Fantasy Basketball 101: Basic Rules and Facts About
Fantasy basketball has become a popular
source of entertainment for sports fans and
can rival the NBA itself, or at least for the
citizens of online gaming. To help you brush
up in fantasy basketball or aid beginners out
there who are just learning what the game is
all about, here are some fantasy basketball
Fantasy Basketball Number of Teams
For public teams, there is a typical number of
teams in a league which can range anywhere from 10 to 12. On the other hand, in private
leagues, the number is based on the general consensus of the players. These private leagues are
the ones that accept new fantasy basketball general managers via invitation only.
Fantasy Basketball Drafts
There are two ways to pick a team in fantasy basketball. The first one is called the snake draft.
The snake draft begins with a first round pick with each manager choosing his NBA player in
order. In the second round, the manager who had the last pick in the first round will be the first to
pick and this goes on until all the players are filled in the fantasy basketball teams. The order is
reversed with each turn in order to eliminate the manager with the first pick to have all the
Meanwhile, in the action draft, the fantasy basketball manager will have an agreed upon
budget, usually $260. This will be used to fill out the team’s needed players. Each NBA player
will be auctioned by the managers and the participants get the player who pays for him the most.
A great feature of this type of drafting is that everyone has a chance to draft a player unlike in the
snake draft. The process takes longer than the snake draft though.
Fantasy Basketball Roster Size and Composition
The number of players in a fantasy basketball team is called a roster size. This roster size is the
same across all teams in the league. When we say roster composition, that is the amount of
players in each position that a team can use. These include positions such as point guard,
shooting guard, power forward, center and small forward.
There are some leagues that only need five players in a team which is basically one in each
position. These challenge the fantasy basketball GMs to skillfully assemble the best starting line
up on a weekly basis.
There are other leagues in a fantasy basketball game which permit as much as 12 or even 15
players in a team. These particular leagues assign one or more bench players. The statistics from
real life NBA will not be counted on a player in a bench position in fantasy basketball. However,
once you have the player in your roster, no one can grab the player even if he is just a bench