Fantasy Basketball

Adam Ronis and Scott Engel were discussing the upcoming NBA season on their radio show, “RotoExperts,” on Sirius/XM Fantasy Sports Radio on Tuesday when Ronis stumbled upon a realization.

“Fantasy sports and basketball are really made for each other,” he said.

Although fantasy sports can be traced back to baseball and football, basketball’s style of play is ideal for fantasy.

Of the four major North American sports, basketball is the most individualistic. For one, as opposed to football and baseball, there are only five players on the court for each team. Furthermore, in opposition to hockey, which has six players on the ice, basketball players supply the most consistent production, largely due to the high scores of games.

In baseball, football and hockey, scoring is at a premium. Average totals in baseball are 7 to 9 runs per game; in football, 3 to 4 touchdowns per game; in hockey, 4 to 5 goals per game. Professional basketball averages nearly 200 points per game. Thus, a player like Lebron James or Kobe Bryant are going to get more consistent opportunities. In hockey, a great player like Alex Ovechkin can go an entire week without scoring a goal. Likewise, in one baseball game, the St. Louis Cardinals can score nine runs and Albert Pujols could go 0 for 5.

Consistency may be boring, but it is rewarding as well. Fantasy basketball rewards the knowledgeable fantasy manager. In football, you may get lucky with a guy like Kenny Britt, who has two more touchdowns this season than star wide receiver Reggie Wayne. Simply because he’s found the endzone four times, Britt’s value is high even though his real-life value is much lower than Wayne’s.

On the contrary, in fantasy basketball, if you draft the productive players, they are more likely to produce on a consistent basis. In other words, there’s no Kenny Britt in fantasy basketball.

Therefore, fantasy basketball tends to be the best evaluator of a fantasy sports manager. Less luck. More consistency.

As Ronis said, they’re “made for each other.”


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