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2011 Fantasy Basketball: Rating NBA Players

| by Give Me The Rock

The GMTR Player Rater has finally been updated with stats from the 2011-12 season!

If you are not familiar with it, the GMTR player rater is designed to provide player ratings specifically for head-to-head (H2H) leagues. It does this by estimating the probably that a team would win a statistical category (on a per week basis) with a certain player versus without that player. The resulting probabilities can be transformed into actual fantasy wins, represented by a measure called Wins Over Replacement Player, or WARP.

These are the same numbers we use to write up our daily posts. So if a player has a WARP value of 1, they are 1 win better over the course of a week in an H2H league than an average player off the waiver wire. So adding that player to a fantasy team with an average weekly record of 5-4 would make them go 6-3 instead. If that sounds crazy good, it’s because 1 WARP is Kevin Durant and LeBron James level over the course of a season. On a per game basis, you’ll often see players better than 2 WARP simply because anything can happen in one game.

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There is currently no option on the rater for those of you in roto leagues (I’ll add it to my list of improvements). You could certainly use our rankings as a guide if you play in a roto league, but there are plenty of more appropriate rankings systems out there geared towards rotisserie. In fact, the main reason I created this version of the GMTR player rater is because I was unhappy with what was currently available on the internet for evaluating players in H2H leagues.

I always welcome comments and suggestions to improve the usefulness of the tool, so feel free to leave a comment or drop me a note if you have any. I’ve received some very good feedback over the past year that – time permitting – I’ll try to incorporate. The most common suggestion has been to add categories like double-doubles, triple-doubles and assist-to-turnover ratio. Others have included allowing partial win contributions to be shown by category and to load in data from past seasons.

The 2011-12 GMTR H2H Player Rater

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