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Why I Deliberately Lost a Trade
32 days ago
Alex Rikleen dives into why it can make sense to deal away a higher-ranked player.
Impact of a Trade
Impact of a Trade
49 days ago
49 days ago
Alex Rikleen dives deep into how players' production could change in the aftermath of the deadline.
Maximizing the Schedule for Best Ball on Draft
71 days ago
At long last, there is a site for easily playing fantasy basketball Best Ball.
Evaluating the Changing Blocks Market
139 days ago
Alex Rikleen dives into how the NBA's scoring and three-point boom has impacted the frequency and distribution of blocks.
My 2018 'Beer Sheet'
My 2018 'Beer Sheet'
161 days ago
161 days ago
Alex Rikleen shares his personal draft-night cheat sheet.
A Better WAE to Fix Tanking
336 days ago
Alex Rikleen offers up a solution to help fix one of the league's most divisive issues.
Takeaways from the Sloan Conference
March 9, 2018
Alex Rikleen checks in with news, notes and fantasy-relevant observations from the 2018 Sloan Sports Analytics Conference.
Why Gary Harris, Josh Richardson are Fantasy All-Stars
February 27, 2018
Alex Rikleen digs into the numbers to put together his 18-man team of 2017-18 Fantasy All-Stars -- and it's not just the usual suspects.
Projecting Players on New Teams
October 14, 2017
Alex Rikleen looks at how players who landed on new teams this offseason might fare in their new environments. Are they being undervalued or overvalued?
My 'Beer Sheet'
My 'Beer Sheet'
October 3, 2017
October 3, 2017
With fantasy draft season in full swing, Alex Rikleen shares his personal cheat sheet.
Post-Summer League Rookie Rankings Update
July 20, 2017
With Summer League in the rear-view, Alex Rikleen offers up his revised 2017-18 rookie rankings.
2017-18 Rookie Rankings
2017-18 Rookie Rankings
June 30, 2017
June 30, 2017
Alex Rikleen ranks the top 15 rookies, including a pair of No. 1 picks, to keep an eye on this season.
2016-17 Fantasy Awards
2016-17 Fantasy Awards
June 19, 2017
June 19, 2017
Alex Rikleen hands out each of the season-long NBA Awards with a fantasy spin.
Analyzing Scoring Trends
Analyzing Scoring Trends
April 9, 2017
April 9, 2017
Alex Rikleen looks at the math behind this season's increased scoring and whether it actually might not a good thing for big men to be taking so many three-point shots.
Where to Look for Blocks
Where to Look for Blocks
March 25, 2017
March 25, 2017
Alex Rikleen does the math to figure out the best places to find blocks on the waiver wire, which is not as easy as it seems at first glance.
What Makes FantasyDraft Different?
March 12, 2017
Alex Rikleen breaks down the key differences between FantasyDraft and the other three major DFS sites to ease the transition for new players.
Are They Who We Thought They Were?
March 2, 2017
Alex Rikleen analyzes whether the fantasy production of players remains stable and predictable after they are traded. Are they who we thought they were?
Scores rising
Scores rising
February 22, 2017
February 22, 2017
Alex Rikleen examines the impact of increased scoring in the NBA and how that might change the way fantasy owners approach the second half of the season.
Position Scarcity & Trade Deadlines
February 12, 2017
Alex Rikleen looks at the math behind position scarcity and why it wouldn't make sense for a fantasy owner to trade James Harden for even Kevin Durant.
Are Steals Predictable?
Are Steals Predictable?
February 4, 2017
February 4, 2017
Alex Rikleen dives into the math to find out if we can predict steals by looking at certain metrics for certain teams. And, if so, how does it apply to fantasy hoops?
How Missed Shots Impact Rebounds
January 29, 2017
Alex Rikleen wants to know if other factors besides rebound percentage can help predict players who will thrive on the glass. Check out what he found.
Fantasy All-Stars
Fantasy All-Stars
January 21, 2017
January 21, 2017
Alex Rikleen picks his Fantasy All-Star team using some math to determine the lineup. Will Russell Westbrook be snubbed from his All-Star team too?
The Impact of Trades on Assists
January 15, 2017
Alex Rikleen looks at which players could see increased assists, and which could go the other way, if they are traded in the coming weeks.
How Much Does Team Rebound Percentage Matter?
January 7, 2017
Alex Rikleen looks at the impact of team rebound percentage on the league's best rebounders. How much does it matter if good rebounder plays an equally good rebounding opponent? The answer surprised Alex.
Free-Throw Market Realignment
Free-Throw Market Realignment
December 31, 2016
December 31, 2016
Alex Rikleen looks at the revolution at the charity stripe where players like Jimmy Butler have joined the league's elite foul shooters to upend the free-throw market.
Analyzing Early Season Trends
Analyzing Early Season Trends
December 17, 2016
December 17, 2016
Alex Rikleen looks at league trends as the NBA completes the first third of its season, including impact of
Investigating Back-to-Backs
Investigating Back-to-Backs
December 10, 2016
December 10, 2016
Alex Rikleen investigates whether players really perform worse on the second night of a back-to-back and what the impact of that is for players and fantasy owners alike.
Down Year for Rookies?
Down Year for Rookies?
December 3, 2016
December 3, 2016
Alex Rikleen analyzes the year rookies are enduring in the NBA this season and whether it makes sense to hang onto anyone other than Joel Embiid.
How Host Sites Hurt Fantasy Teams
November 19, 2016
Alex Rikleen explains how a site's rules can cause fantasy owners to overlook some players and mis-value other players. Why is a player like Will Barton valued differently across various sites?
How Consistent are Defenses?
How Consistent are Defenses?
November 12, 2016
November 12, 2016
Alex Rikleen looks at defensive consistency and whether fantasy owners can expect the same defensive team to stay strong throughout the year.