A rookie’s guide to fantasy basketball
New to the game? Learn up!
So, it’s your first time playing fantasy basketball, huh? Either your friends asked you to play, or you wanted to try something new. And you think it’s going to be just like fantasy football, right?
Can't even keep up with fantasy football. Not gonna do it for basketball
— Heat in 6 (@DroGotti_94) October 23, 2016
my lack of success in fantasy football this year makes me look forward to fantasy basketball a hell of a lot more @afish120
— T.R. (@tyler_sansone) October 23, 2016
Don’t look lost out there on the fantasy court. Here are some tips and tricks to help you out:
1. Team name is a major key.
The team name is critical. It can make or break your season depending on how legendary the name is. Some of the most clever names can come from the players on your own team, so don’t be afraid to make your team name after the draft.
Here are some great examples of team names:
Joakim Noahs Arc
— Brian Gantt (@briangantt1) September 28, 2016
Obi Wan Ginobili https://t.co/xc6l2w4kBV
— Justin Hodges (@HodgepodgeHoops) October 23, 2016
Also, in my other league, Fried Gallinari https://t.co/CCQhrBoCh1
— Sal Maggio (@MaggioNBA) October 23, 2016
Justise For All
— Mike Selzo (@mike_selzo) October 23, 2016
I don't even play, but I would definitely be "Durant Durant" https://t.co/TZQew1qo2y
— Andrew Horn KFYR-TV (@theandrewhorn) October 23, 2016
2. You gotta keep up.
Fantasy basketball is way different from fantasy football depending on the game mode you play. Unlike the NFL, in which there are only games three days a week, the NBA has games pretty much every day. What that means is that you are going to have to adjust your lineup almost every day if you want to be on top on things.
Yes, every day. Ball is life.
3. Know the scoring system before you draft.
I know this one should be obvious, but you could really miss out on some prime opportunities in the draft if you are unaware of the scoring system. For example, if you get bonus points for double-doubles and triple-doubles, you should definitely take a look at how important that can be.
4. Check the waivers.
Since there are games every day, you will need to find certain players who can fill the void for some days. If you have players on the roster who you think you can drop and get back, feel free to drop and add them again depending on when they play. The more players who you can get to play on certain days, the more points that you can likely get. If you are in a league with really active competition, you might lose some players you drop. However, that comes with the territory.
Good luck to you all. Let’s go get buckets.