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Rikleen writes the NBA column "Numbers Game," which decodes the math that underpins fantasy basketball. A certified math teacher, Rikleen decided the field of education pays too well, so he left it for writing. He is a Boston College graduate living in Delaware.

Fantasy sports articles written by Alex Rikleen

Numbers Game: Investigating Back-to-Backs

Alex Rikleen investigates whether players really perform worse on the second night of a back-to-back and what the impact of that is for players and fantasy owners alike.

Yahoo DFS Basketball: Thursday Picks

Rajon Rondo has been underpriced for much of the season, but Alex Rikleen explains why the Bulls guard should be avoided Thursday against the Spurs.

Yahoo DFS Basketball: Wednesday Picks

Giannis Antetokounmpo has one of the highest fantasy floors in the league, and Alex Rikleen explains why his upside is even higher than usual Wednesday.

Category Strategy: Injuries Impacting the Wire

Frank Kaminsky's minutes have risen to more than 31 per game over the last two-plus weeks.

Yahoo DFS Basketball: Saturday Picks

Gordon Hayward is coming off one of his best games of season, and RotoWire's Alex Rikleen explains why the Jazz forward makes for another solid play Saturday against the Nuggets.

Numbers Game: Down Year for Rookies?

Alex Rikleen analyzes the year rookies are enduring in the NBA this season and whether it makes sense to hang onto anyone other than Joel Embiid.

Yahoo DFS Basketball: Thursday Picks

After a dominant performance Wednesday against the Nuggets, fantasy players may be drawn to the Heat's Hassan Whiteside, but Alex Rikleen explains why his matchup Thursday isn't as favorable.

Yahoo DFS Basketball: Wednesday Picks

While Bradley Beal may be a solid play Wednesday against the Thunder, Alex Rikleen explains why John Wall may be one to avoid.

Category Strategy: True Specialists Edition

Back with the Suns after missing eight games, Tyson Chandler is unowned in two-thirds of CBS leagues.

Yahoo DFS Basketball: Wednesday Picks

Blake Griffin has been stuffing the stat sheet recently, and he has an excellent matchup Wednesday against the Mavericks to keep it going.

Category Strategy: Deep League Special

Even as Tony Parker's minutes and scoring have waned, he's remained one of the NBA's most efficient point guards.

Numbers Game: How Host Sites Hurt Fantasy Teams

Alex Rikleen explains how a site's rules can cause fantasy owners to overlook some players and mis-value other players. Why is a player like Will Barton valued differently across various sites?

Yahoo DFS Basketball: Thursday Picks

Giannis Antetokounmpo has been filling up the stat sheet this season, but his inconsistency makes it tough to spend up for him Thursday against the Heat.

Yahoo DFS Basketball: Wednesday Picks

Wednesday's 11-game slate is packed with superstars, but Alex Rikleen explains why LeBron James may not be worth the huge fantasy investment.

Category Strategy: Out-Of-Position Stats

Alex Rikleen takes a look at a number of players, like Nikola Mirotic, who provide value not typically found at their position.

Numbers Game: How Consistent are Defenses?

Alex Rikleen looks at defensive consistency and whether fantasy owners can expect the same defensive team to stay strong throughout the year.

Yahoo DFS Basketball: Thursday Picks

Hassan Whiteside is always capable of an explosive game, but Alex Rikleen explains why that's unlikely to happen Thursday against the Bulls.

Yahoo DFS Basketball: Wednesday Picks

John Wall has significant fantasy upside any time he takes the floor, but Alex Rikleen warns why the Wizards guard is unlikely to break out Wednesday against the Celtics.

Category Strategy: Short-Term Production in High Supply

Alex Rikleen combs the waiver wire for available players who can provide immediate value in each fantasy category.

Numbers Game: Does Pace Really Matter?

Alex Rikleen examines the notion that the faster a team plays, the more fantasy points it will produce.

Yahoo DFS Basketball: Thursday Picks

Myles Turner has settled down a bit since his explosive opening night, but RotoWire's Alex Rikleen explains why the Pacers center could break out Thursday against the Bucks.

Yahoo DFS Basketball: Wednesday Picks

Anthony Davis' production has been incredible to start the season, and while his salary continues to rise, RotoWire's Alex Rikleen is going to keep paying it.

