Fantasy Basketball Hacks, Tips, Tutorials and More…
As avid Fantasy Basketball Players, we here at BBB decided we cannot ignore our passion, and we’re soon going to share with you some of our best fantasy basketball tips, that’ll help you take your league in no time. We counted a combined 48 years of fantasy basketball experience between us here, so we figured we might put them together for some powerful insights that can help you decide how to pick the right players and maximize success.
Daily Fantasy Basketball Competitions
Although there’s nothing like managing your roster throughout an entire season, playing daily fantasy basketball allows you to choose a new roster every day. You can play for free at sites like FanDuel. You can also put some cash down and try to make some money. The house usually takes 10% of the pot, so that’s about how much above average you’ll have to be in order to increase your pot. But beware, the people who put their money in these competitions are good! A lot of hard work goes into beating the odds against them!
Fantasy Basketball Basics
So how do daily fantasy leagues work? The rules are simple (we’ll use Fanduel as an example although the numbers may vary from site to site) – you are given a fixed budget (i.e $60,000) which you then spend on real NBA players from within a given player pool (usually playing the same day). You don’t have to spend the entire budget on your roster but you cannot exceed it. Since player salaries are usually related to their expected output (there ARE exceptions you can exploit which we’ll get into), you usually will want to spend something close to your budget to increase your odds of winning. The fantasy competition starts with the first tip-off (your league will then be locked) and each of your players production will be measured according to their real life statistical production within that given game. How are scores measured? It varies from site to site, but here’s an example of Fanduel’s scoring system:
Point = 1pt, Rebound = 1.2pts, Assist = 1.5pts, Block = 2pts, Steal = 2pts, Turnover = -1pt
For example, if one of your player finishes with 20 points, 7 rebounds 2 steals and 4 turnovers, his overall score will be:
20 + (1.2 x 7) + (2 x 2) + (4 x -1) = 28.4
Whether or not this is a good score depends on how much you spent on the player.The end goal is to get the most points for your budget and win your league. It’s that simple.
Strategies – Tournaments, Leagues, 50/50’s, H2H and more
Typically these fantasy sites offer different types of competitions – Tournaments, Leagues, 50/50 and H2H. The different strategies you’ll use for each of these will be substantially different from each other, we’ll get into that later. Meanwhile we want to open the forum for your questions about fantasy basketball – use the comment section below to ask us questions and we’ll make sure to answer with some great answers.