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Strategic Benching as a Fantasy Basketball Strategy

by ja on 11/20/2012 6:19:59 PM

Let's talk about the strategic benching. The purpose behind strategic benching is to gain an advantage against an opponent by benching a player (or more than one) in order to win a particular stat. It sounds counter intuitive, but it's an important thing to pay attention to and it can help you squeeze out a few extra wins over the course of season if you stay on top of it. Here's how it works.

Let's say you have a guy on your team who is a great shot blocker, but a terrible free throw shooter. Examples of these types of guys are Dwight Howard and Deandre Jordan. If you are dominating your opponent in the block category then you've met one of the criteria needed to consider strategic benching. You also need to be solidly ahead in the other categories that these players are strong in or at least have reason to believe that your other players (the ones you won't bench) will win those other categories for you. Now you have two of the criteria. The last criteria is that of you being competitive in at least one stat in which the player will hurt you if they play. If so, then since their likely positive contributions don't really matter you should consider benching them and removing their negative values.

So, let's say you're ahead by 10 blocks going into the last night and your opponent is playing only guards or centers like Ryan Anderson. Basically, you've got blocks in the bag, right?! Well, now it's time to look at the other categories and see which ones you might be able to steal away. Maybe your opponent is just barely beating you in FT percentage... well if your guys that get you only blocks shoot FTs badly, then you should bench your blocker. If your opponent has a bad night of shooting free throws then their percentages may be brought down enough for you to take the lead. If you leave your own poor shooter in and he shoots a bunch of bricks from the line then even if your opponent shoots poorly you will gain nothing from the bad luck.

Strategic benching generally only works in percentage categories and "negative" categories. In fantasy basketball, the percentage categories are FG%, FT%, and rarely 3P%. Negative categories in fantasy basketball are TO (turnovers) and the rarely used PF (personal fouls).

Monday through Friday you should basically always play your best lineup, but come Saturday and Sunday you may find some opportunities for strategery. Just be careful about trying to get too cute. When in doubt, play you best lineup. When pretty darn sure, run the numbers again, and if you're still pretty darn sure then go for it. When it's an obvious situation where every stat has been decided and playing a player can only LOSE you a stat, then by all means, make sure you bench the player.

Fantasy Basketball Performances for 11-07-2012

by jarepo on 11/8/2012 8:37:41 AM

Here are the best (and worst) fantasy basketball performances for 11-07-2012. We set the bar pretty high, and for that reason most of the players that show up here are already well known. You can use this to marvel at their greatness! However, any player who is mentioned in a positive way here should gain instant credibility from a fantasy perspective if they are not already on your radar. You don't necessarily need to jump on them and pick them up right way, but they probably should make it to your short list especially if you see them more than a time or two.


Players who got a Double-Double
Marcin GortatPoints(23) Rebounds(10)
David LeePoints(22) Rebounds(14)
Blake GriffinPoints(22) Rebounds(10)
DeMarcus CousinsPoints(21) Rebounds(11)
Michael BeasleyPoints(21) Rebounds(15)
Kevin GarnettPoints(20) Rebounds(13)
DeAndre JordanPoints(20) Rebounds(11)
LeBron JamesPoints(20) Rebounds(12)
Rajon RondoPoints(18) Assists(14)
Amir JohnsonPoints(18) Rebounds(11)
Al JeffersonPoints(18) Rebounds(10)
Zach RandolphPoints(18) Rebounds(13)
Kenneth FariedRebounds(16) Points(16)
Al-Farouq AminuRebounds(16) Points(10)
Paul PiercePoints(15) Rebounds(10)
Jrue HolidayPoints(14) Assists(12)
Omer AsikRebounds(13) Points(10)
Danilo GallinariPoints(13) Rebounds(10)
Mike Conley Jr.Points(13) Assists(12)
Thaddeus YoungPoints(12) Rebounds(10)
Chris PaulAssists(12) Points(10)
Kris HumphriesRebounds(11) Points(11)
Larry SandersRebounds(11) Points(10)
Tristan ThompsonPoints(11) Rebounds(10)

Players who got a Triple-Double
Greg MonroePoints(21) Rebounds(12) Assists(11)

Scoring: (30 pts or better)
None

Assists: (12 assists or better)
Rajon Rondo14
Mike Conley Jr.12
Jrue Holiday12
Chris Paul12

