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In-Season Strategy: A Closer Look at Three-Point Trends

Alex Rikleen

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.

The NBA is in the middle of a three-point boom. Not exactly breaking news, I know. But the boom is booming at an unprecedented rate, and the Fantasy universe is struggling to keep pace.

The league is on track to make almost 3,000 more threes this season nearly a 10% increase over last season. And last season also saw a jump of almost 3,000 more threes than the year before. Long story short: NBA teams are averaging just over one additional made three per team per game in each of the past two seasons.

To convert that into Fantasy terms, in any given week, there are roughly 200 more three-pointers made around the NBA than there would have been two seasons ago. In some cases all those extra threes will make it easier for savvy managers to come back from large deficits. In others, however, it could mean that teams can pull ahead more quickly, especially after key injuries. In any case, these extra threes require some attention to make sure we are giving our teams th

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