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FantasyPros Staff League Season Summary (21-22 Fantasy Basketball)

by Zachary Hanshew | @ZaktheMonster | Featured Writer
Nov 2, 2021

A couple of weeks ago, the writers at FantasyPros got together and formed a fantasy basketball league on Sleeper. If you missed out on our draft, you can catch the live picks and analysis here. Through two weeks, the league has mostly been competitive, and there have been some close matchups, including a two-point loss by yours truly…seriously, I don’t want to talk about it.

Every week, I like to review how my league-mates and I fared over the previous period, and there’s no better way to do that than by utilizing Sleeper’s ultra-helpful Weekly Review.

Seriously, if you thought weekly recaps on other sites were useful, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet! To get you acquainted with this awesome tool (and to find another excuse to talk about our fantasy hoops league), I’m going to review the scoring period that was Week 2 in the FantasyPros Invitational League.

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Weekly Report

Best & Worst Teams

In Week 2, the best team was Team larsonaa, who narrowly snagged a victory over the second-highest scorer in the league, Team AlexBurnsff. The worst team of the week was Baron’s Boys, who failed to hit 200 points and sunk to 1-1 on the season.

Highest-scoring picks

If you missed our draft or just aren’t familiar with Sleeper’s Game Pick setup for season-long fantasy hoops, I’ll break it down for you.

Each week, you’ll set your lineup as you would on any other site. The catch is that instead of your players scoring points for every game they play, you pick the game for which you’d like to get points.

This eliminates the advantage a team would gain from the sheer volume of games played throughout the week and levels the playing field so that each player gets credit for just one game of their choosing.

This involves fantasy managers doing their homework, identifying the best matchups, and making the correct choices. It’s strategy over volume, and here were the highest-scoring picks of Week 2:

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo: 76.7 vs. MIN
  • Karl-Anthony Towns: 68.3 vs. NOP
  • James Harden: 55.6 vs. IND
  • Jayson Tatum: 54.5 at WAS
  • Ja Morant: 52.9 at GSW

League Awards

Most Efficient Manager: Team ruffinjo – potential 285.3 fantasy points, scored 270.8
Otherwise known as the “Squeezing the Orange” award, this one goes to the manager who gets the most points out of his team based on the optimal lineup.

Least Efficient Manager: Team shaanwarrior – potential 279.2 fantasy points, scored 188.2
Otherwise known as the “Meat on the Bone” award, this distinction is awarded to the manager whose final score falls shortest of his optimal lineup.

Highest Points in Loss: Team AlexBurnsff – scored 283.3 and lost
Otherwise known as the “Close Only Counts in Horseshoes and Handgrenades” award, the winner of this one is the player who scores the most points in the league and still loses. Many times, the recipient is the second-highest scorer of the week.

Lowest Points in Win: Team ethanbiddle – scored 237.6 and won
Otherwise known as the “Everybody Gets One” award, the recipient of this award eked out a victory because of luck and/or the supreme crumminess of his opponent’s team. Hey, no one ever said luck didn’t play a part in fantasy sports.

Top Free Agents

Sleeper does a nice job highlighting the top-scoring free agents of the week (based on averaged fantasy points per game). Here were the top-five waiver-wire finds of Week 2:

  • Terrance Mann (26.87)
  • Carmelo Anthony (26.5)
  • Patrick Beverley (25.07)
  • Kevin Love (22.68)
  • Ivica Zubac (22.13)


Through two weeks, the standings show a fairly competitive league:

  • Two teams undefeated at 2-0
  • Two teams winless at 0-2
  • Eight teams 1-1

Team larsonaa is in first place after a Week 2 victory over the third-place team, Team AlexBurnsff. The latter has scored the most points in the league and also had the most points scored against him. Hey, these things happen. Eventually, his points against will trend in the right direction, and if he drafted well (he did), he’ll keep on winning.

The second-place team, Team ethanbiddle, is the eight-highest scoring team, though it has endured the weakest strength of schedule thus far, with opponents scoring just 416.3 points in two matchups. Ethan is in just the opposite boat as the aforementioned Alex, as Ethan’s points against will surely start trending up, which could be bad news for his longterm success.

Seven of the 12 teams have scored over 500 points, while the last-place team, Team ITLBogman, is by far the lowest-scoring squad, with just 388.4 points to its credit. It might be a rough season for BettingPros’ own Scott Bogman.

Sleeper cracked the fantasy basketball code, if you play fantasy football, if you prefer building out a weekly strategy versus daily busy work, you’re going to LOVE Game Pick. Download the Sleeper app today and start a Game Pick league of your own.

Zachary Hanshew is a featured writer at FantasyPros. For more from Zachary, check out his archive and follow him @zakthemonster.

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