Before we get into the tips, let me just say that, for one, I love fantasy basketball. While I also play football and baseball, there’s something about basketball that just feels like the best experience for dedicated fantasy sports players. It has enough games in a week to keep you entertained, but not so many that it’s overwhelming. You can turn on any game, and by all likelihood, it’ll be a fun game to watch – the fast pace of basketball makes for a more fun tune-in at any given time.
Tip #1: Streaming
Streaming is the best way to take advantage of the NBA’s hectic schedule. Looking for players with back-to-back games, three games in four days, or four games in six days is the best way to maximize your team’s total games played. More often than not, the team with the most games played is going to be the team that wins a matchup. Having a player at the end of your bench that gives you three or four average games a week just isn’t as valuable as rotating that final spot and having five, six, or even seven games in a week.
Tip #2: Take fliers
Some of the most valuable players in fantasy come as players that are getting hot off their team’s bench and taking fantasy owners by surprise. Guys like Donovan Mitchell, Pascal Siakam, Mitchell Robinson, and Tyreke Evans have all taken the league by storm and become significant fantasy contributors off the waiver-wire.
Many of these players will be young-guns that are finally getting minutes, or veterans benefitting from injuries ahead of them, or maybe it’s just pure luck. In any case, don’t be afraid to drop an end-of-bench player for a lottery ticket that could win you a championship.
Tip #3: Punting
This one specifically applies to category leagues. In essence, the strategy of punting is to give up on a category (or two if you’re ambitious) and strengthen a core group of three or four categories. So, for categories that are negatively correlated (one goes up, the other goes down), you can give up on one and strengthen your team in another. This is the hardest part as a new fantasy CEO- effectively evaluating your team’s strengths and weaknesses can be difficult, especially when it’s early in the season. But in order to win your league, you have to take those risks in order to maximize success.
Going back to the first point, your streaming choices should be dictated by the categories you punt. Streaming players in your middling categories can make a difference in pushing your team over the edge. Also, using http://www.basketballmonster.com can be very helpful in deciding which categories to punt.
Use these tips, and you’re sure to be better off in your fantasy league. Follow us on Twitter for more fantasy basketball analysis!