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Numbers Game: Why Gary Harris, Josh Richardson are Fantasy All-Stars

Alex Rikleen

Rikleen writes the NBA column "Numbers Game," which decodes the math that underpins fantasy basketball. A certified math teacher, Rikleen decided the field of education pays too well, so he left it for writing. He is a Boston College graduate living in Delaware.

With the real NBA All-Star Game now in the rear-view, let’s check in on which players would qualify for the fantasy All-Star team.

This is more than just an academic exercise. To be a Fantasy All-Star, you have to be a player who’s exceeding expectations. In most leagues, the bounty or dearth of these players have determined which teams are great, and which are not.

As the Fantasy trade deadline approaches, it is crucial to understand which of these players are still undervalued (potential “buy lows”) and which have seen their perception rise too high (potential “sell highs”).


1. There are 18 Fantasy All-Stars: Why 18? Because standard Fantasy leagues have nine starters. An NBA game pitches 12 active players against 12 active players, so the NBA’s All-Star Game features 24 players (12 + 12 = 24). A head-to-head fantasy matchup is a 9-on-9 affair (and 9 + 9 = 18).

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