With the start of the NBA season, NBA fans across the country are lining up to play fantastic basketball. The two most popular formats used are the Season Fantasy Leagues and the Daily NBA Fantasy Contests. Both formats are available online on popular sports sites such as Yahoo.com, NBA.com, DraftKings.com, and FanDuel.com, among others. Each format requires a different approach, which offers a little something extra for players of all experience levels.
NBA Fantasy Leagues
For years, fantastic sports leagues have been organized for the benefit of managers who wish to manage their own team through the rigors of an entire season. While most leagues are played for fun, some league commissioners will run leagues with entry fees and cash prizes distributed at the end of the season.
The process begins with an organized draft. The most popular draft format is the standard “snake-draft” where a player’s draft position is determined by toss. For returning goalkeeper leagues, draft positions may be determined by the manager’s ranking from the previous season. In recent years, auction projects have grown in popularity. With this format, each manager receives a bankroll, which is used to bid on players until their roster is full.
In both formats, each manager is required to draft a full squad of players depending on the league setup. Most leagues have up to 10 starting positions and bench players. Depending on league rules, managers can make player moves on a daily or weekly basis. Scoring is determined by league rules and competition takes place weekly. Towards the end of the season, the teams with the best overall records head into the playoffs, which typically cover the final 2-3 weeks of the NBA regular season.
NBA Daily Fantastic Contests
For managers who love their fast-paced, money-mad action, popular fantastic sites provide access to daily contests. These daily contests are available in a variety of formats listed on the website. Managers can choose to compete with a small group of managers ranging from 2 to 25 participants. These contests are typically designed and posted by one of the contestants who then opens the registration process to any contestant wishing to participate depending on the contest setup. Registration fees range from $ 5 to $ 1000 per participant. While some contests are winners, contests with more than 10 contestants may offer small consolation prizes. In all competitions, the fantasy sports site will charge a fee (typically 10%) to cover administrative costs plus profits.
The other popular format is the sponsored contests provided by the website. These contests typically have thousands of entries with huge guaranteed prizes in the offer for a relatively low entry fee. The higher the participation in these competitions, the higher the number of paid places. Prize bundles can include big cash prizes, consumer goods, or special event prize packages where something like a Super Bowl weekend might be at stake. Many times managers can win fees. free entries by winning smaller satellite contests along the way.
Contest rules and scoring parameters are provided by the website. Each manager gets a salary cap (normally $ 50,000) to use when selecting players. Each player who is scheduled to play on a given night will be assigned a salary cap value. Obviously, the better the player, the higher the value. The team structure is generally made up of players PG, SG, SF, PF, C, G, F and UTIL.
Now that you have a general idea of how to play fantasy basketball, it’s time to join the fray. If you choose to participate in daily contests, you must remember that many managers have considerable experience, which can put you at a disadvantage. The bottom line is that you should never invest more money than you can afford to lose.