NBA Draft Kit: Keys to Playing on Yahoo
NBA Draft Kit: Keys to Playing on Yahoo

This article is part of our NBA Draft Kit series.

Yahoo makes the process of joining a fantasy basketball league quick and easy. From the fantasy basketball homepage, you can join a league in about three clicks if you run with the default settings. Those settings will put you in a 12-team, nine-category head-to-head league. If you're new to fantasy hoops, that description might not mean much to you. But league settings play an important role when drafting and managing a team.

The most popular fantasy sport, fantasy football, uses a points format. Each relevant statistic is assigned a point value and then those points are added up to determine who wins an individual matchup each week. Daily fantasy (DFS), which Yahoo offers alongside its season-long leagues, employs a points format, as well. In Yahoo DFS, as well as head-to-head points leagues, the scoring matches the NBA's official system:

Points: 1
Rebounds: 1.2
Assists: 1.5
Blocks: 3
Steals: 3
Turnovers: -1

As you can see, this format does not value percentages, nor does it incorporate added value for three-pointers. As such, players like Dwight Howard or Andre Drummond – who can single-handedly tank the free throw percentage of a roto league team – are more valuable under this scoring format. Players who produce in the defensive categories also receive a boost, while high-turnover players like James Harden and Russell Westbrook lose a bit of value.

On the whole, year-long fantasy basketball is typically played in a categorical format, which makes sense given the emphasis on efficiency in the sport. You

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Alex Barutha
Alex is RotoWire's NBA Assistant Editor. He writes articles about daily fantasy, year-long fantasy and sports betting. You can hear him on the RotoWire NBA Podcast, Sirius XM, DraftKings Live and other platforms. Vince Carter and Alex both first dunked during their respective sophomore years of high school.
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