The Greatest All-Time Giants Lineup

greatest all time giants team

The San Francisco and New York Giants’ history is rich, maybe the richest in MLB. The only teams that can really even begin to compare are the Yankees and Red Sox. Therefore, it is very difficult to create an All-Time team without there be snubs. However, we are going to attempt to build the greatest Giants team using the all-time greatest giants.

Starters

SP Christy Mathewson
SP Juan Marichal
SP Gaylord Perry
SP Carl Hubbell
SP Tim Lincecum

When building the greatest Giants lineup of all time, there are two places on the field that make it almost impossible to narrow down. One of those is starting pitching. You have to start off with the ace, Christy Mathewson. With 373 career wins and an ERA of 2.13, he was only second to CY Young during his time. Then comes the duo of Gaylord Perry and Juan Marichal, two pitchers who were just flat-out dominant during the 1960s. Both Perry and Marichal are Giants legends as well as clear-cut fist-ballot hall of farmers. Next is Carl Hubbell. Someone who is not talked about as much is Giants fandom, but he could arguably be the greatest Giants pitcher of all time. He won two MVPs during the 30s and ended his career with a ridiculous 130 ERA+, 1.166 WHIp, and 3.55 FIP. Lastly, Lincecum. No other Giants pitcher has won two Cy Young awards, and while his dominance came to an end quickly, his time with the Giants and his place during the 2010 World Series run will never be forgotten.

Bullpen

CP Robb Nen
SU Rod Beck
SU Brian Wilson
RP Sergio Romo
RP Greg Minton
RP Gary Lavelle
LRP Madison Bumgarner
LRP Matt Cain

The bullpen was not easy to make up. However, choosing two long relievers to give shout-outs to was rather straightforward. First is Madison Bumgarner, the greatest World Series and Post-Season pitcher of all time. Next is Matt Cain, a man who may not be a Hall of Famer but was incredible and played his entire career out as a Giants ace.

Choosing a closer between the three dominant ones the Giants have had in Nen, Beck, and Wilson was not easy. I gave the nod to Robb Nen as I just do not think the other two can really reach the peak that Nenn did. In 2000 Nenn came in 4th for the Cy Young award and 12th for MVP. That is how dominant he was. Then, I would argue his next two seasons were even better.

Next, we have to discuss three relievers who need credit for their place in Giants history. These are magnificent arms in the pen, Romo, Minto, and Lavelle. All three had periods where they seemed unhittable and simply are exactly what this team need in the late innings.

Lineup

1. Willie Mays (CF)
2. Mel Ott (RF)
3. Barry Bonds (LF)
4. Willie McCovey (1B)
5. Orlando Cepeda (DH)
6. Jeff Kent (2B)
7. Matt Williams (3B)
8. Buster Posey (C)
9. Travis Jackson (SS)

Bench

Bob Brenly (C)
Will Clark (1B)
Larry Doyle (2B)
Kevin Mitchell (OF)
Bobby Thomson (OF)
Bobby Bonds (OF)

I truly believe that no other team could even come close to touching the top-5 of the Giants’ batting order when it comes to all-time greats. You have the greatest player of all-time leading off in Willie Mays. He not only was the best batter of his era, but he is the greatest defensive center fielder of all time. Next is Mel Ott. He recorded 511 home runs and a .304 batting average during a similar time frame as Gehrig and Ruth. Batting third is the second greatest baseball player of all time and the only member of the 500-500 club, Barry Bonds. Whether you get young Barry, who could hit 30 HRs and steal 30 bags, or older Barry, who was the most dominant hitter ever, he is just flat-out scary to face. 4th and 5th are McCovey and Cepeda, two massive power-hitting 1st basemen that were only second to Mays during their time. Both are Hall of Fame bats that are up there with the best of the best.

The bottom of the order is not half bad as well. Jeff Kent is one of the few guys that could actually give Bonds protection during his historic runs in the 2000s. Kent is probably the greatest hitting second baseman of all time. You then have a seriously underrated power threat in Matt Williams. Then, a guy who can simply hit the ball and drive in anyone left is Buster Posey, the greatest Giants catcher of all time. Travis Jackson rounds out the lineup and the middle of the infield.

