Numbers Game: How Host Sites Hurt Fantasy Teams
Numbers Game: How Host Sites Hurt Fantasy Teams

This article is part of our Numbers Game series.

On Wednesday night, Stephen Curry scored 35 points, dished seven assists and grabbed three rebounds. Whether you play fantasy through ESPN, CBS, Yahoo or your uncle who insists on managing the league with pencil and paper, Curry still posted 35, seven and three. Production is a constant.

If a player is not producing, he should be dropped, regardless of the host site. If someone gets hot, the should he picked up. It all sounds so obvious. But frequently that's not what happens.

Some solid producers, widely owned on one host site, are almost entirely forgotten on waivers on others. Struggling players have been cast aside in some places, but held onto in others. Understanding this phenomenon, and acting upon it, can drastically improve your fantasy team.

This article will look into what is actually happening, why, and what it means for your team.

It is OK that players are owned at different rates on different sites ...

Before I get into the meat of this column, I need to make one point clear. We should expect to find some differences in the ownership rates on different sites.

The majority of fantasy leagues use whatever format is standard for the host site. There are differences in these standard rules, and those differences impact who is owned on each team. For example, on CBS, standard leagues allow for a max of two centers in the starting lineup per team, while ESPN standard leagues can accommodate up to four. As a result, more

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Alex Rikleen
Rikleen writes the NBA column "Numbers Game," which decodes the math that underpins fantasy basketball and was a nominee for the 2016 FSWA Newcomer of the Year Award. 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 outside Boston.
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