Last Update: July 2017

Fantasy Basketball Dictionary

In an effort to expand all our knowledge Hoop Zero has put together a definition list of frequently used terms. This will be added to as terms are suggested, change, or need clarification.

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Auction Draft: A draft in which each owner has a set amount of money to bid on players. An auction has an order where owners do not pick but rather throw out a name of a player with a dollar figure. Other owners can bid a higher number. The highest bidder ‘wins’ the player for their roster. Any player can be throw out to be bid on, there is usually no order to how players are entered into the bidding process.

Boogie Tech Watch: Inspired by Rodman, perfected by Rasheed, but modernized by Demarcus ‘Boogie’ Cousins, the Technical Fouls Watch is a cumulative counter of technical fouls received by Demarcus Cousins throughout the season. Not only is this a fun number to watch grow and then implode but for fantasy purposes boogie holds so much value that after his X technical he is suspended one game and then one more game for every two technical after the XXX limit. In previous years this has been important for daily lineups and if/when you may want to trade/trade for Demarcus Cousins. He value is extremely diminished after passing the XXX threshold.

Daily: The word serves as an abbreviation for Daily Fantasy Sports. In basketball, we are talking about daily sports lineups or dailys in which a certain number of players are selected for a limited amount of time and owners compete to accumulate the most amount of points over a shortened period, often only one day of games. Also referred to often with the name of the week after it (eg. Daily Wednesday)

Dynasty league: These are leagues in which owners have an initial draft and keep all (or most nearly all) players each of the following years. Rosters only change in three ways: 1) Add/drop player from/to waiver wire, 2) trades, or 3) rookie drafts. Dynasty leagues are long-term often have deep rosters or large amounts of teams.

Handcuff: A term popularized by Fantasy Football wherein owning one player necessitated owning another, thus handcuffing you to owning two players for the price of one. In many cases, the second player you are handcuffed two holds almost no value unless something happens (eg. Injury, suspension, trade) to the main player. In Fantasy Basketball Point Guards are the most likely position to be handcuffed as they are the main facilitators of many offenses.

Keeper league: These are leagues were a certain number (2 or 3) of players are ‘kept’ by their owners. This usually results in the next year’s draft being a few rounds shorter. More common nowadays are keeper leagues with penalties for keeping a player. An example of a penalty would be if a player is

Per 36: A reference to the stats a player averages every 36 minutes. It is a way to compare players across all talent levels and those who play more than 36 minutes or, in general, much less than 36 minutes per game.

Punting: A phrase used to describe how a fantasy owner will completely ignore a category in order to gain the upper hand in one or more other categories.

Restricted Free Agent (RFA): A player who is free to talk with other teams and make verbal agreements to sign with another team. The restricted part here is that once a player makes an agreement, their old team has 72 hours to match the offer. If matched, the player remains with their old team. If not, the player will join the new team. Often RFAs are a way for teams to force the hand of other teams to ‘keep’ their player at a much higher cost than originally anticipated.

Re-draft league: A term used to describe leagues which have 100% roster turnover. All players are available at the beginning of the draft. The “Re” part means “drafting again”, where a league may be all the same owners, they will draft all players each year.

Rookie Draft: Like a re-draft league except the only players being drafted are incoming rookies. Rookie drafts are usually 3-4 rounds but may go longer depending on league size.

Snake Draft: Often referred to as a Snake, these drafts start with the first owner selecting a player. Each owner then selects their first player. The second round of a Snake goes in reverse order where the last owner to select in round 1, will draft first in round 2.

Sleeper: A player who is underrated by most pre-season rankings but has the potential to over produce and provide much higher value than where available in drafts.

Unrestricted Free Agent (UFA):  A player who is not under contract with any team and is free to talk with other teams and sign deals during the free agency period.