Rebounds: (13 rebounds or better)
Al-Farouq Aminu16
Kenneth Faried16
Michael Beasley15
Zaza Pachulia14
David Lee14
Kevin Garnett13
Zach Randolph13
Omer Asik13

Steals: (3 steals or better)
Jeremy Lin6
James Harden5
Paul George4
George Hill4
Paul Pierce4
Brandon Jennings4
Al Jefferson4
Sebastian Telfair3
Jeff Teague3
Chris Bosh3
Chris Singleton3
Rajon Rondo3
Moe Harkless3
Andrei Kirilenko3
Tywon Lawson3
Andre Iguodala3
Kobe Bryant3
Pau Gasol3
Tyreke Evans3
Matt Barnes3
Ronny Turiaf3
Alonzo Gee3
David Lee3

Blocks: (4 blocks or better)
Marcin Gortat7
Jason Smith5
Robin Lopez4
DeAndre Jordan4

Efficiency: (35 eff or better)
David Lee38
Marcin Gortat37

Turnovers: (5 turnovers or more)
Deron Williams7
Jrue Holiday7
AJ Price6
Kevin Seraphin6
James Harden6
Kobe Bryant6
Michael Beasley5
J.J. Redick5
Nikola Pekovic5
Greivis Vasquez5
Andre Iguodala5
Andre Miller5
Dwight Howard5

Crossing the Line (The Curry line: TO > [AST+STL+BLK])
Kevin SeraphinRatio (0.6667) Assists (3) Steals (0) Blocks (1) Turnovers (6)
Jamal CrawfordRatio (0.6667) Assists (1) Steals (1) Blocks (0) Turnovers (3)
Zaza PachuliaRatio (0.6667) Assists (1) Steals (1) Blocks (0) Turnovers (3)
Zach RandolphRatio (0.6667) Assists (1) Steals (1) Blocks (0) Turnovers (3)
Nikola PekovicRatio (0.6000) Assists (0) Steals (1) Blocks (2) Turnovers (5)
Deron WilliamsRatio (0.5714) Assists (3) Steals (1) Blocks (0) Turnovers (7)
Klay ThompsonRatio (0.5000) Assists (1) Steals (1) Blocks (0) Turnovers (4)
Kosta KoufosRatio (0.5000) Assists (0) Steals (1) Blocks (0) Turnovers (2)
Kyle KorverRatio (0.5000) Assists (1) Steals (0) Blocks (0) Turnovers (2)
Thaddeus YoungRatio (0.5000) Assists (1) Steals (0) Blocks (0) Turnovers (2)
Lavoy AllenRatio (0.5000) Assists (0) Steals (0) Blocks (1) Turnovers (2)
Brandon BassRatio (0.5000) Assists (0) Steals (1) Blocks (0) Turnovers (2)
Andray BlatcheRatio (0.5000) Assists (0) Steals (1) Blocks (0) Turnovers (2)
Carl LandryRatio (0.5000) Assists (0) Steals (0) Blocks (1) Turnovers (2)
Tristan ThompsonRatio (0.3333) Assists (1) Steals (0) Blocks (0) Turnovers (3)
JaVale McGeeRatio (0.0000) Assists (0) Steals (0) Blocks (0) Turnovers (3)
Omer AsikRatio (0.0000) Assists (0) Steals (0) Blocks (0) Turnovers (3)
Arron AfflaloRatio (0.0000) Assists (0) Steals (0) Blocks (0) Turnovers (2)


Fantasy Basketball Performances for 11-02-2012

by jarepo on 11/3/2012 12:29:33 AM

Here are the best (and worst) fantasy basketball performances for 11-02-2012. We set the bar pretty high, and for that reason most of the players that show up here are already well known. You can use this to marvel at their greatness! However, any player who is mentioned in a positive way here should gain instant credibility from a fantasy perspective if they are not already on your radar. You don't necessarily need to jump on them and pick them up right way, but they probably should make it to your short list especially if you see them more than a time or two.


