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Fantasy owners have different philosophies, styles, and strategies. Throughout my fourteen years playing fantasy basketball, I’ve seen all kinds of owners, some good, some bad, and a few that seemed asleep at the wheel. I’m devoting this week’s article to the different kinds of Fantasy Basketball owners you’re likely to encounter.

The By the Numbers Owner: Okay, I know what you’re thinking: any fantasy owner that doesn’t pay close attention to the numbers is likely to fail. True enough, but I’m talking about the guy who doesn’t even watch basketball, the guy who studies statistical trends instead of the arc of a player’s career. This is a guy that sometimes misses an up and comer because the stats aren’t quite good enough to pique his attention. The By the Numbers Owner can compete, but he’s often playing catch up to other, more involved owners.

The Strategist: This kind of owner can be very successful in keeper leagues. One of the greatest owners I ever competed against, suffered through two horribly non-competitive seasons in 2010 and 2011 before winning the title in 2012. The entire time he was losing, he remained upbeat, and continued to claim it was fine because he was building a team that would win it all in 2012. It worked because he took a long term, strategy based approach. This kind of owner can sacrifice wins in the present for titles in the future.

The Owner Who Does Not Keep Up, also known as He/She Who Does Not Answer Emails: This is the worst kind of owner. This is the guy or gal who never remembers to update line-ups, doesn’t respond to trade offers, and loses every week (except the week he/she plays you, of course). These kind of owners are the most frustrating when you are trying hard to make a deal before the trade deadline and they will. Not. Respond.

The Loose Cannon: these owners are fun, and can pull off amazing deals and often draft players far earlier than seems reasonable, only to see their risk pay huge dividends. On the other hand, sometimes the whole thing blows up in their face, and they end up depending on a guy who just isn’t ready (yet). I confess… I’m a Loose Cannon with a little bit of The Strategist thrown in. Feel free to share what kind of owner type best fits you (or any that I left out) in the comments section.

Week 15 Fantasy Basketball Preview

TeamNumber of GamesSchedule FavorabilityMust StartConsider Sitting
Atlanta2 home
2 away
Highly FavorablePaul Millsap, Al HorfordDennis Schroder, Kent Bazemore, Jeff Teague
Boston2 home
2 away
FavorableIsaiah ThomasEvan Turner, Jared Sullinger, Avery Bradley
Brooklyn3 home
1 away
NeutralBrook LopezJarrett Jack, Thaddeus Young
Charlotte3 home
0 away
UnfavorableKemba Walker, Nicolas BatumAl Jefferson
Chicago0 home
4 away
Highly FavorablePau Gasol, Jimmy ButlerDerrick Rose, Nikola Mirotic
Cleveland2 home
2 away
FavorableLebron James, Kevin Love, Kyrie IrvingMo Williams, Tristan Thompson, J.R. Smith
Dallas2 home
2 away
FavorableDirk Nowitzki, Chandler Parsons Deron Williams
Denver2 home
2 away
NeutralDanilo Gallinari, Will BartonEmmanuel Mudiay, Kenneth Faried
Detroit1 home
3 away
FavorableAndre Drummond, Reggie Jackson, Kentavious Caldwell-PopeMarcus Morris, Ersan Ilyasova
Golden State1 home
1 away
PoorStephen Curry, Draymond Green, Klay ThompsonAndre Iguodala
Houston2 home
1 away
NeutralJames Harden, Dwight HowardTy Lawson, Trevor Ariza
Indiana2 home
2 away
FavorablePaul George, Myles TurnerMonta Ellis, George Hill, Ian Mahinmi
Los Angeles Clippers1 home
2 away
FavorableDeandre Jordan, Chris PaulBlake Griffin
Los Angeles Lakers1 home
2 away
PoorNoneKobe Bryant, Roy Hibbert, Julius Randle
Memphis1 home
2 away
NeutralMarc Gasol, Mike ConleyZach Randolph
Miami1 home
3 away
FavorableHassan Whitehead, Chris BoshDwayne Wade, Goran Dragic
Milwaukee0 home
3 away
UnfavorableGreg Monroe, Khris Middleton, Giannis AntekokounmpoMichael Carter Williams, Jabri Parker
Minnesota1 home
2 away
PoorKarl-Anthony TownsAndrew Wiggins, Ricky Rubio
New Orleans2 home
2 away
FavorableAnthony Davis, Ryan AndersonEric Gordon, Tyreke Evans
New York3 home
1 away
NeutralCarmelo Anthony, Kristaps PorzingisRobin Lopez
Oklahoma City2 home
1 away
FavorableRussel Westbrook, Kevin DurantSerge Ibaka
Orlando2 home
2 away
NeutralVictor OladipoElfrid Payton, Tobias Harris, Nikola Vucevic
Philadelphia2 home
1 away
UnfavorableJahlil Okafor, Nerlens NoelRobert Covington
Phoenix3 home
0 away
UnfavorableNoneTyson Chandler, TJ Warren, Devin Booker, Brandon Knight
Portland2 home
1 away
UnfavorableDamian Lillard, CJ McCollumMason Plumlee
Sacramento2 home
2 away
FavorableDemarcus Cousins, Rajon Rondo, Rudy GayOmri Casspi
San Antonio3 home
1 away
Highly FavorableKawhi Leonard, LaMarcus AldridgeTony Parker, Tim Duncan
0 away
NeutralKyle Lowery, DeMar DeRozanJonas Valanciunas, Bismack Biyombo
Utah3 home
1 away
Highly FavorableRudy Gobert, Gordon Hayward, Derrick Favors, Rodney HoodNone
Washington2 home
2 away
FavorableJohn Wall, Otto PorterMarcin Gortat, Bradley Beal


Myles Turner, PF, Indiana Pacers

I think this is the third week in a row that Turner has made this column. In short, I’m a huge, huge fan of his game, and think he’s not only one of the best young prospects in the league, but also a viable must start right now. Over the last seven games, he comes in 10th among power forwards in my 12 team keeper league. Sounds like a must start to me. See for yourself.

Derrick Favors, PF, Utah Jazz

Speaking of must start power forwards, I think it’s time to get Derrick Favors back in your line-up. He’s played a couple of successful games since coming back from some (apparently) very aggressive back spasms. Favors is a great option when healthy, and it appears that he’s on his way back.

Rodney Hood, SG, Utah Jazz

Another member of the Jazz who has been playing well as of late is Hood. He’s the fifth best two guard in my keeper league over the last two weeks of action. Not only that, but the Jazz has a very favorable schedule this week with three home games against less than stellar defenses (Denver, Milwaukee, and Phoenix).



Tyreke Evans, PG/SG/SF,  New Orleans Pelicans

I am and have always been a big Tyreke Evans guy. I still think given the right situation, he can be a fantasy stud like few others because of his ability to rebound, score, and pass. However, I’m beginning to think that New Orleans is not the right situation. In addition, his knee has been acting up lately, making him difficult to rely on at least until his health or his situation improve.

Serge Ibaka, PF, Oklahoma City Thunder

Billy Donovan’s short reign as Thunder coach has not been good for Ibaka. His stats are down across the board, but perhaps most concerning, are his last four weeks. Over that time, he’s only blocking 1.5 shots a game (compared to 2.5 in 2014), and his rebounding and steals are down too. I don’t like the way he’s trending, and until that changes, I’d recommend keeping him on the bench.

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