Fantasy Basketball for Dummies

If you want to win your league, then follow my simple rules and let the rest of the teams in your league eat your dust!

Basketball season is almost here and it’s about time to start drafting your new Fantasy Basketball team. If you want to win, follow my easy steps and you’ll go straight to the top.

First thing is first, let’s go over the basics of Fantasy Basketball. If you are a beginner then I suggest getting a free team, probably from Yahoo!. It’s easy to sign up and it doesn’t cost a thing. You can also check into free leagues at ESPN or

So let’s say that you are a beginner. Ok, what do you know? If you are an avid Basketball fan then you probably already have a good idea of who is good and not good. But do you know how a league is structured? Do you know how to balance your team? You can pick good players all day and still not finish in the top five of your league. Picking your players can be complicated.

There are two main types of leagues in Fantasy Basketball. There is a scoring league and there is a head to head league. The difference is a scoring league goes by totals. The head to head league does the same except your teams stats are compared with another teams for one week at a time. Here below will be a break down.

The scoring league is based purely off of compiled stats. Let’s just say that there are twelve teams in each league. Now for every point, rebound, three pointer, steal, block and turnover that your players get, it will be tracked and totaled. It also consists of your compiled field goal and free throw percentages. If your team is the best in points then you will get 12 points for that category. If you team is third in steals then you will get 10 points for that category. If your team is last in turnovers then you will get 1 point in that category. The object is to do well in as many category’s as you can to finish at the top.

The head to head league is of the same concept except your team’s stats are compared to other team’s stats on a week to week basis. Each category that you win in will mark a win in you win column and each loss will mark a loss in your loss column. If you tie then obviously there will be a mark in your tie column. The object is to win as many as you can. For instance, let’s say that you lost in two categories, points and field goal percentage, but you won in the rest. Your score for that week would be 7 wins and 2 losses.

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  1. John
    Posted July 19, 2007 at 6:21 am

    This is good stuff. I always wondered how this works but never did try. I guess I’ll give it a shot when Basketball season starts.

  2. Sarah
    Posted November 3, 2008 at 10:42 am

    Say my line up is full. Is it better for scoring to have all the players for one team playing (I have 3 Raptors) and have any player that I have just one for that team (ex: Hawks) on the bench. How should I work my line up in regard to multiple players on one team compared to a single player for one team?

  3. armywriter
    Posted November 22, 2008 at 2:54 pm

    It depends on the players. One thing you can be sure of if you start all three is one of them will likely have a big game. With the other player it depends on a couple of things; his position, his skill set and the matchup for that night. If he is facing a good defensive team then start the others. If he is facing a weak defensive team start him.

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