Fantasy basketball guide: how scoring works, drafting for Roto, H2H leagues and more

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I may be biased, but fantasy basketball is the porridge of Goldilocks Little Bear and the Three Bears – that’s right. While fantasy football is the most popular fantasy sport, it only takes place once a week, 18 times a year and is played strictly in a points format (more on that later) – too hot. Fantasy baseball is a grueling 162-game marathon with layers of strategy due to categorical needs (more on that later too) – too cold. Fantasy basketball has 82 games, has the least variance, and can be played multiple ways. In this article, I’ll outline the basics of fantasy basketball and point out some of the different ways it can be played.

Scoring format

You, my mom and Susie from accounting know how to play fantasy football. There are certain positions that must be listed, usually a quarterback, two running backs, two wide receivers, a tight end, a kicker, and a defense. You get a certain number of points for each touchdown, reception and yard gained. Each team faces a different team each week and the team with the most points wins and moves up the leaderboard. Simple enough.

The points league formats for fantasy basketball are identical to fantasy football. Each point, rebound, assist, steal, block, and 3-point earns a certain number of points based on league settings. At the end of the scoring format, the team with the most points wins. Very easy.

The most common format for fantasy basketball is categorized scoring. In this format, whoever scores the most points for each category wins. In a typical league, there are nine categories: Points, Rebounds, Assists, Steals, Blocks, 3 Points, Field Goal Percentage, Free Throw Percentage, Turnovers. If your team scores 100 points and your opponent scores 90, you win the Points category. If you get 50 rebounds and your opponent has 75, you lose the Rebounds category.

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