Fantasy Basketball Streaming Strategy: Overview

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@BasketBlogBoy here. I will use this post to index my weekly streaming posts, starting with week 5 — my first blog! Please also see below for an overview of fantasy basketball streaming strategy. Follow me on Twitter for daily streaming recommendations.

2018-2019 Weekly posts:

Streaming Strategy:

My streaming approach for H2H matchups is to maximize the number of games played by players who can help you win closely contested categories.

All sorts of constraints can change your approach and your ability to stream — daily versus weekly lineup changes, weekly acquisition limits, the depth of your team, and the closeness and importance of your matchup. You’ll have to consider these constraints in building the optimal streaming strategy for your team.

If you’re in a league with weekly rosters, having a list of recommended streamers may be all the help you need. However, leagues that allow daily roster changes may benefit from a more involved streaming strategy. A streaming approach I’ve taken in leagues with both limited and unlimited weekly acquisitions is:

  • Start picking up streamers on the Sunday before your matchup (depending on how the previous matchup is going) to conserve acquisitions for the week ahead.
  • Pick up the top Monday-Saturday streamers to maximize games played by “weekly” streamers while also affording you roster flexibility for additional moves on Sunday, depending on what categories are close. Or, if your matchup is already decided, you can proactively acquire players for the following week, both conserving roster moves and giving you first dibs on streamers.
  • Pick up streamers with back-to-back sets during the week to maximize games played and to minimize your roster acquisitions.
  • Follow injury news closely throughout the week and stream players who get unexpected opportunities. Injuries and rotation changes can significantly alter the streaming landscape.
  • Consider a consolidation trade if your streamers get too good to drop and inhibit your streaming. Sometimes you’ll be too deep to roster every serviceable player and will have to cut bait. It happens. But when you can, attempt to get some value back by trading more players for fewer players, so long as you’re clearly getting the best player(s) in return. Someone recently tweeted me about a THJ + Lou Williams for Marc Gasol deal (they got Gasol). That is a great example of a consolidation trade.
  • Stash quality injured players if you have an IR spot. Injuries make fantasy managers nervous, often leading them to drop players they shouldn’t. If you have the small luxury of an IR spot, stash any player who could become fantasy-relevant at some point this season. Bogdan Bogdanovic was an injury stash to start the year, and now he looks like a top-80 player at worst.

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