Fantasy Basketball

This article is for you readers who are interested in learning about fantasy basketball from a girl who ranked 12th in her league of 12 teams this year.

Okay, that doesn’t sound very good. Hang tight, I’ll explain.

Before this season, the world of fantasy basketball spoke a completely foreign language to me. My brother asked me to join his league and I said sure, why not? I figured it would be a great way to learn a new angle on basketball, a topic that I am responsible for writing about after all. Plus, I’m all for learning new things. I thought that I would be qualified knowing that I’ve played fantasy football since I could pretty much read. I thought that using the knowledge of the NBA and the knowledge behind fantasy football would be great to start a fantasy basketball team, but boy was I wrong.

Here’s how it works in the simplest of terms: Basically, you are the coach of your team. You pick players to fill up your team and you pick who gets to play. You get to pick the name of your team and you get to make all the decisions in trading with other teams. At the beginning of the season, there is a draft in which coaches take turns picking point guards, shooting guards, guards, small forwards, power forwards, forwards, and centers (depending on who you play with and in what league, you may have to pick different amounts of positions!) Once the season gets started, you have to  “start” your players to get points. If you have two point guards and they both play on the same day, you may need to pick one to play that day. Each day, you need to set your team because in head to head, my team plays against another team who sets their team each day. Then, whoever has more points by the end of the week wins!

It sounds very simple, but the thought process behind which players to put in can get a little complicated and does require you to have some basketball background knowledge. In my league, points are awarded for rebounds, steals, turnovers, 3 points made, etc. for a total of 9 categories (again, your league may be different). So, if my whole team has 27 total 3 points made for the week, and my opponent’s team has 65 total 3 points made for the week, she wins that category and gets a point. The person with the most points at the end of the week wins. So, for example, since there are 9 total categories, a lot of head to head matchups look like “5 to 4” or “6 to 3”, and often in my case “8 to 1” (I have the 1…)

The fun part comes in when there is a close matchup. For instance, two teams in my league were competing head to head and they both had 4 points sealed in the bag. When it came down to their last players playing their last games, Team 1 had 169 rebounds and Team 2 had 170 rebounds. Team 2 was given 1 point for having more rebounds, so he beat Team 1 with a score of 5 to 4.

So, as fantasy basketball wraps up this year, I want to give a few shout outs:

  • To my older brother, for inviting me to join his league
  • To “Kelsey”, although I’ve never met you, I appreciate not being the only female in this league, you rock
  • To my younger brother, who said he would help me draft my team but then never helped
  • To my cousins David and Matt, who nicely tried to trade with me but since I didn’t know what I was doing, I had to act tough and pretend I knew what I was doing and therefore was really stubborn
  • To my boyfriend Anthony, who helped me set my lineup a few times (and I conveniently lost every time…hmm…)
  • To Colleen, who let me write an article on this, thank you!
  • And, finally, to all of the doomed players on my team. Thank you for participating and I am sorry I let you down.

Goodluck to my cousin David and my boyfriend Anthony as they compete in the finals this week. I’d love to hear from anyone who plays fantasy basketball or would like to share how their league’s scoring works!

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