FBD Player Ranking System


Goal:  To assign a single numerical ‘fantasy point score’ (FPS) for each NBA player that accurately reflects his daily and season fantasy production AND can be used to compare the overall fantasy value of individual NBA players against each other on a daily or seasonal basis.

Scoring Method:  Here’s the basic math of the Fantasy Point Scoring (FPS) system:

Three Point FG = 3 Fantasy Points (3 FP)
Two Point FG = 2 Fantasy Points (2 FP)
Free Throw = 1 Fantasy Point (1 FP)
Rebound = 1.2 Fantasy Points (1.2 FP)
Assist = 1.5 Fantasy Points (1.5 FP)
Steal = 2 Fantasy Points (2 FP)
Block = 2 Fantasy Points (2 FP)
Turnover = -1 Fantasy Point (-1 FP)

Three Point FG FP’s + Two Point FG FP’s + Free Throw FP’s + Rebound FP’s + Assist FP’s + Steal FP’s + Block FP’s – Turnover FP’s =  Player’s Fantasy Point Total Score (FPS)

The Fantasy Point Score system is modeled after the scoring system used at my favorite daily fantasy site:   FanDuel.com

For Example:  Kobe Bryant scores 30 points (3 three point FGs, 5 two point FGs and 11 made free throws), picks up 8 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals, 2 blocks and three turnovers.  His total Fantasy Point Score (FPS) for the game would be calculated as follows:  (9 + 10 + 11) + 9.6 + 7.5 + 4 + 4 – 3 = 52.1 FPS

If you really want to get quick at calculating the formula, simply count each point scored as 1 FP.  There is no need to break it into 3PT FG’s, 2PT FG’s and FT’s when calculating the formula, I simply broke it into pieces to show how each type of scoring was incorporated into the system.  So the above game for Kobe is more easily calculated as follows: 30 + 9.6 +7. 5 + 4 + 4 – 3 = 52.1 FPS

Why:  The system provides a quick and simple method to examine production and compare players.  Once you get familiar with using the fantasy scoring system, it’s easy to scan the boxscores and calculate performances in your head, thereby allowing you to develop a consistent feel for how players performed overall and against each other by only using a single, easily calculated reference number.  If you want to dig deeper into each statistical category, feel free to do so.  Our system simply creates a quick back of the napkin reference point for cross comparing performances and players.

What about Shooting Percentages?  You may have noticed that the system only covers 6 of the 8 Standard Rotisserie categories, omitting FG% and FT%.  Unfortunately there is no way to include percentages into a formula that you can calculate quickly in your head.  I’d love to include them, but my main goal was to keep the system simple so it could be used quickly without the need for complex math.   Also, on most nights if your player shoots a really poor percentage, you will probably know it by examining his low overall fantasy point score (FPS).   I have however included shooting percentages and free throw percentages in my player rankings under the ‘2012-2013 Draft Rankings’ tab at the top of the Fantasy Basketball Daily Homepage, so refer to them when you have questions about a players shooting ability.