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An introduction to the next step of daily fantasy basketball

Daily fantasy basketball is gaining popularity as an alternative to traditional season-long fantasy. If you’ve played before, there is always room for improvement.

Los Angeles Lakers center JaVale McGee and LA Clippers center Ivica Zubac battle for the opening tipoff during the first half at Staples Center. Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

To become a better daily fantasy basketball player, you need to become acquainted with the myriad of statistics and terms out there that will help guide you. On the surface, stats can feel like a mass of numbers that you will drown in, but if you can delve into a handful of the more important stats, you should be good to go.

Like with any task you hope to perfect, to get better at DFS you need to build knowledge on top of knowledge. We looked at the rules and some basic tenets of daily fantasy basketball. Now we’ll move up from the Beginner section to the Intermediate section, where we will explore statistics in more depth.

Player Efficiency Rating

PER is a per minute rating developed by John Hollinger while he was at It basically sums up all of a player’s positive stats into one super stat.


The amount of playing time a player receives in a given game may be simple, but it’s one of the most important stats in all of NBA DFS.

Usage Rate

The more the player has the ball and is involved, the higher said player’s usage rate will be. We take a look at how that impacts NBA DFS.


One is a player’s lowest expected outcome and the other is a player’s highest expected outcome. Knowing what each is for a given player is crucial.

Value Plays

In order to craft winning lineup you’ll need to find some value. How to do this effectively and quickly is going to help you win.

Pace of Play

Some teams play up, some teams play down, knowing which teams play at a faster and slower tempo will help identify new strategies in NBA DFS.


Now to the fun stuff! Everybody loves a good narrative and you’ll be surprised at how many impactful ones exist on a night-to-night basis in the NBA and DFS community.