Every winter, it seems like a good number of my coworkers, and several of my family members, are only able to talk about one thing: their fantasy basketball teams. I have to admit, for quite a while I felt left out; finally, this year, I decided to start my own team, but I honestly had no idea where to begin. The following information is what I found out regarding fantasy basketball and how to get started if you are a newbie.
First, your whole league needs to decide on which categories will earn you points. This is important; if you don’t have enough categories, your game won’t be any fun. However, if you have too many, things won’t be as interesting because if you do badly in one category, you can just make up for it in other ways. There really aren’t any limits here, but some generally accepted categories are things like blocks, points, assists and rebounds.
One of the first things that I needed to understand beyond just selecting categories was the difference between categories and points. Essentially, there are two kinds of leagues; the first uses categories. As was noted above, you and the other players in the league choose these categories, and depending on how well you do in a certain area, you earn points. So, for example, if there were 15 teams in your league and your fantasy team nabbed the second highest amount of rebounds out of them all, you would earn 14 points.
Some leagues, however, use points. In this case, you would place a point value on a particular statistics; for example, maybe you assign five points to rebounds. Each time someone on your team gets a rebound, you earn five points. There really isn’t a huge advantage of one type of league over the other; just have fun with whatever you decide to do.