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With the start of the NBA season nearing, it is time to break out the statistical analysis programs, the roster adjustments for each team, and the structure of gameplay with players adhering to new roles. The structure of fantasy basketball can adopt many different formats. Season-long, keeper leagues, and daily fantasy play mark the three top choices amongst fans. All share some similarities and adopt their differences to distance themselves from one another.
Season-long fantasy basketball mediates the ranges featured in fantasy football and fantasy baseball. Most season-long leagues will accumulate 18-23 weeks in length. The match-ups still occur on a weekly basis, with the weekly total marking your victory or defeat at the hands of your opponent. The season-long route is grueling as there are many factors for consideration in day-by-day play. Owners will sit their star player if they are dealing with a minor injury to avoid the chance of losing that player. The season-long rankings determine the playoff match-ups, which usually take up the final 2 to 3 weeks of the fantasy season. Waiver wire pick-ups and claims still occur one day out of the week, with the lower seed holding precedence for additions, unless agreed otherwise amongst the league. There is less pressure to turnout standout performances night in and night out since the scoring is cumulative for the week. This reduces the stress on the owner when one of their main contributors goes down with injury or takes the night off for rest.
The keep league format operates similar to that of the NFL keeper design. Players are slotted into positions that mark them as ineligible for drops, which also places a clause on their name to not be claimed once the season comes to a close. The keeper leagues are progression leagues, meaning they continue every year with minor additions and subtractions being added and taken from rosters. Players within keep leagues can propose trades that move them up in the lottery position for drafting free agents at the end of the year. The keeper system is more complex and teaches the participate about roster management and futuristic optimism.
The daily fantasy world is the fastest paced game in the fantasy industry. Roster construction usually consists of 8 to 9 players, spanning the major position points on the roster. Players hand pick their lineups each night, which creates a deep variation in player usage across the league. Daily fantasy players pull out all the stops when it comes to statistical advantages. They look for slight breaks in the data as their entry point to larger payouts and a higher success rate. The fantasy world deals with 50/50 leagues, head-to-head competition, and tournament play for those life changing payouts.
At each of these three levels of play the stakes can rival the opponent in a situation that lasts one evening, the course of a week, or a season-long battle for supremacy. The big thing to keep in mind when discussing these three types is that the length of the in-game contests remains the same. So, the course of a game, all 4 quarters, will be crucial to make your mark in any of these contest types. While daily fantasy plays offers the least margin for error, the strategy adopted for player selection can be utilized in season-long and keeper formats. Each night will provide you the opportunity to play your match-ups and focus on the nightly contests. A common misconception is that keeper and season-long leagues are more laid back and don’t require as much attention to the details. In season-long and keeper leagues, you are still afforded bench players and additional role players to swap on a nightly basis. With other fantasy sports, you back your stud players with their line mates to cover your team should one go down with injury. The fantasy hoops format allows you to select more starters as the leagues can climb up to 12 participants. If you take the 30 NBA teams and adopt the fact that each team has 5 starting players, there is a pool of 150 starters to choose from on draft night. At the very least, you can roster a team of all starters due to the fact that many leagues run about 12 players deep, only eliminating 144 out of the 150 possible starting players. So, there is no need to reach for sleeper picks of bench players if you don’t have to. Some teams play great attention to the bench and back-up squads. For example, Lou Williams, Jamal Crawford, and similar player types will likely be selected on a usage basis. This is an important piece to keep in your back pocket when drafting and selecting players in all formats mentioned.
Another useful piece of information breaks down to the minutes spread a team has within their rotations. Younger guys and draft picks often have to earn their playing time, so adopting a wait-and-see approach with these players is useful. Some teams have their minutes spread on a consistent basis. Starters often see the floor anywhere from 36-40 minutes a night for teams that have limited bench support or production. Other teams will pull their star players the minute they notice cold shooting streak or limited effort on the defensive end. Going through the league’s coaching types can lend the fantasy owner useful insight into how games will play out. Some coaches will pull their guys, no matter the talent level, if they are not performing to par. Other coaches will stick with an established rotation despite struggles. Taking a brief research journey into the historical styles of coaching across the league is a useful, tidbit of information that can provide the user with an edge over the competition.
Lastly, it is important to fill your team out with the use of reliable information sources. Injury reporting and developing stories are to be watched and viewed daily. There are many different sources and outlets for up-to-the-date information spread across the internet. Following a team’s social media producer and reporter can mark for a positive outlet for relevant information. Following team streams and sites can help you round out your information collection and ensure you are not being left in the dark prior to the start of a contest. Do a little playing around with the different outlets for information that exist within the online marketplace. Most of this information is available free of charge and you can work off this information to develop or change your strategy should you discover a discrepancy.
Fantasy Basketball Cafe is your home to up-to-date releases surrounding the fantasy NBA world. Advice columns on player selections, introductions to roster constructions, and other useful information pieces can be found embedded within this site. Our hope is to provide the user with a simpler look at the different aspects of fantasy play and provide tips and pointers to influence their success at every level of play.