Draft, Trade, Waiver & Keeper Questions
Draft day also represents a prime opportunity for an owner to take advantage of positioning types. Within most scoring systems and league hosts, players are limited to only two positions of play. For example, a smaller power forward may be listed as SF/PF. A tall forward could also fill the center position, often adopting these two areas of play in their fantasy bio. This is where the user stands to gain some ground. Take Lebron James or the Greek Freak from the Bucks. On their respective teams, both players could be slotted from the 1-4 position on any given night. Most sites that host drafts will adopt these patterns into their role selections, sometime affording a player 3 separate areas of play within all fantasy formats. This brings the user a greater sense of flexibility because it increases the coverage the user hosts at the different positional areas of play. Drafting players with the 3-tool designation reduces the pressures placed on a user to stuff their lineup with talents. Jimmy Butler, Iman Shumpert, and others have all adorned this 3-way contribution stance. These player types are often seen going higher in drafts to increase the coverage for the user. Drafting these players high is a conservative approach in early rounds. If players that feature this 3-posiiton mention slip past their recommended area of draft, this is where the user can locate their diamond in the rough or the perfect fill-in talent when their other playmakers are off, sidelined, or not playing.
Trades also hold different levels of importance when spread across the different league types. Daily fantasy basketball features the most limited impact in terms of trades. The grey area for this type of play is when a player is traded, it often takes 24 hours for that transaction to show in the player pool. For example, participating in daily fantasy play around the trade deadline is fighting fire with gasoline. Player pools are created at the beginning of the day. If a transaction occurs before or after the start of the contest, that player no longer represents the team they are listed on with daily fantasy sports sites. This equates to a zero in the points column and is an automatic elimination for contention in larger contests.
Trading within leagues can also be beneficial for owners. Some players are only listed for one primary position. This is often the case for point guards and centers. Most power forwards and shooting guards will feature a secondary position out of the 5. Hassan Whiteside, for example, is listed as a true center in most league formats. A proposed trade of a player that fills 2 different position types can help you fill out your areas of need in weekly formats and keeper leagues. If you receive a proposed trade of a dual position player for your singular asset and they both pass the test for the starter role, 9 times out of 10 it will be beneficial for you to accept this trade. This will help you gain weekly flexibility with your roster and help you fill voids that cannot be occupied by these singular assets.
The waiver wire often presents the user with a chance to bolster their roster with up-and-coming talents. Drafts often eliminate the star players, but they often lack the inclusion of breakout talents. Waiver wires allow users to claim these performers at different league requirements. Some leagues feature a payroll that allows the user to submit claims in terms of monetary value. Users are often granted $100-$200 for the course of the season to claim players and drop players. Submitting a claim often relates first to the user’s record on the season. The lowest win percentage players often get first dibs on a player, but the bidding format can change this outlook. If a user claims a player for $10 out of their $100 budget, but another user increases that bid to $15, the highest bidder will be awarded the player. This bankroll management skill is utilized in season-long and keeper league formats. The user will often have to guess in terms of bidding, making it an interesting claims process for these league types.