Players who got a Double-Double
Carmelo AnthonyPoints(30) Rebounds(10)
Glen DavisPoints(29) Rebounds(10)
Kevin DurantPoints(23) Rebounds(17)
LaMarcus AldridgePoints(22) Rebounds(15)
Jeremy LinPoints(21) Rebounds(10)
Brandon JenningsPoints(21) Assists(13)
Josh SmithPoints(18) Rebounds(10)
Chris PaulPoints(18) Assists(15)
Marcin GortatPoints(16) Rebounds(16)
Nate RobinsonPoints(16) Assists(12)
Goran DragicPoints(15) Assists(10)
Zach RandolphPoints(15) Rebounds(14)
J.J. HicksonPoints(14) Rebounds(12)
Rajon RondoPoints(14) Assists(11)
Pau GasolRebounds(14) Points(10)
Greivis VasquezPoints(13) Assists(10)
Brandon KnightPoints(13) Assists(10)
Chris BoshPoints(12) Rebounds(11)

Players who got a Triple-Double
None

Scoring: (30 pts or better)
James Harden45
Kobe Bryant40
Russell Westbrook32
Kemba Walker30
Carmelo Anthony30

Assists: (12 assists or better)
Chris Paul15
Brandon Jennings13
Nate Robinson12

Rebounds: (13 rebounds or better)
Omer Asik19
Kevin Durant17
Marcin Gortat16
LaMarcus Aldridge15
Pau Gasol14
Zach Randolph14

Steals: (3 steals or better)
Brandon Jennings6
Gerald Henderson5
Mike Conley Jr.5
Chandler Parsons3
Louis Williams3
Raymond Felton3
Rajon Rondo3
Chris Paul3
Jamal Crawford3

Blocks: (4 blocks or better)
Dwight Howard5
Greg Stiemsma4

Efficiency: (35 eff or better)
James Harden42

Turnovers: (5 turnovers or more)
Kevin Durant6
Kobe Bryant6
Paul George5
James Harden5
LeBron James5
Zach Randolph5

Crossing the Line (The Curry line: TO > [AST+STL+BLK])
Joakim NoahRatio (0.7500) Assists (1) Steals (2) Blocks (0) Turnovers (4)
Carl LandryRatio (0.6667) Assists (1) Steals (1) Blocks (0) Turnovers (3)
Courtney LeeRatio (0.6667) Assists (1) Steals (1) Blocks (0) Turnovers (3)
Beno UdrihRatio (0.6667) Assists (2) Steals (0) Blocks (0) Turnovers (3)
Jason TerryRatio (0.6667) Assists (2) Steals (0) Blocks (0) Turnovers (3)
Steve BlakeRatio (0.6667) Assists (2) Steals (0) Blocks (0) Turnovers (3)
Alonzo GeeRatio (0.6667) Assists (1) Steals (1) Blocks (0) Turnovers (3)
Kobe BryantRatio (0.5000) Assists (1) Steals (2) Blocks (0) Turnovers (6)
Paul PierceRatio (0.5000) Assists (2) Steals (0) Blocks (0) Turnovers (4)
J.J. HicksonRatio (0.5000) Assists (1) Steals (0) Blocks (0) Turnovers (2)
Chase BudingerRatio (0.5000) Assists (0) Steals (0) Blocks (1) Turnovers (2)
Rudy GayRatio (0.5000) Assists (0) Steals (0) Blocks (1) Turnovers (2)
Harrison BarnesRatio (0.5000) Assists (1) Steals (0) Blocks (0) Turnovers (2)
Norris ColeRatio (0.5000) Assists (1) Steals (0) Blocks (0) Turnovers (2)
George HillRatio (0.5000) Assists (1) Steals (0) Blocks (0) Turnovers (2)
Gerald GreenRatio (0.5000) Assists (0) Steals (0) Blocks (1) Turnovers (2)
James HardenRatio (0.4000) Assists (2) Steals (0) Blocks (0) Turnovers (5)
Zach RandolphRatio (0.4000) Assists (0) Steals (1) Blocks (1) Turnovers (5)
David LeeRatio (0.0000) Assists (0) Steals (0) Blocks (0) Turnovers (4)
Michael BeasleyRatio (0.0000) Assists (0) Steals (0) Blocks (0) Turnovers (3)
Tyson ChandlerRatio (0.0000) Assists (0) Steals (0) Blocks (0) Turnovers (2)
Greg MonroeRatio (0.0000) Assists (0) Steals (0) Blocks (0) Turnovers (1)
Kyle SinglerRatio (0.0000) Assists (0) Steals (0) Blocks (0) Turnovers (1)
Wesley MatthewsRatio (0.0000) Assists (0) Steals (0) Blocks (0) Turnovers (1)
Dante CunninghamRatio (0.0000) Assists (0) Steals (0) Blocks (0) Turnovers (1)
DeMarcus CousinsRatio (0.0000) Assists (0) Steals (0) Blocks (0) Turnovers (1)


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