Zen of Fantasy Basketball: Know Your League Configuration

Tommy LandryCorrespondent IAugust 15, 2010

NEW YORK - AUGUST 15: Danny Granger #10 of the United States shoots over Nicholas Batum #5 of France during their exhibition game as part of the World Basketball Festival at Madison Square Garden on August 15, 2010 in New York City.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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As we reviewed previously, there is no bad draft position in a standard snake-style fantasy basketball draft. Today we turn our attention to something that is equally important, yet often just as underrepresented: league configuration.

There are many ways to configure a league. You simply cannot go to the draft table unprepared, lest you put yourself at risk of losing the league before the season even begins. Leagues can customize a lot of factors, such as:

1. Scoring categories or point values
2. Rotisserie or head-to-head format
3. League size (i.e. number of teams)
4. Waiver wire rules
5. Daily vs. weekly lineups and / or scoring
6. Playoff configuration (in formats that use playoffs), including size, length of competition periods, tiebreakers, and much more
7. Type of draft (snake-style, auction, etc.)
8. Starting positions

It would simply be naive to assume you can print out a list of player rankings from some fantasy advice site and draft straight off the page. What happens if that ranking includes turnovers as a category and your league does not? How would you convert straight ranking lists into auction values?

As important as it is to determine what players you like and dislike, there is no reasonable manner by which you can determine their potential value until you clearly understand the rules of the league.

Also keep in mind that many leagues have rules of etiquette, antes and payouts, and other unique attributes that go beyond the configuration of the league management system. Be sure to learn how to behave, or else you may find yourself the brunt of league backlash as well.

Have you ever been in a league where you drafted unprepared like this? How did it affect your season? Did you go belly up, or could you pull it together enough to compete?


Article originally appeared on Examiner.com.