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Basketball is a more versatile and fluid sport than football, so the real players affect the fantasy points more than football players.
An NBA player has to play both offense and defense in a matter of seconds. While Kevin Durant is not known for his defense, he could get steals and blocks to add to his offensive totals. A good defensive game by Durant could notch a fantasy owner a key win that night.
In football, players are either defensive or offensive. They can affect just one aspect of the game.
Plus, the star players have the ball in their hands more because there are less teammates on the court, as opposed to 11 on the football field. A star player can rely more on himself if he has to, which NFL players cannot do.
This fluidity and opportunism in basketball can rack up ridiculous points for your fantasy team while adding a nice element of unpredictability.