So the regular season is over, and with it fantasy basketball is done for the season.
Here at PTR we had two leagues for the first time, and i have to say it was very VERY fun to participate in both.
Players were drafted (specially Spurs players, who were of course ridicously overrated), players were traded (well not so much, apparently we here like to keep our stuff), week to week matches unfolded and at the end two teams left off with the trophies (yeah, yahoo league gives you a virtual trophy you can keep forever): congratulations to Duncan Donuts for winning the original PTR league, and to San Panduro (ahem....my team) for winning the second league.
I want to thank all the play......NAHH KIDDING! I WON I WON WON!! TAKE THAT!!! WHOOOOHHOOOOO!! ME GOOD YOU BAD! IM THE BEST BECAUSE IM FROM ARGENTINA AND WE ARE THE BEST BECAUSE WE COME FROM THE COUNTRY OF FANGIO MARADONA AND ASADO SO TAKE THAT EVERYONE WHO IS NOT FROM ARGENTINA WE DONT GET ANY RESPECT BUT WE WIN ALL ALSO WE HAD THE BIGGEST DINOUSAUR IN HISTORY WHO IS FROM ARGENTINA ITS NAME IS ARGENTINOSAURUS777 OF COUSE
With that out of the way, Ill point out to some things I've learned on 4 years, 5 leagues of fantasy basketball (4 of them PTR leagues). I hope some of the participants leave their thoughts (and insults of course) on the comments :).
1-The draft is almost meaningless. I mean...its a crapshoot anyways, like real drafts. Stars get season ending injuries every year....but you never know who will get them that particular season. Maybe you can see it coming that it might not be a good idea to draft Derrick Rose or Kobe....but who knew Ryan Anderson would be basically a fantasy zero this season? or that Parker was a TERRIBLE choice to get with your first or second pick? (of course I picked....way to reward my trust frenchie!!! NOW PASS THE BALL TO MANU). The important stuff are the trades and the free agent pickups you get along the way. Even if you draft like crap, you can still be holding the trophy at the end with the right amount of work.
2-Young players on bad teams are GOLD. Because you know, theyll put up a million shots up, save their legs on defense and their teams are so frickin bad, their coaches will never sit them (unless they see bone or blood coming out of them) because.....why not give the fans SOMETHING to cheer?
3-NEVER NEVER NEVER EVER GET EVEN NEAR PEKOVIC. Dude was a gem 2 years ago, only to get injured at the worst time. He did the same last year. He did it again this year. HE CANNOT STAY HEALTHY. And he always gets injured on the fantasy playoffs. NEVER TRUST HIM.
FUCK YOU PEKOVIC. erm......AAAAAAAHHH!! PLEASE DONT DO THAT, DONT EAT MY FAMILY PLEASEEE!!!
4-Fuck regular season. Just like the NBA season, but a lot worse, the regular season is almost meaningless considering how much things change on fantasy playoofs. By the time March/April hits, most star players start to sit a lot of games and to pace themselves, while a lot of OUT OF NOWHERE players start racking up ridiculous amounts of minutes and therefore stats (im looking at you Gorgui Deng!). So you might have a team full of all-stars, and you might have dominated the league for the whole reagular season. It doesnt matter, someone will beat you with a bunch of Brandan Wrights, Gorguis, Nick youngs, Zaza Pachulias and Mason PLumless. Yeah. MASON frickin Plumlee was a difference maker in the finals on my league.
5-....unless you happen to TIE a matchup. Fun story (but not for me). The PTR's leagues are head to head, weekly matchups where fantasy points are awarded for each player contributions to several stats. Games end up in scores like 1823,25 to 1340,60. Very precise stuff. SO OF COUSE I GOT INTO A TIE ON THE ORIGINAL PTR LEAGUE IN THE PLAYOFFS AGAINST KANTO BOYS. 1288,50 to 1288,50. REALLY. YEAH. WITH THE .50 THING TOO. WE GOT INTO A MEGA PRECISE TIE. And of course.....I was considered the loser because Kanto Boys won the regular season game. So yeah. FUCK LIFE
6-PTR PEOPLE HAVE NO LIFES. Its great/funny/sad/amazing that each time a player was having a semi "breakout" game he would be INMEDIATELY picked up by someone on PTR leagues. If you happen to work, or sleep, or have a girlfriend or something after a particular night of NBA games, you would miss on every single worthy pickup. Of course, I won one league, and went 5th on the other, so you know on which group I am. Gotta love PTR people.
7-Demarcus Cousins is a fantasy SUPER MEGA HYPER STAR.
8-Advice: NEVER draft or trade for Spurs players. Should be obvious for us: Pop rests everyone, keeps minutes down, no one plays to puff their stats (except maybe Duncan, who is a total cancer), and a player will miss a month if he sprains a hair. Even young man Kawhi rests here and there, and missed like a month with injury.
9-the myth about "someone has to put stats on that team!". ITS BS. Some teamrs are so bad, that even the guy chucking a bunch of shots and padding his stats will have terrible efficiency and give you 1/9, 15mins, 0ast, 0 reb duds more often that you can stomach. Terrible teams are terrible because their players are terrible top to bottom. Simple.
10-Get all the bulls you can. From their 7-man rotation. Because fuck depth, fuck rest and fuck Luol Deng....Thiboudeau is going go run his guys to the ground. Everyone on their short rotation is going to be productive, because everyone will play a boatload of minutes, game in and game out.
11-A lot of people quit. The league starts with something around 12-16 teams. But in reality, only half of that is really playing. The other people? They might quit after a couple of their players get injured. Or a lot of them simply forget they had signed to a Fantasy league to begin with. And there's also a middle ground of players who will set their teams, but never bother to really participate with trades, discussion or free agent signigns. That's the bad part of fantasy basketball.
Ill leave the comments to debate more thoughts (If anyone cares to do so.....I mean, outside the 20 people that like fantasy basketball here, the rest seems to be totally oblivious).
I invite everyone to participate next season. ITS FUN!!! We could even work to agree on a prize, to work as an incentive.