For Fantasy Tips and how to get involved with our own competition this year have a read.[caption id="attachment_10825" align="aligncenter" width="620"] Photo Credit: J Pat Carter/AP[/caption] Fantasy basketball is a wonderful thing. It allows you to put your General Managers cap on and run your very own NBA basketball team. Your team will be include a mixture of NBA players from different teams as it is not possible to pick the Miami Heat roster and shut up shop. While some might see that as a bad thing it is a really good opportunity to take your general basketball knowledge of the NBA and put it on show for everyone to see. For example you might think that Andre Iguodala has flown under the radar in his move to Denver in the off season and you don't know how to shove it in your friends face. You don't know how to prove them wrong. Draft, trade for or buy Iguodala on Fantasy Basketball and watch him rack up the points because your friends will see that as well and will suddenly take notice of your opinion. Whether you've never played it before or are a hardcore veteran here is your complete guide to Fantasy Basketball on nba.com.
Join A LeagueOnce your on nba.com and have clicked on the Fantasy tab at the top of the website you'll get the option to create or join a league. This NBA season US Sports Down Under will be running their own Fantasy League on nba.com where anybody can join and compete with not just your friends but with our guru's as well. Stay tuned for more details on our league as there will be a password required to enter and more importantly a better prize on top of bragging rights for the overall winner of the comp. You are able to be in more than one league at a time so you can join us and still compete against you friends in another league. Once your choosing a league you will have several options as to how you want to play.
Picking A LeagueLeagues have different scoring methods and trading rules so it's a good idea from the start to know what your getting into. Live Draft All members of the league will be set a date and time that the draft will take place. If you are serious about picking the players you want then you can not miss this draft. Every NBA player will be available to choose from and a 'snake' format will be applied on the draft. If there are 10 players in the league and a person has the #1 pick in the first round, they will be the #10th pick in the second round and so on and so on until your roster is full. If you know you can not make the live draft then you are also able to format players into an order of your preference. When its your turn to pick the AI will pick the player highest on your list that is still available. Auction Once again this is also live and is a fiery way to sort out rosters. You will be given a salary cap and that will really make you think on how much a player is worth to your team. If you go all out bidding on LeBron James you will not be as good as a team that buys a bunch of solid role players. Patience is key as one bad decision can come back to haunt you just like in the real NBA world.
Scoring / WinningRotisserie From the games that your players play on your roster throughout the season, a team tally of statistics will be made. Statistics are broken down into 8 categories, points, rebounds, assists, steals, blocks, 3 pointers made, FT% and FG%. From there the team with the highest total in points for example will receive 10 points if there are 10 people in the league. The person that's 10th in scoring will receive 1 point. All points are then added up and the team with the most wins. Fantasy Points This is a slightly different system. For each point you score, rebound you get 1 fantasy point. A turnover will result in a -1 point. The team with the most points wins. The Rotisserie is the more favoured system for Franchise Basketball and Fantasy points are usually used for NFL Fantasy.
Types Of GamesHead to Head Head to head will put you up against a team for about a week at a time and will generally use the Fantasy points scoring system. This is more commonly found for NFL as well. Cumulative Scoring Cumulative leagues have scoring based across the entire season like the Rotisserie system. The team in first place at the end of the season wins.
TransactionsDaily Trades Daily trades in a league will allow you to move a player on and bring somebody in at any time. Having daily trades is the more favoured way to play as some players will in a week in play more than others. One player might have 2 games and the other will have 4 games. By the end of the season those points add up so the hardcore player will constantly be updating their roster. Weekly Trades It's pretty much the same as above except done in 7 day intervals. It's less taxing on time and allows you the chance to win even if you not a die hard player. Free Agents These will be players that were left team-less at the conclusion of the draft. They will be available to be purchased by any team that wants them. It's a first in best dressed approach. Rosters Your rosters in leagues will only allow for a certain amount of players at each position. Your roster once created will have:
- 1 Point Guard
- 1 Shooting Guard
- 1 Guard (PG or SG)
- 1 Small Forward
- 1 Power Forward (SF or PF)
- 2 Centres
- 1 or 2 utility players that can substitute in at any position