Feel vs. formula
Fantasy basketball approaches in theory and practice
BY TRAVIS MORAN
Over the past week, my brother and I have been discussing our disparate approaches to fantasy basketball. As you may remember, my brother makes an intense emotional investment in his fantasy squads, grittily devoting himself to whomever he drafts. Like all managers, I want to validate my draft-day decisions, but I’m also bereft of any real emotional attachment.
He sees people; I see numbers. Call that what you will.
This year is our sixth in Excalibur League. Each of us has made the playoffs in four of the past five seasons, winning one championship apiece. However, in terms of regular-season play, the Luscious Luka Triangle franchise has enjoyed far more success than East Harlem Hustle, posting a winning percentage of .574—much higher than my .539 mark. This season, Triangle is continuing his stellar regular-season run, and the gap between us loosely parallels our history.
The unveiling of fantasy production value, or FPV, in our…
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