NBA Fantasy Basketball A Fan Favorite

By: William Smith

Fantasy basketball is highly exciting, and has millions glued to their fantasy score sheets than on the actual games. The greatest glamour is associated with NBA fantasy basketball that has kept basketball fans obsessed since the late eighties. The start of each season witnesses millions of Americans becoming members of NBA leagues. They then behave like owners of their own NBA teams, deciding which players to draft, trade off or bench.

NBA itself promotes these leagues in a big way. Its site provides extensive information about each player, teams and coaches. Not only this, it hosts incisive analyses and commentaries on each game to help its fantasy league players.

The league players need to take several key decisions before joining a league. The first one is: Should they go head-to-head or play roto? Most prefer to join head-to-head leagues because everyone loves to strategize. They want to plan and beat their rival league team. This excitement is missing in playing roto, where all that you do is to note down player stats.

The second question that confronts newcomers is: Should they draft or auction players? The draft is easier, and is decided in a more gentlemanly manner with a commissioner supervising the selection process. Auction brings in more excitement, and every team manager can hope to bag his favorite player.

The third question is no less tricky: Should you involve three, five, or eight categories? Each has its own advantages. The five-category leagues take into account offense and defense; the three category leagues deal in points, rebounds, and assists and are most suited for beginners; while the eight-category leagues have great educational value. You get to know much more about the game than you otherwise would.

There are some points that must be kept in mind while playing fantasy basketball, especially the NBA one. These are: your league size should be between 8-14 teams; you should not have more than three to four reserves on your roster; and you must learn to ignore the last three days of the regular season in head-to-head leagues. This is because the best players use that time to rest for the playoffs.

In selecting players, you must avoid going for those who are nursing injuries; you should not be too carried away by rookie performances in one or two matches; and you should not put too much faith in stars based on their performance in the last season. Every fantasy league is a new game. It needs careful thought, and considerable research. You have to work hard if you want to win.

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