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Specific Factors Influencing Player Performance - Fantasy Basketball

Team Factors

  • Point Guards:
    • What style of offense does this player's team use? Is this a running offense which will typically increase the number of assists and possessions in general, or a strictly half-court offense? Is this a high motion offense which will facilitate assists?
    • Does this player's team run through the point guard, or does it run its offense through a post player or shooting guard?
    • Does this player's team have good offensive players who can create their own shot, or will the point guard be called upon to be the primary scoring option?
  • Shooting Guards:
    • What style of offense does this player's team use? Is this a running offense which will typically increase the number of assists and possessions in general, or a strictly half-court offense?
    • Does this player's team have another primary scoring option?
    • Is this team's point guard a better distributer of the ball, or does this team's point guard tend to shoot more?
  • Small Forwards:
    • What style of offense does this player's team use? Is this a running offense which will typically increase the number of assists and possessions in general, or a strictly half-court offense?
    • Does this player's team have another primary scoring option?
    • Is this team's point guard a better distributer of the ball, or does this team's point guard tend to shoot more?
  • Power Forwards:
    • What style of offense does this player's team use? Is this a running offense which will typically increase the number of assists and possessions in general, or a strictly half-court offense? Does this team run its offense through the post?
    • Does this player's team have another primary scoring option? Is this team's center a good rebounder, or will this player be called upon to be the primary rebounder?
    • Is this team's point guard a better distributer of the ball, or does this team's point guard tend to shoot more?
  • Centers:
    • What style of offense does this player's team use? Is this a running offense which will typically increase the number of assists and possessions in general, or a strictly half-court offense? Does this team run its offense through the post?
    • Does this player's team have another primary scoring option? Is this team's power forward a good rebounder, or will this player be called upon to be the primary rebounder?
    • Is this team's point guard a better distributer of the ball, or does this team's point guard tend to shoot more?

Player Situation

  • Is this player sharing time at his position with another player?
  • Is there a strong backup behind the player at this position, or is this player the backup himself? How likely is it that this player will spend significant time on the bench or in a less potent role?
  • How secure is this player's job on his team? Is this a young player who will be sent to a minor league team fairly readily? Is this a player who the team will bench quickly because the player needs time to develop?

Player Health

  • Is this player currently injured? Is this an injury the player can play through, or will this player be out for a portion of the season? How well would you expect this player to play when he returns, or while suffering through the injury? Is this an injury which can easily recur?
  • Is this an injury-prone player? Does this player play in such a way that leaves the player especially exposed to injury? Has this player suffered injuries in the past which may easily recur? Does this player have long-term health risks which leave this player especially vulnerable to an injury which could impair his ability to play well, or to cause him to miss games or lose playing time?
  • How old is this player? Is this player reaching an age where players at his position tend to suffer injuries more frequently? Will this player's age impair his ability to heal after an injury?

Player Motivation

  • Is this player in the final year of his contract? Would this player be significantly rewarded financially for good play? Does it appear that this kind of motivation matters for this player?
  • How much does this player care about winning? Is he on a good team? Is this player likely to give up on the season if his team does poorly?
  • Has this player changed teams recently? Will a fresh start, and an opportunity to impress a new team/community benefit this player? Was it apparent that the situation with his previous team had been sufficiently sour to depress his earlier performance? Will the additional scrutiny in his new team/market improve or hurt his future performance?

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