The bench is also solid, with several MVPs earned. Bob Brenly will be the backup catcher, one of the smartest and well-balanced catchers of his time. Will Clark would be starting if it were not for two hall of farmers in front of him at 1B. Larry Doyle is not a household name, but he’s one of the greatest Giants of all time; he was a versatile fielder and could hit with the best of his time. Kevin Mitchell is one of the most underrated players in baseball. He would supply an MVP-worthy bat and Gold-Glove on the field. While Bobby Tomson is known for the shot heard around the world, he was one of the best hitters in the league. He was a large reason that the Giants were even able to come back during the season and had that playoff against the Dodgers. Lastly, Bobby Bonds, another perennially underrated player who hit for power, average, and had a great glove.

Best Number 1 Overall MLB Picks of All Time

The odds of cracking a Major League roster are already very slim, let alone having just an average career. Being drafted number one overall is a major accomplishment, but the track record of number one picks succeeding in the Majors is not great. We still have to wait on some of the more recent draft picks, but we have seen enough of names like Bryce Harper, Stephen Strasburgh, and Gerrit Cole have enough success to chalk them up as strong first overall picks. The Draft begins in 1965, so many names before are not eligible to make this list.

Harold Baines – 1977

Harold Baines was drafted out of high school back in 1977. He went onto have 2,866 hits and 384 home runs. He also had an .820 OPS. Baines ended up being inducted into the Hall of Fame and spent 14 years with the White Sox. He also played for Baltimore, Oakland, Texas, and Cleveland.

Daryl Strawberry – 1980

While Daryl Strawberry had his off the field issues batting substance abuse, he was one of the top bats when on the field. He went to eight straight All_Star games and won the 1986 World Series with the Mets. He would also later on go to the Yankees and earn another three titles. Strawberry won rookie of the year with 26 home runs and would continue to hit above 25 home runs in a season until 1992.

Ken Griffey Jr. – 1987

Ken Griffey Jr. is arguably the best number one overall pick, although you can make a case for a few others. However, for me, he is the best. Griffey would become a ten-time Gold Glover and was a Silver Slugger seven times. He hit over 600 home runs in his career and had a .907 OPS. Griffey began to suffer injuries later in his career, otherwise, we’d be looking at numbers far higher. Griffey hit for power and contact, but also played an amazing center field and had the speed to go with all of that.

Chipper Jones – 1990

Chipper Jones is one of those you could argue as the best, finishing his career with a WAR of 85.2. He had 2,700+ hits, 468 home runs, and a .401 lifetime OBP. Jones was a part of some historic Braves teams, leading them to a World Series in 1995. Jones was a switch-hitting machine, and of course, just named to the Hall of Fame back in 2018. The Braves lucked out as Todd Van Poppel didn’t want to play with Atlanta, therefore leading Jones to be picked.

Alex Rodriguez – 1993

There is going to always be controversy when looking at this era due to the performance-enhancing drugs that came with it. However, Alex Rodriguez is still one of the best players ever and one of the best first overall picks. He is one of the three players with over 3,000 hits and 600 home runs. He had a career .930 OPS and was a two-time Gold Glover. Rodriguez won a World Series in 2009 and was a three-time MVP.

Joe Mauer – 2001

The lifespan of a catcher is rough, but Joe Mauer had a long 15-year career where he had over 2,000 hits and brought home three batting titles, three gold gloves, and an MVP award. In his first full MLB season, he had a .369 OBP and then hit .347 in his next season. Mauer would have his best year in 2009 where he had a .365 average and hit 28 home runs.

Honorable Mentions: David Price, Justin Upton, Stephen Strasburg, Bryce Harper, Gerrit Cole

What is a Dynasty League in Fantasy Sports?

Dynasty fantasy sports

Fantasy Sports has a long tradition in the sports world. Ever since the late 20th century, people have been enjoying the game within the game that is fantasy. However, with the explosion of the internet and services available, fantasy sports, especially fantasy football, have become an integral part of the game.

As more people get into fantasy sports, the game has become larger, and that includes in the variety of ways to play. You now have daily fantasy alongside season-long fantasy games, meaning that you no longer have to commit to the long-haul and instead can play in quick games where your lineup is only for the day or week.

However, today were are going to be talking about the opposite end of the spectrum: Dynasty fantasy sports. This is a way to play season-long fantasy that is much closer to how actual teams in your favorite sports are constructed. In fact, I would not even call this season-long fantasy, as it often is a 5+ year commitment and is intended to be a lifelong one.

How Dynasty Fantasy Sports Work

There are several variations of dynasty, including salary, empire leagues, and more. However, the one thing that combines all forms of dynasty fantasy leagues is the fact that, for the most part, the team you draft stays with you through your entire lifetime as the fantasy manager. Similarly to an NFL roster, if you draft a player, that is your player for however long you choose to keep him.

