Basketball is another great sport for daily fantasy. There are no unique positions such as pitcher in baseball or goaltender in hockey, but this allows for a very simple and easy to understand scoring structure.
Daily fantasy basketball is probably the least played of the big four daily fantasy sports among Canadians, but I expect daily fantasy basketball to continue to grow in popularity among Canadian basketball fans.
Fantasy basketball is very straight forward, which makes it easy for new players to get the hang of drafting their teams and learning how to win right out of the gate.
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FanDuel and DraftKings are the top two daily fantasy sports sites in the industry. Both of these sites are reputable and great options for new players. The daily fantasy basketball is actually very similar at both sites (you can check out the comparison here), so it’s really about personal preference as to which site you prefer.
From here on out I’ll be using FanDuel for the examples on this page.
Once you are signed up at FanDuel.com and have funds in your account you are ready to find a league and select your team.
A fantasy basketball team consists of 1 center, 2 power forwards, 2 small forwards, 2 shooting guards and 2 point guards. The typical salary cap at FanDuel for an NBA fantasy team is 60k. Your team of nine players must stay below the $60,000 cap. Here are some example cap hits to give you an idea of how much certain types of players cost:
- Lebron James $9,100
- Manu Ginobli $6,900
- Steve Nash $6,400
These are just example salaries. The actual salaries for each player will change throughout the season defending on their performance and their future projections for that season.
It is very important that you understand the scoring structure used to determine the fantasy points for your team. Below I’ve listed the FanDuel basketball scoring structure. Other daily fantasy sites may have slightly different scoring than FanDuel, so if you play daily fantasy at another site be sure to check the scoring before picking your first team.
I’ve added a page that compares the FanDuel basketball scoring to DraftKings. Check it out here.
- Point = 1 point
- Rebound = 1.2 points
- Assist = 1.5 points
- Block = 2 points
- Steal = 2 points
- Turnover = -1 point
If you play other daily fantasy sports check out our other sport specific pages for their FanDuel scoring.
- Daily Fantasy Baseball
- Daily Fantasy Football
- Daily Fantasy Hockey
- Daily Fantasy Golf
- Daily Fantasy MMA
Fantasy Basketball Tips
These tips should give you an basic idea of some things you should think about when picking your daily fantasy team. Just keep these tips in mind when you are starting out and eventually you will develop your own personal strategy for selecting a winning team.
- Hot Streaks – Scoring in basketball has a lot to do with confidence, which is why you will often see players have several big games in a row. FanDuel doesn’t update players salaries between every game so it is advantageous to select a player who has been putting up big numbers in his last few games as long as his price hasn’t changed. The same can be said for avoiding players on cold streaks whose salaries are still high.
- Injuries – Basketball is a star players game. The top players on a team will play 35 minutes plus, so an injury to one of these star players can drastically influence a teams success and their offensive strategy. Try to figure out how teams will replace significant injuries in the offense or if a team is susceptible on defense due to a strong defender being in the press box. The CBS injury report is great to see who is out.
- Match Ups – As mentioned in the last tip the same players play a significant portion of a basketball game. This means that individual match ups can play a huge role in how players perform that night. For example, Jeremy Lin does not have a reputation for being a strong one on one defender, so he may be an advantageous opponent for an attacking point guard. Try to start thinking in terms of match ups and visualize how the game will play out. There are also several statistic sites that can give you some good insight into which match ups will be favourable for who on any given night.