This article is part of our NBA Draft Kit series.
Yahoo makes the process of joining a fantasy basketball league quick and easy. From the fantasy basketball homepage, you can join a league in about three clicks if you run with the default settings. Those settings will put you in a 12-team, nine-category head-to-head league. If you're new to fantasy hoops, that description might not mean much to you. But league settings play an important role when drafting and managing a team.
The most popular fantasy sport, fantasy football, uses a points format. Each relevant statistic is assigned a point value and then those points are added up to determine who wins an individual matchup each week. Daily fantasy (DFS), which Yahoo offers alongside its season-long leagues, employs a points format, as well. In Yahoo DFS, as well as head-to-head points leagues, the scoring matches the NBA's official system:
As you can see, this format does not value percentages, nor does it incorporate added value for three-pointers. As such, players like Dwight Howard or Andre Drummond – who can single-handedly tank the free throw percentage of a roto league team – are more valuable under this scoring format. Players who produce in the defensive categories also receive a boost, while high-turnover players like James Harden and Russell Westbrook lose a bit of value.
On the whole, year-long fantasy basketball is typically played in a categorical format, which makes sense given the emphasis on efficiency in the sport. You