This is a way of playing fantasy for those who love the sport and love the roster construction aspect of the sport. Every one of the trades and roster moves you make will impact your team and the league for years to come. This also makes age a very important factor in decision-making. Will you take a young QB who is proving himself but can be a cornerstone of your roster for 15 years, or will you take Tom Brady and the couple of seasons he has left in the tank.

The one way you really build your team out is through the rookie draft that is held every year. This is common for all dynasty leagues, and it is how you add players to your squad. Many leagues take similar approaches to real-life leagues, where the worst team gets the best rookie pick, and there is no snake. This way, the draft helps balance out the power of the league.

What to Expect When Playing Dynasty Fantasy Sports

As previously stated, you need to be willing to commit to the league for several years if you are joining a dynasty league. Dynasty leagues are hard to fill because you need to get a player to inherit someone’s entire roster. This means that you should be committed, and if creating a new league, you should look for committed fantasy players that you know and trust.

The biggest thing that you need to prepare for is a multi-year rebuild. Now, it happens, you can get unlucky in a startup draft, where your team is just flat out not competitive. You can also just have a team that kind of falls apart due to age or injury. While this is not ideal, you have to be ready to focus on the future. This is something that turns off some players to dynasty, while at the same time what is extremely attractive about dynasty to others.

The way you re-build your dynasty team is by trading your valuable or older players for rookie draft picks and younger talents. It is trading the win-now guys for the future. This is how you set yourself up for a dominant several-year run where you are competitive, and then all of a sudden, you are trading younger players and draft picks for win-now guys. This is dynasty, and there are ebbs and flows to each team for years and years.

Types of Dynasty Leagues

While I am going to use football, just about every major fantasy sport can be played in all of these kinds of leagues when it comes to dynasty.

Normal Dynasty

Normal dynasty is what we have talked about. Your roster is going to be larger 25-30 players for a fantasy football squad. Your players are your players forever until you cut or trade them, and the primary way to build your roster is through the rookie draft.

This dynasty resembles normal fantasy the most, as in you select a starting squad each week, you have waivers each week, and everything is pretty much the same except the roster construction.

Best Ball Dynasty

Best Ball dynasty is starting to become more and more popular. It is almost identical to a normal dynasty league except for how your team is selected each week. In best ball dynasty your score is determined solely based on the best starting lineup possible that week. This means that you do not select your starting lineup.

This has major implications for how to build your roster, as boom or bust guys are much more valuable. It is also very interesting to play as your rosters are so deep, but since anyone can be a contributor, the 24th and 25th guys on your bench are all of a sudden very important.

Empire Dynasty

Empire dynasty can be played in combination with any of the other three mentioned. However, unlike a normal dynasty league, this dynasty league has an endpoint. Empire dynasty usually ends when a team has won 2 or 3 straight championships, essentially creating an “empire”.”This is a great way to play as the never-ending dynasty can be overwhelming for some. This creates a clear goal and endpoint that can be achieved in the league.

Salaried Dynasty

While the closest form to actual NFL roster construction, salaried dynasty leagues are also the most complex. In these leagues, your players will have a salary based on some sort of agreed-upon measure. Some use draft capital, and some use fantasy finishes.

This means that your team will have a salary cap or a max amount of contracts to keep a hold of. Each roster move is much more complex with the salary and contract aspect of the construction. This is a very intensive form of playing but can be very rewarding.

Top 5 Baseball Players of All Time

Ranking the greatest baseball players of all time is no easy feat. There will always be snubs, and there will always be arguments as you can never really compare players across generations. On top of this, baseball is made even more complex to compare when you consider pitchers and hitters. Pitching used to be more comparable in the early 20th century when pitchers pitched 40 games a year, but that is simply not how it works anymore.

Keep in mind that this list is all opinion. Of course, keeping into context the time period in which the player played is an important balancing act. Players are stronger and faster now, but that is due to technological advancements in nutrition, strength, conditioning, etc.

#5 Lou Gehrig

Number 5 on my list may lift a few eyebrows. Many argue that Ty Cobb or Hank Aaron should be in this spot, but I have to give it to the original iron man Lou Gehrig. Not only did Gehrig never miss a game until ALS stopped his body from physically being able to, but unlike Cal Ripkin Jr., he was always one of the best players in the entire league every season of his record. This is an MVP-worthy bat that was penciled-in the lineup for every game of every year for around 14 years.