Category Strategy: Starters Are Still Out There

Alex Rikleen takes a look at which players on the waiver wire could immediately provide tangible boosts in each of the primary fantasy categories.

Numbers Game: Understanding Opponent Strength

Alex Rikleen looks at how to evaluate opponent strength early in the season when data is scarce. Here's a hint: avoid the Spurs.

Yahoo DFS Basketball: Thursday Picks

Dennis Schroeder is starting in Atlanta but is still priced like a back up on Yahoo, allowing fantasy players to get a great value Thursday.

Category Strategy: It's Never Too Early to Start Improving

Alex Rikleen takes a look at players who may have been overlooked in drafts who can help your team immediately.

Yahoo DFS Basketball: Wednesday Picks

Clint Capela is now starting in Houston for the departed Dwight Howard, but he's still priced like a backup, which daily fantasy basketball players should take advantage of Wednesday.

Numbers Game: Stat Benchmarks for Team Building

In his new weekly column, Alex Rikleen looks at a number of stat categories in most fantasy basketball leagues and tries to establish benchmarks for managers to target when drafting.

DFS Basketball 101: How to Play Daily Fantasy Basketball

There are a number of strategies to use when playing daily fantasy basketball, and Alex Rikleen breaks down how to pick the right contest, which stats to use for research, and other tools to help DFS players win.

DraftKings NBA: Thursday Cheat Sheet

The NBA Trade Deadline on Thursday could mix things up for fantasy players, but Kyrie Irving looks set for a big night regardless of whether the Bulls change things up.

DraftKings NBA: Thursday Cheat Sheet

Serge Ibaka has struggled significantly of late, but with a very small slate of games and his overwhelming talent, a breakout game could be extremely helpful in GPPs.

DraftKings NBA: Thursday Cheat Sheet

With a lot of playable cheaper options during Thursday's slate, Alex Rikleen is going to be all over Andre Drummond against the Knicks.

DraftKings NBA: Thursday Cheat Sheet

Otto Porter has been very hit-or-miss this season, but he continues to get solid playing time and has a good matchup Thursday to payoff for fantasy owners.

DraftKings NBA: Thursday Cheat Sheet

With J.J. Redick getting so much attention due to his recent 40-point outing, Alex Rikleen advises to go with his teammate Jamal Crawford, who has been more consistent and cheaper.

DraftKings NBA: Thursday Cheat Sheet

Rudy Gobert is now four games back from injury and looks like a solid fantasy play Thursday against a weak Kings defense.

DraftKings NBA: Thursday Cheat Sheet

Two of the worst defenses in the league face off against each other Thursday, and DeMarcus Cousins looks to be the biggest beneficiary.

DraftKings NBA: Thursday Cheat Sheet

Meyers Leonard has started to find his groove offensively, and his lower price on DraftKings could make him an excellent value during Thursday's slate.

DraftKings NBA: Thursday Cheat Sheet

Kobe Bryant has struggled with his efficiency this season, but with daily games relying on total production, the future Hall of Famer has been solidly helpful of late.

DraftKings NBA: Thursday Cheat Sheet

On a relatively small slate Thursday, Russell Westbrook looks like a player to pay up for, and Alex Rikleen has a few value suggestions to easily fit in the Thunder superstar.

DraftKings NBA: Thursday Cheat Sheet

Despite being moved to a reserve role, Victor Oladipo has been more efficient off the bench, and he remains a solid play on DraftKings.

DraftKings NBA: Thursday Cheat Sheet

Klay Thompson is shooting 45 percent from three over his last four games and now faces a Timberwolves team allowing the third most attempts from deep this season.

Daily Games Cheat Sheet: Thursday

The available centers for Thursday's daily contests look bleak, but Rudy Gobert could be just the play to help fantasy players win some cash.

Daily Games Cheat Sheet: Thursday

Paul George has the upside of a top-10 NBA player, and while he looks fully healthy following a serious leg injury, he's still fairly underpriced in daily games.

Daily Games Cheat Sheet: Thursday-Friday Contests

DraftKings is hosting Thursday-Friday two-day contests combining the single games on Thursday and Friday. RotoWire's Alex Rikleen has his favorite picks.

