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Different Strategies, Which Do You Prefer?


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Poll: Which strategy do you use? (63 member(s) have cast votes)

Which strategy do you use?

  1. Depth, plenty of balance filled with lesser players (34 votes [53.97%])

    Percentage of vote: 53.97%

  2. Star Power, load up on 2-3 top players leaving the rest as blah (10 votes [15.87%])

    Percentage of vote: 15.87%

  3. Cat Punts, load up on 4-5 cats to ensure you win every week (19 votes [30.16%])

    Percentage of vote: 30.16%

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#1 Kizzel

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 01:52 PM

In fantasy basketball there are plenty of different strategies. I would like to discuss a few, see which ones are the most popular.. Feel free to vote and then voice your opinion on why you selected the one you did.
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#2 ballsohard

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 02:05 PM

All three.

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 02:11 PM

If you look at my league settings in my sig,you'll see that i play in a different type of league compared to some of you guys.

I had bookend this year and i went BPA which was D-will and LMA.

Top tier PGs and Big men are worth a bit more than most wings(there are exceptions: LBJ,KD,Harden etc)

I do a mix of one and two
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Posted 31 December 2012 - 03:18 PM

I like to punt 4 cats and stack on 5. It works for me, but some people doesn't like it.If not, I always recommend punting FG%. A lot of people tend to underrate low FG% player, or players that jack up a lot of shots. They're a blackhole in real life, but, in fantasy, they're gold. Examples: Brandon Jennings, Bargnani, Kobe(yes, Kobe), Felton, Westbrook(although he's pretty high this year).And guess what? They're all high FT% players ;). You just gave up FG% to excel in FT%, 3s, and points. Your steals should also be above average.

Edited by BareaFan, 31 December 2012 - 03:21 PM.

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 03:24 PM

Didn't answer because the poll isn't specific enough. I prefer to punt 1-2 (not 4) categories, and if given the option I will choose "Stars & Jars" over a balanced roster, but these are dependent on the texture of the draft and the trading environment in the league. If the league is deep enough, there's little advantage to S&J over a balanced roster, in fact there could be a disadvantage since so much of your team is tied up in one player, and if that player gets hurt your team will suffer greatly.
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#6 Nucker101

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 05:43 PM

I only play in one league, a 9 cat h2h redraft auction. My strategy this year was to draft a deep team and get good value with each player and do my best not to get caught up in hype and bidding wars. I don't pay much attention to %'s, I prefer all my PG's t average at least 6 dimes with decent 3's and steals. From my SG/SF I want a good source of points, 3's and steals. From my bigs I want close to 8 boards+ and over a block per game(prefer about 1.3 or higher). I found that loading up on PG's and bigs that fit that criteria was the way to go, while drafting a guy like Iggy as a SG/SF since he provides the stats I want plus a good amount of assists almost like a PG. I also prefer to use one roster spot for streaming where I add players on a slow(non-busy) NBA gameday to plug into my lineup. It's worked out well for m so far at 8-1 despite owning guys like Granger(IR), Dragic, Mo-Will, Iggy, Hibbert and Lin who have really struggled(or been injured) at times throughout the season.

Edited by Nucker101, 31 December 2012 - 05:51 PM.


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Posted 31 December 2012 - 06:02 PM

Weird poll. These options aren't mutually exclusive and are very vague.

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 06:12 PM

I dont punt anything really. I just builld on my weaknesses by trading categories of strength on my team, creating a much more balanced team. Im always on the lookout to improve my teams weaknesses and that usually does good for me. Also i have a habit of loading up on big men then flipping the most elite one for a big haul.
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Posted 31 December 2012 - 06:54 PM

As far as that "punting" strategy, which is currently leading the poll, drafting your team with the intention of going 5-4 every week is not how you win fantasy championships.

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 09:16 PM

in H2H league, punt will win you championship, balanced strategy will get you higher seeding in regular season. remember it's impossible to build a team to have every cat better than your opponent and you don't know who you will play in playoff.

Edited by hifica, 31 December 2012 - 09:16 PM.


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Posted 31 December 2012 - 09:20 PM

Although punting cats is fun, I'm more of a taxidermist, I prefer stuffing them.

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 09:24 PM

As far as that "punting" strategy, which is currently leading the poll, drafting your team with the intention of going 5-4 every week is not how you win fantasy championships.

That's true, but I think you get the highest possibility of winning with that strategy. There is no definite strategy to win you a championship, because luck is involved in it.
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#13 LuN

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 10:55 PM

Build a team of entirely top 50-ish players or top 50 while punting two cats (usually TO/FG%).

Take bigger risks the deeper you go into the draft. Don't pick the players who will get you a steady 90-110 ranking every year.

The home run picks that work out will be great..the ones that don't work out, you can drop for the inevitable gems that pop up.

Most of my team are:
- at least top 50-60
OR
- top 50-60 in the last 30 days
OR
- top 50-60 when you punt two cats

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 11:33 PM

Most of my team are:
- at least top 50-60
OR
- top 50-60 in the last 30 days
OR
- top 50-60 when you punt two cats


I'm pretty sure any player on any of my teams would also be top 50 if you took away his two weakest cats. That's not very telling.

Last 30 days essentially means very little when talking about established players.

Your post comes across more as bragging than strategy discussion.

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 11:51 PM

i've been following this strategy for a few years now and it has work for me.. this is for 9 cat H2H leagues.. basically load up on point guards and power forwards.. it will help you build a solid team but sometimes you have to change your strategy to whom your playing against (especially in playoffs..). another key to success is working trades to help you build on your strengths.. not all trades will work out in your favor but you have to be willing to take risks..

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Posted 01 January 2013 - 12:44 AM

I only play daily h2h with 2 rebound cats and no TOs. I fully realize I'm in the minority but you can't win my league without punting, and I think any competitive H2h league forces you to punt something unless every single owner is going for balance. Actually, I think that makes punting even more appealing.

I'll never understand how you guys draft balance across 9 cats in your leagues. It's just not possible with the guys in my league.

I think the most astute answer is that your strategy should depend a lot of who else you play with and how they intend to craft their rosters. Be flexible, but don't be afraid to punt.
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Posted 01 January 2013 - 01:51 PM

I only play daily h2h with 2 rebound cats and no TOs. I fully realize I'm in the minority but you can't win my league without punting, and I think any competitive H2h league forces you to punt something unless every single owner is going for balance. Actually, I think that makes punting even more appealing.

I'll never understand how you guys draft balance across 9 cats in your leagues. It's just not possible with the guys in my league.

I think the most astute answer is that your strategy should depend a lot of who else you play with and how they intend to craft their rosters. Be flexible, but don't be afraid to punt.


I personally agree punting/stacking is the most reliable route to take when drafting or building a team. But I think winning with a well balanced roster is quite possible, just significantly more difficult and much more unreliable.