Fantasy Basketball 101: Points League Strategy
Fantasy Basketball 101: Points League Strategy

When you're entering a fantasy draft for any sport, being adequately prepared is key. For novice and experienced fantasy players alike, familiarizing yourself with your league's settings is a crucial step in that process. 

In the world of fantasy basketball, almost all leagues operate under either a Points or Categorical format. These formats share some overlap, but whereas in categorical leagues the goal is to win – or finish highly within – as many stat categories as possible, points leagues present a different challenge.

Unlike category leagues, Points leagues disregard altogether how players go about accruing fantasy stats. Like with most fantasy football leagues, each statistical category is assigned a point value, and each player's points – regardless of how they're earned – are simply added up to produce a final score over a given period – typically one week.

The NBA's official points format scoring format uses the following values:

Points: 1 point

Rebounds: 1.2 points

Assists: 1.5 points

Steals: 3 points

Blocks: 3 points

Turnovers: -1 point

Those may be the default numbers, but most host sites will allow you to tailor the values to your league's specific preferences. For instance, if you'd like to increase the impact of blocked shots, you could raise that point value accordingly. In the same vein, you can add or subtract categories, which will have ripple effects in terms of which player archetypes lose or gain value. 

If you were to add, say, Made Three-Pointers as another category alongside Points, stars like

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