Fantasy Sports are a great way to add a little something to the Basketball season.
Triumphing in Fantasy Basketball is not as simple as selecting the best players, from the top teams, and logging in at the end of the season to check your winnings!
Our guide will help you stay ahead of the competition.
1. Pick the best site for you
While some websites are more popular than others, this does not necessarily mean they are the right place for you to play fantasy basket-ball.
There are dozens of different websites, with their own prize setups, points systems and layouts, and it’s worth taking your time when selecting one.
Draft Kings: with over $1.5 billion paid out in winnings and a huge player base, this is the big one. With an easy interface and free sign up it’s a great option. It’s not just NBA either, players can choose from 10 of America’s most popular sports.
FanDuel: paying out millions of dollars a week, and with registration costs starting at $1 it’s really not hard to see why FanDuel is the main competitor to Draft Kings. They also have an easy to use app for players who want to play on-the-go.
Fantasy Feud: with 8 sports hosted and custom game lobbies for friends, FF provides a great platform for your Fantasy Basketball needs. Plus, they offer a 100% refund on any deposits if you aren’t happy with the service.
For more information on the range of alternatives to DraftKings, take a look at Bet O’Clock’s comprehensive guide to the alternatives.
2. Read up on NBA news
Thanks to the internet and the huge rise in both professional and amateur coverage of the NBA, there has never been more information available to Fantasy Basketball draft players, all you have to do is read it!
Your average player won’t spend time reading up about recent form or hot streaks, meaning they will miss out on valuable information that can give your team a real boost.
Websites like Rotogrinders have a huge range of information to help fantasy players, with information ranging from stats and predictions to upcoming podcasts. Ideal for fantasy basket-ball fanatics.
Fans can also use social media like Twitter for injury updates and lineup info.
There are also great predictions sheets, like this one on ESPN, which can give players a game changing insight.
3. Follow Vegas
The casino always wins, right? Well this is a great way to guide your Fantasy Basketball team draft. By following how Vegas predictions roll out, you can opt for different picks or make last minute changes to follow the odds.
This can help you develop simple strategies, such as: if one team is favoured by 10 points or more, it’s best to avoid putting their star players into your team, because they will almost certainly get withdrawn in the second half, losing you vital points.
It’s also worth checking online betting websites like Bet365 or Ladbrokes, who will roll out a huge range of markets before the match, and these can be used to guide your draft.
4. Know your history
We all like to think basketball is unpredictable, just like any sport, it’s the reason we sit down and watch every week. However, there are some things that just seem to happen every year.
We can almost guarantee the San Antonio Spurs will make the playoffs every season, or the Sacramento Kings will make another unwise coaching appointment.
There are some things that are just destined to happen, and don’t be afraid to factor that in when selecting your picks.
The rookie error when it comes to Fantasy Basket-ball is always to load your team with superstars, we’ve all done that in our first season, and we’ve always come finished in an embarrassingly low position, much to the amusement of our friends.
To really take your fantasy game to the next level, and dominate your league, you need a balanced roster than rack up points each week, and, just as importantly, take injuries in its stride.