Daily Games Cheat Sheet: Wednesday-Thursday Contests

DraftKings is hosting Wednesday-Thursday two-day contests combining the single games on Wednesday and Thursday. RotoWire's Alex Rikleen has his favorite picks.

Daily Games Cheat Sheet: Wednesday

With just two games on the slate Wednesday, finding good value plays may be more difficult than usual.

Daily Games Cheat Sheet: Wednesday

Pau Gasol was one of the most consistent performers throughout the regular season, and that production has carried over into the playoffs.

Daily Games Cheat Sheet: Thursday

With just two games on the slate Thurday, finding good value plays may be more difficult than usual.

Daily Games Cheat Sheet: Wednesday

With just two games on the slate Wednesday, finding good value plays may be more difficult than usual.

Daily Games Cheat Sheet: Wednesday

With just three games on the slate Wednesday, finding good value plays may be more difficult than usual.

Daily Games Cheat Sheet: Wednesday

With 14 games on the slate, finding the right mix of value plays and high-salaried players is going to be key to winning contests on DraftKings.

Daily Games Cheat Sheet: Thursday

With just two games on the slate Thurday, finding good value plays may be more difficult than usual.

Daily Games Cheat Sheet: Wednesday

With 13 games on the slate, finding the right mix of value plays and high-salaried players is going to be key to winning contests on DraftKings.

Daily Games Cheat Sheet: Thursday

With just three games on the slate Thursday, finding good value plays may be more difficult than usual.

Daily Games Cheat Sheet: Wednesday

With 12 games on the slate, finding the right mix of value plays and high-salaried players is going to be key to winning contests on DraftKings.

Daily Games Cheat Sheet: Wednesday

With 13 games on the slate, finding the right mix of value plays and high-salaried players is going to be key to winning contests on DraftKings.

Daily Games Cheat Sheet: Thursday

With four games on the slate, finding the right mix may be hard Thursday, but Alex Rikleen has a few suggested plays.

Daily Games Cheat Sheet: Wednesday

With 11 games on the slate, finding the right mix of value plays and high-salaried players is going to be key to winning contests on DraftKings.

Daily Games Cheat Sheet: Thursday

RotoWire's Alex Rikleen highlights several cheap value plays for Thursday on DraftKings

Daily Games Cheat Sheet: Wednesday

With 10 games on the slate, finding the right mix of value plays and high-salaried players is going to be key to winning contests on DraftKings.

Daily Games Cheat Sheet: Thursday

With just two games on the slate Thurday, finding good value plays may be more difficult than usual.

Daily Games Cheat Sheet: Wednesday

With a full schedule Wednesday, there are plenty of places to find value on DraftKings

Daily Games Cheat Sheet: Thursday

With just two games on the slate Thurday, finding good value plays may be more difficult than usual.

Daily Games Cheat Sheet: Wednesday

With 12 games on the slate, finding the right mix of value plays and high-salaried players is going to be key to winning contests on DraftKings.

Daily Games Cheat Sheet: Thursday

With just two games on the slate Thurday, finding good value plays may be more difficult than usual.

Daily Games Cheat Sheet: Wednesday

With 12 games on the slate, finding the right mix of value plays and high-salaried players is going to be key to winning contests on DraftKings.

Daily Games Cheat Sheet: Thursday

With four games on the slate, finding the right mix may be hard Thursday, but Alex Rikleen has a few suggested plays.

Daily Games Cheat Sheet: Wednesday

With 11 games on the slate, finding the right mix of value plays and high-salaried players is going to be key to winning contests on DraftKings.

Daily Games Cheat Sheet: Thursday

With just three games on the slate Thursday, finding good value plays may be more difficult than usual.

Daily Games Cheat Sheet: Wednesday

With 10 games on the slate, finding the right mix of value plays and high-salaried players is going to be key to winning contests on DraftKings.

Daily Games Cheat Sheet: Thursday

With just three games on the slate Thursday, finding good value plays may be more difficult than usual.

Daily Games Cheat Sheet: Wednesday

With 13 games on the slate, finding the right mix of value plays and high-salaried players is going to be key to winning contests on DraftKings.

Daily Games Cheat Sheet: Thursday

With just two games on the slate Thurday, finding good value plays may be more difficult than usual.

