Although the NBA Playoffs is still on-going, my NBA season for 2011/12 already ended the day my Mavericks failed to get a better positioning in the West, got paired up with on-form OKC and eventually getting swept by the Thunder in the first round. Sigh.
Anyway, on the Fantasy front, I have to admit that Fantasy NBA is, and I repeat, NOT as easy as Fantasy Premier League or Fantasy La Liga. Whilst I may have enjoyed much success and ranking in both Fantasy Premier League or Fantasy La Liga, I am still learning the ropes and steadily improving myself (only) in my second season.
With the shortened 66-game season, I managed to total up 9,267 points, averaging 18.76 pts per day. This is a slight improvement from my 17.71 pts/day average in my rookie year. Globally, I have also improved my rankings from 3.221 (2% bracket) last year to 1,732 (0.9%) this year!
Woo hoo! Target of breaking into the 1% global bracket met! 😛
So, what is it that makes Fantasy NBA such a challenge? Well, for one, apart from the All Star break, all teams play EVERY DAY. So we get to make trades on a DAILY basis – timing in making those trades are downright crucial to buy low and sell high..
For me, the learning curve I have yet to fully master is the position limit strategy. In Fantasy NBA, each ‘position’ is limited to the total games in the entire season. For example, in a 66-game season, each position in your roster can only be filled up 66 times. Of course, this does not mean the season itself finishes in 66 days! Ahhh….so some cunning strategy needs to come into play to ensure ALL the roster spots are evenly played to maximise the most points.
I was caught in this position limit trap in my rookie year when I was stuck with several positions in locked status with a couple of weeks left to go. I dreadfully saw my rankings slipped from sub 1% rankings to eventually 2% within days…
This year, I am starting to plot my roster spots better to make sure ALL players get to score points over the season, and of course, not get trapped with players reaching their position limits too quickly. 😛
Have you tried Fantasy NBA?