have to understand the basics of the game for you to become a successful fantasy basketball player. Below are some of the things that you should know.

Rule Variations

Fantasy basketball is not based on a specific set of rules. As a matter of fact, there are several rule variations of the game. Below are some of the most common ones.

Number of Categories: There are around three to eleven categories in the fantasy basketball league. While three-category leagues take into account only three categories—assists, rebounds and points – five-category leagues take into account steals and blocks too and eight-category leagues include field-goal percentage, free-throw percentage and so on.

Number of Teams: There are usually either ten or twelve teams in a public fantasy basketball league. Private invitation-only leagues, on the other hand, can have any number of players. These leagues are created by seasoned fantasy basketball players.

Draft Types: There are two methods of drafting players – the snake draft and the auction draft.

Snake Draft – The first round of NBA players is drafted in a particular order then it is reversed in the second round. The general manager that picked last in the previous round will be the first to make a pick on the next round. The order is reversed so that the GM who gets the chance to make the first pick in a certain round will not get this advantage in the next round.

Auction Draft – Just like with fantasy baseball, GMs start with a pre-determined budget in auction draft. He must use this budget to draft his entire roster. The GM that is willing to pay the biggest amount of money for a certain player gets to draft the player.

Though auction drafting gives GMs an equal access to all players, it may take long and could potentially intimidate beginners.

How Players Score Points

Below are some methods on how points are awarded to fantasy basketball players.

Rotisserie or ROTO – The real statistics of NBA players are used to rank teams in the ROTO scoring system.  Fantasy basketball teams are then awarded points on the basis of these rankings. For example, in a 12-twelve team fantasy basketball league, the team with the largest number of rebounds per season would receive 12 fantasy points while 11 points will be given to the team that has the next bigger number.  The team that has the largest number of fantasy points at the end of the season will be declared as the winner.

Head-to-head Scoring – Fantasy basketball teams are competing against other teams for one week and points are based on the one-field performance of the NBA player. Whoever accumulates the largest number of points by the end of the week is the winner.

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