Lou Gehrig took home two MVPs, and it could have easily been several more. Over the course of his career, he won 6 World Series titles and a triple crown. Gehrig ended his career with 493 home runs and 2,721 base hits. He would have easily crushed the 3,000 hit and 500 home run marks if his illness did not progress the way it did. He also ranks 4th in OPS+ for his career, absolutely dominating both Hank Aaron and Ty Cobb in this category.

However, the most damning stat to me is his batting average and on-base percentage. Through a 17-year career, he hit .340 and held an on-base percentage of .447. Basically, half the time Lou Gehrig came up to the plate, he ended up on-base. This stat, combined with the fact that he played 2,130 straight games, makes his talents both unbelievable and worthy of a top 5 spot.

#4 Ted Williams

In the number four slot is the best player ever to play the game when it came to getting on base. Ted Williams holds the MLB record with a .482 on-base percentage. Ted Williams had four seasons in which he reached base more times than he did not, sporting over a .500 on-base stat and several seasons just under that mark ranging between .497-.500. Simply put, no one has ever been, in the history of baseball, nearly as good as Ted Williams when it came to getting on base.

Ted Williams also collected 2 MVPs, 19 All-Star appearances, and 2 triple crowns. He sits second ever in OPS+, only behind Babe Ruth. When it came to volume stats, Williams tallied 521 home runs, 1,839 RBIs, and he collected 2,654 base hits. Williams was an incredible all-around hitter with above-average defensive skills.

#3 Babe Ruth

Maybe the most controversial slotting on this list, I am placing Babe Ruth at #3. He is the all-time slugging and On Base+Slugging leader, sitting with a .690 slugging percentage and a 1.164 OPS. While the Babe, simply put, was the most outstanding offensive player when looking at era-adjusted stats like OPS+, you also need to take into consideration that this is not the perfect measure.

Some things that make me rank Babe Ruth at #3 instead of #1 is first the fact that he had 123 stolen bags in his lifetime and was caught stealing 117 times. Obviously, a poor percentage. He also was not the greatest fielder, having several seasons with a ton of errors and a sub-par fielding percentage. When looking at Ruth as a position player, he was not the greatest of all time.

Now, what puts him over the top for many, but not this list, is the fact that he also had five seasons of dominant starting pitching performances. Between 1915 and 1919, he started 140 games and boasted an ERA of 2.16, good enough for an ERA+ of 127. He also has a FIP of 2.74. Clearly put, Ruth also dominated as a starter and had a fantastic mini-career as a pitcher. However, during that time, he was a good hitter, not a great one. When looking at complete performances, I rate two players above him.

#2 Barry Bonds

I get it; Barry Bonds played during the Steroid Era. However, Bonds had two Hall of Fame careers. The first is before his supposed roiding days. Between 1986 and 1999, Bonds hit 445 home runs and had 460 steals, only being caught stolen 132 times. On top of this, Bonds had an OPS+ of 162. However, during this time, it was not only his offense that was superb. He also received 8 Golden Gloves as an outfielder during those years as well.

While these stats would be good enough to add him to most top-10 lists in terms of positional players, it is then the controversial stage of his career that pushes him over the top. Between 2000 and 2004, Bonds recorded 5 silver sluggers, 4 MVPs, had an OPS+ of 241, hit 53 HRs/year, and walked 872 times. He had the greatest five-year stretch as a hitter that anyone will ever and has ever put together.

When you combine these two aspects of Barry Bonds, the 8 Gold Gloves, 7 MVPs, 14 All-star appearances, and 12 Silver Sluggers, there is little arguing that Bonds was the best hitter of all-time and the second-best player to ever play in the Majors. He now carries the all-time homerun lead at 762 and walk lead at 2558.

#1 Willie Mays

The greatest baseball player of all time is Willie Mays. No player has ever demonstrated top-5 all-time ability at all five facets of the game: hitting, hitting for power, running, fielding, and throwing, except for Willie Mays. First, the volume stats. Willie Mays was a 24x All-Star, 12x Gold Glover, 2x MVP winner, and Rookie of the Year recipient. Note that he could and should have won two to six more MVPs. Mays hit 660 home runs and finished his career with 338 steals, only being caught 103 times. This stat looks even better when you consider that oftentimes Mays had no reason to steal with who was batting behind him, Orlando Cepeda, or Willie McCovey.