Daily Games Cheat Sheet: Wednesday

With seven games on the slate, there should be a good mix of low, mid, and high-tier salaries to create interesting lineups with high potential Wednesday.

Daily Games Cheat Sheet: Christmas Day

With five games on the slate, there aren't many value plays, making choosing the right high-salaried and mid-tier players key on Thursday.

Daily Games Cheat Sheet: Thursday

With four games on the slate, finding the right mix may be hard Thursday, but Alex Rikleen has a few suggested plays.

Daily Games Cheat Sheet: Wednesday

With 10 games on the slate, finding the right mix of value plays and high-salaried players is going to be key to winning contests on DraftKings.

Daily Games Cheat Sheet: Thursday

With just two games on the slate Thurday, finding good value plays may be more difficult than usual.

Daily Games Cheat Sheet: Wednesday

With 10 games on the slate, finding the right mix of value plays and high-salaried players is going to be key to winning contests on DraftKings.

Daily Games Cheat Sheet: Wednesday

There are 10 games on the slate for Wednesday, and with plenty of injury-replacement players avaialable on cheap contracts, it'll be interesting to see some of the top scoring lineups.

Daily Games Cheat Sheet: Wednesday

There are 13 games on the slate for Wednesday, and with plenty of injury-replacement players avaialable on cheap contracts, it'll be interesting to see some of the top scoring lineups.

Daily Games Cheat Sheet: Thursday

With just two games on the slate Thurday, finding good value plays may be more difficult than usual.

Daily Games Cheat Sheet: Wednesday

There are 11 games on the slate for Wednesday, and with plenty of injury-replacement players avaialable on cheap contracts, it'll be interesting to see some of the top scoring lineups.

Daily Games Cheat Sheet: Thursday

With just four games on the slate Thursday, finding good value plays may be more difficult than usual.

Daily Games Cheat Sheet: Wednesday

With nine games on the slate Wednesday, finding the right lineup is going to take getting the right mix of high-salaried and low-salaried players. Alex Rikleen

Daily Games Cheat Sheet: Thursday

What do you go with just two games on the slate and four teams to use players from? We break it down.

Daily Games Cheat Sheet: Wednesday

There are 12 games on the slate for Wednesday, and with plenty of injury-replacement players avaialable on cheap contracts, it'll be interesting to see some of the top scoring lineups.

Daily Games Cheat Sheet: Thursday

With five games on the slate, there aren't many value plays, making choosing the right high-salaried and mid-tier players key on Thursday.

Daily Games Cheat Sheet: Wednesday

With 13 games on the slate, finding the right mix of value plays and high-salaried players is going to be key to winning contests on DraftKings.

NBA Team Previews: Philadelphia 76ers

Michael Carter-Williams has a great opportunity to be the most valuable on a destitute team. He was a top-15 player in head-to-head leagues last season, but can he improve his efficiency to be better in rotisserie?

Daily Games Cheat Sheet: Thursday

With just two games on the schedule, finding the right value plays will make a difference in whether or not you finish in the money.

Daily Games Cheat Sheet: Friday

There are three Game Sixes scheduled for Friday, with some interesting options to consider as value plays in fantasy daily games

Daily Games Cheat Sheet: Sunday

Don't just watch the NBA playoffs, be a part of it. Play daily games, and have more to root for ... and against.

Daily Games Cheat Sheet: Wednesday

There are 10 games Wednesday with some risky value options who could be the difference in finishing in or out of the money.

Daily Games Cheat Sheet: Wednesday

With 10 games on the schedule, there are a number of good value plays

Daily Games Cheat Sheet: Monday

With seven games on the schedule for Monday, RotoWire's Alex Rikleen breaks down the night's best value plays.

Daily Games Cheat Sheet: Thursday

There are just two games on the slate, which always make picking the right mix interesting and sometimes awkward.

NBA Draft Kit: Daily Preseason Blogs

RotoWire's daily preseason news and analysis blogs on RotoSynthesis are live. Register, read, and comment on all the developments.

NBA Team Previews: Orlando Magic 2013-14

With their roster full of young, growing players, the Magic have one of the most friendly fantasy rosters in the NBA. Will Oladipo play enough to be an impact player?