Sit em – Play em ?

Posted by By at 29 November, at 12 : 10 PM Print

Rosters are set and playing time gets dished out according to performance. Sit em or Play em?

20 games into this season, NBA teams have plotted schemes and developed set game plans with their players to ensure they suit up the best available lineup day in and day out.

The trouble with this is when you are fighting in an aggressive Fantasy League with other owners whose lineups are performing at a high level more frequently then not. Tough decisions are to be made when setting your daily lineup as one must decide whether to sit one of your players or play them. Are you in a close race for FG%? Are you just a few percentage points ahead on ft%? These are just two great examples of the tough categories one must analyze and decide whether or not to play a player or not.

If Steve Nash happens to be one of your PG’s, it’s a pretty safe bet that he won’t affect your percentages. But if you happen to have a player like John Salmons on your team, maybe you leave him out. Currently, he is shooting 38.1% from the field this season. He’ll get you points and 3’s but your FG% will take a hit. Omitting him from your daily lineup may help keep the integrity of your team and not drop your FG% lower and keep you in the lead (head-to-head) or a top the rest of your league (rotisserie).

Then we take a player like Josh Smith who throughout his career would kill a team with his horrid 3-pt % (effects your FG %) and FT%. He would simply let it fly each game. The poor percentages would make a fantasy owner cringe watching their statistics drop like flies! Most owners would keep him in their lineup because of the numbers he would put up in every other category. Something however has happened with him. He no longer attempts as many 3 pointers choosing to take quality attempts rather than volume, and he is now shooting over 72% from the free throw line. Josh Smith has turned into a Fantasy player that won’t kill you in any one particular category anymore. He is a great example of a player who you would have dreaded to own in some categories and now fills the stat board throughout!

Examples of players that are successful performers in most categories but under-perform in others include:

Andrea Bargnani – Poor Rebounder
Dwight Howard – Poor Free Throw Shooter
Dirk Nowitzki – Low Block total
Lamar Odom – Low Free Throw Percentage

Team management has never been easy, and owning these types of players doesn’t make it any easier to win your Fantasy League. Maybe it’s time to pull the trigger on that trade you’ve been contemplating!!!


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