First off, the hitting, Willie Mays finished his career with only a 156 OPS+ and ended his career with 3,283 hits. When speaking to pitchers of that era, no one was feared like Mays because he had power and contact like few had ever seen before. However, it is safe to say that Mays was not the best pure hitter of all time. He would rank top-10 at the very worst.

Then, you look at the fielding, and while there are little in the way of advanced metrics to support how good he was, you do have the 12 Gold Gloves to look at, “the catch”, or the testimonies of every all-time great to ever see him play. Nobody could run as fast or throw as far as Willie Mays. We cannot say for sure that he was the greatest outfielder of all time, but many people in baseball would put their money on Mays over anyone in history.

On top of all this, Mays played in an era where the best players were playing. According to ESPN.com, Mays tallied over 10% of his plate appearances in his career against Hall of Fame pitchers, a ridiculous amount. He had an OPS of .962 against Koufax and .955 against Spahn. Ty Cobb, Lou Gerig, Babe Ruth, and some of William’s career was in a game that did not have black atheltes. Some of the best talent in America was not in the majors due to segregation. Mays played against the best and was the best. He is the greatest player ever to play the game.

Best Number One NFL Picks Of All-Time

There is a lot of pressure that comes along with being a number one overall draft pick. We have seen a majority of these picks go to the quarterback position, which is expected to be the cornerstone of the organization for the next 15+ years. That likely ends up not being the case. However, for some of the worst picks, we have seen, there have also been some that really paid off. Time will tell on recent picks like Joe Burrow, Kyler Murray, and Baker Mayfield. We also have Trevor Lawrence who will be added to the list in a few weeks.

Peyton Manning – 1998

Luckily this isn’t the best rookie season article, as Peyton Manning threw 28 interceptions in his rookie year. Instead, he bounced back to become a Pro Bowler in Year 2 and went led them to a playoff appearance. After that, the story was written for one of the best quarterbacks to play the game. Manning won five MVP awards, two Super Bowl rings, and was the face of some of the best offenses we can remember.

Bruce Smith – 1985

Bruce Smith was not a popular number one overall pick for Buffalo when that day occurred. It drew a lot of pushback, but Buffalo certainly knew what they were doing at the time. He was a two-time Defensive Player of the Year award winner and was an All-Pro eight times. Oh, he also had 200 sacks to his name. Smith easily goes down as the best defensive first overall pick.

Terry Bradshaw – 1970

While we can sit back and argue about how the era plays into how we view quarterbacks and simply just how we view players, Terry Bradshaw was the first player to win four Super Bowl titles. He struggled greatly early on, but the Steelers stuck by him. Most quarterbacks were essentially game-managers, and while the stats are not going to make him one of the best picks of all-time, his success will. Having some of the best defenses of all time certainly helped that.

Earl Campbell – 1978

Taking a running back first overall would be considered a felony in this day and age, but back in 1978, the Houston Oilers drafted one of the best to ever play the position. He had nearly 1,500 yards as a rookie and nearly hit the 2,000 mark in Year 2. Campbell played in Huston from 1978-1084 before being traded to the Saints. His best years were by far in Houston, where he had multiple awards, including MVP.

Orlando Pace – 1997

Orlando Pace is one of the best offensive linemen to play the game. He was drafted by the Rams in 1997 and would go onto have a Hall of Fame career. Pace won a Super Bowl with that Rams team against Tennessee, and would essentially play his entire career with the Rams. Pace was named an All-Pro three times and went to seven Pro Bowls. He also played 169 games and started 165 of them.

Troy Aikman – 1989

Like many of the early quarterbacks, we know many more had better numbers later on. But the impact Troy Aikman can’t be knocked down. Jimmy Johnson and Jerry Jones rang in their legacy with Aikman under center. He went onto win three Super Bowls and played his entire career for the Cowboys.

John Elway – 1983

This is a weird one because John Elway was originally drafted by the Baltimore Colts in 1983. However, he refused to play for Baltimore and was traded to Denver. Elway is certainly the most notable name in Broncos history, leading them to five Super Bowls and winning two of them. Elway would also win the MVP award in his fifth season.

Ron Yary – 1968

Using a first overall pick on a lineman can be a big risk. Minnesota struck gold with Ron Yary, who played In Minnesota for 14 seasons. Yary was one of the most consistent players and was named All-Pro six times. He also won an NFL Championship. While the Vikings failed to capitalize on their four Super Bowl runs during Yary’s time, he was a big part of the consistent success.

