How To Play Fantasy Basketball?

Dec 21, 2021 . 23 min read

What is Fantasy NBA with OwnersBox?

OwnersBox is excited to introduce weekly fantasy NBA contests live now on our platform. Contests are played over a 7-day period and are available to enter any day of the week!

With our fantasy NBA contests, users can put together their best fantasy teams and compete in either Tournament style or Head-2-Head contests.

Users assemble a 10-player roster consisting of two point guards, two shooting guards, two small forwards, two power forwards, and two centers.

You accumulate points in Tournament contests over a 7-day period. Your team is allowed a specific number of games per week, per position in order to accumulate points (also known as game opportunities). In Head-2-Head contests, you can choose which games your players accumulate points in.

In Tournament games, users will build a 10-player lineup while staying under the $200,000 salary cap. Salaries are assigned to each player with the number of games played over the 7-days indicated in the lineup builder. With this in mind, game strategy will play a role in the player selection process under this format, with some players having more games played than others over the week. Therefore, users will have to keep an eye on the game limitations per position. Going over the limits in any position will trigger the ‘Best Ball’ feature. When ‘Best Ball’ is active, only the best scoring games within your game opportunities will be scored, while the lower ones are dropped.

In Head-2-Head contests, users participate in a live snake draft. Contests have anywhere from 2 to 16 users and can last 1 to 4 weeks, depending on size. Entrants participate in a single-elimination bracket-style contest. Prizes are paid out weekly, with the contest winner taking the majority of the prize pool.

While there are many different forms of Fantasy NBA, here are some key features that make OwnersBox unique:

  • Contests are available to play every day.
  • Receive player news notifications after your teams are built.
  • Users have the ability to swap players throughout the week. When swapping a player, 20% of the remaining salary from the player you’re dropping will be deducted from the available salary to be used towards a new player.
  • Going over the game limit will automatically trigger the Best Ball feature. When Best Ball is active, only the best scoring games within your game opportunities will be scored, while the lowest ones are dropped.

How To Join A Fantasy NBA League?

Joining a fantasy NBA league is easy.

Choose Your Contest.

Select either Tournament or Head-2-Head.

Pick your Players.

Manage Your Team, Watch and Win.

Live alerts and player stats help you stay on top of your contest.

What is a Head-To-Head Fantasy NBA League?

There are two main contest types in fantasy NBA leagues, Head-2-Head contests and Tournament Salary Cap. With Head-2-Head matchups, users get to draft their team and compete over a 7-day period with a variety of contest durations. Competitions are bracket-style and rosters are selected through a Snake Draft. This means the order of who picks/drafts is reversed each round. For example, Round 1 will have the draft order as User 1, User 2, User 3, User 4. And Round 2 will have the draft order as User 4, User 3, User 2, User 1.
The matchup types include:
2 Team
(1-week duration)

Two people compete over the course of 7 days, with the winner taking the prize pool.

4 Team
(2-week duration)
Four people compete in a Head-2-Head bracket-style contest, each for 7 days. The two winners move to the next round and play the following week.
8 Team
(3-week duration)

Eight people compete over a 7 day period. The winners move on to the next round and play each other, until the completion of the contest. In total, eight team contests take three weeks from start to finish.

16 Team
(4-week duration)
Sixteen people compete over the course of 7 days. The winners move on to the next round and play each other until the completion of the contest.
Users can also choose to play in private, public, or group-specific matchups.
Each Head-2-Head contest gives players a fair chance of filling their rosters with a good set of players and each contestant will have their own unique team (since no player can be drafted by multiple contestants, and rosters are not predetermined).
Players have one minute to select their players during the draft. If players are not selected within this timeframe, the remaining players are auto-drafted.
Pro Tip: By adding players to your queue, a player from this list will be auto-drafted if you reach your time limit.

For beginners who are brand new to fantasy NBA leagues, it can be helpful to have your players auto-drafted during each contest selection. The OwnersBox auto-pick option drafts the best available player based on points projection for the remaining roster spots you need to fill for your team. This can also be used for someone who is unable to be present for their entire draft.

When it comes to swaps and benching players, users can swap no more than two players each week. If you win a weekly Head-2-Head, you’ll get two new swaps. If a player on your team becomes inactive, you have the option to swap them out without consuming a swap.

Game opportunities are an important part of Head-2-Head contests. While your 10-player roster will accumulate points for you over a 7-day period, they might not accumulate points for every game they play in. Your team is allowed a specific number of games per week, per position, to accumulate points. These points are referred to as game opportunities.

Below are the game opportunities listed below by position.

  • Point Guard – 6 game opportunities
  • Shooting Guard – 6 game opportunities
  • Small Forward – 6 game opportunities
  • Power Forward – 6 game opportunities
  • Center – 6 game opportunities

To maximize your score, you’re able to choose which games players are accumulating points. It’s helpful to pay attention to your game opportunities throughout your games so that you can earn as many points as possible.

What is a Tournament Contest?

With OwnersBox Tournament contests, users compete over 7-days and can enter multiple entries. When you sign up for a Tournament contest, the first step is choosing your 10 players from the player list within the $200,000 salary cap.
Pro Tip: When adding a player, make sure to keep your overall salary in mind. Choose too many high-end Guards and you might leave yourself short when choosing the other roster positions you need to fill.
Activating and benching your players is not something you are regularly required to do in Tournament contests. However, there are a few occasions where you might be required to activate or bench a specific player. This will only occur when the projected games for a roster player you have selected increase after your roster has been submitted. If this occurs, you will need to choose which game you want your player to be benched during. Any added games are set to having the player benched (by default).
You can process an unlimited number of swaps, but keep in mind each swap will cost a penalty fee of 20% of the dropped player’s remaining salary.
Best Ball is a crucial feature of the Tournament contest. If you go over your minimum numbers of games by position (6), every game after that will count as best ball. This will result in the lowest-scoring game being dropped at that position.

Game opportunities include:

  • Point Guard – 6 game opportunities
  • Shooting Guard – 6 game opportunities
  • Small Forward – 6 game opportunities
  • Power Forward – 6 game opportunities
  • Center – 6 game opportunities

How To Draft Fantasy NBA

When drafting a team for your Tournament or Head-2-Head contest, your NBA team roster will be made up of the following positions:

2 Point
Guards (PG)
2 Shooting Guards (SG)
2 Small
Forwards (SF)
2 Power
Forwards (PF)
2 Centers (C)

How Does Fantasy NBA Scoring Work?

Your roster accumulates points based on the below stat lines. This applies to both Tournament contests and Head-2-Head contests.
Points Rebounds Assists Blocks Steals Turnover
1 point
(point for point)
1 points 1 points 2 points 2 points -1 points

How To Manage Your Fantasy NBA Team on OwnersBox

In Tournament contests, you can process as many swaps as you wish to your line-up, but each swap will cost a penalty fee (20%) of the dropped players remaining salary. If a player is injured, you will not be charged the swap fee.

In Head-2-Head contests, you are allowed to swap a maximum of two (2) players per week. If you win your Head-2-Head (H2H) for the week and advance (in 4, 8, 16 team contests), your swaps will be refreshed and you will get two new swaps.

Tips For Fantasy NBA Beginners

When it comes to playing Fantasy NBA as a beginner, keep these tips in mind:

  • Consider auto-picking every player selection. This way you can draft the best available player based on points projection for the remaining roster spots you need to fill for your team.
  • Do your research. Take the time to get familiar with current NBA players in a variety of positions.
  • When adding a player to your roster in the Tournament contest, always keep your overall salary in mind (be careful about choosing too many high-end players).

Ready to Play Fantasy NBA?

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