Numbers Game: Understanding Opponent Strength
Numbers Game: Understanding Opponent Strength

This article is part of our Numbers Game series.

One important consideration in fantasy is the strength – or lack thereof – of a player's opponent. Late last season, if I was struggling with which of two players to start, seeing that one's opponent was the Lakers or 76ers (or, failing that, the Kings) made for an easy tiebreaker. Playing one of those teams was like injecting your lineup with steroids.

At the beginning of the season, however, I'm typically hesitant about targeting one opponent or another. Will the a ...

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Alex Rikleen
Rikleen writes the NBA column "Numbers Game," which decodes the math that underpins fantasy basketball. A certified math teacher, Rikleen decided the field of education pays too well, so he left it for writing. He is a Boston College graduate living in Delaware.
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