Honorable Mentions: OJ Simpson, Lee Roy Selmon, Matthew Stafford, Eli Manning, Ed Jones

 

How to Win DraftKings NBA: DFS Guide to Winning

Contest Selection

NBA is one of the more popular games in daily fantasy, and DraftKings offers various contests and prize pools. DraftKings has been known to push the creativity of contests, and we have seen that over the last few seasons. We have started to see single-game slates, and also tier contests that already hold a preselected pool of players to choose from without having to worry about a salary cap. You still have your cash games or tournaments to choose from, and DraftKings was the first to bring in a three entry max contests, which has taken off in popularity. With a focus on leveling the playing field, DraftKings has offered more to the casual player over the last season or two.

Contest selection is an important part of DFS to understand. Cash games are simplified as double-ups, head-to-head, or smaller leagues, where close to 50% of the field will win. GPPs, or tournaments, are larger field, where anywhere between 20-30% of the field pays out. Distinguishing the type of player you are can help narrow down the strategy you use on a nightly basis. Cash game strategy will be covered down below, but the overall process is going to limit your risk and shoot for safer players, while tournaments you want to take a bit more risk to beat the field.

Unique Scoring

DraftKings has a few unique scoring rules that differ from sites around the industry. They reward you for players getting a double-double or triple-double. While the bonus isn’t substantial, it is a nice added piece if you rostered a player racking up one of those two stats. Three point shooters also have a slight advantage, adding on .5 fantasy points when making a three point shot. This is in addition to the three points already given. Volume three point shooters have a bit more weight on DraftKings.

Turnovers might be the biggest difference between the industry scoring and DraftKings. Instead of -1 for a turnover, it only goes down as -.5. We have often seen players rack up turnovers, depleting what could have been a good night. John Wall is someone that comes to mind, averaging nearly four turnovers per game in his career. The NBA Fantasy World changed a universal scoring of three fantasy points for an individual steal or block, when before it was two. DraftKings did not adjust, and kept it at two. This is another big difference between the industry, where more weight can be put on blocks and steals elsewhere.

Late Swap

Late swap has been a hot topic around the industry for a while now, and in NBA you often are dealing with injury reports and late scratches well into the evening. Sites have tried to adjust to this in various ways, but late swap can also be used in tournaments, which helps more skilled players. DraftKings had late swap for the first few seasons, then got rid of it, and now it is back again. Late swap is ultimately a way to try and avoid a player being ruled out after lock, which would sink your lineups without having a chance.

Roster Construction

DraftKings offers a unique way of building a lineup, with your traditional starting five, a forward, guard, and utility spot. They also will designate players that have multi-position eligibility. There are many ways of building a lineup, with game stacks, stars and scrubs, and going balanced. We have seen them all be successful, and every slate will setup your strategy differently. One of the biggest perks in my opinion is the ability to roster more than one center, which can’t be said on a site like FanDuel. Centers offer up some safety as well as upside, with them being closer to the basket for more efficient shots, and the ability to rack up blocks and steals. You also do not have to force in two of the same position if that position is weak on a given slate.

What Stats To Look For?

There is more to just looking at a player scoring 20 points per game and calling him a good fantasy player. It starts with minutes. Minutes correlate with fantasy production, and of course you have to be on the court to generate fantasy points. We aim for starters that are playing above 30 a night. You can also have some bench players get 20+ minutes a night, and be effective for their price, but over 30 is your general number to shoot for. After getting a hold on minutes, a usage rate should be your next look. Usage rate is an estimate of the percentage of team plays used by a while he is on the court. Overall this shows how a player is used compared to the other four on the court. For example, Russell Westbrook has often been at the top in terms of usage, likely going over 30%. Usage will also correlate with fantasy points, and Westbrook has shown that averaging over 45 fantasy points per game in the last two seasons.

You can tune into the basic stats like rebounds and blocks as a good indicator of production, but minutes and usage is generally the best starting point. Looking for teams that allow a specific stat more often in addition to minutes and usage research will lead you to the correct plays. Fantasy points per minute (FPPM) is a good collection of those stats rolled into one, showing you their fantasy worth which is what you are after.

Using Injuries To Your Advantage

The NBA injury reporting can be troubling to follow at times, but it can also lead to a lot of value. If a starting player sits out for a game, you will have a cheaper option filling in. You will also have a shift in usage for other starters. This can lead to a secondary player having a bigger outing, or a value off the bench picking up where they left off. There are various tools now around the industry to show where the usage and minutes will go, if say Joel Embiid was to sit out for a game or two.

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